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British Police Search for Bomber Clues

Now that England’s streets and sidewalks have been outfitted with an elaborate closed-circuit TV system, British police are using footage from London’s Haymarket district in trying to track down the party behind Friday’s attempted car bombings.

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Ray of Hope for Gitmo Detainees

After almost six years since suspected enemy combatants started serving time without being able to challenge their detainment at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the U.S. Supreme Court has changed its stance, giving prisoners—and their lawyers—some hope that their cases may eventually be heard.

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Eddie Slovik
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Pentagon Mostly Ignores Deserters

Although desertions from the Army have gone up, the military has apparently taken little interest.  There is no active program for finding those who simply walk away, and when deserters are caught (usually they turn themselves in), most face merely a less than honorable discharge.  According to the AP, just 5 percent of Army deserters were court-martialed in 2006.

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Bush Wants Iraq to Be More Like Israel

President Bush, in an effort to buy time and lower expectations for the surge, has set a new goal for Iraq: be like Israel.  As in a country “that can protect its people, deliver basic services for all its citizens and function as a democracy even amid violence.”  In view of daily violence that’s off the charts by Israeli standards and Iraq’s lack of a functioning government, democratic or otherwise, couldn’t he have set the bar a tad lower?  But as long as you’re aiming high, why not just change the name to New Finland and leave?

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Bush Scoffs at Subpoenas

The president is sick and tired of those Democrats and their pesky checks and balances and will not allow his aides to testify, as summoned, before the Senate. Bush and his legal team are relying on executive privilege—the notion that what happens in the White House stays in the White House. But Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy isn’t buying it.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Egypt Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation, known euphemistically as “female circumcision,” has been banned completely in Egypt following the death of a girl. Although a soft ban has been in place for 10 years, some studies estimate that 90 percent of Egyptian women have had the procedure. Government and religious leaders have joined in condemning the practice.

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Immigration Bill Sinks in Senate

After attempting to collaborate on a workable immigration bill, President Bush and the Senate couldn’t see eye to eye on the issue.  The vote count fell 14 short of the 60 required to pass the bill Thursday.

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Buffett Questions Tax Gaps

The vast economic rift between the top and bottom tax brackets is a major cause for concern,  and it’s not just those at the lower end of the income spectrum who are paying attention. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

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Gas Riots in Iran

You wouldn’t think one of the world’s biggest oil producers would have gasoline shortages, but Iran simply lacks the refining capacity to meet demand. A new rationing system meant to keep costs down has sparked riots. Under the new rules, prices have soared to 38 cents a gallon.

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