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Debate Puts Clinton on the Defensive

The otherwise uneventful two-hour Democratic presidential debate highlighted some key differences among the candidates and more significantly Sen. Clinton’s vulnerabilities (see: failed healthcare reform and the Iraq war).

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Breaking Oil Addiction with Grass and Super-Microbes?

Researchers are developing cheaper and more effective enzymes to break down cellulose into ethanol, turning a wide variety of plant-based materials, including some garbage, into potential energy sources. Looks like using banana peels to power your car might, one day, be not the stuff of Back to the Future fiction but an economically viable solution to the energy crisis.

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Additional Funding for a Worsening Iraq Disaster

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gate’s $42-billion request will bring the 2008 war funding total to $190 billion. According to The Washington Post, this would be the largest single-year spending total for the wars so far. Add this to Wednesday’s Senate vote to split Iraq along religious and sectarian lines (as though it is senators’ decision to make) and the grim picture of Iraq’s future starts to look even worse.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Pace on Gays and ‘God’s Law’

While attempting to clarify his previous remarks on the immorality of homosexuality, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace on Wednesday managed to put his foot even deeper into his mouth, saying that, while he’s willing to keep an open mind, our nation should not “condone activity [read: gay sex] that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.”

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Navy to Obscure Giant Swastika

The Navy plans to spend $600,000 to obscure a San Diego-area building complex that happens to be shaped like a swastika. The buildings have been around since the 1960s and for years no one seemed to mind, but that was before the advent of Google Earth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Waxman: State Dept. Blocked Blackwater Investigation

Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, claims his panel’s attempts to look into Blackwater USA’s recent controversial actions in Iraq were derailed by the State Department.  The State Department, on the other hand, denies blocking the investigation and says Waxman’s charge is the result of a “misunderstanding.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Violence Breaks Out in Burma

After a long and tense buildup over recent weeks, the standoff between Buddhist monks and security forces in Burma became violent on Wednesday, with differing reports bringing news of gunfire, deaths and mass arrests in the city of Yangon.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger and Gore Team Up at U.N.

Celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental superstar Al Gore stole the show at Monday’s U.N. climate crisis speechathon, offsetting President Bush’s notable absence. Schwarzenegger rallied the crowd with his unique Hollywood-infused rhetorical flair: “One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Child Insurance Gains, but a Veto Won’t Be Overridden

The House has passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but failed to win enough votes to override President Bush’s promised veto. Still, SCHIP has overwhelming public support, and Democrats welcomed the opportunity to force Bush and his congressional allies to take a stand against poor children.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


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