The Kensington Review

25 June 2004

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Jack Ryan's Senate Race Gets Dirty -- Illinois Republicans are not the flavor of any month here, but Senate hopeful Jack Ryan (not to be confused with Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) is getting a raw deal. The poor fellow went through a pretty bad divorce, and the proceedings are now being used to muddy his name. American politicians ought to try defeating their opponents on the issues not on "character."

Venezuela's President Stages His Own Coup -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mounted a coup d' etat recently, that went virtually unnoticed outside the country. Although he will submit to a recall vote later this summer, despite initially trying to quash it, he has ensured that the Supreme Court will go along with what he says in the matter of the count. He signed a law a few days back allowing him to expand the court to 32 from 20 judges and allows his supporters to purge the sitting judges.

Wal-Mart Faces Class Action Sex Discrimination Suit, -- A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit that charges Wal-Mart with discrimination against women. The six lead plaintiffs are now joined by 1.6 million women who are eligible to join up. Wal-Mart was quick to point out that the decision has nothing to do with the merits of the case. They might also point out that settling won't hurt their earnings too much.

Italy Cries "Conspiracy" While Crashing at Euro 2004 -- Italy remains a soccer powerhouse, but on recent form, it ain't what it used to be. The side failed in the 2002 World Cup thanks to what can be charitably described as questionable refereeing, but the Euro 2004 failure is entirely an Italian affair. The cry of "fix" at the Sweden-Denmark draw that finished the Italians off is merely poor sportsmanship



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