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Pakistan: Restaurant Bombing Saturday Injured Several Americans

March 16, 2008

The attacker tossed a small bomb or hand grenade directly into the restuarant courtyard, which is known for serving alcohol to Westerners.

Pakistani police stand guard beside the cordoned off Luna Caprese ...
Pakistani police stand guard beside the cordoned off Luna Caprese Italian restaurant in Islamabad. At least four US FBI agents were among the injured in a bomb attack at a popular restaurant in Pakistan, ABC television reported Sunday.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)


Multiple sources said that the attack was under investigation to see whether it was based on the terrorists having learned in advance of the agents’ presence.

In Washington, meanwhile, officials downplayed the possibility that the attack specifically targeted the agents based on advance intelligence.

They cited the relatively small size of the attack — one in which injuries to the agent’s were relatively minor — as part of their rationale. Also the explosive does not appear to have been tossed directly at the agents’ table.

The top agent in the country, U.S. Embassy FBI attache Ray Biteski, suffered serious ear damage, an assistant attache reportedly suffered a concussion and two agents are reported as suffering minor injuries.

The two who suffered minor injuries were treated and released. Biteski and a second agent were med-evaced to Europe.

This was the first bomb attack on U.S. citizens or government personnel in Pakistan since a church bombing in 2002.

ABC’s Pierre Thomas contributed to this report.

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Obama Camp Calls Ferraro Racist; She Responds “No Way!”

March 12, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro on Wednesday stood by her comment that Democrat Barack Obama is only where he is because he is black and said the reaction by his campaign was dividing the party.

Democratic president hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., makes ...
Senator Obama makes a point….”My comments have been taken so out of context and have been spun by the Obama campaign as racist that it’s doing precisely what they don’t want done — it’s going to the Democratic Party and dividing us even more,” Ferraro said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984 and the only woman ever nominated by a major party for either of the top two U.S. political offices, ignited a flap by telling a California newspaper that “if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.”

“And if he was a woman he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept,” Ferraro said.

Ferraro, who is supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become the Democratic nominee in November’s presidential election, told ABC she believed that was true and that she was hurt by reaction by the Obama campaign that she said painted the comments as racist. She said she has fought against discrimination for 40 years.

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U.S. Concern Over Economy Is Highest in Years

February 4, 2008

By Michael Abramowitz and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, February 4, 2008; Page A01

Public views of the national economy are now more negative than at any point in nearly 15 years, and few people believe that the kind of stimulus plan being devised by President Bush and Congress is enough to stave off or soften a recession, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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