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Morning Whip, July 20, 2005

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The Whip Special mention: "Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."
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#10: Scotty beams up: James Doohan passes away.
James Doohan, who created the archtypical engineer character "Scotty" in the original Star Trek TV series, has died, according to a Fox News report. #9: Shuttle engineers completing tests on empty fuel tank
NASA may need to perform tanking test to identify sensor problem.

#8: Parrot understands concept of zero
28-year-old parrot knows 50 different objects, seven colors, five shapes.

#7: Royals 4, Indians 0
Utility infielder Graffanino dealt to Boston, Royals get hard-throwing minor league pitcher and fast, good-hitting AAA outfielder in return. Royals need to go 49-22 to finish .500, 32-39 to avoid 100 losses.

#6: Daylight Savings Time in U.S. to be extended by two months
Canadians concerned.

#5: "We're witnessing a civil war that's taking place in Islam."
hat tip Chrenkoff. British writer Ian McEwan is interviewed in der Spiegel.

#4: Iraqi draft constitution expected in "days"
Chairman says constitution will be ahead of August 15 deadline.

#3: London back to normal: Mayor blames us for bombings
If you drive a car, you're the problem, according to London mayor Ken Livingstone: ""I think we have just had 80 years of Western intervention in predominantly Arab lands because of the Western need for oil."

#2: Afghanistan's Karzai takes hard line against hate madrases
Afghan President says some Islamic schools are preaching hate and need to be shut down.

#1: Introducing John G. Roberts
OpinionJournal likes him. So does Michelle Malkin. Daily Kos resents the lack of a "paper trail" (what did the left expect after inventing "Borking?") They also are offended that this has taken valuable rant-space away from the Plame Game.