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110th Congress

U.S. Senate (Web site)
Post Republicans Democrats
Pres. PT.Robert Byrd
Leader Mitch McConnell Harry Reid
Whip Trent Lott Richard Durbin
Seats4949+2
U.S. House of Representatives
(Web site)
Post Republicans Democrats
Speaker. Nancy Pelosi
LeaderJohn Boehner Steny Hoyer
WhipRoy BluntJames Clyburn
Seats202232+1
"+1" refers to independents

Last updated: 16 Jan 2007


The Cabinet

Department Secretary
Defense: Robert Gates
State: Condoleezza Rice
Treasury: Henry Paulson
Justice:Michael Mukasey
Interior:Dirk Kempthorne
Commerce: Carlos Gutierrez
Labor: Elaine Chao *
Agriculture: Mike Johanns
Health & Human Serv.: Mike Leavitt
Housing & Urban Dev.: Alphonso Jackson *
Transportation: Mary Peters
Energy: Samuel Bodman
Education: Margaret Spellings
Veterans Affairs: James Peake
Homeland Security: Michael Chertoff *
* : Held over from first term.

Last updated: 11 Dec 2007


Virginia Government

(preliminary 2008)

Executive branch
Post Name Party
GovernorTim KaineDem.
Lt. GovernorBill BollingGOP
Attorney GeneralBob McDonnellGOP
Virginia Senate
Post Republicans Democrats
Pres. Pro Tem--
LeaderThomas Norment Richard Saslaw
WhipMark Obenshain, Frank WagnerMary Margaret Whipple
Seats1921
Virginia House of Delegates
Post Republicans Democrats
SpeakerWilliam Howell--
LeaderMorgan GriffithWard Armstrong
WhipKirk Cox???
Caucus ChairSam NixonBrian Moran
Seats5344 + 3 ?
"+3" refers to independents

Last updated: 28 Feb 2008

Latin American
Presidents & elections

Country President Next election
El Salvador Saca Mar. 2009
Panama Torrijos May 2009
Uruguay Vázquez Nov. 2009
Honduras Zelaya Nov. 2009
Bolivia Morales Dec. 2009
Haiti Preval 2010?
Brazil da Silva (!) Oct. 2010
Ecuador Correa Oct. 2010
Colombia Uribe (!) May 2010
Costa Rica Arias Feb. 2010
Peru Garcia Apr. 2011
Argentina Fernandez de Kirchner Oct. 2011
Chile Bachelet Nov. 2011
Nicaragua Ortega Nov. 2011
Guatemala Berger # (Colom) Nov. 2011
Paraguay Duarte # (Lugo) Apr. 2012
Cuba Raul Castro ???
Dom. Rep. Fernandez (!) May 2012
Mexico Calderon July 2012
Venezuela Chavez (!) Dec. 2012
(in turmoil) (2R) = 2nd round
* = irregular succession

(!) = reelected
# = lame duck (Names in parentheses are presidents-elect.)

Last updated: 23 May 2008


Clem's Baseball ~ Stadium construction

Stadium construction
Chronology of the contemporary era: 1986 - present



1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024
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UC 1989: Skydome (Rogers Centre) (construction finished in early June)
plan. UC 1990: Florida Suncoast Dome (Tropicana Field)
planning UC 1991: Comiskey Park II (U.S. Cellular Field, Guaranteed Rate Field)
- planning UC 1992: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
- planning UC 1994: Jacobs Field (Progressive Field)
- planning UC 1994: Ballpark in Arlington (Globe Life Park, etc.)
- planning UC 1995: Coors Field
- planning UC 1996: (Olympic Stadium) 1997: Turner Field
- planning UC 1998: Chase Field (Bank One Ballpark)
- planning UC 1999: AT&T Park (Pac Bell Park)
- planning UC 1999: Safeco Field
- planning UC 2000: Comerica Park
- planning UC 2000: Minute Maid Park
- planning UC 2001: Miller Park
- planning UC 2001: PNC Park
- planning UC 2003: Great American Ballpark
- planning UC 2004: Citizens Bank Park
- planning UC 2006: Busch Stadium III (construction finished in late May)
- planning UC 2008: Nationals Park
- planning UC 2009: Yankee Stadium II
- planning UC 2009: Citi Field
- planning UC 2010: Target Field
- planning UC 2012: Marlins Park
- planning UC 2017: SunTrust Park
Texas Rangers: Globe Life Park II   UC 2020 opening?
STILL WAITING ... Oakland (San Jose?) Athletics: Cisco Field (?)  
STILL WAITING ... Tampa Bay Rays: Rays Stadium (?)  
1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024
NOTE: For most stadiums, groundbreaking years are mere estimates. For most stadiums, construction continued through March of the year in which they opened. Two exceptions are Skydome / Rogers Centre (construction finished in early June 1989) and Busch Stadium III (construction finished in late May 2006).

Stadium construction montage

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Aug. 2000), Citi Field (Queens, NY, Oct. 2008), Nationals Park (Washington, DC, Aug. 2007)


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Last updated: 14 Aug 2018

U.S. war fatalities
in Iraq

Month Monthly deaths Cum. deaths
Mar. 2003 65 65
Apr. 2003 73 138
May 2003 37 175
June 2003 30 205
July 2003 47 252
Aug. 2003 35 287
Sept. 2003 30 317
Oct. 2003 43 360
Nov. 2003 82 442
Dec. 2003 40 482
Jan. 2004 47 529
Feb. 2004 19 548
Mar. 2004 52 600
Apr. 2004 135 735
May 2004 80 815
June 2004 42 857
July 2004 54 905
Aug. 2004 66 971
Sept. 2004 81 1052
Oct. 2004 63 1121
Nov. 2004 137 1258
Dec. 2004 72 1330
Jan. 2005 107 1437
Feb. 2005 58 1495
Mar. 2005 36 1531
Apr. 2005 52 1583
May 2005 79 1662
June 2005 77 1739
July 2005 54 1793
Aug. 2005 84 1877
Sept. 2005 48 1925
Oct. 2005 96 2021
Nov. 2005 83 2104
Dec. 2005 66 2170
Jan. 2006 61 2231
Feb. 2006 53 2284
Mar. 2006 30 2314
Apr. 2006 74 2388
May 2006 69 2457
June 2006 59 2516
July 2006 42 2558
Aug. 2006 65 2623
Sept. 2006 70 2693
Oct. 2006 100 2793
Nov. 2006 63 2856
Dec. 2006 105 2961
Jan. 2007 82 3043
Feb. 2007 81 3124
Mar. 2007 75 3199
Apr. 2007 102 3301
May 2007 121 3422
June 2007 98 3520
July 2007 75 3595
Aug. 2007 77 3672
Sept. 2007 62 3734
Oct. 2007 37 3771
Nov. 2007 35 3806
Dec. 2007 23 3829
Jan. 2008 40 3869
Feb. 2008 29 3898
Mar. 2008 37 3935
Apr. 2008 51 3988
May 2008 20 4008
June 2008 28 4036
July 2008 13 4049
Aug. 2008 22 4071
Sept. 2008 25 4097
Oct. 2008 13 4110
Nov. 2008 16 4126
Dec. 2008 12 4138
* so far

NOTE: Includes all deaths, caused by enemy forces or not. Excludes military personnel (currently 72) whose names have not been released because their next of kin have not yet been contacted.

SOURCES: strategypage.com,
GlobalSecurity.org,
Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2004