1,595:. Number of bodies Baghdad’s central morgue received last month, up 16 percent from May. The tally indicates that “the pace of killing here has increased since the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.”
“This is not what I fought for, what I almost died for. This is not what I was supposed to come home to,” says Herold Noel, an Iraq veteran, one of 200,000 U.S. veterans without a home.
The push for more tax cuts “is waning on Capitol Hill” because “constituents, who once clamored for tax cuts, have recently begun quizzing them about the deficit and questioning whether the tax cuts were doing more for wealthier Americans than the middle class.”
“President Bush’s stalwart foreign friends are fading fast,” the Associated Press reports. “Most of the leaders who defied criticism at home to stand with him on Iraq and win his friendship are no longer players on the world stage, or are on their way out. And it was a small band of brothers to begin with.”