Money that Bush earmarked for programs to build up Iraqi political parties, media outlets and human rights groups is now going toward security. Another example of how the reality of democracy-building is so much messier than the fantasy.
Congress just raised our debt ceiling—the amount we’re allow to borrow—by $781 billion. It was either that or default on our treasury notes. This is the fourth debt-ceiling increase since Bush took office—some $3 trillion in total. Dick Cheney may have said that deficits don’t matter, but try telling that to the next generation of Americans, who are going to have one helluva credit card bill to pay off.
Russia’s leader answers mostly tough questions for three and a half hours without the aid of notes or alcohol—a new personal record. | story Of interest: He doesn’t regard Hamas as a terrorist organization and won’t support cutting off its funding.