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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite leaders in Iraq said President Bush has offered to help rebuild a sacred shrine that was bombed.The attack on the Askariya shrine in Samarra on Wednesday has ignited a wave of violence that has left more than 190 people dead. About 50 people were reported killed today, including 14 police commandos and 13 members of one family.The office of the head of Iraq's largest Shiite political party said Bush called Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim today to discuss the bombing. Al-Hakim's office says Bush condemned the attack and offered to help rebuild the shrine.
What I don't understand, and never will, is why people continue to support these crooked Republicans. Why don't people, supposedly educated, stop voting for the very people who will do the very least for them? Stupid is as stupid does, I guess...
Would Justice Clean the House?
The Justice Department has a message for Congress: clean up your house or else we may have to do it for you. A senior federal law enforcement official told TIME that the paralyzed and often lax House ethics committee has created a vacuum that prosecutors won't hesitate to fill. The House’s internal mechanism for keeping corruption in check is “broken,” says the official.
By contrast, current criminal probes of lawmakers are expanding rapidly. Like the Abramoff probe, the investigation into former Republican Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham from San Diego is also widening. Last week, defense contractor Mitchell Wade OF MZM, INC. pleaded guilty to supplying more than $1 million of the $2.4 million in bribes Cunningham previously admitted taking in a scheme that touches Defense Department officials and two other members of Congress.
A Defense Department spokesman tells TIME that "there is an ongoing review by appropriate organizations within the Department" as to whether the Cunningham- and MZM-linked intelligence contracts would have compromised any Pentagon intelligence programs.