Officials in Vice President Cheney’s office saw the Iran NIE “as a death blow
to their Iran policy,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The report’s authors
“knew how to pull
the rug out from under us,” said a “long-time aide to the vice president, referring
to the way the key judgments were presented.”
“In a closed door hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Congress plans to ask why the CIA
destroyed tapes showing interrogations of suspected al-Qaeda operatives. Was
it a cover-up?”
75 percent: Americans who think the country
is off on the wrong track, matching the highest number ever recorded in the CBS
News/New York Times poll.
“Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over
the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun
sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the
Soon “after it returns tomorrow, the House is likely to take up contempt of
Congress resolutions against White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten
and former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers for their refusal
to appear before Congress for questioning about the 2006 removal of nine U.S.
attorneys, Democratic leadership aides said.”
The de-Baathification law passed by Iraq’s parliament on Saturday is
“riddled with loopholes and caveats to the point that some Sunni and Shiite officials
say it could actually exclude
more former Baathists than it lets back in, particularly in the crucial security
MSNBC uninvites Dennis Kucinich. After initially inviting Kucinich
to take part in its debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday, MSNBC announced that it had changed
its criteria and told Kucinich he was not allowed to attend.
“Climatic changes appear to be destabilizing vast ice sheets of western Antarctica that
had previously seemed relatively protected from global warming.” The report came just
days after the head of the IPCC “said the group’s next report should look at the ‘frightening’
possibility that ice sheets in Greenland
and Antarctica could melt rapidly at the same time.”
And finally: A survey conducted by pollster Frank Luntz exclusively
for Playboy magazine found that Republicans and Democratic voters have
more in common than they realize. Among its key finds, the poll reported
that “a quarter of Dems and GOPers say they’d have a ‘one
night stand’ with the president, in the White House.”
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