News Desk

September 2007

A Lapse in Keeping Bush's Words

On Wednesday, the official version of Bush's comments on the importance of education, delivered to a student group, had him saying, "Children do learn." But what he actually said was, "Childrens do learn."  Reporters complained to White House Press Secretary Dana Perino that the transcripts are ...

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Teen Path to Citizenship Unlikely

Hopes for a bill allowing illegal immigrant teens to move toward citizenship are dimming.

The DREAM act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, had been attached to the Department of Defense authorization. But yesterday the amendment was dropped from the defense bill because of ...

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The Burma/Myanmar Name Game

What's in a name? Plenty, when referring to the protests that are becoming increasingly violent in the Asian country being referred to as both Myanmar and Burma. Governments around the world are condemning the actions of the military junta, which started cracking down on protesters, killing at ...

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GOP Urged to Cite 'Islamic Terrorists'

Pollsters and communications advisers to congressional Republicans are urging lawmakers not to follow President Bush's lead when it comes to talking about terrorists and the threat they pose to the nation.

While Bush has lightened up on using the word "Islamic" in front of terrorists, the advisers ...

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Key Brit Faults Bush on Global Warming

On the eve of a meeting of world leaders on climate change to be hosted by the Bush administration, a top British diplomat who will participate spoke out forcefully against a voluntary approach to attacking global warming.

The White House has made clear in briefings leading up to its Meeting of ...

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Dipnote: a Foggy Bottom Blog

The State Department has just launched its first official blog, called Dipnote.

Its aim, writes department spokesman Sean McCormack, is to "take you behind the scenes at the State Department," connect diplomats around the world to the larger audience on the Web, and foster discussions of pressing ...

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Report: Iraq Is No. 3 in Corruption

In the perpetual evaluation of how much (or how little) progress Iraq is making these days, the government in Baghdad faces another unwanted superlative—third most corrupt country in the world.

Iraq ranks above only lawless Somalia and the repressive regime in Burma for the perceived level of ...

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Gates Seeks $50 Billion More for War

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will go before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, when he is expected to deliver budget amendments to Congress that will substantially increase the president's 2008 war spending to $200 billion from the approximately $150 billion that the ...

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Watch Live Heart Surgery Online

Next Tuesday, October 2, viewers are invited to step into two operating rooms at the Cleveland Clinic and watch heart specialists in action as they perform mitral-valve repairs using two cutting-edge techniques: robotically assisted surgery and a procedure that involves snaking surgical ...

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50 Years Ago: the Little Rock 9

"Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts," President Dwight D. Eisenhower told the American people in an address given 50 years ago today. Eisenhower was in the midst of a racially charged crisis, having sent federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to forcibly desegregate an ...

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Morning Buzz: Sept. 24, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York City this morning to crowds of protesters and New York City tabloid headlines scorning the leader. He is slated to speak at Columbia University today and the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Columbia President Lee Bollinger said he would ...

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MoveOn Launches New 'Betrayal' Ad has launched the latest edition in its "Betrayal" campaign, this time targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The group's much-discussed first ad ran ahead of Gen. David Petraeus's congressional testimony last week and said: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"

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Does Clinton Have It Wrapped Up?

Democratic strategists say presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards need to begin drawing sharper distinctions between themselves and front-runner Hillary Clinton—or the Democratic race will slip away from them permanently.

"It's incumbent on Edwards and Obama to take it to her," says a ...

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German Vows Tough Line on Iran

Germany remains in sync with the Bush administration, as well as Britain and France, on seeking a rapid consensus on the next United Nations sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment and related nuclear activities, a German official tells U.S. News.

German diplomats are ...

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Polls Improve for GOP Senators

Last week's announced retirements of GOP Sens. John Warner of Virginia and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska gave Republicans pause about their prospects in the 2008 races. But there's brighter news this week for the party's potential in New Hampshire and Kentucky.

Republican Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire ...

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Wiki World: Wisdom of (Small) Crowds (Updated)

As a front-page article in Monday's Washington Post notes, the same debates over 2008 candidates that play out on newsprint and over the airwaves also make their way into Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit (in most cases). Because the Wiki model preserves all previous versions ...

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Iraq Debate Hardens Despite Report

Anyone who thought last week's official reports on Iraq would settle or soften the debate over the war was badly mistaken. Instead, the reports have reopened old divisions and led to harsher attacks from all sides.

The biggest political news was the dustup between former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani ...

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Morning Buzz: Sept. 17, 2007

Morning Buzz: Sept. 17, 2007

President Bush has nominated former federal Judge Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.  His nomination is expected to run smoothly through the Senate. Mukasey would take over a Justice Department bruised by Gonzales's three-year tenure.

In a ...

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CIA Chief Taps Goss-Era Victim for Key Job

CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden turned to one of the many casualties of his predecessor's troubled tenure, Michael Sulick, to be the new head of the National Clandestine Service, the agency's covert arm.

Sulick, one of the CIA's most respected senior officials, had been the deputy chief of the ...

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A Messed-Up Debate Mashup

Internet and political junkies were excited by the prospect of the first ever online-only "mashup" presidential debate sponsored by Slate, the Huffington Post, and Yahoo! this week.

That is, until they saw what it was.

For those less familiar with the YouTube-generation vocabulary word "mashup," a ...

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State Department Defends Iran Diplomacy

In an interview with U.S. News, Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, defended the Bush administration's continued pursuit of diplomacy at the United Nations Security Council on Iran's nuclear programs, despite earlier hopes by administration officials that a third,

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Virginia Governors Love the Senate

Running for the Senate is one of the more popular career moves for Virginia governors, and a tradition that former Democratic Gov. Mark Warner will follow in 2008 when he makes a bid for the seat vacated by Republican John Warner, who is retiring. The former Warner, who challenged John Warner for ...

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Governors Push for Smart Energy

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the new chair of the National Governors Association, was in Washington this week to argue that state governments should be a driving force in reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil and in fighting greenhouse gas emissions.

Republican Pawlenty, who won his second ...

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Clinton to Reveal Healthcare Plan

Sen. Hillary Clinton plans to unveil her latest healthcare plan next week, probably on Monday, her advisers tell U.S. News.

Democratic and Republican strategists say it will be a risky venture because she carries so much baggage on the issue. Clinton ran into trouble in 1993 and 1994 when her ...

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Bolton Wants Iran Regime Change

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says in an interview with U.S. News that despite the Bush administration's continued attachment to a diplomatic solution on nuclear programs in Iran, he favors seeking a change of regimes there.

"My preference is regime change," says ...

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Bush Won't Push Social Security

President Bush's main architect charged with reforming Social Security today sounded resigned to moving forward on small changes both Republicans and Democrats can agree on instead of the massive program once envisioned by the White House.

"We need to fix this problem," Treasury Secretary Henry ...

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More on the Legacy of September 11

In commemoration of the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans six years ago today, the staff of U.S. News looked at an assortment of 9/11 issues:

* Since the fatal attacks, the country has chosen to commemorate the date in certain ways. The library staff has charted how ...

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9/11 and the Candidates' Websites

Every American remembers 9/11, but not every presidential candidate's online team does. Scouring the presidential candidates' websites today, U.S. News found that more Democratic candidates put up online tributes than did their Republican counterparts Of the Democrats, only former Sen. Mike Gravel ...

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Faulty Mic, Foul Mouth at Petraeus Hearing

The much anticipated testimony before two House committees today by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker hit a snag over a faulty microphone, causing a lengthy delay while the problem was exorcised.

But as anyone watching the hearing of C-SPAN this afternoon can testify, the ...

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Osama Resurfaces After 3-Year Absence

After a nearly three-year absence, Osama bin Laden resurfaced today in a videotape discussing current events and encouraging Americans to convert to Islam.

According to intelligence officials, the al Qaeda leader, with his beard apparently dyed black, makes specific references to France's new ...

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Senate Dems Look Forward to '08

Senate Democrats, buoyed with the retirement plans of Republican Sens. John Warner of Virginia and Larry Craig of Idaho, believe their chances of adding seats in the 2008 elections have been enhanced.

Aides to top Democrats say they are working hard to recruit top contenders in those and other ...

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Morning Buzz: Sept. 7, 2007

The Korean War has been suspended since a truce in 1953. However, it was the subject today of a testy exchange between President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun. Roh asked the American president to make a declaration to end the Korean War, since there was never a peace treaty. Bush ...

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Ex-Officials: CEOs Ignore Environmental Risks

Corporate executives are underestimating the threat they face due to environmental risks such as global water shortages, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt said this morning at a briefing organized by ...

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Introducing Wiki President Ron Paul

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In the tangled world of user-generated media, all roads seem to lead to Wikipedia. The gargantuan online encyclopedia, which in most cases can be edited by anyone, has become one of the most trafficked and most controversial websites as the debate rages over whether its plebeian structure can be ...

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Clinton and Obama Both Issue 'Change'

Apparently, both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are aspiring to be the candidates of change. The two Democratic front-runners introduced new television ads yesterday to be shown in early primary states. And both 30-second spots are titled "Change."

"If we're ready for change, she's ready ...

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