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Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

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Airport Security Beset by Technology Failures

The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the installation of trace-detection portals, the machines that detect explosives on passengers.  The move comes amid criticism that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have been unable to develop and implement effective airport security tools.

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Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

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smh.com.au

Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

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Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?

Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war.  ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?

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Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Supports War Inquiry

In a surprising reversal of position, Amir Peretz has called for a full independent investigation into the war in Lebanon.

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$20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

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Angela Merkel
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The Most Powerful Woman in the World

Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor and beloved podcaster, overtook Condoleezza Rice as the world’s most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine.  The No. 3 spot was filled by ChinaҒs vice premier, Wu Yi, also known as the Iron Lady.Ӕ  How did someone known as the Iron LadyӔ lose out to Angela Merkel?

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Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

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