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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Baghdad bombs leave 64 dead

A female suicide bomber blew herself up at the main pet market in central Baghdad, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the deadliest bombing to strike the capital since 30,000 more American troops began flooding into central Iraq last spring, police said.

About 20 minutes later, a second female suicide bomber struck another bird market in a predominantly Shiite area in southeastern Baghdad. That blast killed at least 18 people and wounded 25, police said.

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Bush: Freeze domestic spending to pay for war

President Bush’s 2009 budget will virtually freeze most domestic programs and seek nearly $200 billion in savings from federal health care programs, a senior administration official said Thursday.

Overall, the Bush budget will exceed $3 trillion, this official said. The deficit is expected to reach about $400 billion for this year and next.

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Hillary, Barack try civility

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama struck a rare note of civility in their White House battle, uniting to observe that history was in the air as the Democrats vie to seize back the presidency.

A star-studded audience at the Kodak Theatre — home of the Oscars — was on hand late Thursday for their first one-on-one debate, but the drama and backbiting seen in previous encounters was replaced by a polite exchange of policy priorities.

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Super Tuesday: A not-so-super idea

The race among the states to have earlier contests in order to share in the attention the press and politicians lavish on Iowa and New Hampshire has given us Super Tuesday, or, as the more breathless are calling Feb. 5, Tsunami Tuesday.

In a campaign scheduler’s nightmare, 22 states will hold Democratic primaries; 21, Republican.

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Experience is more important than charisma

Voting for any candidate at any level requires a leap of faith and that is particularly the case in a presidential election, even when one has a strong party affiliation. Quite often, the most appropriate guide is the old adage that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

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Romney’s free ride on abortion

One of campaign 2008’s mysteries is Mitt Romney’s free ride from anti-abortion advocates. His anti-abortion declarations are eloquent, as is everything else the silver-tongued former Massachusetts governor utters. But, once again, his rhetoric is at war with his record.

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An end to affirmative action?

Voters in five states will have a chance this fall to vote on banning racial preferences in state college admissions, contracting and employment. Ward Connerly, a businessman and former regent of the University of California system who spearheaded similar initiatives in California, Michigan and Washington state, is leading anti-affirmative-action campaigns in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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Hi, I’m Betsy and I’m an email-a-holic

I’ve finally given up my BlackBerry, or rather my “CrackBerry.”

Actually, in my case I owned a Treo, but the point is the same: I had become addicted to e-mail anywhere and anytime. I had to let go.

It’s been many weeks now and I’m doing, well, okay. I wasn’t sure that would be the case, and because I was afraid of backsliding, I decided not to be open about the issue until I had some traction under me.

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Bush’s failed Presidency

President Bush is a forgotten man. Giving his last State of the Union speech, he was overshadowed by a tempest in a teapot. (Did Barack Obama snub Hillary Clinton or merely turn to talk with another senator?)

We need a breather from the campaign, so we will focus on why history is likely to record George W. Bush’s eight years in office as a failed presidency.

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Negative campaigns: Yes and no

As is the case with beauty, wit and cuisine, negative politics occurs in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the voter.

The 2008 presidential campaign has turned rough, which is no surprise in an election where so much is at stake. This week’s Exhibit A was Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kennedy’s move was motivated, at least in part, because he was upset with negative shots at Obama taken by former President Bill Clinton on behalf of his wife’s campaign.

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