Dems Cut And Run From Plans To Cut And Run

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

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Democratic Leaders Revamp Anti-War Plan

Wednesday February 28, 2007

By ANNE FLAHERTY

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are developing an anti-war proposal that wouldn’t cut off money for U.S. troops in Iraq but would require President Bush to acknowledge problems with an overburdened military.

The plan could draw bipartisan support but is expected to be a tough sell to members who say they don’t think it goes far enough to assuage voters angered by the four-year conflict.

Bush “hasn’t to date done anything we’ve asked him to do, so why we would think he would do anything in the future is beyond me,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., one of a group of liberal Democrats pushing for an immediate end to the war.

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Libby Judge Doesn’t Understand Jury’s Question

From an anxious Associated Press:

Judge Replies to Jury Note in Libby Case

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

(02-28) WASHINGTON (AP) — One week into their deliberations, jurors in the CIA leak trial had a question for the judge. The judge responded with a question of his own: What do you mean?

Jurors passed a note to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton at the end of the day Tuesday. Walton took the bench Wednesday morning and, without saying what the question was, told attorneys he didn’t understand it.

“I have some questions in my mind as to exactly what the jury is asking me,” Walton said. “I’m going to send a note back to the jury indicating I’m not exactly certain what you’re asking and can you please clarify.”

The question could provide the first clue about the deliberations in the case of former White House aide I.

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US Won’t Extradite CIA For Italy Show Trials

From a disappointed Reuters:

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U.S. says will not extradite CIA agents to Italy

By Mark John Wed Feb 28

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States will reject any request by Italy to extradite CIA agents for the first criminal trial over controversial U.S. “renditions” of terror suspects, a U.S. government lawyer said on Wednesday.

A Milan judge earlier this month ordered 26 Americans, most of them thought to be CIA agents, to stand trial with Italian spies for kidnapping a Muslim cleric and flying him to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.

“We’ve not got an extradition request from Italy … If we got an extradition request from Italy, we would not extradite U.S. officials to Italy,” State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger told a news briefing.

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Kerry: Swift Boat Donation Makes Nominee Unfit

From a still outraged Associated Press:

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John Kerry Grills Belgium Ambassador Nominee Over Swift Boat Donation

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing that began with glowing tributes to a St. Louis businessman and his qualifications to become ambassador to Belgium turned bitterly divisive Tuesday after he was criticized for supporting a controversial conservative group.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., grilled nominee Sam Fox about why he donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. The group of Vietnam veterans made unsubstantiated allegations against Kerry — then the Democratic presidential nominee — and charged that Kerry did not deserve the medals he won in the Vietnam War.

“Might I ask you what your opinion is with respect to the state of American politics as regards the politics of personal destruction?” Kerry asked near the end of the hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Indian Student Claimed To Have Bomb, Anthrax

From those famously circumspect reporters at the Associated Press:

A hazardous materials personnel staging area, yellow tents at right, located near the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Building at the University of Missouri – Rolla,, left, is shown Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, in Rolla, Mo. A University of Missouri-Rolla graduate student claiming to possess anthrax and a bomb threw this south-central Missouri community into a panic Tuesday, but police suspect it was nothing more than an empty threat by a depressed student and not an incident of terrorism.

Student claimed to have bomb, anthrax

JIM SALTER

Tue, Feb. 27, 2007

ROLLA, Mo. – A distraught graduate student claiming to have a bomb and anthrax sparked a scare early Tuesday that shut down the University of Missouri-Rolla for several hours, officials said.

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Nutjobs: Rove Spurned 2003 Iranian Peace Offer

From those taxpayer-funded Communist revolutionaries at Democracy Now! (but never for Iraq):

Ex-Congressional Aide: Karl Rove Personally Received (And Ignored) Iranian Peace Offer in 2003

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Bush’s chief advisor Karl Rove personally received a copy of a secret offer from the Iranian government to hold negotiations four years ago. The Bush administration decided to ignore the grand bargain offer. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice recently claimed she had never even seen the document. At the time Iran said it would consider far-reaching compromises on its nuclear program, relations with Hezbollah and Hamas and support for a Palestinian peace agreement with Israel.

Rove’s involvement was revealed by an aide to former Republican congressman Bob Ney. The aide, Trita Parsi, said Ney was chosen by the Swiss Ambassador in Tehran to carry the Iranian proposal to the White House because he knew the Ohio Congressman to be the only Farsi-speaking member of Congress and particularly interested in Iran.

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Clintons Hid Tax Dodge “Charity” 5 Years

From, of all places, the DNC’s Washington Post:

Clintons’ Charity Not Listed On Senate Disclosure Forms

By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk
Tuesday, February 27, 2007; A01

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton have operated a family charity since 2001, but she failed to list it on annual Senate financial disclosure reports on five occasions.

The Ethics in Government Act requires members of Congress to disclose positions they hold with any outside entity, including nonprofit foundations. Hillary Clinton has served her family foundation as treasurer and secretary since it was established in December 2001, but none of her ethics reports since then have disclosed that fact.

The foundation has enabled the Clintons to write off more than $5 million from their taxable personal income since 2001, while dispensing $1.25 million in charitable contributions over that period.

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CAIR Ignores Muslim Soccer Player’s Safety

From Canada’s CBC News:


Muslim girl ejected from tournament for wearing hijab

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Five young teams from across Canada walked out of a Quebec soccer tournament Sunday because a young Muslim girl was ejected for wearing a hijab.

Calling the rule banning the headscarf worn by Muslim women racist, four other teams followed Asmahan Mansour’s team, the Nepean Selects from Ottawa, after she was thrown out for running afoul of a Quebec Soccer Association rule.

“The referee was staring and pointing. ‘She can’t play,’” said Asmahan, Asi to her friends. “I was like why? Why can’t I play?”

Because of a safety rule, league spokesman Lyes Arfa said. He pointed out that the referee is Muslim himself, and that the ban on hijabs is to protect children from being accidentally strangled.

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Taliban Targeted Cheney In Bombing Attempt

From a disappointed ABC News:

A U.S. soldier stands guard as a man stands by a body after a suicide blast outside the main U.S. military base in Bagram February 27, 2007. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney heard the bomb attack at the gate of Bagram Airbase where he had spent the night and was briefly moved to a bomb shelter, he said on Tuesday.

Cheney Targeted in Assassination Attempt

Taliban Says a Suicide Bomber Outside U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan Was Targeting Cheney

By JONATHAN KARL

Feb. 27, 2007 — A suicide bomber struck at the main entrance to Bagram air base in Afghanistan today, as Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting.

Immediately after the attack, a red alert traveled throughout the base — a red alert that we heard saying that the base was under direct attack.

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Kites (Kites!) Kill 11 In Pakistan Spring Festival

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From the Associated Press:

Pakistani people protest against government and President Pervez Musharraf after an eleven year boy was killed as metal twine cut his throat during a kite flying festival Basant in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. Kites are becoming lethal as fanatic kite flyers use metal twine or glassdust-coated strings, aim to cut others’ kites.

Kites kill at least 11 in Pakistan

February 26, 2007

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — At least 11 people died and more than 100 people were injured at an annual spring festival in eastern Pakistan celebrated with the flying of thousands of colorful kites, officials said Monday.

The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops on Sunday at the conclusion of the two-day Basant festival, said Ruqia Bano, spokeswoman for the emergency services in the city of Lahore.

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Muslim Terrorists Kill 3 Mecca-Bound Pilgrims

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:


Three French nationals shot dead in Saudi: ministry

Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:59am ET18

RIYADH (Reuters) – Three French nationals, some of them Muslims, were shot dead in Saudi Arabia on Monday in what appeared to be a militant attack, the Interior Ministry said.

A ministry statement said a group of eight French nationals came under fire near the town of Tabuk and a nearby historical site, Madain Saleh, in the northwest of the vast desert country as they were heading to the holy city of Mecca for a pilgrimage.

Two of the group died at the scene and one of the two wounded died later in hospital, said the statement carried by the official news agency SPA.

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Hillary Says Bill’s Impeachment Off-Limits

From, of all places, the Washington Post:

Clinton Fights to Keep Impeachment Taboo

After Spat, Campaigns Know to Expect Swift Reprisal for Any Hint of the Scandal

By Anne E. Kornblut
Sunday, February 25, 2007; Page A04

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.

With a swift response to attacks from a former supporter last week, advisers to the New York Democrat offered a glimpse of their strategy for handling one of the most awkward chapters of her biography. They declared her husband’s impeachment in 1998 — or, more accurately, the embarrassing personal behavior that led to it — taboo, putting her rivals on notice and all but daring other Democrats to mention the ordeal again.

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Libby Juror Bounced For Outside Information

From Bloomberg:

Libby Juror Dismissed; Deliberations Continue With 11

By Cary O’Reilly

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — A juror in the perjury case of Lewis ”Scooter” Libby was dismissed after being exposed to out-of- court information on the case. The judge decided deliberations would continue with the 11 remaining jury members.

The female juror came in contact with information about the case by accident, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said after discussing the situation with her, the jury foreperson and lawyers. He ruled that the juror, an art historian, could not remain on the panel.

”She did have contact with information related to this case,” Walton said in court in Washington today. ”It wasn’t intentional on her part, it was a misunderstanding of what I had been telling her throughout the trial.” …

Walton said other jurors weren’t tainted by the information learned by the dismissed juror, which he didn’t describe.

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Al-Qaeda Wanted To Kill Blair In Front Of Queen

From the UK’s Telegraph:


Al-Qa’eda ‘plotted to kill Blair in front of Queen’

By Andrew Pierce

26/02/2007

Tony Blair defied an assassination threat from al-Qa’eda to take part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in central London, it can be revealed for the first time.

The risk to the Prime Minister was disclosed to a new BBC documentary by Lord Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in 2002. He positioned marksmen around Buckingham Palace in readiness for an attack by bombers or snipers.

Lord Stevens, talking for the first time about the alleged plot, said: “There was a threat against the Prime Minister over the Queen’s Jubilee period. It was an assassination threat. There was good reason to believe that the threat was credible.”

Mr Blair had become a target after backing the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan by the deployment of British air power and troops.

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Lieberman Pleads To Dems For Sense On Iraq

From the Wall Street Journal:

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The Choice on Iraq

“I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to step back and think carefully about what to do next.”

BY JOSEPH LIEBERMAN
Monday, February 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST

Two months into the 110th Congress, Washington has never been more bitterly divided over our mission in Iraq. The Senate and House of Representatives are bracing for parliamentary trench warfare–trapped in an escalating dynamic of division and confrontation that will neither resolve the tough challenges we face in Iraq nor strengthen our nation against its terrorist enemies around the world.

What is remarkable about this state of affairs in Washington is just how removed it is from what is actually happening in Iraq. There, the battle of Baghdad is now under way.

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