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Saturday, May 06, 2006


THE NEWS SPOTLIGHT: 7 STORIES 

1) Judge orders San Diego to Remove Cross

The 29-foot-high cross was dedicated as a memorial to Korean War veterans in 1954 on a hilltop that towers over seaside La Jolla.

Philip Paulson, an atheist and Vietnam veteran, has been challenging its placement on city-owned parkland since 1989. He declined comment on the ruling Wednesday, but his attorney, James McElroy, said he hoped city officials would finally back down.


2) CIA Chief Porter Goss didn't quit, he was fired

But senior administration officials said Bush had lost confidence in Goss, 67, almost from the beginning and decided months ago to replace him. In what was described as a difficult meeting in April with Negroponte, Goss was told to prepare to leave by May, according to several officials with knowledge of the conversation.


3) Byron York: Republicans and this year's fight over judges

But in the end, there are those numbers: 235, 87 percent, "the highest confirmation rate of any president since Reagan." Although it took bitter fighting and several elections to do it, the Bush White House has won most of its battles over judicial nominations. It will win a few more, like Kavanaugh, but there will be some nominees it just doesn't get. And, without a Supreme Court nomination to attract national attention, it will become more difficult to get the GOP base energized about a dwindling number of nominees.


4) Every seems to be complaining about oil prices but how come no one says anything about exorbitant college tuitions?

That's how oil company profits are reported. Why not subsidize the oil companies, which provide a product essential to allowing 300 million Americans to live, and put a cap on the price of college, which seems designed to turn out more liberal parasites on the productive?

As economist Richard Vedder of Ohio University has demonstrated, every time the government subsidizes college tuition through tuition tax credits, college tuition rises by the precise amount of the tuition tax credit.


5) Michael Goldfarb: An inside look at the Pentagon's inadequate response to the IED threat in Iraq

This officer described to me a military that has been ineffective in confronting the IED threat for three reasons: (1) overdependence on technology-based solutions; (2) a stifling culture of bureaucracy; and (3) a failure to compile accurate information on each IED attack.


6) Stephen Dinan: Bush losing support of conservative voters

"One of the things clearly that's happening is a breakdown of the coalition that elected and re-elected the president," said John Zogby, who said his surveys show Mr. Bush getting less than 45 percent support among groups such as investors, NASCAR fans, gun owners and Catholics, and just over 50 percent among born-again Christians. He also said he had never seen any presidential ratings as low as Mr. Bush scored on immigration and border security. "Frankly, I think this comes under the column of piling it on," he said. "This is more than immigration, but translated, this is the next hot issue. This is what we're all looking at, paying attention to."


7) George Will: The overrated John Kenneth Galbraith

Although Galbraith coined the phrase "conventional wisdom" and thought of himself as the scourge of groupthink, "The Affluent Society" was the distilled essence of the conventional wisdom on campuses. In the 1960s that liberalism became a stance of disdain, describing Americans not only as Galbraith had, as vulgar, but also as sick, racist, sexist, imperialist, etc. Again, and not amazingly, voters were not amused when told that their desires -- for big cars, neighborhood schools and other things -- did not deserve respect.

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