The tabloid that shifted toward political conservatism under the brief ownership of Rupert Murdoch more than two decades ago now says that it is "rethinking our stance on several issues, including the most pressing issue facing Americans today: Bush's war in Iraq."
THE VITTER AMENDMENT. Louisiana Senator David Vitter has come clean about once having been a client of a Washington D.C. escort service:
"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," Vitter said Monday in a printed statement. "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there _ with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."
IS IT SOMETHING IN THE WATER? First Colin Powelltells us that he spent two-and-a-half hours (way back then) trying to talk George Bush out of his determination to invade Iraq. Then the New York Times ombudsman goes all critical at the way his newspaper has started (or started again?) to take the administration's definitions down as facts:
A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TERRORISM.Fox News has joined the health care financing debate in their usual sensational way. Neil Cavuto asks whether a single-payer health care system would make it easier for terrorist physicians to enter the United States, and finds someone to argue that this would indeed be the case.
IN THE BACKWARDS WORLD. The President's Independence Day speech contained this important reminder, one we have heard many, many times before:
Bush said victory in Iraq will require "more patience, more courage and more sacrifice."
"If we were to quit Iraq before the job is done, the terrorists we are fighting would not declare victory and lay down their arms. They would follow us here," Bush said at the West Virginia Air National Guard.