News Desk


January 2008


Democrats Rap Bush on Earmarks

House and Senate Democratic leaders came out guns blazing today when asked to review President Bush's State of the Union address, which included a vow to veto earmarks.

Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin called Bush's speech "a lifeless recitation of the president's beliefs. It's his story ...

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earmarks
Durbin, Richard
Hoyer, Steny

Survey Finds Widespread Government Misconduct

A survey by a private ethics research organization finds a "high incidence of ethical misconduct" among government workers at all levels and warns of major scandals to unfold.

The Ethics Resource Center found that 30 percent of federal employees believe their employers have sound ethics and ...

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ethics

Bush Gives Earmarks an Earful

In his State of the Union address, President Bush blasted earmarking, the process by which special appropriations benefiting a limited cause or region are inserted into comprehensive spending bills. Bush said:

The people's trust in their government is undermined by congressional earmarks — special ...

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Coburn, Tom
earmarks
federal budget

A Suharto Profile

Tens of thousands of Indonesians mourned former dictator Suharto during his state funeral today.  Suharto, who was 86 when he died over the weekend, had been in ill health for years. U.S. News's diplomatic correspondent Thomas Omestad spent time with and profiled Suharto in 2000, when, though out ...

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Al Qaeda Isolated, Key U.S. Official Says

The remaining top al Qaeda leaders are increasingly isolated and have growing difficulty directing plots, according to Dell Dailey, a retired lieutenant general who serves as the State Department's counterterrorism coordinator.

"We see them with much, much less central authority and much, much less ...

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Bush Blogs on Clothes and Mideast

President Bush dipped into the world of blogging aboard Air Force One en route home from the Middle East yesterday. His comments are now posted on the White House website, under the heading "Trip Notes From the Middle East."

Earlier in the journey, several White House staff members experimented with ...

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Bush, George W.

West Pursues Iran Sanctions

Though slowed by foot-dragging from Russia and China, progress is still being made toward a third United Nations Security Council resolution with additional sanctions on Iran, a well-informed senior European official said on background today.

The official expects that the Security Council will ...

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National Intelligence Estimate
Iran

Critical Mistakes by GOP Candidates

One way to assess the 2008 presidential campaign is in terms of the mistakes made by the candidates—and there have been plenty of them, according to Republican pollster Bill McInturff. He says the failure of any candidate so far to bring the GOP together as a party is partly a result of these ...

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primaries
Republican Party

Obama Aides: It'll Be a Long Haul

Advisers to Barack Obama are increasingly convinced that the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination will continue past February 5, when 24 states will hold nominating contests, including California, New York, and New Jersey.

"It will not be finished February 5," says a senior Obama ...

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Obama, Barack
South Carolina

FBI Confidential Payments Under Fire

FBI payments to confidential sources came under harsh attack today by the Department of Justice inspector general.

In a public summary of the report, Glenn Fine blasted the bureau, writing that "the way FBI field divisions currently handle confidential funds presents special challenges and creates ...

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FBI

Hillary's Public Emotion: Plus or Minus?

Humanizing moment—or sign of weakness? Those are the two sides of the debate that's roaring today in the news media and among political professionals as they assess Hillary Clinton's emotional monologue during a campaign event yesterday in Portsmouth, N.H.

At what was billed as a forum for undecided ...

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Clinton, Hillary
New Hampshire

Romney Tops in TV Ads in N.H.

Mitt Romney, as he did in Iowa, has taken the prize for most candidate television spots run in New Hampshire during the first four days of the new year--7,247 in the three media markets that the Nielsen Co. had monitored going into tomorrow's primary.

The two big-money leading Democrats were a ...

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New Hampshire
campaigns

Iowa's Urban Areas Boost Obama Vote

On his way to winning the Iowa Democratic caucuses, Sen. Barack Obama seemed to have benefited heavily from support in urban and student regions.

According to precinct returns, Obama's strongest showing came in Johnson County, home to Iowa City, the state's sixth-most-populous city (and also the ...

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Obama, Barack
Iowa
students

For Iowans, Flood of Ads Is Nearly Over

In the final push to influence the Iowa caucuses, the presidential candidates are making their case in TV ads airing across the state. They've placed more than 42,000 spots in Iowa since early December, according to the latest numbers compiled by Nielsen. The figure represents 65 percent of the ...

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Iowa caucus
campaigns
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