24 April 2005

The Morning Swell

This is a new regular feature that will be the mornings early news stories. I'll try to make this a daily feature.

Insurgent Violence Escalates In Iraq

BAGHDAD, April 23 -- Violence is escalating sharply in Iraq after a period of relative calm that followed the January elections. Bombings, ambushes and kidnappings targeting Iraqis and foreigners, both troops and civilians, have surged this month while the new Iraqi government is caught up in power struggles over cabinet positions

GOP has votes for Nuclear option

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell said yesterday that Republicans have enough votes to invoke the "nuclear option" to limit Democrats' ability to stall by filibuster consideration of President Bush's nominees for federal appeals courts.

After 29 Years Syria leaves Lebanon for good

Syria's 29-year military domination of Lebanon effectively ended yesterday as all but a token force of troops quit the country before a final ceremonial withdrawal tomorrow. With just 36 hours left before the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, delivers a report on the pullout to the Security Council, hundreds of army cars left in convoy for Syria

French go Brit-bashing to rescue EU ‘yes’ vote

A rising star of the French right has turned on Britain in an increasingly desperate campaign to win backing for the European Union constitution, which is expected to be rejected in a referendum on May 29. Until now, Britain-bashing in the French referendum battle had been the preserve of the predominantly leftist “no” campaigners who regard the constitution as a “Trojan horse” for “Anglo-Saxon free market savagery” and like to proclaim: “No to the Europe of Tony Blair!”

Dodd urges Bolton withdraw as nominee for U.N.

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations should withdraw from consideration or risk embarrassing the president, a Senate Democrat said Sunday. The White House said it stood by John R. Bolton.

A Republican colleague said "it's too close to call" as to whether the Senate will confirm Bolton, who awaits a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 12.


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