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Iraqis Sickened by Chlorine Gas Blasts

Following a toxic trend that began in late January, three Iraqi suicide bombers set off explosives Friday in Sunni-dominated Anbar province that were rigged to release chlorine gas.  The three blasts, which killed two and sickened more than 350 with noxious fumes, occurred in areas where resistance to the insurgency has been growing lately.

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Gonzales Apologizes to Attorneys

During a conference call Friday with all 93 U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized for the way his office carried out its apparently partisan firings. The move was seen by critics as an attempt at damage control amid calls for his resignation.

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Fun With Numbers

This far out from an election, pundits and statisticians frequently turn to national polls for something to talk about, but there’s more fun to be had with polling than a hypothetical showdown between candidates who haven’t even secured their party’s nomination. For instance: according to Gallup, the percentage of people who object to staying on the 13th floor of a hotel is, oddly enough, 13.

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And They Think Hair Gel Is a Problem

A different sort of terror took to the skies last week when a man on a SkyWest Airlines flight relieved himself in an air sickness bag after the captain banned restroom use. The airline has since apologized to John Whipple, whose action, remarkably, went unnoticed by any other passenger.

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U.N. Beefs Up Iraq Effort

Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country. Update: Iraq unveils a five-year reconstruction plan.

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Israel Says No Dice to Palestinian Government

Israeli officials say they will not work with a newly formed Palestinian coalition, calling the power-sharing regime “a leap backward.” Despite a tentative pledge from Hamas to “respect” past agreements, Israel feels the new government does not meet the requirements set out by the so-called quartet of Western nations.

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Mugabe Disses Western Critics

Ever the diplomat, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe blew off criticism from Western leaders following Sunday’s bloody protest, at which several members of a government opposition group were badly injured in a skirmish with the police.  Mugabe’s charming reaction:  His detractors can “go hang.”

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Plame Takes the Stand

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame ripped into the Bush administration Friday for blowing her cover by leaking her identity to the press in 2003.  Plame told Congress in her first public testimony that her name and identity were “carelessly and recklessly abused by senior officials in the White House and State Department,” pointing out the “terrible irony” of the circumstances surrounding her outing.

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Money for Nothing

The news that the Treasury will once again sheepishly release a small batch of dollar coins raises the question: Why are Americans so hung up on paper money when countries like Britain and Canada have enjoyed the benefits of coinage for years? Don’t scoff—the Government Accountability Office estimates potential savings at $500 to $747.5 million annually.

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E-Mails Contradict White House

The White House has suggested that the idea to fire U.S. attorneys originated with former counsel Harriet Miers, but newly released e-mails show that Alberto Gonzales discussed the matter with political guru Karl Rove even before he was confirmed as attorney general. Related: Check out the Brad Blog’s excellent coverage of the voter-fraud angle of the scandal.

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