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The United States of America (11.09.2004)
Ashcroft Quits Justice Department
Second horse race begins for seats in the new Cabinet

We All Need a Little Humor (11.09.2004)
Arnold and Slick Willie
Nothing about Presidential requirements in the Constitution (neither the native-birth requirement nor the two-term limit) should be changed. But there's definitely something to be said for a Clinton vs. Schwarzenegger debate. $50 a ticket.

Socialism Doesn't Work (11.09.2004)
Free Press? Not Everywhere
South Korea's government is cracking down on its three largest newspapers. That's in a relatively free country. It's even worse in openly Communist China, where people are still thrown in jail for opposing the government.

Socialism Doesn't Work (11.09.2004)
China Gives the Boot to 62 North Korean Refugees
North Korea's still in the habit of abducting foreigners. Things don't look especially friendly for relations between North Korea and the West right now.

Socialism Doesn't Work (11.09.2004)
Berlin Wall Fell 15 Years Ago; City Still Confused
"Smaller industries in West Berlin largely depended on subsidies from the then-capital Bonn. When those supports fell away, many firms went under." The lingering impact of socialism -- even the friendlier, West German kind -- still hurts.

We All Need a Little Humor (11.09.2004)
Don't Ask About the "Sixteenth Chapel"
Apparently tourists ask some really moronic questions in Rome

The United States of America (11.09.2004)
Election Over, Here Are Our Allies
The Japanese government apparently hoped for a Bush victory, NATO is telling Germany to back off, and Secretary of State Colin Powell is out making friendly with the Europeans.

Threats to Western Civilization (11.09.2004)
Arafat's Death Could Bankrupt PLO
He's never shared the codes for his secret bank accounts with anyone. In Arafat's death, though, Israel has a fine line to walk between losing the devil it knows and embracing the devil it doesn't.

Threats to Western Civilization (11.09.2004)
Iran Promises "Detente" in Foreign Relations
That might be easier to swallow if they weren't in the habit of aiding terrorist groups and trying the BSD theory of nuclear deterrence. It's wise to keep a very close eye on a very rapidly growing nation with a huge appetite for resources that it can't create on its own. Countries fitting that mold have a history of getting aggressive.
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