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‘Values’ Conference Includes Attack on ‘Faggots’

ThinkProgress lifts the lid on a weekend “Values Voter Summit” conference attended by the likes of Tony Snow, Alberto Gonzales and Sen. George Allen. One speaker, the founder of a ministry (for God’s sake), reminisced about the halcyon days of his youth when he lambasted weak-kneed people as “faggots.”

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Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage

This version of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping bill—which appears headed for passage—will apparently still allow Bush the option of submitting his surveillance programs to a court for review.

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Interrogation Bill May Codify Military Dictatorship

The Washington Post reports that Bush’s new bill on military commissions could be a “precedent-setting Congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention” of anyone the president deems an enemy combatant—including American citizens far from foreign battlefields.

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U.S. Economy Devalued

The World Economic Forum has demoted the United States in its ranking of economic competitiveness, explaining that spiraling debt and persistent budget shortfalls forced the downgrade.  Switzerland now holds the top spot, followed by much of Scandinavia.

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Richard Branson and Bill Clinton
From the NYT

Earth’s Temperature Hottest in 12,000 Years

Even scarier than the 12,000 figure: Earth is within one degree Celsius of the maximum temperature of the past million years. (Above: Richard Branson pledges $3 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative to fund research into alternative energy sources.)

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Morning-After Pill? What Morning-After Pill?

An Ohio woman in search of Plan B emergency contraception learns from an ER nurse that she’s basically out of luck because she wasn’t raped, and isn’t married.

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Man Arrested for Driving With Porn on TV

Police in South Carolina pulled over a driver who was playing an X-rated DVD on his in-car video system. The driver could face felony charges of disseminating or promoting obscenity, based on the argument that a kid could have been looking through the windows.

  • Good to know South Carolina’s police are working hard to keep the streets safe and clean.
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    Fact-Checking the Blame-Bill Crowd (Pt. II)

    Another issue stemming from the Clinton-Wallace interview: Wag the Dog. The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg claims that only a handful of right-wingers accused Clinton of using his 1998 missile attacks on bin Laden to draw attention away from the Lewinsky scandal. That’s simply false, as evidenced here.

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    Fact-Checking the Blame-Bill Crowd

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace claimed on Sunday that Osama bin Laden was emboldened by Bill Clinton’s pulling out from Somalia after the “Black Hawk Down” incident. But Wallace is dead wrong: Clinton kept U.S. troops there for six months—over the strenuous objections of GOP’ers. Fact-check it.

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    U.S. Murder and Torture in Afghanistan

    The L.A. Times debuts a multi-part special on alleged atrocities and abuses of Afghans at the hands of U.S. Special Forces.

  • Andrew Sullivan, commenting on this, writes: “In the future, when history is written, just remember: It’s not that we weren’t told what was going on. It’s that we looked the other way.”

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