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Aug 13, 2004 Many Local Officials Now Make Inmates Pay Their Own Way

QUOTE: To help cover the costs of incarceration, corrections officers and politicians are more frequently billing inmates for their room and board, an idea popular with voters.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2004 Report Finds Tax Cuts Heavily Favor the Wealthy

QUOTE: The average after-tax income for people in the top 1 percent of income earners climbed 10.1 percent, while that of those in the middle 20 percent climbed 2.3 percent, and that of those in the bottom fifth only 1.6 percent.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2004 With deficit pledges, it's easy to welch

QUOTE: ...whoever takes over the White House...probably faces a stark choice: raise taxes or watch interest rates rise. Of course, no one can say that during the campaign season.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 06, 2004 Penalties for Nursing Homes Show a Drop in Last 4 Years

QUOTE: ...statistics show a significant decline in the number of penalties imposed on nursing homes for violations of federal health and safety standards...federal officials and independent experts agree that many homes still have serious deficiencies in the quality of care.

New York Times
Jul 22, 2004 Sales of Investments to G.I.'s Under Scrutiny in Washington

QUOTE: Securities regulators and lawmakers are looking into the sale of investments to military personnel that may be ill suited to the financial needs of the service members who buy them...citing concerns that young recruits and other personnel are being treated as a captive market.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2004 Hearing on Antidepressants Canceled

QUOTE: A high-profile congressional hearing into the safety of antidepressant medicines was abruptly canceled....by a House panel whose chairman is weighing a top job at a trade group representing the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. The hearing had been called to investigate pharmaceutical companies that have kept negative data about their antidepressant medications secret.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2004 Ideas on WHO Delegates at Odds: Invitations to Go Through HHS, but U.S. Agency Still Wants to Choose Participants

QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have reached a compromise on the controversial issue of who gets to name U.S. government scientists to serve as advisers to the Geneva-based organization. The trouble is that the two sides have nearly opposite views of what the compromise means.

Washington Post
Jul 18, 2004 What's Fair About a Draft?

QUOTE: “...events in Iraq have revived rumors and predictions that the real draft is coming back, and they have provided one of the periodic opportunities for advocates of a draft to make their case. At the very least, the sons and daughters of the elite don't have to sign up for any reason except a real desire to serve in the military...economic pressure and a lack of other opportunities may lead a poor kid to join the Army even if, on balance, he might prefer a career in investment banking.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2004 Demanding Accountability for the Distortions

QUOTE: When something that could affect the public interest goes astray, someone, we are told, should be held accountable. Which begs the question, where is the accountability for Iraq?

Washington Post
Jul 15, 2004 Ex-Leader of Mexico May Be Prosecuted: Probe Centers on 1971 Student Massacre

QUOTE: A special prosecutor appointed by President Vicente Fox said he would decide in the next 10 days whether to bring criminal charges against former president Luis Echeverria involving a 1971 massacre in which security forces killed at least 30 young protesters in Mexico City.

Washington Post
Jul 12, 2004 DeLay's Corporate Fundraising Investigated: Money Was Directed to Texas GOP to Help State Redistricting Effort

QUOTE: The e-mail, which surfaced in a subsequent federal probe of Houston-based Enron, is one of at least a dozen documents obtained by The Washington Post that show DeLay and his associates directed money from corporations and Washington lobbyists to Republican campaign coffers in Texas in 2001 and 2002 as part of a plan to redraw the state's congressional districts.

Washington Post
Jul 12, 2004 Report Says CIA Distorted Iraq Data: Senate Panel Cites Exaggerations in Paper Made Public in 2002

QUOTE: The statement, the report said, "conveyed a level of threat to the United States homeland inconsistent with the classified National Intelligence Estimate."

Washington Post
Jul 04, 2004 U.S. Funds for Iraq Are Largely Unspent

QUOTE: The U.S. government has spent 2 percent of an $18.4 billion aid package that Congress approved in October last year after the Bush administration called for a quick infusion of cash into Iraq to finance reconstruction, according to figures released Friday by the White House.

Washington Post
Jul 03, 2004 USDA Expands Mad Cow Inquiry: Inspector General to Examine Relaxed Rules on Canadian Beef

QUOTE: The Agriculture Department's inspector general has significantly expanded its probe...agreeing to examine the USDA's unannounced decision last year to relax restrictions on trade in Canadian beef...and whether it properly enforced measures to reduce the risk of mad cow disease from Canadian beef.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2004 Churchgoers Get Direction From Bush Campaign

QUOTE: "I think it is sinful of them to encourage pastors and churches to engage in partisan political activity and run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status," said Steve Rosenthal, chief executive officer of America Coming Together, a group working to defeat Bush.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2004 60 Bosnian Serb Officials Fired Over War Suspect

QUOTE: The firings were the latest tightening of pressure on the Bosnian Serbs over Karadjic by foreign powers. Leaders of the NATO alliance this week rejected Bosnia's request to join the Partnership for Peace, a group of countries that aspire to enter the alliance, on grounds that Karadjic remains at large.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2004 Farm Subsidy Rules Called Too Vague: Money Going to Undeserving, GAO Says

QUOTE: 'We know that it's millions of dollars,' said Lawrence J. Dyckman, who co-wrote the report. 'But we don't know if we're talking about hundreds of millions or half a billion. We really don't know and, unfortunately, the USDA doesn't know either because they haven't paid enough attention to this.'

Washington Post
Jun 20, 2004 Lawmaker-Turned-Lobbyist A Growing Trend on the Hill

QUOTE: Two decades ago, legislators would not have been so bold about their interest in making lobbying a second career. But nowadays, sky-high lobbying salaries -- and the tendency of lawmakers to move their families to the D.C. area -- have made consulting for corporations a frequent, even acceptable career path.

Washington Post
Jun 08, 2004 High Court Opens U.S. Roads to Mexican Trucks: Bush Gets Authority to Enforce NAFTA Despite Objections From Environmentalists, Teamsters

QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Bush administration can open U.S. roads to Mexican trucks...The groups that lost the case contended that the court's decision would lead to increased pollution and road congestion...

Washington Post
May 16, 2004 Community Razed Along With Its Homes in Gaza: Palestinian Camp Is in Crossfire Between Gunmen, Israeli Army

QUOTE: Abu Anzah and her neighbors say they are caught in the middle between the Israeli military and Palestinian guerrillas and criminal gangs. And they mourn not only the loss of lives and the destruction of houses, but also the street-by-street dismemberment of their community.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2003 Hydrogen's Dirty Secret

QUOTE: What Bush didn't reveal in his nationwide address, however, is that his administration has been working quietly to ensure that the system used to produce hydrogen will be as fossil fuel-dependent -- and potentially as dirty -- as the one that fuels today's SUVs.

May 24, 2003 Their Jobs in Jeopardy, Iraqi Troops Demand Pay

QUOTE: "If they don't pay us, we'll start problems," said Lt. Col. Ahmed Muhammad, 41, a 25-year navy veteran based in Basra and a leader of the disgruntled Iraqi soldiers. "We have guns at home. If they don't pay us, if they make our children suffer, they'll hear from us."

May 20, 2003 What Happened to the 'Fairness' In the Dividend Tax Cut?

QUOTE: ...if you care about telling the truth, you have to be appalled at the president's "fairness" pitch on dividends and with Congress's phony math on the budgetary impact of dividend tax cuts.

Washington Post
May 19, 2003 Pentagon System Hopes to Indentify Walks

QUOTE: Watch your step! The Pentagon is developing a radar-based device that can identify people by the way they walk, for use in a new antiterrorist surveillance system.

May 18, 2003 Mississippi Trial Lawyers Under Inquiry: U.S. Attorney Probes Loans, Fundraising

QUOTE: The Justice Department is investigating allegations of improper campaign finance practices involving prominent Mississippi trial lawyers, a major source of support for the state's Democratic Party.

May 14, 2003 Texas' Republicans Fume; Democrats Remain AWOL

QUOTE: Democrats from the Texas Legislature fled to Oklahoma in hopes of preventing a redistricting plan that they believe is biased towards Republicans. Republicans have called their actions childish, desperate and unconstitutional.

May 13, 2003 How Women Contribute to Make Saudi Arabia a Better Society

QUOTE: In recent years, as Saudi Arabia develops into a modern nation, there has been considerable controversy about the roles women can and should play in public and private life.

Apr 21, 2003 States, Facing Budget Shortfalls, Cut the Major and the Mundane

QUOTE: The states are desperate, struggling with their worst financial crises since World War II. They have tapped rainy day funds, raided tobacco money that was supposed to have provided health care for children and taxed every possible vice.

Apr 16, 2003 World media ask: why Syria?

QUOTE: "The talk of Syria after the attack on Iraq reveals the US is targeting not destructive weapons but the Muslim world," the Pakistan daily believes.

Apr 16, 2003 Beijing Said to Conceal Extent of Disease: Officials Try to Protect City's Reputation as World Health Agency Widens Probe

QUOTE: Knowledgeable sources in the city government said authorities fear the World Health Organization will add Beijing to its list of destinations to avoid if the real number of SARS cases is reported. That would further erode tourism and business travel, already damaged by the outbreak of the sometimes-fatal illness.

Apr 12, 2003 Taxes Driving Some Elderly From Their Homes

QUOTE: Soaring prices have brought greater values to homes throughout the Northeast. At the same time, states have begun to reassess property more often, so taxes are reflecting the actual value of homes. This has created large, sometimes unbearable, tax burdens for many longtime homeowners...

Mar 13, 2003 Rape victims wait years while evidence gathers dust

QUOTE: Many rapists carry out their crime eight to 10 times before they are caught. And hundreds of thousands of rape survivors with unsolved cases wait years for news of a DNA match as statutes of limitations expire.

Mar 11, 2003 Bush Administration Wins Court Victory on Guantánamo Detentions

QUOTE: A federal appeals panel ruled unanimously that prisoners from the Afghanistan war held in Guantánamo Bay may not challenge their detentions in federal court.

Mar 10, 2003 Teachers balk at pension proposal: Current system a main attraction

QUOTE: Teachers and union officials yesterday strongly criticized a Romney (Massachusetts governor) administration proposal to introduce a 401(k)-style pension plan for state employees, claiming the plan would jeopardize workers' pensions and dissuade talented people from public service.

Mar 06, 2003 Politics of Abortion Delays $15 Billion to Fight Global AIDS

QUOTE: President Bush's initiative to spend $15 billion on global AIDS programs, a central element of his compassion agenda, is getting bogged down in partisan disputes over how to spend the aid and whether the money should be steered away from international clinics if they promote abortion.

Feb 28, 2003 Domestic Abuse Reviewed as Basis for Asylum

QUOTE: Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft is reconsidering a Clinton administration policy that was designed to make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to gain political asylum in the United States.

Feb 24, 2003 Finding Trouble in U.S.

QUOTE: In Chicago, as a former member of the United Kingdom Parliament was being deported, a security official reportedly remarked 'after 9/11, nobody has any rights.'

Feb 17, 2003 Ex-cons ask voters for 2nd chance

QUOTE: "I made a mistake but I can come back out and tell people, `This is where I did wrong, but look at me now,'" said Harold "Noonie" Ward, once a high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples who was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in 1991.

Feb 13, 2003 Lincoln Statue Ignites Confederate Passion

QUOTE: Irate Confederate-heritage groups complain that the Park Service is trying to rewrite the history of the Civil War, unnecessarily reopening old wounds by putting a bronze statue of Lincoln in Richmond.

Feb 12, 2003 A Web Site in India That Revealed Graft Becomes a Target

QUOTE: Nearly two years ago, Tehelka, which means sensation in Hindi, caused one. Nine months after its founding, the news Web site burst forth with videotape showing politicians, bureaucrats, military officers and middlemen seeking and taking bribes from arms dealers.

Feb 01, 2003 Tobacco Giant Altria to Pay Ethics Fine

QUOTE: Altria and its subsidiaries - Philip Morris, Miller Brewing Co. and Kraft Foods North America Inc. - made more than 400 unreported donations, including $127,500 to the state Democratic Party. About $15,000 went to Republican candidates.

Jan 20, 2003 Political Deadlock Bolsters Chavez: Venezuelan Leader Exploits General Strike to Remake Institutions, Opponents Say

QUOTE: Throughout his divisive four years in office, Chavez has viewed moments of political strife, some of his own design, as opportunities to remake institutions opposed to his political program.

Dec 26, 2002 Lott, Frist, You, and Me

QUOTE: Trent Lott will spend the rest of his life kicking himself. And if he is even a little bit reflective, which is possible, he will be kicking himself not just for the things he said at Strom Thurmond's birthday party in 2002, but also for the things he said and didn't say back at the start of his political career in Mississippi in the 1960s, before he and others got blindsided by history.

Slate
Oct 15, 2002 Ten Things Your Politician Won't Tell You

QUOTE: Lawmakers looking to win the support of irate voters are getting extra mileage out of assailing 401(k) abuses by corporate bosses. But do these politicians really know what it's like to see retirement savings turn to rubble?...If congressmen seem hesitant about enacting health care reform, you can partly blame the comfy health benefits they enjoy.

Smart Money
Oct 11, 2002 Islamists' success rebounds on Musharraf

QUOTE: "We have created many stereotypical images of mullahs. It is blatantly unfair to say that all pious people are fundamentalists."

Sep 11, 2002 *URL PROBLEM-- HOLD OFF FOR NOW*A Deal on Fuel Economy Rules Could Increase Oil Consumption

QUOTE: "House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement today on new fuel economy rules that would increase oil consumption, rather than decrease it, unless the Bush administration takes more aggressive action."

Aug 23, 2002 Key 2002 Races Go Negative: Season of Attack Ads Appears to Be Underway

QUOTE: Negative ads have become the wallpaper of political campaigns.

Jul 16, 2002 An Icelandic Battle of Wildlife Versus Voltage

QUOTE: "The wildlife-versus-voltage battle has been fought on the banks of many of the world's rivers. But it is being played out here on epic scale across an extraordinary landscape."

May 26, 2002 Colombian Vote's Sinister Side: Rebels Opposed to Front-runner Threaten Rural Residents

QUOTE: The guerrillas and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia -- or AUC, as the privately financed paramilitary group that fights them is called -- have been using a variety of methods to influence the outcome....ranging from death threats to clandestine town meetings...

Washington Post
Feb 01, 1993 Ten Things the IRS Won't Tell You

QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service actually does try to be helpful. It publishes scores of booklets on doing your return, and the instructions for Form 1040 even include taxpayer-assistance telephone numbers you can call for help in filling it out. But there are still many things about taxes that the IRS would rather you didn't know.

Smart Money

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