The House ethics committee report on the Foley page scandal will not be released before Election Day. The AP notes, “The lack of a report leaves voters to sort through conflicting Republican accounts in deciding whether GOP leaders failed to protect teenagers in their care.”
A federal government web archive of Saddam-era documents, launched “under pressure from Congressional Republicans…to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam,” was shut down after weapons experts said some of the documents posted “could help states like Iran develop nuclear arms.”
U.S. Sgt. Santos Cardona, a military dog handler at Abu Ghraib prison who was “convicted in May of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault,” is being sent back to serve in Iraq.
“Under a new policy, children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants with low incomes will no longer be automatically entitled to health insurance through Medicaid.” Dr. Jay E. Berkelhamer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the new policy “punishes babies who, according to the Constitution, are citizens because they were born here.”
More top conservatives try to back away from Bush’s Iraq policy. House leader Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) told CNN yesterday, “What’s happening in Iraq is not a direct reflection on me.”
Four years after Oregon raised its minimum wage, the Wall Street Journal examines conservative claims that it would hurt the economy and finds “none of these fears materialized.” Private, nonfarm payrolls and wages are up, and “job growth is strong in industries employing many minimum-wage workers.”
“America is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies,” according to a new survey of Great Britain, Mexico, Israel, and Canada “that reveals just how far the country’s reputation has fallen among former supporters since the invasion of Iraq.”
“The world’s supply of seafood — the major protein source for nearly one in six people — could be gone by 2048 if current trends continue.” The number of ocean fish, seafood and plant species “that had already ‘collapsed’ reached 29 percent in 2003, up from about 13 percent in 1980.”
The Department of Veterans Administration confirmed the third theft of personal data from a VA facility in less than a year. A computer containing the personal data of military veterans was stolen in September from the agency’s Manhattan hospital, but VA officials sent out a letter to veterans only within the past two weeks.
And finally: Michelangelo’s David, the Sistine Chapel, and Baghdad. “Every great work of art goes through messy phases while it is in transition,” U.S. Maj. Gen. Caldwell told reporters yesterday in Baghdad. “A lump of clay can become a sculpture. Blobs of paint become paintings which inspire.” “I’m not making this up,” the Chicago Tribune’s Frank James wrote about the comment, “he actually said this.”
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