The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports today that the beloved Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth's Cultural District is about to get a sister. Sixteen years ago an effort to enlarge the legendary museum died from opposition by architect Louis Kahn's family. But now the family is on board with the idea of a second building across the street.
Barron's magazine reports in its new issue that Hillary Clinton raised $21.4 million in campaign donations in 2005. This amounts to "$411,538.46 a week." in contributions to her Senate campaign. Mrs. Clinton is up for re-election in 2006, but she faces only token Republican opposition in New York. Under the current finance laws, she is able to transfer any unused Senate contributions into a Presidential campaign account if she decides (as expected) to run for President in 2008.
The Barron's article quotes the Center for Responsive Politics as saying that Mrs. Clinton has raised a total of $33.2 million since 2001. That is more than twice as much money raised by Hillary Clinton than by any other U.S. Senator during that time period. She definitely will have the financial resources to mount a major Presidential campaign in 2008 if she so chooses.
The Daily Telegraph, a respected British newspaper, is reporting today that U.S. and British troops are expected to be out of Iraq within a year. According to the story, the "planned pull-out from Iraq" will begin slowly and culminate in the early part of 2007. The plan is to turn over the day-to-day responsibilities for security to the Iraqi Defense Force which now numbers "more than 232,000 police officers and soldiers." The newspaper reports that both the U.S. and British governments realize that: "Our presence (in Iraq) is now part of the problem."
The U.S. military spokesman in Iraq denied the reports and reiterated that "there is no timetable for withdrawal."
Nielson/Net Ratings, the Internet data arm of the A.C. Nielson Company said that there were 5.6 billion net searches conducted in January 2006. That is up more than 1.5 billion searches over January 2005. Google accounted for 48% of the searches, Yahoo 22% and MSN 11%.
The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting this weekend that San Antonio based AT&T is preparing to announce the acquisition of Atlanta based Bell South for $65 billion. If correct the price would represent a 25 - 30% premium over Bell South's current price range. Bell South serves nine Southestern US states. The combined companies would have 70 million local lines and 11 million broadband customers. The two companies are the join owners of Cingular Wireless. If Federal regulators approve the deal, AT&T will have substantial reassembled itself after US courts forced its breakup 22 years ago.
The Financial Times has a front page story this weekend about how Bill Clinton's close ties to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, the prospective owner of some US port operations, is hurting his wife Hilllary's political prospects. Hillary Clinton has been a leading opponent of the UAE takeover of U.S. port operations in the Senate while her husband privately has been advising Dubai leaders "on how to handle the growing dispute", according to the Financial Times. The story goes on to mention that Bill Clinton "earned $450,000 giving speeches in Dubai in 2002." It also notes that officials from that country "donated between $500,000 and $1 million to fund Mr. Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas." The story concludes that the former President's ties to the UAE are a "classic Clinton dilemma" which "has complicated her political stance on the deal."
A new Gallup poll found President Bush's approval rating has dropped to 38%. The poll also revealed that two-thirds of the American public want U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq while 55% believe that the decision to go to war in Iraq was a mistake. The President's handling of the war drew the support of only 35% of the public while 64% disapproved of the Administration's conduct of the war. An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the Dubai ports deal. With elections looming in November, control of Congress could be at risk for the Republicans as 53% of likely voters picked Democrats while only 39% supported Republicans.
A Rasmussen poll, also released today, puts the Bush approval rating at 40%. The President's handling of Iraq was pegged at only 34% versus 43% who think he is doing a poor job.