Lawyers argue against free speech

White House officials can exclude dissenters from taxpayer-funded appearances by President Bush without violating the protesters’ rights, according to lawyers for volunteers who helped eject three people from a hall where Bush was to speak.

Attorneys for Michael Casper and Jay Bob Klinkerman said the government has the same rights as a private corporation when its officials speak.

Terror suspect says he was tortured

Top terror suspect Abu Zubaydah told a US military tribunal he was tortured while in CIA custody, and now suffers seizures that affect his ability to speak and write, according to a transcript released Monday.

Student killer leaves 33 dead at Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech’s president said Tuesday that a student was the gunman in at least the second of the two campus attacks that claimed 33 lives to become the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

Bush’s attempts to stifle free speech

Lawyers in Denver are arguing that President Bush has the right to remove from an audience people who disagree with him.

The case involves two people ejected from a taxpayer-funded Bush speech two years ago.

Rove’s hot seat getting hotter over e-mails

The fight over documents has gone to red alert.

The White House acknowledges it cannot find four years’ worth of e-mails from chief political strategist Karl Rove. The admission has thrust the Democrats’ nemesis back into the center of attention and poses a fresh political challenge for President Bush.

Which came first? Cluster bomb or the egg?

Perhaps the most chilling news besides the weather over this most sacred of Christian seasons was the report of activists who decided to substitute fake cluster bombs for Easter eggs as an object lesson for their children while the real hunt was taking place on the White House lawn.

More disturbing was the fact the youngsters made the replicas of the deadly devices themselves under parental guidance.

Imus wasn’t the only circus in town

While the nation has been fixated on the fiasco of Don Imus, a virulently self-obsessed radio/TV shock jock who should have been fired long ago for trying to pose as an adult, a much more serious breach of intelligence has occurred:

The Bush White House has been in desperate search of a “war czar.”

Crossing the line one time too many

Part of what strikes you about Don Imus and the racial, sexist insult that ended his career is that he has been known as a “good” shock jock whose verbal barbarities stand in line behind his charitable fund-raising and serious political interviews.

Go back a bit, and there’s Time magazine proclaiming him one of the 25 most influential people in America. The publication quotes Maureen Dowd of The New York Times as saying he has “read everything, and he gets to the heart of everything.” He was someone, said Time, who translated “stodgy politics into vital popular culture.”

CBS pulls the plug on Imus

041207imus.jpgDon Imus’ racist remarks got him fired by CBS on Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.

Imus was initially suspended for two weeks after he called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air last week. But outrage kept growing and advertisers kept bolting from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast, which was canceled Wednesday.

Is King memorial debate a race issue?

The selection of a sculptor from the People’s Republic of China to carve the image of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chinese granite for his memorial on the National Mall has some black artists and others outraged.

“They’ve selected a Chinese sculptor from Communist China to do it,” said Morris Howard, 48, an oil painter in Memphis, Tenn. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with that.”