The Kensington Review

26 May 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 62
Senate Passes Immigration Bill, Conference Committee Ahead -- The US Senate has decided on an immigration bill and passed it on a vote of 62-36. That is a solid majority, but not a veto-proof one. Fortunately, the president likes the current Senate position. Less fortunately, the House has passed a much different immigration bill, and the two must be reconciled in a conference committee. There are a few issues to which some in the president’s own party will not be reconciled.

Abbas Goes over Hamas’ Head on Borders -- Democracy is better in action that in theory sometimes. Faced with an elected Hamas government that doesn’t want to face political realities, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, not of Hamas, has said the government has 10 days to recognize Israel implicitly, or he’ll hold a referendum on the issue and take the matter out of Hamas’ hands. Nothing undermines those who claim to speak for the people more than asking the people what they want.

Enron’s Skilling and Lay Convicted -- On the sixth day of their deliberations, the jury convicted former Enron bigwigs Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay of conspiracy and fraud. The jurors found Mr. Skilling guilty on 20 counts of conspiracy, fraud, false statements and insider trading but he beat the rap on eight counts of insider trading. The jury found Mr. Lay guilty on all six counts of conspiracy and fraud that he faced. In a separate bench trial, Judge Sim Lake nailed Mr. Lay on four counts of fraud and false statements. The decades they each face in prison are about right, as is the sentencing date of September 11.

Bonny Jain Wins National Geography Bee -- Americans, it is said, only learn geography right before they bomb a place. Were it not so serious, it would be funny because it is true. A noble and notable exception is a young man by the name of Bonny Jain, a 12-year-old from Moline, Illinois. He’s this year’s winner of the National Geographic Bee. Clever lad.

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