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Rich Little Treads Lightly at Press Dinner

Instead of hearing the truth(-iness) from the likes of Stephen Colbert, organizers of this year’s White House Press Correspondents’ Association dinner played it safe (read: boring) by inviting comedian Rich Little to entertain President Bush and the assembled flock of journalists Saturday night. 

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New York Going Green

Just in time for Earth Day, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce on Sunday 127 environmental proposals, including a plan to add a million trees to the city over the next 10 years. With an EPA you have to sue in order to see enforcement, it’s no wonder local leaders of all political stripes have increasingly taken on environmental regulation themselves.

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Gonzales on the Downslide

Beleaguered Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales worked the phones on Friday, throwing out lines to congressional bigwigs in the wake of his unconvincing performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but two more key Republicans aren’t buying his act.  In fact, they’re also suggesting that he step down.

Posted on Apr 21, 2007 READ MORE


Al-Qaida Making Mergers

Despite U.S. efforts to quash al-Qaida, the terrorist organization is rebuilding its base in rural Pakistan—and doing some serious networking to connect with other militant groups in Africa and the Middle East, steering them to focus on Western targets on a local and international scale.

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Congress to Investigate Tillman Cover-Up

From documents already released, it has become clear that the Army acted inappropriately following the death of Pat Tillman, destroying evidence, instituting an “information lockdown” and possibly even discussing a PR strategy. Congress will now investigate the matter, with the aid of uncensored documents and testimony from the Tillman family.

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Curing the Female ‘Curse’

Birth control pill manufacturer Wyeth has whipped up a new product, Lybrel, that will not only prevent pregnancies but will apparently eliminate menstrual periods altogether.  Does this development constitute a liberating break from biology for women or a subtle message that their bodies need to be somehow ‘fixed’?

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Moyers Probes Press About Iraq

In a long-overdue move, PBS’ Bill Moyers is turning his lens on top journalists from mainstream press outlets about their actions, or lack thereof, in the months leading up to the Iraq war.  Editor & Publisher reports that some subjects, such as Dan Rather, were upfront about their roles and failings in “Buying the War,” while others were not as willing to own up.

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Walling ‘Em In (and Out)

Apparently hoping that good fences make good neighbors, American forces in Baghdad are erecting a concrete wall in Baghdad’s turbulent Adhamiya district to separate Sunnis from Shiites—the first barrier specifically built along sectarian lines.  The wall, which will be three miles long and 12 feet high when it is finished later this month, is not a popular project among Iraqis from either side.

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Surge Stalls, Fear Builds in Baghdad

The BBC’s Andrew North gives a sobering analysis of the facts on the ground in Baghdad, where frustration, desperation and fear abound among Iraqi civilians as U.S. troops struggle to contain the violence that has only grown since the surge began.

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Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

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