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Lay, Skilling Convicted in Enron Collapse

The “smartest guys in the room” weren’t smart enough to avoid conviction on securities and wire fraud conspiracy charges in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history. After six days of deliberation, the jury rejected Ken Lay’s and Jeff Skilling’s testimony as lies.

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Cheney May Be Called in CIA Leak Case

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrote that Cheney would be a logical witness in the proceedings against his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

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Bush Increases Use of ‘State Secrets’ Privilege to Quash Lawsuits

The administration is using this tactic at a rate of three lawsuits per year—purportedly to keep national security information safe. But one expert says that in cases like these, “the principal concern of the classifiers is not with national security, but with governmental embarrassment of one sort or another.”

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Mike Farrell
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Mike Farrell: HBO’s ‘Baghdad ER’ an ‘Excruciating’ Must-See

The actor best known for portraying an Army doctor on the TV show “M*A*S*H” writes that the HBO documentary series “Baghdad ER,” about an Army emergency hospital in Iraq, made him want to scream in rage and frustration at the people who created this war.

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David Addington
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‘The Most Powerful Person You’ve Never Heard Of’

It’s David Addington, Dick Cheney’s new chief of staff, who has been instrumental in fashioning legal arguments to support presidential-sanctioned torture, the attempt to discredit Joe Wilson, and the bogus Niger uranium story. U.S. News has the goods in this fantastic profile.
Sickened by those “signing statements” that Bush uses to essentially ignore the laws Congress has passed? Addington has his fingerprints all over those.

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Tolerance for Gays Thawing in Muslim World?

In Tunisia, an independent magazine has dedicated a series of articles to homosexuality—an uncommon initiative in the Arab press.

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Dennis Hastert
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Hastert Reportedly Under Investigation in Corruption Probe

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a public corruption probe that has already ensnared several lawmakers and their aides. ABC News (which has the scoop) says investigators are looking into Hastert’s connections to Indian casinos.

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Newspaper Retracts Iranian Jewish Arm Badges Story

The National Post has retracted an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other non-Muslims to wear distinctive insignia.
Also, it turns out the author of the article is aligned with many of the same neocons who beat the drums for war with Iraq.

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U.S. Urged to Stop Paying Iraqi Reporters

The Dept. of Defense says that the Pentagon’s practice of paying Iraqi journalists to write positive stories could damage American credibility.

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Iran Presses For Direct U.S. Talks On Nukes

Iranian officials are furiously working diplomatic back channeles to open a dialogue with the U.S. (Apparently the Iranian’s president’s 18-page letter to Bush opened the floodgates.)
The significance of this? For 25 years Iran has enforced a taboo against making overtures to “The Great Satan.”

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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