US Rejects G8 Proposals For Tough Greenhouse Gas Measures

The US appears to have rejected draft proposals by Germany for G8 members to agree tough measures in greenhouse gas emissions, leaked documents have shown.
Wide-ranging US amendments to a draft communique prepared ahead of June's G8 in Germany summit cite a "fundamental opposition" to the proposals.

Germany wants all G8 members to agree timetables and targets for major cuts.

Greenpeace, who leaked the document, said it showed UK PM Tony Blair failed to persuade the US to alter its stance.

Latest "Pirates" Is Summer's Latest Record-Breaking Franchise

"At World's End" will be opening in a record 4,362 North American theatres, about 110 more than "Spider-Man 3" and about 200 more than DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.'s "Shrek the Third," which set an opening-weekend record last week for an animated film at $122 million. The figures come from Media by Numbers, a box office tracking firm.

Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures marketing and Distribution, said U.S. exit surveys "gave the film among the highest numbers in Disney's history and placed it well above comparable scores" for the first two "Pirates" films.

McCain On Missing 46 Senate Votes: "I'm Doing What I Can"

"I have assured the leadership I will do everything I can," he said. "I ran for president once before in 2000, and I basically did what I could, and I'm doing what I can."

McCain returned to the Capitol on Thursday to cast his first floor votes since April 12. He missed 46 in between. When a reporter asked why he chose Thursday to show up, McCain let loose --with a cheery smile.

"Waste Of Corporate Assets": Shareholder Sues Over Clinton Consulting Gig

Gupta, whose big donations to the Democratic Party earned him a Lincoln Bedroom overnight when Bill Clinton was president, has emerged as a key benefactor of Clinton's post-presidency -- and Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential candidacy.

Gupta's generosity toward the Clintons has proven so controversial within his firm -- a major provider of database-processing services -- that it prompted a shareholder lawsuit complaining that hiring the former president was a "waste of corporate assets."

US Prosecutors: Libby Should Get Up To 3 Years

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shown no remorse for corrupting the legal system and deserves to spend 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the
CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and an assistant to President Bush, is the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-Contra affair two decades ago.

McCain, Obama Trade Shots Over Iraq

In a fiery preview of a possible 2008 election match-up, US Senators Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) and John McCain (news, bio, voting record) traded political potshots over Iraq Friday, and Hillary Clinton also faced a Republican barrage.

A day after the US Congress sent President George W. Bush a new 100 billion dollar war budget, stripped of Democratic troop withdrawal dates, raw emotions over the war spiced up the already simmering 2008 White House race.

Growing Political Pressure Forcing White House To Consider Troops Cuts

Officials say proponents of reducing the troops and scaling back their mission next year appear to include Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. They have been joined by generals at the Pentagon and elsewhere who have long been skeptical that the Iraqi government would use the opportunity created by the troop increase to reach genuine political accommodations.

So far, the concepts are entirely a creation of Washington and have been developed without the involvement of the top commanders in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, both of whom have been enthusiastic supporters of the troop increase.

Faculty Join Students In Booing Ex-Bush Chief Of Staff At UMass Graduation

President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card was loudly booed by hundreds of students and faculty members as he rose to accept an honorary degree at the University of Massachusetts on Friday.

The boos and catcalls _ including those from faculty members who stood onstage with Card _ drowned out Provost Charlena Seymour's remarks as she awarded the honorary doctorate in public service. Protesters claim Card lied to the American people in the early days of the Iraq war and should not have been honored at the graduate student commencement.

Bernstein Book: Both Clintons Considered Divorce

The 640-page A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton also discloses how terrified she was about the prospect of being prosecuted over the alleged Whitewater financial scandal. Bernstein suggests that she has skirted along the edge of the truth at times.

He details the full extent of the Clintons' troubled relationship and says that Mr Clinton considered ditching his wife in 1989 in favour of Marilyn Jo Jenkins, a company executive. Ms Clinton, one of the frontrunners in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential race, refused to accept a divorce.