Wednesday, November 16, 2005



Energy Policy Decided by Chevron, Exxon, You Know, People who have our best in mind

A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.



WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 - Investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting concluded today that its former chairman repeatedly broke federal law and its own regulations in a campaign to combat what he saw as liberal bias.

A scathing report by the corporation's inspector general described a dysfunctional organization that violated the Public Broadcasting Act, which created the corporation and was written to insulate programming decisions from politics.

The corporation received $400 million this year from Congress to finance an array of programs on public television and radio, although its future financing has come under heavy criticism, particularly from conservative lawmakers. Its board is selected by the president and confirmed by the Senate.


Delay Neutered

Mr. DeLay has a choice. He can accept what no one is willing to tell him, that he has been neutered. He can't launch a bold new policy initiative and can't raise money for candidates or stump for them. If he did, he would likely do more harm than good for any Republican who isn't already in a safe district. Hanging on as he is, Mr. DeLay is preventing the GOP caucus in the House from having a clean debate over where it would like to go and who should lead it there. Without this debate, Republicans will not have a far-reaching congressional agenda next year. It should be obvious that they need more than an "interim" majority leader if they are going to hang onto the majority.

Mr. DeLay could give them that. He could reinvigorate his party by publicly announcing he will not seek that post until at least the next Congress. The biggest favor Mr. DeLay could do his party now would be to spend the next year focusing all his energy on beating the indictments and thereby proving the charges against him are groundless and politically motivated--and that means spending a lot less time on Capitol Hill.

Failing this, the party risks spending another year generating little excitement and few accomplishments while awaiting what may be punishing midterm elections. Inaction now will hand Democrats an opportunity to run an insurgent campaign to take the House as Republicans won control a decade ago.

Luckily for Republicans, the Democrats don't seem to have caught on to this yet. One Democratic House staffer even told Roll Call last week: "This fall is not the time for Democrats to roll out a positive agenda." But counting on this myopia to last much longer isn't a winning strategy. It's a delaying tactic, at best.


Iraqis Torturing Iraqis

People are arrested and disappear for months. Bodies appear every week of men, and sometimes women, executed with their hands tied behind their backs. Some have been grotesquely mutilated with knives and electric drills before their deaths.

The paramilitaries are not held responsible for all the deaths - some are the work of insurgents murdering supposed informers or government officials, or killing for purely sectarian motives.

You very seldom see American soldiers on the streets of Baghdad now. The Iraqi police are in evidence outside, but so are increasing numbers of militias running their own checkpoints - men in balaclavas or wrap-around sunglasses and headbands, with leather mittens and an array of weapons. An American official acknowledged: "It is getting more and more like Mogadishu every day."

Travelling through the Iraqi capital you meet Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi army; fellow Shias from the Badr Brigade; the Kurdish peshmerga; as well as Western and Iraqi security guards. Then there are Iraqi soldiers and policemen, government paramilitaries, special police commandos and a group which prides itself on being the most feared, the Wolf Brigade of the interior ministry.


Zarkawi Has Better Intelligence

WASHINGTON — Despite the recent arrest of one of his would-be suicide bombers in Jordan and some top aides in Iraq, insurgency mastermind Abu Musab Zarqawi has eluded capture, U.S. authorities say, because his network has a much better intelligence-gathering operation than they do.

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