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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Ron Mark Gets An Unreserved Apology
Peters Attacks SFO, As It Investigates Donation
PM’s Presser: Revelling In The Rumours
Six Month Extension For Acting RBNZ Governor
Paulo Politico: Numbers Read Sweetly For Labour
Links: OPEC Saved Chavez’s Presidency & Life
US/Russia Agree To Nuclear Weapons Cuts
Tracing Steps Further Down The Yellow Brick Road
David Miller: Pakistan On A Knife Edge
New Line Executives View Two Towers Rough Cut
The 'United Nations', United Against Whom?
Feedback: Patriotic Fervour, Accidental Marketing

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
US Own Goal No reason To Give Up On Free Trade
Auckland Rail Deal A Rip-off – Libz
Court Of Appeal Appointments
Tertiary Education Strategy Released
The GE Free Eating Bible
New Tax Bill Allows For Larger Charity Rebates
Green Fishing Policy Formulated On Planet Khandallah
Ryall Accused Of Double Talk On Teen Drinking

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Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A

- Today’s questions concerned: New Jobs – Jim Vs Laila – (Defence Corruption Report Availability) – International Student Welfare – Queensland Media Tarts – Employment Growth – Cancer Treatment Shortages – ACC – Boy Racers - US Farm Bill. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –14 May [1] . To sign up to receive the answers in your inbox as they are posted, for free, CLICK HERE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/myscoop/index.html


Ron Mark Gets An Unreserved Apology

- “I share CDF's concern that attitudes held by a small group of officers have caused disharmony within Army, and between the Services. That is absolutely unacceptable," said Defence Minister Mark Burton. See... Minister supports actions by CDF [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00277.htm


Peters Attacks SFO, As It Investigates Donation

- “The Serious Fraud Office’s Bradshaw is once again playing politics” New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said. See... Dirty Tricks Brigade Reappears - Peters [1] MORE: - SFO - Statement On The Investigation [2] - Michelle Boag - Allegations Politically Motivated [3] - Roger Sowry - Bradshaw Must Explain [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00260.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00155.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00262.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00270.htm


PM’s Presser: Revelling In The Rumours

- Prime Minister Helen Clark kept speculation of an early election in the air at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press conference, with ambiguous replies to reporters’ questions apparently designed to keep commentators guessing. See... PM Stirs Early Election Speculation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00064.htm


Six Month Extension For Acting RBNZ Governor

- Hugh Fletcher, one of New Zealand’s leading industrialists, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Reserve Bank for a term of five years. See... Fletcher to RBNZ Board, Carr on 6 months extension [1] MORE: - David Carter - Appointment Welcomed [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00263.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00267.htm


Paulo Politico: Numbers Read Sweetly For Labour

- New Zealand is outperforming the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic, and France in providing jobs. But most exciting are Household Labour Force Survey figures showing falls in unemployment across regions. The performance suggests policies are delivering jobs. And still the National Party has yet to respond… See... More Jobs, Reduced UE, Policies Are Delivering [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00062.htm


Links: OPEC Saved Chavez’s Presidency & Life

- The following are links to two preview articles promoting the latest Greg Palast exclusive Newsnight report due to be broadcast at 11.30am NZT on BBC Two. A live stream of the programme can be viewed from the Newsnight Homepage. See... Scoop Links: OPEC Warned Chavez About Coup Plans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00066.htm


US/Russia Agree To Nuclear Weapons Cuts

- THE PRESIDENT: Today I'm pleased to announce that the United States and Russia has agreed to a treaty which will substantially reduce our nuclear arsenals to the agreed-upon range of 1,700 to 2,200 warheads. See... US Announces Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia [1] REACTION: - Peace Foundation - Cuts Not What They Seem [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00045.htm


Tracing Steps Further Down The Yellow Brick Road

- Edwin Pauley was a spy within the White House, acting as a funnel for campaign funds going to FDR, while at the same time gathering and transmitting information about oil policy and captured Nazi and Japanese assets back to his California business associates. See... Linda Minor: Follow The Yellow Brick Road – Part 4 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00063.htm


David Miller: Pakistan On A Knife Edge

- In the wake of last week’s bombing in Karachi, the Pakistan government was quick to place the blame with operatives from al-Qaeda. See... David Miller: Significance of the Karachi Bombing [1] SEE ALSO: - Howard's End: Sub-Continental Time Bomb Ticking [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00060.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00054.htm


New Line Executives View Two Towers Rough Cut

- With a certain level of secrecy, the top brass at New Line Cinema just got back from a visit to New Zealand. See... Two Tower's Rough Cut Viewed By New Line Top Brass [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00058.htm


The 'United Nations', United Against Whom?

- Last week, when the UN Human Rights Commission condoned " all available means, including armed struggle " to establish a Palestinian state no-one was really surprised. No-one. See... The 'United Nations', United Against Whom? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00061.htm


Feedback: Patriotic Fervour, Accidental Marketing

- In This Edition: From A New Reader, Reflections From Ceasar - Thanks To Society for the Promotion of Community Standards. See... Scoop Feedback: Patriotism Is A Double-Edged Sword [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00065.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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US Own Goal No reason To Give Up On Free Trade

- The entry into law of the United States Farm Bill will work against US interests because it will make achieving international trade reform more difficult. See... US Scores Own Goal With Farm Bill [1] MORE: - George W. Bush - US President Signs Farm Bill [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0205/S00046.htm


Auckland Rail Deal A Rip-off – Libz

- “$81 million for the Auckland rail network is the most lunatic rip-off using other people's money that the Labour/Alliance government has undertaken to date” announced Libertarianz Leader and Tauranga Candidate Russell Watkins today. See... Auckland Rail Deal A Lunatic Rip-Off [1] MORE: - Govt - Auckland rail deal finalised [2] - ARC - Deal Conclusion a Positive Step [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00154.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00250.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0205/S00036.htm


Court Of Appeal Appointments

- The Attorney-General Hon Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of the Hon Justice Susan Glazebrook to the Court of Appeal. See... New Court of Appeal Judge [1] and President of Court of Appeal announced [2] REACTION: - Wayne Mapp - Court Of Appeal Appointments Welcomed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00257.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00256.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00271.htm


Tertiary Education Strategy Released

- The finalised Tertiary Education Strategy, released today, will ensure that excellence is fostered in the tertiary education sector and it responds more effectively to New Zealand’s economic growth and social development, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Strategy heralds new era for tertiary education [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00266.htm


The GE Free Eating Bible

- To mark the launch of the new GE Free Food Guide, Greenpeace will visit supermarkets in Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere, to hand out organic apples and the third edition of the Guide. See... GE Free Food Guide Launched [1] and Consumers welcome GE food guide, right to choose [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0205/S00150.htm


New Tax Bill Allows For Larger Charity Rebates

- A bill introduced today will raise the maximum rebate for donations to charities from $500 to $630 and will extend the corporate tax deduction to include a wider range of companies. See... Tax bill raises maximum charity rebate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00269.htm


Green Fishing Policy Formulated On Planet Khandallah

- New Zealand First wants to know what planet the Green Party is on when all their fisheries policy, announced by Jeanette Fitzsimmons at the annual seafood industry conference, seems to do is call for a 200-fold increase in areas that would face a total fishing ban. See... Nutty Green Fisheries ‘Policy’ [1] MORE: - Jeanette Fitzsimons - Greens make waves [2] - Pete Hodgson - Seafood Industry Council Speech [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00264.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00265.htm


Ryall Accused Of Double Talk On Teen Drinking

- Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall is engaging in appalling hypocrisy when he claims in Saturday’s Bay of Plenty Times that the lowering of the drinking age is a “disaster for policing,” and further: “My personal view is that we should raise the drinking age…It’s very worrying”. See... Ryall’s Statement On Teen Drinking - Double Talk [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0205/S00261.htm


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