Monday, October 10, 2005

Sunday article round-up

I'm a little behind on the Sunday article round-up because yesterday I was busy celebrating 6 wonderful years with Mrs. Expat Teacher.

Without further ado, here are some stories I thought were interesting and probably should be blogged about, but I didn't have time.

The Boston Globe is running a 3 part series on politically influential evangelical ministers. Part 1 is about James Dobson (free reg required).

This week, the Senate supported torture limits by a vote of 90-9. The 9 pro-torture Senators can be found here. The White House has threatened to veto this bill because "the amendment (SA1977) identifies the Army field manual as the only source from which to draw interrogation techniques. The use of the manual applies to military servicemen and women, but not to the CIA." Even if Bush doesn't veto it, it looks as if the House to weaken torture bill.

In another attack of cronyism, President Bush has put Karl Rove in charge of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction. Karl has never run a multi-million dollar corporation and doesn't have extensive managerial or reconstruction experience. Karl Rove is the architect of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 political campaigns. Karl Rove is already busy being the deputy-chief-of-staff. How much real effort is the Gulf clean-up and reconstruction going to get? My guess is none if it doesn't have a political benefit.

Finally, UK Chancellor, Gordon Brown makes a strong argument for the importance of the next round of WTO talks in Hong Kong this December. Brown warned that the Achievements at July's G8 summit will be undermined if progress is not made at key world trade talks in December.

Oh, and sorry dad.