The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – February 17, 2005

A surprise choice by President Bush for the country’s first National
Intelligence Director …Bush names the U.S. ambassador to Iraq John
Negroponte, the former ambassador to the United Nations. . . . .critics say that as ambassador to Honduras Negroponte was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and sanctioned the activities of Honduran death squads

A legislative victory for president Bush as Congress sends him legislation to discourage the use of class action lawsuits……Democrats say the bill is to reward Republican business donors

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and Hilary Clinton – a potential candidate in 2008 — introduce the count every vote act to address voting irregularities like those in Ohio that may have cost Kerry the white house last November

Israel to end its demolition of the homes of suicide bombers and guerilla attackers, a practice long denounced as collective punishment….. but it will still destroy Palestinian homes for tactical reasons

A major reversal by governor Schwarzenegger as he drops his plan to
eliminate or consolidate 88 boards and commissions

Bay Area lawyers and law students mobilize support for New York attorney Lynne Stewart, convicted of aiding her client in terrorism activities

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