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Kerry Slams Pace of New Orleans Recovery

John Kerry made his third visit to the hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans area on Friday where he was the keynote speaker at the 14th annual convention of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. While in New Orleans, the New Orleans Picayune reports that Kerry said “the government’s role in the recovery of hurricane-battered New […]

More Troops to Baghdad – “Iraq As a Political Project is Finished”

“Plans are now being drawn up to move additional forces to the Iraqi capital,” reports the NY Times. On Friday, “the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Friday that the escalating sectarian violence in Baghdad had become a greater worry than the insurgency.” “The situation with sectarian violence in Baghdad is very serious,” […]

Kerry and Democrats Call for Enforcement, Accountability in Minority Advertising Contracts

On Friday, leading Senate and House Democrats called for the aggressive implementation of federal policy to ensure minority and disadvantaged small businesses have fair access to federal contracts. The executive order, signed by President Clinton in 2000, emphasizes the need for the government to “aggressively” reach out to minority and underserved firms. Senate Democratic Leader […]

U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis

American officials said Friday that the “Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon.” The NY Times reports: The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the […]

Evacuations Continue and Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Lebanon

Americans with suitcases waited on a rocky Lebanese beach to be loaded into the waiting hold of a U.S. Navy landing craft on Friday as the U.S. stepped up evacuation efforts. Five thousand U.S. citizens were leaving Friday — the largest number in one day since the evacuation began Wednesday. U.S. officials confirmed that 3,600 […]

Julia Roberts Pumps Up Biofuel

Look who’s pumping Biofuel now… Julia Roberts is making another debut: this time as a spokeswoman for alternative fuel. Dallas-based Earth Biofuels announced that Roberts will become a spokeswoman for the company and chair its new advisory board. “It’s very important that we expand our use of clean energy and make a long-term commitment to […]