The Kensington Review

5 November 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 133
Mukasey Likely to Win Senate Confirmation -- Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s choice to take over as Attorney General of the US, looks like he’s going to get the confirmation of the US Senate. This comes despite his inability or unwillingness to declare that waterboarding of prisoners is torture. Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California said they would back his nomination despite his lack of answers to hearing questions.

Musharraf Declares State of Emergency in Pakistan -- President General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan showed his true colors yesterday in declaring a state of emergency. Police have arrested or placed under house arrest many members of the opposition. Outside the courthouse in Lahore, 1,200 lawyers who had come out to protest the declaration found themselves in jail. Parliamentary elections may be postponed a year. He may be America's ally in the war against al-Qaeda, but he is no democrat.

Regulators Took Trips from Industries They Oversee -- Nancy Nord is the acting chair of the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and Hal Stratton was the previous chairman. The Washington Post reported this morning that they accepted around $60,000 in gifts from the industries the CPSC is supposed to regulate. This ranges from $11,000 in “gift travel” to China to a $51 parking fee for a toy convention in New York City. Other agencies run a cleaner game.

Writers’ Strike Shuts Down TV, Movie Production -- The Writers Guild of America has announced a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. At issue is the question of residual payments for content sold on the internet and on DVD. Both sides are blaming the other for the strike, but one this is certain: TV is going to hit rerun season early. And movies that aren’t in the can by now, won’t be for quite a while

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