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Call to Limit Deployments Is a No-Go in Senate

So much for “supporting our troops”: A bipartisan proposal sponsored by two combat veterans to give exhausted U.S. troops more time between their military deployments overseas was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, the first vote of a two-week congressional debate on Iraq. 

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The Horrors of ‘The Other War’

Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges teamed up with Laila Al-Arian for The Nation’s shocking report “The Other War:  Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” in which American vets describe, in graphic detail that will challenge even the least fainthearted readers, “the disparity between the reality of the war and how it is portrayed by the US government and American media.” 

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Pope:  Only Catholics Go to ‘Church’

In a move that strikes some as proprietary ecclesiastical politics, the Vatican released a statement Tuesday claiming that the Catholic Church is the only Christian organization eligible to use the term church to describe itself. 

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Former Surgeon General:  Gov’t Squelched Health Reports

In an incendiary report Tuesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (who served from 2002 to 2006) pointed a finger at the Bush administration for prioritizing politics over truth. 

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McCain Campaign Aides Decamp

Gone Tuesday were Sen. John McCain’s campaign manager and chief strategist as the 2008 presidential hopeful attempts to revamp his foundering White House bid.  McCain’s campaign has been plagued with rumors about the sorry state of his fundraising efforts.  McCain did not turn down the volunteered resignations of top aides Mark Selter and Terry Nelson.

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Dems Sign On for First ‘Gay Debate’

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are already on board for a debate about gay-related social and political issues, to be held on August 9 in front of a live audience, televised on the LOGO channel and broadcast on the Web on LOGOonline.com.

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Republican Senator’s D.C. Madam Mea Culpa

So a Republican senator from the Deep South (Sen. David Vitter, pictured) who loves to tell other people if and how they should have sex, has been exposed as a former client of a prominent D.C. madam?  You say this ardent defender of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman has “asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling”?

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Wikipedia’s Libertarian Roots

In a profile in the libertarian magazine Reason, the founder of Wikipedia explains how and why he launched the controversial site in order “to make the Internet not suck.” Turns out the plan is much bigger than just building a better encyclopedia and is based on the ideas of libertarian economist F.A. Hayek.

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China and Africa:  Uneasy Bedfellows?

With the Red Star rising over Africa, locals and leaders across that vast continent are starting to wonder if Beijing’s forays represent a positive collaboration among developing nations—or just the latest incarnation of exploitative colonialism.

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More Insufficiently Grateful Iraqis

More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the U.S. in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.

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