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Report: Republican Was the Source of Foley E-Mails

Unfounded conservative bluster from Tony Blankley and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the source who provided the media with Mark Foley’s e-mails is a lifelong Republican.

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Military Hones New Counterinsurgency Strategy

Pinch yourself. This is actual good news about the U.S. military in Iraq: The Army and Marines are finishing work on a new doctrine that puts the welfare and protection of civilians front and center, while minimizing the use of force.

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Court Delays Wiretapping Ban

Although a judge recently ruled Bush’s warrentless wiretapping program unconstitutional, a federal court unanimously agreed to keep the program running until an appeal is decided, though the three judges involved gave little explanation as to how they reached their decision.

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High-Ranking General Slams Rumsfeld

A high-ranking active duty general has endorsed Bob Woodward’s characterization of criticisms the general made of the Bush administration, referring to the Iraq war as a “debacle” and saying: “The Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld.

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Scientists Teleport Two Different Objects

Danish researchers “beamed” (Star Trek style) information from light to matter—a first in science. We can’t pretend to understand this article. But it seems significant.

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Ex-Aide Says GOP Leaders Were Warned of Foley Long Ago

The former aide to Mark Foley at the center of this case has spoken out, and says the GOP leadership knew of Foley’s predations before 2005. Also, a former page says fellow pages circulated warnings about Foley in 1995.

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The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr

Rolling Stone presents one of the most harrowing stories we’ve read all year: a blow-by-blow description of the experience of a teenage jihadist who has been tortured by Americans in Gitmo for the past four years.

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Outsourcing You May Not Have Heard About

Infertile women who want a bargain as much as a baby can now rent an Indian womb for one-tenth the going rate.

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Congress Plans Iraq Victory Festivities

An apparently optimistic Congress has already budgeted the Iraq war victory celebration, to be held in the nation’s capital for $20 million.  Although originally contained in this year’s military budget, the allocation has been rolled over to next year, and perhaps the next….
(h/t: Daily Kos)

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The Forgotten War

The U.N. refugee agency says about 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan as NATO forces clash with a re-energized Taliban.

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