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U.S. Torture Providing Cover for Other Countries

From the AP: “Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Monday.”
This is what happens when you preach freedom and liberty, but practice torture.

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‘Use It or Lose It’ Gaining Traction

A MyDD writer came up with an ingenious plan that the N.Y. Times is covering: Get Democrats running in “safe” areas to funnel their campaign funds into the war chests of candidates who have greater need of the money.

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New Technology for Bush World

New on the block: A virtual reality helmet that allows users to simulate fantasy worlds, and a personal Google search engine that allows users to scan a narrow list of sites—two inventions perfect for a president who sees only what he wants to see.

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Hastert Testifies Before a Committee of His Own Design

Dennis Hastert testified for roughly two hours and 40 minutes today before a closed session of the House Ethics Committee.  The objectivity of the committee’s investigation into the Foley affair has been in doubt, especially in light of the fact that last year Hastert removed its then-chairman, Joel Hefley, for admonishing Tom DeLay.

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New Liberal Radio Network Set to Launch

The co-founders of Air America Radio have formed Nova M Radio, a Phoenix-based progressive talk radio network. Show hosts will include Mike Malloy and pollster John Zogby; former Howard Dean aide Joe Trippi will consult.

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The Enron Files (Juicy Bits Too)

The “Enron Explorer” offers the politically inclined voyeur access to all 200,000 e-mails released during the fraud investigation. The “visualizer” is an excellent tool that creates a visual representation of each executive’s social network. Hopefully they’ll map the Abramoff scandal next.  (Via boingboing.net)

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Possible U.S. Troop Increase in Baghdad

Gen. George W. Casey announced that he is considering sending more U.S. troops to Iraq in order to help quell the violence. This is a major reversal of the military withdrawal that started last December. The reductions stopped in June when the violence in Baghdad showed no signs of abatement.

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Independent Surge Troubles Politicians

The number of independent voters has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the Southwest.  Politicians have had a difficult time appealing to the less predictable group, which includes everyone from ex-libertarians to young people who think of political parties as irrelevant. 
Update: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows independents favor Democrats by 2 to 1.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


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FCC Mulls Rule Changes

The FCC is considering rule changes that would enable further media consolidation, but several new studies submitted to the regulatory body say limited media ownership has resulted in bland content and a power structure that favors white men.

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Cutting and Running From ‘Stay the Course’

The Washington Post delivers a blistering analysis of Bush & Co.‘s attempts to erase from the nation’s memory a phrase now synonymous with head-in-the-sand stupidity.

  • Earlier: Watch Bush try to pull the wool over Stephanopoulos’ eyes

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