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Steve Almond
From austinchronicle.com

Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college’s choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. “I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both,” he writes.
Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.

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Cheney's Notes
From talkingpointsmemo.com

Cheney’s Notes May Reignite Leak Firestorm

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has disclosed handwritten notes by the vice president that ask whether former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent to Niger on a “junket” by his wife. The notes appear on a copy of Wilson’s N.Y. Times Op-Ed piece that kicked off the controversy. (via Huff Po)

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Cheney Reportedly Pushed NSA to Spy Domestically

In the wake of Sept. 11, the vice president argued that the NSA should intercept purely domestic calls and e-mails without warrants, reports the N.Y. Times.
The NSA ultimately decided against the idea, but this report leaves no doubt about Cheney’s regard for civil liberties.

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Don’t Believe the Flawed NSA-Spying Poll

The Washington Post loaded a poll so it would appear that most Americans support the NSA’s phone record collection program. Blogger Jane Hamsher did the original analysis on this sloppy poll, and Buzzflash sums it up.

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Verizon Hit By Two Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuits

The telecom giant faces two suits—one for $20 billion, another for $5 billion—for handing over customers’ phone records to the NSA.

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Full Tanks Put Squeeze on the Working Class

Check out these moving portraits of people who can no longer visit family or friends, who can no longer take their children to the movies, even—all because of the stratospheric gas prices.

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Rove Indicted
From USA Today

Rove Reportedly Tells Bush: I Will Be Indicted and Resign

Top Bush aide Karl Rove has told the president that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will resign upon the public announcement of the charges, according to Truthout.

  • Rove may be charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

  • Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    White House Press Secretary Tony Snow
    AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

    Snow Melts at Debut ‘Gaggle’

    New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow stumbled a bit during his first briefing, but also came off as refreshingly candid. “I’m not even going to try to fake it,” he told one reporter.

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    Wag the Dog?

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

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    Feds Raid Home of a Former Top CIA Official

    Federal agents raided the home of the CIA’s outgoing No. 3 official in connection with a corruption investigation that has already sent Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham to prison.

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


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