A Lack Of Closure

  • In a Senate hearing yesterday, General David Petraeus urged lawmakers not to do anything regarding troop levels in Iraq until President George W. Bush was safely out of office. [New York Times]
  • Petraeus's trip to the Hill lacked the drama and suspense of last year's, when there was some hope he might say something new or different. Now there no hope. [Los Angeles Times]
  • This lack of hope or endpoints made senators "frustrated." U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker consoled despondent lawmakers, saying, "Almost everything about Iraq is hard." [Washington Post]
  • In our magical new Information Age Economy, individual buying power does not increase during periods of economic expansion. [New York Times]
  • The president of the International Olympic Committee had harsh words for protesters who were "inviting politics into sports." [Wall Street Journal]
  • Wonkette's favorite Texan lawmaker, the lunatic dermatologist Shelley Sekula Gibbs, fell in glorious defeat to rival Pete Olson in the Republican runoff for Tom DeLay's old Congressional district. [The Hill]

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