Rudy Cheating on Your Dime?: In a radio ad the Rudolph Giuliani campaign started running last month in Iowa the former Mayor of New York says, quote: "I have no question I can do the same thing for Washington that I did for New York City." In our fifth story on the Countdown, if he's talking about what he did for the residents of New York City, that would mean, President Giuliani could be expected to bill obscure federal agencies for security expenses incurred on weekend getaways with a mistress ... maybe even provide a secret service driver and car for his latest paramour. If he means he can do the same thing for Washington that he did for Judith Nathan specifically... well, you know where I'm going with that. Your tax dollars in action.
John Edwards Live: Attacked by name in the Republican debate by Willard "Mitt" Romney... Senator John Edwards' stock among Democrats, and certainly his sense of pride, must have moved ever so slightly... He'll join us from the Presidential campaign trail in Iowa.
ODDBALL: Robots and holiday hairdos galore...this rules!
Disaster Capitalism: The U-S and Iraq this week announced a broad framework for long-term relations between the two nations... the Associated Press reporting this involves a sustained U-S presence in Iraq... and preferential treatment to American investments. You know -- a treaty, only don't call it that, and nobody in the Senate gets the chance to not ratify it. Or to ask: why would Iraq give up a prize like that... preference to American investments... in return for a military presence the U-S supposedly needs for its own security, anyway? In our third story tonight, a new book says the answer may lie... in Chile.
Tabby Time: Our number two story tonight, Keeping Tabs, beginning with celebrities armed with buckshot in Texas. Someone besides Dick Cheney. What you're about to see is a standoff near Lubbock last month between Texas Tech Basketball coach Bob "Don't Call Me Bobby" Knight -- for nearly five decades the leading American distributor of temper tantrums -- and a neighbor named James Simpson who confronted Knight and a hunting companion about shooting doves too close to his home. The video, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News, is fuzzy but then again, so is Knight's sophistry.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: Billo, Pat Robertson and John Mccain vie for tonight's top honors.
Paris of the Jungle: There are those who must face the elephant in the room...And then there are those who must confront the story that they are helping the drunken elephants in the room. That's what Paris Hilton recently did... after having redd the news that concerned her the most...News about... Paris Hilton. But in our number one story on the Countdown, even that far exceeds the reading list of Britney Spears, evidently... who raced wildly through a Barnes and Noble... so she could get a cup of coffee.