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Friday, June 30, 2006

WHITE HOUSE FREQUENT FLIERS




As Congress debates a crackdown on members' and their staffs' accepting travel paid for by outside interests, newly filed records show Capitol Hill lawmakers aren't Washington's only frequent fliers. According to the filings with the Office of Government Ethics, White House staffers have accepted nearly $135,000 in free trips since November 2004. Among those picking up the tab; some of the president's top business supporters, including the National Association of Manufacturers, and dozens of conservative and religious groups, among them the Southern Baptists Convention, Focus on the Family and the Federalist Socirty.

Records list most trips as speaking engagements or panel discussions---including White House chief of staff Karl Rove's $2,600 trip last September to Aspen, where he attended a two-day retreat sponsored by financier Ted Forstmann. Al Hubbard, Bush's top economic adviser, also visited Colorado, reporting a $4,276 trip in June 2005 paid for by the American Enterprise Institute. Bush aides listed trips as far away as Norway, Germany, Latvia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Australia, where Rove aide Barry Jackson reported a $15,483 jaunt to Sydney to attend a conference on Australian-U.S. relations.

The most frequent traveler: Tim Goeglein, a White House point man for conservative groups, who reported $30,000 in free travel. Records show Goeglein's most frequent destination was Ft. Wayne, IN, his hometown, where he reported 5 visits last year. White House spokewoman Dana Perino says travel is part of "regular outreach," noting that all staffers were invited guests.


Source of Information: Newsweek
July 3-10, 2006 issue
By: Holly Bailey

AILES CRACKS WHIP AS FOX NEWS SLIPS

Slackers at FOX NEWS Channel, you're on notice! FOX NEWS Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network's ratings slump, and he won't hesitate to clean house to turn things around.

So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 news channel's schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse.

Chief rival CNN has also dipped in recent weeks, but less dramatically, off 18% in the demo and 2% in total viewers.

Insiders say that, even though FOX NEWS remains No. 1, Ailes is fuming over the complacency he senses among staffers.

Production values are slipping, and bookers aren't competitive enough, relying heavily on the same pool of faces and settling for authors after they've already been on CNN or...gasp...MSNBC.

A full-page "Now Hiring" ad that ran recently in a trade magazine asked, "Can you make the cut?" Says one FOX staffer, that questioned was not addressed to outside applicants: "That was aimed inside."

Commenting through a spokesman last week, Ailes left no doubt: "Anyone who displays launch-type intensity will continue to have a job at FOX NEWS. Those who don't will not. And that includes talent."


***Whenever you turn to FOX NEWS, it's like deja' vu. Over and over and over again, they say the same thing. What a great job the Bush administration is doing. Their breaking news is only what they get from the White House. Any leaks that they get are from the White House. I find it awfully strange that FOX NEWS is the first ones there when something blows up, don't you? But the U.S. always claims that they had nothing to do with it. Just because the White House tells FOX NEWS something, they think it's the truth. Watching FOX NEWS is like picking up the Enquirer, only worse! You watch it when there's nothing else on!


Source of Information: Broadcasting Cable
June 29, 2006

TOO MANY VETERANS AREN'T GETTING HELP THEY NEED

First their lives were disrupted. And then those who served in the Afghan and Iraq wars risked their lives. They shouldn't have to wait in line for essential health care services.

There is nothing that this nation doesn't know about the effects of war on its military personnel, thanks to a great deal of experience. Vietnam turned Department of Veterans Affairs medical teams into experts on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Many veterans of the Vietnam War became homeless. On any given night in America, estimates are that there are at least 200,000 veterans sleeping on the streets and in shelters.

One can only guess how many will be added to that roster by the Iraq and Afghan wars. The VA reports that 1,200 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanastan have sought homeless shelter services so far. That reportedly only about 200 actually are living on the streets is a reflection of the success of service providers in addressing the veterans' needs. There is no doubt that both numbers will grow as more young men and women come home from the Persian Gulf.

The many thousands who have suffered physical wounds in the wars must depend upon the VA for treatment and readjustment to civilian life. They deserve better than understaffed, overcrowded clinics, which is what far too many have encountered in the South Bend area. No one knows yet how many veterans of the Afghanastan and Iraq wars will suffer service-related disabilities. So far, there have been more than 100,000. The Bush administration grossly underestimated the number, budgeting for only about 24,000 who would need medical care in 2005 and 2006.

We often honor veterans in this country with our words. Far too often, the government falls short in meeting veterans' real needs. It is up to all of us to demand better for them.

***Since this an election year, it is time to get those out of Congress who are always voting "NO" for our veterans and put someone in there that has a heart. Maybe our young men and women would be more willing to go fight for a country that shows that they care for them and will stand by them if something were to happen to them. It sure in the hell isn' this Republican run Congress!


Source of Information: South Bend Tribune
June 28, 2006