- The Washington Times - Friday, August 17, 2007

Giuliani’s plea

RepublicanRudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday that people should “leave my family alone” when asked by a New Hampshire woman why the 2008 presidential candidate should expect loyalty from voters when he doesn’t get it from his children.

Mr. Giuliani has a daughter who has indicated support for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Democrat, and a son who said they didn’t speak for some time. His ugly divorce from their mother, Donna Hanover, was waged publicly while Mr. Giuliani was mayor of New York. Mr. Giuliani has since remarried.

Answering questions at a town hall meeting in Derry, N.H., the Associated Press reports, Mr. Giuliani was asked why he should expect loyalty from Republican voters when his children aren’t backing him.

“I love my family very, very much and will do anything for them. There are complexities in every family in America,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The best thing I can say is kind of, ‘leave my family alone, just like I’ll leave your family alone.’ ”

Shirt suit ends

A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced yesterday.

Nicole and Jeffery Rank of Corpus Christi, Texas, were handcuffed and removed from the July 4, 2004, rally at the West Virginia Capitol, where Mr. Bush gave a speech. A judge dismissed trespassing charges against them, and an order closing the case was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W.Va., the Associated Press reported.

White House spokesman Blair Jones said the settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing.

“The parties understand that this settlement is a compromise of disputed claims to avoid the expenses and risks of litigation and is not an admission of fault, liability, or wrongful conduct,” Mr. Jones said.

The front of the Ranks’ homemade T-shirts bore the international symbol for “no” superimposed over the word “Bush.” The back of Mrs. Rank’s T-shirt said “Love America, Hate Bush.” On the back of Mr. Rank’s T-shirt was the message “Regime Change Starts at Home.”

Boos at MSNBC

Joe Scarborough has pulled back the curtain on the liberal bias at MSNBC, describing an incident in which people in its newsroom ceaselessly booed President Bush during a State of the Union address,” Mark Finkelstein writes at Newsbusters.org.

“The revelation came on ‘Morning Joe’ [yesterday]. … Joe was discussing a recent episode at the Seattle Times in which reporters and editors cheered the news that Karl Rove had resigned. … Joe went on to describe a similar incident at MSNBC,” Mr. Finkelstein said.

Mr. Scarborough said that “my first night here at MSNBC was the president’s State of the Union address in 2003, and I was shocked because there were actually people in the newsroom that were booing the president actually from the beginning to the end.”

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