Looking Forward

Looking Back

June 05, 2005



Congress returns to work after its Memorial Day holiday. The most controversial item pending is President Bush's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. The Senate delayed confirmation votes last week after Democrats requested more information on Bolton's dealings with intelligence employees.

The Sept. 11 commission begins a series of eight public sessions during which it will attempt to assess how the government has responded to the recommendations in its 567-page report, which became a surprising best seller last year. The commission called for substantial reorganization of the nation's intelligence-gathering agencies, a wide array of security improvements and improved cooperation with allies fighting terrorism around the world.


New Jersey has its gubernatorial primary. Sen. Jon Corzine, whose wealth scared potential challengers from the race, faces only token opposition in the Democratic primary. Seven Republicans are running for their party's nod, but only two seem to be in the running - former West Windsor Mayor Douglas R. Forrester and former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler.

President Bush meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Washington.

Zalmay Khalilzad testifies in his Senate confirmation hearing to be ambassador to Iraq.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board considers Harrah's-Caesar's merger, a $5.2 billion deal that would create the largest gambling company in the world.


Anna Ayala, who is accused of lying about finding a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili, will make a court appearance in San Jose, Calif.

Macaulay Culkin has a scheduled court appearance on two misdemeanor drug possession charges related to his arrest in Oklahoma after police stopped a car in which he was a passenger and found a half-ounce of marijuana and several tablets of Xanax.

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on reauthorization of the Patriot Act.


Sotheby's holds an auction of sports memorabilia spanning the history of baseball, basketball, football, boxing, tennis and track and field. Among the items, a trove of Red Sox memorabilia, including the team's 1919 contract selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds its 73rd annual meeting in Chicago.


The running of the 137th Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, takes place in Elmont, N.Y.


The World

A week of heavy violence in Iraq raised to at least 825 the number of people slain since the new Shiite-led government was announced April 28. Iraqi troops led a counterinsurgency operation in Baghdad in which at least 20 people were killed, as insurgents attacked police stations and army barracks. Car bombings and ambushes throughout the nation killed scores of Iraqis including a city council official in Kirkuk.

U.S forces aiding the Iraqi crackdown in Baghdad raided the home of prominent Sunni Muslim leader Mohsen Abdel Hamid, who has urged reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites. The head of the Iraqi Islamic party was held for several hours and released after Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, criticized the detention.

Voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the proposed constitution for the European Union, dealing a setback to the governments in power that had urged passage and to hope of a smooth transition to European unity.

Yukos Oil founder Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court that convicted him on fraud and tax-evasion charges. He also faces back taxes and fines of $62 million.

The Nation

An Amnesty International report that condemned the treatment of detainees at the U.S. camp in Guantanamo, Cuba - and led the London-based group's leader to say that Guantanamo is today's equivalent of the Soviet Union's Gulag political prisons - was condemned by Vice President Dick Cheney, who said, "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."

The 2002 obstruction-of-justice conviction of the now-defunct accounting giant Arthur Anderson for destroying Enron files as a government investigation of that company loomed was thrown out by the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously that the jury was improperly instructed.

William H. Donaldson, 74, announced that he would resign June 30, after two years as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. President Bush quickly nominated Rep. Christopher Cox, a California Republican who has served in Congress since 1988.

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