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FCC Chair Wants to Protect Rush, O'Reilly; Hillary Pulls Anti-Obama Ads

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. FCC Chair Opposes Fairness Doctrine
2. Hillary Pulls Obama-Bashing Ads From Her Web Site
3. U.N. Site Truly a Garbage Dump
4. Teen Suffers From 'Climate Change Delusion'
5. Obama's Senate Experience: 143 Days
6. FBI Headquarters Lacks Security
7. We Heard: Howard Wolfson, Online Porn, James Carville

1. FCC Chair Opposes Fairness Doctrine

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has sent a letter to House Minority Leader John Boehner expressing his strenuous opposition to the reinstatement of the so-called Fairness Doctrine.

The Fairness Doctrine, first implemented in 1949, stipulated that radio stations — and later TV stations as well — must give equal time to opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects. The FCC repealed the Doctrine in 1987.

In his letter, Martin stated, "I have always been, and remain strongly, opposed to the Fairness Doctrine. I am on record as supporting legislation that would have prohibited the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine."

Martin referred to a letter he sent to several members of Congress last year that read in part, "I see no compelling reason to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in today's broadcast environment, and believe that such a step would inhibit the robust discussion of issues of public concern over the nation's airwaves."

Opponents of the Fairness Doctrine say that if it were reinstated, stations that air conservative viewpoints would have to give free air time to liberals. As a result, many stations might then opt not to air the conservative talkers.

There has been growing speculation on Capitol Hill that Democrats will seek to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine under the guise that conservative talk radio is disproportionately dominating American radio.

Martin wrote that the FCC was considering the use of local advisory boards to ensure that broadcasters are fulfilling their obligation to serve their local communities, but stressed that these boards "would not regulate the content of the broadcasters' programming."

He concluded in his letter to the Ohio Republican: "I appreciate your interest in this matter and reiterate that I share your concern that the Fairness Doctrine not be reinstated.

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2. Hillary Pulls Obama-Bashing Ads From Her Web Site

Following her withdrawal from the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has removed all negative ads attacking Barack Obama from her campaign Web site and YouTube page.

Attack ads charging Obama with insulting Pennsylvanians are gone, as are spots that accused her Democratic rival of ducking debates and making misleading statements about gas prices.

"She's no longer campaigning for president," Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee explained to the Washington Times.

"She's focused on her work in the Senate, campaigning for Senator Obama and other Democrats."

The Clinton campaign has also removed dozens of speeches and hundreds of press releases dating back to her January 2007 campaign launch, including a release that declared, "NAFTA-gate: False denials from the Obama campaign."

The only releases that were left on the site are a statement about the death of newsman Tim Russert and the text of Hillary's June 9 speech suspending her presidential campaign.

The Clinton YouTube page has also been cleaned up and is missing hundreds of videos, including those bashing Obama.

"Yet nothing is ever truly gone in the YouTube age," the Times notes, "because Internet surfers have spliced, diced and saved every campaign ad of the cycle. Cable networks still can replay the ads."

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3. U.N. Site Truly a Garbage Dump

The United Nations' world headquarters in New York City lies on a foundation of rotten garbage — literally.

The world body recently began a six-year, $2 billion renovation project known as the Capital Master Plan. As workers began prepping the 38-story Secretariat for renovations, a "rotten eggs" smell began seeping from one of the underground levels below the building.

Suspecting that a gas line may have been punctured, workers for the Skanska Corporation, the lead contractor, had the U.N. order a limited evacuation of the Secretariat.

Several hours later, Skanska and U.N. officials, joined by utility company and fire department personnel, traced the smell not to a gas line, but to a vast underground landfill.

It had been thought that the old Turtle Bay landfill had been closed and its contents carted away to another location. But rather than remove the garbage, the building's original contractors had simply built on top of it, Newsmax's U.N. correspondent Stewart Stogel reports.

Nobody at the U.N. had realized that the world body was sitting on top of a giant mound of rotting garbage more than 50 years old.

It is yet to be determined when or how the half-century-old garbage is to be removed, and where it will be headed.

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4. Teen Suffers From 'Climate Change Delusion'

Psychiatrists have detected the first case of "climate change delusion" — a 17-year-old driven to apocalyptic visions by global warming fears.

Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, said this delusion was a "previously unreported phenomenon."

They noted: "A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also had visions of apocalyptic events.

"The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies."

Andrew Bolt writes in Australia's Herald Sun, "Never mind the poor boy, who became too terrified even to drink. What's scarier is that people in charge of our government seem to suffer from this 'climate change delusion' too."

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5. Obama's Senate Experience: 143 days

Barack Obama logged exactly 143 days of experience in the U.S. Senate before setting his sights on winning the White House.

Obama was sworn in as a senator on Jan. 4, 2005, and he announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 16, 2007. In that interval, the Senate was in session and working for 143 days, according to GOPUSA's blog The Loft.

That's the equivalent of less than 21 seven-day weeks.

"After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be commander in chief, leader of the free world, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan," Cheri Jacobus writes on the blog.

In contrast, presidential rival John McCain's resume includes 26 years in Congress and 22 years of military service, including his 1,966 days as a POW in Vietnam.

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6. FBI Headquarters Lacks Security

The FBI has the lead responsibility for domestic surveillance of foreign intelligence and suspected terrorists, but the agency's own headquarters can't satisfy government standards for storage of classified intelligence records.

A new report from the Senate Appropriations Committee asserts that the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's headquarters in Washington, D.C., "lacks adequate setback and other security features, which puts FBI operations and personnel at unacceptable risk. The Hoover Building does not meet the Interagency Security Committee's criteria for a secure federal facility capable of handling intelligence and other sensitive information.

"The Committee finds these conditions unacceptable and directs the Government Accountability Office to review the Hoover Building and associated off-site locations, and provide an analysis of the FBI's ability to fulfill its mission and security requirements under the present circumstances."

The Hoover Building has not had any major structural improvements since it was opened in 1974, the report notes.

The FBI is now constructing a Central Records facility outside Washington, according to Secrecy News, a Web site of the Federation of American Scientists. When completed, it will provide secure storage for classified intelligence.

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7. We Heard . . .

THAT Howard Wolfson, the former spokesman for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, is now a political analyst for one of Hillary's staunchest critics — Fox News Channel.

Wolfson has "an insider's knowledge of how campaigns work and sometimes don't work," declared John Moody, executive vice president of news editorial for Fox, who added that Wolfson "has a unique perspective on just how unconventional this election year already is."

Said Wolfson, "I thought that Fox's coverage during the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded. It's a huge audience, and it is important to have a strong, progressive voice on the network."

Shortly after he joined the Fox team, Wolfson told Sean Hannity that his former boss doesn't appear to be on Barack Obama's short list for vice president.

Asked if Hillary has been asked to participate in the vetting process for running mate, Wolfson said, "Not as far as I know."

But Wolfson added, "There is more information about Hillary Clinton available in the public record than just about any other public figure in America. She's been vetted now for a long time."

THAT the federal government's economic stimulus plan has succeeded in stimulating at least one segment of the economy — the online pornography industry.

The Adult Internet Market Research Company (AIMRCo), an independent research organization that surveys the online adult market, has found that many Web sites focused on adult or erotic material have enjoyed increased business in the weeks since checks were mailed out to millions of Americans.

AIMRCo's head research consultant Kirk Mishkin said in a release, "Many of the sites we surveyed have reported a 20 to 30 percent growth in membership since mid-May when the checks were first sent out, and typically the summer is a slow period for this market."

The stimulus plan agreed on by President Bush and the Congress, which includes a check for up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples, was designed to help revive a sluggish economy.

Julian Fox, spokeswoman for LSGmodels.com, one of the sites reporting sales figures to AIMRCo, said: "In a June 15 survey to our members, 32 percent of respondents referenced the recent stimulus package as part of their decision to either become a new member, or renew an existing membership.

"Getting more people to buy porn was probably the last thing Bush had on his mind when he came up with his stimulus package, but we'll take it."

THAT former Clinton insider James Carville doesn't think much of his counterparts in the Barack Obama campaign.

On Wednesday, The New York Times ran a story disclosing that while Obama has asked his top donors to raise money to help pay off Hillary Clinton's massive $12 million campaign debt, they have so far come up with less than $100,000.

The perception in the Clinton camp is that Obama and his aides are "half-hearted" in their efforts to help Hillary, according to the Times, which pointed out that "if the Obama camp is seen as unhelpful, Mrs. Clinton, her husband and their supporters could prove something less than a force for unity."

Responding to the article during an appearance on CNN, political analyst Carville said about the Obama camp, "There are some children that are playing with matches over there . . . There are some amateurs in that campaign that are playing with matches, and I would caution them that these things can ignite."

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