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Soldiers in Afghanistan
wikipedia.org

Administration Lengthens Tours of Duty in Afghanistan

The Bush administration has pledged $10.6 billion in aid to Afghanistan and said it will maintain troop levels there. But because soldiers are in short supply these days, the commitment will have to be met by troops already deployed, 3,200 of whom will have their tours extended by four months.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Dr. Charles Roselli
nytimes.com

When Gay Sheep and the Blogosphere Collide

Dr. Charles Roselli says a British newspaper misrepresented his research into gay rams, but that didn’t stop the blogosphere, PETA and gay rights activists from running wild with the story. Despite an intense PR campaign to undo the damage, critics are still skeptical of the doctor’s ethics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush
theage.com.au

As the U.S. Surges, Britain Withdraws

As the U.S. prepares to escalate the war, Britain’s plan to withdraw up to 3,000 troops from southern Iraq has added tension to an already strained relationship.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Minimum-Wage Boost Stalled in Senate

The first minimum-wage increase in 10 years took a hit in the Senate Wednesday, failing to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Republicans have been fighting to include tax cuts for businesses, and will probably succeed unless the Dems can get six more defections.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanon
news.bbc.co.uk

U.S. Pledges Support for Lebanon

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a $770-million aid package to help with Lebanon’s reconstruction. The war-ravaged nation is hoping to raise $9 billion in aid. Meanwhile, a Hezbollah-backed general strike and mass protests continue to threaten the tenure of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Diebold keys
bradblog.com

Diebold’s Latest Security Debacle

It turns out Diebold uses a universal key to access its voting machines, meaning that anyone who has one, a minute of free time and a little know-how can steal an election without a trace. What’s worse, the company made an image of the key available on its website, allowing at least one viewer to produce multiple working copies.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Anti-surge Senators
news.bbc.co.uk

Senate Nears Vote on Escalation

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a nonbinding resolution condemning the escalation of the war. While Vice President Dick Cheney is absolutely right when he says “It won’t stop us,” the measure will at least force lawmakers to take a stand on the issue until tougher legislation can be passed.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Stuck in the Single Life? Class Could Be a Factor

Read around the cliches about single women and cats etc. and find in this NYT story an interesting window into how shifting social values and socioeconomic stratification contribute to a marriage “happiness gap” for many Americans without college educations.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


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