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Chavez Consolidates Power

Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

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China, U.S. May Be Preparing for Star Wars

China has successfully completed a test of an anti-satellite weapon, alarming the United States and other nations, the White House said. Although the Bush administration is weary of a possible militarized space race, it has steadfastly opposed a ban on such tests in order to preserve U.S. “freedom of action in space.”

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Protesters
badgerherald.com

Public Officials Pledge to Eliminate Gay Marriage Ban

The city of Madison, Wis., will allow public officeholders to protest the state’s gay marriage ban when they’re sworn in this April, adding this caveat to their oaths: “I pledge to work to eliminate this section from the constitution ... and work to prevent any discriminatory impacts from its application.”

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Pelosi Wants Energy Independence Laws by July 4th

A day before the House voted to end subsidies to the oil industry, Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a committee on energy independence and global warming. The speaker set a deadline of July 4th for “a package of legislation to truly declare our energy independence.”

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Sad Bush
softvote.com

Bush to Seek Warrants for Wiretaps

President Bush has finally agreed to allow a secret court to oversee the NSA’s wiretapping program, which had been operating without warrants for years. The administration’s capitulation after 13 months of stubborn resistance might have something to do with pending congressional investigations and legal battles.

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Dick Cheney
jabtv.com

Cheney Rejected Iran Concessions

Four years ago, Iran offered to end its support of Hezbollah and Hamas, help to stabilize Iraq and make its nuclear program more transparent, according to a top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But Vice President Dick Cheney nixed the deal, because of his “We don’t talk to evil” mentality, the aide said.

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Edwards Aide Denounces Bush’s ‘Total Bull’

John Edwards’ new campaign manager, David Bonior, introduced himself to supporters Wednesday by calling President Bush’s assertion that Congress can’t stop him from sending more troops to Iraq “total bull.” In a fiery e-mail, Bonior went on to chastise Democrats for not cutting off funds for Bush’s escalation of the war: “If you hear a member of Congress say ‘non-binding resolution,’ then you’re really hearing them say ‘pass the buck.’ ”

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Congress Mass-Produces Antiwar Legislation

Daily Kos has an excellent rundown of the 11 antiwar bills bursting forth from both houses of Congress. Some legislation is tougher than the rest, but the sheer number of proposals seems to indicate that the legislative branch is bending to the will of the people. It’s a good day for democracy.

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chasingmidnight.com

Doomsday Clock Nears Midnight

On Wednesday the “doomsday clock” ticked two minutes closer to midnight as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists assessed threats from nuclear proliferation and global warming. Meant to signify humanity’s proximity to a major global catastrophe, the clock is currently set to 11:55 p.m.

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Abdel Aziz al-Hakim

A Top Iraqi Politician Condemns U.S. Over Iran

From the BBC: “One of Iraq’s most powerful Shia politicians has condemned the arrest of Iranians by US forces in Iraq as an attack on the country’s sovereignty.” The BBC called this “the strongest expression yet of Iraq’s concern about the US approach to Iran.”
This, from the cleric whom Bush embraced so fervently last month.

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