And now the most absorbing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
North Korean Sale Threat?
Two weeks after a meeting in China, in which North Korea (search) admitted to U.S. officials it had nuclear weapons, a new report says North Korea also threatened to sell those weapons on the international market. The Washington Times says a North Korean foreign ministry official told Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly that North Korea would be willing to "export nuclear weapons." U.S. officials believe North Korea has two or three "nuclear devices" and could make up to six more. Meanwhile, CBS Market Watch says North Korea is trying to revive its sagging economy by floating bonds that it hopes will raise 40 to 50 billion won, equal to as much as $516 million. Thing is, only one lucky buyer will be able to collect any interest on the bonds -- he or she has to win a lottery first. As for the others, the communist regime has promised to give them an "expression of affection" instead of interest.
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' (search) presidential campaign, already under investigation for receiving a questionable campaign contribution from an employee at a Little Rock, Ark., law firm, has apparently received some other suspicious donations from low-level employees at other law firms. The Hill newspaper says a number of these employees have limited financial resources, have never given to political campaigns before, have never voted before or are active members of the Republican Party. The question is whether they, like the Little Rock employee, gave the money expecting to be reimbursed by their firm, which would be illegal.
Remember that front-page story in The New York Times last October that said the U.S. attorney for Maryland, on "orders from the Justice Department and the White House," stopped the interrogation of sniper suspect John Muhammad (search) just when it looked like he was about to confess? The story was emphatically denied by the Justice Department at the time, but The New York Times stood by it. Now the National Review points out that the author of the story was Jayson Blair, the Times reporter who was caught recently plagiarizing a story from a Texas newspaper and who last week resigned amid questions about other stories he'd done.
President Bush may be popular in democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln's home state of Arkansas, but guess which music group Lincoln chose to host a democratic fund-raiser? None other than the Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer you might remember said she was "ashamed" to be from the same state as Bush. Lincoln's invitation says a "rockin' night" at the Dixie Chicks concert next month in Washington, D.C., costs $2,500 if you're with a political action committee and $1,000 if you're an "individual."