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Frist claims high ground in stock sales

By RICHARD POWELSON
Scripps Howard News Service

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he has "participated fully" with federal agencies’ probes into the timing of his sale of HCA stock last year and he feels "things have progressed well."

Paul Krugman strikes out…again

By JAY AMBROSE
Scripps Howard News Service

Paul Krugman has struck again, or rather struck out again; this time on the subject of how our economy is really not so great and that anyone who doesn’t agree is on the take.

Our man in Baghdad

By Dale McFeatters
Scripps Howard News Service

Foreign leaders don’t get much better treatment from the White House than that accorded Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — being put up at Blair House, a press conference with President Bush, an address to Congress and a Bush-escorted visit with troops and their families at nearby Fort Belvoir.

Marines are looking for a few good MySpacers

By AUDREY McAVOY

Teens looking to hook up with a friend on the popular Web community MySpace may bump into an unexpected buddy: the U.S. Marine Corps.

So far, over 12,000 Web surfers have signed on as friends of the Corps in response to the latest military recruiting tactic. Other military branches may follow.

Bush announces ‘new’ plan for Iraq

By TOM RAUM

President Bush said Tuesday a new plan to increase U.S. and Iraqi forces in the besieged capital of Baghdad will help quell rising violence that is threatening Iraq’s transformation to a self-sustaining democracy.

Terror watch list called too vague

By LARA JAKES JORDAN

The watch list that is intended to keep suspected terrorists from entering the United States is too vague and cumbersome to help Homeland Security Department agents quickly weed out legitimate travelers, the agency’s inspector general says.

Bronze Star loses its luster in Iraq war

By CRISTINA RAMIREZ
Scripps Howard News Service

In the hierarchy of military medals, the Bronze Star ranks in the top tier. But in the war on terror, some troops have been honored with the medal for going above and beyond the call of duty, while others received it for just getting the job done.

No one lost security clearances over Plame leak

By TONI LOCY

No one in the Bush administration has been stripped of security clearances over the leak of former CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity to reporters three years ago.

In a letter to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the CIA said it had no record of anyone in the administration who is no longer privy to the nation’s most sensitive secrets because of the Plame leak.