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Vote for Top Legal Thinkers

The magazine Legal Affairs is conducting an online poll of the top 20 Legal Thinkers in America. Of course, they recognize the poll is unscientific, but it's an interesting exercise nonetheless.

The authors of the poll have offered up a list of 125 names, and allow you to choose 5 from the list, with one additional write-in.

Poll Suggests Quarter of Americans Want Muslim Americans to Register Location

A new poll conducted by Cornell researchers finds:

About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Twenty-nine percent agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations, in order to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising.

Robert Zoellick Likely World Bank Head

zoellick.jpg The Bush Administration seems likely to appoint U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick to the Presidency of the World Bank.

Colin Powell had been mentioned for the position, but he has made it clear he wouldn't accept the position if it were offered to him.

Just When Did We Loan Saddam $4.1 Billion?

The U.S. has kindly agreed to cancel the $4.1 billion dollars that Iraq owes to us.

But the news stories don't explain what this debt consists in. When did we lend Iraq money? Did we lend money to Saddam? That doesn't make sense.

Is this the amount that we believe Iraq owes us as a result of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait?

Is this all official debt, owed by the government of Iraq? Is the U.S. government the only creditor, or does this involve American private enterprise?

Aren't these the questions reporters should be asking?

Kerik Fathered and Abandoned Daughter in Korea

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As reported in the Korea Times, Kerik fathered a daughter with a Korean woman while he was stationed as a policeman in Korea in the 1970s.

New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea

By Reuben Staines
Staff Reporter

Presidential Medal for Failure

Incompetence has its rewards.

Bremer badly mismanaged the Iraq Occupation. Just yesterday, the Iraqi interim President complained bitterly of the disbanding of the Iraqi army. And Bremer's pro-consul-like imperiousness alienated the Iraqi people. Basic infrastructure in Iraq is still not back in place, despite billions of mainly Iraqi money spent on the enterprise.

For that, a Presidential Medal of Honor.

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