The Wire: October 15, 2009

  • 9:22 a.m.

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    McCain aide defends Palin as VP choice

    A top adviser from John McCain’s presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin’s odds as a 2012 presidential candidate defended Wednesday the decision to pick her as McCain’s 2008 running mate.

  • 2:26 p.m.

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    Zadzooks: Batman and Superman: Public Enemies, X-Men: The Animated Adventures

    Reviews of X-Men: The Animated Adventures, Volumes 1 through 4 from Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Batman and Superman: Public Enemies from Warner Home Video.

  • 12:58 p.m.

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    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s D.C. branch is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.

  • 12:58 p.m.

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    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Light shines on youth

    After logging more than 700 hours of community service, 14-year-old Jonece M. Layne of Beltsville received the Daily Point of Light Award.

  • 12:58 p.m.

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    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: A 'blessing' to be 'able to give back'

    Deborah Gandy’s passion for community service goes deep into her early childhood. Ms. Gandy would follow her mother, Juanita Groomes, as she volunteered through the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, N.C.

  • 3:21 p.m.

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    HOLMES: Obama defines success downward in Afghanistan

    In March, President Obama thought that defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban was critical to national security. “[I]f the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged,” he warned, “that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.”

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    3 hikers missing in Kings Canyon National Park

    A police officer from Southern California is among three hikers missing in Kings Canyon National Park near Fresno.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Lack of insurance does not stop doctor's care

    Dr. Pedro Jose Greer stands in a cool, dim operating room at Miami’s Mercy Hospital, looking at a glowing image of a patient’s digestive system on a flat-screen TV.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Hot Button

    Deepak Chopra on Mumbai

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Less than half of AIG bonuses returned

    AIG employees have returned less than half of the $45 million in bonuses they promised to repay in a good-will gesture after the company received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer aid, according to the Treasury Department’s independent watchdog.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Hall questions Redskins' personnel

    Cornerback says blame isn’t all Zorn’s

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Radio host wins pardon for executed great-uncles

    Syndicated radio-talk show host Tom Joyner’s crusade to clear the names of two great-uncles executed in 1915 for the murder of a Confederate Army veteran ended triumphantly.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    American Scene

    Conviction tossed in Iraqi’s death

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    LETTER TO EDITOR: Misplaced cheers and jeers

    Some in the media say that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama could widen the partisan divide and make it more difficult for him to accomplish his goals. Seriously? I don’t think the partisan divide can get any worse than it is already.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Al Qaeda ties exposed in NYC bomb plot

    The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in New York had contacts with al Qaeda that went nearly all the way to the top.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: Tort reform savings

    Sen. Max Baucus’ health care bill consists of a dog’s breakfast of taxes after taxes after more taxes. With so much new pressure being put on taxpayers, you might think senators would jump at the chance to find some savings that could eliminate the need for some of the tax increases. Think again. Too many senators are in the hip pocket of the wealthy plaintiffs’ lawyers for them to consider any savings that would diminish the lawyers’ jackpots.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: The upside to flu shots

    Last week, like many of you, The Washington Times’ employees lined up for annual seasonal flu shots. Getting the vaccination is quick, safe for the vast majority of healthy people and - after decades of use - is proven to limit flu-related deaths. The odds are much greater that it will prevent harm than do any.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    EDITORIAL: Fox hunting

    Let’s face it. Fox News runs stories that the Obama administration would rather ignore - from the sleaziness and corruption in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to the bizarre views and actions of senior presidential appointees such as Van Jones and Kevin Jennings.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    LETTER TO EDITOR: Minimizing the pension tension

    The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), a trade group representing 4,500 business owners, appreciates The Washington Times’ focusing needed attention on the pension crisis in our country. However, in our view, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, should be congratulated for tackling a difficult public policy issue that too often is ignored and unappreciated on Capitol Hill and in the media. We encourage greater media attention on how Congress, using the tax code, could expand pension coverage to a greater number of American workers than the small and shrinking number with quality pension coverage today.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    'Paranormal' phenomenon

    The critics have spoken. Here’s what more than a few have to say: “Scariest movie of the decade.” “Scariest movie of my life.”

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Americans forge tie with Costa Rica

    U.S. men honor Davies by taking first in CONCACAF» Blog FC

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    Taking Names

    Rio de Janeiro is wooing Woody Allen to make a movie there.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Tuning In to TV

    Tracy Morgan’s new memoir, “I Am the New Black,” arrived in bookstores Tuesday.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Reid merging Senate health reform bills

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in the middle of a tug of war between moderate and liberal Democrats hoping to sway the health care reform bill he plans to send to the Senate floor later this month.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Jobs offered for weapons in Nigeria's restive delta

    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria | Thousands of guns, grenades and rounds of ammunition have been surrendered under an amnesty deal in Nigeria’s oil delta, but activists and former militants warn that peace will only last if work can be found fast for those who disarmed.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    World scene

    Brown pledges more Afghanistan troops

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Trick-or-treat season

    We are in the bewitching trick-or-treat season when Democrats are telling us their nearly $1 trillion health reform plan is deficit-neutral and will reduce the nation’s soaring medical care costs.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Embassy Row

    OUTRAGEOUS RUMORS

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Iraqi ministry puts 2004-08 death toll at 85,694

    Iraq’s government said at least 85,000 Iraqis were killed from 2004 to 2008, officially answering one of the biggest questions of the conflict - how many perished in the sectarian violence that nearly led to a civil war.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    America's Morning News

    In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show “America’s Morning News,” here’s what three of Wednesday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Another Metro approach

    This has been a difficult year for Metro. Track fires, station closings and the accident on June 22 that claimed the lives of nine passengers have marred a system with a generally positive safety record. Unfortunately, this past weekend, Metro once again closed stations - the second time in as many months - further increasing travel times for beleaguered riders.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Briefly

    Tsvangirai’s aide sent back to jail

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    Washington in 5 Minutes

    A roundup of news about national politics and the federal government.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    A good chief for UNESCO

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) promotes education, cultural values and heritage. Institutionally, UNESCO preserves and promotes the many cultures that make up the fabric of our planet and ideally should perform its role without the mar of cultural bias or ethnic partiality.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Unwelcome unemployment

    The inching up of the unemployment rate from 9.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent in September doesn’t begin to convey the disastrous deterioration of the labor market.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Noble achievements - and deserved

    Enough already. Barack Obama got the Nobel Prize for Hope and Hype, and now the rest is up to him. But there are more important Nobels, and this year, women won three of those for scientific research. They won not for what they might do, sometime, maybe, could be, or hope so, but for what they already have done. Just eight women have won Nobels in physiology or medicine, and the recognition of these women strikes down pernicious myths about women and science. These were not affirmative-action awards.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    GREEN & GLOVER: Who's got power?

    How does one measure power in a city known as the world’s political powerhouse? Joules or watts won’t cut it, but how about asking the power players themselves at GQ’s 50 Most Powerful People in D.C. soiree?

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    AIG hasn't returned bonuses as promised

    American International Group Inc. employees have returned less than half of the $45 million in bonuses they promised to repay in a goodwill gesture after the company received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer aid, according to the Treasury Department’s independent watchdog.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Gaza war dominates U.N. session

    Diplomats mainly from the Islamic world used the monthly session of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to criticize Israel by citing a U.N. report charging Israel and Hamas with war crimes.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Don't ask, tell or legitimize

    I am sympathetic to the story told by Joseph Rocha, who claims in a Washington Post opinion column that he was discharged from the Navy because he is gay, though he says he never told anyone. Mr. Rocha says his male colleagues concluded he was gay when he wouldn’t laugh at their dirty jokes about women or visit prostitutes with them.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Inside Politics

    “Maine Republican Olympia Snowe may have thrown her support behind the Democrats’ health care agenda, but Democrats still need 60 votes to pass the filibuster threshold in the Senate - and though they’ve gained Ms. Snowe, they’re losing Joe Lieberman,” the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel writes at www.opinionjournal.com.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    BOOK REVIEW: Dauntless and female in Pakistan

    Pakistan is often in the news these days. But what do we really know about the country? We know that Pakistan is Islamic, that terrorists leak over the border with Afghanistan, that hired killers target politicians and suicide bombers rip into streets and offices. We also know its relations with the United States have not always run smoothly. But why is this? What is its history? What’s it like to live there? What do Pakistanis think about?

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Inside the Beltway

    Run for the hills. Halloween’s coming early, inspired by one lawmaker in particular.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Rush Limbaugh dropped from Rams bid

    Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    U.S. needs intelligence from Afghan villagers

    The rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) screamed in just before noon, the booms from their air bursts nearly drowning out the sound of the incoming small-arms fire that kicked up the dust in the center of the compound.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Challenges dog U.S. in Afghan war

    As the Obama administration debates the need for additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan, commanders at Bagram Air Base say their facilities already are overwhelmed by existing demand.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    LETTER TO EDITOR: Saying 'OECD research faulty' is faulty

    Lawrence J. Spiwak’s Op-Ed column “OECD research faulty” (Opinion, Sunday) provides incorrect information about the data that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) collects and the methodologies it employs. The strength of the OECD’s pricing methodologies comes from how they are developed and regularly reviewed in collaboration with member governments and telecommunications companies. The Federal Communications Commission and AT&T attend periodic OECD meetings to review the structure and composition of the OECD price baskets and provide detailed data to support their composition.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Bill would raise Medicare fees for doctors

    Maneuvering to boost prospects for sweeping health care legislation, Senate Democrats hope first to win quick approval for a bill that grants doctors a $247 billion increase in Medicare fees over a decade, officials said Wednesday, a move that would raise federal deficits.

  • 2:39 p.m.

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    Nats rework their front office

    Clark hired as assistant GM; Kline promoted to scouting director

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