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The Bush administration has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for states to extend health coverage to children in middle-income families, The New York Times reported on Monday.
Here are the facts: The federal deficit is "down sharply"...
WASHINGTON - The deficit for the first five months of the budget year is down sharply from a year ago as the growth in government tax collections continues to outpace growth in spending.
...and "down sharply" means more than 25 percent over last year.
The Treasury Department reported that the deficit from October through February totaled $162.2 billion, down 25.5 percent from the same period last year.
The federal deficit was up 0.6 percent to $120 billion in February...
That improvement came even though the deficit in February hit $120 billion, up 0.6 percent from last February's deficit of $119.2 billion.
...but that's normal for this time of year as the numbers get skewed up because the government is sending out more money in the form of tax refunds to earlier tax filers.
One factor that contributes to higher deficits in February are the refund payments the Internal Revenue Service is mailing out during the month to people who have filed early tax returns. The February 2006 imbalance was the largest monthly deficit for that year.
...add this little tidbit to the story:
It's amazing how much better off the world is just knowing that Democrats have won control of Congress, isn't it? They haven't even taken control yet, and in 3 days, look how the prospects in Afghanistan have made an earth-shattering reversal.
Poverty, anger with government fueling Taliban support in Afghanistan
Now we know where Robert Novak learned about Valerie Plame. To the Left's dismay, it wasn't some mega-whopper conspiracy of historical proportions aimed at paying back a critic of the administration... instead, it was just a guy who liked Washington gossip, and actually once called Bush, Cheney, et al. a "bunch of jerks".
The headline had me laughing before I even read the article:
"Michael Moore says gets lots of Republican hugs"
I'm thinking it must be a slow news day. But then I read the article and realize that the entire article reads like a press release for Moore, himself.
Michael Moore -- gadfly filmmaker, liberal activist and political lightning rod -- says he finds himself being hugged by a lot of Republicans these days.
So who are these Republicans he speaks of? Does the article identify any?
...the Oscar-winning director says he is approached all the time by conservatives ready to make peace.
Ok, so who are they? Names? Descriptions? Anything....?
Some in solidly Republican northern Michigan and elsewhere now believe that they made a "colossal mistake" in initially supporting the war in Iraq, Moore said, and they have let him know it in chance encounters on the streets of Traverse City, a resort town where he has relocated from New York.
The BBC has an article out today claiming they have a “new Iraqi massacre tape“. The most curious thing about this article is not the massacre claim itself, but a line buried 15 paragraphs into the 16 paragraph article:
The pictures came from a hardline Sunni group opposed to coalition forces.
That’s like interviewing Hitler for his take on life at a concentration camp. Who needs fact-checking when you have such unbiased and trustworthy sources?
Apparently George W. Bush was quite the Texas Governor. Aside from completely duping Congress with faulty intelligence that led them to believe Saddam Hussein was a threat years before he moved into the White House, now the London Sunday Times' Simon Jenkins reveals this:
"That Blair and Bush should have discussed bombing the Al-Jazeera building in Qatar is hardly surprising. They agreed to bomb the headquarters of Serbian television during the Kosovo war."
And all while just a Governor.