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Hey Dick! Have we got a gun for you!

By BOB KERR
Providence Journal

You might want to take a look at this little baby, Mr. Vice President. It’s lightweight, air-cooled, magazine-fed and designed for shoulder or hip firing on automatic or semiautomatic.

If you’re wondering about those cold weather shoots in Wyoming, you’ll be interested to know that the bottom of the trigger guard opens to provide access to the trigger while wearing winter mittens.

A no-win situation

By DAN K. THOMASSON

“Hello, is this the New York Daily Blab?”

“Yes.”

“Would you connect me to the national desk, please.”

“National desk.”

“Hello. This is Dick Cheney and …”

Say what?

By LISA HOFFMAN

Scrunchies and shaved heads are hereby verboten for women. Cornrows and synthetic hair extensions are allowed.

But don’t even think of carrying your cell phone in your right hand.

Those are some of the new orders from Air Force brass to govern the appearance of their troops while in uniform.

On a road to nowhere

By ANN McFEATTERS
Block News Alliance

If there is one thing that unites Americans, besides a reluctance to hunt with Dick Cheney, it’s frustration over the nation’s worsening traffic congestion.

Everywhere you go, people want to know how long it took you to get there.

Forget the shooting: CIA leak is still Cheney’s albatross

By RON FOURNIER

It’s not Dick Cheney’s hunting mishap that worries Republicans. It’s his other scandal — the CIA leak case and the threat it poses to the embattled vice president.

Republican activists acknowledge that the accidental shooting of Cheney’s friend is the talk of mainstream America and has made the vice president the butt of jokes. But they do not expect political fallout from the shooting or the clumsy way in which it was disclosed.

Cheney: ‘I have the power to declassify’ secret info

Vice President Dick Cheney brags that he has the power to declassify government secrets, raising the possibility that he authorized his former chief of staff to pass along sensitive prewar data on Iraq to reporters. And, in usual Cheney style, he makes no apologies for doing so.

Cheney coupled his statement in a TV interview Wednesday with an endorsement of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, his ex-aide. Libby is under indictment on charges of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI about disclosing the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Patriot Act headed for permanent renewal

The USA Patriot Act is headed toward renewal with most of its onerous individual rights violations intact and broad Senate support for a White House-brokered compromise that adds a few token new civil liberties protections to the terror-fighting law.

“The outcome here is absolutely predetermined,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said late Wednesday. “It’s going to pass with overwhelming support.”

A public relations disaster

By LANCE GAY

For a media-savvy administration that has perfected the art of rapid response and spin doctoring, the handling of Dick Cheney’s hunting accident has been a public-relations disaster, experts say.

For five days, the Bush administration let the Feb. 11 shooting incident become the brunt of blogosphere banter, fodder for late-night TV comedians, and the subject of mounting political grumbling against a White House that reluctantly shares information with the public.

Cheney tries damage control

By LISA ZAGAROLI
McClatchy Newspapers

Calling it “one of the worst days of my life,” Vice President Dick Cheney took responsibility for shooting a friend while hunting last weekend but defended his decision not to publicize the incident earlier.

“You can’t blame anybody else,” Cheney said in a taped interview with Fox News Channel. “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

Cheney needs to come clean

By STEVE POLLICK
Toledo Blade

It is time, Vice President Cheney, to walk up to the podium, stare America right in the eye, and admit you accidentally shot your hunting buddy while quail hunting in south Texas last weekend.

No excuses. No more spin-doctoring, no more delaying tactics, no more elaborate deflections and obfuscation.

You flat out, undeniably, violated one of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety: Know your target and what is beyond.