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Wolfowitz Sorry for Payroll Scandal

Paul Wolfowitz has a girlfriend?  Sorry, the real news story here is what she is being paid and whether she was improperly advanced at the World Bank, headed by Wolfowitz.  The questions arise in the midst of an anti-corruption campaign launched by Wolfowitz at the World Bank.

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Bridge, Parliament Bombings Rock Baghdad

A bomb killed two Iraqi government officials and six other people and injured at least 23 when it exploded in the Iraqi parliament building’s cafeteria inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. This first bombing of the government building came just after the speaker of parliament condemned the bombing of Baghdad’s Sarafiya bridge, which partially collapsed into the Tigris River on Thursday, killing at least eight people. So much for the “surge.”

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Kurt Vonnegut Dead at 84

The iconic writer, who challenged conventional wisdom through 14 novels and numerous essays, died Wednesday from a brain injury. Vonnegut survived a nearly lifelong smoking habit only to succumb to a recent fall in his apartment. He once joked that he would prefer to die in a plane crash on Kilimanjaro and said he would avoid suicide “so as not to set a bad example for my children.”

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msnbc.com

MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

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Stretched Military Extends Tours to Keep Surge Going

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is likely to extend the tours of duty of some 100,000 soldiers currently deployed in Iraq by three months. The new policy would enable the surge to last for a year.

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McCain Resorts to Scare Tactics and Smears

John McCain characterized antiwar Democrats as shortsighted political opportunists Wednesday during a speech at the Virginia Military Institute in which he repeatedly invoked the specter of “another 9/11.” With unimpressive fundraising and disappointing polling, the senator has made Iraq his signature issue in an effort to appeal to Republican primary voters.

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Abducted Iranian’s Injuries Confirmed

Did the CIA torture an Iranian diplomat?  The Red Cross head in Tehran says he saw wounds on Jalal Sharafi’s body—and after the Bush administration’s defense of torture, anything is possible.

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army-technology.com

Bloody Tuesday in Baghdad

Imagine if helicopters were firing on civilians in downtown Omaha or Manhattan, and that might come close to the scene in a busy section of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, when Black Hawk and Apache helicopters zoomed in and battled insurgent forces.

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Iraqi Government on Shaky Ground

Baghdad’s government could fall over demands from key Iraqi Cabinet ministers to end the U.S. occupation of their country.  The ministers support Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, the driving force behind this week’s huge anti-American rallies in Iraq.

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Red Cross: Iraqis Face ‘Unbearable and Unacceptable’ Suffering

A new report from the Red Cross says living conditions in Iraq, from healthcare to general safety, continue to worsen. One woman interviewed by the ICRC said it would be helpful if someone removed the bodies piling up in front of her house so her children wouldn’t have to look at them on the way to school.

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