BUSH DEPUTY GETS $1M FROM FIRM WITH IRAQ OIL DEAL

Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon’s contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-president Dick Cheney.

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POWER STRUGGLE

In late September, while on the stump in Michigan, George W. Bush outlined his energy plan for America. More domestic oil drilling was needed, he told the crowd, because the country needs more natural gas.

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TRIAL AND TITILLATION

The themes for the government attorneys are suicide, arson, sex, and guns. Lawyers for the Branch Davidians are talking about women, children, missing evidence, and fire trucks.

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WHY DOES THE LEFT IGNORE WACO?

What does Mumia Abu-Jamal have that David Koresh doesn’t? From Ed Asner to Alice Walker, liberals have flocked to defend Mumia — convicted in 1982 of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner — criticizing the way police and prosecutors handled his case and demanding a new trial. Luminaries of the left marched, chanted and purchased full-page ads in the New York Times to appeal to state and federal authorities to provide for Mumia, who has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for 18 years.

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THE CAN’T-MISS KID

Face it, George W. Bush is going to be our next president. And you don’t have to be a political genius or a mathematician to understand why. Bush was just re-elected in a landslide.

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STEALING HOME

George W. Bush loves baseball. And why not? After all, baseball has been very good to the governor.

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MERCHANT OF DEATH

When Robert L. Waltrip’s time comes, he will likely get the same treatment accorded any of his customers at Houston’s Service Corporation International (SCI).

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CARBON TAX WOULD HELP TEXAS

Vice presidential candidate Al Gore has recommended a tax on carbon-based fuels as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, cut air pollution and save energy.

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OIL WASTES TAINT WATER SUPPLY

When a Texaco pipeline broke and spilled a million gallons of crude oil, ruining six acres of his grassland and contaminating his groundwater, Rex Pigmon got mad.

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OIL WASTE PITS TRAP UNWARY BIRDS

(Big Spring, Texas) Cash Schriefer says he knew the bird he was fishing out of the oil waste pit in southern Oklahoma in late January was big. He thought it was a goose at first, says the United States Fish and Wildlife Service special agent.

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JUICE: HOW ELECTRICITY EXPLAINS THE WORLD

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