Sunday, March 19, 2006

Goood Morning to the Mainland!

Justin Peters at SLATE says:

The New York Times leads with news that two private pension reform bills under consideration in the House and Senate will drastically reduce the amount of money corporations are required to contribute to their pension plans. The Los Angeles Times leads a piece on the growing number of Republican leaders and former White House officials criticizing President Bush's unfocused domestic policies. Citing his low approval ratings and growing internecine strife, the story suggests that Bush is well on his way to lame-duck status.

The Washington Post leads a story on the ways that Washington lobbyists plan to skirt the lobbying reform laws expected to be passed in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal. Their nefarious plans include contributing to campaigns and using the Internet to foment grass-roots activism. Plus, you know, the usual bags of money with dollar signs on them.

Three years into the Iraq war, and everyone is pausing to assess the extent of the damage done. A front-page LAT analysis cites recent muted comments by the administration as evidence of "a creeping redefinition of U.S. goals that increasingly allows for the possibility that the nation may remain unstable for years to come." Inside, a generous editorial gives Bush credit for the idealism behind his initial goals while regretting the pathetic prosecution of the same. Rest here


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