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More Soldiers Uploading Shock and Awe

The Pentagon has grown concerned as more and more service members send personal combat videos—some set to music—to websites such as Youtube and Myspace.  The military has no official policy on the practice, but rumors abound of behind-the-scenes pressure to limit the flow of footage out of Iraq.

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Majority of National Guard Not Combat-Ready

The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready.  Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.

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Henry Paulson and President Bush
From turkishdailynews.com.tr

New Treasury Secretary Channels Paul Krugman

Bush’s new secretary of the Treasury, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson, said in his first public remarks since taking office that he recognized the economy was not benefitting all Americans.

  • That’s quite an understatement—as Paul Krugman made abundantly clear in a 2002 N.Y. Times Magazine essay—but for a Bush appointee, it was a hell of an admission.
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    Mideast Conflict a Setback for Iran Reform Movement

    As the Islamic world rallies to the support of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Iran is feeling more and more emboldened to press its confrontational foreign policy and efforts to silence political opposition at home.

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    As U.S. Deaths Drop, Iraqi Deaths Rise

    At least 44 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in July, well below the average monthly death toll of about 64. However, the sectarian conflict is worsening: Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies in June, up 16% over May. (July figures were not available.) “American troops are no longer the primary focus of the people perpetuating the violence inside Iraq,” said a U.S. think tank expert, “they have become a secondary target.”

     

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    Mel drunk
    From InTouch

    Mel Gibson: The World ‘Seems to Have Gone Mad’

    Celebrity scandals aren’t our bag. But considering that some Jewish groups felt Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” did more to further anti-Semitism than any other piece of pop culture in recent memory, we figure that Gibson’s apology for his anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend is fair game.

  • The photo above was taken at a bar a few hours before his arrest.
  • The N.Y. Times marvels at “the speed at which the scandal unfolded, doing serious damage to one of Hollywood?s most valuable careers along the way.”

  • Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah's suburban strategy
    From The Herald Sun (Australia)

    The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

    An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

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    Column: My Kids Bore Me to Death

    A working mother of two admits to one of parenthood’s last great remaining taboos: that parenting is often mind-numbingly tedious, and that she’d almost always rather be doing something other than watching “SpongeBob” or making runs to soccer practice.

  • The comments on this article offer a fascinating set of nuggets for would-be parents to chew on.
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    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Key Democrats Call for Iraq Pullout

    Every top Democrat on Senate and House committees on military, intelligence and international affairs signed a letter addressed to President Bush calling for a phased pullout of troops from Iraq.

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    Castro Has Surgery, Cedes Power to Brother

    The Cuban leader temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul because of intestinal surgery. Castro said in a statement he expected to be unable to govern for at least a few weeks.

  • Read a brief profile of Raul Castro

  • Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


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