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April 11, 2008
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Looks like Jay-Z and Beyonce are married
It appears that Jay-Z and Beyonce have finally tied the knot.

There was a swirl of activity Friday at the rap mogul\’s Tribeca apartment. Delivery trucks funneled in and out of the building, dropping off silver candelabras and white flowers. A white tent was set up on the roof, and stars including Beyonce\’s former Destiny\’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, were spotted arriving.

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It appears Jay-Z and Beyonce are married\”, http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008806423106

Looks like Jay-Z and Beyonce are married, The Associated Press

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In February 2003, FRONTLINE/World correspondent Sam Kiley went to Iraq to cover a war that everyone knew was coming. He was reporting from the northern front, an area controlled by the Kurds since the first Gulf War. In the weeks Kiley spent in Kurdistan, he would discover a land and a people haunted by Saddam Hussein.

Justice Dept. probes case of lesbian who was fired. Dismissal would violate Clinton’s executive order. By LOU CHIBBARO JR., Apr. 11, 2008. If the allegations are confirmed, the Justice Department official responsible for the dismissal could be accused of violating an executive order issued by President Bill Clinton that bans sexual orientation discrimination in the federal workforce, said Elaine Kaplan, an official who monitored federal workplace issues during the Clinton administration.

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THE CONSERVATIVE REVIEW
April 4, 2008
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Heeding Labor\’s Demand?
By Robert D. Novak

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Bush next week will send
Congress a trade agreement forcing Democrats there to make
an unpleasant choice. Will they follow the bidding of
organized labor and reject a pact negotiated more than a
year and a half ago with the country\’s strongest ally and
best customer in South America?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not want to make her
members cast votes on the Colombian Free Trade Agreement.
It is unconditionally opposed by the AFL-CIO, which is
uninterested in negotiating changes. But to forget about
a vote this year as Pelosi wants would be akin to an out-
right rejection in its international implications. It
would humiliate Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a free-
trader and a bulwark against the spreading influence in
Latin America of Venezuela\’s leftist strongman President
Hugo Chavez.

The difficulty in getting only about 30 House Democrats to
provide the needed margin of victory reflects the Demo-
cratic Party\’s abandonment of free trade over the past
half-century. Less obvious, labor\’s intense opposition
shows that the AFL-CIO no longer leads the way against the
far left throughout the world, as it did under George
Meany and Lane Kirkland in bygone years. Their successors
are not concerned with the prospect of Chavez, allied with
communist Cuba, dominating the Western Hemisphere.

Colombia has fought a long, successful battle against
leftist guerillas supported and financed by Chavez. As a
faithful U.S. ally, Uribe has been astounded by the fate
of the trade agreement. Since it was signed in November
2006, not one congressional hearing has been held. To
please Democrats, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab
has gone back to Bogota and won changes on labor and en-
vironmental issues. Even now, she is willing to add trade
adjustment subsidies for displaced workers in quest of a
bipartisan deal. But nothing budges labor.

Schwab\’s pleas to Democrats are about bread and butter.
The agreement removes a $200,000 tariff on Caterpi
llar
off-road tractors going into Colombia, producing thousands
of jobs for Americans. Under the Andean Trade Preference
Act recently extended by Congress, Colombia has nearly
total duty-free access into the United States, but the
AFL-CIO insists it cannot approve the agreement because
of the way Colombian unions are persecuted.

A rare insight into what the Uribe regime really thinks
is going on was provided me by Vice President Francisco
Santos on one of the many trips to Washington by senior
Colombian officials to court congressional support. Santos
told me Chavez\’s controlled labor unions in Venezuela are
in close touch with Colombia\’s leftist unions, who in turn
influence the AFL-CIO. Thus, the labor intransigence in
Washington can be traced to Caracas.

An AFL-CIO delegation to Colombia in mid-February headed
by Linda Chavez-Thompson met with Uribe, who promised to
deal with alleged violence against Colombian labor leaders.
But the Americans spent most of their time with their
Colombian compatriots, who recited horror stories of
persecution. After the visit, the AFL-CIO Executive Council
announced on March 4, \”Should it come up for a vote this
year, we will mobilize the unions and the resources of the
federation to defeat it.\”

Rep. Sander Levin, a longtime labor stalwart from Michigan
who has become the vicar of protectionism as chairman of
the House Subcommittee on Trade, has called Bush\’s decision
to send the trade agreement to Congress \”a step backward.\”
That implies a step away from a bipartisan accord, but what
the Democratic leadership wants is no action at all.

This attitude cannot be removed from the contest between
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over who hates most the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a Johnstown,
Pa., town meeting last weekend, a questioner blamed NAFTA
for local jobs outsourced to India. Obama had to politely
remind the questioner that the treaty concerned Mexico and
Canada, not India, before getting in his licks against
NAFTA.

There are enough Democratic politicians embarrassed by
protectionist sloganeering that they would be inclined to
support the Colombian agreement — were it not for labor\’s
intervention.

How many Democrats in Congress will qualify
for a profile in courage by not heeding the AFL-CIO\’s
dictates on the Colombian Free Trade Agreement?

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