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We're learning more about how Cindy Sheehan (search) is getting out her anti-war message. According to a report, a liberal PR firm called Fenton Communications has set up a command center in Crawford, Texas and holds daily strategy sessions.

Financial support comes from "True Majority" -- a non-profit set up by Ben of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream.

Too Good To Be True

For almost two years, the student newspaper at the University of Southern Illinois (search) told the emotionally-charged story of a motherless 8-year-old girl whose father was serving in Iraq.

Now it turns out that the whole thing was apparently made up by someone at the paper. The students' faculty adviser says, "We didn't check our facts very carefully."

Group Against Frist Position

Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (search) has drawn fire for his new position to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The Center for Reclaiming America is going after Frist with a new commercial.

So far the ad is running only around Des Moines, Iowa, where in 2008 the senator may be campaigning for president in the Iowa Caucuses.

Digging Her Heels In?

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Deep Throat

It seems all the fuss about the unmasking of "Deep Throat" hasn't made it into bookstores. Sales of "The Secret Man," Bob Woodward's account of his relationship with FBI official W. Mark Felt (search), have been disappointing.

It rose to No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller List, but is now down to No. 12. By comparison, "Plan of Attack," Woodward's inside account of the run-up to the Iraq war, sold almost six times as many books.

Digging Her Heels In?

Not all Democrats are raising the "white flag" on Judge John Roberts' (search) nomination. One prominent Senator, California's Barbara Boxer, recently vowed to "use all the parliamentary tools I've been given" if Roberts fails to answer questions about his views on privacy rights.

But conservatives see a touch of hypocrisy in the Democrats' strategy. A group called Progress for America in a new Web video calls on Democrats to follow, what they call, "The Ginsberg Precedent."

They say Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg politely refused to answer questions about her views on key issues and won praise from Democratic senators.

A Face Made for Painting

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Celebrating Independence

Reports out of Indonesia say that to celebrate 60 years of independence the government plans to give amnesty next week to more than 50,000 jailed criminals.

Scheduled to be released, a cleric named Abu Bakar Bashir (search), who is behind bars as the mastermind of the Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people.

Compares People to Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (search) got a hostile response at a rally against abusing animals. According to a Connecticut newspaper, there were shouts of outrage when the group compared photos of butchered livestock and dead baby seals to historic photographs of black people being lynched.

A spokesman says PETA is reconsidering its animal liberation campaign.

A Face Made for Painting

And it's often said Alan Greenspan's (search) face — whether smiling or frowning — can move financial markets. Well, it turns out that it can also pay for graduate school.

Twenty-four-year-old Erin Crowe says she started painting Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan because he has a great face for portraits. So far she's sold 18 paintings for $1,000-4,000 each.

Heading North?

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New Charges Planned?

Those four men now in jail — accused of plotting the second terror attack in London (search) — are also under suspicion for ripping off the government.

The men reportedly used multiple aliases, addresses and birth dates to get almost $700,000 in government benefits. The money was discovered when police searched their bank accounts.

Heading North?

After President Bush won re-election, Canadian officials reported a big jump in the number of Americans visiting an immigration Web site — leading to predictions that people unhappy with Mr. Bush's victory would flee the country.

But, the Canadian immigration minister says it didn't work out that way. The number of Americans applying to live in Canada actually fell in the six months after the election.

Getting Some Time Off

A staffer in Senate Minority Leader Reid's office sent out a snarky e-mail to the media Friday, blasting President Bush for what he supposedly isn't doing while on vacation in Texas.

What the e-mail fails to mention is that the president will be out of town for 33 days, while the congressional recess is 36 days.

The First... But not Last

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Waste Not...Want Not

It's always good reading — the fine print in huge spending bills — that reveals where members of Congress are spending our money for pet projects in their home states.

Here are some examples from the new Transportation Bill (search) that Congress just passed: $4 million for a new transit system at the Philadelphia Zoo; $1.2 million for a bicycle access project in Newark, New Jersey, and — get this — almost $250 million for a mile-long bridge in Alaska, connecting the mainland to an island with 50 residents and a small airport.

The First... But not Last

We now have what may be the first 2008 presidential ad to air in New Hampshire. A group supporting Hillary Clinton (search) created the spot.

The senator is shown loading piles of trash onto a garbage truck labeled with alleged failures by President Bush. As she hauls away the trash, voters ask, "Hillary, can you help us?" And, she's got an answer: "Sure. But it'll take me two terms to clear up this mess."

It's going to be a long campaign. But a Clinton spokesman says she remains focused on being the best senator possible for the people of New York.

Coverage Comparison

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Coverage Comparison

There's a new study out comparing how the media covered Sen. Dick Durbin's (search) remarks — about treatment of prisoners — and Karl Rove's (search) speech about the response to the attacks of September 11.

Here's what the Media Research Center found:

On the Rove flap — which broke Wednesday night — ABC and NBC jumped on it, carrying stories Thursday night and Friday morning.

But on the Durbin story, a very different reaction:

ABC and NBC waited seven days — ignoring the entire controversy — until Durbin apologized on the Senate floor.

And CBS never covered the story at all.

Why Did the....

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"F" Marks the Spot

Some students at the University of Kansas (search) are in an uproar over the unauthorized release of their grades and may want the federal government to look into violation of their privacy.

It all started when the financial aid office sent an e-mail that was supposed to be confidential but in fact contained the names of all 119 students who failed every one of their classes this semester.

Father Knows Best

In celebration of Father's Day (search) the Harris organization conducted a poll on which recent president would be the best dad. Thirty-eight percent said President Bush while 37 percent picked former President Clinton.

It's a red state/blue state Father's Day.

Why Did the....

And finally an answer to the question that has stumped great minds for decades: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Well, in this case, it was to be part of a PETA (search) protest in Washington on Saturday about the way Kentucky Fried Chicken allegedly treats its fowl on their way to our dinner plate.

Call of the Wild

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Measuring Confidence

Each year Gallup (search) does a survey to find out how much confidence the American people have in key institutions. Here are some highlights:

The U.S. military tops the list with a 74 percent confidence rating.

The presidency comes in at 44 percent.

Newspapers and television trail at 28 percent.

And near the bottom, Congress with a rating of 22 percent

Picture This

Not sure if there's a connection, but a new study finds that congressional candidates with baby faces often lose elections. The journal Science found that a quick look at a candidate's facial appearance influences a voter's decision.

Politicians with round faces big eyes, small noses and pinchable cheeks almost always "face" defeat.

Call of the Wild

And this report from Margaritaville: Singer Jimmy Buffett's lost cell phone was found by a Delray Beach, Florida busboy. The young man claims that he never called the likes of Al Gore and Jimmy Carter from the speed dial numbers.

But police are talking to him about some crank calls made to Bill Clinton (search) while the phone was allegedly in his possession.

Swinging Away at the President

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Swinging Away at the President

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid takes more swings at President Bush in the latest Rolling Stone magazine.

The Nevada senator says the president and his staff are even more "pushy" now than they were their first term in the White House. And, when given a chance to apologize for calling Mr. Bush "a liar" recently, Reid lets the comment stand.

Baby It's Cold Outside

And this item from northern Minnesota: Two men who planned a 100 day, 1,200 mile trek across the Arctic to call attention to global warming had to cancel their trip.

The reason? You guessed it: Heavy snow, icy conditions and strong winds.

By the Numbers

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Denied Honor

A Filipino woman whose son died fighting in Afghanistan (search) has not been allowed to join a group that recognizes the mothers of fallen soldiers.

Last year Ligaya Lagman's son, Army Staff Sergeant Anthony Lagman, was killed in the line of duty. But because she is not a U.S. citizen, the Gold Star Organization rejected her as a member.

Lagman has lived in the U.S. more than 20 years and is a permanent resident and taxpayer.

By the Numbers

A centrist political group called Third Way (search) just released a study of the 2004 election that shows the challenge facing Democrats.

According to the survey, middle class voters strongly backed President Bush and House Republicans. And as Hispanic voters move into the middle class, the less likely they are to vote Democratic.



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