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Donations appear over the horizon
and hanky panky of banker/anchor

Happy to report that donations — though still a trickle — have started to come in. Also, with a nudge and a wink, possible hanky panky between the banker and the anchor. — 62 words.

Washington-Tokyo trade barbs
on handling of Okinawa and Iraq

Japan's defence minister has criticised Washington's handling of the relocation of an American base in Japan in his second attack on US decision-making inside a week, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday. He was also critical the Weapons of Mass Destruction reason for invading Iraq. — 582 words.

NY Times columnist says Hilary Clinton
should stop following and start leading

Frank Rich says, “The issue raised by the tragedy of Iraq is not who's on the left or the right, but who is in front and who is behind. Mrs. Clinton has always been a follower of public opinion on the war, not a leader. Now events are outrunning her. Support for the war both in the polls and among Republicans in Congress is plummeting faster than she can recalibrate her rhetoric; unreliable Iraqi troops are already proving no-shows in the new Iraqi-American "joint patrols" of Baghdad; the Congressional showdown over fresh appropriations for Iraq is just weeks away.” —  1,528 words.

China comes down hard
on corrupt officials

Altogether 67,505 government officials have been punished for corruption since 2003, with more than 17,505 prosecuted and sentenced in the first eight months of 2006. President Hu Jintao said last month that efforts were being made "to improve the rule of law and create a culture of clean and honest government, while strengthening the supervision of power". – 392 words.

Hope springs eternal as Russia says Hamas
will recognize earlier agreements with Israel

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is ready to recognize earlier accords with Israel thanks to the joint effort of Russia and Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. — 140 words.

Media, including The Wall Street Journal, dance around
possible hanky panky between the banker and the anchor

A well-lawyered newspaper distinguishes itself by the way it writes around something.
The Wall Street Journal's opening coverage of the corporate shake-up at Citigroup appeared in its Jan. 23 edition, where the paper noted the "ouster" of Citigroup executive Todd Thomson. — 1,072 words.

National Assembly’s ‘mother law’
would give Chavez broader powers

According to The Associated Press, as he starts his new six-year term, Hugo Chavez has just about everything a president could want: popular support, a marginalized opposition, a friendly congress and a booming economy. Now, he's about to become even more powerful. The Chavez supporting National Assembly is poised to approve a "mother law" as early as Wednesday — enabling him to remake society by presidential decree. – 1,041 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

The oldest and youngest Prime Minister

The oldest prime minister to take office was Sir Charles Tupper, who was 74 years and 10 months old when he became Prime Minister on May 1, 1896.  The youngest to take the country’s top political post was Joe Clark, who became Prime Minister on June 4, 1979 at the age of 39 years and 11 months.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

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