Thursday, November 16, 2006

Abramoff fingers Harry Reid?

* abc:
"As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.

A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.
A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid.""

* amy:
"US Accused of Killing 30 Iraqis in Ramadi
The US military is being accused of killing at least thirty civilians in a raid on the western Iraqi town of Ramadi. The dead are believed to include women and children. Witnesses told the Reuters new agency several bodies were left lying in the street. The Los Angeles Times reports at least fifteen homes were destroyed."

* amy:
"Al-Jazeera International Launches Today
In media news, the English-language version of the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera launches today. Al-Jazeera Internernational is billed as the first global English-language news network based in the Middle East. The network has been shut down in many countries over its criticism of governments across the Middle East and has been bombed by the US in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In London this week, British bureau chief Sue Phillips was asked to respond to accusations Al Jazeera has provided a platform for al-Qaeda.
Al-Jazeera International will be available in more than eighty million homes. But it won’t be easy to watch in the United States. No major cable or satellite system has agreed to offer it to US customers. On Monday, the cable giant Comcast said it had broken off talks to air Al Jazeera International."
* AP:
"Vice President Dick Cheney asked a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by a former CIA operative who says the White House leaked her identity to the press.

Cheney's attorneys criticized the lawsuit in court papers, saying it invented constitutional rights, intruded on national security discussions and came two years after the statute of limitations had expired."

* AP:
"The Senate approved an amendment Tuesday to extend an investigative office that unearthed millions of dollars in waste and fraud associated with the rebuilding of

The amendment, passed by voice vote as part of the military construction and veterans' spending bill, would keep the inspector general's office running through October 2008. Under current law, it will expire in October 2007."
(this is the undoing of Duncan Hunter's stripping of Bowen's job)

* AP:
"Attorneys for former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby dismissed the idea of a White House plot to leak a CIA operative's identity to the press and said Libby plans to tell jurors at his perjury trial that he had no reason to lie."

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