Mean. Vicious. Those words describe the 154 Republicans and two Democrats in the House who voted Oct. 18 to sustain George W. Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
As we went to press, devastating wildfires sweeping southern California had forced at least half a million people to flee their homes, with close to 2,000 houses destroyed. Twenty-one firefighters and at least 24 others had been injured. Several deaths were reported.
Republican Bobby Jindal won election as governor of Louisiana, Oct. 20, with a campaign that evaded the issues while offering barely coded appeals to racism in the case of the Jena Six.