This Morning’s News

Bush Asks for More Spending on Defense, Energy, Less on Welfare

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush is asking Congress to approve funding increases for a host of programs, from the Iraq war to tax credits for coal-fired power plants, while proposing cuts to others such as unemployment insurance, according to White House budget documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

In Bush’s almost $3 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2008, which begins Oct. 1, the administration forecasts that the U.S. will spend $145.2 billion on the “global war on terror,” mostly on spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. That falls to a projected $50 billion in 2009, the first year of office for Bush’s successor, according to the documents, which are budget fact sheets for each federal department.

Hamas PM urges unity deal with Abbas as truce holds

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said on Monday he hoped a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas would result in an agreement on a unity government to end a crippling Western embargo.

Haniyeh and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal will hold talks in Mecca on Tuesday with a Fatah delegation led by Abbas which also aim to end factional warfare which has killed more than 80 Palestinians since December.

Actually it seems that the Palestinians are attempting to set a world record for number of “Cease Fires” they can violate and still retain “Victim Status”.  

Nato airstrike kills Taleban leader

A senior Taleban commander who tormented British troops in northern Helmand has been killed in an airstrike against rebels who have overrun the town of Musa Qala.

“This key Taleban leader was well known to have commanded insurgents within the Musa Qala district and was directly responsible for the recent uprising and insurgent attacks within Musa Qala,” said Squadron Leader Dave Marsh, a spokesman for Nato troops in the south.

Iran installs 328 centrifuges at atomic site

Iran has installed two cascades of 164 centrifuges each in its underground Natanz nuclear plant, laying a basis for “industrial-scale” enrichment of uranium for atomic fuel, European diplomatic sources said on Monday.

The cascades were to be test-run shortly, without uranium feedstock inside, and fuel material would then be added if the tests were successful, they said. The 328 centrifuges would be the vanguard of 3,000 planned for installation in coming months.

Iran completed infrastructure preparations to launch the vast subterranean plant, which is fortified and flanked by anti-aircraft guns, over the past several weeks.

Bitterly Cold Temperatures Monday

Thanks to a large dip in the jet stream over the eastern United States, a frigid batch of arctic air has shifted southward into the Northeast. On Monday, bitterly cold temperatures will be found across the entire Great Lakes and Northeast region, with high temperatures about 20 degrees below normal in many areas. With strong winds gusting over 30 mph for much of the day, it’ll feel even colder than that! Although temperatures will begin to moderate somewhat on Tuesday, they won’t rise very much, so be prepared for a very cold week.

As a side note, this is what it is in Honolulu

High: 79 ° RealFeel®: 83 °

Mostly sunny

Anyone thinking Vacation


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