Miss World 2006 is Tatana Kucharova from the Czech Republic. Tatana is an 18 year old high school student. The New Miss World's future ambition is to attend university, graduate, have a modeling career which she hopes will enable her to travel; and to be a good parent one day.
Only one Republican Senator, Rhode Island's Lincoln D. Chafee, voted against the Secure Fence Act, while 26 Democrats joined the other 54 Republicans in sending the bill on to President Bush who will sign it.
It is surprising that the Senate overcame opposition and approved this bill without any provision for a so-called "path to citizenship" for the nation's 12 million illegal aliens. Opponents dismissed the legislation as a "political stunt," an "international disgrace," and an "affront to the ideals" laid out by President Bush in his call for comprehensive immigration reform.
Passage of the Secure Fence Act overcame the nine month stalemate resulting from the drastically different visions of immigration reform pursued by House and Senate. The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act , approved by the House last December, was designed to regain control of the border and slow the flow of illegal aliens across the border and does not provide for a guest worker program or legalization of the 12 million illegals. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 was passed by the Senate in May. Unlike the House's enforcement first approach, that Senate's bill would create a new guest-worker program and, like the failed 1986 Immigration Reform Act, legalize most of 12 million immigrants in the country illegally.
The stalemate had more than political consequences. The New York Times reported how California farmers can't get enough farmworkers to harvest all the crops.
California's two Democratic senators, Boxer and Feinstein, failed in a last-ditch effort to help California's fruit, nut, and vegetable growers. The Senators tried to attach the Feinstein/Craig AgJobs bill to the fence legislation. the AgJobs bill would grant guest worker visas to 1.5 million farmworkers and provide them a path to citizenship. The California Senators' effeorts were rejected by Senate leaders for fear it would kill the fence bill precisely because the bill's path to citizenship.
Can someone explain why we can not adopt a guest worker plan like Canada's? Canada has a guest worker agreement with Mexico. If a Canadian company hires Mexican workers under Canada's program, guest workers may stay only eight months or less and, unlike "guest workers" in the U.S., guest workers in Canada actually return to Mexico and receive no benefits from the Canadian government.
The new Quinnipiac University poll finds Connecticut Senator Lieberman has a 49 - 39 percent lead among likely voters over the Democrat's millionaire anti-war candidate Lamont. Republican nominee Alan Schlesinger remains in single digits at 5 percent.
According to Schwartz, Lamont is preferred among those who say Iraq is the most important issue to their vote, but that is only 35 percent of the voters. Lieberman wins on all the other issues.
Six months after Lamont announced he would challenge Senator Lieberma, he is still perceived as a single issue candidate. At this point it seems unlikely Lamont can mount an effective effort to change that perception. If he doesn't, Lamont is toast. Lamont also hasn't been able to convince contributors to provide sufficient funds and continues write personal checks to pay for his campaign against Senator Lieberman. The Greenwich multimillionaire, and great-grandson of the former chairman of JP Morgan & Co., wrote a $750,000 check this week bringing to $6,251,500 the total amount of his own money Lamont has used to try and buy himself a Senate seat.
Connecticut's Republican Governor Rell continues leads Democrat John DeStefano by better than two to one, 63 - 30 percent, unchanged from the August 17 poll. DeStefano can't get any traction in large part because of all the attention on the Lieberman/Lamont rematch.
The poll was conducted September 21 - 25 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.
Thielen replaces nominee Jerry Coffee, who won Saturday's GOP primary even though he bowed out of the race after he had emergency heart bypass surgery.
Akaka, Hawaii's 82 year old 15-year Democratic Senate incumbent, survived a primary challenge from U.S. Representative Case.
Senator Akaka is considered a shoo-in for reelection. A congressional incumbent hasn't lost a re-election bid in Hawaii's 47-year history.
UPDATE: David Thielen says his mom needs your support:
Yes, I'm a Democrat and my mom's a Republican. But mom trumps party.
[. . .]
And what are her chances? Republican Cynthia Thielen in Democratic Hawaii? Well first of all, the people of Hawaii love her. I mention my last name anywhere, not just in her district, but anywhere, and people ask me if I'm related. And when I say that I'm her son they tell me that they love her.
And she wins her Democratic district with 70 - 80% of the vote when the Democrats bother to run someone against her. For 16 years she has shown incredible skill, both in getting elected and in legislating. She is an amazing politician.
So it's an uphill battle. But if I was betting money, I'ld bet on my mom. But with that said... She needs you support and your contributions. So please, go to www.cynthiathielen.com and make a contribution.
It has just been that kind of a year for the Washington Nationals. The team is firmly ensconced in the National League Eest basement. Twenty-four games behind the New York Mets, even after beating the Mets 7-3 on Monday.
The charter train carrying the Nationals back to Washington derailed in Delaware early Tuesday. No one was injured in the "minor derailment." All of the cars remained upright when the last set of wheels of the engine derailed around 1:30 a.m. in Wilmington.
Nationals broadcaster Dave Jageler said it could have been worse:
"The fortunate thing is we were coming into the station in Wilmington, Del.," Jageler says. "The trains have to slow down to go by the station. What was indicated to us was that since we were going very slowly, they were able to bring the train to a complete stop. If we had been going more quickly, it could have been a more serious situation. All in all, I think we're very fortunate."
The poor Nats can't even generate excitement with a train wreck.
A Pataki staffer said the office will be a headquarters for the governor's 21st Century Freedom Political Action Committee, which according to the Albany Times Union cannot be used to fund a formal presidential campaign.
Pataki also plans to open an office soon in Manchester, N.H., and he is also talking to officials in South Carolina about opening an office there.
Most pundits tend to be dismissive of Pataki's presidential ambitions, but who thought he would defeat Democrat Mario Cuomo?
The London Guardian reports the leaked French intelligence document from stating that Saudi secret services were convinced Osama had died may have been "based solely on a conversation between a French diplomat and a low-level Saudi diplomat at a social function in Islamabad."
The event was held at a private residence and attended by about 65 people, raised early $800,000.
the host was longtime Republican donor L. Scott Frantz, chairman of the board of directors of Bradley International Airport and the Connecticut Development Authority.
The money will go primarily to Connecticut's three Republican members of Congress, Christopher Shays, Nancy Johnson and Rob Simmons, who have been targeted by the national Democratic party in its effort to gain 15 seats in November's general election to win control of the House.
The White House is not helping Republican Senatorial candidate Alan Schlesinger in his race three-term Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, who is running as an independent, and Greenwich Greenwich millionaire anti-war Democratic nominee Ned Lamont.
Last week CBS reported Pakistan was coerced into supporting the War against terrorism. Today Agence France-Presse reports Pakistan's President Musharraf considered the chances of surviving an encounter with the U.S. military before deciding to join the war:
"I war-gamed the United States as an adversary," Musharraf writes. "The question was: if we do not join them, can we confront them and withstand the onslaught? The answer was no... Our military forces would be destroyed."
"The Americans would undoubtedly have taken the opportunity of an invasion to destroy (Pakistan's nuclear) weapons... Our economic infrastructure, built over half a century, would have been decimated," he says.
"We could not endure a military confrontation with the United States from any point of view," he adds.
Simon & Schuster, which is part of CBS Corp., is publishing President's Musharraf's memoirs. The book, "In the Line of Fire," provided an opportunity for 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft to talk with Musharraf about Pakistan's decision to join the war, and how Musharraf learned Pakistan's nuclear secrets were transferred to , Libya and North Korea.
Concerning the nuclear technology, the Clinton administration complained to Musharraf about the transfer of technology and material to North Korea in April 2000. Musharraf's response was, "Give me evidence. Give me proof."
Three years later President Bush arranged for Musharraf to get his proof. Musharraf was asked to meet with CIA Director George Tenet, where he was confronted with sensitive documents that proved someone in Pakistan was selling nuclear secrets:
"He took his briefcase out, passed me some papers, told me to have a look and when I saw that it was a centrifuge design, with all it's numbers and signatures - of Pakistan - it was the most embarrassing moment," he remembers.
Perhaps it would have been better if Musharraf's war-gaming had a different outcome. Maybe then we wouldn't have to worry about a coerced ally, armed with nuclear weapons, falling under control of the radical terrorist enemy. Nor would we have to worry whether the powerful intelligence agency of that coerced ally was secretly supporting the resurgence of the Taliban. There would still be many other things to worry about, whether we can prevent a nuclear armed ian Mullahocracy, who will disarm Hezbollah, will the Iraqis ever stand up, how to get out of Pakistan, Waziristan, and Afghanistan, but we wouldn't worry about having to war-game a nuclear armed Pakistan.