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Karl Rove’s Newsweek Gig

It’s really only a matter of time, after a member of the current administration steps down, before he or she re-emerges on the political and/or cultural scene.  Take Karl Rove, for example, who, not to be relegated to some contrived yet lucrative “consulting” position (not yet, at any rate), will write about the upcoming elections for Newsweek.

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Saudi Court Punishes Rape Victim

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail by an appeals court because she was riding in a car with a man when she was attacked and gang-raped by seven men. It is forbidden in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to be together. She was 19 at the time of the attack.

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CBS Strikes Back at Rather

The clash of TV titans Dan Rather and CBS execs looked like it might get uglier Thursday after the network filed a motion to dismiss Rather’s $70-million lawsuit and CBS officials released a statement claiming they were “mystified” by Rather’s “bizarre allegations.”  Back to you, Dan.

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Detention for Dummies

Web site Wikileaks has uncovered a 238-page manual that addresses almost every aspect of detainees’ lives at the Guantanamo detention facility. Cooperative prisoners, for example, should be allowed three showers a week instead of two, the manual says.

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U.N. Gives Mixed Reviews to Iran’s Nuclear Program

The good news, according to the U.N.‘s nuclear agency, is that Iran earlier was forthcoming with information about its nuclear program.  The bad news is that Iran is not now offering the same level of transparency, is reportedly still enriching uranium in defiance of the Security Council and may be, according to the BBC, cooperating just enough to avoid additional sanctions. Above, Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili.

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FBI Blames Blackwater in 14 Civilian Deaths

The FBI, which is still investigating Blackwater’s Sept. 16 killing rampage in Baghdad, has determined that at least 14 of the 17 shootings were unjustified and in violation of deadly-force rules. The Justice Department is looking into whether to press charges, if it even has the authority, which means that Blackwater could very well get away with murder.

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Airport Security Fails to Catch Bomb Components

While the rest of us have been struggling to survive air travel without our precious liquids and gels, federal investigators managed to sneak liquid explosives and detonators through airport security, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

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Burmese Monks Remain Defiant

Taking a page from Mahatma Gandhi, many Buddhist monks took to the streets in Burma in September in a showing of civil disobedience against the country’s ruling regime.  Now, their ranks are diminished as a result of the ensuing military crackdown, but, as one monk from Mandalay tells the BBC, their movement isn’t over yet.

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A Vote for an iPod: A Fair Exchange?

Oh dear—file this one under “further evidence our democracy’s in deep trouble”:  The Politico reports that, according to a recent poll of over 3,000 NYU undergraduates conducted by an on-campus journalism class, two-thirds said they would give up their right to vote in the next presidential election in exchange for a year’s tuition at their school, while 20 percent said they’d swap it for an iPod touch.

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Bridge Protest Leaves U.S. Team Vulnerable

The bridge world is in an absolute tizzy over a protest by the world champion U.S. women’s team, which held up a sign during its victory celebration in Shanghai last month that read: “We did not vote for Bush.” Some bridge fans have accused the group of treason, and the United States Bridge Federation—whatever the hell that is—has decided that its authority trumps free speech, a value some people vaguely remember associating with America.

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