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UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS TO 9.6%

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2010

Nonfarm payroll employment changed little (-54,000) in August, and the unem-
ployment rate was about unchanged at 9.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Government employment fell, as 114,000 temporary
workers hired for the decennial census completed their work. Private-sector
payroll employment continued to trend up modestly (+67,000).

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons (14.9 million) and the unemployment rate
(9.6 percent) were little changed in August. From May through August, the
jobless rate remained in the range of 9.5 to 9.7 percent. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men (9.8 per-
cent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (26.3 percent), whites (8.7 per-
cent), blacks (16.3 percent), and Hispanics (12.0 percent) showed little
change in August. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.2 percent, not season-
ally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) de-
clined by 323,000 over the month to 6.2 million. In August, 42.0 percent of
unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. (See table A-12.)

In August, the civilian labor force participation rate (64.7 percent) and
the employment-population ratio (58.5 percent) were essentially unchanged.
(See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes re-
ferred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 331,000 over the
month to 8.9 million. These individuals were working part time because their
hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.
(See table A-8.)

About 2.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force in
August, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally ad-
justed.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were avail-
able for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They
were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the
4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 1.1 million discouraged workers in
August, an increase of 352,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not season-
ally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work
because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million
persons marginally attached to the labor force had not searched for work in the
4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family
responsibilities.

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (-54,000) in August. Govern-
ment employment fell by 121,000, reflecting the departure of 114,000 temporary
Census 2010 workers from federal government payrolls. Total private employment
continued to trend up modestly over the month (+67,000). Since its most recent
low in December 2009, private-sector employment has risen by 763,000. (See
table B-1.)

Employment in health care increased by 28,000 in August, with the largest gains
occurring in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+9,000).
Thus far in 2010, the health care industry has added an average of 20,000 jobs
per month, about in line with the average monthly job growth in 2009.

Mining employment rose by 8,000 in August. Since a recent low in October 2009,
employment in the industry has increased by 72,000. Support activities for mining
has accounted for about three-fourths of the gain.

Manufacturing employment declined by 27,000 over the month. A decline in motor
vehicles and parts (-22,000) offset a gain of similar magnitude in July as the
industry departed somewhat from its usual layoff and recall pattern for annual
retooling.

Within professional and business services, employment in temporary help services
was up by 17,000. This industry has added 392,000 jobs since a recent employment
low in September 2009.

Construction employment was up (+19,000) in August. This change partially re-
flected the return to payrolls of 10,000 workers who were on strike in July.

Employment in retail trade was about unchanged over the month. A job gain among
motor vehicle and parts dealers (+8,000) was essentially offset by losses in
building materials and garden supply stores (-6,000).

Employment in other private-sector industries, including wholesale trade, trans-
portation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and leisure and
hospitality, showed little change in August.

Over the month, government employment fell by 121,000, largely reflecting the
loss of 114,000 temporary workers hired for Census 2010. The number of tempor-
ary Census 2010 workers peaked in May at 564,000 but has declined to 82,000 in
August.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged
over the month at 34.2 hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees in-
creased by 0.1 hour to 40.2 hours, and factory overtime was up by 0.1 hour. The
average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm
payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 33.5 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased
by 6 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $22.66 in August. Over the past 12 months, aver-
age hourly earnings have increased by 1.7 percent. In August, average hourly
earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by
3 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $19.08. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised from -221,000
to -175,000, and the change for July was revised from -131,000 to -54,000.

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Afghanistan Bomb Attacks Kill 21 US Soldiers In 48 Hours

A series of bomb attacks have badly hit US troops in eastern and southern Afghanistan in the past 48 hours. The death toll among in the Nato-led coalition has reached 484 this year and is predicted to far surpass 2009’s total of 521.  Obama’s Oval Office Speech On Iraq

Gen David Petraeus, senior US and Nato commander in the country, warned last week fighting would “get harder before it gets easier”. In two of the most deadly recent incidents, three Americans died in eastern Afghanistan on one bomb attack on Tuesday. Five died in a single bomb attack in the south on Monday.

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Obama Fifth Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina (Transcript)

Aug. 29, 2010

Remarks by the President on the Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana

Xavier University
New Orleans, Louisiana

1:50 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  It is good to be back.  (Applause.)  It is good to be back.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  It’s good to have you back!

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m glad.  (Laughter.)  And due to popular demand, I decided to bring the First Lady down here.  (Applause.)

We have just an extraordinary number of dedicated public servants who are here.  If you will be patient with me, I want to make sure that all of them are acknowledged.  First of all, you’ve got the governor of the great state of Louisiana—Bobby Jindal is here.  (Applause.)  We have the outstanding mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu.  (Applause.)  We have the better looking and younger senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu.  (Applause.)

I believe that Senator David Vitter is here.  David—right here.  (Applause.)  We have—hold on a second now—we’ve got Congressman Joe Cao is here.  (Applause.)  Congressman Charlie Melancon is here.  (Applause.)  Congressman Steve Scalise is here.  (Applause.)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who has been working tirelessly down here in Louisiana, Shaun Donovan.  (Applause.)  We’ve got our EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson here—homegirl.  (Applause.)  Administrator of FEMA Craig Fugate is here.  (Applause.)  The person who’s heading up our community service efforts all across the country—Patrick Corvington is here.  (Applause.)  Louisiana’s own Regina Benjamin, the Surgeon General—(applause)—a Xavier grad, I might add.  (Applause.)  We are very proud to have all of these terrific public servants here.

It is wonderful to be back in New Orleans, and it is a great honor—

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We can’t see you!

THE PRESIDENT:  It is a great honor—(laughter)—you can see me now?  (Laughter.)  Okay.  It is a great honor to be back at Xavier University.  (Applause.)  And I—it’s just inspiring to spend time with people who’ve demonstrated what it means to persevere in the face of tragedy; to rebuild in the face of ruin.

I’m grateful to Jade for her introduction, and congratulate you on being crowned Miss Xavier.  (Applause.)  I hope everybody heard during the introduction she was a junior at Ben Franklin High School five years ago when the storm came.  And after Katrina, Ben Franklin High was terribly damaged by wind and water.  Millions of dollars were needed to rebuild the school.  Many feared it would take years to reopen—if it could be reopened at all.

But something remarkable happened.  Parents, teachers, students, volunteers, they all got to work making repairs.  And donations came in from across New Orleans and around the world.  And soon, those silent and darkened corridors, they were bright and they were filled with the sounds of young men and women, including Jade, who were going back to class.  And then Jade committed to Xavier, a university that likewise refused to succumb to despair.  So Jade, like so many students here at this university, embody hope.  That sense of hope in difficult times, that’s what I came to talk about today.

It’s been five years since Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.  There’s no need to dwell on what you experienced and what the world witnessed.  We all remember it keenly:  water pouring through broken levees; mothers holding their children above the waterline; people stranded on rooftops begging for help; bodies lying in the streets of a great American city.  It was a natural disaster but also a manmade catastrophe—a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, and women, and children abandoned and alone.

And shortly after the storm, I came down to Houston to spend time with some of the folks who had taken shelter there.  And I’ll never forget what one woman told me.  She said, “We had nothing before the hurricane.  And now we’ve got less than nothing.”

In the years that followed, New Orleans could have remained a symbol of destruction and decay; of a storm that came and the inadequate response that followed.  It was not hard to imagine a day when we’d tell our children that a once vibrant and wonderful city had been laid low by indifference and neglect.  But that’s not what happened.  It’s not what happened at Ben Franklin.  It’s not what happened here at Xavier.  It’s not what happened across New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast.  (Applause.)  Instead this city has become a symbol of resilience and of community and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another.

And we see that here at Xavier.  Less than a month after the storm struck, amidst debris and flood-damaged buildings, President Francis promised that this university would reopen in a matter of months.  (Applause.)  Some said he was crazy.  Some said it couldn’t happen.  But they didn’t count on what happens when one force of nature meets another.  (Laughter.)  And by January—four months later—class was in session.  Less than a year after the storm, I had the privilege of delivering a commencement address to the largest graduating class in Xavier’s history.  That is a symbol of what New Orleans is all about.  (Applause.)

We see New Orleans in the efforts of Joycelyn Heintz, who’s here today.  Katrina left her house 14 feet underwater.  But after volunteers helped her rebuild, she joined AmeriCorps to serve the community herself—part of a wave of AmeriCorps members who’ve been critical to the rebirth of this city and the rebuilding of this region.  (Applause.)  So today, she manages a local center for mental health and wellness.

We see the symbol that this city has become in the St. Bernard Project, whose founder Liz McCartney is with us.  (Applause.)  This endeavor has drawn volunteers from across the country to rebuild hundreds of homes throughout St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward.

I’ve seen the sense of purpose people felt after the storm when I visited Musicians’ Village in the Ninth Ward back in 2006.  Volunteers were not only constructing houses; they were coming together to preserve the culture of music and art that’s part of the soul of this city—and the soul of this country.  And today, more than 70 homes are complete, and construction is underway on the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.  (Applause.)

We see the dedication to the community in the efforts of Xavier grad Dr. Regina Benjamin, who mortgaged her home, maxed out her credit cards so she could reopen her Bayou la Batre clinic to care for victims of the storm—and who is now our nation’s Surgeon General.  (Applause.)

And we see resilience and hope exemplified by students at Carver High School, who have helped to raise more than a million dollars to build a new community track and football field—their “Field of Dreams”—for the Ninth Ward.  (Applause.)

So because of all of you—all the advocates, all the organizers who are here today, folks standing behind me who’ve worked so hard, who never gave up hope—you are all leading the way toward a better future for this city with innovative approaches to fight poverty and improve health care, reduce crime, and create opportunities for young people.  Because of you, New Orleans is coming back.  (Applause.)

And I just came from Parkway Bakery and Tavern.  (Applause.)  Five years ago, the storm nearly destroyed that neighborhood institution.  I saw the pictures.  Now they’re open, business is booming, and that’s some good eats.  (Laughter.)  I had the shrimp po’boy and some of the gumbo.  (Applause.)  But I skipped the bread pudding because I thought I might fall asleep while I was speaking.  (Laughter.)  But I’ve got it saved for later.  (Laughter.)

Five years ago, many questioned whether people could ever return to this city.  Today, New Orleans is one of the fastest growing cities in America, with a big new surge in small businesses.  Five years ago, the Saints had to play every game on the road because of the damage to the Superdome.  Two weeks ago, we welcomed the Saints to the White House as Super Bowl champions.  (Applause.)  There was also food associated with that.  (Laughter.)  We marked the occasion with a 30-foot po’boy made with shrimps and oysters from the Gulf.  (Applause.)  And you’ll be pleased to know there were no leftovers.  (Laughter.)

Now, I don’t have to tell you that there are still too many vacant and overgrown lots.  There are still too many students attending classes in trailers.  There are still too many people unable to find work.  And there are still too many New Orleanians, folks who haven’t been able to come home.  So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly:  My administration is going to stand with you—and fight alongside you—until the job is done.  (Applause.)  Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.  (Applause.)

When I took office, I directed my Cabinet to redouble our efforts, to put an end to the turf wars between agencies, to cut the red tape and cut the bureaucracy.  (Applause.)  I wanted to make sure that the federal government was a partner—not an obstacle—to recovery here in the Gulf Coast.  And members of my Cabinet—including EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, who grew up in Pontchartrain Park—(applause)—they have come down here dozens of times.  Shaun Donovan has come down here dozens of times.  This is not just to make appearances.  It’s not just to get photo ops.  They came down here to listen and to learn and make real the changes that were necessary so that government was actually working for you.

So for example, efforts to rebuild schools and hospitals, to repair damaged roads and bridges, to get people back to their homes—they were tied up for years in a tangle of disagreements and byzantine rules.  So when I took office, working with your outstanding delegation, particularly Senator Mary Landrieu, we put in place a new way of resolving disputes.  (Applause.)  We put in place a new way of resolving disputes so that funds set aside for rebuilding efforts actually went toward rebuilding efforts.  And as a result, more than 170 projects are getting underway—work on firehouses, and police stations, and roads, and sewer systems, and health clinics, and libraries, and universities.

We’re tackling the corruption and inefficiency that has long plagued the New Orleans Housing Authority.  We’re helping homeowners rebuild and making it easier for renters to find affordable options.  And we’re helping people to move out of temporary homes.  You know, when I took office, more than three years after the storm, tens of thousands of families were still stuck in disaster housing—many still living in small trailers that had been provided by FEMA.  We were spending huge sums of money on temporary shelters when we knew it would be better for families, and less costly for taxpayers, to help people get into affordable, stable, and more permanent housing.  So we’ve helped make it possible for people to find those homes, and we’ve dramatically reduced the number of families in emergency housing.

On the health care front, as a candidate for President, I pledged to make sure we were helping New Orleans recruit doctors and nurses, and rebuild medical facilities—including a new veterans hospital.  (Applause.)  Well, we have resolved a long-standing dispute—one that had tied up hundreds of millions of dollars—to fund the replacement for Charity Hospital.  And in June, Veterans Secretary Ric Shinseki came to New Orleans for the groundbreaking of that new VA hospital.

In education, we’ve made strides as well.  As you know, schools in New Orleans were falling behind long before Katrina.  But in the years since the storm, a lot of public schools opened themselves up to innovation and to reform.  And as a result, we’re actually seeing rising achievement, and New Orleans is becoming a model of innovation for the nation.  This is yet another sign that you’re not just rebuilding—you’re rebuilding stronger than before.  Just this Friday, my administration announced a final agreement on $1.8 billion dollars for Orleans Parish schools.  (Applause.)  This is money that had been locked up for years, but now it’s freed up so folks here can determine best how to restore the school system.

And in a city that’s known too much violence, that’s seen too many young people lost to drugs and criminal activity, we’ve got a Justice Department that’s committed to working with New Orleans to fight the scourge of violent crime, and to weed out corruption in the police force, and to ensure the criminal justice system works for everyone in this city.  (Applause.)  And I want everybody to hear—to know and to hear me thank Mitch Landrieu, your new mayor, for his commitment to that partnership.  (Applause.)

Now, even as we continue our recovery efforts, we’re also focusing on preparing for future threats so that there is never another disaster like Katrina.  The largest civil works project in American history is underway to build a fortified levee system.  And as I—just as I pledged as a candidate, we’re going to finish this system by next year so that this city is protected against a 100-year storm.  We should not be playing Russian roulette every hurricane season.  (Applause.)  And we’re also working to restore protective wetlands and natural barriers that were not only damaged by Katrina—were not just damaged by Katrina but had been rapidly disappearing for decades.

In Washington, we are restoring competence and accountability.  I am proud that my FEMA Director, Craig Fugate, has 25 years of experience in disaster management in Florida.  (Applause.)  He came from Florida, a state that has known its share of hurricanes.  We’ve put together a group led by Secretary Donovan and Secretary Napolitano to look at disaster recovery across the country.  We’re improving coordination on the ground, and modernizing emergency communications, helping families plan for a crisis.  And we’re putting in place reforms so that never again in America is somebody left behind in a disaster because they’re living with a disability or because they’re elderly or because they’re infirmed.  That will not happen again.  (Applause.)

Finally, even as you’ve been buffeted by Katrina and Rita, even as you’ve been impacted by the broader recession that has devastated communities across the country, in recent months the Gulf Coast has seen new hardship as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  And just as we’ve sought to ensure that we are doing what it takes to recover from Katrina, my administration has worked hard to match our efforts on the spill to what you need on the ground.  And we’ve been in close consultation with your governor, your mayors, your parish presidents, your local government officials.

And from the start, I promised you two things.  One is that we would see to it that the leak was stopped.  And it has been.  The second promise I made was that we would stick with our efforts, and stay on BP, until the damage to the Gulf and to the lives of the people in this region was reversed.  And this, too, is a promise that we will keep.  We are not going to forget.  We’re going to stay on it until this area is fully recovered.  (Applause.)

That’s why we rapidly launched the largest response to an environmental disaster in American history—47,000 people on the ground, 5,700 vessels on the water—to contain and clean up the oil.  When BP was not moving fast enough on claims, we told BP to set aside $20 billion in a fund—managed by an independent third party—to help all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the spill.

And we will continue to rely on sound science, carefully monitoring waters and coastlines as well as the health of the people along the Gulf, to deal with any long-term effects of the oil spill.  We are going to stand with you until the oil is cleaned up, until the environment is restored, until polluters are held accountable, until communities are made whole, and until this region is all the way back on its feet.  (Applause.)

So that’s how we’re helping this city, and this state, and this region to recover from the worst natural disaster in our nation’s history.  We’re cutting through the red tape that has impeded rebuilding efforts for years.  We’re making government work better and smarter, in coordination with one of the most expansive non-profit efforts in American history.  We’re helping state and local leaders to address serious problems that had been neglected for decades—problems that existed before the storm came, and have continued after the waters receded—from the levee system to the justice system, from the health care system to the education system.

And together, we are helping to make New Orleans a place that stands for what we can do in America—not just for what we can’t do.  Ultimately, that must be the legacy of Katrina:  not one of neglect, but of action; not one of indifference, but of empathy; not of abandonment, but of a community working together to meet shared challenges.  (Applause.)

The truth is, there are some wounds that have not yet healed.  And there are some losses that can’t be repaid.  And for many who lived through those harrowing days five years ago, there’s searing memories that time may not erase.  But even amid so much tragedy, we saw stirrings of a brighter day.  Five years ago we saw men and women risking their own safety to save strangers.  We saw nurses staying behind to care for the sick and the injured.  We saw families coming home to clean up and rebuild—not just their own homes, but their neighbors’ homes, as well.  And we saw music and Mardi Gras and the vibrancy, the fun of this town undiminished.  And we’ve seen many return to their beloved city with a newfound sense of appreciation and obligation to this community.

And when I came here four years ago, one thing I found striking was all the greenery that had begun to come back.  And I was reminded of a passage from the book of Job.  “There is hope for a tree if it be cut down that it will sprout again, and that its tender branch will not cease.”  The work ahead will not be easy, and there will be setbacks.  There will be challenges along the way.  But thanks to you, thanks to the great people of this great city, New Orleans is blossoming again.

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

END   2:16 P.M. CDT

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Tiger in the Rough (PEOPLE Magazine)

By Alex Tresniowski:

Sleepy neighbors came out of their homes and circled the man lying on the ground—Tiger Woods. They saw his black Escalade, its rear windows shattered, crashed into a tree; they saw Woods, barefoot and in shorts, bleeding from the mouth and out cold. “He opened his eyes a little bit, and then his eyes rolled back in his head and he lost consciousness again,” says someone who was at the scene outside Woods’ home in Windermere, Fla., around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 27. When EMTs squeezed Woods’ foot to see if he was paralyzed, “he opened his eyes a bit and groaned, but his eyes looked dead.”

That’s when one neighbor began to speak the Lord’s Prayer, while Woods’ wife, Elin, hovered over her husband. “She was sobbing; she really freaked out,” says the witness. “She seemed extremely scared by the whole thing.” When Woods was lifted into an ambulance, “she told him, ‘I love you’ as they closed the door.”

Woods, it turns out, was not seriously hurt; he was treated at a hospital and released the same day. But the mystery of exactly what happened in the wee hours of Nov. 27 is at the heart of a shocking scandal that is already marring the golf great’s squeaky-clean image. On Dec. 1 Florida police charged Woods with careless driving, a moving violation that could result in a $164 fine. But beyond the charge, there is speculation in the tabloids that the single-car crash that injured Woods—perhaps the planet’s most recognizable athlete and up until now a robotically bland public figure—may be linked to rumors he was having an affair with a stunning Manhattan nightclub hostess named Rachel Uchitel, and possibly with other women. What’s more, Woods’ actions in the days after the crash—he refused to be interviewed by police and backed out of hosting a golf tournament benefiting his children’s foundation—only added to the appearance he was hiding something. “I understand there is curiosity,” he wrote in a brief statement posted on his Web site Nov. 29. But “I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.”

This much is fact: Woods, 33, left his $2.4 million home in the gated community of Isleworth in the middle of the night, got into his SUV, veered into a fire hydrant just yards from his driveway and rammed into a neighbor’s tree. Windermere police say Elin, 29—his wife of five years and mother of their two children, daughter Sam, 2, and son Charlie, 10 months—told them at the scene that she ran out after the crash, used a golf club to break the SUV’s rear windows and dragged Tiger out of the car. (She also handed over two pill bottles when officers asked if her husband was taking any medication, according to someone who was there.) “Elin acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble,” Woods wrote in his statement. “She was the first person to help me.”

Aside from the statement, though, the notoriously secretive Woods has been in major lockdown mode. He turned away police trying to interview him not once but three times before his sports agent Mark Steinberg claimed Woods isn’t obligated to speak to investigators and won’t answer any more questions. “It has been conveyed to [the Florida Highway Patrol] that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family,” Steinberg said. Investigators determined that alcohol was not a factor in the crash and closed their investigation on Dec. 1.

Even so, the ordeal is amounting to much more than a simple traffic ticket for Woods. His reluctance to talk about the crash only increased speculation about what caused it—and if it followed a domestic dispute over Woods’ alleged affair. Just two days before the accident the National Enquirer reported Woods had a romance with Uchitel, 34, whom he met at the New York City hot spot Griffin earlier this year. “She’s a VIP host and she entertains rich clients and celebrities,” says a club source. “Her job was to rack up VIP clientele.” Another source says that one night this summer, “Tiger sat with [Jets quarterback] Mark Sanchez, and Rachel booked his table.” After that, “Tiger came in quite a bit, and she was his hostess every time.” Uchitel, a former TV producer whose fiancé was killed in the 9/11 attacks (see box), “told a lot of my friends she’s hooking up with Tiger,” says another source. “No one can resist her, so she gets any guy she wants.”

Yet another source tells PEOPLE Uchitel confided that she rendezvoused with Woods in Florida this summer before meeting him again in Australia in November. After one trip “she came back, and she’s like, ‘I am in love with this guy,’” says the source. “She’s like, ‘No, you don’t understand. We had this amazing feeling for each other. I’m totally into him.’” The source also believes Woods and Uchitel spoke after the crash. “She knew the details of it before it came out anywhere,” says the source. “She cares about this guy and she wants to protect him.” Indeed, Uchitel vehemently denied she was involved with Woods in any way—and shortly after the crash hired powerhouse discrimination attorney Gloria Allred. “Not a word of it is true,” Uchitel, who offered to take a lie-detector test, told the New York Post. “Tiger and I are not friends…. I’ve only met him twice.”

Still, did Elin confront Tiger about the alleged affair in the moments before the crash? TMZ reported that, according to a conversation Woods had with “a non-law-enforcement type,” he fled his home after an argument with Elin, and she chased after him and struck the SUV with a golf club, causing the accident. A source who knows the couple says, “They had a domestic quarrel and are trying to put a spin on it now.”

Those who spend time around the couple say there have been no outward signs that something is wrong. “I have never seen them argue,” says someone familiar with Woods and his wife. “They always seem very happy to be with each other.” Woods did not specifically address the affair allegations in his Nov. 29 statement, but he did shoot down what he called “the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me…. The only person responsible for the accident is me.” So exacting in demeanor, so unyielding on the course, Woods also stepped out of character to admit he is, after all, flawed. “I’m human and I’m not perfect,” he wrote in his statement. “This situation is my fault.”

But even that admission raised questions—what situation is he referring to? Why was it his fault? Will Woods ever explain why he left his house at 2:30 a.m., or why he crashed, or how he was injured? Those who know him say there’s a better chance of beating him in a putting contest than getting him to open up about his life. “This is typical of how Tiger handles stressful situations: Don’t say anything, put out a good statement, then move on to a rosy future,” says one source. “Tiger can be a bull, especially if anything secretive gets out.”

Ironically, that aura of impenetrability had actually waned in recent years, after his marriage to Elin in 2004 and the death of his father, Earl, in 2006. Being a parent, it seemed, softened him even more. “People say I was born to play golf, but I think I was born to be a dad,” he told PEOPLE in a candid interview this June. He called his father—an ex-Marine who instilled in him a sense of always being true to himself—”my greatest role model. I think of him every day. I hear his voice when I have decisions to make.”

It’s not hard to imagine Woods listening for that voice right now, as he faces the first major scandal of his storied career. It’s true he was only charged with careless driving, but it could have turned out much worse for him and his family. There were reports that Elin—who, like Woods, was not officially interviewed—gave police conflicting accounts of what happened. That could have been interpreted as obstruction of justice. “And if she were following him and whacking the car with the golf club,” says noted Miami prosecutor Michael Von Zamft, “there might be some argument that it was battery.”

Woods has no plans to play in any more events this year (he won seven times in 2009 on a surgically repaired left knee) and remains holed up in his Isleworth estate with Elin and their children. The couple are building a $55 million home on Florida’s Jupiter Island, and it should be ready for them to move into some time in 2010. By then the scandal surrounding Tiger’s mysterious crash might be just a bad memory—or it might not be. “I love the idea of growing old together,” Woods told PEOPLE about his wife in 2006. “It’s great when you see people who’ve been married for 20, 30, 40 years, and they’re still in love. That’s what I want for us.”

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Tiger Woods Divorce Documents

Woods’ divorce from his now ex-wife Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren — her maiden name was restored by the divorce happened quickly. Tiger walked through the front door of the Bay County Courthouse around 12:30 p.m. Monday. By the time he left less than an hour later, he was divorced.

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Nordegren will reportedly keep one home in Florida, Tiger will retain their house in Jupiter Island, Florida. He is also likely to keep a £2 million Los Angeles apartment and their 155ft yacht Privacy. Nordegren bought a property in her native Sweden last year.

An original prenuptial agreement is believed to have given her the right to $20 million (£12 million) after 10 years of marriage. But in the wake of the scandal that was said to have been renegotiated, which could have led to her receiving hundreds of millions of dollars. Woods is understood to be keen that she never reveal details of their marriage publicly. Woods will reportedly have custody of their two children for at least one weekend a month, and possibly for longer periods.

According to the divorce documents the marriage was “irretrievably broken” and the couple had agreed to separate in early July, following Woods’ confession to a string of extramarital affairs.

Miss Uchitel, 34, a New York nightlcub promoter, was the first woman to be linked to the golfer after being named by the National Enquirer.

Jaimee Grubbs, a 24-year-old Los Angeles cocktail waitress, later claimed she had a 31-month affair with Woods after meeting him at a Las Vegas club when she was 21.

She claimed to have an answerphone message in which Woods said his wife had gone through his phone.

The voice said: “Hey, it’s, uh, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favour. Um, can you please, uh, take your name off your phone. My wife went through my phone. And, uh, may be calling you.

“If you can, please take your name off that and, um, and what do you call it just have it as a number on the voice mail, just have it as your telephone number. That’s it, OK. You gotta do this for me. Huge.

“Quickly. Alright. Bye”.

Jamie Jungers, a 26-year-old aspiring model and Las Vegas cocktail waitress, allegedly began having an affair with Woods in 2005, less than a year after he got married.

Mindy Lawton, restaurant waitress near Woods’s Florida home, claimed that she had sex with Woods, in a church car park as well as at his home during a year-long affair in 2006.

Kalika Moquin, 23-year-old marketing manager for The Bank nightclub in Sin City. The tells Us Weekly she first met Woods in a professional capacity at Las Vegas events. Moquin did have a fling with Woods and the two even spent the night of October 22 together at his MGM Grand suite. She bragged about sleeping with him. Woods would stay an extra night in Vegas to spend time with Moquin.

Theresa Rogers bragged to her friends that she showed the sports ace “everything he needed to know to be a great lover.”

Julie Postle worked as a cocktail waitress at the Roxy Night Club in Orlando when she began seeing Woods in 2004.

Cori Rist, 31, is said to have met Tiger in a New York club last year. One of Tigers friends introduced Rist to Woods, and the friend said she was quite attractive. Rist is a traveling companion of Tiger Woods. Rist, 31 likes to patron some of the better Manhattan clubs, and that is how Cori Rist and Tiger Woods allegedly met. Then Tiger Woods began to fly her to meet him while on tour, Tiger would get a suite and one of his staffers would book Cori Rist an adjoining room.

Holly Sampson, a 36-year-old star of films such as Diary of A Horny Housewife and Emmanuelle in Paradise, was also linked to Woods in media reports.

Porn star Joslyn James, real name Veronica Siwik-Daniels, also claimed to have been Woods’ mistress.

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The sordid sex scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors — Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade — worth millions of dollars, and he lost his stature the gold standard in sports endorsements. A month after the scandal became public, Woods spent two months in therapy at a Mississippi clinic with hopes of saving his marriage.

Tiger and Nordegren were married Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie. Nordegren maiden name was restored by the divorce. Woods and Nordegren both appeared at a hearing in Judge Judy Pittman Biebel’s chambers on the third floor of the courthouse. The hearing took about 10 minutes. The divorce was filed and finalized within an hour.

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MISSION HILLS — A case of mistaken identity led to a family of five, headed on a camping trip, being frisked on the 405 Freeway and placed in handcuffs. Los Angeles Police Department officials came across the family’s white van around 5:45 a.m.

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Obama, The Clintons and ShoreBank

ShoreBank Corp., the Chicago lender operating under a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. cease-and- desist order for 13 months, will be shut and most of its assets will be bought by Urban Partnership Bank. Urban Partnership, created to make the acquisition, will keep branches in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit and continue to focus on low-income communities, the people said, speaking anonymously because the matter is private. Urban Partnership will have Tier 1 capital of at least 8 percent and its chief executive officer will be William Farrow, a former executive at the Chicago Board of Trade and Bank One Corp. Investors include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., General Electric Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and several philanthropic groups, the people said. ShoreBank raised more than $145 million from the firms in May and the funds were placed in escrow pending a decision by the U.S. Treasury to provide another $75 million in bank bailout funds.

ShoreBank was founded in 1973 in Chicago’s South Side, an area that includes some of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods. The area is also home to enclaves of wealth such as President Barack Obama’s Kenwood neighborhood, close to the University of Chicago.

Congressional republicans asked for a probe into the mysterious survival of Shorebank. The letter they sent to the President asks “why did government-supported Wall Street banks decide to save ShoreBank rather than the numerous others [failing banks] that faced a capital shortage?”

The answer is that ShoreBank is politically connected to both Bill and Hillary Clinton and Michelle and Barack Obama. Obama’s connections to the world of socially responsible investing are both longstanding and personal. His friend John Rogers later became one of his campaign fundraisers. John Rogers was also the husband of Desiree Rogers who became the White House social secretary (she was let go after a couple of reality TV stars crashed a state dinner).

Obama…is pictured above in 1988, honoring one of the founders of ShoreBank, one of the largest Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in the US. The first social shareholder proxy initiative was organized by the iconic Chicago-based community organizer Saul Alinsky against Eastman Kodak in the late 1960s. Alinsky died in 1972.

Barack arrived in Chicago 13 years later to work with the Developing Communities Project, an offshoot of Alinsky’s network, a context which must have made him conversant with proxy voting strategies. He served on the Woods Fund board along with Board Chairman Howard Stanback, who is currently head of Shorebank’s Neighborhood Institute. He also was chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) during the time that Business People for the Public Interest (BPI) was approved for $375,000 in grants. Ron Weissbourd, former Exec VP for Shorebank was serving on the board of directors for BPI during the same time period.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, while still a Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama visited Kenya, the former home of his biological father. He promoted the application of microfinancing (an activity for which ShoreBank has been a major promoter) as a way to fight poverty world-wide. Chicago’s Shorebank donated $1 million to Kenya and also assisted in setting up financial institutions in Kenya and many other locations throughout the world.

The bank steadily grew financially and facilitated the renewal of poverty stricken areas through the rest of the 1970’s and early 80’s, catching the attention of then-Governor Bill and Hillary Clinton of Arkansas (in fact, according to the IFA, Bill is still advocating on behalf of ShoreBank).

Because Shorebank was lending to run-down neighborhoods, the Clintons , along with Shorebank, decided to establish the Southern Development Bancorporation in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1988. They hoped that the poor in Arkansas would be helped by the loans they could obtain. Hillary’s former roommate at Wellesley College, Jan Piercy, joined Shorebank in 1984.

In this video, Hillary Clinton speaks (in September 2008) about Shorebank. The “Ron” she refers to is Ron Grzywinski, one of the founders of Shorebank (founded in 1973).

ShoreBank was the institution that financed the loan to Trinity United Church of Christ (Jeremiah Wright’s church) for Jeremiah Wright’s $1.6 million retirement home and a $10 million line of credit for Trinity United. Van Jones, who is a recognized account holder at ShoreBank.

The banks have agreed to contribute $140 million to bail out the bank, while the federal government will donate tens of millions more, according to people close to the talks. In addition to major Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs (GS: 148.13 ,+1.03 ,+0.70%), which agreed to contribute $20 million to the bailout effort, as well as Citigroup (C: 3.76 ,-0.04 ,-1.05%) and JPMorgan (JPM: 37.14 ,+0.05 ,+0.13%), General Electric’s (GE: 15.03 ,-0.22 ,-1.44%) GE Capital will also contribute $20 million to the rescue effort. All the firms have either received massive government assistance during the financial crisis or, in the case of Goldman Sachs, are facing multiple regulatory investigations into their business practices.

The bailout has been controversial. Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett served on a Chicago civic organization with a director of the bank, and President Obama himself has singled out the bank for praise in lending to low-income communities.

The bank’s Tier 1 capital shrank to $4.1 million at the end of June from $26.3 million on March 31 and $43.5 million at the end of last year, according to the FDIC. The bank had “engaged in unsafe or unsound banking practices,” the FDIC said in its order last July. In March, ShoreBank was ordered by the FDIC to boost capital within 60 days, a deadline it missed.

ShoreBank posted a $119 million loss in 2009 and a $39.6 million loss in the first half of this year, according to FDIC figures. It had a net loss of $9.3 million in 2008.

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Obama’s Stimulus Package Has Failed To Deliver

Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” a flop. In a January report, White House economists predicted the bill would create (not merely save) 3.3 million jobs. Since then, 2.8 million jobs have been lost, pushing unemployment toward 10 percent. The February 2009 report “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan,” which the White House used as an ammunition belt in the fight to gain passage of its $862 billion economic stimulus bill (the actual cost of which exceeds $1 trillion when interest is included).

History proves otherwise. In 1939, after a doubling of federal spending failed to relieve the Great Depression, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau said that “we have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. . . . After eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started . . . and an enormous debt to boot!” Japan made the same mistake in the 1990s (building the largest government debt in the industrial world), and the United States is making it today. During the 1930s, New Deal lawmakers doubled federal spending–yet unemployment remained above 20 percent until World War II.

• Japan responded to a 1990 recession by passing 10 stimulus spending bills over 8 years (building the largest national debt in the industrialized world)–yet its economy remained stagnant.
• In 2001, President Bush responded to a recession by “injecting” tax rebates into the economy. The economy did not respond until two years later, when tax rate reductions were implemented.
• In 2008, President Bush tried to head off the current recession with another round of tax rebates. The recession continued to worsen.
• Now, the most recent $787 billion stimulus bill was intended to keep the unemployment rate from exceeding 8 percent. In November, it topped 10 percent.

The stimulus bill has proven to be a waste of borrowed money that has failed to create jobs, generate economic growth or do much of anything other than line the pockets of White House political allies. $308 million was given in subsidies to BP before the Gulf oil spill disaster, and subsidize a study on what happens when monkeys snort coke.

Department of Labor jobs report, which showed private sector job creation fell by 190,000 between April and May of this year, jolted markets worldwide including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell 3.2% to its lowest level since early February. In total the U.S. economy has now lost a net of 2.2 million jobs since Obama signed his stimulus bill, and his administration is now 7.2 million jobs short of what he promised his $862 billion stimulus would help create by 2010.

This repeated failure has nothing to do with the pace or type of spending. Rather, the problem is found in the oft-repeated Keynesian myth that deficit spending “injects new dollars into the economy,” thereby increasing demand and spurring economic growth. According to this theory, government spending adds money to the economy, taxes remove money, and the budget deficit represents net new dollars injected. Therefore, it scarcely matters how the dollars are spent.

The White House issued a report saying that the stimulus bill had “saved or created” 2.5 to 3.6 million jobs.” This report, based on a highly inflated projection of how much economic growth is created for every government dollar that’s spent, is further evidence that Washington is lying to the Nation. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent when the stimulus was passed. Today it is 9.5 percent. Since the passage of the stimulus, more than three million jobs have been lost across the country, resulting in a net job loss of 2.4 million.

One year later, one thing is clear: the stimulus bill has failed. One year later, not one net job has been created as unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to nearly 10 percent nationwide. Mr. President, millions of Americans are asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ Obama’s stimulus bill failed by its own standards.  The idea that increased deficit spending can cure recessions has been tested, and it has failed. If growing the economy were as simple as expanding government spending and deficits, then Italy, France, and Germany would be the global economic kings. Every dollar Congress “injects” into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. No new income, and therefore no new demand, is created. They are merely redistributed from one group of people to another. Congress cannot create new purchasing power out of thin air.

Once again, the American public has been sold a bill of goods by the politicians who are trying to buy the public’s votes with the public’s money.

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Glenn Beck: Planet Of The Apes Remarks

“It’s like the damn  Planet of the Apes!”  One would think that exclamation, made by Glenn Beck, was exotic liberal bait as quickly as liberals have grabbed it to scream racism. Glenn was reacting to a bewildering phrase …

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Special interest! What planet have I landed on? Did I slip through a worm hole in the middle of the night and this looks like America? It’s like the damn Planet of the Apes . Nothing makes sense!

The guy who’s helped destroy all these pensions, Andy Stern, he is now on the financial oversight committee. Is this who we want to take advice from? The unions who have collapsed all of the businesses, who have collapsed all of their pensions, they are bankrupting everything they touch and we go to them and we say, yes, tell me, what should we do?

It’s like any marital tips from Tiger Woods. Hey, I got an idea. Let’s appoint the guy who designed the Edsel and the Yugo to head up G.M. This is how crazy it is. That actually might be an improvement. Let’s get the inventor of Betamax to be our technology czar. Yes! Yes! Hey, the guy who created smokeless cigarettes, he’s our new EPA chief. We are turning to the epic failures of our time and hoping that they will fix it. How? I don’t know if God is even powerful enough to help him fix it.

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Michelle Obama On Beach In Spain

Michelle Obama is being criticized as “living large” as she vacations in Spain with daughter Sasha during tough economic times. Michelle and 40 of her closest friends are staying in 60 to 70 rooms in a pricey resort. There is also the expense of the Secret Service entourage that follows her everywhere. You’ve probably heard by now that Michelle Obama is out of touch, apathetic, or simply selfish for taking a four-day jaunt to Spain to show her daughter some culture. The bulk of the trip—the hotel stay and all meals—were paid for by the Obamas and their close friends who joined them. “Any additional footprint,” says a White House aide, “including additional rooms needed for security support, falls under the same rules as have applied to any previous first-family travel: the costs are split appropriately, with private expenses paid for privately; government expenses are paid for by the government.”

The First Lady arrived in the Mediterranean coastal city of Marbella on Wednesday, checking in to the super-posh Villa Padierna, along with her daughter, friends, a small number of staffers — the East Wing would not say how many — and a security force. (Daughter Malia, 12, is at overnight camp.)
On Thursday, Mrs. Obama’s entourage arrived in the historic city of Granada, also in southern Spain. According to a story in El Pais, before visiting the landmark cathedral in the city, Mrs. Obama’s group stopped for ice cream, and didn’t mind people snapping pictures on their cell phones. The day also included viewing a flamenco performance and in the evening a visit to the Alhambra palace.

According to CBS News, the tax dollar part of the vacation include an estimated $146,000 round trip cost for the U.S. Air Force 757 aircraft, not counting ground time; about $95,000 in hotel costs for an estimated 70 security — Secret Service and military — who get a $273 per day government per diem, plus costs for the dozen or so cars in her motorcade.

Now we learn that the Michelle had a Spanish beach closed off today so that she, her daughter and their entourage could go for a swim. Spanish police cleared off a stretch of beach at the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella after the Obamas had finished a busy day of sightseeing. Police used palm trees and police tape to mark off the boundaries of a 100-yard expanse for the American delegation. On either side, onlookers gawked – and police occasionally stopped and searched sun lovers if they strayed too close to the private party. It is unclear whether the police presence was paid for by Spain or the American taxpayer.

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Rush: Obama Lied on Lockerbie Bomber (transcript)

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RUSH: There’s a big story out there today, the Lockerbie bomber story, and for those of you that don’t really know about this, the bomber did not blow up Lockerbie. The bomber blew up a Pan Am 747 over Lockerbie, and it happened to crash in Lockerbie. And that’s why it’s called the Lockerbie bomber, but he blew up a Boeing 747. We have the Obama administration last Tuesday afternoon, Obama talking with Prime Minister David Cameron, joint presser, and Mimi Hall from USA Today got up and read the following question. It was given to her by David Axelrod. “President Obama, how do you feel about a congressional investigation into the Lockerbie bomber stuff, would you like to see that happen or do you think that that confuses the two events?”

OBAMA: I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed, and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and my administration expressed very clearly our objections. Prior to the decision being made and subsequent to the decision being made.

RUSH: Well, that’s just not true because the White House privately backed the release of the Lockerbie bomber. That’s right. This is from The Australian, published today: “The US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be ‘far preferable’ to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya. Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison. The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer,” from which he’s apparently recovered. “The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were ‘surprised, disappointed and angry’ to learn of Megrahi’s release. Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as ‘half-hearted’ and a sign it would be accepted.”

This is big, folks. It’s as big, if not bigger than the WikiLeaks thing. The WikiLeaks thing, can we now call this the Democrats’ war? They wanted it. From the first day we went into Iraq they wanted to focus on Afghanistan. This is Obama’s war. Can we now call it Obama’s war? Yes we can, and we will do so accurately. I still don’t know what to call these people. They’re not media. The flacks for the ruling class will of course not call it Obama’s war, but it clearly is. The White House backed release of Lockerbie, the bomber. Now, remember ClimateGate, let’s put all this in perspective. ClimateGate was a story because e-mails got out that were meant to remain hidden from public view, forever. Information about the White House backing the release of the Lockerbie bomber was never supposed to see the light of day, either. But it has. This is the same regime that desperately wants to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City; the same regime that wants NASA to help Muslims feel better about themselves in math and science; the same regime that has not said a word about a mosque at Ground Zero, which is opposed by I think even 71% of New Yorkers and throughout the country. A mosque at Ground Zero is meant as a monument to our defeat, and we have a bunch of politically correct cowards who are afraid to stand up to this and say, “No, no, no, no,” because we still feel somehow the need to reach out, to have understanding with militants in the Islamic world.
So we’ve got a mosque at Ground Zero, the regime has not spoken out against it. They want to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. They want NASA to reach out to Muslims; the same regime that has spent millions of American taxpayer dollars supporting a constitutional referendum in Kenya legalizing abortion there; the same regime that looked the other way when the Iranian people had an opportunity to get their freedom back; the same regime that has done nothing to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons; the same regime that has beat up on Israel like a rented mule; the same regime that lied about backing the release of the Muslim terrorist the world knows as the Lockerbie bomber. We now know that the administration backed the release of the bomber.

Now, for those of you new to the program, never forget these two simple words: liberals lie. That’s all you ever have to know to understand them. You must look at them ideologically. You must look at Obama and every Democrat ideologically because that’s what they are. Before the Lockerbie bombshell, some recent history to give the story context, this is The Politico. July 20th, play the sound bite again. We now know the administration backed, very privately and by not objecting at all to the release of the Lockerbie bomber, this is Obama last Tuesday.

OBAMA: I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed, and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and my administration expressed very clearly our objections. Prior to the decision being made and subsequent to the decision being made.

RUSH: It just isn’t true. Now, the Obama connection to the Lockerbie bomber release only came out accidentally. It wasn’t because of our so-called news media. They ignored it. It was US Democrats who were flailing around for something to attack BP over that uncovered this. The liberal Democrats in this country wanted to savage BP over the oil leak, discovered that the Obama regime supported the release of the Lockerbie bomber. And they were searching around for something to attack BP over after the leak had been capped. The leak got capped too soon to be useful for this election cycle, the American left. So they started digging for dirt and they found this. The US media didn’t find it and they wouldn’t have reported it if they had. This is reported in Australia. Their cries for an investigation into BP’s involvement has come back to bite ‘em on the backside. Somebody leaking Obama’s memo, somebody in the UK has leaked Obama’s memo supporting the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The Democrats are Frank “The Lout” Lautenberg, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Charles Schumer of New York and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York who called for this investigation of BP that revealed the memo. But the Obama regime that supported the release. Now, I can imagine a lot of you say, “Rush, why? Why would the Obama administration, why would the regime want to support the early release of the Lockerbie bomber?”

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RUSH: Remember, now, the Obama connection to the Lockerbie bomber release only came out accidentally. It was because the Democrats… It wasn’t because of the news media or whatever we’re going to call these people, the flacks for the ruling class. They ignored it. It was American Democrats looking for a new angle to rip into BP after they capped the well. They were demanding an investigation. So they were uncovering all kinds of things. They were looking for things. It was Lautenberg, Menendez, Gillibrand and Chuck-U Schumer. Here’s how CNN put it last week: “In the wake of turbulence of the rupture in April of a BP deep-water well — a rupture that is still releasing millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico — the U.S. senators grasped onto another reason to scrutinize the troubled oil company.”

That quote is from a July 14th CNN report. “Senators Question Whether BP Played Role in Pan Am Bomber’s Release,” and even CNN could not escape the obvious. They said, “[T]he U.S. senators grasped onto another reason to scrutinize the troubled oil company,” and when they started looking into it, guess what? They found a memo indicating the regime of Barack Obama had supported the early release of the Lockerbie bomber, and people said, “Why?” I’ll tell you why. It is because President Obama does not give a damn about what went on before he became president. He doesn’t care about the people of this country, but he wants to give the impression that he does. He wants to give the impression that he’s doing everything for them, for us.

Just remember the context of the time. He wanted to make nice with the Muslim world. He figured out the people on that airline, that airplane, Pan Am, were gone. Nothing he could do about that. Can’t bring ‘em back anyway. So “turn the page,” “hit the reset button,” make nice with the enemy. Also show the Muslim world that you’re different, that you’re better, that you’re not an imperialist American, that we can all get along. Remember the Cairo speech. Remember the desire to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a trial in New York City, after the “sheik” had asked for the death penalty. This is the truth. A lot of people have trouble with the motivations because… Well, a lot of people have trouble with the actual fact. Why would Obama want to participate or okay the early release of the Lockerbie bomber? That’s the question people have. Then when you tell them as I just did, “No, Rush! Come on. You really think…?

Yes, I do, and all you have to go do is go back and look at the context of the time (“context” being a big word now), and the context at the time was to show the rest of the world that we’re new now, that we’re different, that the rest of the world can love us and respect us. We don’t have the hatreds that we had when Bush was running the show. We don’t hate the Muslims. We don’t hate the Islamofascists. We’re gonna reach out to them. “What happened before I got here,” Obama says, “is irrelevant. Now that I’m here, I’m the one you’ve all been waiting for! Now American is finally just. Now America has finally become truly moral. What happened before I got here doesn’t count anyway. It doesn’t matter. America was flawed then but America is perfect now because I’m perfect and because I’m here.” He can’t bring the people on that airplane back, so turn the page, hit the reset button, make nice with the enemy and then say, “You can’t even call it terrorism anymore.” There’s no question why he supported the release here.

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RUSH: From the UK Guardian (by the way, one of the preferred publications on the receiving end of the Afghanistan war docs): “Barack Obama is under growing pressure to release a letter that reveals the US grudgingly supported freeing the Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds. The letter was sent to Scottish ministers by a senior diplomat at the US embassy in London last August, eight days before [this is July 25th, this year] Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from prison because he was dying from inoperable prostate cancer. Obama’s [regime] has refused to allow publication of the letter, in which the US says allowing Megrahi to live at home in Scotland would be ‘far preferable’ to sending him back to Libya under the prisoner transfer deal brokered by former prime minister Tony Blair in 2007,” which makes perfect sense.

It would appear that Obama was all for letting the mass murderer out of prison, but he didn’t want to do anything to help Scotland BP to get more carbon-emitting oil from Libya. After all, he’s got his priorities here. So it’s very apparent now that the administration’s making all of this up, that they did indeed give support to the whole idea of the release of the Lockerbie bomber. I think that story has as much impact as this WikiLeaks story.
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RUSH: Richie, Raleigh, North Carolina, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet, sir.

CALLER: I’ve been a listener since the days of the Rush Room.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, on your first segment today you played a clip of audio of the president saying about the Lockerbie bomber release, “All of us were surprised, disappointed, angry.” I’ve got to disagree with him. One person not surprised was Hillary, and no one in the media is bringing this up, but let’s go back to 1999 when the first lady was going into politics, the US Senate race against Republican Rick Lazio in New York state.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: The secretary of state’s husband, 11 years ago, in August 1999, commuted the sentence and released 16 healthy terrorists who set off 120 bombs in New York City and Chicago between 1974 and 1983.

RUSH: Yeah, that was the FALN bunch.

CALLER: Members of the FALN.

RUSH: Right. Well, that was so that Hillary could get the Puerto Rican vote.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: So releasing terrorists for political reasons or business reasons seems to be common in the Democrat Party.

RUSH: And especially if you can nail BP in the process.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Yes. All right, thanks, Richie, I appreciate the call.

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RUSH: This is Ken in Detroit. You’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Yeah, thanks for taking my call, Rush.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I just wanted to comment that when we take a look at the last great battle that our country fought, World War II, it’s a fact that, you know, if we try to fight that war then the way Obama wants to fight this war on terror now, we would have the swastika flying not only over Washington but over Europe and all around the rest of the world. I mean, there’s no doubt that Hitler and his allies, the Axis power would have definitely been the victor. And another thing, Rush, all those individuals that call themselves Democrats now, I don’t think they would even be alive today if Hitler had won the war. I think that a lot of people just have to understand, when there is a fight, the enemy is going to be bringing the machine gun. And Barack Obama, he wants to bring a feather, you know. Who’s going to win the fight?

RUSH: Well, true. Obama is part and parcel of the American left, which believes the United States military is the focus of evil, that the US has been the imperialist and colonialist nation in the world. This is one of the reasons I think that Obama clearly believes we need to have a lesson or two taught to us, we need to be shown the evils of our way, and we need to have happen to us the kind of things that we have perpetrated against others. That’s why he feels the need to go around and apologize, that’s why he’s punishing the private sector, the middle class, everybody who works in this country is being punished. That’s why it’s about time we found out the kind of misery that we have forced on people the world over. Now, I asked earlier, imagine if Lincoln had fought the Civil War with the rules of engagement that we have today. I got an e-mail from somebody who said: “We did. His name was McClellan. That’s why Lincoln got rid of him and found Ulysses Grant.”

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Julian Assange On The Afghanistan War Logs

A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, WikiLeaks Classified Military Documents, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents-

War Logs-
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The interactive: key reports mapped-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/datab…

Logs reveal grim toll on civilians-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/…

How coalition is losing IED war-
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The investigation: leak exposes real war-
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Biggest leak in intelligence history-
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Civilians caught in UK firing line-
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‘Friendly fire’ deaths that plagued invasion from the start-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/…

‘Green on green’ — clashes between Afghan police and troops-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/…

The key incidents-
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Secret war along the Pakistan border-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/…

US covered up missile strike on Chinook-
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Nato feared Taliban could tap phones-
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Julian Assange on the Afghanistan war logs ‘They show the true nature of this war’

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