Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Midnight headlines

Galveston Texas paper pubs the story on Saipan sweatshops connected to DeLay. Could it be a coincidence that wonkabout wrote on this Tuesday? I'd bet that it is.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he found no victims of sweatshops, sex slavery or forced abortions on the Pacific island of Saipan in the mid-1990s. But Carmencita Abad says that’s because DeLay did not want to see them.

“My answer is, Mr. DeLay, I am that person,” Abad said in a telephone interview. “I am an example of an individual who can prove that the accounts of sweatshop labor and forced prostitution are not just allegations but true accounts of working conditions in the Marianas Islands when Mr. DeLay traveled there and turned a blind eye to our misery.”
Will DeLay be able to hold his seat in Texas? My sources say no.
Big Tobacco gets settlement at yard sale. Amazed at low price.
After eight months of courtroom argument, Justice Department lawyers abruptly upset a landmark civil racketeering case against the tobacco industry yesterday by asking for less than 8 percent of the expected penalty.

As he concluded closing arguments in the six-year-old lawsuit, Justice Department lawyer Stephen D. Brody shocked tobacco company representatives and anti-tobacco activists by announcing that the government will not seek the $130 billion that a government expert had testified was necessary to fund smoking-cessation programs. Instead, Brody said, the Justice Department will ask tobacco companies to pay $10 billion over five years to help millions of Americans quit smoking.

So Tobacco gets a lowball offer, less cash goes to help people stop smoking, more smokers. Its a win win situation for Big Tobacco, lose lose for America. Could they have had a man on the inside?

Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, made public a letter he had written to the inspector general of the Justice Department asking for an investigation into whether improper political interference had led to the change in request and what role might have been played by Associate Attorney General Robert D. McCallum Jr., a former classmate of President Bush at Yale and partner in an Atlanta law firm that represented one of the defendants in the case, R. J. Reynolds.

Mr. McCallum, who attended court on Tuesday and Wednesday, declined to discuss the issue, saying he would answer questions after closing arguments concluded Thursday. Department officials would not discuss whether ethics officials in the department had reviewed his involvement in the case.

Here's the editorial cartoon.

Has anybody seen this sale on GM cars? I guess they can afford it since they laid off 25,000 workers. Anybody think this is a bit odd timing?


From Blah3, Marines accused of kidnapping a boy in order to recruit him. The draft is coming...
Newshounds shows us how Fox News sets up viewers for a panic every time they see a young Arab man in the supermarket...

by Robster @ 6/08/2005 11:03:00 PM PERMALink