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The FBI has been forced to abandon some recent criminal investigations into leaks of classified information because it cannot get cooperation from intelligence agencies. The New York Sun reports investigators had to close three inquiries because the agencies victimized by the leaks refused to return phone calls and provide documents. They also canceled meetings and failed to reschedule them.
The story does not name specific agencies — but it does feature a CIA spokeswoman flatly denying any resistance to the FBI probes by her colleagues. The Bush administration has long lamented the leaks of classified information, saying they are damaging to national security in wartime.
Wisconsin freshman Democratic CongressmanSteve Kagen purposely called the first lady by a wrong name, thanked both the president and vice president for campaigning against him, and told Karl Rove that he had "kicked your ass."
A newspaper in Appleton, Wisconsin reports Kagen said that during a White House reception he called Laura Bush "Barbara" because "the meanest thing you can say to another gentlemen is, 'he's a fine fellow,' and you then refer to his spouse by a different name."
Kagen — who is a physician — claims he cornered Rove in a White House restroom, blocked his exit and said, "You're in the White House and you think you are safe, huh? You recognize me? My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." To which Rove replied, "Congratulations."
The Bush Administration has for the second time nominated Richard Hoagland as ambassador to Armenia. And Democratic Senator Robert Menendez has for the second time placed a hold on the nomination.
Menendez — who is a supporter of the Armenian lobby — opposes the nomination because Hoagland refuses to use the term "genocide" to characterize the killing of nearly 1.5 million Armenians by Turkish fighters.
Democrats plan a vote on a House resolution calling those deaths a genocide — a resolution that the administration feels could damage U.S. relations with Turkey.
The killing of those Armenians occurred between 1915 and 1923.
A Seattle-area school district is now requiring that any school wanting to show Al Gore's global warming movie "An Inconvenient Truth" present an opposing viewpoint. The board adopted the policy after several parents complained that the movie amounted to indoctrination.
And one board member cited a published report that many scientists laugh at doomsday predictions by Gore and other environmentalists. One of the movie's producers told a Seattle newspaper that she was shocked by the board's action.
—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.