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Friday, December 23, 2005

bad times for republicans 

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 22) - A Texas appeals court on Thursday rejected a bid by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay to get a speedy trial on a money-laundering charge lodged against the powerful Republican lawmaker.

DeLay had sought an quick trial on the charge in the hopes that an acquittal would allow him to return to his post as U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader next month.

He gave up that post in September after he was indicted in Travis County, Texas on charges related to violations of campaign-finance laws.

No Delay, Delay

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AT THIS point, the policy legacy of George Bush seems pretty well defined by three disparate disasters: Iraq in foreign affairs, Katrina in social welfare, corporate influence over tax, budget and regulatory decisions. As a short-term political consequence, we may avoid another dim-witted Bush in the White House. But what the Bush dynasty has done to presidential campaign science the protocols by which Americans elect presidents in the modern era amounts to a political legacy that can haunt the Republic for years to come.

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WASHINGTON - The State Department said Thursday it has suspended publication of a government-funded magazine for young people in the Arab world, Africa and elsewhere to see if the outreach effort is cost-effective.

The slick Arabic-English magazine, hi, focused on American culture and life. About 55,000 copies of hi were distributed per month in 18 countries; most copies were given away.

The two-year-old effort was intended to present a friendly face of the United States in parts of the world where the U.S. image is poor.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Karen Hughes, the former Bush White House adviser who is now in charge of public diplomacy in the Middle East and elsewhere, wanted to evaluate whether the $4.5 million annual publication cost was well spent.

Like a magazine is going to change how Arabs feel about us


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