Only 29 percent of Americans approve of Bush’s handling of Iraq, “matching the lowest mark of his presidency.” “Nearly 70 percent said Mr. Bush did not have a plan to end the war, and 80 percent said Mr. Bush’s latest effort to rally public support for the conflict amounted to a http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/02/us/politics/02poll.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin&oref=slogin - change in language but not policy .”
1,289: Number of Iraqi civilians who http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/01/AR2006110100804_pf.html - died last month in political violence. The number — nearly 42 people per day — was up 18 percent from the 1,089 such fatalities in September.
Inspectors general from NASA and the Commerce Department will investigate if Bush’s “political appointees have prevented climate researchers at from conveying their http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/01/AR2006110103269.html?nav=rss_politics - findings to the public .”
The Bush administration is delaying the release of an annual hunger report until after the elections. The Agriculture Department report, which has generally been released in October, has shown steady increases in the number of people struggling with hunger. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said, “It seems like a pattern is emerging where the administration simply tries to http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061102/ap_on_go_ot/hunger_report - bury bad information the closer they get to the election .”
“An internal State Department review has found that U.S. officials screened the public statements and writings of http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15904585.htm - private citizens for criticism of the Bush administration before deciding whether to select them for foreign speaking projects.”
At least one advertiser on the http://mediamatters.org/items/200610310008 - Air America blacklist insists that it did not request that its commercials be blacked out on Air America Radio affiliates. The company, REI, released a statement saying that it had “not refused to advertise during Air America’s programming. In fact, http://mobjectivist.blogspot.com/2006/10/october-surprise.html - REI has placed radio ads on stations carrying Air America programming .”