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June 18 News Update

06/19/2006 10:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Bush makes surprise trip to Iraq, takes chopper from airport to US Embassy in Green Zone in Baghdad. On previous visit, he stayed at US military base at airport. So now you know what he means when he says we're making progress.

Another sign of "progress": American military deaths in Iraq surpass 2500.

Bush on a roll--Al Zarqawi dead, Rove not indicted, secret trip to Iraq, jocular news conference. Approval ratings soar to 35%.

President tells news conference Iraq is a "dangerous place." Really? Why it seems like only yesterday that Vice President Cheney was telling us the insurgency was in its "final throes."

Bush signs new federal coal mine safety law. It only took 23 dead miners this year to get safety conditions improved in coal mines.

Fidel Castro calls killing of Al-Zarqawi a "barbarity." Sets new world record for chutzpah.

People Magazine paid reported $4 Million for pictures of Brangelina's baby Shiloh. Got pictures of dead Al-Zarqawi for free. Seen any pictures of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq lately?

Hurricane Alberto slams Florida. Press one for storms in English.

Team USA loses by 3-0 in first World Cup soccer match. Where are all those illegal aliens when you need them?

Bush creates world's largest marine preserve in Hawaii. How long before oil companies start pushing for drilling rights?

Roman Catholic Church changes wording of many daily prayers in English to be closer to original Latin. And just when it seemed Church was advancing into 17th Century.

Fendi sues Wal-Mart for selling fake handbags as genuine. Anybody who goes to Wal-Mart to buy a Fendi bag deserves to get ripped off.