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The Week in Review: Terrorists attack hotels in Amman
Suicide bombers attacked three
U.S. chain luxury hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 59
people, including guests at a wedding party. Al Qaeda in Iraq
claimed responsibility, linking the blasts to the war in Iraq
and calling Amman the "backyard garden" for U.S. operations.
In response, hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied outside one
of the hotels, shouting, "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!"
Tornado kills 22 in Ohio Valley
A tornado with 200 mph winds
killed 22 people in Indiana. A mobile-home park was obliterated.
Emergency sirens sounded twice before the tornado struck, but
many in the mobile-home park said they did not hear them because
they were asleep.
Bad day for GOP
Democrats held on to the New
Jersey and Virginia governorships, electing new people to the
posts. Republicans, as expected, kept the New York mayor's seat
- with Michael Bloomberg's landslide re-election - but in California,
voters blocked reform measures sought by GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Governor calls for Aruba boycott
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley called
for a travel boycott of Aruba, saying island authorities were
failing to cooperate with the family of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway,
who has been missing since a graduation trip in May. Riley asked
the governors of the other 49 states to join in the boycott.
Holloway's family lives in suburban Birmingham, Ala.
Curfew ordered in France
French President Jacques Chirac
declared a state of emergency and imposed curfews on riot-torn
cities and towns. The measures were aimed at stopping France's
worst civil unrest in decades. Arson fires and vandalism swept
the country's impoverished neighborhoods with large African and
Arab communities. - More...
Sunday - November 13, 2005
Washington Calling: Traffic
jams ... Falwell's Christmas ad campaign ... other items
By LANCE GAY - Congressional pork-barrel highway projects are
worsening traffic gridlock rather than clearing it up.
The Texas Transportation Institute
says that its analysis of congestion in 75 cities shows that
gridlock has steadily increased since 1982, even though Congress
has approved massive increases in highway spending with special
projects aimed at untangling overloaded highways. More than 55
percent of the nation's highway system today is gridlocked in
peak rush-hour periods.
Paul Gessing of the National
Taxpayers Union blames Congress and says Washington doesn't have
the expertise to iron out the difficulties. Gessing says pouring
more money into politically chosen projects doesn't help, and
Washington lawmakers need to turn over highway planning to experts
in local and state governments.
Republican leaders are now
saying publicly what everyone in Washington has been saying privately
for months: Social Security reform is dead.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce
meeting that he spent hours trying to hammer out compromise legislation,
but found no middle ground. "I can't even get consensus
among Republicans," he said.
Stay tuned. Grassley predicts
the issue will be back after the 2008 presidential election.
Sunday - November 13, 2005