In case you missed it in all the noisy hyperbole and commercialization surrounding Watergate revisited, at least one half of the 2008 presidential campaign – the Republican side – has begun, with the Memorial Day TV airing of a Vietnam memoir, a long piece in the New Yorker magazine and an 11th-hour compromise in the Senate. All three have served to dispel any notion that Sen. John McCain is not running for the GOP opportunity to succeed George W. Bush.
The U.S. military has investigated whether Korans were mistreated at the Guantanamo Bay prison. And it found in five cases the Korans had been, both intentionally and inadvertently and in one case just plain stupidly _ two Korans were soaked when the night shift guards threw water balloons at the prisoners.
Stalled in confirmation fights and torn by ethics battles, Congress returns to work Tuesday on a full plate of significant legislation, including energy policy and highway construction, as leaders promise an end to the stalemate of recent weeks.