10/31: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Elaine Cassel discusses the importance of Scooter Libby's indictments at Civil Liberties Watch.

Jim Walsh has this week's must-have songs at The Walsh Files.

THESE DAYS

House Republicans voted to cut student loan subsidies, child support enforcement and aid to firms hurt by unfair trade practices as various committees scrambled to piece together $50 billion in budget cuts.

Toddlers who are skinny at age two, and then rapidly put on weight, are up to three times more likely to develop coronary heart disease as adults than their chubbier playmates, a new study suggests.

Carl Levin of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, vowed to defeat President Bush's choice for chief Pentagon spokesman, citing an op-ed article the nominee wrote in April accusing American television networks of aiding Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Tucker is back in Minneapolis after spending a bit of time in Canterbury. Read about his efforts to retrieve his bride from Scotland, using words like "lorry" and "arse-hole" at The Life and Times of an Ex²-Pat Yank.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman plays Stanley, a conservative trans-sexual who's about to take the final step to becoming the woman he always wanted to be, until he finds out that he is the parent of a long-lost 17 year old son in TransAmerica.

The classic Match Game nipple slip-up

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"You know you are really famous when becoming a comic character."

-- 87-year-old anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, on a new series of comic books chronicling his life created to get more young South Africans to read

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