Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Today's Details

-Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 -- up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds. Pollsters deemed the increase both "substantial" and "surprising" in light of persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years. (At least 50% of the people in this country are ill informed. What is there to be done about it?) DETAILS

-A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court. DETAILS

- An Israeli airstrike hit a United Nations post in southern Lebanon late Tuesday, killing four of the agency's observers, according to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. DETAILS

-Gripped by a 10th straight day of 100-degree heat, California sweated out the possibility of more blackouts Tuesday as the number of suspected heat-related deaths climbed to at least 38 and the rotting carcasses of thousands of dairy cows and other livestock baked in the sun. DETAILS

-On March 16, conservative pundit Dick Morris told Sean Hannity things were going better than people thought in Iraq, arguing “what is going on is not a civil war.” Now, Morris believes that there is civil war in Iraq but argues that it’s a good thing. Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor last night, Morris said “a civil war is progress, because it means it’s no longer a war against us.” (OH - MY -GOD! That people would say such nonsense and that there's an audience who believes it is frightening. More proof that these people reside in some sort of parallel universe where they just make up the facts as they go along.) DETAILS/VIDEO

-Fox News Channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes responded to Keith Olbermann's latest critical volley against Bill O'Reilly on Monday, saying the MSNBC host's behavior "is over the line." (Wonder if Mr Ailes has described O'Reilly's 'documented on video' lies as being over the line? Or his sexual harrassment settlement? Or his threats to listeners? Or his wishes of cities being hit by terrorists? Any of those things over the line Mr Ailes? ) DETAILS

-Israeli warplanes blasted Beirut and troops battled Hezbollah guerrillas as Israel effectively ruled out any chance of a rapid ceasefire to end the two-week-old Lebanon conflict, and warned it could set up its own border buffer zone. DETAILS

-President Bush said Tuesday that a U.S. military program to bolster Iraqi security forces in Baghdad will better address the violence there as he pledged to stand by Iraq's new democratic government. DETAILS

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