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Jefferson's Koran
Think Progress

Ellison Sworn In; Earth Maintains Orbit

Despite all the outrage, Keith Ellison managed to get sworn in to the House of Representatives with his hand on a Koran without destroying democracy or cracking the rotunda. Appropriately, the Koran Ellison used once belonged to another wild and rebellious character: Thomas Jefferson.

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Carolyn Ho
washingtonpost.com

Objector’s Mom Goes to Washington

Carolyn Ho has gone to Washington to fight on behalf of her son, Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Watada faces court-martial and six years in military prison for abstaining from a war he believes is illegal.

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Pelosi with Gavel
nytimes.com

Ethics Bill Passes by Huge Margin

Within hours of taking power in the House, Democrats successfully pushed through ethics legislation by a telling margin: 430 to 1. Either it’s politically untenable to vote in favor of corruption (except for Dan Burton of Indiana) or the bill was watered down enough, as critics alleged, that it wasn’t worth opposing.

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Abizaid and Casey
theonion.com

Bush Pushing Out U.S. Generals in Iraq

According to ABC News, the president intends to replace Gen. Bob Casey, who currently oversees the Iraq war, with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, and when Gen. John Abizaid retires in March, Bush will ask Adm. William Fallon to take over Central Command. Leave it to Bush to find someone from the Navy to oversee two ground wars.

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How Cubans Make It Work

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed much of the padding from Cuba’s economy, Cubans have found some creative ways to alleviate the financial hardships of life under the communist system.

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Bush Flags Down Balanced Budget Bandwagon

The same George W. Bush who presided over record deficits and never vetoed a spending bill made an effort on Wednesday to co-opt the Democrats’ goal of balancing the budget by 2012. Exactly how he’ll reconcile that aim with making his tax cuts permanent remains a mystery, although Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., has an idea: “Talk is cheap.”

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Negroponte
nytimes.com

Old Ideas, New Job

Bush’s former Iraq and U.N. ambassador, John Negroponte, currently the director of national intelligence, is expected to accept a tacit demotion in order to become Condoleezza Rice’s deputy at the State Department. As if shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, the president continues to shift a cast of familiar characters he’s come to rely on to implement his failed policies.

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Guard Arrested for Execution Video

Iraqi officials arrested a guard believed to have been responsible for releasing the unauthorized video of Saddam Hussein’s execution.  From The New York Times: “Some American officials suggested that Iraq was seeking a low-level scapegoat to carry the blame for the almost Gothic display of intimidation and death seen in the video.”

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Pat Robertson
waynebesen.com

God to Robertson: ‘Say Something Crazy’

Pat Robertson is at it again, this time claiming God told him that a major terrorist attack in 2007—possibly nuclear—would result in “mass killing.” The preacher on Tuesday demanded partial credit for predicting a possible tsunami last year, citing spring rains that drenched New England, so don’t rush to judge this latest communique.

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UFO at O’Hare Experiences Heavy Delays

At least a dozen United Airlines employees reported seeing a flying saucer hovering over Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Nov. 7, and they’re upset that no one—from the FAA to their own company—is taking them seriously. One of the tower controllers summed up the generally disingenuous response to the sighting: “To fly 7 million light-years to O’Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable.”

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