Playing Catch-Up

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Dec 28, 2006 9:42 AM

So sick.

My apologies for slow blogging yesterday. I was seriously under the weather, but I'm feeling better now. What did I miss?

The Tar Heel State's Prettiest Senator announced he's in for '08. Surprise! 

This portends good things for his administration:

The North Carolina Democrat's campaign accidentally went live with his election Web site a day before an announcement Thursday that was scheduled to use Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans as a backdrop.

The slip-up gave an unintended double-meaning to his campaign slogan on the John Edwards '08 Web site: "Tomorrow begins today."

Aides quickly shut down the errant Web site but could not contain news of the obvious, even in the shadows of former President Ford's death.

Big government is trying to crack down on Hemingway's cats. Read this story and ask yourself why the federal government is big enough that it considers this its province.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the museum for violating a 1966 federal animal welfare law, and has threatened to impose stiff fines or confiscate the cats if the Hemingway Home does not do more to control the felines. Department inspectors say that the museum must be licensed as an exhibitor of animals, and that the cats, which sometimes climb over the wall surrounding the grounds, must be confined to the property.

After initially moving to comply with the government's demands, the Hemingway Home now is fighting them. The dispute has festered into one of those big-government-vs.-the-little-guy showdowns that involves a growing cast of characters, including locals in Key West, members of Congress, the U.S. Department of the Interior and, last week, a federal judge.

John Kerry was indeed spurned by the troops in Iraq, and there's photographic evidence.

The Ethiopians are whooping Islamist butt in Somalia. 

Harry Reid is going to miss Gerald Ford's funeral.

Good news. No terror threat for New Year's, say U.S. officials.

Tony Blair safe after landing mishap at Miami Airport.

The line to be Saddam's executioner is a long one:

IRAQIS are queuing up to act as hangman in the execution of Saddam Hussein, senior government officials say.

Some requests have been emailed from around the world to the office of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Mr Maliki has also been directly petitioned by government officials who want to place the noose around Saddam's neck, the Times reported.