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Sunday, 03 June 2007 12:00 AM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Bush Vows to Read New POW Book
2. Democrats Outpace GOP at Fundraising for '08
3. Al-Qaida Planning 'Hiroshima' Attack in Britain
4. Former Bush Contributors Remain on Sideline for '08
5. Catholic Right Fighting Giuliani Candidacy
6. The Truth About President Bush's Reading
7. We Heard: Forbes Inc., CNN.com, 'Mancow' Muller


1. Bush Vows to Read New POW Book

The hubbub created by the release of the book "An Enormous Crime" has reached the White House.

President Bush recently met in the Oval Office with leaders of Operation Rolling Thunder, a 500,000-member organization of veterans who ride their motorcycles through Washington, D.C., each year to honor GIs missing in action.

The bikers gave Bush a copy of "An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia," by former Rep. Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart. The authors report that hundreds of American prisoners of war in North Vietnam and Laos were never freed by their captors. According to the New York Daily News' Rush & Molloy column, President Bush hugged the vets, thanked them for the book, and promised to read it.

When he does, he will learn some startling facts:

Based on 66,000 pages of never-before-seen U.S. government documents, "An Enormous Crime" details how Washington insiders manipulated intelligence to hide the truth: Hundreds of U.S. servicemen were abandoned at the end of the Vietnam War.

The book also exposes the real reason H. Ross Perot ran against the first President Bush in 1992 - and ultimately cost him the election: Perot reportedly grew to distrust George H.W. Bush's handling of the POW issue, a matter close to Perot's heart.

2. Democrats Outpace GOP at Fundraising for '08

If fundraising trends foreshadow election results, Republicans could be in for serious setbacks in the 2008 electoral season.

During the first quarter of 2007, the three leading Democratic presidential candidates raised $65.8 million - 35 percent more than the three leading Republicans' $48.8 million.

With the Democrats in control of Congress, their national fundraising committees have brought in more contributions than the GOP as well, The Washington Times disclosed in an editorial warning of Republican troubles in next year's elections.

In the first four months of the 2003-04 election cycle, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $7.5 million in individual contributions, 80 percent more than the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which raised $4.2 million.

But in the first four months of 2007, the DSCC raised $14.5 million in individual contributions, compared to the NRSC's $6.2 million.

The situation was the same with the two parties' congressional committees, according to the Times. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) collected $28.2 million in individual contributions in the first four months of the 2003-04 cycle - a whopping 525 percent more than the Democrats' $4.5 million.

But this year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $13.8 in individual contributions, while the NRCC raised $12.6 million.

On April 30, the NRCC had only $1.6 million in cash but had $7.3 million in debts.

3. Al-Qaida Planning 'Hiroshima' Attack in Britain

Senior al-Qaida members have been in contact with operatives in Britain to plan an attack "on par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki," according to a leaked British intelligence report.

The report by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center cites a plot being planned through al-Qaida's Kurdish network in Iraq.

Some counterterrorism experts doubt that al-Qaida has a nuclear capability, but a plot involving a dirty bomb "is more plausible," according to the Transnational Threats Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

The report also mentions a possible plot timed to coincide with Tony Blair stepping down as prime minister on June 27. And it reveals that as many as 150 Britons have traveled to Iraq to receive military training and fight in the insurgency. Some are suspected of returning to Europe to form sleeper cells.

In the new book "The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World," author Paul L. Williams discloses that al-Qaida is also planning new attacks in the U.S., and seeks to detonate nuclear weapons in seven American cities simultaneously - New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Boston, and Las Vegas.

4. Former Bush Contributors Remain on Sideline for '08

More than two-thirds of President Bush's leading fundraisers in 2004 have not contributed to any presidential hopeful in the 2008 campaign.

Back in 2004, 964 supporters gained the title of Pioneer by raising at least $100,000 for Bush, or Ranger by bringing in at least $200,000. But so far, only 295 of them have given a donation to any of the 16 candidates in next year's election - and of those, 25 have given to Democratic candidates, BusinessWeek reports.

"There's no clear choice for the nomination, and a lot of people haven't made up their minds," said Charles R. Black, CEO of the lobbying and consulting firm BKSH & Associates, who was a Ranger in 2004.

Among GOP candidates, Mitt Romney has received contributions from the most former Pioneers and Rangers, 109, followed by John McCain with 103 and Rudy Giuliani with 68.

5. Catholic Right Fighting Giuliani Candidacy

Several conservative Catholic organizations are planning an assault on presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani's candidacy due to his stand on abortion and other social issues.

One group, Michigan-based Fidelis America, is launching a Web site it hopes will serve as a "clearing house" for anti-Giuliani material.

The organization's executive director Joseph Cella previously headed the Ave Maria List, a conservative political group founded by Domino's Pizza mogul Thomas Monaghan.

Another organization, Catholics Against Giuliani, is modeling its anti-Giuliani campaign on the Catholics Against Kerry site that targeted the Democratic nominee in 2004.

Visitors to the group's Web site can purchase anti-Rudy bumper stickers, T-shirts, and other items.

According to the New York Observer, the overriding aim of the anti-Rudy groups "is to plant the seeds of doubt in the minds of conservative Catholic voters, particularly Reagan Democrats in key swing states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania - precisely the kind of voters who would be most expected to identify with, and be drawn to, Mr. Giuliani's working-class Catholic roots."

If they are successful, the Observer notes, the groups could "peel off just enough voters to doom a Giuliani candidacy."

6. The Truth About President Bush's Reading

Critics of George Bush continue their nasty derision of the president over his supposed aversion to serious reading. Perhaps they should do some reading themselves - specifically, they should read NewsMax pundit Arnaud de Borchgrave's recent column.

He disclosed that Bush had read 104 books in a year, an impressive total for a man with many pressing demands on his time.

De Borchgrave noted that according to Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Bush reads two to three books a week and does not watch television.

Bush's favored reading material includes books about history and biographies of famous statesmen - and three stateswomen who took their countries to war, namely Britain's Margaret Thatcher, Israel's Golda Meir, and India's Indira Gandhi.

De Borchgrave disclosed: "Bush identifies with George Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, and on the other side of the pond, Winston Churchill; all men of courage who did what was right when it was most difficult."

7. We Heard...


The move came after Forbes earlier in May suspended publication of its bimonthly American Heritage.

Reynolds had a "different vision" for American Legacy, Mediaweek reported, while American Heritage, which focused on American history, was not profitable. Forbes is seeking a buyer.

THAT NewsMax contributor and radio host

Station WWDB in Philadelphia is the seventh major market added to Mancow's affiliate list in recent months, joining stations in San Francisco, Cincinnati, Miami, Indianapolis, Reno, and Atlantic City.

Bruce Gilbert, general sales manager at WWDB, said the station is "extremely pleased at the audience response and the increase in revenue after only one week on the air."

In addition to his radio show, Mancow has been a frequent contributor on the Fox News Channel and various other programs, and has written for NewsMax, Playboy, and Gear Magazine.


The site will also begin using upgraded Web 2.0 technologies like Ajax, and will allow users to access multiple aspects of major news stories in a single Web page, including text, photos, videos and user-generated content, according to Mediaweek.

The official relaunch is scheduled for July 1.


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