April 30th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Harvard Crimson on Political Appointee Ambassadors

Harvard Crimson

The University Daily Since 1873 Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:10 PM

America’s Shaky Ambassadors

Published On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:14 AM
By LEWIS E. BOLLARD

Meet Jim Oberwetter, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, America’s largest
oil supplier and a key strategic partner in the war on terror. Mr.
Oberwetter had never set foot in the desert kingdom before he became
Ambassador two years ago. His resume boasts a stint as chairman of the
American Petroleum Institute, which lobbies on behalf of over 400 oil
and gas interests in Washington D.C., and work lobbying for the Dallas
Chamber of Commerce, but no knowledge of Arabic. More importantly
perhaps, his former employer, Hunt Consolidated Oil, gave $250,000 to
Bush’s reelection campaign. Mr. Oberwetter is, in short, a typical
American ambassador.

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Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, "photo ops" on aircraft carriers and at hurrican

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/043006F.shtml

Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner - President Not Amused?
    Editor and Publisher

    Saturday 29 April 2006

To view a clip of the Correspondents Dinner click here.

    Washington - A blistering comedy "tribute" to President Bush by Comedy Central's faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.

    Earlier, the president had delivered his talk to the 2700 attendees, including many celebrities and top officials, with the help of a Bush impersonator.

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Prosecutors seized Limbaugh's records after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, pres

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    Rush Limbaugh Arrested on Drug Charges
    The Associated Press

    Friday 28 April 2006

    West Palm Beach - Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

    Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney's Office, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office.

    The conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p.m. with his attorney Roy Black and bonded out an hour later on a $3,000 bail, Barbera said.

    The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescription, Barbera said.

    Black said his client and authorities reached a settlement on a single count charge of doctor shopping filed Friday by the State Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months.

    Prosecutors seized Limbaugh's records after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. They contend that Limbaugh engaged in "doctor shopping," or illegally deceived multiple doctors to receive overlapping prescriptions.

    Limbaugh has not been charged and maintains he's innocent. He has acknowledged he became addicted to pain medication, blaming it on severe back pain, and took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter a rehabilitation program in 2003.

Chris Keeley

Many said they wanted something small, private, safe, cheap; they wanted just enough space for thems

James Estrin/The New York Times

The Andrews House's cubicles, lining a 17-foot-wide space split by a corridor, have been reinvented as compact but efficient spaces like the one pictured below.

Rafi Elbaz

Making a Flophouse a Home, and a Decent One at That

The lowly flophouse has all but vanished from the urban landscape, swept away by the well-meaning forces of housing reform, city planning and gentrification. But Rosanne Haggerty, whose work housing the homeless won her a MacArthur fellowship in 2001, thinks it is time to give the flophouse a second chance.

The immediate object of Ms. Haggerty's affection is one of the last surviving lodging houses on the Bowery in Manhattan, the Andrews House, a 97-year-old "cubicle hotel" where aging men, many of them alcoholics, have whiled away countless decades in sunless cubicles, television screens flickering on nicotine-stained walls.

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