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Bush Caves on Torture Rules

Only last week, the president drew a line in the sand over his proposed interrogation rules, threatening to cancel the CIA interrogation program altogether if a trio of rebellious Republicans refused to pass his version.  In a total reversal, the Bush administration has reestablished talks with the defiant senators, hoping to work out a deal and pass the stalled legislation.

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We’re in Iran Right Now, Says Retired Colonel

A former Air Force colonel said on CNN that the U.S. is currently conducting military operations inside Iran. But his evidence seems weak, and we don’t want to make a big deal out of it.

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Halliburton to Wounded Employee: You’ll Get a Medal—If You Don’t Sue

How’s this for corporate responsibility? Halliburton told one of its employees who was wounded while working in Iraq that it would nominate him for the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart—if he promised not to sue the company. He didn’t sign; he got the medal anyway; and he’s suing Halliburton. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Terrorism in Perspective

Wired News put together a chart that compares the odds of being killed by a terrorist in the United States to other causes of death. Apparently, we’re much more likely to die from hernia.

  • Or, as Nora Ephron put it in “Sleepless in Seattle”: It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband when you’re over the age of 40.

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    Sam Harris: ‘Head in the Sand Liberals’

    Truthdig contributor and “The End of Faith” author Sam Harris writes in an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece that liberals’ fury with the Bush administration has blinded them to the danger of our enemies in the Muslim world. “This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that ‘liberals are soft on terrorism.’ It is, and they are.”

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘I Was a PR Intern in Iraq’

    A young Oxford graduate and wannabe foreign correspondent describes his summer internship working in the Green Zone of Iraq for the Lincoln Group, the company that has been paying Iraqi media to run news stories favorable to the U.S.

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    Rumsfeld Unveils New Justification for Iraq Invasion

    The secretary of defense added another item to the revolving and evolving list of reasons we invaded Iraq: If we hadn’t, Saddam “would be rolling in petrol dollars. Think of the oil price today. He would have so much money.”
    Excuse us, we’ll be back in a moment. We need to de-lice after just reading something like that.

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Clarity on Bush’s Torture Push

    In case you’re wondering what people like Sen. John McCain and Colin Powell are fighting against in Bush’s interrogation legislation, read about the euphemistically named “temperature extremes” treatment here.

  • Also, despite denials, Bush is likely pushing on for the use of “water-boarding.”

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    Hacks and GOP Loyalists Abounded in Rebuild-Iraq Effort

    Loyalty to the Bush administration trumped qualifications and know-how among the people sent to rebuild postwar Iraq. Guess who screened the candidates? James O’Beirne, husband of the National Review’s Kate O’Beirne.
    As Andrew Sullivan says, “so many pundits married to so many party officials - it gets hard to keep them straight at times.”

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It

    The nation’s best-known researcher on homework says that elementary school students get virtually no academic benefit from homework.

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


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