Tuesday 19 October 2004
* Those fearing the endless perpetuation of the Bush dynasty can relax. George Bush's brother, Jeb, the governor of Florida, told ABC television: "I'm not going to run for president in 2008. That's not my interest. I'm governor of this state. It's the best job in the world I have."
In the eyes of Republicans at least, part of that job is ensuring that the battleground state of Florida is won by his brother - ideally without all the controversy that raged four years ago.
* Every political season brings with it its own flurry of jargon and catchphrases, but how many of them persist? The US News and World Report says that the question being asked by the editors of the next edition of the Webster's New World College Dictionary in regard to "Deaniacs" (followers of the one-time presidential hopeful Howard Dean), "red state" (shorthand for a Democratic stronghold) and "big tent" (the notion of the political party as welcoming a wide range of opinions) which have been widely used by pundits, politicos and journalists. The editors are trying to assess if these terms were just a passing fad or whether they have genuine staying power.
* California may not be much of a battleground - Kerry is expected to walk it - but Democratic Party candidates still love going to the Golden State for replenishment - spiritual and financial. A fund-raiser over the weekend brought Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Howard Dean and others out to Santa Monica to lobby for several key senate candidates.
"What a great evening in Santa Monica," Senator Clinton said to an adoring crowd of rich LA liberals as she looked up into the clear evening sky. Then she added, with obvious wistfulness: "But then it's always a great evening in Santa Monica."
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Paris charity auction staged to save the ancient city of Tyre
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 4 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- 5 Status: Wet - Woman walks off a pier while checking Facebook on her phone
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