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Gonzales Wobbles, but He Won’t Fall Down

As Republicans’ fealty flags and suspicions multiply about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ trustworthiness, what could possibly be preventing Gonzales from losing his job?  Here are a couple of educated guesses from Time’s Massimo Calabresi.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Review of Bridges Ordered After Collapse

As divers continue their search for bodies in the Mississippi River after Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, federal transportation officials are calling for a review of some 700 similar structures.

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Massive Floods Threaten Millions in South Asia

Floodwaters are threatening the lives of millions in South Asia, drenching parts of northern India as well as Bangladesh and Nepal, where aid organizations are scrambling to bring in food and other assistance before hunger and disease claim more lives.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


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More Trouble for Sen. Stevens

AP is reporting that Sen. Ted Stevens may have broken the law by not declaring a gift from a longtime aide. Earlier this week, the FBI and IRS raided Stevens’ Alaska home as part of an investigation into the Republican senator’s relationship with a local contractor who admitted to bribing Alaskan lawmakers.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Sold Banned Jet Equipment

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department sold roughly 1,400 parts that could be used to repair Iran’s aging air force, despite a crackdown on such sales.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


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When Sean Met Hugo

Sean Penn is definitely no stranger to controversy, especially when it comes to his off-screen role as celebrity advocate.  His latest foray into global politics will surely ruffle some feathers on Capitol Hill and beyond—on Thursday, Penn met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (pictured) after touring Caracas as part of the actor’s effort to educate himself about the current situation in the South American nation.

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Mexican Teen Workers Stiffed by Wal-Mart

Being an adolescent bagger at Wal-Mart is tough enough without the added issue that comes with working at the megachain’s “Superama” locations in Mexico, where thousands of teen employees labor without receiving wages from the company.  Whatever they earn comes solely from tips. Via Boing Boing

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Russian Flag on North Pole Seabed

Although Canada and the U.S., among other nations, are disputing Russia’s claim to vast territory in the Arctic, Russia has planted its flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole.  Why does it matter?  Well, some 25 percent of the Earth’s oil reserves might be at stake.

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Collapsed Bridge Had Known Structural Problems

A day after Wednesday’s deadly rush-hour bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the Bush administration acknowledged that the interstate freeway bridge had been known to be “structurally deficient” for at least two years—while carefully pointing out that the Minnesota government was responsible for its upkeep.

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Rumsfeld Lies?:  Pat Tillman Case Review

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a cameo appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he knew, and when, regarding the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman.  Facing Reps. Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich and others, a fidgety Rumsfeld denied that there was a cover-up, denied that he played any part in mischaracterizing Tillman’s death, and explained the difference between an “error” and a “lie.”

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