And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
A Critical Piece of Strategy in Iowa?
Dick Gephardt's presidential campaign says a former Howard Dean staff member has confessed that a -- "critical piece" of the Dean camp's strategy in Iowa is importing non-Iowans into the state to vote in the Iowa caucuses -- where identification to vote is said to be not required. This comes nearly seven weeks after the Iowa Democratic Party, according to Newsweek, warned all presidential campaigns against doing just that.
In a letter to the Dean campaign, Gephardt campaign Manager Steve Murphy says such practices would -- "tarnish the reputation" of the caucuses and could raise questions about Dean's vote tally. And so, Murphy says, the Dean campaign -- "must identify ... and fire [those] organizing this effort."
The Dean campaign, in response, has called Murphy's allegations -- "baseless... [and] desperate attacks," adding -- "sleazy tactics like [this] are exactly the reason that people have stopped participating in the political process."
Sent to Syria?
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction are currently hidden throughout Syria ... that according to a Syrian journalist who says his information comes straight from Syrian intelligence. Journalist Nizar NaYoof, in an interview with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, says Saddam's weapons are now stored in ... tunnels that run underneath the city Al-Baida, where an underground factory produces Syrian scud missiles ... in the village of Tal Snan, where there is a large Syrian air force camp... and in the city of Jinstar, on the Syria-Lebanon border.
NaYoof says commanders in Saddam's Republican Guard and members of the Syrian presidential family worked together to organize the weapons transfer before the war in Iraq began.
Lost in Leads
Last night we noted how some print media suddenly stopped mentioning in their leads that Vice President Dick Cheney used to run Halliburton Inc, once the company was, in effect, cleared of accusations that it overcharged for services in Iraq. According to the Media Research Center, CBS Evening News referred twice to Cheney's past connection to Halliburton. But, the center says, now that Halliburton has been cleared, CBS Evening News hasn't mentioned that development at all.
And from world of American justice, a man in West Bend, Wisconsin, says he is going to sue his cable company for making him addicted to TV, making his wife overweight, and making his kids lazy. Timothy Dumouchel, quoted in the Fond Du Lac Reporter, says he wants a lifetime supply of free Internet service in compensation.
From Presidents to the Pope
Meanwhile, in Chicago, former black panther Bob Brown has filed a class action suit against 71 defendants, including the president of the United States, the president of France, the queen of England, the king of Spain, and the pope. According to the Chicago Tribune, he's seeking restitution for all the money he says they derived through slavery.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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