August 1, 2002
Political asylum in the U.S. of A

In Wednesday's, Claudia Rosett recounts the tale of Chinese dissident Zhang Shengli. Zhang (the Chinese have their surnames first) isn't famous -- or at least he wasn't until Ms. Rosett's piece -- but he's certainly someone who deserves a place in the United States. Zhang has a history. But 20 years ago he did […]

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July 31, 2002
Spreading the wealth

Roll Call is reporting that House GOP member have been dissuaded from filing an ethics complaint against a Democratic House member after Minority Leader Dick Gephardt threatened to retaliate against Republicans. Roll Call outlines the case against Rep. Paul Kanjorski: GOP strategists and party officials had been contemplating for months filing ethics charges against Kanjorski, […]

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July 30, 2002
Saving a child

I wanted to point readers to this Sacramento Bee column by Marjie Lundstrom before it dropped off the Bee's Web site. The article is something of an ode to what good laws can do. Last week a mother dropped her newborn child off at a hospital -- instead of into a trash can. The "Safe […]

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July 24, 2002
Saved by the courts

Last month I mentioned that California Gov. Gray Davis had made a little mistake when it came to submitting to arbitration with some lawyers who had sued the state over its illegal "Smog Impact Fee" assessed on people who registered vehicles from out of state in California. Well, the courts have saved him -- and […]

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July 14, 2002
A point for Pitt

On "Meet the Press" today, host Tim Russert took pains to point out in the Xerox accounting scandal that the SEC fine was $10 million -- on an overstatement of $6 billion. Yes, the fine is a pittance -- but who pays that fine? Give you a hint: It's not the accountants, the board of […]

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July 10, 2002
Gray Davis watch

The news is a little old, but when the economy tanked and the California government was faced with a large budget deficit, Gov. Gray Davis announced a hiring freeze. It turned out the freeze wasn't exactly real, and since then the state has hired about 9,000 additional workers. According to a report in the Sacramento […]

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May 1, 2002
Secret Service boozers

Vice President Dick Cheney's drunken, brawling, Tyson-esque Secret Service agents won't be facing charges for thier part in a brawl that left a local man missing part of his ear. The North County Times reported that the whole situation was so muddled that no one could be convicted of anything. Whatever the comment, a fight […]

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December 3, 2001
Sunday Morning Shows

Every Sunday morning I record as many of the news shows that I can. Priority is given to "Fox News Sunday" and I record the other shows as best I can. On ABC's "This Week" Sam Donaldson interviewed Portland, Ore., police chief Mark Kroeker on his department's refusal to cooperate with the FBI's request to […]

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