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Monday, December 4, 2023

Art Buchwald dies

Satirist Art Buchwald, who turned his infectious wit on the life of Washington and then on his own failing health, is dead at 81.

Buchwald’s son, Joel, said his father passed away quietly at his home late Wednesday with his family.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author chronicled the life and times of Washington for four decades, then cheated death and laughed in its face in a richly lived final year that medical science said he wasn’t supposed to get.

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Kerry calls for probe of arms sales

Sen. John Kerry on Thursday called for an investigation into security weaknesses in the Defense Department’s surplus sales that have let buyers for Iran and China acquire aircraft parts and other valuable military gear.

The Massachusetts Democrat sought an inquiry by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after The Associated Press reported that in several instances middlemen for the countries had exploited security flaws to acquire sensitive surplus.

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Senators grill Gonzales over spying

Senators demanded details Thursday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about new orders putting the government’s domestic spying program under court review — and questioned why it took so long to do so.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said she had no objection to disclosing legal orders and opinions about the program that targets people linked to al-Qaida, but the Bush administration would have to approve release of the information.

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Are we ready for Senator Al Franken?

Comedian Al Franken has reached out to Democratic lawmakers from Minnesota in recent days, seeking advice on a possible Senate run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next year.

Franken, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and radio show host, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s called all of the Democrats in the delegation.

“I didn’t call Coleman,” he deadpanned. “I want to mainly touch base and get advice and counsel on certain issues.”

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Voters get more info from Internet

Americans turned in growing numbers to the Internet for political news and information during the 2006 U.S. congressional campaign, as Web videos and blogs became more widespread, a report on Wednesday said.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they relied on the Web for the bulk of their political news in 2006, up from 7 percent in the 2002 congressional campaign but down 2 points from 2004, when there was also a presidential race. Presidential contests tend to draw more intense interest.

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Republicans join surge against Bush

A Democrat-driven resolution on Iraq that has attracted the support of at least two Republicans threatens to expose fissures within the GOP over the unpopular war.

Republicans are deeply divided on the war in Iraq and how Congress should react to President Bush’s plan to send 21,500 more troops to join the estimated 130,000 already there.

Ten Republicans met behind closed doors late Wednesday with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a bid to generate consensus on Iraq. The senators emerged from the meeting to announce that no deal had been reached.

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Explosions rock Baghhad

A series of explosions and shootings rocked Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens, police said.

Three car bombs detonated within minutes of each other near a vegetable market in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in southern Baghdad. At least 10 people died and 30 were wounded, a police officer said.

Another bomb exploded in central Baghdad at rush hour, killing four people and wounding 11, two other police officers said. One said the death toll was expected to rise.

At least two huge explosions rang out across the area about an hour apart.

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So much for a representative government

As the immigration debate resumes on Capitol Hill, Americans will hear everyone’s voice — except theirs.

Labor unions, big business, chambers of commerce, university think tanks, religious organizations, social-service agencies, La Raza — all support liberalized immigration policies, including amnesty. The only “debate” is over how many illegals get a pass to citizenship and how fast.

Democrats promise to pass a “comprehensive” (i.e., generous) package that will be even more wide open than the one approved by the Senate last session.

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Screwing our friends

When the United States precipitously departed from Vietnam, we left a lot of good friends in the lurch, subject to the reprisals and “re-education” camps of the conquering communists.

You would think we had learned our lesson, but apparently we haven’t. Since our invasion of Iraq in 2003, only 466 Iraqis have been permitted to settle in the United States. That’s disgraceful.

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Womb transplants? Are you kidding me?

Can there be no end to the vanity of having to parent one’s own genetic child? Apparently not. Doctors are now angling to cash in on the fertility / virility mania by making it possible to get a womb transplant.

How vile the concept! “Let them adopt!” Marie Antoinette might say if she were still alive to watch the repro egos abounding today. Or let them hire surrogates. Last time I checked, infertility was not a life-threatening disease.

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