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December 28, 2005


Best Wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!




December 21, 2005


December 18, 2005 - The New York Times

In Address, Bush Says He Ordered Domestic Spying

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 - President Bush acknowledged on Saturday that he had ordered the National Security Agency to conduct an electronic eavesdropping program in the United States without first obtaining warrants, and said he would continue the highly classified program because it was "a vital tool in our war against the terrorists."



December 14, 2005


December 15, 2005 - Associated Press
Governor sets April 11 special election to replace Cunningham
Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday set an April 11 special election to replace former San Diego area U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Cunningham, a 64-year-old Republican, officially resigned his 50th Congressional district seat Dec. 1 after pleading guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others in exchange for government business and other favors.

Drawing originally appeared in Philadelphia magazine.



December 7, 2005


October 26, 2005 - The New York Times
Wal-Mart Memo Suggests Ways to Cut Employee Benefit Costs

An internal memo sent to Wal-Mart's board of directors proposes numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits while seeking to minimize damage to the retailer's reputation. Among the recommendations are hiring more part-time workers and discouraging unhealthy people from working at Wal-Mart.




November 30, 2005


On 1 May 2003 George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, where he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the War of Iraq. Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating "Mission Accomplished." — Source: Wikipedia

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December 1, 2005 - The New York Times
Bush Gives Plan for Iraq Victory and Withdrawal
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 30 - Two and a half years after the American invasion of Iraq, President Bush laid out Wednesday what he called a strategy for victory, vowing not to pull out on "artificial timetables set by politicians" but at the same time offering the first glimpse of his plan for extricating American forces



November 23, 2005


Happy Thanksgiving!



November 16, 2005


November 16, 2005 - The New York Times

CD's Recalled for Posing Risk to PC's

The global music giant Sony BMG yesterday announced plans to recall millions of CD's by at least 20 artists - from the crooners Celine Dion and Neil Diamond to the country-rock act Van Zant - because they contain copy restriction software that poses risks to the computers of consumers.

The move, more commonly associated with collapsing baby strollers, exploding batteries, or cars with faulty brakes, is expected to cost the company tens of millions of dollars. Sony BMG said that all CD's containing the software would be removed from retail outlets and that exchanges would be offered to consumers who had bought any of them.



November 9, 2005


November 09, 2005 - The New York Times

Evolution Slate Outpolls Rivals

All eight members up for re-election to the Pennsylvania school board that had been sued for introducing the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office yesterday by a slate of challengers who campaigned against the intelligent design policy.



November 2, 2005


November 01, 2005 - The New York Times

President Picks Judge on Appeals Court for O'Connor's Seat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - President Bush on Monday named Samuel A. Alito Jr., an Ivy League-educated federal appeals court judge with a conservative record on abortion and a history of prosecuting organized crime in New Jersey, to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

Mr. Bush's announcement, only four days after his previous choice, Harriet E. Miers, withdrew under scathing attacks from conservatives, was largely celebrated by the right and condemned by the left. A confirmation fight appeared inevitable over the swing vote that could shift the balance of the court and change the laws of the nation well into the century.


October 26, 2005


October 28, 2005 - The New York Times

Bush's Court Choice Ends Bid; Conservatives Attacked Miers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 - Harriet E. Miers abruptly withdrew her nomination for the Supreme Court on Thursday after withering attacks from conservatives and weeks of doubt from both political parties about her qualifications for the job.

Her decision forces President Bush to scramble for a new nominee at a time of growing disarray at the White House.


October 19, 2005


October 20, 2005 - The New York Times

Ford Reports a Loss and Expects 'Significant Plant Closings'

DETROIT, Oct. 20 - The Ford Motor Company is the latest Detroit auto giant to stall.

Ford's chairman and chief executive, William Clay Ford Jr., said Thursday that his company would announce a plan for its American operations in January that includes "significant plant closings" and job cuts.

Ford's gloomy news came on the heels of a report on Monday by its crosstown rival, General Motors, that it had lost $1.6 billion in the third quarter, that company's largest quarterly loss in more than a decade. Earlier this month, Delphi, G.M.'s former parts unit, filed for bankruptcy protection. In September, Ford was forced to bail out its former parts division, Visteon, by reclaiming 24 of its plants and facilities.


October 12, 2005


October 13, 2005 - The New York Times

Bush's Ratings Sink Amid Public Pessimism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite a drive by President George W. Bush to rebuild support and restore public confidence, three new opinion polls show his approval ratings sinking ever deeper in a sea of political troubles and pessimism.

Bush's approval rating dropped below 40 percent for the first time in polls by the Pew Research Center and NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and fewer than 30 percent of Americans believed the country was on the right track amid violence in Iraq, high gas prices and growing budget deficits.

A new Fox News poll also showed Bush's approval rating dropping to its lowest level in that survey, falling to 40 percent from 45 percent since late September.

``Bush's numbers are going from bad to worse, and there is no silver lining,'' said Pew pollster Andrew Kohut. ``People just see more and more bad news everywhere and they don't see a way out.''

The sinking poll numbers, which have threatened key elements of Bush's second-term agenda and made Republicans increasingly nervous about next year's midterm elections, followed weeks of renewed activity designed to show Bush in command.

October 05, 2005


September 30, 2005 - The New York Times

House Votes for New Limits on Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 - By a vote of 229 to 193, the House of Representatives moved Thursday to undo some of the central provisions of the 32-year-old Endangered Species Act and to require that agencies enforcing the law reimburse property owners if the law's impact reduces the value of their land.

Environmental groups expressed dismay at the measure, which, if enacted, would represent one of the most far-reaching reversals of environmental policy in more than a decade. Leading House Democrats also said it created an unlimited financial entitlement for landowners.


September 28, 2005


September 28, 2005 - The New York Times

DeLay Is Indicted and Forced to Step Down as Majority Leader

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 - Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the powerful House Republican majority leader, was accused by a Texas grand jury today of criminal conspiracy in a campaign fund-raising scheme.

Mr. DeLay was indicted on one count charging that he violated state election laws in September 2002. Two political associates, John D. Colyandro and James W. Ellis, were indicted with him.

The indictment of Mr. DeLay, while not entirely unexpected, still reverberated through the Capitol. The House Republican rules require a member of the leadership to step down, at least temporarily, if indicted. Representative David Dreier of California is expected to replace him.

September 21, 2005


September 22, 2005 - The New York Times

Sturgeon Stocks Are in Decline Around World, Survey Reports

Sturgeon, the fish that produce black caviar, are severely depleted or threatened with extinction almost everywhere in the world, researchers are reporting today.

"I could not recommend that people eat caviar from any wild population of sturgeon," said Ellen K. Pikitch, director of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science at the University of Miami and the lead author of a comprehensive new study in today's issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries.


September 14, 2005

September 15, 2005 - The New York Times

Vatican to Check U.S. Seminaries on Gay Presence

Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.

The Vatican document, given to The New York Times yesterday by a priest, surfaces as Catholics await a Vatican ruling on whether homosexuals should be barred from the priesthood.

In a possible indication of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop who is supervising the seminary review said last week that "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity or has strong homosexual inclinations," should not be admitted to a seminary.

Edwin O'Brien, archbishop for the United States military, told The National Catholic Register that the restriction should apply even to those who have not been sexually active for a decade or more.



September 07, 2005

September 7, 2005 - The New York Times

Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 - As President Bush battled criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina, his mother declared it a success for evacuees who "were underprivileged anyway," saying on Monday that many of the poor people she had seen while touring a Houston relocation site were faring better than before the storm hit.

"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in an interview on Monday with the radio program "Marketplace." "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality."

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them."


August 31, 2005

September 2, 2005 - The New York Times

New Orleans Mayor Fumes Over Slow Reponse

A day before President Bush headed to the hurricane-ravaged South, Mayor Ray Nagin lashed out at federal officials, telling a local radio station ''they don't have a clue what's going on down here.''

Federal officials expressed sympathy but quickly defended themselves, saying they, too, were overwhelmed by the catastrophe that hit the Gulf Coast region on Monday.

Nagin's interview Thursday night on WWL radio came as President Bush planned to visit Gulf Coast communities battered by Hurricane Katrina, a visit aimed at alleviating criticism that he engineered a too-little, too-late response.

(What is going on in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is no laughing matter. It’s a terrible tragedy, to which we each have to find the appropriate personal response. One possibility is a donation to Second Harvest. )

August 24, 2005

August 26, 2005 - The New York Times

Bush Steps In as Charter Talks in Iraq Reach Breaking Point

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 25 - Talks over the Iraqi constitution reached a breaking point on Thursday, with a parliamentary session to present the document being canceled and President Bush personally calling one of the country's most powerful Shiite leaders in an effort to broker a last-minute deal.

August 17, 2005

July 09, 2005 - The New York Times

Leading Cardinal Redefines Church's View on Evolution

An influential cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, which has long been regarded as an ally of the theory of evolution, is now suggesting that belief in evolution as accepted by science today may be incompatible with Catholic faith.

(Drawing completed in 1998.)



August 10, 2005

August 10, 2005 - The New York Times

U.S. Fraud Charge for Top Lobbyist

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 - Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful Republican lobbyist involved in ethics allegations facing Representative Tom DeLay, was indicted in Florida on Thursday on unrelated fraud charges involving his purchase of a fleet of gambling boats from a businessman who was slain amid bitter wrangling over the sale.

(Originally appeared in Rolling Stone, June 21, 2001, Issue #871)


August 03, 2005

August 01, 2005 - BBC News

Hard-edged choice for UN role

After five months of wrangling and recriminations, US President George W Bush has forced through the appointment of his UN ambassador while Congress is in recess.

But the move may just be the start of the controversy over John Bolton, whose hard-nosed management style and past criticisms of the UN have angered critics.

Mr Bolton - who once said that if the UN building lost 10 storeys, it would not make a bit of difference - was nominated to the post in March.

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Bonus Drawing: Appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine October 27, 1983,

from the Nancy Reagan, “Mrs. Gipper” series.

How little has changed:



July 27, 2005

July 12, 2005 - The New York Times

The Oil Uproar That Isn't

By 1980, the energy crisis and the inflation it spawned had left Americans in a vindictive mood, contributing to the re-election defeat of President Jimmy Carter, who had promised to wage the "moral equivalent of war" against dependence on foreign oil.

But the latest escalation in oil prices - to as much as $60 today from less than $30 a barrel a little more than two years ago - has produced a much more limited response. Energy legislation that President Bush is pressing Congress to pass this summer would bring little relief. And while Americans say in polls that they are deeply disturbed by high gasoline prices and looking for someone to blame, most people continue to drive just as avidly as before; purchases of gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles have slowed but there has been no significant shift to more fuel-efficient cars.

Furthermore, gasoline consumption has continued to rise, up 1 percent in May compared with the same month last year.


July 20, 2005

July 20, 2005 The New York Times

In Pursuit of Conservative Stamp, President Nominates Roberts

WASHINGTON, July 19 - President Bush nominated John G. Roberts, a federal appeals court judge with a distinguished résumé and a conservative but enigmatic record, as his first appointment to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, moving to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with a candidate he hopes will be hailed by the right and accepted by the left.


July 13, 2005

July 15, 2005 The New York Times

Rove Reportedly Held Phone Talk on C.I.A. Officer

WASHINGTON, July 14 - Karl Rove, the White House senior adviser, spoke with the columnist Robert D. Novak as he was preparing an article in July 2003 that identified a C.I.A. officer who was undercover, someone who has been officially briefed on the matter said.

July 11, 2005 The New York Times

The White House on the Leak

President Bush and Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, have discussed the disclosure of the identity of a covert C.I.A. operative at a number of news conferences and briefings for reporters.

Talking with reporters after a meeting at the University Of Chicago on Sept. 30, 2003:

And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of....

If somebody did leak classified information, I’d like to know it, and we’ll take the appropriate action.

At a briefing on Sept. 16, 2003:

QUESTION But did Karl Rove do it?

MR. McCLELLAN I said it’s totally ridiculous.

At a briefing on Sept. 29, 2003:

QUESTION All right, let me just follow up. You said this morning, quote, “The president knows that Karl Rove wasn’t involved.” How does he know that?

MR. McCLELLAN Well, I've made it very clear that it was a ridiculous suggestion in the first place. ...

If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration.



July 06, 2005

(Drawing done in 1995)



June 29, 2005



June 15, 2005 - The New York Times

Ex-Bush Aide Who Edited Climate Reports to Join ExxonMobil

Philip A. Cooney, the White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for ExxonMobil in the fall, the oil company said today.

Mr. Cooney resigned on Friday as chief of staff to President Bush's environmental policy council, two days after documents obtained by The New York Times showed that he had edited the reports in ways that cast doubt on the link between greenhouse-gas emissions and rising temperatures.

A former lawyer and lobbyist with the American Petroleum Institute, the main lobbying group for the oil industry, Mr. Cooney has no scientific training.


June 22, 2005



June 17, 2005 - The New York Times

Gov. Bush Seeks New Inquiry Into Schiavo Case

Gov. Jeb Bush asked a Florida prosecutor today to investigate what he said were varying accounts of the time that had elapsed between Terri Schiavo's collapse 15 years ago and the moment that her husband summoned help.





June 15, 2005

A two-fer:



May 15, 2005 - The New York Times

3 Endangered Monkeys Die at Chicago Zoo

CHICAGO, May 14 (AP) - An endangered monkey is in quarantine while experts at the Lincoln Park Zoo try to determine what killed three others, the latest in a series of animal deaths at the zoo.

The United States Department of Agriculture is looking into whether the zoo violated the Animal Welfare Act, and the group that accredits American zoos is now reviewing all animal care practices there.

Officials at the zoo say the deaths of the monkeys this week may be linked to their recent move to a new exhibit that gave them access to the outdoors. Their deaths follow those of two elephants, two gorillas and a camel at the zoo since October, and the death of another elephant earlier this month as it was being transferred to Utah.


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(This is the third time I’ve posted this drawing, but it still seems to be relevant.)




June 08, 2005



June 9, 2005 - The New York Times

Award Limit in Tobacco Case Sets Off a Strenuous Protest

WASHINGTON, June 8 - A Justice Department decision to seek $10 billion for a stop-smoking program in its suit against the country's leading tobacco companies, instead of the $130 billion suggested by one of its expert witnesses, set off a firestorm on Wednesday.

Several Democratic lawmakers with a longtime interest in smoking and health issues attacked the department for what they said was a politically motivated decision, as did public health groups.




June 01, 2005



June 1, 2005 - The New York Times

'Deep Throat' Unmasks Himself as Ex-No. 2 Official at F.B.I.

WASHINGTON, May 31 - Deep Throat, the mystery man who reigned as Washington's best-kept secret source for more than 30 years, was not just any shadowy, cigarette-smoking tipster in a raincoat. He was the No. 2 official of the F.B.I., W. Mark Felt, who helped The Washington Post unravel the Watergate scandal and the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, a feat that he lived to see disclosed on Tuesday, frail but smiling at 91.

In a final plot twist worthy of the saga that Mr. Felt helped to spawn, Vanity Fair magazine released an article from its July issue reporting that Mr. Felt, long a prime suspect to Nixon himself, had in recent years confided to his family and friends, "I'm the guy they used to call 'Deep Throat.' "




May 25, 2005


Thursday, April 14, 2005 - The Associated Press

Bush has slime-mold beetle named after him

ITHACA, New York (AP) -- Not just anybody can say he has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor. But George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald H. Rumsfeld can.

Entomologists Quentin Wheeler and Kelly B. Miller, who recently had the task of naming 65 newly discovered species of slime-mold beetles, named three species after the president, vice president and defense secretary.

The monikers: Agathidium bushi Miller and Wheeler, Agathidium cheneyi Miller and Wheeler, and Agathidium rumsfeldi Miller and Wheeler.






May 18, 2005


May 19, 2005 - The New York Times

South Koreans Streamline Cloning of Human Embryos

In what scientists say is a stunning leap forward, a team of South Korean researchers has developed a highly efficient recipe for producing human embryos by cloning and then extracting their stem cells.

Writing today in the journal Science, they report that they used their method to produce 11 human stem cells lines that are genetic matches of patients aged 2 to 56.

Previously, the same group, led by Dr. Woo Suk Hwang and Dr. Shin Yong Moon of Seoul National University, produced a single stem cell line from a cloned embryo, but the process was so onerous that scientists said it was not worth trying to repeat it, and some doubted the South Koreans' report was even correct.

Now things have changed.




May 11, 2005



Blast from the Past (June, 2002, Rolling Stone Magazine)




May 04, 2005


May 2, 2005 - The New York Times

A Megachurch's Leader Says Microsoft Is No Match

REDMOND, Wash., April 29 - Before he became a born-again Christian and later a rising national star in the world of black evangelical ministers, the Rev. Ken Hutcherson started playing football because, he said, it was the best way he could think of to "hurt white people."

Dr. Hutcherson, a husky former linebacker for three National Football League teams who goes fishing with Rush Limbaugh and raises Rottweilers ("the bigger, the meaner, the better," he said of his pets), does not talk that way anymore about whites, saying his conversion to Christianity as a teenager changed all that. And a majority of the 3,500 members of his megachurch, which is based in this tidy Seattle suburb and high-tech hub, is white, as is his wife.

With a thundering charisma that makes him a hero to some and a gay-bashing bully to others, he has taken on the white mayor of Seattle, a prominent black county executive and the Washington State Legislature. In his mission to stop the legalization of gay marriage, Dr. Hutcherson has accused gay rights activists of trying to hijack and sully the civil rights movement by their comparison of the right of gays and lesbians to marry to the civil rights struggle he lived through as a poor child in Alabama in the 1950's and 60's.

Now Dr. Hutcherson, 52, known as "Hutch," and by his self-chosen nickname, "the black man," claims to be the person who forced Microsoft, situated near his Antioch Bible Church offices, to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill before the State Legislature, one it had supported the two previous years.



April 27, 2005

April 22, 2005 - The New York Times

Microsoft Comes Under Fire for Reversal on Gay Rights Bill

SEATTLE, April 21 - The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

 Many of the critics accused the company of bowing to pressure from a prominent evangelical church in Redmond, Wash., located a few blocks from Microsoft's sprawling headquarters.

The bill, or similar versions of it, has been introduced repeatedly over three decades; it failed by one vote Thursday in the State Senate. Gay rights advocates denounced Microsoft, which had supported the bill for the last two years, for abandoning their cause. Blogs and online chat rooms were buzzing on Thursday with accusations that the company, which has offered benefits to same-sex partners for years, had given in to the Christian right.




April 20, 2005

(Drawn in 1998)



April 13, 2005




April 7, 2005 The New York Times

Nominee Is Grilled Over Program on Pesticides

WASHINGTON, April 6 - Stephen L. Johnson, President Bush's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, encountered unexpected turbulence at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday as Senator Barbara Boxer of California threatened to hold up his nomination over a small but controversial pesticide program in Florida.

Appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Mr. Johnson, a 24-year veteran of the agency who has been acting administrator since his predecessor, Michael O. Leavitt, became secretary of health and human services, was greeted warmly by Republicans and faced predictably pointed questions from Democrats over recent agency initiatives, including emission control rules put into place last month.

Ms. Boxer's objections were based on a little-known research program near Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored by the agency and the American Chemistry Council, that offered money to low-income families willing to allow the agency to measure the effects of pesticides on their children under one year of age. The project, called Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study, or Cheers, was suspended last year after negative public reaction that prompted the agency to call in outside experts to assess its feasibility.



April 06, 2005




March 30, 2005


New York Times

March 30, 2005

Supreme Court Again Denies Request by Schiavo Parents



PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme court on Wednesday again denied a request by the parents of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo for an emergency order allowing her feeding tube to be reinserted while they further appealed the case.




New York Times

March 31, 2005

Pope Is Being Fed With a Tube as Alarm Over His Health Rises



 ROME, March 30 - Pope John Paul II is receiving liquid feedings through a tube that was inserted through his nose and winds down into his stomach, Vatican officials announced Wednesday, raising new alarms about the pope's deteriorating health and his ability to lead the Roman Catholic Church.



March 23, 2005


February 1, 2005 - The New York Times

Evolution Takes a Back Seat in U.S. Classes

Dr. John Frandsen, a retired zoologist, was at a dinner for teachers in Birmingham, Ala., recently when he met a young woman who had just begun work as a biology teacher in a small school district in the state. Their conversation turned to evolution.

"She confided that she simply ignored evolution because she knew she'd get in trouble with the principal if word got about that she was teaching it," he recalled. "She told me other teachers were doing the same thing."

Though the teaching of evolution makes the news when officials propose, as they did in Georgia, that evolution disclaimers be affixed to science textbooks, or that creationism be taught along with evolution in biology classes, stories like the one Dr. Frandsen tells are more common.

 In districts around the country, even when evolution is in the curriculum it may not be in the classroom, according to researchers who follow the issue.

Teaching guides and textbooks may meet the approval of biologists, but superintendents or principals discourage teachers from discussing it. Or teachers themselves avoid the topic, fearing protests from fundamentalists in their communities.




March 16, 2005


March 16, 2005 - The New York Times

Senate Votes to Allow Drilling in Arctic Reserve

WASHINGTON, March 16 - The Senate endorsed oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge today, giving President Bush and others who favor exploration of the Alaska wilderness a major victory.



March 09, 2005

March 10, 2005 - New York Times

Bush-Backed Emissions Bill Fails to Reach Senate Floor

 WASHINGTON, March 9 - Efforts to pass a bill to control power-plant emissions crumbled in the Senate on Wednesday amid charges of partisan intransigence. The day's developments sidelined - and possibly doomed - action this year on the legislative centerpiece of President Bush's environmental policy.

As a result of a 9-to-9 vote by the Environment and Public Works Committee, the bill, which deals with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury, will not advance to the full Senate. Committee leaders have been trying for more than a month to break the deadlock on the measure, known as the Clear Skies Act of 2005, which generally reflected a split along party lines.


But Senator James M. Jeffords, the Vermont independent who is the committee's ranking member, said that the Clear Skies bill "is no compromise; it's a giant step backward."

 Mr. Jeffords, who joined seven Democrats and Senator Lincoln Chafee, Republican of Rhode Island, in opposing the bill, added, "This bill allows giant corporate utilities to avoid compliance and stops the enforcement of our existing clean air laws."



March 02, 2005

March 1, 2005 - New York Times

Battle Resumes Over Bush Judges


President Bush's decision to recycle the name of a previously rejected federal judgeship nominee shows the White House isn't ready to work with Democrats on filling bench vacancies, Senate Democrats said Tuesday.

Instead of trying to handle this issue cooperatively, Democrats charged, Mr. Bush is sending back the names of people with extreme views for consideration for vacancies on federal appellate courts.



February 23, 2005

February 21, 2005 - New York Times

A New Target for Advisers to Swift Vets

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 - Taking its cues from the success of last year's Swift boat veterans' campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush's toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security.

The lobbying group, USA Next, which has poured millions of dollars into Republican policy battles, now says it plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics assailing AARP, the powerhouse lobby opposing the private investment accounts at the center of Mr. Bush's plan.

"They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts," said Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next and former deputy under secretary for the interior in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. "We will be the dynamite that removes them."



February 16, 2005


Blast from the past — 1999

(Sold to Fast Company, don’t know if it ran or not.)




February 09, 2005



January 23, 2005 - New York Times

Money to Fix Space Telescope May Be Cut by White House

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 - A much-anticipated service mission to extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope could be jeopardized by a White House plan to eliminate funding for it from NASA's 2006 budget request, government officials said.



February 02, 2005



 February 3, 2005 - New York Times

Bush Promotes Social Security Plan as Opponents Fault Premise

President Bush began a five-state tour today to sell Americans on his plans to overhaul Social Security, as opposition to his proposal to create private investment retirement accounts began fomenting, even among some members of his own party.



January 26, 2005



 Wed Jan 26, 2005 - Reuters

Attorney General Approved Despite Abuse Concerns

WASHINGTON - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved Alberto Gonzales as U.S. attorney general, rejecting Democratic complaints about his role in formulating administration policies blamed for contributing to the torture of detainees.



January 19, 2005

(A Two-fer this week)



January 19, 2005 -  BBC  News

Global poll slams Bush leadership

 More than half of people surveyed in a BBC World Service poll say the re-election of US President George W Bush has made the world more dangerous.

The survey found that 47% now viewed US influence in the world as largely negative and such unfavourable feelings extended towards Americans as a whole.

"Negative feelings about Bush are high and are generalising to the American people who re-elected him."

 On average across all countries, 58% of people - and 16 out of 21 countries polled - said they believed Mr Bush's re-election to the White House made the world more dangerous.


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January 18, 2005 - The New York Times

Harvard Chief Defends His Talk on Women

The president of Harvard University, Lawrence H. Summers, who offended some women at an academic conference last week by suggesting that innate differences in sex may explain why fewer women succeed in science and math careers, stood by his comments yesterday but said he regretted if they were misunderstood.





January 12, 2005



January 10, 2005 - The Jamaica Observer

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood glamour couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have split, his publicist has confirmed. "We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate," the couple said in a statement released Friday.



January 5, 2005


January 5, 2005 - The New York Times

After Retreat, G.O.P. Changes House Ethics Rule

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 - House Republicans pushed through a significant change in the handling of ethics complaints over strong Democratic objections Tuesday as the 109th Congress convened with a burst of pomp and partisanship.

The House, on a vote of 220 to 195, enacted a change that would effectively dismiss a complaint in the event of a deadlock in the ethics committee, which is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. Its approval came after a retreat by Republicans on Monday on other proposed ethics revisions.

 At the heart of both actions were calculations about how far Republicans should go to protect the House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay. Many party members were unhappy with the ethics committee for the three admonishments it delivered to Mr. DeLay last year.

 . . .

Democrats, who said Republicans backed off on the other rule proposals only under fire, said the change approved would badly hobble a panel already considered weak.



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