Thur Dec 15 2005
BUSH CAVES ON TORTURE BAN
add 1049a Associated Press
WHITE HOUSE CUTS DEAL WITH McCAIN?
WASHINGTON - After months of resistance, the White House has agreed to
accept Sen. John McCain's call for a law specifically banning cruel, inhuman
and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror, several
congressional officials said Thursday....
Jim Kuhnhenn of Knight-Ridder in Washington tells me he thinks
the White House will have an announcement this afternoon-- tentative
target is 1:30pm Central
McCain, Bush agree on torture ban
A week for warming toes by a fire
Series of cold fronts will bring cooler air, maybe freezing rain
Southwest pilot violated braking policy
The Southwest Airlines pilot at the helm during Thursday's snowy crash at Midway Airport told federal investigators he used the Boeing 737's "autobrakes," a device airline officials say their pilots are told not to activate.
Diebold CEO's exit is applauded by analysts
The resignation came after several years of controversy surrounding the security and reliability of Diebold's touch-screen voting machines and O'Dell's ties to President Bush.
“the mother of all security holes”
Background for yesterday's interview about Diebold voting machines being hacked:
Devastating hack proven: Leon County dumps Diebold
On Tuesday, the most serious “hack” demonstration to date took place in Leon County, Florida. The Diebold machines succumbed quickly to alteration of the votes.
( Note that Bev Harris of Black Box Voting says Bexar County's ES&S voting machines are reportedly just about as easy to alter )
Bush: Rumsfeld has done "a heck of a good job"
just like Brownie, huh? )
House backs McCain on detainees, defying Bush
Although the vote was nonbinding, it put the Republican-controlled House on record in support of Mr. McCain's provision for the first time, at the very moment when the senator, a Republican, is at a crucial stage of tense negotiations with the White House, which strongly opposes his measure.
Patriot Act's fate remains uncertain
Despite strong House support, opposition brewing in Senate
Bush calls criticism of war 'irresponsible'
Novak believes Bush knows who leaked Plame story
"So I say, don't bug me. Don't bug Bob Woodward. Bug the president as to whether he should reveal who the source is," Novak said
Terror database to be reviewed
To some, the Pentagon's current efforts recall the Vietnam War era, when defense officials spied on anti-war groups and peace activists. Congressional hearings in the 1970s subsequently led to strict limits on the kinds of information that the military can collect about activities and people inside the United States.
Will Houston FEMA Vouchers be voided?
Will the 100,000 evacuees housed in Houston apartments under the city's voucher program, which provides for 12 months of paid rent and utilities, face eviction March 1?
The Brokeback Mountain poll has been deleted because someone was gaming it. Please stop. Don't ruin stuff...
Seven "Lost" cast members have been cited by Honolulu police
(but not Freckles)
Police whack giant snow penis
What, some might ask Jessica Sherer, is with the giant snow penis she built on her boyfriend's lawn this week?
Thompson says Houston jailbreak was easy
death row inmate Charles Victor Thompson said he was stunned that he made it out of the jail without being swarmed by deputies.
Man kills wife, 3 kids after argument over chores
Hot toys getting scarce
With Christmas and Hanukkah about a week and a half away, toy sellers are running short on popular items
Poor, dumb Blockbuster
In some markets, late fees return to Blockbuster
Blockbuster Inc., said the decision to cancel the "no late fees" policy is made by independent franchises. About 4,600 company-owned Blockbuster locations will continue the program
Army defends transporting of dead to U.S. on commercial flights
Defense officials confirmed this week that the bodies of deceased troops are usually transported as freight on commercial airlines, but they insisted the practice is not unusual or disrespectful.
Houston hunts boob-flashing carjackers
Art expert fooled by chimp's painting
City plans seperate toilets for transvestites
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