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CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

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Why We ‘Do It’

Granted, social science must always be consumed with caution. Still, papers about people’s sex lives are entertaining if not always illuminating. Here, we’ve taken the 10 most frequent reasons cited by participants of a sex study conducted by the University of Texas psych department in which people were asked to select motivations for having sex from a list of 237 choices. The choices ranged from “I realized I was in love” to “I was slumming.”

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Iraqi Leaders Await U.S. Withdrawal

Even though President Bush is bent on “staying the course” in Iraq, and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus has hinted at years of U.S. military involvement to come, Iraqi leaders are apparently resigned to the idea that American troops will soon begin to pull out, according to Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S., Samir Sumaidaie.

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Daniel Pearl’s Widow Sues Al-Qaida

Of all the ways to do battle with al-Qaida, pursuing justice through the legal system against a fundamentally outlaw organization may not seem to be the most successful route.  But Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, is doing just that by suing the militant group for her husband’s 2002 death.

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Report:  Al-Qaida Looming Large

A new report about terrorism issued by U.S. intelligence agencies brought the sobering news that, while groups like al-Qaida may be somewhat constrained in terms of their ability to attack American targets at home, the threat they pose will continue to be significant in coming years.

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Army Schools Soldiers on PTSD, Brain Injury

The U.S. Army is starting a corps-wide push to educate soldiers on all levels about the signs and symptoms of brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  both of which are taking major tolls on active troops and veterans from the Iraq war.

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Al-Qaida Blamed for Iraq Village Massacre

Iraqi officials are attributing the deaths of 29 people in Duwailiya, in Diyala province north of Baghdad, to al-Qaida militants who disguised themselves in military uniforms and surrounded the village before opening fire Tuesday on men, women and children.  This latest report follows other news of widespread violence as the U.S. troop “surge” continues.

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Can Nukes Save the Planet? Not So Fast

You may have seen the bumper stickers: “Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Power.” With oil prices high and the planet cooking, some prominent green voices want us to reconsider nuke plants. Long before Monday’s earthquake in Japan started a nuclear plant fire (causing a radioactive water leak), writer Rebecca Solnit was trying to stop this line of thinking in its tracks, calling it defeatist and naive.

Posted on Jul 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Reid Promises to Force Filibuster on Iraq Withdrawal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced that Senate Democrats are going to force Republicans to filibuster all night long if they want to continue to block Iraq troop withdrawal legislation. Previously, the Democrats politely allowed the opposition’s formal promise to filibuster to stand in for the action itself.

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Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens in Kirkuk

Multiple bombs exploded across the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq Monday. The BBC reported that at least 85 people were killed and more than 180 wounded. The deadliest of the bombs was detonated near the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, leaving a 30-foot crater.

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