2005-07-22

Supreme Court nomination; CAFTA; Rice trips to Sudan and Lebanon


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July 22, 2005
  • President nominates Judge John Roberts to Supreme Court
  • CAFTA vote expected next week
  • House Votes to Extend Patriot Act
  • Secretary Rice's tumultuous week
  • Wounded soldier captures, then treats, his attacker
  • Remember our soldiers
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    President nominates Judge John Roberts to Supreme Court

    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) applauds President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts and encourages the Senate to act swiftly on his confirmation.

    "Judge Roberts is, according to his peers and bipartisan supporters, a jurist of the utmost integrity and intellect," said RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks. "The fact that prominent Jewish Democrat lawyers such as former White House counsel Lloyd Cutler and former Solicitor General Seth Waxman heralded Judge Roberts, upon his nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, as 'one of the very best and most highly respected appellate lawyers in the nation, with a deserved reputation as a brilliant writer and oral advocate' speaks to his superior qualifications."

    "President Bush defied the dire predictions of Democrats by nominating a mainstream jurist like Judge Roberts - who, just two years ago, was approved by the vast majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and then was unanimously approved by the full Senate," Brooks remarked. "The Senate and interest groups should follow suit by using this nomination to unite our country, rather than using it to divide us and to fill their fundraising coffers."

    "As several key Senate Democrats have noted, President Bush has exceeded expectations in his advice and consent discussions with members of the Senate, " Brooks stated. "We call upon Senators to reciprocate by fulfilling their Constitutional obligation to deliberate in a timely and dignified manner - and to bring the nomination of Judge Roberts to the floor of the Senate for an up-or-down vote with all possible speed."


    CAFTA vote expected next week

    The Central American Free Trade Agreement will remove tariffs which Central American governments have place on US goods. The U.S. International Trade Commission says that by passing CAFTA we will reduce the trade deficit by more than $750 million. And it will level the playing field for America's farmers and small business owners and manufacturers, who will be able to do more business in Central American markets.

    In addition, increasing trade and opening markets will help strengthen Central American economies, strengthening the democracies in those countries and increasing the security of the region.

    This agreement is of great importance to our economy and to our national security. You can learn more about CAFTA by visiting our web site, where we're listed some resources about CAFTA (please click the link below).


    House Votes to Extend Patriot Act

    by Glen Johnson
    Washington Times
    July 22, 2005

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted to extend indefinitely the anti-terrorist USA Patriot Act, while limiting to 10 years two provisions of the law that have become linchpins in the ongoing congressional debate: allowing federal agents to use roving wiretaps and to search library and medical records.

    By a 257-171 margin, lawmakers who earlier Thursday had watched reports of attempted terrorist bombings in London, agreed to renew key provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire at the end of this year.

    Forty-three Democrats joined 214 Republicans in passing the bill, which dropped 14 of 16 expiration dates on provisions initially drafted into the law shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Hours earlier, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved its own general extension of the law, but it called for Congress to re-examine the wiretap and library provisions after another four-year time period. The full Senate likely will vote on the bill this fall, before the competing measures are reconciled in a conference committee...

    Read the full article here.

    To learn more about the Patriot Act, visit www.LifeandLiberty.gov here.


    Secretary Rice's tumultuous week

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on a diplomatic trip to Africa and the Middle East, a trip that has had its share of surprises.

    The Secretary's meeting with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir was marred by incidents of pushing and shoving by Sudanese guards.

    AP reported that Sudanese guards slammed the gates of the President's residence shut, blocking three vehicles in the Secretary's motorcade and preventing several members of her staff from entering the meeting.

    Once the officials were allowed in, guards repeatedly pushed and pulled Rice senior adviser Jim Wilkinson, and at one point he was shoved into a wall. [Wilkinson is a friend of the RJC who has met with RJC leaders on more than one occasion. He is a true Texas gentleman.]

    "Diplomacy 101 says you don't rough your guests up," AP quotes Wilkinson as saying.

    The Sudanese guards also tried to keep American reporters out of a planned photo shoot of Rice's meeting.

    When reporters were finally allowed in, guards continued to harass them. When NBC diplomatic reporter Andrea Mitchell tried to ask el-Bashir a pointed question about the genocide in Darfur, more violence broke out.

    Guards grabbed Mitchell as State Department officials shouted at the guards to leave her alone. "Get your hands off her!" Wilkinson demanded. All the reporters and a camera crew were physically forced out by the Sudanese guards.

    Things went better for the Secretary after that.

    The Lebanese government has formed a new Cabinet, after the election of an anti-Syrian prime minister and an anti-Syrian majority in the legislature. Secretary Rice changed her plans and made an unexpected visit to Beirut, where she met with officials of the new government and warned Syria to end a border closure that has stranded hundreds of Lebanese trucks and vehicles and damaged Lebanon's fragile economy.

    Secretary Rice ended her trip with meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials. She had a long and positive meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this morning at the Prime Minister's ranch.


    Wounded soldier captures, then treats, his attacker

    The mainstream media is just beginning to report this story, but the Army Times carried it last week:

    "During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.

    "Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st �Saber� Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy�s position.

    "After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who�d tried to kill him just minutes before."


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    EMT News

    Police officer and EMT honored in Barrington
    Foster's Daily Democrat - Dover,NH,USA
    ... Stephen Decker, right, recently was named as the EMT of the Year in Barrington and presented the Founder's Award for his outstanding work with the Barrington ...

    emergency medical service news

    First Annual 'Heroes Among Us' Ceremony to be Held in the Western ...
    ArriveNet (press release) - Castle Rock,CO,USA
    ... I would hope that they would take care of my own family," shares Bill Iverson, manager of EMSS ( Emergency Medical Service System) and Trauma Services. ...

    Fire chief 'premature' with EMS plan
    Huntsville Times - Huntsville,AL,USA
    ... He quickly drew criticism from the city's ambulance service, Huntsville Emergency Medical Service Inc., and several City Council members who said he should ...

    Radios needed
    Daily Mining Gazette - Houghton,MI,USA
    ... We now are waiting for our license from the state of Michigan. A medical first responder is part of the emergency medical service system. ...

    bicycle news

    Late-night bicycle ride to close Columbus Drive
    Chicago Tribune - Chicago,IL,USA
    ... will be blocked off from about 11:30 pm Saturday until about 2 am Sunday for the 17th annual Friends of the Parks' LATE (Long After Twilight Ends) bicycle ride ...

    Fueling up for Seattle-to-Portland bicycle classic
    Seattle Times - Seattle,WA,USA
    This weekend, thousands of bicycle riders will consume excessive amounts of carbohydrates to make up for the calories they will burn on the annual Cascade ...

    Partes de bicicletas de Vietnam, amenazadas por el dumping en ...
    InfoBAE.com - Buenos Aires,Buenos Aires,Argentina
    ... have filed a petition to the country's national committee of foreign trade asking for a dumping investigation into different types of bicycle and motorbike ...

    Inaugural bicycle event to travel through Quincy area
    Quincy Herald Whig - Quincy,IL,USA
    Quincy, Nauvoo and Pleasant Hill will be included in the first-ever Illinois Great Rivers Ride, a 385-mile bicycle sojourn scheduled for Sept. 11-17. ...

    Drinker jailed after groping a paramedic

    Published on 08/07/2005

    By Stephen Meredith

    AN UNEMPLOYED Carlisle man has been jailed for carrying out assaults of a sexual nature on two female paramedics who came to his aid.

    Carl Varcoe ran his hand up a recruit's leg and groped her colleague which left her so traumatised she left her job.

    The paramedics were called to Carlisle Police Station in April 2003 to assist the 25-year-old after he was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

    When they arrived in the custody suite he was unsteady on his feet so they decided to help him into an ambulance.

    But Varcoe, of Harris Crescent, Old Harraby, pulled the less experienced officer towards him, touched her right thigh and moved his hand up her leg.

    She was so upset by what happened she stepped back. Her more experienced colleague took over without realising what had happened, and as she helped him into the ambulance he groped her. This was witnessed by two police officers.

    Prosecutor Callum Cowx told Carlisle Magistrates' Court: "As a result of the incident she was taken off operational duties.

    "She was shocked and felt degraded. It has had such an impact on her career she is now too scared to deal with members of the public."

    Initially Varcoe was charged with two offences of indecent assault and was due to stand trial last month. But instead he admitted two less serious charges of common assault.

    His solicitor, John Smith, who described Varcoe as "out of it", told the court: "He doesn't remember the incident. He himself doesn't accept what happened but can't contradict it. He was not himself."

    At an earlier court hearing he said his client had been unable to cope with the stress of the case resulting in an attempt to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

    Varcoe had even gone to Carlisle police station earlier this year in an attempt to be arrested. When that failed he carried out a public order offence, which was admitted.

    District judge Gerald Chalk said he had no option but to jail Varcoe because he had carried out such a "demeaning" act. He was imprisoned for 28 days.



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    paramedic news

    Sailor charged with impersonating paramedic
    NavyTimes.com - Springfield,VA,USA
    A 23-year-old sailor faces charges of impersonating a medical services worker after he allegedly volunteered for a local rescue squad and rode on calls -- all ...

    Injured woman rescued from yacht
    Suffolk Evening Star - Ipswich,England,UK
    ... The spokesman said: "We called an ambulance and the harbourmaster took a paramedic out to the craft on the foot ferry. "The woman ...

    FLYING MEDICS TO THE RESCUE?
    Hexham Courant - Hexham,Lake District,UK
    ... Now, however, the North East Ambulance Service is considering introducing a new "flying paramedic" service to tackle the problem head on. ...

    Drinker jailed after groping a paramedic
    Cumberland News - Carlisle,Cumbria,UK
    By Stephen Meredith. AN UNEMPLOYED Carlisle man has been jailed for carrying out assaults of a sexual nature on two female paramedics who came to his aid. ...

    ambulance news

    Passion for community service drives new ambulance service in ...
    Petoskey News-Review - Petoskey,MI,USA
    ... As the name suggests, medical first responders (or MFRs) are used in rural areas where ambulance response times could be long. Those ...

    Sale Planned To Alleviate Ambulance Worries In Rogers County
    KOTV - Tulsa,OK,USA
    (AP) -- A new owner for the Claremore ambulance service gave his terms to city councilors Friday while the fire chief said existing service has slipped. ...

    Lack of money forced Arnold Ambulance shutdown
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
    By Michael Aubele and Jason Walker. Arnold Ambulance Service was forced to shut down Tuesday because it didn't have enough money to keep operating. ...

    In Rivers, Air Ambulance to the Rescue
    AllAfrica.com - Africa
    ... Governor Peter Odili , a medical doctor said that he saw the need for the air ambulance four years ago, but the need became over bearing during the 2003 ...

    Island Community Raising Funds for New Ambulance
    Mackinac Island Town Crier - Mackinac Island,MI,USA
    Mackinac Island's ambulance needs to be replaced, and the the city's emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are raising awareness and money toward that end. ...

    EMS News

    Mercy Memorial Hospital weighs EMS partnership
    Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
    ... only hospital said yesterday they are in preliminary discussions with one or more ambulance companies about forming a partnership to provide EMS service to the ...

    Fire chief 'premature' with EMS plan
    Huntsville Times - Huntsville,AL,USA
    By JOHN PECK. Less than 48 hours after surprising city officials with an announcement that firefighters would begin answering emergency ...

    cyclist news

    Lithuanian cyclist released from jail
    Monsters and Critics.com - Glasgow,UK
    Florence, Italy - Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas was on Friday released from a Florence jail after his lawyers lodged a successful appeal for bail. ...

    Man is 8th pedestrian, cyclist fatality
    Portland Tribune - Portland,OR,USA
    By JACOB QUINN SANDERS Issue date: Fri, Jul 8, 2005. Robert Beloof, a poet and friend to both Robert Frost and EE Cummings, died ...

    Cyclist Rumsas released from jail
    CNN International - USA
    PARIS, France -- Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas, facing a trial on doping charges, has been released from jail. Rumsas, who has ...

    Road Cycling Safety and Etiquette
    Transition Times - USA
    ... to ride a bicycle. Planning (or lack of) Atlanta 's explosive growth has rarely considered the cyclist. Roadside bike paths are ...

    emergency medical services news

    London Emergency Services Receive Wide Appreciation
    MedIndia - India
    The key for a metropolis in coping with a terrorist attack is how fast and co-ordinated are the cities emergency medical services. ...

    First Annual 'Heroes Among Us' Ceremony to be Held in the Western ...
    ArriveNet (press release) - Castle Rock,CO,USA
    ... is crucial to the outcome of the patients that they serve," reports Valerie Phillips, MD, the medical director of EMSS ( Emergency Medical Services System) and ...

    Sailor charged with impersonating paramedic
    NavyTimes.com - Springfield,VA,USA
    ... squad in Gloucester County in December, allegedly using a forged document that stated he was a state-certified Emergency Medical Services technician, Hicks said ...

    Magen David Adom News

    12:10 Jul 08, '05
    Arutz Sheva - Israel
    (IsraelNN.com) Magen David Adom emergency medical service official Doron Kotler reports that several dozen persons were injured in the train crash near Moshav ...

    Over 30 Injured in Train Crash -- Hospital Information Number
    Arutz Sheva - Israel
    (IsraelNN.com) Magen David Adom emergency medical service officials report over thirty persons were injured in the southern area collision between a train and ...

    2005-07-21

    Unreliable Palestinian 'Witnesses'

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    UNRELIABLE PALESTINIAN 'WITNESSES'
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    Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,

    The unreliability of Palestinian sources has long undermined the integrity of Mideast media coverage. In April 2002, Palestinian 'eyewitness' reports of an Israeli 'massacre' and 'mass graves' in Jenin were immediately transmitted and amplified around the world, but were later proven to be completely false.

    This problem is still very much with us. Last month, AP and Reuters reported Palestinian prisoners' claims that their Israeli guards tore up copies of the Koran to humiliate them. A Palestinian prisoner later admitted that she herself did the ripping.

    And yesterday (July 20) Reuters, relying on unnamed Palestinian witnesses, reported that 'Jewish settlers stabbed a Palestinian boy to death in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.' The accusation gained traction when The New York Times included the Reuters report in its own daily dispatch.

    But today it's become clear that the boy's assailants were Palestinian. Haaretz reported:

    Palestinians initially claimed the boy was stabbed during a violent clash with settlers... Later, however, senior Palestinian figures told Israel Defense Forces figures the boy was likely murdered within the context of a clan feud.

    Reuters itself now reports senior Palestinian officials acknowledging that 'there is no evidence that settlers were behind the stabbing.'

    So we have yet another case of dubious Palestinian claims unquestionably disseminated by the western media, but later proven false. Of course, the false version remains part of the public record, and for one who doesn't see the correction, the fabrication is the only version that sticks.

    Media monitors EyeOnThePost caught a similar case this week, when the Washington Post reported that 'more than a dozen bystanders were killed [by IDF fire], according to [Palestinian] hospital officials'. That report was never substantiated, never repeated elsewhere �D and never corrected by the Post.

    Joshua Muravchik notes in his book, Covering the Intifada: How the Media Reported the Palestinian Uprising:

    Journalists seem to follow a canon that says when two sides are fighting, it is their obligation to report equally and with equal credence what is said by each. But the quality of the information provided by the two sides in this conflict is highly asymmetrical. By this I mean simply that the Palestinians repeatedly lie.

    The time has come for the major news outlets to institute a mandatory fact-checking period before promulgating dubious claims from Palestinian 'eyewitnesses' of supposed Israeli outrages.

    The other issue here is the further erosion of Reuters' credibility. This highly influential media outlet �D whose staff members were caught last week cavorting with a Jenin terrorist in a 'gag film' �D consistently demonstrates an eagerness to function as a pro-Palestinian mouthpiece.

    Are Reuters' Mideast reports carried in your local paper? If so, HonestReporting encourages you to approach your editor with the mountain of material indicating that Reuters does not provide a public service in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
     

    HR ELICITS NY TIMES CORRECTION

    In response to Monday's HonestReporting communique, the New York Times has corrected a erroneous photo caption on its online 'Mideast slideshow.' The corrected version is here, and the Times stated:

    A picture caption on nytimes.com on Saturday with an article about attacks on Hamas militants in Gaza described the scene incorrectly. It showed a Palestinian police tank involved in a battle with Hamas militants, not the attack on Hamas militants earlier in the day by Israeli forces.
     

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    Shuttle launch time set

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    Discovery can lift off Tuesday even if a sensor fails again, NASA says.

    By Robyn Shelton
    Sentinel Staff Writer

    July 21, 2005

    NASA will try again to launch shuttle Discovery on Tuesday after engineers expressed confidence that they had pinpointed the fuel-sensor problem that scrubbed last week's liftoff.

    Blaming a minor electrical issue for delaying the shuttle's return to flight, NASA managers said Wednesday that they can fly even if the sensor acts up again during final preparations for launch.

    If all goes well, the countdown clocks will start ticking Saturday afternoon. Liftoff is set for 10:39 a.m. Tuesday.

    "We have a great amount of work in front of us to get us through this and get us ready for this, but we all agree that this is doable," said Bill Parsons, shuttle-program manager.

    Teams of NASA engineers have been working on the problem since managers called off Discovery's launch July 13. They strongly suspect that the malfunctioning sensor is being affected by an electrical-grounding problem on the shuttle, Parsons said.

    Additional tests are needed, but all the evidence is pointing in that direction, said John Muratore, NASA manager of systems engineering and integration at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

    "This has been a very, very thorough effort," he said. "We've used every kind of analysis and test technique we could find" to investigate the problem.

    NASA is hoping to send Discovery on its 12-day mission to the international space station before the current launch window closes Aug. 4. If that happens, the agency would have to wait until September for more opportunities.

    Discovery's flight will be the first since seven astronauts were killed when shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas as it headed for a landing in Florida on Feb. 1, 2003.

    Discovery was only 21/2 hours from liftoff last week when the sensor failed to respond to computer commands. An estimated 250,000 people had swarmed into Brevard County to see the historic flight.

    In the days since, the cause of the sensor glitch had eluded engineers.

    The faulty device is one of four so-called "engine cutoff" sensors in the bottom of the external fuel tank where liquid-hydrogen fuel is stored.

    The sensors are an emergency precaution meant to trigger the shutdown of the spaceship's main engines if the hydrogen runs out too soon. In normal launches, the sensors aren't needed, and the shuttle's computers turn off the engines when the ship has picked up enough speed to reach its planned orbit.

    NASA requires all four sensors to be working properly at liftoff, but that hasn't always been the case. Three sensors used to be sufficient in the program's early days, but a review after the Challenger disaster in 1986 triggered the change to four.

    Nonetheless, Parsons said the agency likely would accept three working sensors during Discovery's launch if the malfunction were clearly understood.

    Parsons said NASA would stop short of officially changing the technical rules in place for going through with a launch. But the agency would be ready to waive the requirement for this liftoff if the same problem emerges with the sensor.

    "If we see a signature that we understand, then we'd make an exception and fly with three [sensors]," he said.

    Muratore said engineers still were working on plans to do extensive testing of the sensors during Discovery's countdown. If anything unusual occurred, they would call off the launch and regroup.

    Once in orbit, Discovery is to dock at the international space station so its crew can drop off supplies and carry out a series of spacewalks. The excursions outside include work on the station itself as well as tests of potential repair techniques in case a shuttle ever becomes damaged again during launch.

    Columbia was mortally wounded on its climb to orbit when a piece of foam fell off its external tank and struck its left wing, creating a hole that allowed superheated gases to get inside the ship and trigger its destruction after it re-entered the atmosphere.

    Robyn Shelton can be reachedat rshelton@orlandosentinel.comor 407-420-5487.

    Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.

    Three Underground Stations Are Evacuated in London

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    July 21, 2005 10:42 a.m.

    LONDON – Explosions struck London's transport system Thursday, shutting down three Underground train stations and blowing out the windows of a double-decker bus, authorities said, two weeks after four deadly suicide bombings.

    Only one casualty was reported initially in a confusing series of incidents that bore similarities to the July 7 attacks, when four suicide bombers killed 52 people and themselves on three Underground trains and a bus.

    Metropolitan Police Commission Ian Blair said there were four attempted explosions.

    The explosions did not shut down the Underground system, though three lines remained closed more than two hours after the incidents.

    "We know that we have four explosions or attempts of explosions and it is still pretty unclear as to what has happened," the police commissioner told reporters outside police headquarters at New Scotland Yard. "At the moment the casualty numbers appear to be very low in the explosions," he said.

    "Clearly this is a very serious incident," he said. "The bombs appear to be smaller than on the last occasion, but we don't know the implications of all this yet and we're going to have to examine the scene very carefully," he said.

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    Police in chemical protection suits were seen preparing to enter the Warren Street Underground station.

    Police confirmed that an armed police unit had entered University College Hospital nearby. Press Association, the British news agency, said they arrived shortly after an injured person was carried in.

    Meanwhile, police escorted a man away from the Downing Street residence of Prime Minister Tony Blair, as the prime minister prepared to make a statement following the series of explosions. A police officer near the end of the street drew a firearm and aimed it at a target beyond the range of television cameras. Another officer then led away a man whose black shirt was undone.

    Stagecoach, the company that operates the stricken double-decker bus, said the driver heard a bang and went upstairs, where he found the windows blown out. The company said the bus was structurally intact and it had no reports of injuries.

    CCTV cameras on Hackney Road showed the bus immobilized at a stop with its indicator lights flashing. The area around the No. 26 bus had been cordoned off and there was no traffic and no pedestrians. In the video images, there appeared to be nobody on board or nearby and the streets appeared to have been cordoned off.

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    Metropolitan Police said they were not treating it as a major incident on a par with the July 7 attacks. But the quick succession of multiple incidents and the initial confusion were reminiscent of that day. Prime Minister Blair canceled his afternoon appointments as the developments unfolded.

    Police said Warren Street, Shepherds Bush and Oval underground stations were evacuated. Emergency services personnel were called to the stations, police said. BBC TV reporter Keith Doyle near Oval station said police officers had cordoned off a wide area around the station.

    Initial tests at the Oval subway station incident showed no chemical agents, the police said. Later the Victoria line was reopened both sides of Warren Street station, scene of another incident.

    Police cordoned off streets near Warren Street, and officers with sniffer dogs checked the area.

    Services on the Victoria, Northern and Hammersmith and City lines were suspended following reports of a number of incidents, London Underground said.

    "I was in the carriage and we smelt smoke -- it was like something was burning," said Losiane Mohellavi, 35 years old, who was evacuated at Warren Street.

    "Everyone was panicked and people were screaming. We had to pull the alarm. I am still shaking," Ms. Mohellavi said.

    London Ambulance said it was called to the Oval station at 12:38 p.m. local time in London, and Warren Street at 12:45 p.m.

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    2005-07-20

    RJC on Supreme Court Nomination


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    RJC Applauds Nomination of Judge Roberts

    July 19, 2005, Washington, DC...The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) applauds President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts and encourages the Senate to act swiftly on his confirmation.

    "Judge Roberts is, according to his peers and bipartisan supporters, a jurist of the utmost integrity and intellect," said RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks. "The fact that prominent Jewish Democrat lawyers such as former White House counsel Lloyd Cutler and former Solicitor General Seth Waxman heralded Judge Roberts, upon his nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, as 'one of the very best and most highly respected appellate lawyers in the nation, with a deserved reputation as a brilliant writer and oral advocate' speaks to his superior qualifications."

    "President Bush defied the dire predictions of Democrats by nominating a mainstream jurist like Judge Roberts - who, just a two years ago, was approved by the vast majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and then was unanimously approved by the full Senate," Brooks remarked. "The Senate and interest groups should follow suit by using this nomination to unite our country, rather than using it to divide us and to fill their fundraising coffers."

    "As several key Senate Democrats have noted, President Bush has exceeded expectations in his advice and consent discussions with members of the Senate, " Brooks stated. "We call upon Senators to reciprocate by fulfilling their Constitutional obligation to deliberate in a timely and dignified manner - and to bring the nomination of Judge Roberts to the floor of the Senate for an up-or-down vote with all possible speed."

     

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    Why Roberts looks likely to win

    MSNBC News
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    Tom Curry
    National affairs writer


    Solid conservative vetting, slim paper trail, Mr. Establishment demeanor

    NEWS ANALYSIS
    By Tom Curry
    National affairs writer
    MSNBC
    Updated: 11:22 p.m. ET July 19, 2005

    WASHINGTON - Some say that President Bush's nomination of appeal court judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court will trigger a brutal, blood-soaked confirmation battle that will tie up Washington for months.

    Here's why the odds are very much against that and here is why he is likely to be confirmed: Roberts is Mr. Establishment. When he was nominated for the appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003, he was praised by Walter Dellinger and Seth Waxman — two former solicitors general in the Clinton administration. And, Roberts is respected by the Washington legal establishment as one of the very best Supreme Court advocates of the present day.

    I specifically asked Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn. about John Roberts and Judge Michael McConnell last Wednesday.

    Were they, in Lieberman's view, mainstream conservatives who could be confirmed?

    Here is what Lieberman said: "They'd be in the ballpark…. Obviously if they were nominated for the Supreme Court you'd go into their records in a lot more detail, but those are two good examples."

    No Janice Rogers Brown
    Unlike recently confirmed appeal court judge Janice Rogers Brown, Roberts has not delivered provocative and incendiary speeches and articles.

    His record as an appeal court judge is quite slim, since he has only served on the bench since June of 2003.

    But even though Roberts has not much of a paper trail to attack, his vetting as conservative is clear and certified.

    One does not become law clerk to Associate Justice William Rehnquist; special assistant to Ronald Reagan's attorney general William French Smith; associate White House counsel to Reagan and a top practitioner in the solicitor general's office under the first President Bush without being a solid conservative.

    Plenty of veterans of the Reagan and first Bush administrations can vouch for him.

    Yet he is not like Justice Antonin Scalia in temperament.

    Scalia often browbeats and mocks lawyers who argue a case before the high court.

    Courtroom demeanor
    I have seen Judge Roberts only once in a courtroom and that was in April when, as part of a three-judge panel, he heard oral arguments in the case of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's one-time driver now being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

    Roberts struck me as restrained, careful, and extremely alert. He rarely interrupted the lawyers' arguments and when he asked questions they were brief.

    If he is a man impressed with himself, it certainly does not show. Unlike Scalia he did not seem to enjoy hearing himself hold forth.

    At the moment — unless there is some smoking gun hidden in his years of private law practice — the only avenue of attack for Democrats to block his confirmation would seem to be an attempt to get the memos he wrote while in the solicitor general's office from 1989 to 1992.

    Democrats on the Judiciary Committee can argue that they need to know more about how Roberts thinks and therefore they must see those memos from the late 1980s.

    The Bush administration will refuse to turn over the memos, saying the confidentiality of solicitor general's office in preparing arguments must be held sacrosanct.

    This is the very same issue Democrats used to justify their filibuster of Bush appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada in 2003.

    Views of the advocacy groups
    The outside liberal advocacy groups were quick to issue statements expressing worry about Roberts: People for the American Way brought up the legal brief Roberts prepared while serving in the solicitor general's office arguing a case called Rust v. Sullivan.

    The brief said that the president and other members of the Bush I administration "continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled" and that the Court's ruling that a woman has a right to get an abortion has "no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution."

    There are some Republicans who'd be happy to fight out a battle on the Senate floor on that quote, but their defense of Roberts will be that he was simply representing his client, not voicing his own views.

    The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights warned against accepting the appearance that Roberts presents.

    The group conceded that Roberts "may not have been on the (Christian conservative) Rev. James Dobson's short list of pre-approved nominees" and "at first blush, John Roberts may not appear to be an ultra right judicial activist."

    But in reality, the group said, he "may be a hard-nosed extremist with a soft conservative facade. In short, the president may have nominated a stealth candidate: a Justice Scalia or Thomas in O'Connor's robes."

    And Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis set the nomination in the larger landscape: "The president made a choice that he knows will raise the ire of most Democrats, progressives, and moderates. He and the right-wing got exactly what they wanted: a right-wing judge and weeks of the American public and media focused on the nomination battle instead of a growing quagmire in Iraq, a Social Security debacle, and a Karl Rove scandal that had — until today — no end in sight."

    My judgment is that, in the end, Lieberman and other conservative and centrist Democrats will vote for Roberts and he'll be on the high court come October.

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