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Saturday, January 16, 2021

A manager searching for a campaign

Sometimes Senator, sometimes actor Fred Thompson may not be an “official” candidate for President but he has already put a political pro on his staff to be manager of a campaign that, technically, does not yet exist.

Bill Lacy, a power player in Washington, signed on this week to run the campaign that is not yet announced.

Sounds like the decision is made.

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Mad at their own

Democratic bloggers are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it any more.

From Democratic leaders.

When Congress left town after caving in to President George W. Bush’s demand for a new law giving him even more power to spy on Americans, the “progressive” blogging community went ballistic.

Now they throw around words like “spineless” and “weak” and “traitors.”

And those words are directed at Democrats in Congress.

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White House hid Bush’s Lyme Disease

President Bush was treated for Lyme disease last August, the White House announced Wednesday after failing to disclose the problem for nearly a year.

The treatment was revealed only when the White House made public all the results of Bush’s annual physical exam on Wednesday. It showed up in the “past medical history” section and in the summary along with other skin conditions.

Bush was treated for what his doctors described as “early, localized Lyme disease” after developing the characteristic bullseye rash.

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Are attitudes shifting on Iraq?

Even some critics of President Bush’s Iraq war policies are conceding there is evidence of recent improvements from a military standpoint. But Bush supporters and critics alike agree that these have not been matched by any noticeable progress on the political front.

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Labor says ‘none of the above’ for now

The biggest U.S. labor federation said on Wednesday it was too divided to make an endorsement in the 2008 Democratic presidential race, but freed its member unions to back any of the contenders.

The executive council of the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group representing 55 national labor unions, said it could not reach the required two-thirds consensus needed to throw its grass roots and financial muscle behind an individual candidate.

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When all else fails, try anger

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is taking a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook and building on it. He feels your pain — and your anger.

The upbeat Mr. Sunshine and Southern moderate of the 2004 presidential race has turned into the populist pursuing support from the party’s liberal wing in hopes of overcoming leading rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Edwards has given voice to voters’ frustrations over an unending Iraq war, rising health care costs and disenchantment with Washington.

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Zen and the art of exercise

Each of us has his (or her) own way of combating the national obesity crisis. Some people eat a lot in the hope that they will lose weight when they finally explode. Some go on diets, because it makes them feel miserable, which they equate with being virtuous.

Given these choices, we should all be exercising instead. I recommend rolling up the newspaper and performing calisthenics with it. While it may not do much for your biceps, pectorals, deltoids or even your asteroids, it could have a very healthy effect on newspaper circulation if it catches on.

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Facing the risk

In a remote corner of southern Europe the United States and Albania recently scored a quiet but important victory in the battle against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. This success points the way toward helping resolve some of the greatest threats the world faces from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

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Will China shoot itself in the foot?

The Web site’s headline was certainly arresting: “China threatens to trigger U.S. dollar crash.”

And so was the first paragraph of the story in Britain’s Daily Telegraph: “The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of U.S. Treasury bonds if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.”

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A web of stereotypes

Yet another cultural pillar as supposedly take-it-to-the-bank reliable as the freedoms guaranteed us in the U.S. Constitution has come to a crashing, disappointing tumble. The blogosphere is not wide-ranging, open to all manner of opinions and diverse in its viewpoints. In fact, according to some media reports, it is singularly white, male, somewhat sexist and possibly even racist. What, say you? How did this happen?

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