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Preparations Made for Sadr City Assault

After a seven week surge in violent street clashes and an estimated 1,000 civilian deaths in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad alone, U.S. and Iraqi forces are now preparing an overwhelming military offensive they hope will completely annihilate active Shia resistance movements and pacify the area, making it safe for occupation.

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Last Call for Tube Tippling

In the first policy announcement of his mayoral term, London’s newly elected Boris Johnson has banned the consumption of alcohol on all public transport —including buses and trains—in the capital city beginning June 1. The ordinance is criticized by many transport unions, which foresee serious problems in its enforcement.

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Truthdig Wins a Maggie

Truthdig’s weekly book review, edited by Steve Wasserman, has won a Maggie award. Bill Boyarsky’s outstanding political reporting was also nominated, and we were up for best Web magazine overall. We’re proud to win recognition for our book review, which has featured important work at a time when newspapers around the country are cutting back on their book coverage.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE

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Supreme Court / Steve Petteway

Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

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Obama Takes N.C., Clinton Squeaks By in Ind.

Judging by exit polls, two groups made the difference for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Tuesday night. A strong showing from African-American voters and gains elsewhere helped Obama to a big win in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, could thank older voters for what turned out to be a nail-biter of a victory in Indiana.

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Crisis Deepens in Burma as Cyclone Toll Passes 22,000

As more details of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis in Burma emerge, it’s becoming clear that the storm is one of the worst disasters in years. The Burmese government is being criticized for responding inadequately and too slowly to the crisis, and President Bush, himself no stranger to this kind of criticism, is calling on Burma’s “military junta ... [to] allow our disaster assessment teams into the country” in order to help.

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U.S. Soldier Accidentally Dials Mother During Battle

Here’s a sobering moment that could happen only with the aid of today’s technology: Sandie and Jeff Petee of Otis, Ore., were recently given a scary dose of reality in the form of a brief message on their answering machine when Sandie’s soldier son, Stephen Phillips, accidentally dialed their number during a battle in Afghanistan.

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Bienvenido, Soy John McCain

Whether it’s just window dressing or the opening salvo of a serious effort to court the Latino vote, John McCain has launched a Spanish-language Web site. While McCain was once a champion of immigration reform, he did a substantial bit of pandering during the Republicans-only leg of the campaign. In fact, he even said at one point that he wouldn’t vote for his own immigration bill.

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John and Elizabeth Edwards Spill the Beans

As North Carolinians head to the polls, John Edwards, their former senator, has disclosed that after months of being politically courted he will not endorse any candidate in the Democratic primaries. The two-time presidential contender and his wife, Elizabeth, recently sat down with People magazine to explain what they like—and don’t like—about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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‘D.C. Madam’ Left Suicide Notes

Deborah Jean Palfrey, whose Washington, D.C.-based call-girl ring earned her notoriety and the nickname the “D.C. Madam,” left two suicide notes behind when she (apparently) hanged herself last Thursday behind her mother’s Florida home.

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