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Iranian Kool-Aid

How the Press Can Prevent Another Iraq

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin has put together a 10-point checklist to help journalists avoid drinking Bush’s Iranian-flavored Kool-Aid.

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Ehren Watada
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Watada Trial Off to a Rocky Start

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq, began on Monday with the judge refusing to allow most of the defense’s witnesses to testify. Watada’s civilian lawyer, Eric Seitz, had some harsh words for the judge: “If you are going to tie my hands and you are going to script these proceedings, then in my view we’re all wasting our time.”

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Libby Grand Jury Tapes to Be Released

Judge Reggie Walton announced today that audio recordings of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s grand jury testimony will be released publicly after presentation at his trial.

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Jakarta flood
news.bbc.co.uk

Jakarta Is Drowning

Much of the capital of Indonesia is under 10 feet of muddy water after days of torrential rain caused devastating floods. Hundreds of thousands of people already have been displaced, and experts warn that the situation may worsen, with another week of heavy rain on the way.

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Blair and Bush

Blair Is Urged to Press Bush to Avoid Iran War

Tony Blair is coming under intense domestic pressure to convince Bush to enter talks with Iran—and avoid a war with “unthinkable” consequences.

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Mcdonalds and Starbucks

Starbucks Loses to McDonald’s in Coffee Smackdown

A recent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports found McDonald’s coffee to be flawless, while Starbucks’ offering was “burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” The coffee giant responded with a nondenial denial: “Choosing a brand of coffee is a personal decision, as taste is subjective.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


slave trade
virginia.edu

Virginia House Finally Regrets Slavery

Stopping short of a full-blown apology, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted unanimously on Friday to issue a statement of “profound regret” over the state’s role in the slave trade, “the historic wrongs visited upon native peoples” and “all other forms of discrimination and injustice….”

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Retired Generals, Admiral Warn Against Attack on Iran

Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

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drivers' license
secureidnews.com

States Revolt Against ID Law

The Real ID Act of 2005 requires all states to meet a national standard for identification cards and participate in a shared database, but some have objected, citing privacy and budget concerns. Maine has led the charge of about a dozen states that may pass laws objecting to and opting out of the federal mandate.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Market Bombing
news.yahoo.com

Baghdad Bombing Kills 130

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saddam loyalists for a market bombing that killed at least 130 people and injured 305. The market is in a predominantly Shiite district. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made an appeal for unity.

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