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President Bush invited scathing satire of himself on Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. Bush addressed the audience, made up predominantly of Washington media types, accompanied by a look-alike actor, who jokingly spoke Bush's unsaid thoughts. The event also saw the likes of Hollywood actors George Clooney and Laurence Fishburne, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and even former CIA officer Valerie Plame.

John Kenneth Galbraith, who died Saturday, was one of America's most influential economic minds. Galbraith's seminal 1958 bestselling book, "The Affluent Society," argued that post-war America was neglecting public-sector services while cultivating wealthy private enterprise. Galbraith taught economics at Harvard University and advised several Democratic presidents.

Several thousand protesters marched down Broadway in New York City on Saturday to protest US involvement in Iraq. The demonstration came hours after new casualties made April, with 70 deaths, the most lethal month this year for US troops in Iraq. On Sunday, yet another protest was expected on the Mall in Washington to demand US action on the continuing humanitarian atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The US will push for United Nations Security Council punishment of Iran, despite that country's offer to admit inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. "They've had plenty of time to cooperate. I think they're playing games," Rice said on ABC's "This Week" show. The IAEA reported to the Security Council on Friday that Iran had violated the Council's ultimatum to cease uranium enrichment.

Hail the size of baseballs and 100-m.p.h. winds battered parts of Texas on Saturday. The storms damaged buildings and private airplanes and killed two horses in the city of Waco, but it did not seriously injure any people.

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