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Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

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Kerry Grows a Spine

John Kerry has lashed out at the “right-wing nut jobs” who questioned his patriotism because of a comment he made Monday: “I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq….”

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N. Korea Agrees to Return to Nuclear Talks

A stunner in this: “Pyongyang had refused to return to the talks until the United States separately negotiated an end to a crackdown on North Korea’s counterfeiting of U.S. currency. But that demand disappeared today…” -WashPo

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U.S. Lifts Blockade on Sadr City

U.S. forces had been surrounding the Iraqi slum for five days, and are now retreating under pressure from the anti-American cleric Moqtada Al Sadr—another sign of Sadr’s power over the country.

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French Students Turning to Sex Work?

France’s leading students union estimates that some 40,000 students have taken up prostitution to fund their studies. French police are disputing the report, saying prostitutes are posing as students. (Via BloggerNews)

  • Also: Check out the battle in the Italian gov’t over transvestite bathroom rights

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    Bush and abstinence
    From Salon

    Bush & Co. Pushing Abstinence on Adults

    The federal government is expanding the scope of its abstinence programs to people up to age 29—proving yet again that the federal government takes its marching orders from Christian evangelicals who believe that Jesus is offended by premarital sex.
    (h/t: Huff Po)

  • A relevant aside: H.L. Mencken defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere, is having a good time.”

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    McCain and Bush
    slate.com

    Not So Straight Talk

    Media Matters pokes holes in John McCain’s image with this list of the “straight-talker’s” flip-flops and equivocations.

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    Cheney Spews Election Nonsense

    During an interview with Fox News, Dick Cheney said insurgents have increased the level of violence in Iraq in order to influence the U.S. election.  Although the claim appears on its face reckless and contrary to the facts, one must consider the possibility that the vice president was in fact referring to himself and his colleagues in the Bush administration as “insurgents.”

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    Blair and Bush
    watchingthewarmakers.org.uk

    Blair Going as Bush for Halloween

    A spokesman for Tony Blair said the prime minister opposes an inquiry into the Iraq war because “We have troops who are operating in the field of combat.  We have an enemy who is looking for any sign of weakness at all, any sign of a loss of resolution or determination.”  Sound like anyone you know?

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    Washington Power Rankings

    A lobbying research firm has compiled a list of the most (and least) powerful legislators.  Although given the prevalence of scandals and the likelihood of a Democratic takeover of Congress, the list could be outdated very quickly.

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