News Desk

October 2007

Religious Groups Push Climate Aid for Poor

An alliance of religious groups is vowing a relentless push to restore a key provision to assist the international poor in America's Climate Security Act, the first greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill with a realistic chance of passage in the Senate.

In a press conference today, top faith leaders from ...

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McCain Plans 'Comeback Kid' Surge

Sen. John McCain's recent uptick in the polls shows that he is working on a classic "comeback kid" campaign aimed at moving ahead of the pack in the New Hampshire primary, according to advisers.

"The standout for McCain is New Hampshire. There is no question that McCain's strategy is totally focused ...

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U.S. Intelligence Budget: $43.5 Billion

After years of trying to keep under wraps the amount of money the U.S. government spends on intelligence collection and analysis, the Director of National Intelligence was forced to reveal the budget figure this year. In 2007, the U.S. intelligence community budget was $43.5 billion.

This marks ...

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Congress Watch: Domestic Spending Tussle

It's all about the Benjamins for Congress this week as Democratic leaders anticipate a veto showdown with President Bush over spending priorities.

The Senate passed the Labor-HHS-Education bill last week, which is the largest of the 12 appropriations bills that must be signed into law to finance the ...

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General Blasts Iraq on Police Hires

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, the commander of Iraq's Multinational Division North, whose area of responsibility includes the volatile Diyala province, told Pentagon reporters this morning that he has seen "foot-dragging" within the Ministry of the Interior in response to U.S. military efforts to ...

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U.S. News on the Air

Several U.S. News writers will be making TV appearances in coming days:

* Senior Editor Anna Mulrine will be interviewed on CNN's This Week at War on Sunday about her recent trip to Iraq. She will be on the air with CNN reporter Jim Clancy in Baghdad to discuss a new plan targeting Shiite militias ...

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Syria's Mysterious Cleanup

There is more news today on the mysterious goings-on at what is thought to be the site in Syria hit last month by a surprise Israeli airstrike. Earlier this week, David Albright, a former weapons inspector for the United Nations who heads the Institute for Science and International Security,

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A Shaky Mideast Peace Conference

The Bush administration's drive to hold a Middle East peace conference by year end in Annapolis, Md., is a worthy effort but is encountering serious difficulties on the ground in the Middle East, says a senior European diplomat.

The official, speaking on background today, took a supportive but ...

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Israel's Syrian Target Found?

Researchers at the Institute for Science and International Security, an independent research group in Washington, have spotted what may have been the target of Israel's recent bombing raid against Syria.

Pre-attack satellite imagery of eastern Syria, where the attack occurred, shows a tall building ...

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All About Tuberculosis

Adding to U.S. News's Diseases & Conditions health coverage, has a new section on tuberculosis,  an infectious disease that can be deadly but is less common in the United States now that effective antibiotics have been introduced. Our health coverage includes everything you need to know ...

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Inhofe Warns of Global Warming Laws

GOP Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, faulted Democratic Chairwoman Barbara Boxer's leadership of the committee this morning in the most recent of a series of attacks on her handling of global warming legislation.

At a hearing on human health ...

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Bolton Raps 'Democratic' State Dept.

John Bolton, the recent recess appointee as ambassador to the United Nations, ends his new tell-all book, Surrender Is Not an Option , with a scathing review of the State Department and the foreign service, which he says lean Democratic and often operate independent of the White House.

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Thompson Woos 'Values Voters'

In a speech to 2,000 conservative evangelicals at the Family Research Council's "Values Voters Summit" in Washington, Republican Fred Thompson made some headway with conservative Christians who've been left uninspired during the desultory days of his first month on the presidential campaign trail.

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GOP Campaigns Want Bush on Sidelines

Advisers to the major Republican presidential candidates are developing a consensus on what role President Bush should play in the 2008 campaign—little or none.

Several strategists told U.S. News that Bush can help the party and the eventual nominee by raising money, which he is very good at. Many ...

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Morning Buzz: Oct. 19, 2007

Lt. Col. William H. Steele, the former U.S. military commander on trial on several counts including aiding the enemy by loaning prisoners his cellphone to make unmonitored calls, was found not guilty on that charge. But Steele, who worked at the same prison where Saddam Hussein was held, was found ...

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Anatomy of a Viral Video

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There's a special place in the Internet Hall of Fame for Miss Teen South Carolina, whose bumbling, incoherent response to a question about American education is currently 27th on YouTube's all-time most-watched list. Or at least she definitely features prominently in the hame of fame's blooper ...

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U.S. Scrutinizes Iranian Revolutionary Guard

The Bush administration is investigating the wide web of business connections undertaken by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and is urging European and other countries to be on the lookout for concealed IRGC links to Iranian companies, a senior U.S. official tells U.S. News.

"We want to expose ...

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Morning Buzz: Oct. 18, 2007

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Cécilia,  are separating after being married for 11 years. This isn't the first separation for the first couple of France. They split in 2005 but got back together as the presidential campaign heated up. There is no word as to whether the two ...

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Seeking a Politically Perfect Match

A new online tool for prospective voters provides the equivalent of online dating, only your date will be in the voting booth next November.

The site, (registration required), takes users through a series of dating-game-type questions. List your top three issues, rank the most ...

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Reid's Slumping Numbers Cheer GOP

Senate Republicans are cheering new polling that finds Nevadans unenthused with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"The next time the Democrats say that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is vulnerable, I want them to explain this," says a GOP aide. Reid's favorable-to-unfavorable rating hit its ...

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Presidential Race Tab: $800 Million

Spending on advertising in the 2008 presidential election will surpass $800 million, according to an overview released this morning by the campaign media analysis group of New York-based TNS Media Intelligence.

And—no surprise—the analysts say that the states "best positioned" to be targets for that ...

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Most Popular Game: Piling On Hillary

It's the season for piling on Hillary Clinton.

The Republican presidential candidates want to prove to Hillary-fearing conservatives that they are best equipped to defeat her in the 2008 general election and block what they argue would be her left-wing, big-government-oriented administration if ...

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Human Political Bots and the Internet

A newcomer to the rapidly evolving glossary of online politics:

Bot, n . : A person who relentlessly promotes a candidate or cause online, often through comments on blogs, contributions to user-generated sites, and votes in online polls, with such frequency that the behavior appears ...

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Corruption Eats Away at China's Growth

China's remarkable economic boom captures all the headlines. But there are termites chewing into the foundation of China's growth—the endemic corruption that is one of the most serious threats to the nation's future economic and political stability. That's the conclusion of the new report "

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Morning Buzz: Oct. 11, 2007

Healthcare is becoming an increasingly potent issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, and Sen. John McCain will join the bandwagon of candidates with sweeping proposals to revamp the system by introducing his plan today in Des Moines. It focuses on expanding access to health services to ...

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What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer represents only 2 percent of all cancer cases, but it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In partnership with the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, U.S. News has launched a new component of our Diseases & Conditions section to provide ...

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Bush Plans Pursuit of War on Own Terms

Despite all the criticism surrounding him, President Bush thinks he's still in a commanding position to pursue the war in Iraq as he sees fit.

Other issues have gotten more headlines lately in Washington, especially his veto of the children's healthcare bill last week. But behind the scenes, Bush ...

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High Court Turns Away CIA Detainee's Case

The Supreme Court turned down a petition today to review the case of a German man secretly taken into custody by the CIA who was denied the ability to sue federal officials because the government claimed it would jeopardize national security.

The court has been critical of the Bush administration's ...

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U.S. Official Defends Korean Nuke Deal

As conservative critics sound off on the Bush administration's latest agreement to implement the phased denuclearization of North Korea, State Department officials are vigorously defending the deal as offering solid progress and say that North Korea's intentions will continue to be tested each step ...

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Bipartisan Bill for More Cops

Local police departments have been strained in recent years over the transition of resources from crime to terrorism. But a bipartisan amendment introduced in an appropriations bill may help.

The bill would increase federal funding of community-oriented policing services by $110 million, to $660 ...

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Local Governments Double Federal Lobbying

The amount of money spent by city and state governments on lobbying in Washington has doubled since 2000, according to a new report by the Center for Responsive Politics.

In the first six months of 2007, city and state governments spent about $34 million in taxpayer funds lobbying the federal ...

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Democrats Warned to Stop Internet Tax

Key Democratic advisers to Congress and former President Clinton have opened a campaign to warn lawmakers that failure to extend the Internet tax moratorium will hurt their re-election chances and public approval ratings.

"If we don't do this, it will give the Republicans another big issue to whack ...

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Obama, Giuliani Draw Young Online Visitors

More than a quarter of the visitors to the campaign websites of Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Rudy Giuliani were under the age of 25 in the third quarter of 2007, according to data provided to U.S. News by, a company that compiles demographic data on Web traffic.

By contrast, most ...

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