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Soldiers
newmediamusings.com

Troops Starting to Demand Withdrawal

Truthdig contributor Marc Cooper, writing for The Nation, uncovers a growing movement of active-duty soldiers who are petitioning Congress to begin the withdrawal of troops. A 21-year-old soldier serving in Iraq who signed the petition says of the war: “The well is so poisoned by what we have done here that nothing can fix it.”

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nytimes.com

Tensions Mount Between Palestinian Factions

Clashes between the two main Palestinian forces continued on Friday as Hamas accused Fatah of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently said he may call for early elections in order to oust Hamas from the government, is close to revealing his plan for addressing the political standstill between the two groups.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


senate vote
cnn.com

Republicans’ Senate Fail-Safe

GOP senators may take a page from the Democrats’ playbook and filibuster the normally routine procedural vote that determines committee chairmanships. The tactic is meant to protect against the possibility, as it did for the Dems after the 2000 election, that Republicans might regain a majority in the Senate.

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Pelosi
house.gov

Democrats to Boost Intelligence Oversight

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democrats plan to form a new House intelligence committee based on recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The panel would combine elements of the current intelligence and appropriations committees with the aim of achieving better oversight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Schoomaker
DoD Photo / R.D. Ward

Top General Wants Bigger Army

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker has testified that his force “will break” without an increase in troops and greater ability to draw on Army National Guard and Reserve units.  The general cited the strain of commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he told reporters: “We would not surge [in Iraq] without a purpose. And that purpose should be measurable.”

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veggies
news.bbc.co.uk

Study Links Higher IQ to Vegetarianism

A study emerging from Britain claims the IQs of kids who grew up to become vegetarians were an average of five points higher. There was no difference measured between full-blown vegetarians and those who ate chicken or fish (does that even count as vegetarianism?).

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New Jersey Gets Civil Unions

Both houses of New Jersey’s Legislature have approved the creation of civil unions, granting the protections of marriage to gay couples as required by a recent court ruling.  The governor has said he will sign the bill, making New Jersey the third state to adopt civil unions.

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Clinton and Giuliani
Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

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John McCain
gwb.nwblog.com

McCain Hates Blogs

Sen. John McCain has launched an assault against the independent blogosphere by introducing legislation that would, among other things, make bloggers responsible for comments and copyrighted material posted on their sites, with fines of up to $300,000.

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injection rig
dc.state.fl.us

A Slow, Cruel Death

A man executed in Florida on Wednesday took 34 minutes to die by lethal injection, and required two doses of lethal chemicals.  He appeared to grimace before dying, leading some to believe he experienced pain from the procedure.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


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