August 26, 2002

"It's interesting that my times have become faster right after the war began. They were pretty fast all along, but since the war began I've been running with a little more intensity. It helps me to clear my mind. It's sad that I can't run longer. It's one of the saddest things about the presidency." - the Oaf of Office, 8/02.

"Another one of the saddest things about this presidency is that it has no voice. The greatest president of the last century could not even walk, but he recognized that he had to talk — that if the people did not understand the reasons for his actions, they could not become his partners in history. About the grave crises facing us today, there is a deafening silence at the top. Mr. Bush's policies on the economy, the Middle East, North Korea and Iraq are obscure and even opaque, but his policy on physical fitness policy is crystal clear: 'I expect the White House staff to be on time and sharp and to exercise.'" - Maureen Dowd, in the NY Times.

The FBI has stepped up a probe of a Sept. 11-related classified intelligence leak, asking 17 senators to turn over phone records and schedules that might reveal contact with reporters. In an Aug. 7 memo sent through the Senate general counsel's office, the FBI asked all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to hand over records from June 18 and 19, 2002.

The information requests come at a time when some members of Congress are already disgruntled that an executive branch agency is probing the actions of legislators whose job is to oversee FBI and intelligence agencies.

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