IT WAS NOT A GOOD WEEK FOR CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O.
CONSERVATIVES WERE UP IN ARMS OVER HIS THIN SKINNED (IT WAS THIN SKINNED) CRITICISMS OF THEM. ENVIRONMENTALISTS WERE CALLING OUT HIS PLANS TO DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT. AND THE TALIBAN IS CALLING HIM A "THIEF IN THE NIGHT" FOR HIS SECRET IN AND OUT OF AFGHANISTAN.
AND IN THE MOST DEVESTATING BLOW FOR THE KING OF SELF-ADORATION, A NEW CBS POLL FINDS THAT HE CONTINUES TO BE TREMENDOUSLY UNPOPULAR AND DIVISIVE AND LONG GONE ARE THE DAYS OF 2009 WHEN HE WAS SEEN AS AN ANSWER TO A WEARY NATION.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O INSISTED THINGS WERE "GOING GOOD AND I AM IN TALKS FOR A GUEST SPOT ON THE SEASON FINALE OF TWO AND A HALF MEN."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Diane Rehm: Let's turn now to Iraq and the elections there. Are we any closer to knowing who is going to be the next prime minister, Mary Beth?
A controversial committee that nearly derailed the Iraqi election in January has resurfaced. Led by Ahmed Chalabi, a former ally of the Pentagon, the committee this week announced that six winning candidates in the March 7 parliamentary election are connected to the former regime of Saddam Hussein and must be disqualified.
Critics say it's no coincidence -- disqualifying them will erase the lead of secular candidate Ayad Allawi and his Iraqiya alliance of Shiites and Sunnis. Allawi's electoral list won 91 seats in parliament and topped the State Of Law coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which won 89 seats.
It allows the Secretary of Defense to identify the hazards of greatest concern that warrant special attention from the VA.
- Experiencing respiratory problems or symptoms of toxic exposure you believe are due to your service at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Iraq in 2003, where exposure to the potentially deadly carcinogen sodium dichromate occurred and has come to light
- A family grieving a soldier tragically lost in an electrocution on a military base or deployment location
- Among many thousands of former and current military personnel suffering the harmful effects of exposure to fumes emitted from contractors' toxic burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan
- A victim of some other form of toxic chemical exposure you believe occurred while you were serving in the U.S. or U.K. armed forces
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