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Tidbits from the WSJ.com's Washington Wire

A few interesting tidbits from today's WSJ Washington Wire column.

First off, those spending bills. FCW's Buzz of the Week for Monday's issue is about those pesky spending bills -- t-minus one month until the end of the fiscal year and not one has worked its way through the process.

And it doesn't seem likely that they will get passed this year either.

BUSH AND CONGRESS gird for fall fights.

Though Senate will soon confirm ex-Rep. Nussle to head budget office, Democrats and White House expect warfare over spending. House and Senate leaders see health battles — from children's insurance to stem-cell research — to further weaken Republicans in 2008.

Bush will highlight fight against terrorism during Asia-Pacific summit, as White House grows more confident of sustaining his Iraq policy. "The only reconciliation we've seen is with some Republicans" in Washington, House Democratic caucus Chairman Emanuel says, "not among the Iraqis."

Emanuel predicts president will make surprise Iraq stop to receive Petraeus report, but White House reports no such plans.

And then, in the column's minor notes, some fun data tidbits:

In 2007, the 10,000 Americans turning 60 every day include Nolan Ryan, Arlo Guthrie, Farrah Fawcett and Mitt Romney….Census says 12% of workers leave home before 6 a.m….In nonscientific wsj.com survey, 63% of 1,064 respondents call Bernanke a more effective Federal Reserve chairman than Greenspan.

Ten thousand people every day? And 6a?

And finally, this interesting quote of the day from the WSJ.com's Morning Brief:

"We will not obtain growth if we don't play the game of globalization collectively," French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a gathering of executives from the country's biggest employers, in claiming he isn't "dirigiste," even as he called the free market an illusion and said France shouldn't be shy about having the government defend French companies and interests from foreign marauders, the International Herald Tribune reports. "Let's not be naive. … Let's look at the world and ask ourselves the question: Should we be naive to the point of being the only ones not to defend our interests when all the others are defending theirs?"

Frankly, I'm not really sure what it means. It just strikes me as interesting.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Aug 31, 2007 at 12:16 PM


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