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August 30, 2005

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National: Bush stays the course as popularity drops By JAMES ROSEN - As his approval numbers sink during these dog days of August, President Bush might take solace by reflecting on the roller-coast ride through history taken by one of his predecessors.

In April 1951, shortly after he removed Gen. Douglas MacArthur from command of U.S. troops in Korea, Harry Truman hit an all-time low in presidential popularity: Only 23 percent of his countrymen approved of the Missourian's job performance, the lowest such rating before or since. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

National: More Americans fall into poverty, government reports By MARY DEIBEL - Despite robust economic growth and record corporate profits, the average American household's income held steady at $44,400 for the third straight year in 2004, the government reported Tuesday.

Another 1.1 million Americans fell into poverty last year, bringing the total to 37 million people living below the poverty line, defined as $19,307 for a family of four, the Census Bureau said in its 2004 income and poverty report. The poverty rate was 12.7 percent last year, up from 11.3 percent in 2000 before the beginning of the last recession.- More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

National: Katrina's storm surge to blame for deaths - As rescue teams searched the devastation along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, it appeared likely that Hurricane Katrina claimed the majority of its victims with its storm surge - something that hasn't happened with a mainland U.S. hurricane in nearly half a century.

Although the precise toll won't be known for days, early, unofficial reports from Mississippi and New Orleans indicated that dozens of people - and perhaps more than 100 trapped in places that were under evacuation orders - were killed by water pushed into the shore by the force of the hurricane's winds. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

National: Experts assess Katrina's effect on economy By CAROLYN SAID - Even though Hurricane Katrina's rampage across Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states left a broad swath of destruction, its damage to the U.S. economy is likely to be slight - unless it turns out that the tempest seriously harmed the infrastructure that handles a significant share of the country's oil.

In that worst-case scenario, Katrina could be a catalyst that could tilt the economy toward recession by sending prices for oil, gasoline and natural gas skyrocketing to record levels. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

International: Analysts see rift growing over Iraq charter By ANNA BADKHEN - The Bush administration has consistently portrayed Iraq's draft constitution as an all-important document that will help unite the fragmented nation, draw its disaffected Sunni Muslims into the political process, curb the violent insurgency and allow for the phased withdrawal of American troops beginning as early as next year.

President Bush praised the proposed charter, delivered to the country's National Assembly on Sunday, as "a document of which the Iraqis and the rest of the world can be proud." - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

National: One wicked theft: Dorothy's red slippers By PAUL LEVY - Was it the Wicked Witch? Who else this past weekend could have stolen the sequined ruby slippers Dorothy wore in "The Wizard of Oz" - the most famous pair of shoes in movie history and the toughest shoes to fill in Judy Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn.?

The size 5 1/2 slippers, which once survived a trip from Oz to Kansas, skipping their way down a yellow brick road and nearly floating over the rainbow, aren't at the Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids anymore. They were reported stolen Sunday. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Science: Blood flow a factor in dementia, study finds By LEE BOWMAN - Loss of blood flow to the brain may contribute more to the development of dementia in older people than had been thought, according to a study published Tuesday.

Researchers from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands used magnetic resonance imaging to examine the brains of elderly patients with and without dementia related to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, and a control group of healthy young people. - More...
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Bill Steigerwald: Ed Feulner - The Enduring Influence of Hayek - More than 60 years ago, when the world was at war and government planning of economies was held in the highest esteem by the Western democracies, the great libertarian economist F.A. Hayek wrote "The Road to Serfdom," a provocative work that quickly became one of the century's most important manifestoes for economic, political and personal freedom.

Hayek warned that giving governments more and more control over the economies of free societies was not going to lead to socialist utopias but to totalitarian hellholes like Nazi Germany. "The Road to Serfdom," one of those masterpieces of liberty that rocks the lives and awakens the minds of many who read it, is as influential and relevant today as it ever was. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

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Daryl Cagle: Civil War on the Table - As a political cartoonist I sit around all day watching cable news pundits argue with each other. That's what all of the political cartoonists do. Our cartoons are nothing more than more screaming voices on the editorial page and our cartoons typically amplify the standard opinions we hear on TV, where pundits offer ready-made opinions on every issue. All I have to do is pick from the tasty opinion smorgasbord that is served up to me, 24 hours a day. The problem is that lately, I'm feeling a bit overstuffed, and the opinions I'm being served aren't tasting very good. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Will Durst: Cry "Havoc" And Let Slip The Gods Of War - You got to feel sorry for poor Pat Robertson. This guy has put his foot in his mouth so many times in the last week, he's probably learned how to floss with his shoelaces. First, he goes on his television show-"The 700 Club," and calls for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. And isn't it refreshing that somebody at last is speaking the truth about our foreign policy? This could be the start of a whole new trend. Next thing you know President Bush will show up at a VFW rally and talk about how that punk Putin is just itching to be iced. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Jay Ambrose: Just another primate? - In the London Zoo, eight scantily dressed people have been frolicking around in an exhibit accompanied by an explanatory sign, "Warning: Humans in their natural environment."

I am sure the whole thing is funny and pretty much harmless, but I am far surer that the purpose behind the exhibit is defamatory to an excellent species. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Dale McFeatters: The Sunnis protest - The Bush administration may not see it that way, but it's progress of a sort that Sunni leaders are urging followers to vote "no" on the proposed Iraqi constitution.

From the U.S. standpoint, a rejection of that document would be a setback - and certainly postpone the point at which we would safely begin withdrawing troops - but at least the Sunnis are being drawn into the political process. They've already started organizing demonstrations to rally the opposition. - More...
Tuesday - August 30, 2005

Paul Campos: Terrorism: We have nothing to fear so much as fear itself - As the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, an obvious question should be asked: Why has al Qaeda - the name given to the loosely affiliated terrorist network inspired by Osama bin Laden - not launched even one follow-up attack within the United States? Even more surprising is the fact that no Islamic terrorist organization of any kind has carried out such an attack on American soil.

Since 9/11, major terrorist attacks have taken place in Bali, Madrid and London, while Operation Iraqi Freedom has transformed Iraq into the world center for terrorist bombings, with dozens of such incidents every month. Indeed, given the outrage the Iraq war has occasioned in the Arab world in particular, and the Islamic world more generally, it's difficult to understand how America has managed to avoid any terrorist incidents whatsoever. - More...
Tuesday - August 30. 2005

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