October 29, 2006

Web Reconnaissance for 10/29/2006

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Iraqi leader critical of U.S. envoy “A festering grievance between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the United States escalated yesterday with Mr. al-Maliki telling President Bush that America's ambassador in Baghdad acts like a viceroy instead of a diplomat.” (READ MORE)

Bush rallies base to 'just say no' “President Bush yesterday yelled himself hoarse in his first public political rally of the 2006 election campaign, whipping thousands of supporters into chants of "USA!" as he criticized Democrats for being weak on national security.” (READ MORE)

Fueling U.S. adversaries “Special Report: These are flush times for some of America's most determined adversaries.” (READ MORE)

Reforms roiling Eastern Europe “Anti-government rallies rock Budapest, the Hungarian capital. Political intrigue in Poland holds up new roads and housing. Populists take power in Slovakia, vowing to undo economic reforms.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Captain Ed writes Strange Resignation Talk “Jules Crittendon, one of my favorite columnists, usually has a gimlet-eyed bead on the truth and excellent analysis, which is why he should be a must-read for anyone interested in national politics. Every once in a while, and less often than I do, Jules throws a shoe -- and today's the day. Jules demands Bush administration resignations in order to rescue the war in Iraq, and he wants them in the next week ... from Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney?” (READ MORE)

Crazy Politico writes Politics and Reality, The Minimum Wage “In his newest effort to attract votes after another fund raiser plead guilty Friday, Gov. Blagojevich of Illinois decided he not only wants to raise the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour, but also have it annually indexed for inflation. I've never quite figured out why politicians spend so much time on an issue that it about as irrelevant as it gets for affecting actual voters.” (READ MORE)

Some Soldier’s Mom writes Waiting on the World to Change “When Noah graduated from high school, one of his (many) graduation gifts was 4 second row tickets to the John Mayer concert at Jones Beach on Long Island. He told me many times that it was the best graduation present he received (he took 3 girls along.) I like John Mayer's music, too. I know -- I’m the wrong demographic. He’s not my favorite artist, but I think his music is pleasant: he has an easy style and the musicianship is very good. I don’t listen to his music because it is thought provoking nor because it rocks. It’s just good listening music.” (READ MORE)

Ian of HotAir writes Video: O’Reilly asks Letterman if he “want[s] the US to win in Iraq”, no straight answer “T-warrior Bill O’Reilly was interviewed by argued with David Letterman on last night’s Late Show, where the two friends (according to O’Reilly) sparred over Fox News’ credibility. What a surprise, a liberal knocking Fox News. The discussion soon turned to Iraq; as he did with Rosie last week, O’Reilly responded to Letterman’s criticism of the mission by asking him if he “want[ed] the United States to win in Iraq.” Like Rosie, Letterman also had problems answering the question. It’s a simple yes or no — do you want us to win or not? How dare we question their patriotism if they don’t answer yes.” (READ MORE)

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