Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Random News & Views Roundup

- Molly Ivins has passed away She will definitely be missed.

- Joe Biden announces his bid for president and then spontaneously combusts.

- How not to get publicity for your new TV show. (Sadly, No! checks out the wingnut reactions.)

- Religion v State again and this time it involves the lives of babies already born.

- Canada/US border hell.

- 'Iraq is experiencing the biggest exodus in the Middle East since Palestinians were forced to flee in 1948 upon the creation of Israel.'

- Alberto Gonzales caves and turns over secret documents about the domestic spying program.

But the administration still won't release other crucial documents that explain how FISA Court's orders comply with the 1978 surveillance law that the court oversees, said Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee. She said the deal to release the documents stems from a briefing in front of that panel last week, which included Justice Department officials, and left many lawmakers frustrated.

''We are playing hide the ball down at the Justice Department,'' said Wilson, who has told House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, that she will support a subpoena, if need be.

And where's that report you promised Senator Leahy about Maher Arar, Gonzales?

- Senator Al Franken? I'd say Norm Coleman is in for an interesting fight.

- Will Canada's ousted Environment Commissioner, Johanne Gelinas, sue for wrongful dismissal? Stay tuned.

- On CNN as I write this: Would America pick a fat president? (Because there's absolutely NO OTHER NEWS happening today, right?)

- A summary of what happened on Wednesday in the Ontario Court of Appeal in the Steven Truscott case.

- Matthew Cooper testifies at Scooter Libby's trial.

- Bush doesn't feel abandoned on Iraq. Well good for him.

"I guess I could try to be popular. But I've always found that somebody who tries to be popular is one who may end up compromising principle, and I'm not that kind of person," he said.

Is he admitting that he only has one "principle"? If so, what is it? Maybe he actually said "principal", as in Dick Cheney.

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