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       News:Bush's War Deaths Up, Tom Delay Appointee's Plane Hauling Cocaine, Phone Jamming Scandal

USA Today
U.S. Military Deaths Rise Sharply in Iraq

The U.S. military said Sunday that four Marines died over the weekend. In the first half of April, 48 American troops died in Iraq, according to Pentagon statistics.
In March, 30 U.S. forces died in Iraq, the fewest in a month since February 2004.
Anbar province, which stretches from west of Baghdad to the Syrian border and includes the former insurgent strongholds of Ramadi and Fallujah, has long been a challenge to pacify. At least 26 of this month's U.S. deaths occurred in Anbar.

Plane That Flew 5 Tons of Coke to Fl. Owned by Tom Delay Appointee.

One of the two owners of the DC9 (tail number N900SA) busted at an airport in the Yucatan last week after lumbering in from Caracas, Venezuela carrying an astonishing 5.5 TONS of cocaine was appointed in 1993 to the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee by then-Congressional Majority Leader Tom Delay

NY Times
A Small-Time Crime With Hints of Big-Time Connections Lights Up the Net

In 2002, there was a hard-fought Senate race between Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, the Democrat, and John Sununu, the Republican. On Election Day, Democratic workers arrived at five get-out-the-vote offices to find their phone lines jammed. It turned out that the jamming was being done by an Idaho telemarketing firm that was being paid by a Virginia consulting group. The fee for the jamming, reportedly $15,600, was paid by New Hampshire Republicans.
The executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party and the president of the Virginia consulting group pleaded guilty for their part in the scheme. James Tobin, who was the New England political director for the Republican National Committee, went to trial and was convicted of telephone harassment last December.
Now, Jack Abramoff and his Indian tribe clients have joined the cast of characters