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June 24, 2004
News Update

I may have more to say about some of these items later, but for now, time being fast-moving as it is, I'll just note some important items for the record. I can't be expected to explain everything, can I?

Supreme Court Punts Cheney Case
Their Supreme Judicial Grandnesses refused to order the administration to release records of Cheney's secret Energy Task Force meetings. This issue isn't resolved, but the decision guarantees that the records will not be released before the election.
U.S. Appeals Court Reverses F.C.C's Media Ownership Rules
This one is good news. The F.C.C. really has its head up its ass, and it's about time some of their nonsense was thrown out in court. Now on to the obsenity rules.
Cheney Curses Senator
At the usually tame Senate "class photo," Dick Cheney swore at Senator Patrick Leahy (D - Vermont). The Senate wasn't technically in session, which is the only reason Cheney's action wasn't illegal. Cheney's representative described it as, "a frank exchange of views." Other reports indicate that Cheney said, "Go fuck yourself." Lovely.
President Questioned by Investigators in Plame Affair
Bush was questioned by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as part of his ongoing investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent. The administration has been accused of leaking the name as retaliation against Plame's husband Ambassador Joe Wilson, who busted up the whole "Uranium from Africa" story. Seventy minutes is a long time to question a president, and questioning a sitting president in a criminal investigation at all is pretty extraordinary. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, apparently with a straight face, "No one wants to get to the bottom of this matter more than the president of the United States."

That's all for now. I have more stories in the queue, but I have to eat something or I'll get cranky.

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