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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Jackson was no freak

Michael Jackson wasn’t a freak. He was "freakish" in the sense that some of his behavior was bizarre, but he wasn’t a freak like any of the famous and not so famous sideshow freaks . They were tragic figures born with grotesque features who were, depending on how you looked at it, exploited by the Barnums of the world or lucky to have a job. Their talent consisted of allowing themselves to be gawked at.

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Congressman’s wife cops a plea

Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of powerful and popular Democratic congressman John Conyers, pleaded guilty Friday to accepting cash bribes in exchange for supporting a sludge contract with a Houston company.

Conyers, a political unknown who won her council seat in 2005 largely on her husband’s name, admitted in federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery, responding quietly to questions from Judge Avern Cohn.

She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced.

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Obama to Senate: Pass the climate bill now

Hours after the House passed landmark legislation meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and create an energy-efficient economy, President Barack Obama on Saturday urged senators to show courage and follow suit.

The sharply debated bill’s fate is unclear in the Senate, and Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to ratchet up pressure on the 100-seat chamber.

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Obama may order open-ended detentions

The White House is considering whether to issue an executive order to indefinitely imprison a small number of Guantanamo Bay detainees, concerned that Congress might otherwise stymie its plans to quickly close the naval prison in Cuba.

Under the proposal, detainees considered too dangerous to prosecute or release would be kept in confinement in the U.S. or possibly overseas, two administration officials said Friday. Otherwise, the White House could get bogged down for months seeking agreement with Congress on a new legal detention system.

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So, Mr. President, where are the jobs?

Republicans concerned about the Obama administration’s big spending on economic stimulus, energy and health care are asking, "Where are the jobs?"

"The president and Democrats in Congress claim this spending binge is necessary to put Americans back to work," House Republican leader John Boehner said Saturday in the Republican radio and Internet address. "They promised unemployment would not rise above 8 percent if their trillion-dollar stimulus was passed.

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Justice Dept. Wants Release of CIA Detainee Report Delayed

Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge yesterday that the disclosure of a hotly anticipated 2004 report by the CIA inspector general on the Bush administration’s interrogation program for terrorism suspects will be delayed until shortly before the July 4 holiday weekend.

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In Close Vote, House Passes Climate Bill

The House narrowly passed an ambitious climate bill yesterday that would establish national limits on greenhouse gases, create a complex trading system for emission permits and provide incentives to alter how individuals and corporations use energy.

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