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Quick Guide & Transcript: Miers withdraws nomination, Week in Review


(CNN Student News) -- October 28, 2005

Quick Guide

Miers Withdraws - Hear some reasons why Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Week in Review - Take stock of recent headlines in our Week in Review.

Tent School - Get a sense of how some students displaced by the South Asian earthquake are getting on with their academic lives.



SHANON COOK, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: You've made it to Friday, and we're glad you're spending part of it with CNN Student News! I'm Shanon Cook. Out of the running: We'll tell you why Harriet Miers decided not to stick around, for a senate vote on her Supreme Court nomination. In retrospect: From Hurricane Wilma's wrath to Iraq's constitutional draft, we'll recap some headlines of the past week. And off the beaten path: We'll tell you what big hair, a big dog, and big plumbing problems all have in common.

First Up: Miers Withdraws

COOK: President Bush's top choice for a new Supreme Court justice, will not get the job; Harriet Miers pulled out of the nomination process yesterday. Part of the hangup involved some documents she had worked on as the White House's top lawyer. Some members of the Senate wanted to see the documents, But President Bush refused, saying executive privilege gave him the right to keep them secret. Kyung Lah brings us some reaction from capitol hill.


KYUNG LAH, CNN REPORTER: Under mounting attacks of cronyism, lack of judicial experience, and lack of a conservative record, Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination.

In a letter to the president, Miers said she would rather withdraw than hand over her internal documents as White House counsel, compromising the executive branch.

The president, who left Washington for a tour of hurricane damage in Florida, says he reluctantly accepted.

But Democrats pounced, saying the president bowed to political pressure from the right.

SEN. HARRY REID, (D) MINORITY LEADER: The radical right wing drove this woman's nomination right out of town.

SEN. TED KENNEDY, (D) MASSACHUSETTS The fact that the White House and Senate Republicans were not willing to stand up for principle and fairness against the extremists in their midst should be disturbing to all Americans.

LAH: Few regrets on Capitol Hill among some Republicans, who had doubts about Miers' ideology.

SEN. TRENT LOTT, (R) MISSISSIPPI: He should have nominated a strict constructionist conservative. Sure that's what he is. That's what he ran as for president. If you elect me, that's what you'll get. I'm sure he'll do that.

LAH: Court watchers believe a new nominee is unlikely by Thanksgiving, pushing the process to January. The president's conservative base saying they're ready to give advice on the next nominee.

SEN. JEFF SESSIONS, (R) ALABAMA: Those of us in Congress need to rethink how we're communicating and come out with a clear agenda for the American people. I believe we can overcome this.




Whose retirement is creating an open seat on the Supreme Court? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it:

A) Ruth Bader Ginsburg

B) John Roberts

C) Clarence Thomas

D) Sandra Day O'Connor

You've got three seconds -- GO!

Sandra Day O'Connor plans to retire as soon as her replacement is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Week in Review

COOK: This is the first year that the National Hurricane Center's list of storm names, has been exhausted. So the 23rd named storm of the season, like the 22nd, takes its name from the greek alphabet. Tropical storm "beta" isn't a threat to the U.S., but Deanna Morawski recaps the last one that was, in our Week in Review.


DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: After battering Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Hurricane Wilma headed east and plowed across southern Florida. It came ashore Monday morning near Marco Island -- a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles an hour -- dealing a blow more powerful than many residents expected.

MICHAEL HOPPE, FLORIDA RESIDENT: We've had storms, little tropical messes, Katrina got a bit harry at times but we've never seen devastation like this.

MORAWSKI: Across south Florida, Wilma knocked out power to 6 million people and caused an estimated 6 billion to 10 billion dollars in damage. At least 10 deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Iraq's draft constitution passed with more than 78 percent of the October 15th vote. The approval is a key step in establishing an Iraqi democracy, and paves the way for a December election for a new Iraqi parliament.

Meantime, violence continues. A string of bombings took place Monday near two Baghdad hotels housing international journalists -- killing at least 10 people and wounded 22 others. And this week, the U.S. military death toll reached 2,000.

The woman known as "the mother of the civil rights movement" died Monday at the age of 92. Rosa Parks was best known for an act of civil disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. On a crowded bus, she refused to give up her seat for white passenger. Parks became a source of inspiration for black Americans everywhere, including in Montgomery, where they protested her arrest by launching a 381-day boycott of the bus system. It ended when the Supreme Court ruled segregation on public transportation illegal.

The investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity may be nearing an end. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been trying to find out how Valerie Plame's name got out. If whoever who revealed her identity knew she worked undercover and revealed it on purpose -- that would be a federal crime.

ROBERT RAY, FORMER INDEPENDENT COUNSEL: What seems to be the focus now of the inquiry at the end whether or not there were false statements or perjury in connection with Mr. Fitzgerald's efforts to gather information about what happened.

MORAWSKI: Among those said to be under investigation -- White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Fitzgerald is expected to announce today whether there will be any indictments - or charges - brought against anyone. That's your Week In Review. For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.




I'm an Asian mountain chain that measures about 15-hundred miles long.

I stretch through Nepal and the disputed region of Kashmir and border India.

I contain the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest.

Nine of the world's ten highest mountain peaks are located in the Himalayas.

Tent School

COOK: For some of you, the school day may seem too long, the weekends too short. But the routine lends a sense of normalcy that you may take for granted-- a sense that students who've been displaced by the South Asian earthquake, don't have. Ram Ramgopal joined them in a makeshift school where lessons help distract them from losses.


RAM RAMGOPAL, CNN REPORTER: Their lives turned upside down, these children find a welcome distraction -- in school. For a few hours, at least, this tent classroom in Muzaffarabad is an opportunity to forget about the shaking that leveled so many homes nearly three weeks ago.

They've lost much of their possessions, and many of their friends are no longer alive, but the love of learning draws hundreds of children to classrooms set up by the United Nations agency, UNHCR.

As is common in this part of the world, there are separate schools for girls - and boys. Sometimes, a child walks into the school that's open, even if she's enrolled elsewhere.

'The teacher wasn't there,' Iqra Siddique says. 'Madam told us she would open the school tomorrow, so I'll go there tomorrow.'

Many of these children say they are happy to make new friends, some of whom have come from far flung villages.

MOHAMMAD RIFAQAT, VOLUNTEER TEACHER: The first day there were only a few students, some 20 boys turned up. Slowly, the numbers started increasing and now we have about 100 students.

RAMGOPAL: It's still not clear how many children died in the earthquake. School had just begun that Saturday the earth shook. The rubble of many of those buildings is yet to be cleared. For the young and impressionable survivors of that horrible day, though, some comfort in the familiar. Ram Ramgopal, CNN, New Delhi.


Off the Beaten Path

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: Plumbing problems? Maybe it's your husband's fault...or maybe a six-foot-long snake crawled into the toilet and got stuck! Okay, it's an unlikely possibility, but it actually happened to one New Jersey couple. The sewer intruder had been cramping pipes for as long as a week before it was found and rescued. Is it any wonder why it wasn't feeling well?

Now this is a different story entirely, though it may not look like it. Remember that book "A Day No Pigs Would Die"? Well, that wasn't on this day in Hungary, when a sausage festival brought new and old world recipes together with heartburn. It featured more than two miles of acidic ecstasy, 70-thousand people...and maybe even a bypass or two!

And in a word...Yikes! These profusely-plumed paragons are participating in an alternative hair show in Britain...alternative as in, "I'm looking for an alternative to acceptable." But their hair-raising styles are also fund-raising philanthropy: all proceeds will go to cancer research. Just make sure mom has a vaulted ceiling if you bring one of these girls home to meet her.

And after hearing passersby make ingenious observations like, "That's a big dog"...this woman proved her great dane was the greatest, by having him certified with a Guinness World Record.

GREAT DANE OWNER: I've had great danes since 1980, 81...Um, I've never seen anything like this.

AZUZ: He's named Gibson, though Goliath would've worked too. And he stands 7 feet tall when upright -- that's only an inch shorter than Shaquille O'Neal! Luckily, he's pretty friendly, not that they could fit him in a doghouse anyway! Heh. It's a dog's life, Off the Beaten Path! I'm Carl Azuz.


COOK: We hope you have a great weekend and manage to stay out of the dog house. For CNN Student News, I'm Shanon Cook.

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