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Does Al Qaeda in Iraq Have a Leader?

According to a prominent Cairo lawyer, the man identified by the U.S. as the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq has been in an Egyptian prison for seven years. More details from the BBC on this murky story.

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Paying for Being Poor

A new study by the Brookings Institution found that the urban poor pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year in extra costs for necessities, such as car insurance, home appliances, banking fees and other basics. (NYT link)

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Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

Its official.  In his first use of the veto, the president has refused to sign H.R. 810, or ғthe Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.  According to Bush, ԓHuman beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold. The bill, which passed the Senate just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, would undo funding limits imposed by the administration in 2001.

  • The silver lining here might be the impact of this on the midterm elections.  Check out the roll call on Daily Kos.

  • Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Foreign Companies Buy U.S. Roads

    U.S. roads and bridges paid for by American taxpayers are being sold to companies abroad. Selling roads and bridges to private companies provides states with extra cash in the short term, but as Indiana’s House Democratic leader has argued, these deals are shortsighted taxpayer rip-offs that funnel long-term profits to foreign coffers. (h/t AmericaBlog)

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    Conservatives Fuming Over Bush’s Foreign Affairs

    Ultra right-wingers at places like the American Enterprise Institute say they are furious at Bush over his apparent timidity on crises in Lebanon, North Korea and Iran.
    Hey, if things aren’t going the AEI’s way, it’s gotta be good news.

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    U.S. to Allow Israel Another Week of Bombing in Lebanon

    That’s apparently the consensus emerging from the two countries; Israel would be given a week to further weaken Hezbollah, at which point Condoleezza Rice would travel to the region and try to establish a buffer zone.
    Strange, to be hearing about such plans in advance.

  • Meanwhile, the first Israeli ground troops have entered Lebanon
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    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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    Ralph Reed Concedes Defeat in Georgia Primary

    Unable to distance himself from scandal-tarred lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Reed conceded defeat in Georgia’s Republican race for lieutenant governor.
    C-e-e-e-e-e-e-l-e-brate good times, come on!

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    Israeli girls write on shells
    AP / Sebastian Scheiner

    Israeli Girls Write Messages on Lebanon-Bound Shells

    A nauseating sign of the times:
    Preteen Israeli girls at a heavy artillery position in northern Israel are photographed apparently gleefully scrawling their names and other inscriptions on shells destined to be dropped on Lebanon. One reads “Nazrala with love”—a reference to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasarallah. (h/t: Zak Brown)
    We find it disgusting whenever the ordnance of ANY country bears these kinds of messages. But to see children doing the writing is almost beyond the pale.

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    Grieving Iraqi brother
    AP / Mohammed Adnan

    Iraq’s Grim Death Toll: Over 3,000 in June Alone

    An average of more than 100 civilians were killed PER DAY in Iraq last month, the highest tally since the fall of Baghdad, according to the U.N. And that number has been steadily increasing since at least last summer.
    So not only are things horrifically bad in Iraq, they are getting worse.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Pregnancy Centers Giving False Info on Abortion

    From the Wash Po: “Federally funded ‘pregnancy resource centers’ are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma….”
    Surprise, surprise.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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