1. Bush Names U.N. Ambassador as Envoy to Iraq
This is John Negroponte. His appointment means that Colin Powell is on the rise, as the two are pals. Negroponte is famous for his stint as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras where some argue that he engaged in the abuse of human rights via the U.S. funded death squad which worked for the right-wing contras. President Bush thinks his approach is the right one:
"John Negroponte is a man of enormous experience and skill" and "has done a really good job of speaking for the United States to the world about our intentions to spread freedom and peace," said Bush.
2. Powell Says More Countries May Follow Spain in Leaving Coalition
Honduras just decided to do so. Powell is quite heart-broken over these desertions.
3. Hormel to Raise Prices on Spam, Dinty Moore and Other Products
That's the other kind of spam. Spam and Dinty Moore are those ethnic foods that must be explained to non-Americans, but I'm not brave enough to try to do so. Anyway, they now cost more.
None of these news will affect Bush's polling figures downwards. Nothing seems to affect those figures downwards, probably because they're propped up on top of a very large number of millions of dollars.