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Paul Pillar
From PBS

CIA Veteran: White House Was Subtle in Twisting Analysts’ Arms

The CIA’s former top man in the Middle East and South Asia says in a PBS interview that Americans shouldn’t be persuaded by official reports that prewar intelligence on Iraq wasn’t politicized; twisting the arms of analysts may not have been official policy but it happened nonetheless.

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Penalty for Ghana against America
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

U.S. Penalty Leads to Elimination in World Cup

America fell 2-1 to Ghana, ending U.S. hopes of advancing in the competition. The game was tied 1-1 until an American defender pushed a Ghanaian player near the penalty area—which triggered a penalty kick that won the game for Ghana.

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Most Polls Show Wide Support for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

Next time you hear a conservative bloviating about how most of the country is united behind “staying the course” in Iraq, you can respond with the truth: Almost every major poll shows strong support for a troop pullout in Iraq, and most Americans declared long ago that the Iraq war was a mistake.

Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


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From Raw Story

Study: High Earth Temperatures Manmade, Not Natural

The National Academy of Sciences, reviewing a broad swath of scientific studies, concludes that the presently high temperature of the Earth is due to human action, not cyclical natural temperature spikes.

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Senate Rejects Calls for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

The stricter of the two bills being voted on—a measure that would have mandated a pullout by 2007—went down 86-13. The bill that didn’t have a timetable was defeated 60-39, with all but one Republican and six Democrats voting against the measure.
UPDATE: The Senate is weighing a modest troop reduction in the coming months.

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Questions About 3 Republicans’ Land Deals

The House speaker cleared a cool $2 million from the sale of land near a highway project that he helped to finance with targeted federal funds. Two other GOP congressmen had similar questionable dealings in their own districts. The Washington Post has the goods.

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GOP Senators Kill Minimum Wage Boost

Not even a week after the Congress voted itself a pay raise, the not-so-compassionate conservatives in the Senate voted down any bump in the $5.15 national minimum wage.

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House Delays Renewal of Voting Rights Act

House Republicans canceled a vote to extend the historic act because some said it unfairly singled out Southern states. The “rebellion” was “a significant embarrassment for the party leadership,” according to the N.Y. Times.

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Marines Charged With Murder of Iraqi Civilian

Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged in the April death.

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-Suicide Bomb Public Service Ad
From Newsweek

Hollywood Studio Produces Ad Against Suicide Bombing

A Hollywood studio and a Lebanese production company have produced a $1-million public service ad aimed at discouraging suicide bombings. Their funding came from “an independent, non-governmental group of scholars, non-political people,” according to an exec. (Via Huff Po)

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