Bush's Tactics Like Hitler's?

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Bush's Tactics Like Hitler's?
A member of the German cabinet has been quoted as comparing President Bush's handling of the Iraq issue to the tactics of Adolf Hitler.

Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin said — according to a regional newspaper — "Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problem. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler also used."

Presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleischer called the statement "outrageous and inexplicable.

But the German justice ministry denied the quote and Chancellor Schroeder said he was glad to hear that because there would be no room in his cabinet for someone who made such a comparison.

Mum's the Word 
That brief outburst by two protesters during Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's testimony in the House yesterday may not have amounted to much.

The New York Times story on the hearing summed the incident up in two sentences inside the paper.

But on the front page, there the protesters were in living color.

The Los Angeles Times even made the outburst the lead photograph in the paper.

And MSNBC invited the women on as prime-time guests.

Principal Hushes Presidential Hopeful
The latest from the world of American education is that a California middle school pupil running for student body president has been censored by her principal.

The 13-year-old girl planned to ask students during a school election assembly in the town of Fairfax to move five inches to the right, then five inches back to the left, and then to introduce themselves to the person next to them. Then she planned to say, "I've just gotten most of the gym floor clean and everybody to meet someone in less than three minutes. Think what I can do in an entire year."

But the principal said saying that would violate school election guidelines against "attempting to get the audience involved." She's suing.

NRA Sues School System
The Albemarle County, Virginia school system is being sued by the National Rifle Association after a 12-year-old wore a t-shirt from the NRA's Sport Shooting Camp that showed silhouettes of three target shooters.

The school authorities made him turn it inside out, claiming it was violent, and violated school policy.

But the NRA says it's the boy's constitutional rights that were violated.