Americans Cannot Name Democratic Presidential Candidates

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Remarking to Raucous Crowd?
As Carl Cameron (search) noted earlier, the new CBS/New York Times poll shows that 66 percent -- two-thirds -- of Americans can't name even one Democratic presidential candidate. This includes 64 percent of all Democrats. Among voters in the know, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (search) emerged as the most popular. Lieberman, an outspoken supporter of the war in Iraq, has begun wondering aloud about the aftermath. He told a New York audience that the United States is "in danger of...losing the peace so badly that the achievement that our military made in the war will be squandered." The Associated Press notes that he offered the criticism after the mostly Democratic crowd had hissed at an earlier statement of support for the war effort.

Saddam SARS
A couple in China have named their baby son Saddam SARS (search) -- that's right, first name Saddam, like the former iraqi dictator, last name SARS, like the disease. The family's name, Deng, will now be the baby's middle name. The Sydney Morning Herald says the Dengs wanted to commemorate two important events that coincided with the child's birth.

Anger Management
New York Times staffers met at Loew's Astor Theater on Broadway this afternoon after three top editors invited them to come and "discuss the Jayson Blair matter and anything else you might have on your mind."  Jayson Blair is the reporter who was fired after the disclosure that he had faked dozens of stories. The editors apparently sensed that Sunday's front-page Times article about the situation, which the three editors in an internal memo called an "unfettered account," had backfired mainly because it seemed to exonerate top management of any responsibility for the debacle. The New York Post quotes a staffer who calls the article a "whitewash" of management behavior. And The New York Daily News says several Times staffers have described the newsroom situation as chaotic. Meanwhile, The New York Daily News writes that one of Blair's friends at the Times, Zuza Glowacka, is no longer working at the paper. The Daily News says the friendship appeared romantic to co-workers, who are wondering if Glowacka, a news clerk who was friends with the wife of Times Executive Editor Howell Raines, helped Blair write deceptive stories, or had anything to do with management's failure to prevent the stories from seeing the light of day.