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Don’t Take Any More Money Out of Your House

The cooling of the U.S. housing market has begun to pull down the entire economy, just as experts had been predicting for several years now.
This was inevitable after the ludicrously overheated highs of the last few years, and we can only hope it’s going to be a slow leak.

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Welcome to the New Middle East Paradigm

If you’re feeling confused about the significance, roots and ramifications of the violence now racking the Middle East, read this brief, piercing essay by NYU professor Noah Feldman.

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Evangelical Pastor Disowns Church Role in Conservative Politics

A Minnesota megachurch leader says “the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a ‘Christian nation’ and stop glorifying American military campaigns.”
Amen.

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Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost of Iraq Projects

More inspiring news about our government: A State Dept. agency used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns on Iraq projects and withheld info on scheduling delays from Congress.

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Kennedy: Alito and Roberts Misled Us

The long-serving senator from Mass. writes that the two Supreme Court justices’ voting record betrays an ultraconservative agenda that they hid from Congress during the confirmation hearings.

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Deadly Israeli Airstrike Kills 37 Children, Ignites Arab Fury

The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
  • Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vowed to continue its campaign for 10 days to two weeks more.

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    Consumers Opt for Green Power Despite Price Tag

    In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy.  Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee.  Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.

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    Stalinesque Terror Detainee Bill Proposed by Bush

    From the AP: “U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration.”

  • This is apparently an attempted end run around the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, which barred Bush’s military tribunals.

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    Sprinkling the Poor, Showering the Rich

    House Republicans tacked a cut in estate taxes onto a bill to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, you read that correctly: The economically distressed would get an additional $2.10 an hour, whereas the Walton kids and the Hilton sisters would get untold millions.
    Must be that compassionate conservatism we’ve heard so much about.

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    Denmark Is Happiest Country, Study Says

    According to a scientist at the University of Leicester in England, Burundi is the unhappiest country in the world, and the U.S. came in 23rd out of 178 countries ranked.

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