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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Every other day, I post a daily news summary over at ePluribus Media. It is designed to be a quick snapshot of the news dominating the headlines on a particular day. I figure I may as wellprovide it here if anyone has interest.

So without further dekat, woo hoo!!  Here's your daily news.


Wow.  Although not totally unexpected in the great scheme of things, the timing on this is remarkable.  The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.  Says CNN:

The White House said Miers had to withdraw over concerns that senators wanted documents of privileged discussions between the president and his top lawyer.

Commentary, however, makes it clear that what the Senators were asking for was NOT privileged information.  The prevailing opinion is that Bush spoke with Frist yesterday and Frist gave his opinion that Republicans would not support the nomination.  Us - 1.  Them - 0.  Let's see who he puts up in replacement before we pop the champagne corks, though.

I can hardly stand it - the anticipation of the coming Fitzmas is becoming overwhelming.  The Washington Post is reporting that an announcement is expected on Friday (tomorrow).  The case has been summarized by Fitzgerald for the grand jury and the investigation remains pretty much leak-proof.  From the Post article:

The down-to-the-wire moves in Fitzgerald's investigation have made for a harrowing week at the White House, where officials are girding for at least one senior administration official to be indicted, according to aides.

Seems to me that if you don't like the discomfort of waiting for the shoe to drop, you shouldn't break the damned law.


Related to the leak case, The New York Times is reporting that the name of Rove's aide appears in two Washington inquiries.  Susan Ralston, key aide to Karl Rove since 2001, has been involved in both the CIA leak investigation as well as the ongoing investigation into Jack Abramoff.  Ms. Ralston worked with Mr. Abramoff during the period of time under criminal investigation.

Can you say "Culture of Corruption"?  I'm starting to like the three C's at this point - Culture of Corruption and Cronyism.


In a court ruling yesterday, the New York Port Authority was found negligent in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  This pretty much paves the way for civil suits against the Port Authority in the first WTC act of terrorism.  The court essentially found that the Port Authority did not heed warnings that the WTC's underground garage was vulnerable to terrorist attack.


Finally, in weather news, the season's 23rd named storm, Tropical Storm Beta, has formed off the coast of Nicaragua.  No impact is anticipated to the United States.  In related news, President Bush will get a first-hand view of the damage caused by hurricane Wilma.  Criticism against the government is again mounting as people go to distribution centers to receive ice and water and food, only to wait in line for what sometimes becomes ten hours.  A further issue is that power outages are causing gas stations to be unable to pump gas, leading to long lines and fuel shortages in those places where power is present.

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