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Mohammed Tawfeeq and Faris
Qasira. “Suicide bombers plow van
into mosque.” CNN.com 12/3/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.



Iraq***
“Four suicide bombers drove a minibus loaded with explosives into a northern Baghdad Shiite mosque early today, killing 14 civilians, many who had gathered for morning prayers, police said. At about the same time, insurgents fired rockets at one police station while more than 20 insurgents, driving 11 vehicles, stormed another station, Iraqi police said.”
Milly, Jenna. “Good planning key to
shopping success.” CNN.com
11/26/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.



hottest holiday gifts***
“To stay current on all the latest trends, Hersh, whose customers include celebrities Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Simpson and Lucy Liu, scours the streets to find the newest styles. This year, she says, Ugg handbags, pashmina wraparound shawls and T-shirts donned with hip catchphrases lead the pack in Hollywood must-haves.”

“For office gifts and items that might require a less personal approach, she suggests a flowers-of-the-month club, gourmet chocolates, housewarming items, wines and gift baskets.”

“The NRF surveyed consumers on what they wanted to receive this year. Among the items, clothing, books, CDs, DVDs and gift cards topped the list.”
“Bush nominates Kerik for Homeland
Security.” CNN.com 12/3/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Bush administration***
“President Bush today nominated former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to take over as secretary of homeland security. Bush called Kerik a "dedicated, innovative reformer who insists on getting results." Kerik led the New York City Police Department through the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”
“Okalahoma 30, Nebraska 3.” SI.com
11/13/04. 12/3/04
<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/>.




Huskers***
“White picked apart Nebraska's secondary with a near flawless performance, completing 28-of-34 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns, as the Sooners clinched another trip to the Big 12 championship game with a 30-3 drubbing of the Cornhuskers.”

“The Cornhuskers (5-5, 3-4 Big 12 North), a 30-point underdog, avoided their first shutout since 1996, when David Dyches kicked a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the game. The kick came after the Sooners (10-0, 7-0 South) were penalized 15 yards because the fans pelted the field with too many oranges.”
“Colorado 26, Nebraska 20.” SI.com
11/26/04. 12/3/04
<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/>.




Huskers***
“The Buffaloes defeated the Cornhuskers, 26-20, keeping alive their Big 12 Conference North Division title hopes and ending one of the NCAA's most cherished records.”

“The loss ended Nebraska's NCAA-record streak of 35 consecutive bowl appearances and saddled the Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-5 Big 12 North) with their first losing season since 1962.”

“The streak started in 1969 with a 45-6 victory over Georgia in the Sun Bowl and ended last season with a 17-3 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.”
“NCAA Big 12 Standings.” SI.com 2004.
12/3/04
<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/>.




Huskers***
STANDINGS
NORTH Conf All
NAME W L W L
COLORADO 4 4 4 7
IOWA ST 4 4 6 5
MISSOURI 6 3 5 5
NEBRASKA 6 3 5 5
KANSAS 2 6 4 7
KANSAS ST 7 2 6 4

SOUTH Conf. All
NAME W L W L
OKLAHOMA 0 8 0 11
TEXAS 7 1 10 1
TEXAS A&M 4 5 3 7
TEXAS TECH 4 5 3 7
OKLAHOMA ST 4 4 4 7
BAYLOR 1 7 3 8
“Supreme Court weighs marijuana as
medicine.” CNN.com 11/29/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Marijuana***
“The justices refused three years ago to protect distributors of medical marijuana from federal charges. They are confronting a more personal issue this time -- the power of federal agents to go after sick people who use homegrown cannabis with their doctors' permission and their states' approval.”

“The stakes are high because 11 states have passed medical marijuana laws since 1996. A defeat for the two California women might undermine those laws and discourage other states from approving their own.”

“A loss for the government, on the other hand, could jeopardize federal oversight of illegal drugs and raise questions in other areas such as product safety and environmental activities. A Bush administration lawyer told the justices they would be encouraging people to use potentially harmful marijuana if they were to side with the women.”
“Supreme Court to Weigh Medical
Marijuana Laws.” CNN.com 11/29/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Marijuana***
“Traditional drugs have done little to help 39-year-old Angel Raich. Beset by a nightmarish list of ailments that includes tumors in her brain and uterus, seizures, spasms and nausea, she has been able to find comfort only in the marijuana that is recommended by her doctor.”

“It eases her pain, allows her to rise out of a wheelchair and promotes an appetite that prevents her from wasting away.”

“Her Berkeley physician, Frank Lucido, said marijuana "is the only drug of almost three dozen we have tried that works."”

“On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that will determine whether Raich and similar patients in California and 10 other states can continue to use marijuana for medical purposes.”
“Coffey: Medical Marijuana case tests
Congress’ power.” CNN.com 11/29/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Marijuana***
“The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether a federal ban on marijuana can be enforced in states that have legalized its use as a medical treatment with a doctor's permission.”

“SANCHEZ: You're telling me that marijuana is the only way you can reduce your pain?

COFFEY: Well, that's certainly what some of the doctors are saying. In the case of the plaintiff in this case, they're saying that they tried 35 other medical treatments. None are as effective, for whatever reasons, as marijuana.

But interestingly, Rick, the big legal issue is as tedious and, frankly, technical as an accounting seminar. It's what is the power of Congress under the commerce clause [of the Constitution]? How far does it go?”

“SANCHEZ: Is it a states' rights- versus federal rights-type of argument?

COFFEY: I think that's the most compelling thing here because interestingly three states that don't have medical marijuana laws -- Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi -- have weighed in on this appeal and said, "Look, we don't agree with California and those other 10 states, but states ought to have a right to make this kind of decision."”
CNN Money. Holiday Gift Guide. 2004.
12/3/04 <http://money.cnn.com/>.





Hottest Holiday Gifts***
"Batman Animated Batcave
Price: $35
Talk about hot toys: The latest Batman movie isn't even out yet and already Jacob McCarty is asking for this playset with a working elevator and zip wire. At amazon.com."

"Dolls
E-L-M-O, Price: $24
The latest Elmo doll dances and sings E-L-M-O to the tune of "YMCA" -- again and again and again and again. (Tip: Batteries are removable.) At walmart.com.
Graco Doll with My Little 2-in-1 Turbo Booster and Travel Seat, Price: $25
Rachel Hoyt, 6, is smitten with this highly huggable 16-inch doll, whose mini-seat can be strapped next to Rachel in the car or at the dinner table. At toysrus.com.
American Girl Nellie doll, Price: $84
"All girls love American Girl," says Rachel Hoyt. The newest, Nellie, is "best friends" with Samantha, one of the collection's first dolls. At americangirl.com.
Bratz Retro Ride, Price: $90
Bratz dolls are like Barbies with supremely funky attitudes. Their party van holds a Jacuzzi and a working radio. At major toy stores."

"Science:

Discovery Kids Frog Pond
Price: $30
With this habitat (think ant colony, but with frogs), Will McCabe, 6, can study his favorite critter. At discovery.com.

Gadget Headz Car Factory
Price: $30
This device turns melted crayons...into cool cars! Spencer Coppage, age 4, says it's a great use for his old crayons. At crayolastore.com.

Discovery Fingerprint Lab
Price: $30
This little C.S.I.-like lab includes everything your kid detective needs to record, lift and uncover fingerprints. At discovery.com."

"Vehicles:

Hasbro Tonka Toughest Mighty Dump Truck
Price: $30
Tonka trucks are big with tough boys like Jacob McCarty, 4. This new one hauls twice as much as the old one. At major toy stores.

Safety 1st Corvette C5R
Price: $300
Daylin Lott, 5, can drive this battery-powered car up to 5 mph, but the Indy 500 effects make it sound like 150. At amazon.com.

Schwinn 20-Inch Sting-Ray
Price: $178
It's modeled after the classic '60s and '70s Schwinn two-wheeler. Jamel Hubbard, age 10, says he likes it because it looks like a low-rider motorcycle. At walmart.com."
Bhatnagar, Parija. “Hot Holiday
Gadgets.” CNN Money 11/22/04.
12/3/04 <http://money.cnn.com/>.




Hottest Holiday Gifts***
“"If I tried to sum up the overall picture for the holidays into one word, it's 'convergence,'" said Scott Cameron, editor of Technogadgets.com. "If you're shopping for electronics, the must-have product is a single device that can do a little bit of everything."”

“High-tech gadgets are once again expected to dominate the gift-giving season although analysts say holiday sales of consumer electronics may fall short of last year year's stellar performance.”
“Bush taps Nebraska governor for
Cabinet.” CNN.com 12/2/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Bush administration***
“President Bush on Thursday selected Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, a Republican attorney who grew up on an Iowa dairy farm, as secretary of Agriculture to oversee the nation's farm and food programs.”
“Health secretary Thompson steps
down.” CNN.com 12/3/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Bush administration***
“Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced his resignation on Friday, the latest departure from President Bush's Cabinet, according to an administration official.”
“The Bush administration has been busy in the weeks since the election, which also have seen the resignations of Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Education Secretary Rod Paige, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.”
“Bush nixes any notion of postponing
Iraqi elections.” CNN.com 12/2/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Iraq***
“President Bush said Thursday that Iraq's elections must not be delayed from their scheduled date of January 30, rejecting calls from more than a dozen political parties there to postpone them until security at the polls can be ensured.”
“Navy probes Iraqi prisoner photos.”
CNN.com 12/3/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Iraq***
“The U.S. military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees.”

“Some photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of possible abuse of prisoners in Iraq.”
“Rumsfeld to remain in Cabinet.”
CNN.com 12/3/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Bush administration***
“At the urging of President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has agreed to remain in his Cabinet post, a senior administration official said Friday.”

“Rumsfeld has said he wants to finish his reforms at the Pentagon and continue overseeing the Iraq war and that country's hoped-for transformation.”
“U.S. sending 1,500 more troops before
Iraq vote.” CNN.com 12/2/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Iraq***
“The United States is dispatching an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq and extending the stays of more than 10,000 others to bolster security ahead of January's scheduled elections, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The moves will bring the number of U.S. troops in Iraq from nearly 140,000 to an all-time high of about 150,000, the Pentagon said.

Gen. George Casey, commander of the American-dominated multinational force in Iraq, requested the increase to take advantage of momentum gained by recent U.S.-led offensives against an insurgency that has killed hundreds of American troops over the past 18 months, the military said.”
“Hearing for three charged in Iraqi
general’s death.” CNN.com 12/2/04.
12/3/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




Iraq***
“Citing national security, the Army closed a hearing Thursday on whether three soldiers will be court-martialed for allegedly suffocating an Iraqi general during an interrogation last year.”

“The three defendants and one other soldier are accused of smothering Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, 57, at Qaim, Iraq, in November 2003. The soldiers could get life in prison without parole if convicted.”
“U.N. Ambassador John Danforth
resigns.” CNN.com 12/2/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Bush administration***
“After just five months on the job, John Danforth, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned from his post, his spokesman, Richard Grenell, said Thursday evening.

In his resignation letter to President Bush, Danforth said he wished to spend more time with his wife, who recently has had health problems.”
“Government targets teen drugged
driving.” CNN.com 12/3/04. 12/3/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




Marijuana***
“Many teen drivers believe it's less dangerous to drive after smoking marijuana than after drinking alcohol, a perception the government wants to change.

“Marijuana can affect concentration, perception and reaction time up to 24 hours after it's smoked,” Walters said.”

“In a recent study, 30 percent of teens said "planning to drive" was a reason not to drink. But only 18 percent cited "planning to drive" as a reason not to take drugs.”
“Bush nominates Leavitt for health
secretary.” CNN.com 12/13/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“President Bush has nominated EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt to replace Tommy Thompson as Health and Human Services secretary.

Before joining the Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003, Leavitt, 53, was governor of Utah for 11 years.”

“Bush said he plans to implement the first prescription drug benefit for seniors and has called for expanding the services provided by faith-based groups and continuing medical research "always ensuring that the work is carried out with vigor and moral integrity."”
“Nomination process questioned after
Kerik withdraws.” CNN.com 12/13/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Lawmakers debated White House culpability Sunday in the doomed nomination of Bernard Kerik as Homeland Security secretary, asking why the administration failed to find critical information in its vetting process before officially selecting him.”

“Kerik withdrew his name from consideration Friday night, saying he discovered someone he had employed as a nanny and housekeeper had questionable immigration status. He insisted the White House had not erred in its vetting process, but that he found the problem during a "deeper, closer" look at his background in preparation for confirmation.”
“Spokeswoman: Giuliani apologizes to
Bush.” CNN.com 12/13/04. 12/13/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani personally offered apologies to President Bush for the abortive nomination of close associate Bernard Kerik as homeland security secretary.

The White House said Monday there were no hard feelings between Bush and Giuliani about the former mayor's recommendation of Kerik for the post.”
“Kerik: Withdrawing ‘was the right
thing to do’.” CNN.com 12/12/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Saturday that withdrawing his name from consideration for Homeland Security secretary "was the right thing to do."”

“"Late Wednesday evening, I became aware of what I thought may be a problem in some tax filings on a housekeeper, a nanny, that I had working for us in my home, with my children," Kerik said.

"Over the next, I guess, 48 hours or so, I came to realize that in addition to some of the tax issues that I thought I may have, there may have been a question with regard to her legal status in this country."”
Carney, James. “Inside Kerik’s fall.”
CNN.com 12/13/04. 12/13/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“In calculating his odds of getting confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security, former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik and his advisers had reckoned they could handle the issue of Kerik's reputation for occasional lapses of judgment in personal matters.”

“But they hadn't counted on the nanny. Kerik's disclosure, a week after President George W. Bush had announced his selection, that a nanny he had once employed may have been an illegal immigrant, and that he had not paid some taxes on her salary, became the fatal flaw for the man whose prospective job would include enforcing immigration laws.”
“Newspaper: U.S. taps ElBaradei
phone.” CNN.com 12/12/04. 12/12/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“The Bush administration is scrutinizing intercepted telephone conversations that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei had with Iranian diplomats in search of ammunition to oust him from his post, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The newspaper said it showed the lengths to which some in the administration are going to try to replace a top international diplomat who questioned Washington's actions in Iraq and on the Iran nuclear issue.”
“Kerik: Withdrawing over ‘matters
personal to me’.” CNN.com 12/10/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“In a surprise move, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Bush's choice to be homeland security secretary Friday
Below is the text of Kerik's letter to the president:

Dear Mr. President:

It is with deep regret that I inform you that I cannot continue forward in the confirmation process for thc position of secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

While I will always consider your confidence in me to be the honor of a lifetime, I am convinced that, for personal reasons, moving forward would not be in the best interests of your administration, the Department of Homeland Security, or the American people.”
“Electoral College set to certify
election.” CNN.com 12/10/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“As the Electoral College prepares to certify President Bush's re-election on Monday, concerns persist about the integrity of the nation's voting system -- particularly in Ohio, where details continue to emerge of technology failures, voter confusion and overcrowded polling stations in minority and poor neighborhoods.

Few mainstream politicians dispute Bush's victory, and the incumbent's 3.5 million-vote margin nationwide was wider than any of the reported problems, which included insufficient or incomplete provisional ballots and, in some places, brazen partisan shenanigans.

But that is not stopping a disparate assortment of personalities -- prominent among them Democratic congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and presidential candidates of the Green and Libertarian parties -- from questioning the accuracy of certified results and demanding investigations.”
“Leaders discuss Arab world reforms.”
CNN.com 12/10/04. 12/13/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell joins senior officials from the Group of Eight industrial nations here Saturday for a meeting with representatives of more than 20 countries across North Africa and the Middle East to discuss reforms in the Arab world.

The "Forum for the Future" is being co-hosted by Powell and Morocco's foreign minister, Mohamed Benaissa, to discuss political and economic changes under way in the region.”
“Torturing John Snow.” CNN.com
12/9/04. 12/13/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Snow had not heard one word on whether he should leave or stay as secretary of the treasury until Wednesday, when President Bush asked him to remain, at least temporarily. The White House had not repudiated the torrent of leaks suggesting that Snow must go, sooner rather than later.

Nobody can accuse Snow of lacking in either loyalty to the president or fervor in trying to sell his economic programs the last two years.

But the president's supporters, inside and outside the administration, doubt the former railroad executive is best equipped to achieve Bush's second-term goals of Social Security modernization and tax reform.”
“Military faces complaints, morale
problems.” CNN.com 12/10/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“Troops always gripe. But confronting the defense secretary, filing a lawsuit over extended tours and refusing to go on a mission because it's too dangerous elevate complaining to a new level.

It also could mean a deeper problem for the Pentagon: a lessening of faith in the Iraq mission and in a volunteer army that soldiers can't leave.

The hubbub over an exchange between Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and soldiers in Kuwait has given fresh ammunition to critics of the Bush administration's Iraq policy.”
Hirschkorn, Phil. “U.S. denies push to
oust Annan.” CNN.com 12/9/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“Danforth told reporters that Annan was "doing a good job," but the United States wanted a "comprehensive" investigation of the oil-for-food program the United Nations ran for Iraq for seven years, until a U.S.-led invasion deposed Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"We are not suggesting the resignation or pushing for the resignation of the secretary-general," Danforth said.”

“Annan has borne the brunt of criticism from Capitol Hill Republicans, who are investigating how Saddam illegally siphoned billions of dollars in surcharges on his U.N.-approved crude oil shipments and kickbacks from vendors of approved humanitarian goods.”
“Bush names VA secretary nominee.”
CNN.com 12/9/04. 12/13/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“President Bush on Thursday named Jim Nicholson, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, as his nominee to replace outgoing Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi.”

“"Jim has worked with the Vatican to advance many vital foreign policy goals, including fighting poverty, hunger, AIDS, expanding religious liberty around the world and ending the brutal practice of human trafficking," Bush said.

Nicholson was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000. He was an Army Ranger and a paratrooper during the Vietnam War.”
“ACLU: Memos reveal alleged threats to
hush Iraq abuse.” CNN.com 12/8/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“U.S. special operations forces accused of abusing prisoners in Iraq threatened Defense Intelligence Agency personnel who saw the mistreatment, according to government memos released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.”

“The special operations forces also monitored e-mails sent by defense personnel and ordered them "not to talk to anyone" about what they saw, said another memo written by the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, who complained to his Pentagon bosses about the harassment.”
“Snow staying at Treasury; Principi
leaving VA.” CNN.com 12/8/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Treasury Secretary John Snow has said "yes" to President Bush's request that he remain in his post in a second Bush administration, the White House said Wednesday.

"The president is pleased that Secretary Snow decided to stay on for his second term. He is a valued member of the economic team," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

At the same time, Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi has submitted his resignation letter to President Bush, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

He is the ninth Cabinet secretary -- out of 15 -- to announce plans not to return for a second term. Principi's departure had been widely expected and the White House plans to announce a replacement quickly, said the official.”
“Government: Evidence gained by
torture allowed.” CNN.com 12/8/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are allowed to use evidence gained by torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the government conceded in court Thursday.”

“Attorneys for the prisoners argued that some were held solely on evidence gained by torture, which they said violated fundamental fairness and U.S. due process standards. But Boyle argued in a similar hearing Wednesday that the detainees "have no constitutional rights enforceable in this court."”
“Report: CIA chief paints bleak
picture in Iraq.” CNN.com 12/7/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“The situation in Iraq is unlikely to improve anytime soon, according to a classified cable and briefings from the Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The assessments are more pessimistic than the Bush administration's portrayal of the situation to the public, government officials told the newspaper.

The classified cable -- sent last month by the CIA's station chief in Baghdad, who is winding up a one-year tour of duty there -- painted a bleak picture of Iraq's politics, economics and security and reiterated briefings by a senior CIA official, according to the Times article.”
“Bush replaces civil rights panel
chairwoman.” CNN.com 12/6/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“President Bush moved on Monday to replace Mary Frances Berry, the outspoken chairwoman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, who has argued with every president since Jimmy Carter appointed her to the panel a quarter-century ago.

But Berry balked at leaving, saying through a spokesman that she and vice chairman Cruz Reynoso, who also is being replaced, have terms that run until midnight January 21, 2005. The White House maintained that their six-year terms expired Sunday and that Berry and Reynoso had been replaced.”
“Senator: Public needs ‘cold, hard
facts’ on Iraq.” CNN.com 12/6/04.
12/13/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“A moderate Republican senator who recently returned from Iraq said conditions are worse than last year and the American public needs to hear "the cold, hard facts."”

“"It's a very tenuous security situation," Chafee told CNN. "I'd been there a year ago -- what a change."”
“Celebrities offer brief relief for
U.S. troops.” CNN.com 12/14/04.
12/14/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“About 1,000 soldiers at this sprawling base in western Baghdad took a break Tuesday from the war's day-to-day grind to be entertained by comedian Robin Williams, former NFL quarterback John Elway, and sportscaster and model Leeann Tweeden.

The three stars landed in Baghdad along with Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, in military helicopters for a visit to boost troop morale during the holiday season.”
“PM: Iraqi trials to open next week.”
CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“Trials of some of Iraq's former Baath Party leaders will begin next week, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said.

Allawi, speaking to the country's National Council on Tuesday, did not say precisely who would be facing trial or whether former president Saddam Hussein would be among them.”
“Columbine graduate killed in Iraq.”
CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“Lance Cpl. Greg Rund, 21, was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed Saturday, his family said in a statement released Monday. He had talked about joining the Marines throughout high school and enlisted shortly after graduating in 2002.

Rund was a freshman when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot 12 students, a teacher, and then themselves on April 20, 1999.”
“McCain: ‘No confidence’ in Rumsfeld.”
CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday that he has "no confidence" in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.”
“U.S. opposes third term for IAEA
chief.” CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“The Bush administration is opposing the re-appointment of Mohammed ElBaradei as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The U.S. opposition relates to an informal agreement among nations contributing to U.N. agencies that limits the top posts in those organizations to two terms, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Monday.”
“Bush awards medal of freedom.”
CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“President Bush awarded the nation's highest civilian honor Tuesday to three men central to his Iraq policy, saying they had played "pivotal roles in great events."

Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who oversaw combat in Afghanistan and the initial invasion of Iraq, former CIA Director George Tenet and former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer.”
“Captain sent home in UK Navy probe.”
CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“In a highly unusual move, Commander David Axon was ordered off HMS Somerset, a Type 23 frigate, as it returned from duty off Iraq.”

“He was recalled following an "equal opportunities investigation," which was instigated as a result of a complaint from a junior officer, the UK's Press Association reported.”
“Cargo flights rise due to convoy
attacks.” CNN.com 12/14/04. 12/14/04
<http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Iraq
“Insurgent attacks on U.S. convoys in Iraq have prompted the Air Force to step up airlifts of supplies to troops, allowing the Army to reduce the number of convoys on dangerous routes, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.”
“Watchdog: Democratic-leaning 527s
raise most money.” CNN.com 12/14/04.
12/14/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.




***Bush administration
“Whatever the reasons John Kerry and the Democrats lost the race for the White House, lack of money wasn't one.

Tax-exempt pro-Democratic groups raising big checks for this year's election collected almost twice as much money as their Republican rivals in the presidential race, a study shows. The financial advantage comes in addition to record fund raising by Kerry and the Democratic Party.”
Jeff Koinange and Phil
Hirschkorn. “Annan’s son: Probe ‘a
witchhunt’.” CNN.com 12/13/04.
12/14/04 <http://www.cnn.com/>.



***Iraq
“Kojo Annan, the son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, says he had no involvement in the troubled Iraqi oil-for-food program that has drawn both men into multiple investigations.”

“The United Nations hired the firm in 1998 to verify paperwork on imports purchased by Iraq with revenues from its limited oil exports permitted while international economic sanctions were in effect, stemming from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.”

“Critics have suggested the firm might have been favored in its bid because of the Annan family connection. Annan and Cotecna deny that.”
“Baghdad fears rise of ‘Iraqi
Hitler’.” CNN.com 12/13/04. 12/14/04
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“Iraq's interim president has criticized U.S. and British forces for dismantling Iraqi security forces and warned that long-term instability could give rise to an "Iraqi Hitler."

Ghazi al-Yawer said Monday the decision to dismantle Saddam Hussein's defense and interior ministries contributed to the violence and disorder seen since the Iraqi dictator was captured a year ago.”