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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Hillary: Calm in hostage crisis

When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand town hall meetings and campaign commercials strive for — namely, that the Democratic presidential contender can face disorder in a most orderly manner.

“I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well,” she declared as she stood alone at the microphone.

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Democrats: ‘We’re electable’

The Democratic presidential contenders appealed to party leaders for support on Friday, with Barack Obama touting his ability to attract new voters and John Edwards promising to reclaim Washington from special interests.

Barely a month before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state battle to pick candidates in the November 2008 general election, the Democratic contenders emphasized their ability to beat the Republicans and win the White House.

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U.S. used Jordan to grill detainees

The US Central Intelligence Agency has reportedly used its ties with its Jordanian counterparts to detain and interrogate at least 12 terrorism suspects in Jordan.

Citing unnamed documents, former prisoners and human rights advocates, The Washington Post said the detention center located on the outskirts on Amman was mostly used as a covert transit point for CIA prisoners captured elsewhere.

Some were detained during stopovers at Amman International Airport, the report said.

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Speaking out for gay rights

Military opponents of the US “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay soldiers from serving in the military spoke out this week in Washington, in the latest criticism of the legislation.

Coinciding with the law’s 14th anniversary Friday, 28 retired generals and admirals put their names to a letter to Congress, demanding that the controversial legislation be scrapped.

“We respectfully urge Congress to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” the letter said.

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Obama and the lobbyists

Barack Obama played poker and basketball with lobbyists when he was a state senator. He took their campaign donations and worked with them to write legislation. But he also helped pass ethics laws to reduce sharply their influence.

A look at Obama’s seven years in the Illinois Legislature reveals a complicated relationship with lobbyists — particularly for someone who now makes criticism of lobbyists a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

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Rewriting history in real time

Former Presidential advisor Karl Rove is trying, once again, to rewrite history and put his former boss into a better light than he deserves.

Now Rove is trying to say the Iraq war was the fault of Congress, not the President who planned to invade Iraq from the day he took office in 2001.

Like so much else that comes out of the failed administration of George W. Bush, this latest flight of fantasy does not pass the smell test.

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A troubled man in troubled times

Leeland Eisenberg was already in trouble before he walked into one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign offices. Three days earlier, his wife had filed for divorce; he was due to appear in court with her for a domestic violence hearing in about half an hour.

Then, the nicely dressed, gray-haired man peeled open his jacket to reveal what looked like dynamite strapped to his chest, authorities said, and things got much worse.

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