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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Coddington Investigates Clark & Crony Capitalists
Chewing The Fat With An English Socialist Icon
US Elections: American Coup Part Two
US Elections: How The Democrats Positioned Themselves For Oblivion
US Elections: The View From Pennsylvania Ave.
US Elections: Where O’Brien Tells It Like It Is
US Elections: Stateside: Where Rosalea Spots Some Silver Lining
US Elections: George Wins It All
US Elections: Quirky Story Of The Election
Gush Shalom On Sharon’s Demise
Hasten The End Times – You Too Can “Get Chipped”
US SEC Chairman & Bush Poodle Harvey Pitt Resigns
Countdown To War: UN Ponders Latest War Resolution
Countdown To War: George Monbiot On UK Oil Dependency
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Who Crowned Queen Helen?
United Raises National Interest Questions Over Super Investment
Corngate Inquiry Terms Of Reference
Telecom Ripoff Leads To Govt. Consideration
Kyoto Bill Battle Rejoined
Ngawha Cost Blowout Guillotine Call
Govt. Money To Pokie Company Distributor!
More Holidays Anyone?
Why Is King Telling Us One Thing And Doing Another?
Hurry Up On Air NZ Caution
NZers Leading The World In Internet Use
Maori TV Boss No Pushover
Arresting Winston’s Hobos Will Solve Nothing
Rape Law Change Needed

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions of the day see... Questions For Oral Answer - 7 November [1] - EARLIER Q&A: - Tuesday [2] - Wednesday [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00141.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00070.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00139.htm


Coddington Investigates Clark & Crony Capitalists

- Helen Clark's secret sweetheart deals with big business mates don't end with the Armstrong sacking, ACT New Zealand Economic Development Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. "Labour is planning to spend $1.2 million dollars of taxpayer money on more crony-phoney capitalism," Miss Coddington said. See... Clark's Crony Capitalism Doesn't Stop With Ross [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00138.htm


Chewing The Fat With An English Socialist Icon

- English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg isn’t politically backwards in coming forward. Although Billy’s quick to point out he’s also written lots of apolitical tracks, he’s world renowned for his political lyricism and commentary on workers’ rights, Margaret Thatcher and the miners’ strikes of the 1980s. See... Streets of London: Scoop Chats With Billy Bragg [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00039.htm


US Elections: American Coup Part Two

- Watching the television coverage of Jeb Bush’s victory in Florida yesterday was stomach turningly unpleasant. George senior, Poppy embraced his son in a god-father like embrace. The gangster comparison would be apt but for its unfairness to organised crime. At least the mafia’s drug dealing murderers do not pretend to be anything else. See... Sludge Report #143 - Think People! The Fix Was In [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00043.htm


US Elections: How The Democrats Positioned Themselves For Oblivion

- What happened on November 5, 2002 was the culmination of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party that began more than a decade ago under the leadership of a group of conservatives, corporadoes, and con men who convinced their political colleagues that the salvation of the party lay in destroying its purpose. See... Sam Smith: The Party's Over [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00042.htm


US Elections: The View From Pennsylvania Ave.

- Now, THAT was fun! The liberals never knew what hit 'em. Clueless, those guys. But, based on our polling and focus groups, your's truly knew weeks ago. That's why I could safely send George out on the hustings for that last-minute pick-me-up to the GOP troops. See... Bernard Weiner: Inside Karl Rove's Election Diary [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00041.htm


US Elections: Where O’Brien Tells It Like It Is

- In a tragedy for America and the world, the Republican Party has taken control of both houses of the U.S. Congress. This means George W. Bush's disastrous agenda will be able to go forward unchecked. See... US Elections 2002: America Lost [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00040.htm


US Elections Stateside: Where Rosalea Spots Some Silver Lining

- Poor George. The golden apple slipped from his grasp, after all. Ironically, the Republicans' success in the South, on the East Coast and in the Midwest was probably the cause of their loss here in the California Governor's race. See... Stateside With Rosalea - One in twenty [1] . For more on the US Green Party see... Open Letter to the Democratic Party - Ralph Nader [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00021.htm


US Elections: George Wins It All

– With a majority of at least two in the Senate the Republican Party have secured full control of Congress in the mid-term elections. Scoop’s Blow By Blow Coverage: - Republicans Poised For Senate Victory [1] - Control Of Senate Riding On Wellstone's Old Seat [2] - Jeb Bush & Katherine Harris Victorious In Florida [3] - First Glitch In US Elections – Exit Polls Fail [4] MEANWHILE: - Before the counting is complete, a controversy is already brewing [5] over whether some Minnesota voters have been disenfranchised. See.. Votewatch - A Repository For Voter Complaints [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00035.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00034.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00032.htm
[5] - http://pub103.ezboard.com/fsoldiervoicefrm29.showMessage?topicID=4.topic
[6] - http://www.votewatch.us/


US Elections: Quirky Story Of The Election

- Democratic Nebraska Senatorial challenger Charlie Matulka got pounded in the Nebraska. But there was one vote that Republican incumbent Chuck Hagel shouldn’t have gotten, which almost ended up in his column. Matulka went to the polls to vote for himself. See... Senate Candidate’s Ballot Pre-Voted For Opponent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00027.htm


Gush Shalom On Sharon’s Demise

- On Saturday night the Rabin Memorial Rally at Tel- Aviv's Rabin Square - also this year a major gathering of peace-minded Israelis, in which all self-respecting peace groups feel bound to make a presence but as before, it was an ambigious event, in which your participation is hedged with reservations about the program. See... Where We Were When The Government Fell [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00028.htm


Hasten The End Times – You Too Can “Get Chipped”

- This item may seem like satire. It isn’t. The first 100,000 registrants and all qualified ADSX shareholders will be eligible for a special introductory savings of $50 at the time of "chipping." See... VeriChip Launches ``Get Chipped'' Promotion [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0211/S00010.htm


US SEC Chairman & Bush Poodle Harvey Pitt Resigns

- Text of letter of resignation from Harvey Pitt, chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, to President George Bush: See... Resignation letter from Harvey Pitt [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00026.htm


Scoop Dim Son Caption Contest

- The folks over at sharetrader.co.nz have been having a whole lot of fun coming up with captions for the picture of George W. Bush featured on Scoop yesterday. See... Scoop Feedback: Caption Contest For Dubya Photo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00021.htm


Countdown To War: UN Ponders Latest War Resolution

– As the Security Council continued closed-door consultations today on a proposed resolution aimed at enabling United Nations weapons inspectors to return to the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced hope for a consensus outcome. See... UNSC discusses latest draft resolution on Iraq [1] and Latest Draft UNSC Resolution On Iraq Inspections [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00031.htm


Countdown To War: George Monbiot On UK Oil Dependency

- Britain plays poodle partly because the US is stitching up the world's oil supplies. See... George Monbiot: Why Blair Is An Appeaser [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00026.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


Daily Katya Rivas

- Today Scoop begins publication of the fourth book of Katya Rivas that has been translated into English so far. The Holy Hour is a liturgy (a set of prayers), intended to be observed in a Church in front of the blessed sacrament. See... Katya Rivas: The Holy Hour - Adoration [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00038.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Who Crowned Queen Helen?

- National MP John Carter says he is confused, and amused, by Helen Clark’s travel show “New Zealand: The Royal Tour” which describes her as New Zealand’s Head of State. See... The Queen of New Zealand? [1] and “Royal Tour” unprecedented opportunity for NZ [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00136.htm


United Raises National Interest Questions Over Super Investment

- United Future finance spokesman, Gordon Copeland, is querying whether the Government Superannuation Fund’s investment strategy is damaging the New Zealand economy. See... GSF investment strategy could be damaging to NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00150.htm


Corngate Inquiry Terms Of Reference

The "Corngate" inquiry terms of reference are broad enough to reveal the truth behind the suspicions of GE-contamination of sweetcorn planted in 2000, Greens Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... "Corngate" inquiry terms of reference welcomed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00168.htm


Telecom Ripoff Leads To Govt. Consideration

- Recent changes to Telecom's pricing regime for new telephone connections show that the telecommunications company does not want rural customers, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton and Associate Rural Affairs Minister Damien O'Connor said today. See... Pricing a way of getting rid of rural customers [1] MORE: - Jim Anderton - Telecom new connection price rise concern [2] - Paul Swain - Ministers to meet Telecom over rural charges [3] - Greens - Telecom ripping off rural people [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00167.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00156.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00155.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00076.htm


Kyoto Bill Battle Rejoined

- "Regrettably the New Zealand Government has swallowed hook, line and sinker all aspects of the climate change mythology and the fundamentally flawed Kyoto Protocol," ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley told Parliament today. See... Evidence Doesn't Justify Government Kyoto Zeal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00166.htm


Ngawha Cost Blowout Guillotine Call

- The cost of the Ngawha prison has more than doubled and is rising every day and it’s time someone was held accountable, says National's Corrections Spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Heads should roll over Ngawha cost blow-out [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00165.htm


Govt. Money To Pokie Company Distributor!

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that it was outrageous that Jim Anderton's so-called "Job Machine" had collared $100,000 of taxpayer cash to give to the company Gaming Machine Distributors Limited for "business growth". See... Why do Taxpayers Have to Cough Up for Pokies? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00164.htm


More Holidays Anyone?

- “Parliament will soon vote on whether every worker should have at least four weeks holiday a year,” said Progressive MP Matt Robson. See... Four weeks holiday to be debated [1] and National’s response… Labour warned against u-turn on holidays [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00161.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00163.htm


Why Is King Telling Us One Thing And Doing Another?

- The Government is refusing to say why the Health Minister assured a select committee that mental health funding couldn’t be used for other purposes when she knew an inquiry was underway into the practice, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Govt in hiding over siphoning of mental health [1] and Govt ignores mental health crisis [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00135.htm


Hurry Up On Air NZ Caution

- “Claims by Air New Zealand CEO Ralph Norris that alliance talks with Qantas have dragged on for too long and should be resolved quickly are curious,” says National’s Associate Transport spokesman John Key. See... Speed not the issue for future of Air NZ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00160.htm


NZers Leading The World In Internet Use

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today welcomed the results of a comprehensive international survey that indicates New Zealanders are leading the world in their use of the Internet. See... New Zealanders top internet users in global survey [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00157.htm


Maori TV Boss No Pushover

- Maori Television Service Derek Fox's refusal to accept the Government directive to put his channel on a state-owned, second-rate frequency pits him directly against Labour Ministers, ACT Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Derek Fox Stands Up to Labour Ministers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00152.htm


Arresting Winston’s Hobos Will Solve Nothing

- Green MP Nandor Tanczos has reacted angrily to Winston Peter's comments that homeless protestors at the Cenotaph were "an appalling sight" and "offensive", and blamed him for today's arrest of one of them. See… Arrests no solution to homelessness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00148.htm


Rape Law Change Needed

- The National Party’s backing a call from the Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association for a law change, after a man accused of raping a woman’s was allowed to cross examine her in court. See... Law change in rape case cross examination needed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00140.htm

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