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        Monday, May 22, 2006

       Bush Says Iraq at "Turning Point"

News Items: News Items Bush: Iraq Slowly Reaching Turning Point
Bush Sees 'Incremental' Progress in Iraq

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Bush speaks to restauranteurs in Chicago

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       Video: Bush on Low Approval Rating.

Bush on Low Approval: Brushes Aside Policy Concerns, Says People Are Just Unsettled
NBC White House correspondent David Gregory interviewed President Bush this morning on the Today Show and asked him why so many people disapprove of the job he’s doing. Bush brushed aside the public’s concern about his policies and insisted that nearly 70 percent of Americans are simply “unsettled.” Watch it.

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       American's Hate Bush, Torture Boy: We Will Prosecute Reporters Who Tell The Truth,

Knight Ridder
Americans don't like President Bush personally much anymore, either

Excerpt: A drop in his personal popularity, as measured by several public polls, has shadowed the decline in Bush's job-approval ratings and weakened his political armor when he and his party need it most.
Losing that political protection - dubbed "Teflon" when Ronald Reagan had it - is costing Bush what the late political scientist Richard Neustadt called the "leeway" to survive hard times and maintain his grip on the nation's agenda. Without it, Bush is a more tempting target for political enemies. And members of his party in Congress are less inclined to stand with him.

H.L.s Take: People don't like Bush??? No, can't be.

Attorney Gen.: Reporters Can Be Prosecuted

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.
The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly.
"There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,"

H.L.s Take: If this isn't a sign of the coming prison state, Bush and his boys have set up, then I don't know what is. So now when a whistle blower breaks a story to the media because he is tired of the lying, and stealing, they can throw his ass in Jail, Thats a good way to stop the truth from getting out.

Laura Bush Campaigns for Republicans, They Don't Want George

WASHINGTON — First lady Laura Bush, whose approval rating is roughly double her husband's, is going places the president would be less welcome and leveraging her popularity to raise money for Republicans in tough races this fall.
In the 2005-06 election cycle, the first lady has appeared at 15 Republican Party events and raised nearly $7 million.

Independent U.K.
Breaking point: Inside story of the Guantanamo uprising

The base's authorities suspect the incidents were co-ordinated and fed off each other, but one former inmate and two lawyers raised substantial doubts about the US military's account of the disturbances.
Moazzam Begg, the Birmingham bookshop owner released from the camp last year, said the detention cells were too closely monitored and controlled for inmates to organise a revolt so well. Clive Stafford Smith and Brent Mickum, defence lawyers who regularly visit clients in the base, said they suspected the official accounts were "rubbish".

Wall Street Journal
Requests for Corporate Data Multiply

"Corporate counsel that used to see law-enforcement-related requests five times a year are now getting them sometimes dozens of times a day," says Susan Hackett, a senior vice president and top attorney for the Association of Corporate Counsel, which represents the legal departments of leading U.S. companies.
In short, phone companies currently caught up in a controversy over reports that they gave the National Security Agency access to records of customers' calls are hardly the only businesses fretting over how to cooperate with the government in the war on terror. Internet and financial companies also are frequently targeted by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, forcing them into situations where they must choose between customers' rights to privacy and their own corporate desire to help the government without being seen as agents of the government.

Data on 26.5 million veterans stolen from home

Excerpt: WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Personal data on about 26.5 million U.S. military veterans was stolen from the residence of a Department of Veterans Affairs data analyst who improperly took the material home, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said Monday...
Nicholson said the theft of the data took place this month, but declined to identify the employee or the location of the burglary.

Brad Blog

"If Diebold had set out to build a system as insecure as they possibly could, this would be it," says Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins University computer-science professor and elections-security expert.
Things aren't looking good for our friends at Diebold. Even NEWSWEEK is finally paying attention as Steven Levy files a report for this week's issue on the story we broke two weeks ago.