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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is planning to leave Congress before his current term expires.

About time.

Hastert, with his multiple chins spilling over his too-tight dress shirt collar and his expanding girth overflowing any seat that groaned under the weight, was the perfect symbol for the bloated excess of the Republican Congress.

Time for him to return to Illinois and fade into well-deserved obscurity.

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So this is news?

Congress, an analysis shows, may be hurting U.S. diplomacy.

This is news? Saying Congress is hurting anything is like saying Britney Spears hurts the cause of sanity. Of course, the diplomatic sins of Congress are nothing when compared to the criminal acts of President George W. Bush.

Together they form a tag team that levels the image of a once-great nation called America.

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Let’s make a deal

The Senate has reached a deal with President Bush over his desire to spy at will on any American that he and the National Security Agency decides may or may not be a threat to whatever is or is not national security.

But don’t expect a vote just yet. The deal is not done and Congress needs more time before it caves in, as usual, to Bush.

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No match, no papers, no problem

It is said politics makes strange bedfellows. In this case, let’s call it bizarre bedfellows. There are few issues on which I normally agree with Colorado conservative Rep. Tom Tancredo. But when it comes to illegal immigration, we’re somewhat in sync.

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Immunity from…whatever

Congress and the White House are not as far apart on rewriting an eavesdropping bill as they seem — or at least they shouldn’t be.

It is clear that the government needs a criminal and terrorism surveillance authority that’s flexible, fast and capable of handling rapid technological change. The administration would have unfettered authority to eavesdrop on foreign targets and communications but it seems clear that if there is an American involved the Constitution requires some kind of warrant, preferably one judicially approved.

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Surgeon general nomination on hold

Three months after Dr. James Holsinger answered some sharp questions from senators, his nomination to be the next surgeon general appears to be on life support.

The 68-year-old Kentuckian, whose critics cried foul about a paper he wrote years ago condemning homosexual sex, needs Senate confirmation to become the nation’s 18th surgeon general.

Melissa Wagoner, a spokeswoman for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said members are waiting for the nominee to answer follow-up questions.

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Seductive cigarettes?

The newest cigarette made specifically for women comes wrapped in a shiny black package with borders in shades of pink and teal.

If the packaging alone doesn’t grab the attention of the fashion-conscious female, then perhaps the cigarette’s advertising campaign will.

In one magazine ad, the sleek boxes of smokes are framed by long-stemmed roses. “Light & luscious,” the text promises invitingly.

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GOP hopes voter anger is non-partisan

Republican strategists hope a volatile electorate will save the party from congressional losses in 2008 that appear possible due to a string of setbacks.

Democrats hold clear edges in raising money, limiting retirements and deflecting public anger.

In the latest sign, the party’s House campaign committee said Wednesday it has about $25 million to spend on targeted races next year; its Republican counterpart is in debt.

Facing such news, the GOP’s top House strategist summoned reporters to his campaign headquarters to put the best possible light on matters.

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U.S. ready to sack Blackwater

A State Department review of private security guards for diplomats in Iraq is unlikely to recommend firing Blackwater USA over the deaths of 17 Iraqis last month, but the company probably is on the way out of that job, U.S. officials said.

Blackwater’s work escorting U.S. diplomats outside the protected Green Zone in Baghdad expires in May, one official said Wednesday, and other officials told The Associated Press they expect the North Carolina company will not continue to work for the embassy after that.

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