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  • Massie wins Republican nomination in 4th District (Kentucky primary)

    05/22/2012 5:55:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    WHAS Channel 11 ^ | May 22, 2012
    Tea party darling Thomas Massie on Tuesday won the Republican nomination to run for an open congressional seat in Kentucky's 4th District. The relative newcomer of politics, a protege of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, beat two well-established Republicans in state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Massie had 13,708 votes or 45 percent, to 8,844 votes for Webb-Edgington or 30 percent. Moore had 5,299 votes or 17 percent. The race proved that the tea party movement remains strong in Kentucky. Paul endorsed Massie and was actively involved in the race, even...
  • Kentucky: Thomas Massie Wins GOP Nomination

    05/22/2012 5:54:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 5/22/2012 | oshua Miller
    In a stinging rebuke of the Kentucky Republican establishment, tea-party-affiliated Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie won tonight’s GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R) in the 4th district. With 72 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Massie. He had 44.9 percent of vote, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington had 29 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore had 17.4 percent. Davis, along with former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), backed Webb-Edgington, who had broad establishment support. Conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) backed Massie. The district is safe Republican turf,...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • Editors of The Courier-Journal Do Not Get the Public Mainstream

    10/24/2010 10:05:25 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 9 replies ^ | 10/24/10 | Rob Binsrick
    In the most predictable act in an otherwise completely unpredictable election cycle, the liberal editors of Louisville's The Courier-Journal (CJ) newspaper have decided to "enthusiastically endorse" (to use their words) Jack Conway for election to the U.S. Senate. Conway is running against Republican candidate Dr. Rand Paul for the Senate seat currently held by the retiring Jim Bunning. The CJ editors concluded their enthusiastic endorsement for Conway with these closing statements: "Kentuckians should not gamble on a candidate far out of the political mainstream. The should send Mr. Conway to the Senate." From those statements it is clear that the...
  • Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For 'Harassing Email' To Jim Bunning

    05/25/2010 2:39:51 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 50 replies · 901+ views
    One News Page ^ | May 25, 2010 | Huff Post via One News Page
    When Sen. Jim Bunning complained on the Senate floor in February that he'd missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game because of a debate on unemployment benefits -- a debate the Kentucky Republican himself prevented from proceeding to a vote -- Bruce Shore got angry. "I was livid. I was just livid," said Shore, 51, who watched the floor proceedings on C-SPAN from his home in Philadelphia. "I'm on unemployment, so it affects me. I'm in shock." Instead of just being angry, Shore took action: He sent several emails to Bunning staffers, blasting the senator for blocking the benefits. "ARE you'all...
  • Sen. Bunning endorses Rand Paul over his own 'protege'

    04/14/2010 2:38:21 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 84 replies · 1,358+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04/14/2010 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is leaving the Senate, but he's not going quietly. Bunning on Wednesday announced that he will support Rand Paul in the GOP primary to take his seat. The move will be seen as a direct affront to the state's other senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and the candidate he is more closely tied to, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “Kentucky needs a conservative who will say no to bailouts, stop the government takeover of our economy, end wasteful spending, and bring down our national debt," Bunning said. "And Kentucky’s families need a conservative who believes...
  • Jeri Thompson: Jim Bunning's Finest Hour

    03/04/2010 11:59:35 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies · 738+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 3.3.10 | Jeri Thompson
    Sen. Jim Bunning cut a deal with Democrats to release the hold he had blocking a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits and subsidized COBRA health insurance. But the impact of his stand against more deficit spending will hang over Washington for some time. When he said on the floor Tuesday night that, "If we cannot pay for a bill that all 100 senators support, how can we tell the American people with a straight face that we will ever pay for anything? That is what senators say they want, and that is what the American people want." The Inside the...
  • Jim Bunning's Historic and Heroic Stand

    03/03/2010 8:27:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 628+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | Terry Jeffrey
    Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, a 78-year-old grandfather of 40 who is not running for re-election, has single-handedly fought a battle on Capitol Hill over the past week that ought to inspire all taxpayers to rally around his banner of commonsense. Bunning not only said "NO" to a Congress that week after week has been driving the nation deeper and deeper into debt, but decided to use what power he has under Senate rules to make sure his "NO" was heard. Three weeks ago, President Obama signed a law allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion....
  • CNN: Bunning Had 'Devastating Effect In Real World,' Backdown Creates 'Lifeline'

    03/02/2010 6:09:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 1,244+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Campbell Brown . . . the only non-partisan cable news anchor at 8 pm." -- CNN description of Campbell Brown show "Non-partisan": yeah, right. The hit that Brown, with help from reporter Dana Bash, put on Jim Bunning this evening was worthy of that hyper-partisan guy over at MSNBC in the 8 PM ET slot. Bash first narrated a classic of the liberal media genre: an anecdotal story of someone allegedly hurt by hard-hearted Republican policies. Bash claimed that "in the real world," Bunning's position is having a "devastating effect" on people like single mother Madonna Alvarez. It got worse...
  • Jim Bunning Is Caving This Very Minute

    03/02/2010 6:04:25 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 16 replies · 790+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 3/2/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    But I don't blame him. Not one bit. For one shining moment, Bunning stood up, tall and strong, against suicidal government spending, against ridiculousness, against the deficit-hogging juggernaut that is deliberately tipping this country over the edge into oblivion. But he could stand up and take direct hits for only so long. You knew it had to end. I blame the rest of the Republicans that let 2006 and 2008 happen and who, apparently, have no friggin' idea what 2010 represents for them and the nation ... because they didn't stand with him.
  • Jim Bunning is Going Out with a Bang

    03/02/2010 1:50:50 PM PST · by T Christopher · 6 replies · 534+ views
    REPUBLICAN REDEFINED ^ | tchristopher
    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="285" caption="(March 1, 2010 - Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)"][/caption] Retiring Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning has apparently decided to make the most of the time he has left in Washington by making the lives of his fellow senators a living hell.  In what has now become a four-day standoff with many from both sides of the aisle, Bunning is holding firm on his opposition to proposed legislation that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans.  With Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN following the story almost exclusively all morning, his standoff is quickly becoming the...
  • Dems press GOP senator end budget block

    03/02/2010 11:56:33 AM PST · by quesney · 262 replies · 4,280+ views
    WASHINGTON – To the increasing discomfort of his fellow Republicans, Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday again blocked the Senate from extending unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless. The Kentucky Republican objected to a request by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican, to pass a 30-day extension of jobless benefits and other expired measures. The measure would also extend highway programs and prevent a big cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Bunning has been single-handedly blocking the stopgap legislation since Thursday... ----- Bunning made the following quotes on the floor of the United States Senate: "I believe...
  • Robert Gibbs calls Senator Jim Bunning irrational

    03/02/2010 9:46:03 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 45 replies · 1,309+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March.2, 2010 | Dave Cook
    Washington White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Tuesday stepped up the war of words that the Obama administration has been directing at Sen. Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky, saying at a morning meeting with reporters, “I don’t know how you negotiate with the irrational.” Since this past Thursday, Senator Bunning, who is not running for reelection, has been blocking an extension of unemployment and health benefits for jobless workers. He did it again Tuesday morning, objecting to a request by fellow a Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, to extend the expired benefits for 30 days. Mr. Gibbs has acknowledged...
  • G.O.P. Splits on Senator’s Move to Block Benefits

    03/02/2010 10:04:34 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 33 replies · 723+ views
    NYSlimes ^ | March.2, 2010 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON — The effort to end a Senate standoff over unemployment benefits and health coverage for the jobless escalated on Tuesday morning as Senator Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine, became the latest lawmaker, and the first Republican, to try to override the objection of Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky. The White House, meanwhile, called Mr. Bunning’s actions “irrational.” Ms. Collins, who took the floor shortly after the Senate convened, said her effort was being made on “behalf of numerous members of the Republican caucus who have expressed concerns to me.” “There are 500 Mainers whose benefits expired...
  • Lone Republican Senator blocking a million-plus Americans from receiving unemployment benefits

    03/01/2010 6:33:45 PM PST · by RWB Patriot · 86 replies · 2,516+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-01-10 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Sarah Palin stormed the bestseller list last year with "Going Rogue"-a political memoir whose title coyly referenced the former GOP vice presidential nominee's supposed defiance of the consultants running the McCain campaign. But this year we have a new poster boy for the Going Rogue playbook: GOP Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky. For the past week, Bunning has been single-handedly blocking more than a million Americans from receiving unemployment and COBRA health insurance benefits, as of today, when their benefits funded under the 2009 stimulus law run out. The suspension of benefits affects everyone from doctors to government employees
  • Sen. Bunning blocks unemployment benefits extension

    02/26/2010 11:19:10 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 43 replies · 1,700+ views
    WASHINGTON — Some unemployment benefits could dry up Monday. Newly laid-off workers wouldn't get federal help with health insurance premiums. Road and transit bills could go unpaid, Medicare payments to doctors would stay high and rural satellite reception could be affected, all thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block legislation that would keep alive a host of programs that expire Sunday night. The Kentucky Republican, according to several sources, told Democratic colleagues "tough s---" Thursday when they tried to get him to change his mind. The Senate is expected to consider a longer-term extension of the programs Monday, with...
  • Democrats Push Reid to Let Public Read Health Care Bill

    10/07/2009 3:51:12 AM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 3 replies · 766+ views
    The Capitolist ^ | 10/06/09 | Patricia Murphy
    A group of eight Democrats today asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the health care reform bill to be posted online for 72 hours before a vote on the measure and once again before a vote on the conference report that will meld the House and Senate versions. The senators told Reid that health care reform should be more transparent and easier for their constituents to understand. A CBS poll released last month showed that two-thirds of Americans say the issue is confusing and just 31 percent say they have a clear understanding of what reform will mean for...

    02/23/2009 3:34:42 AM PST · by Impy · 29 replies · 1,122+ views
    Poltics1 ^ | 02.23.09 | Vin Gopal
    KENTUCKY. US Senator Jim Bunning (R) is already expected to face a tough fight for reelection next year, as leading Bluegrass State Democrats are lining up to run. Over the weekend, Bunning helped to contribute to his reputation for making erratic comments. Speaking at a Lincoln Day event over the weekend, Bunning said that US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg will be dead from pancreatic cancer within the next nine months. Bunning also complained the NRSC isn't doing enough financially to help him and other embattled conservative incumbents. In related news, The Hill reports that State Senate President David...
  • Incredible speech Just given by Senator Bunning.(not afraid to say it like it is)

    09/26/2008 11:36:00 AM PDT · by Revel · 57 replies · 4,137+ views ^ | 9/26/08 | Senator Bunning
    Phone number: 202-224-4343 United States Senate, Washington, DC Friday, September 26, 2008 Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak about the current economic situation and the bailout bill that will soon be coming to the Senate floor. Let me start by saying that I am just as concerned about what is going on in the financial markets and the economy as everyone else. I know there are extreme tensions in the credit markets and those problems could soon have an impact on businesses and individuals who had nothing to do with the mortgage mess. However, I do not agree...
  • A Pointless Political Ploy (Senator Jim Bunning's Blast At Dems Slumber Party - MUST READ Alert)

    07/19/2007 1:02:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | 07/19/2007 | Senator Jim Bunning
    Delivered to the United States Senate, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007.Mr. President, I rise tonight to play my small part in this pointless political play put on by the Senate Majority Leader. It is an insult to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces and to the American taxpayers that we are here tonight for no other reason than for a publicity stunt. Instead of following the script written by "Move On" like my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, I want to be honest and frank with the American people. I hear Democrats...
  • Sen. Bunning (R-KY): Amnesty backers 'smoking something illegal'

    06/27/2007 2:55:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies · 2,252+ views
    One News Now ^ | June 26, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A Republican senator from Kentucky says the so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" bill is completely unnecessary because there are already laws on the books the government has yet to enforce that will stop illegal aliens at the border. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is reportedly unsure whether he will support the immigration bill that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. McConnell tells Associated Press, "the bill on the merits is a mixed bag," and he won't decide how to vote on the measure until a series of amendments have been considered. But fellow Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning is...
  • Time: America's 10 Best Senators (and 5 worst) BARF alert!

    04/16/2006 11:41:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies · 5,562+ views
    Time ^ | April 16, 2006 | Massimo Calabresi and Perry Bacon Jr.
    ...Time spoke to dozens of academics, political scientists and current and former Senators...
  • STEROIDS: Sports Officials Back On Capitol Hill

    09/28/2005 7:29:21 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 30 replies · 676+ views
    AP, WRAL.COM ^ | 28 SEPTEMBER 2005 | Ronald Blum, Jennifer Talhelm
    The sports world needs to take illegal steroid use serious. Sports officials are again on Capitol Hill since sports are not taking the problem seriously. The ill effects of steroid use can be fatal. Unfortunately, athletes are being pressured to use steroids to remain competitive. Senator John McCain has sponsored the "Clean Sports Act," which is companion to a House Bill presented by Tom Davis. Both call for a 2 year suspension for first time offenders of steroid use and a lifetime ban for a second offense. It's time to put these measures into law before more athletes destroy themselves...
  • Congressional Races: Who Won, Who Lost, and Why

    11/09/2004 3:11:52 PM PST · by Ahriman · 1 replies · 610+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Nov. 9, 2004 | Paul Weyrich
    The Republicans won almost every challenger contest, except perhaps one they could have. And incumbents? Most of the Senators who were on the “watch list,” such as Kit Bond of Missouri, in the end had no problem. Then there is Jim Bunning. The Kentucky Senator, who was the only player to have pitched a no-hitter in both the American and National Leagues, seemed to have no problem being re-elected. Democrats, deprived of their scandal-ridden former Governor Paul Patton, who had intended to run, put up an obscure State Senator as the sacrificial candidate. Then Bunning, whom I personally admire a...
  • Kentucky Senate Race Tightens

    10/23/2004 1:47:46 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 10 replies · 922+ views
    Cook's Political Report ^ | Oct 21, 2004 | Charlie Cook
    Fueled by polling that shows a tightening race between GOP incumbent Sen. Jim Bunning and Democratic state Sen. and physician Dan Mongiardo, Kentucky has quickly become the most talked about Senate contest in the country among political insiders. Could it be that a race that wasn't on anyone's radar screen three weeks ago is suddenly on par with Alaska or South Dakota? Or, is this simply an effort to expand the field of competitive races? Or, are the media and Senate race watchers just bored with the same eight races that have dominated the landscape for months? In truth, it's...
  • Dan Mongiardo Narrows Jim Bunning's Lead For Senate In KY

    10/14/2004 4:37:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,754+ views
    Survey USA ^ | October 7, 2004
    Poll shows Bunning lead at 51% to 40%
  • Bunning calls Mongiardo a 'Medicaid millionaire'

    09/29/2004 12:21:24 PM PDT · by Hawkeye · 6 replies · 439+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 09/29/2004 | John Cheves
    Bunning calls Mongiardo a 'Medicaid millionaire' BUT MONEY CAME OVER 13 YEARS By John Cheves HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning has launched a statewide televised attack on his Democratic opponent that accuses him of "growing rich on our tax dollars," but relies on misleading evidence.The commercial, which debuted Monday, refers to Hazard surgeon Daniel Mongiardo as "Dr. Dan, the Medicaid millionaire," and says he "billed taxpayers more than $3 million for Medicaid reimbursements."But it fails to explain that the $3 million covered a 13-year period of care for low-income patients, and about 60 percent of the money paid...
  • New Independent Poll Shows U.S. Senator Jim Bunning’s Lead Widening

    09/04/2004 10:33:08 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies · 1,209+ views
    Fort Wright, KY - Citizens for Bunning today announced a new independent and non-partisan poll showing U.S. Senator Jim Bunning’s lead in the U.S. Senate race strengthening. The SurveyUSA poll of 679 likely Kentucky voters (+/-3.8%) conducted Aug. 13 – Aug. 15 has Senator Bunning leading his opponent 57% to 33% with 11% undecided. This same non-partisan poll done three weeks ago had Senator Bunning beating his opponent by 18 points, and now its most recent poll shows his commanding lead growing to 24 points. Senator Bunning leads among conservatives, moderates, and independents, yet liberals and John Kerry supporters overwhelmingly...
  • Senators say U.S. slow to arm pilots

    04/08/2004 7:53:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 181+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 8, 2004 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Sens. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican, and Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, introduced the bill before the Easter recess to force the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement the Federal Flight Deck Officer program the way Congress intended.</p> <p>Mr. Bunning said the legislation "will take down the barriers TSA has thrown up, and will help make our skies more secure."</p>
  • Ex-Gov. {Louie B.} Nunn remembered as Tough, Candid {KY}

    01/31/2004 9:55:08 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 338+ views
    Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal ^ | 01-31-04 | Cross, Al
    <p>C-J file photos Former Gov. Louie B. Nunn rode in his inaugural parade in Frankfort in 1967.</p> <p>From left, Steven, Jennie Lou and Beula Nunn, Louie B. Nunn's son, daughter and wife, respectively, stayed warm during the governor's inauguration in December. The day started chilly and gray, but thousands gathered for the event.</p>
  • Sen. Jim Bunning's Secret? Luck, for Starters

    01/25/2004 5:09:14 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 220+ views
    Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal ^ | 01-25-04 | Cross, Al
    <p>FRANKFORT, Ky. — When he was a Major League pitcher, Jim Bunning had more pluck than luck. As a U.S. Senate candidate and senator, the reverse appears to have been true, as we are likely to see again Tuesday, the filing deadline for major party candidates in this year's elections.</p>
  • Bunning and Wilson Set to Knock Down Hurdles to Arming Pilots

    01/23/2004 6:21:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 256+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | January 23, 2004 | NA
    Bunning and Wilson Set to Knock Down Hurdles to Arming Pilots Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 (703)321-8585 Friday, January 23, 2004 For two years in a row, Congress has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow armed pilots to use firearms to protect their crews and passengers -- and innocent victims on the ground. Tragically, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) -- which has no problem scrambling fighters to shoot down passenger airplanes -- continues to drag its feet at the common-sense notion that American citizens should be allowed to defend themselves, rather than being shot...
  • Senate candidate picks up labor endorsement [Mongiardo / AFL-CIO / Kentucky]

    01/22/2004 11:08:37 PM PST · by JohnnyZ · 11 replies · 1,152+ views
    The Courier-Journal (Louisville) ^ | January 20, 2004 | AL CROSS
    <p>The only Democrat running an active campaign for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky has won the endorsement of organized labor but lost two experienced staff members.</p> <p>The Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed state Sen. Daniel Mongiardo of Hazard yesterday, sending another signal that no other Democrat is likely to mount an active effort to unseat first-term Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.</p>
  • Cowan drops out of race for Sen. Bunning's seat

    11/22/2003 10:49:05 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies · 186+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | November 22, 2003 | AL CROSS
    <p>Louisville lawyer Fred Cowan pulled out of the race for the U.S. Senate yesterday, saying Democrats' loss of the governorship had made it impossible for him to unseat first-term Republican Sen. Jim Bunning next November.</p> <p>Cowan's withdrawal leaves state Sen. Daniel Mongiardo of Hazard as the only Democratic candidate, but state Treasurer Jonathan Miller said he is still considering the race and other key Democrats mentioned other potential candidates.</p>
  • Cowan ends his Senate campaign, But KY Dems insist GOP is vulnerable

    11/22/2003 5:55:12 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 174+ views
    The Kentucky Post ^ | 11-22-03 | By Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON -- Fred Cowan abruptly ended his campaign for U.S. Senate on Friday, saying it would be impossible to raise the money needed to beat Republican incumbent Jim Bunning after the Democrats' devastating loss in this year's governor's race. "Democrats around the state are understandably dispirited, and the party is going through a rebuilding phase," Cowan said. "In this atmosphere, and with a new Republican governor coming into office, I do not believe I can mount a successful campaign against Mr. Bunning." Cowan, a Louisville attorney and former state attorney general and legislator, was one of only two Democrats...
  • Page 3 -- Should U.S. Help Pay Saddam's Debt to France?

    10/24/2003 11:47:52 AM PDT · by Jean S · 18 replies · 202+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/24/03 | David Freddoso
    The deposed Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein had an estimated foreign debt of $150 billion, not counting $200 billion in reparations owed to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia dating from the Persian Gulf War. The U.S. Treasury Department estimates Saddam's major creditors were Saudi Arabia ($25 billion), United Arab Emirates and Qatar ($17.5 billion), Kuwait ($12.5 billion), Russia ($9 billion), France ($8 billion), Japan ($6 billion) and Germany ($4.3 billion). Last week, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to President Bush's $20-billion aid proposal for Iraq that would convert $10 billion of that aid to a loan unless other nations forgive...
  • Try Arnett for treason, senator says (Jim Bunning, R-KY)

    04/02/2003 7:54:25 AM PST · by SolidSupplySide · 102 replies · 458+ views
    Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | 04.02.2003 | Carl Weiser
    WASHINGTON - Correspondent Peter Arnett should be "tried as a traitor" for remarks he made in an interview with Iraqi state television, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., said Tuesday. Arnett, a New Zealand native and naturalized U.S. citizen, said in the Sunday interview that Washington's "first war plan has just failed because of Iraqi resistance. ... Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces." NBC and its related network, for which the longtime war reporter had been covering the conflict from Baghdad, dismissed Arnett despite his apologies Monday. Later the same day, London's anti-war Daily Mirror hired...
  • Athletic Names Do Well in Elections

    11/04/2002 2:58:03 PM PST · by GeneD · 2 replies · 309+ views
    Filed at 5:23 p.m. ET Steve Largent understands a basic rule: Athletes making the jump to politics hold one big advantage -- name recognition. ``They start with something that costs a lot of money,'' said Largent, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Republican candidate for governor in Oklahoma. The former University of Tulsa and Seattle Seahawks star is one of several sports figures up for election Tuesday. Others include Salt Lake City Olympics organizer Mitt Romney, a Republican running for governor of Massachusetts; and runner Jim Ryun (Kansas) and former Cornhuskers football coach Tom Osborne...