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News Update, Nov. 6

11/07/2005 12:04 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Bush nominates Federal Appeals Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Forget about "Scalito," some Democrats worry Alito means "Attila" in Italian.

Confirmation hearings won't begin until January. Roe v. Wade apparently safe until at least next summer.

President Bush orders White House staffers to attend ethics classes. To be taught by that eminent guru of ethics, Karl Rove?

Bush says attendance is mandatory. Including Dick Cheny? Since Scooter Libby has resigned, he'll have to audit the course.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan dogged by statement two years ago that Rove and Libby had nothing to do with PlameGate. Don't fret, Scott. You have to lie every once in a while if you want to be a card-carrying member of the Bush Administration.

U.N. audit charges Halliburton subsidiary did contracting work in Iraq that was either poorly done or overpriced, says U.S. should repay Iraq $208 million. How do we get Halliburton signed up for those ethics classes?

Democrats shut down Senate for an afternoon in protest over lack of investigation into intelligence failures before Iraq War. Nice move. Any way to keep it shut down for a while longer?

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid charges Bush Administration "manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq." Duh.

Tuesday is Election Day. New Jersey voters making extra effort to slog through all the mud in the gubernatorial race to get to the polls.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has a huge lead in New York City, made affordable housing a campaign theme. He, of course, has very affordable housing, living rent free in Gracie Mansion. And he only spent $60 million or so of his own money to keep it.

Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown is still on the FEMA payroll as a consultant. Advising on fashion, no doubt.

Prince Charles and Camilla visit the former colonies. What's all the fuss about? Didn't we have a revolution so we wouldn't have to pay attention to these people?

Michelin Guide inspectors come to New York, review restaurants, publish first guide in US. Come to think of it, we'd rather have Charles and Camilla.

Denver passes law allowing people over 21 to possess an ounce of marijuana. Gives new meaning to the term, "Mile-High City."

"The Da Vinci Code" drops off New York Times Bestsellers' list after two years. The Vatican finally got'em.

Bernard Goldberg, former CBS correspondent-turned-right-wing pamphleteer after being cold-shouldered by Dan Rather, has new best-seller entitled "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America." In an excess of modesty, he left himself off the list.