Daily Scribble finishes No. 2 in voting for best Web political cartoon of 2004

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September 25, 2005
Hard Bigotry of No Expectations [editorial]

It was, indeed, a brilliant encapsulation of so much of what is wrong with American education. But while Mr. Bush has been worrying about low expectations in schools, he's been ratcheting the bar downward himself on almost everything else.

The president's recent schedule of nonstop disaster-scene photo-ops is reminiscent of the principal of a failing school who believes he's doing a great job because he makes it a point to drop in on every class play and teacher retirement party. And if there ever was an exhibit of the misguided conviction that for some people very little is good enough, it's the current administration spin that the proposed Iraqi constitution is fine because the founding fathers didn't give women equal rights either.


Bush Urges Shift in Relief Responsibilities

Congress Asked to Consider Placing Pentagon in Charge of Disaster Response
By Jim VandeHei and Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 26, 2005; A12

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 25 -- On Sunday, President Bush called on Congress to consider a larger role for U.S. armed forces in responding to natural disasters, as he completed what White House aides called a weekend "fact-finding" mission to determine whether the Pentagon needs more control...

Some skeptics have said Bush's remarks belatedly recognize that his administration and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) bungled in applying the military's existing capabilities to rescue Katrina victims. Rather than creating new laws and authorities, government officials simply need to execute existing plans competently, they said.

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September 26, 2005
Vice President Goes Home After Knee Surgery

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 - Vice President Dick Cheney went home from a hospital here on Sunday morning, a day after doctors performed procedures to repair aneurysms in arteries behind both his knees.

Mr. Cheney, 64, walked slowly out of George Washington University Hospital with his wife, Lynne, at his side. He planned to rest on Sunday and work from home on Monday, his chief spokesman, Stephen E. Schmidt, said.

On Saturday, a team of five doctors performed a minimally invasive procedure to implant flexible stent-grafts in the popliteal arteries behind each knee. Mr. Cheney was given local anesthesia during the procedures, which together lasted six hours.


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