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Friday, February 3, 2023

Bush wants expanded spy powers

The Bush administration asked Congress Friday to allow monitoring of more foreigners in the United States during intelligence investigations.

The plan is one of several proposed changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, that go to the heart of a key U.S. surveillance law.

The administration says the changes are intended to help the government better address national security threats by updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to bring it into line with rapid changes in communications technology.

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Politics plays big in U.S. attorney evaluations

The Justice Department weighed political activism and membership in a conservative law group in evaluating the nation’s federal prosecutors, documents released in the probe of fired U.S. attorney show.

The political credentials were listed on a chart of all 124 U.S. attorneys nominated since 2001, a document that could bolster Democrats’ claims that the traditionally independent Justice Department has become more partisan during the Bush administration.

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E-mail controversy spotlights Rove

041307rove.jpgWhite House political adviser Karl Rove was embroiled in a new controversy over potentially missing e-mails on Friday, the latest twist in the firings of eight U.S. prosecutors last year.

The White House disclosed that the Republican National Committee in early 2006 took away Rove’s ability to delete e-mails sent and received through a party e-mail account.

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The hate stops here

Unfortunately, removing Don Imus from the radio and television broadcast airways will not remove the hate, racism, sexism and homophobia that defines America.

It will not stop those who spew such hate from finding new ways to distribute it or rationalize it.

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Leahy: White House lying about lost emails

041307leahy.jpgThe White House’s claim that e-mails sent on a Republican Party account might have been lost was challenged Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (left), who quipped that even his teenage neighbor could find them.

“They say they have not been preserved. I don’t believe that!” Leahy shouted from the Senate floor as the dispute over the firing of federal prosecutors continued at a high pitch.

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Which came first? Cluster bomb or the egg?

Perhaps the most chilling news besides the weather over this most sacred of Christian seasons was the report of activists who decided to substitute fake cluster bombs for Easter eggs as an object lesson for their children while the real hunt was taking place on the White House lawn.

More disturbing was the fact the youngsters made the replicas of the deadly devices themselves under parental guidance.

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Imus wasn’t the only circus in town

While the nation has been fixated on the fiasco of Don Imus, a virulently self-obsessed radio/TV shock jock who should have been fired long ago for trying to pose as an adult, a much more serious breach of intelligence has occurred:

The Bush White House has been in desperate search of a “war czar.”

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Crossing the line one time too many

Part of what strikes you about Don Imus and the racial, sexist insult that ended his career is that he has been known as a “good” shock jock whose verbal barbarities stand in line behind his charitable fund-raising and serious political interviews.

Go back a bit, and there’s Time magazine proclaiming him one of the 25 most influential people in America. The publication quotes Maureen Dowd of The New York Times as saying he has “read everything, and he gets to the heart of everything.” He was someone, said Time, who translated “stodgy politics into vital popular culture.”

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Governor in critical condition after crash

041307corzine.jpgGov. Jon S. Corzine was in critical condition Friday but expected to recover after his SUV crashed into a guard rail while heading to a meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

Police were searching for a pickup truck driver whose actions were blamed for the crash on the Garden State Parkway.

Corzine, 60, suffered numerous fractures, including a leg, his ribs, sternum and a vertebrae, authorities said.

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