Winners and losers this week

Winners 1) Gen. Michael Hayden (again): Welcome to the CIA, Mr. director-general. Now try running it. 2) Ex-Enron employees: You lost your jobs, Lay and Skilling lose their freedom and fortunes. The icing on your cake: winning an appeal in the 5th Circuit is next to impossible. 3) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: Bush is on board with ...

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Winners

1) Gen. Michael Hayden (again): Welcome to the CIA, Mr. director-general. Now try running it.

2) Ex-Enron employees: You lost your jobs, Lay and Skilling lose their freedom and fortunes. The icing on your cake: winning an appeal in the 5th Circuit is next to impossible.


Winners

1) Gen. Michael Hayden (again): Welcome to the CIA, Mr. director-general. Now try running it.

2) Ex-Enron employees: You lost your jobs, Lay and Skilling lose their freedom and fortunes. The icing on your cake: winning an appeal in the 5th Circuit is next to impossible.

3) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: Bush is on board with the West Bank plan. The catch? A sit down with Abbas.

4) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki: Baby steps count, Mr. Prime Minister. But now you have to leave the Green Zone.

5) Global warming: Gore killed at Cannes. Even David Brooks and Bush 43 are on board.

Losers

 1) Sen. Hillary Clinton: The energy speech tanked. And the marriage is an issue, again.

2) Prime Minister Tony Blair: In the East Room, Bush looked rosy cheeked, Blair looked a whiter shade of pale. Could it be his latest poll numbers?

3) U.S. Justice Department: Rep. Jefferson makes Nixon look like a Girl Scout. But the separation of powers wins the day, and Bush made you return seized documents.

4) The Serbian Navy: The first sign there was trouble? The inability to agree on a joint entrant for the Eurovision song contest. Now you’re a navy with no water.

5) Condoleezza Rice: Number Two Robert Zoellick is the department’s best diplomat. Losing him is a near-death blow.

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