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L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

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Iraq Violence Claims 12 U.S. Soldiers and Dozens of Civilians

Twelve American soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend, six and a civilian journalist in one attack alone. Meanwhile, bombings in Baghdad and Samarra on Sunday killed at least 44 Iraqis, including a police chief and 11 of his officers.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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interet-general.info

Conservative Wins French Election

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has conceded to conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy promised to unite a divided nation and urged Washington to address climate change more aggressively.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


Is Gates on a Different Page?

While the Bush administration has repeatedly referred to the Democrats’ timetable for withdrawal from Iraq as a recipe for failure, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has praised the measure. He’s also urged an assessment of the troop escalation by this summer—sooner than supporters of the “surge” would like—and indicated support for a withdrawal as outlined by the Iraq Study Group, which he was once a part of.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Lisa Poole

Bill Clinton Warns on Disaster Preparedness

Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates might do well to heed the cautionary advice of former President Bill Clinton, who warned of coming disasters of both the man-made and natural varieties.  He spoke during a conference Friday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

L.A. Mayor’s Back in Town

After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

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Survey: Many Soldiers Approve of Torture

An Army survey of troops in Iraq has found some disturbing attitudes, and recommends shorter deployments for the mentally exhausted soldiers. Asked whether civilians should be treated with dignity and respect, less than half said yes and more than a third found torture acceptable.

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Bush: Hate Crime Bill ‘Unnecessary’

The House has passed an expansion of hate crimes legislation to include discrimination against gender, sexual orientation and disability. Though the measure succeeded with bipartisan support and is expected to make it through the Senate, President Bush has vowed to veto the bill, calling it unnecessary.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

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Twenty Haitians Dead in Capsize Tragedy

A boat carrying about 150 Haitians capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands in the early hours of Friday.  Local police had tallied 20 fatalities later in the day, but the U.S. Coast Guard was still on the case, hunting for dozens still missing after about 70 had been rescued.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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