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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY - IRAQ WMD EVIDENCE TAMPERING:
Hard News Address's The Demise Of Dr Kelly

NEW ZEALAND NEWS:
Maurice Williamson MP Suspended

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
UN: Iraqi Self-Governance/End Of Occupation Must Come Soon

COLUMNS
American Coup: California's V-Day Approaches
Satire: A Much Misused Acronym Fights Back
Introducing William Moloney – Scoop's New London Columnist
Kidd Millennium Comment: The Commander In Speech
Is It Vietnam Yet?
Public Address's Latest Links
STORY OF THE WEEK: WMD Evidence Tampering (Week 2)
William River's Pitt: It's The Coverup That Counts

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scoop Is In The House
Close The Gaps On P Enforcement
Govt Callous And Indifference To 10 Murder Victims
Sixteen Defence Personnel Set Off For Solomons Tomorrow
Govt Pays Tribute To Olympic And Commonwealth Medallist
Settlement With Awanuiarangi Announced
Williamson Suspended From National Party
Govt Invites Farmers To Have Their Say
United To Oppose Flatulence Tax
Perception Of Intelligent MPs Far From Truth: Peters
Regional Cultural Tourism Support and Funding
Newman Says Nuclear Family The Best
Principals Get Their Laptops

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LEAD STORY - IRAQ WMD EVIDENCE TAMPERING:


Hard News Address's The Demise Of Dr Kelly

- Would you be surprised if I told you that the phrase "sexed up" does not appear in Andrew Gilligan's now infamous broadcast about Downing Street's handling of Iraqi weapons intelligence? Tony Blair's press secretary, Alastair Campbell, who apparently escalated the affair to clear his name, is not named either. Hard News 22/07/03 - Dark Actors [1] . RELATED:- Scoop - Dr Kelly's Final Hours Did Not Indicate Suicide [2] - BBC - BBC Statement On Death Of David Kelly [3] - David Kelly - Examination Of Dr David Kelly July 15 [4] - LINK: Gulufuture - The Kelly Suicide? Naming The Elephant [5] - Aim.org - Vincent Foster Murder Evidence Released [6] For MUCH more on this issue see… STORY OF THE WEEK: WMD Evidence Tampering (Week 2) [7]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post549
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00275.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00254.htm
[5] - http://www.gulufuture.com/david_kelly.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00277.htm
[7] - #sow


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

Maurice Williamson MP Suspended

- The National Party caucus today voted to suspend Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson from its caucus pending a hearing by the Party Board into complaints against his membership. See... National Caucus Votes To Suspend Williamson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00389.htm


INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

UN: Iraqi Self-Governance/End Of Occupation Must Come Soon

-The day when Iraqis govern themselves must come quickly, and a clear timetable for the restoration of sovereignty with specific steps for the end of United States military occupation is essential if the growing impatience in the country is to be stemmed, according to a new report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. See… UN calls for timetable to end of occupation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00293.htm


FULL COVERAGE FEATURES


COLUMNS:

American Coup: California's V-Day Approaches

- "…some people who normally take the side of underdogs, who are passionate about voting rights and the accuracy of elections, are making a common mistake. They're putting unwarranted trust in technology. They're believing that private companies, for the first time in recorded history, can produce perfect, tamper-proof electronic devices." See... Scoop Link: Voting Machines Need Paper Trails [1] MORE:- Scoop Link: NZ Listener - Inside The Black Box [2] - Scoop Link: Robert Cringely - Voter Flawed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00176.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00158.htm


Satire: A Much Misused Acronym Fights Back

- In response to increased criticism from Congress and the UN that no W.M.D.'s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) have been found to justify the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq by coalition forces, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld cautioned that some may have jumped to false conclusions about what "W.M.D." stood for. See... Satire: WMD could stand for many things – Rumsfeld [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00174.htm


Introducing William Moloney – Scoop's New London Columnist

- Attentive readers will be aware that Scoop's expat London based columnist Malcolm Aitken recently returned home to Wellington. William Moloney, formerly a Scoop reader, has offered to step into Malcolm's shoes and become our new eyes and ears on the streets of London. See... William Moloney: By Way Of A Formal Introduction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00173.htm


Kidd Millennium Comment: The Commander In Speech

- It's a shame, but true. Our Commander in Speech is sometimes left to his own devices. After all, his writers can only work so much overtime. See... Kidd Millennium: Bring 'Em On - Arm-Chair Machismo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00172.htm


Is It Vietnam Yet?

- Interview with former California state Senator. Tom Hayden, long-time anti-war activist, conducted by Scott Harris See... Iraq War is Looking Increasingly Like a Quagmire [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00171.htm


Public Address's Latest Links

- For the latest postings from Public Address see…... Hard News 22/07/03 - The Triple [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00170.htm


STORY OF THE WEEK: WMD Evidence Tampering (Week 2)


William River's Pitt: It's The Coverup That Counts

- The scandal axiom in Washington states that it is not the crime that destroys you, but the cover-up. Today in Washington you can hear terms like 'Iraqgate' and 'Weaponsgate' bandied about, but such obtuse labels do not provide an explanation for the profound movements that are taking place. See... UQ Wire: The Crime and the Cover-Up [1] MORE:- Jason Leopold - Tenet - Wolfowitz Ctte. Gave Dubious Intelligence [2] - Not In Our Name - NION Demands Bush Admin. Be Held Accountable [3] For MUCH more on this issue see… STORY OF THE WEEK: The Niger Row (Week 1) [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00157.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00250.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00163.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 22 July 2003 [1] . Come back this evening for the uncorrected transcript of the answers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00386.htm


Close The Gaps On P Enforcement

- ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today slammed the Labour Government for continuing to fail Maori, after reports that at least 2,500 Maori use the street drug `P' - a serious problem that is impacting on the lives of around 250,000 Maori. See... Close The Gaps In Your Policies, Labour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00391.htm


Govt Callous And Indifference To 10 Murder Victims

- United Future leader Peter Dunne today slammed the Government for its callous indifference to the families of 10 murder victims after it was represented by a solitary MP at a Sensible Sentencing Trust presentation in the Beehive. See... Dunne: Govt absence an insult to victims' families [1] ALSO: United - Alexander: Ironic twist to Beehive presentation [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00390.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00385.htm


Sixteen Defence Personnel Set Off For Solomons Tomorrow

- The first 16 NZDF personnel to be deployed to the Solomon Islands will depart New Zealand for Townsville, Australia on Wednesday 23 July, along with the first contingents from Australia and other Pacific countries. They will be farewelled the following ... See... Solomon Islands Deployment Schedule [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00380.htm


Govt Pays Tribute To Olympic And Commonwealth Medallist

- Minister for Sport and Recreation Trevor Mallard was saddened to learn today of the death of New Zealand Olympic Committee President and former Olympic and Commonwealth medallist John Davies. See... Mallard pays tribute to NZOC president [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00379.htm


Settlement With Awanuiarangi Announced

- A final settlement has been reached with Te Whare Wänanga o Awanuiarangi over its Treaty of Waitangi claim, ministers announced today. Education Minister Trevor Mallard, Associate Education Minister Steve Maharey, Maori Affairs and Associate Education ... See... Awanuiarangi settlement reached [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00378.htm


Williamson Suspended From National Party

- The National Party caucus today voted to suspend Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson from its caucus pending a hearing by the Party Board into complaints against his membership. See... National Caucus Votes To Suspend Williamson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00389.htm


Govt Invites Farmers To Have Their Say

- Farmers could still have a say on the best way of funding, collecting, and administering the agricultural research levy, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Farmers have chance to direct research funding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00382.htm


United To Oppose Flatulence Tax

- United Future leader, Peter Dunne, says the party's caucus today decided to oppose the Government's proposed flatulence tax being imposed on the country's farmers. See... United Future caucus rejects flatulence tax [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00387.htm


Perception Of Intelligent MPs Far From Truth: Peters

- One of the most common misconceptions about Parliament is that it should be made up of highly intelligent motivated people who always act in the best interests of the country. See... Peters: Labour class of 2003 – Doyens of Duplicity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00388.htm


Regional Cultural Tourism Support and Funding

- Tourism Minister Mark Burton and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard today announced that Nelson, Northland, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, and Taranaki will receive support and funding to develop cultural tourism in their region. ... See... Five regions backed to develop cultural tourism [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00384.htm


Newman Says Nuclear Family The Best

- Throughout the ages, the traditional married family of mum, dad, and the kids has been shown to be the most successful child-rearing institution ever invented. See... Speech To Union Of Fathers, Tawa -- Muriel Newman [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00383.htm


Principals Get Their Laptops

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the early completion of a project aimed at supplying laptops to every school principal in New Zealand. See... Principals’ laptops delivered well ahead of time [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00381.htm

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