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Blagojevich Gets Blagoje-Ditched

Rod Blagojevich, the most recent Illinois governor to be mired in scandal, is finding himself at odds with his own party after Democratic leaders announced Tuesday that Blagojevich’s attempt to fill Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat will be blocked, much to the disappointment of Blagojevich and his appointee, Roland Burris.

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Israel Rejects 48-Hour Cease-Fire

After five days of almost constant aerial attacks and the deaths of nearly 400 Palestinians, the Israeli government has refused a 48-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, arguing that it needs to “keep up the pressure on Hamas”—a startling euphemism for its lethal assaults—as the Israeli military ramps up for a likely ground invasion.

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Israel Did This
theatrum-belli.com

Israel Continues Killing, Bars Journalists

Be it due to danger or the ever-present desire for security, the Israeli government has always found reason to forbid journalists to enter the Gaza Strip at times of “conflict.” The current brutal assault on Gaza is no different, but this time an association of journalists has filed a petition in the Israeli Supreme Court to demand access to the occupied territories.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


Cheap Home Sweet Home

Houses were once thought to be one of the safest and most secure refuges for investment, but a key index is debunking that notion: The price survey shows that housing prices in 20 major U.S. cities fell by a record 18 percent over the past year.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


Heart Disease Map
cdc.gov

Genes Under Pressure

While heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of people in the U.S., researchers have found that we can help explain a large part of these cases through one’s genetic makeup. In fact, one in five white people are believed to have the “blood pressure gene,” where the genetic variance that controls salt in the kidneys changes to affect individuals’ blood pressure.

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Johnston and Palin
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Bristol Palin Delivers Baby Tripp

After passing the last few months of her pregnancy under public scrutiny, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin, gave birth to a boy on Saturday and named him Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Kennedy and the media
AP photo / Don Heupel

Caroline Kennedy: I’m the Best for Senate Post

Caroline Kennedy, at the very least, has her own vote when it comes to who she thinks would be the best pick for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in the likely event that the New York Democrat is officially approved as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

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AP photo / Dawn Villella

Minnesota Recount Stuck in the Mud

Minnesotans have been parodied for their politeness, but the state’s Senate race seems to get nastier and nastier. With Al Franken taking a sliver of a lead by most estimates, the bitter recount battle halted Monday as both sides made a scene in Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office.

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Gaza Morgue Runs Out of Room

Shifa hospital in Gaza has struggled to keep pace with Israel’s punishing airstrikes. Bloomberg reports that the hospital’s morgue has three bodies crammed in each drawer, with dozens more lying on stretchers.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Madoff
AP photo / Jason DeCrow

An Insanity Plea for Madoff?

It might seem a stretch, but fallen financier Bernard Madoff’s legal team may be “exploring an insanity defense,” according to the New York Daily News.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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