Top stories of 2006

Here are 2006’s top 10 stories as chosen by US editors and news directors in the Associated Press’s annual vote:

1. Iraq The war deteriorated into a dismayingly complex and savage struggle, with Iraqis by the thousands killed in sectarian reprisal attacks and the US military’s death toll nearing 3,000.

2. US elections Unhappiness with events in Iraq was one of the driving forces behind the Democrats’ surge in the Nov. 7 election. They took over the House with a large majority and gained a narrow edge in the Senate .

3. Nuclear standoffs The United States and its allies were frustrated in their efforts to rein in nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran.

4. Illegal immigration Congress tried to confront the influx of illegal immigrants from Latin America, but the effort collapsed amid deep divisions over whether to stress a crackdown or include provisions to help some illegal immigrants work toward citizenship.

5. Scandals in Congress Several GOP lawmakers were brought down by scandals: Mark Foley, Randy Cunningham, Tom DeLay, and Bob Ney.

6. Hussein trial Saddam Hussein was convicted in the slaying of 148 Shi’ite Muslims and was sentenced to death by hanging.

7. Mideast Israel and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia fought a monthlong war in the summer; more than 900 people were killed.

7. Rumsfeld A day after the midterm elections, President Bush announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

9. Airliner plot British authorities said they narrowly thwarted a terrorist plot to bomb several jets over the Atlantic.

10. Darfur Violence worsened in Sudan’s Darfur region, where the fighting between rebels and government forces has killed more than 200,000 people.

Saddam is dead…do you feel safer?

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is dead

Executed by hanging for killings committed during a brutal crackdown nearly 25 years ago –- Iraqi TV stations report. Saddam was executed at 5:57am Iraqi time according to CNN TV.

Is Saddam’s life worth the 3000 dead US troops and 10s of thousands that now have lifelong disabilities due to injuries? Was it worth the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of US dollars spent?

It’s an easy answer….HELL NO.

Saddam’s Execution Just Hours Away, Lawyers Work to Stop Execution

Ex-leader will be hanged by 6 a.m. Baghdad time

An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saddam would be executed before 6 a.m. Saturday (Baghdad time), or 10 p.m. Friday ET. Also to be hanged at that time were Saddam’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, the adviser said.

Lawyers Work to Stop Saddam’s Execution

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution. Hussein’s lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking for a stay of execution. The 21-page request was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

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