And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Santorum and SCOTUS
Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has been accused of equating homosexuality with incest and bigamy, has said his controversial remarks simply made the same legal point the Supreme Court made in deciding a case that is now current law.
Indeed, in the 1986 opinion of Bowers v. Hardwick , Justice Byron White wrote that if the court were to decide that the Constitution protects homosexual conduct inside the home, then "it would be difficult ... to limit the claimed right to homosexual conduct, while leaving exposed to prosecution adultery, incest and other sexual crimes even though they are committed in the home."
Meanwhile, the leader of a large polygamist sect in Utah tells the Associated Press he objects to Santorum's remarks, not because they lump homosexuality with incest and bigamy, but because they lump bigamy with incest and homosexuality.
Shifting the Spotlight?
British Member of Parliament George Galloway, identified in documents found by The Daily Telegraph in Baghdad as being on Saddam Hussein's payroll, is now trying to shift the spotlight. He told The Guardian newspaper that it may have been people on his fund-raising team — not he — who took money from Saddam.
The Daily Telegraph isn't buying it, and has expanded its revelations. The newspaper cites a letter from one of Saddam's officials, dated May 6, 2000, which says contacts between the Iraqi intelligence service and Galloway should be severed because "discovery of his relationship with the [Iraqi intelligence service] would damage him very much."
An international team of lawyers and human-rights groups is collecting evidence in Iraq to determine whether war crimes had been committed. The group plans to prosecute government and military leaders for hurting civilians "indiscriminately" in what one spokesman for Human Rights Watch calls a "systematic" manner.
But they're not investigating the Iraqi regime, but the U.S. and British governments.
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the San Jose Mercury News , "If there's going to be an investigation of Iraq, there should also be an investigation of the coalition."
Whirled News Tonight
The closed captions for one showing of ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings Tuesday night caused quite a stir as they reported on 77-year-old Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who has been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate.
The captions said Greenspan was "in the hospital for an enlarged prostitute."
Greenspan's wife, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell, told The Washington Post ,"He should be so lucky."