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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 3 August 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Transcript: MFAT Cable Regarding Dr Lockwood Smith

Scoop Transcript: Document tabled August 2 By Phil Goff regarding Lockwood Smith's alleged comments to United States officials in January 2004.

2: Don Brash and the “Strategic Deficit”

“Strategic deficit” refers to a political technique used by President Ronald Reagan and his new right budget director, David Stockman to downsize the state. First, you give massive tax cuts which in succeeding years leads to huge budget deficits and ...

3: P Buchanan: Scaremongering In The Political Gutter

Unsubstantiated allegations by Winston Peters that there is an extremist hydra residing within the New Zealand Muslim community, coupled with equally vague claims by a foreign security expert that there are at least ten Islamic militant groups operating here, ...

4: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 2 August 2005

Questions to Ministers1. Prime Minister—Motorcade 2. Student Loans—Cost of Interest-free Policy 3. Terrorist Groups—New Zealand 4. Student Loans—Cost of Interest-free Policy 5. Nuclear-free Policy—Reports

5: William Rivers Pitt: Something to Choke On, Again

There have been two bad moments looming over the horizon for the last couple of weeks. One is still in the offing, and a lot of people who have been watching and working the details should prepare themselves for the ram. The other went down this ...

6: Mark Crispin Miller: None Dare Call It Stolen

Harper's Magazine: None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press - by Mark Crispin Miller, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier, Columbus, Ohio - July 24, 2005

7: National Releases Notes On Nuclear Policy

Today National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee released the notes held by Dr Lockwood Smith in relation to an informal meeting Dr Smith had with US Senators 18 months ago.

8: Progressives Knocked Out Of TV3 Leader's Debate

It is an irony that the foreign-owned broadcaster, TV3, has decided to knock the Progressives out of its pre-election party leaders' debate when the Progressive Party has by far the strongest track record of all Third Parties for getting its policies ...

9: Goff Alleges National Sought US Help With Policy

During a raucous final question time for this session of Parliament, Foreign Affairs Minister, Phil Goff read out statements his opposition counterpart Dr Lockwood Smith had allegedly made whilst in the United States last year.

10: National releases notes from US meeting

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee said Dr Lockwood Smith had today released the notes held by him in relation to an informal meeting with US senators 18 months ago.

11: Dunne lodges complaints against TV3's 'stupidity'

United Future leader Peter Dunne today lodged complaints with the Electoral Commission, the Broadcasting Standards Authority and TV3 against the television network's 'stupid and arrogant' decision to exclude United Future from TV3's planned political leaders' ...

12: Cohn: Bush Defies Military, Congress on Torture

After the grotesque torture photographs emerged from Abu Ghraib prison in April 2004, Bush said, "I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated." He vowed the incidents would be investigated and the perpetrators ...

13: Cullen Address to Public Relations Annual Awards

Michael Cullen Address to Public Relations Annual Awards Breakfast Duxton Hotel, 170 Wakefield St, Wellington

14: Scoop Video: PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference

Scoop Video: PM Helen Clark, post-cabinet press conference August 1 2005. Helen Clark discussed the speeding motorcade issue, and faced a series of questions regarding coalition deals and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ accusations that dangerous ...

15: Helen Clark must release statement of evidence

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says Helen Clark must release her statement of evidence in the speeding motorcade case.

16: Peters Won't Meet The Targets Of His Attacks

Progressive MP Matt Robson today received a petition from the Iraqi community who are angered at the outrageous misuse of Parliamentary privilege by Mr Winston Peters.

17: Dunne slams TV3's 'stupid arrogance'

United Future leader Peter Dunne tonight slammed the 'stupid, arrogant and anti-democratic' decision by TV3 to exclude his party from its televised political leaders' debate next week.

18: Don Brash Writes

Don Brash Writes No. 64, 3 August 2005 Labour's monstrous bribe Auckland's transport worries Of Maori preference

19: Public Address 03/08/05 - Standing Upright

Jim Traue, one of the authors of Great New Zealand Argument: Ideas about ourselves joined us at the recent launch for the book in Wellington, and made a lively and forthright contribution to a panel discussion on ideas raised in the book...

20: Smith disgusted by cheap political shot

National’s Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lockwood Smith, says he is disgusted that Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff is prepared to put New Zealand’s international relationships at serious risk for the sake of a cheap political shot.

21: Trans Tasman Bonanza – Pacific Blue $39* Fares

Virgin Blue’s international airline Pacific Blue^ will offer thousands of $39* fares for flights between New Zealand and Australia and has welcomed the impending arrival of yet another player into the Trans Tasman market.

22: Polling, Politicians And Public Perceptions

Polling expert says good public affairs practice critical to healthy democracy

23: 60 Years: Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Exhibition

August 6 and 9 mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over 200,000 people died immediately or soon after the 1945 bombings – thousands of Hibakusha (radiation victims) died of leukemia and cancer in the years ...

24: Garnet Milne: Scoop exhibit bias

One can only assume that the Scoop editorial team and owners are prejudiced against a biblical critique of sinful behaviours such as homosexuality or Islamic fundamentalism.

25: William Fisher: Big Apple Here I Come

President Bush poked a thumb in the eye of Senate Democrats today by his recess appointment of John Bolton as America’s ambassador to the United Nations – and triggered wholly predictable responses from the foreign policy community.

26: Mark Drolette: Nukes And Dolts And Us! Oh, Why?

I should know better than to talk politics with my Republican brother-in-law, Dolton. But since he’s married to my sister, it’s hard to avoid sometimes, like the other morning when I was helping them move into their new apartment.

27: C'mon Kiwis, give Holly a hand

Green Arts Spokesperson Mike Ward is calling on New Zealand to support a promising young ballet dancer.

28: RMA: National Party divisions emerge

RMA: National Party divisions emerge National's extreme RMA policies designed to cut local communities out of important resource management decisions are clearly a step too far for even its own members says Associate Environment Minister David ...

29: Remembering The Lessons Of Germany's Past

For years, I struggled to comprehend how the good people of Germany could allow someone such as Adolph Hitler to lead them into what became World War II. After all, before Hitler's rise to power, Germany had a rich Christian heritage. The Reformation out ...

30: Chuckman Cartoon: Poop & Scoop Bolton In NYC

Cartoon By John Chuckman


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