Thursday, June 19, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS - June 19, 2008

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New York Times
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-The Big Pander to Big Oil
President Bush's decision to ask Congress to end the federal ban on offshoredrilling along much of America's continental shelf is cruelly misleading.

-Bad Day in the Rose Garden
President Bush has already created an intense national antipathy toward theRepublicans, the least he could do is stay put for John McCain to disagreewith him.

-Strengthening Extremists
If the U.S. and Israel had formed a Joint Commission to Support HamasExtremists and Bolster Iranian Influence, they could hardly have done abetter job.

-Mr. Smith Goes to War With KBR
A Pentagon contract manager learns the risks of confronting the Bushadministration's most favored defense contractor. In the end, Goliath wins.

-News Analysis: Will $4 Gasoline Trump a 27-Year-Old Ban?
One was an oilman from Texas, the other a high-paid energy executive.
Despite that, or perhaps because of it, for seven years George W. Bush andDick Cheney have been unable to persuade Congress and the public thatdomestic oil drilling is an answer to America's energy needs.

-Obama's Campaign Tightens Control of Image and Access
At a rally for Senator Barack Obama in Detroit on Monday, two Muslim womensaid they were prohibited from sitting behind the candidate because theywere wearing head scarves and campaign volunteers did not want them toappear with him in news photographs or live television coverage. The Obamacampaign said it quickly called the women to apologize after learning of theincident. "It doesn't reflect the orientation of the campaign," said AnitaDunn, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama. "I do not believe that mistake will bemade again."

-Report Sees Cost in Some Academic Gains
A new study argues that the nation's focus on helping students who arefurthest behind may have produced a Robin Hood effect, yielding steadyacademic gains for low-achieving students in recent years at the expense oftop students.

Washington Post
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-A Grand Goodbye
Humble moderator Tim Russert was given something close to a state funeral.

-Pakistani sentenced to die for blasphemy
A Pakistani judge sentenced a Muslim man to death Wednesday on charges heinsulted Islam's Prophet Muhammad, a court official said. Falk Sher, acourt administrator, said Judge Shoaib Ahmad Roomi also sentenced the man,Shafeeq Latif, to life in prison and fined him $75,000 on a separate chargeof desecrating pages of Islam's holy book, the Quran, in 2006.

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-Your boss shouldn't read your text or e-mail messages without an OK, courtsays
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of an Ontario police officerwhose messages were obtained by the Police Department and reviewed withouthis permission. A federal appeals court Wednesday sharply limited theability of employers to obtain e-mails and text messages sent by employeeson company-financed accounts.,0,5815417.story


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