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Women never had it so good

By BETSY HART

Some people are just complainers.

Working Mother magazine, in a well-reported cover story, has just come out with its list of the top 100 companies for working moms, and it’s a smorgasbord of good stuff for working women.

Florida Rep’s emails to male page raise eyebrows

Florida Republican Congressman Mark Foley exchanged personal emails with a 16-year-old former male page for a month, asking how old the young man was, if he wanted a photo, and requesting a photo.

Reports of the emails have rocked the House, bringing back memories of a scandal involving two members of Congress who had sex with two Congressional pages  in the 1980s.

While Foley denied doing anything improper, sources say the Capitol Hill Police department is now looking into the Congressman’s behavior.

In 1983, the House censured Illinois Republican Congressman Phil Crane and Garry Studds (D-Mass) after both admitted having sex with pages. Crane’s lover was female while Studds’ was male.  Crane, who cried on the floor of the House and asked his colleagues to forgive him, lost his re-election campaign the following year.

Studds, however, refused to admit any guilt and became the first member of the House to openly admit his homosexuality while saying he did nothing wrong. He served several more terms before retring.

Abramoff had run of White House

In yet another example of extensive lying by the Bush Administration, a new Congressional report shows scandal-ridden lobbyist Jack Abramoff had, literally, the run of the White House, visiting more than 450 times, openly seeking jobs for clients and contacts and at least nine meetings with Presidential guru Karl Rove.

Torture is about to become the law of the land

Driven by bitter partisanship and lockstep Republican loyalty to a President and his failed politics, Congress is about to make torture of the law of the land.

The House Wednesday approved George W. Bush’s plan to codify "harsh interrogation techniques" for detainees along with expanded powers for the President to determine just what can and cannot be done to them while they are in custody.

The Senate is expected to approve their modified version today and both Houses of Congress expect to work out any differences and have the bill on the President’s desk by the end of the week.

And we can expect Republicans to spin the approval of torture as a political positive in the rapidly-approaching November mid-term elections, claiming anyone who opposes their barbarianism is "weak" on national security.

One hell of a campaign idea

By DALE McFEATTERS

Now that the Rev. Jerry Falwell has injected the devil into the presidential race, saying that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could fire up his supporters more than Lucifer himself, it’s perhaps time to examine the proposition: What if the devil decided to run for president?

Santorum’s new face

By REG HENRY

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Say what you like about U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, but he is never dull. Currently behind in the polls, the senator has an extraordinary new ad on TV to advance his re-election prospects. The ad is so surprising that Pennsylvania residents are surely searching the skies for the pigs that will soon fly over.

When women die in battle

By BONNIE ERBE

To date, 65 women soldiers have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan — a small percentage of the U.S. total of almost 3,000 war dead as of this writing, but a significant number nonetheless.

Why aren’t Americans upset about this? Or should they be?

Dems may roll back tax cuts if they regain control

By JAMES ROSEN
McClatchy Newspapers

Sen. Kent Conrad, senior Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, said Wednesday that some of the tax cuts enacted under President Bush might get "trimmed" if his party regains control of Congress.

Conrad and Rep. John Spratt, ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, sharply criticized Republicans for failing to adopt a budget or to pass any of the 12 annual appropriations bills.