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May 1, 2007

Bush veto's troop withdrawl bill

By Christine O'Donnell

President Bush rejected a bill that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later, according to associated press writers Anne Flahertyand Jennifer Loven.

This bill would have lead to chaos and confusion, according to Bush in the AP article

Bush also said the bill was a blueprint for failure and defeat, according to the NY Times.

April 28, 2007

Comrade’s Shot Killed New York State Trooper

By Christine O'Donnell

The bullet that killed a New York state trooper during a shootout Wednesday morning in a farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains came from the gun of a fellow officer, not the suspect they had cornered, the state police said Friday, according to the NY Times.

April 17, 2007

Illegal Immingrants forced to be Migrant Workers

Illegal immingrants in California used to work in house construction, Now due to the housing slump many of these immigrants are forced to do backbreaking migrant work, according to the NY TImes.

April 16, 2007

31 killed at Virgina Tech

By Christine O'Donnell,

Thirty people were killed in the deadliest campus massacre Monday at VIrginia Tech, according to Sue LIndsey an Associated Press writer.

There was no immediate evidence to suggest it was a terrorist attack, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko in Washington said. "But all avenues will be explored."

The gunman was also shot to death, officials said, according to the NY Times.

April 14, 2007

Clinton loses donors to Obama

Some of candidate Hillary Clinton's donors have already signed with Barak Obama another candidate for the democrates, according to the NY Times

Half a dozen of them are now Barak's biggest fund-raisers. These donors formerly backed her husband and two of them were close enough to have slept in the Lincoln bedroom during Clinton's presidency.

April 8, 2007

The Masters

The Masters started Thrsday in Augusta Georgia, according to USA Today

Now, Tiger Woods is one stroke from the lead.

Stuart Appleby emerged as the leader despite a triple bogey on the 17th hole.

April 1, 2007

Clinton Has Made New Fundrasing Record

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, democratic presidential candidate has raised $26 million during the first quarter of her campaign, according to the NYtimes. That's more than three times as much as the previous record for this stage of a Democratic primary.

Former Sen. John Edwards also broke a fundraising recording, raising more than $14 million since the beginning of the year, according to an article by the associated press.

March 26, 2007

Numbers and Contaminated Pet Food

By Christine O'Donnell,

The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 4,400 calls from pet owners reporting that their dog or cat food has made their pet sick, according to USA Today.

Menu Foods recalled 60 million cans and pouches of their pet food. They have reported only 16 deaths.

Jeff Burnton, 49, of Phoenix, an angry pet owner calls that "hogwash" and thinks that the low number is a corporate cover up.

This article contains a lot of numbers. Most of the paragraphs have at least one or two numbers in them. A couple of the paragraphs have four numbers in them.

March 9, 2007

Democrats Want to Pull Troops Out of Iraq

By Christine O'Donnell

Democratic leaders in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have made a new push to remove troops from Iraq Thursday, according to the NY Times.

This Democratic push, however is opposite to the plans of the bush administration, which wants to use more money to support the troops there and send more their in time.

The Republican's are backing Bush on this one.

According to USA Today , the Democrats hope to have troops home by the fall of 2008.

March 4, 2007

Clinton and Obama praise Civil Rights Movement

The NY Times reported that Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton marched together down Martlin Luther King Street in Alabama Sunday.

They did this to commemorate black demonstrators who were met with violence when they marched toward Montgomery to demand civil rights in 1965.


The USA Today refered to the actions they two presidential candidates made as symbols. Noting first that one of the candidates was black and the other a woman.

February 26, 2007

Anti-war Obama

Senator Obama from Illinois is taking an Anti-war stance for his campaign for the 2008 Presidency, according to the NY times.

The three Democrat candidats for president Obama, Clinton, and Edwards all have similar plans for the war in Iraq. All of which include a gradual withdrawl of troops.

February 15, 2007

Blogging and the Libby Trial

By Christine O'Donnell,

Scooter / I. Lewis Libby, is the former top aid to Vice President Dick Cheney. He is also one of the two men under special investigation for telling reporters that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked at the CIA, after Wilson challenged Bush's claim that Sadam Hussein tried to buy enriched Uranium from Niger, according to the Washington Post

Firedoglake is a blog that has been covering and crushing the defense's decision not to put Cheney or Libby on the stand, according to the NYtimes.

This group of citizens that belong to this blog would like to be treated as "citizen journalist's," fun is about to end because Mr. Libby’s lawyers rested their case yesterday shortly after the judge said he had been misled about whether Mr. Libby would take the stand, according to the NYtimes.

This brings to mind the question that many seem to be asking these days, Is blogging considered journalism?
and if so, what is in store for journalists?

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February 11, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith Dies

Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in a hotel in Florida Thursday reported the NY times, the USA today, the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune among other news papers.

The NY times constructed the article by grouping sources together. First they referred to what the police reported, to a TV station, to Capt. Dan Fitzgerald, and her lawyer Mr. Rale.

The structure of this article is similar to the examples of the inverted pyramid plus fact block articles we have seen in class.

February 5, 2007

Republican Senators Rebuke Bushes Plan for Iraq

According to the Star Tribune President Bush wants to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq and the some Republican leaders in the Senate, Like John McCain are publicly disagreeing with him.

The NY times also mentions that McCain is the most outspoken critic of Bush's plan. The NY times said that one of the reasons for the tension is caused by the absence of a stable post-Bush administration security plan.

January 22, 2007

Hillary Clinton '08

By, Christine O'Donnell

This Saturday (1/20) Hillary Clinton declared herself a candidate for the 2008 Presidential campaign and is already in a fundrasing competition with her apponant Senator Barack Obama according to the NYtimes.

This article has a hard news lead, but does not include the "where." However, I don't think the "where" is a physical place.

According To CNN Mrs. Clinton is considered the "front-runner" for the Democratic party.

CNN has a feature-style lead that includes the quote by Clinton, "I'm in"

An editorial in the Washington Post says that Clinton's apponant (Obama) plans to use the fact that she voted to authorize the War in Iraq against her.