CounterPunch: "America's Best Political Newsletter": "Former President George W. Bush will be invited by wealthy friends to enjoy the pomp and circumstance in Britain; the glories of Paris, Rome and Madrid; the charm of Swiss mountains; horse rides on beautiful haciendas in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. These were the perks of people like Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton who have left the Office before him.
But he will not know where and in which of these places charges may have been filed..."
Ally Told Bush That Failing to Inform Congress of Secret Projects Might Be Illegal - New York Times: "I have learned of some alleged intelligence community activities about which our committee has not been briefed,' Mr. Hoesktra wrote. 'If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies.'
He added: 'The U.S. Congress simply should not have to play Twenty Questions to get the information that it deserves under our Constitution."
The Raw Story | Sources say no serious plot for NYC, just hate chatter


Foreign Policy: Seven Questions: Covering Iraq: "You can only manage the news to a certain degree. It is certainly hard to hide the fact that in the third year of this war, Iraqis are only getting electricity for about 5 to 10 percent of the day. Living conditions have gotten so much worse, violence is at an even higher tempo, and the country is on the verge of civil war. The administration has been successful to the extent that most Americans are not aware of just how dire it is and how little progress has been made. They keep talking about how the Iraqi army is doing much better and taking over responsibilities, but for the most part that’s not true."


NATIONAL JOURNAL: Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic (07/03/06)
AlterNet: War on Iraq: Three Iraq Myths That Won't Quit: "America is in its 'silly season,' the summer months leading up to a national election, and the media is going full speed ahead in exploiting its primacy in the news arena by substituting responsible reporting with headline-grabbing entertainment."


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ArmsControlWonk | an arms control weblog: Cold Case?: "We had in place the most coercive inspection regime ever imposed on an independent nation. And it was working."
Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies | News | The Australian last night's direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes.