- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008

Boehner uses curse in Obama reference

COLUMBUS, Ohio | House Republican leader John A. Boehner of Ohio used a vulgar expression to refer to Democrat Sen. Barack Obama and his voting record in the Illinois legislature.

While campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, Mr. Boehner told a small crowd at a bar in the college town of Oxford that three voting alternatives in Congress are “yes,” “no” and “chicken-(expletive).” The Ohio congressman said the last thing that the country needs is to have a “chicken” in the White House, referring to the number of “present” votes that Mr. Obama cast as a member of the Illinois legislature.

Boehner spokesman Jessica Towhey confirmed the remarks on Saturday but said the congressman wasn’t calling Mr. Obama the vulgar term. “The point … was that Barack Obama has consistently avoided making tough decisions and taking tough votes, and voters need to know that,” she said.

Obama spokesman Tom Reynolds called it “sad that John McCain and his supporters are closing their campaign with increasingly angry, desperate, false attacks instead of offering up a single thing John McCain would do differently on the economy than George Bush.”

Papers ordered in wiretap lawsuit

A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memos that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. signed an order Friday requiring the department to produce the memos by the White House legal counsel’s office by Nov. 17. He said he will review the memos in private to determine whether any information can be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege or jeopardizing national security.

Judge Kennedy issued his order in response to lawsuits by civil liberties groups in 2005 after news reports disclosed the wiretapping. The department had argued that the memos were protected attorney-client communications and contain classified information.

But the judge said that the attorney-client argument was “too vague” and that he would have to look at the documents himself to determine whether that argument is valid. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said Saturday that the department is reviewing the opinion and will “respond appropriately in court.”

12-year-old killed while trick or treating

SUMTER, S.C. | Police say a 12-year-old trick or treater was killed when a convicted felon fearing a robbery fired nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle from inside a house.

Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said T.J. Darrisaw died Friday evening after being shot multiple times. His father and 9-year-old brother were also shot but were treated and released.

Quentin Patrick was charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill. Police said the 22-year-old ex-convict told them he’d been robbed and shot in the past.

Police said T.J.’s family attended a Halloween celebration in downtown Sumter, 45 miles east of Columbia, then stopped at Mr. Patrick’s house because the porch light was on. Two other siblings were with them but weren’t hurt.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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