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Saturday, July 30, 2005
  Astronomers claim 10th planet

Astronomers claim 10th planet:
"US astronomers have discovered an object in the outer reaches of the solar system -- a rock bigger than pluto, which they labelled as the 10th planet.

If confirmed, the discovery would be the first of a planet since pluto was identified in 1930.

'Get out your pens. Start re-writing textbooks today,' Mike Brown, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology, said announcing the discovery."
Monday, July 25, 2005
  Late for a Court Date After chase, man ends up in own courtroom:
"An Iowa man who led officers on a highway chase that ended at the Clay County Courthouse Wednesday ran inside and tried to barricade himself in the courtroom where he was scheduled to appear, authorities said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office was asked to help find a pickup truck suspected in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 29 in Union County.

A state Highway Patrol officer Wednesday was pursuing the vehicle on Highway 50 into Vermillion, where the man stopped the truck in the middle of the street and backed into the courthouse retaining wall, said Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe.

'It seemed to just get more and more strange,' Howe told KVHT radio in Yankton Wednesday. 'Typically the pursuits don't come right to us as this one did. Officers actually left the sheriff's office and the police department to go assist with the pursuit, only to find themselves right back here.' "
Saturday, July 09, 2005
  Chinese delegation heads to North Korea

Chinese delegation heads to North Korea:
"A Chinese Communist Party delegation is heading to North Korea for the first leg of a three-nation regional tour.

The envoys left just hours before US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected to press for North Korea to return to multilateral talks on its nuclear drive in Beijing.

The delegation is travelling at the invitation of the Worker's Party of Korea, Xinhua news agency said. They will also visit South Korea and Laos.

The group was led by Xi Jinping, a member of the communist party's Central Committee and secretary of the party's Zhejiang provincial committee, Xinhua said.

North Korea has been refusing to attend six-nation talks on its drive for nuclear arms for the past year, citing the United States' 'hostile' attitude to its government. Rice is due in Beijing late on Saturday."
Thursday, July 07, 2005
  Londoners Take Pride in 'Blitz Spirit'

Londoners Take Pride in 'Blitz Spirit':
"Amid the twisted metal and mangled bodies left by Thursday's devastating bomb attacks, Londoners took pride in their tradition of fortitude and quiet defiance.

'As Brits, we'll carry on _ it doesn't scare us at all,' said 37-year-old tour guide Michael Cahill. 'Look, loads of people are walking down the streets. It's Great Britain _ not called 'Great' for nothing.'"
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
  Our Accident Prone President

Bush Involved in Bike Crash in Scotland - Yahoo! News:
"GLENEAGLES, Scotland - President Bush collided with a local police officer and fell during a bike ride on the grounds of the Gleneagles golf resort while attending a meeting of world leaders Wednesday."

This makes two bike crashes, one Segway wreck, and a potato chip choking incident so far...thank goodness he doesn't skydive like his dad.
Monday, July 04, 2005
  Selecting O'Connor's Replacement has profiles of the people believed to be involved in the selection process for replacing Justice O'Connor:

Bush's Key Players
Saturday, July 02, 2005
  Karl Rove leaked Valerie Plame's CIA work?

MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case:
"NEW YORK Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Friday night, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove."
Friday, July 01, 2005
  Supreme Court Pay

"NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The successor to retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will shape the direction of our nation's democratic experiment, one of nine individuals charged with deciding such crucial issues as the separation of church and state, the extent of power the federal government can exert over the states and possibly even deciding who will become the next president.

But one thing they won't get a chance to do is make a boatload of money in the process.

Whoever replaces O'Connor will undoubtedly have one of the finest legal minds in the country. He or she will also have a paycheck of less than $200,000 a year, compared with an average of over $5 million for corporate executives. "
  Bork Criticizing O'Connor

C&L has a 5 minute clip from CNN of former Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork talking about O'Connor's legacy and the next nominee.

VIDEO: Bork on CNN

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