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Expert Finds That Coulter Plagiarized

Even the conservative New York Post is running an article on Ann Coulter’s plagiarism in her new book.

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Sy Hersh: Military Reeling Over Bush’s Iran Plans

The inestimable Seymour Hersh delivers another can’t-miss update on Bush & Co.‘s plans to strike Iran. Hersh points out that even more so than about Iraq, we are clueless about Iran’s capabilities, and many military planners are seething that the White House is taking Iran’s nuclear capabilites for granted.

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    Jimmy Carter: We Need Fewer Secrets

    The former president bemoans the current White House’s obsession with secrecy: “Increasingly, developed and developing nations are recognizing that a free flow of information is fundamental for democracy.”

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    Study: Money Does Not Buy Much Happiness

    According to a new study, not only does a higher income not make you much happier, but people with higher incomes tend to be tenser and spend less time on simple leisure activities.

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    Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

    The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

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    Report: NSA Sought Phone Records Before 9/11

    The NSA asked AT&T to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allege lawyers filing a lawsuit on behalf of telephone company customers.
    This is huge because, according to a lawyer on the case, “The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11…. This undermines that assertion.’‘

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    Georgia Courthouses Can Display 10 Commandments

    Any municipality in the state apparently can post the commandments as long as they’re displayed alongside other historic documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Mayflower Compact.
    Didn’t the Supreme Court have something to say about this recently?

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    Lobbyists Fund Local Needs Through Earmark Appropriations

    More and more towns are putting lobbyists on the payroll to tap federal tax money through earmarks (those special appropriations that make their way into omnibus bills in Congress). According to the NYT, “since 1998, the number of public entities hiring private firms to represent them in Washington has nearly doubled to 1,421 from 763.” Bridges, roads, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks… cities and towns are finding that a little bit of lobbying can go a long way.

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    Department of Defense Funds $450K Blog Research Project

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will fund a three-year research project shepherded by Versatile Information Systems Inc. that will seek out “relevant and credible” information pertaining to terrorist activity on blogs. (via boingboing.net)

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    Gov. Corzine Orders New Jersey Government Shut Down

    A first in the state’s history, the executive order halted road construction and lottery ticket sales, and put over half the state’s 80,000 employees on furlough. Gov. Jon S. Corzine ordered the shutdown after legislators missed a June 30 budget deadline due to disagreements over a measure to raise the sales tax to close a budget gap. Depending on a court ruling, the state’s 12 casinos may also have to shut their doors.

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