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Scandals Rattle Republican Ranks

The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans—the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  Oh, and then there’s that whole Iraq war issue.

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Chinese ‘Penis Emporium’ Serves Up the Goods

Who knew that eating a donkey’s, er ... member is good for the skin?  Or that women should refrain from consuming animal testicles?  These could be trumped-up claims,  but the proprietor and employees of China’s Guolizhuang restaurant, a self-described “penis emporium,” stand by them, as brave BBC reporter Andrew Harding discovered on a recent culinary adventure.

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Bush to Visit Congressional ATM

The White House plans to ask for an additional $50 billion to fund the troop “surge” in Iraq. That may seem like peanuts when you consider the $607 billion in annual Defense Department and Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental funds, but it’s a sign that the administration is politically confident it can extend the surge through next spring. Plus, it’s money that could be used for something silly, like building schools.

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China’s Virtual Thought Police

Web users in Beijing will soon have to deal with a new annoyance as part of China’s endless effort to control the Internet. By the end of the year, all websites registered with the government will feature animated Internet cops that will warn users to avoid forbidden content and offer friendly (if obnoxious) Internet security tips.

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Home Prices Plummet

If you’re caught up financially in the housing bubble (who isn’t these days?), you might want to skip this item. Home prices have fallen by 3.2 percent—the sharpest drop in 20 years, while the median price for homes has gone down for the 12th consecutive month—another record. That’s not good news for a market eager to return to the good ol’ days of easy loans and overpriced homes.

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Axis of Evil ... Where Have We Heard This?

President Bush has once again accused Iran of supplying militants in Iraq, colorfully referring to “Tehran’s murderous activities” in a speech Tuesday. The heated rhetoric, including references to Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions and mysterious evidence of unsavory behavior, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the administration’s push for war with Iraq.

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Surf Conditions: Extra Frothy

The word “seafoam” might call to mind a posh shade of light green that would color, say, select Restoration Hardware or J. Crew products.  However, for seaside dwellers along a stretch of Australian coastline in New South Wales, the term quite literally describes the frothy substance that completely covered their beaches after a nearby storm stirred up the Pacific.

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Denial Is Not a River in Idaho

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is working hard to disabuse the press and public of the notion that he has solicited or engaged in sexual activity with men, either at the Minneapolis airport or on other rumored occasions.  Regardless of the veracity of said rumors, Editor & Publisher wonders how the media missed the news of his Minnesota arrest almost three months ago.

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Gone, but Not Forgotten

Alberto Gonzales is stepping down, but he and the White House may still have to face the music. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed no sign of backing down following the resignation announcement: “Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”

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Drug Trade Blooms in Afghanistan

More than 93 percent of the world’s opiates are now grown in Afghanistan, with an opium crop that has doubled in the last two years. According to the executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, “No other country beside China in the 19th Century ever had such a large amount of land dedicated to illegal activities.”

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