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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Morning News

posted by on March 27 at 8:34 AM

Whoops: U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott’s 2002 trip to Iraq said to have been set up an paid for by Iraqi Intelligence.

Whoops, Pt. 2: LA Times duped by forged documents in its P. Diddy Tupac murder story.

Whoops, Pt. 3: Shady U.S. military contractor selling shoddy weapons to fight Taliban and Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Public Corruption Unit Disbanded: DOJ stalls investigation of suspect GOP California congressman.

Economic Downward Spiral Continues: Banks are calling in home equity loans. Yikes.

U.S. Ratchets Up Attacks in Western Pakistan: Anticipating diminished support from post-Musharraf government, U.S. hits targets hard.

Shiite Militants Ratchet Up Attacks on Green Zone: The supposedly invulnerable U.S. -protected Green Zone comes under heavy mortar fire for fourth day in a row.

Enron II: DOJ investigation finds accounting firm shenanigans may have sparked subprime lending crisis.

Saving the Kids?: Gov. agrees to kill math portion of 10th grade WASL.

Hurting the Kids?: Gov. meets with toy industry, considers vetoing legislation banning toxic toys.

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I hope the Gov. signs the toxic toy legislation. Toys should not be poison. She fought the tobacco poisoners and she should keep up the good fight.
If the Pakistanis think that placating Al Queda and the Taliban will reduce violence they will be sadly mistaken. Those groups are a violent and oppressive ideology opposed to the very democracy that elected the new Pakistani leadership.

Posted by Vince | March 27, 2008 8:43 AM

"Wow, girls suck at math."

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 8:44 AM

What reduces violence is War.

God damn McDermott for trying to shed a little light on the truth. Josh, keep after him for one of the few good and courageous things he has done.

Posted by McG | March 27, 2008 8:55 AM

LMAO, Fucking HELOC getting called in!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 27, 2008 9:02 AM

I don't like McDermott. But this is a non-story.

Posted by Fitz | March 27, 2008 9:05 AM

Bottom-line: State Dept. signed off on the trip by the three Congressmen - Reps who were trying to cut through the bellicose bullshit of an Administration and enabling Media determined to go to war. This was a Foggy Bottom fuck-up; not Bagdad Jim's.

As Congressman Thompson said yesterday, he wanted to see a bit for himself what the situation was in Iraq before committing support to a military action that even the once tub-thumping editor of this paper has since acknowledged was wrong.

Posted by Laurence Ballard | March 27, 2008 9:09 AM

Iraq is blowing up, and the MSM discusses Hillary in Bosnia & Rev Wright. And we wonder why people keep voting for Republicans.

Posted by Sad | March 27, 2008 9:10 AM

I wish we could get foriegn governments to pay for all congressional junkets. Save on tax money and help the trade imbalance.

Posted by Mikeblanco | March 27, 2008 9:30 AM

walking through the green zone gives you an adequate understanding of iraq.

Posted by infrequent | March 27, 2008 9:58 AM


Posted by Josh Feit | March 27, 2008 10:00 AM


Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 10:30 AM

How many people actually own their homes vs. just renting them from the bank?

Posted by keshmeshi | March 27, 2008 10:44 AM

I own. Something like 80 percent now.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 11:10 AM

On McD:

1) He was right.

2) “None of the Congressional representatives are accused of any wrongdoing, and we have no information whatsoever that any of them were aware of the involvement of the Iraqi Intelligence Service,” said Dean Boyd, a Justice spokesman.

Posted by Trevor | March 27, 2008 11:49 AM

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