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Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

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Ney Pleads Guilty, Admits Influence peddling for Abramoff

Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio is the first politician to plead guilty to charges leveled in the corruption scandal that (hopefully) will bring down the constellation of other corrupt lawmakers connected to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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American Companies Fight For Right to Bleed China

In the face of vast poverty and exploitation, the Chinese government is about to enact a labor law that would strengthen the role of unions and protections for workers.  But American corporations, eager to maintain their fiefdoms in the middle kingdom, have lobbied fiercely against the proposed legislation.

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The 42-Year-Old Virgin

A 42-year-old Ithaca, N.Y., woman dedicated her virginity to Jesus in a Catholic ceremony so rare that even her priest didn’t know it existed. (Story or check out Association of Consecrated Virgins)

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It’s a Wonderful Second Life

Check out this mind-blowing story on Second Life, the simulated online world where people socialize, shop for actual products, attend legitimate university classes, even buy virtual real estate—using real-world money.
This head-spinning enmeshing of online/off-line interaction represents a new model for our Internet-addled society. It’s like “The Matrix” (Version 0.1).

 

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Baker’s Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory

The commission headed by Bush family svengali James Baker to assess the Iraq war has ruled out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term, according to a draft report surfaced by the N.Y. Sun.

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GOP-Linked Nonprofits Sold Clout to Abramoff

From the Wash Po: “Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, ‘perpetrated a fraud’ on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued today.”

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Libertarians as the New Swing Vote?

A new Cato Institute study says this about libertarians: “They are a larger share of the electorate than the fabled ‘soccer moms’ and ‘NASCAR dads’ .... The political party that comes to terms with than can win the next generation.”

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Bushism of the Day

“These budget numbers are not just estimates; these are the actual results for the fiscal year that ended February the 30th.”—Our president, Oct. 11, 2006.

  • As blogger Brad DeLong points out, February didn’t have 30 days even in Julius Caesar’s time.

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