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Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker,

Two Kidnapped U.S. Soldiers Tortured, Killed

The new leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al Muhajer, claimed responsibility for the killings, dealing a setback to U.S. efforts to seize momentum against Al Qaeda in the wake of killing Muhajer’s predecessor, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Meanwhile, violence continued unabated in Iraq, with at least 18 people killed in attacks nationwide.

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Kerry, Feingold Unite in Iraq Withdrawal Call

The two senators appealed to the Senate—and to 3 million other Americans via e-mail—to back their call to withdraw combat troops from Iraq “by a hard and fast deadline.”

  • Sens. Jack Reed and Carl Levin supported the call—unlike many Democrats and most Republicans.

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  • Book Blows Lid on America’s Torture and Interrogation

    In his new book, ?The One Percent Doctrine,? Ron Suskind details how America’s torture of a mentally ill prisoner led the White House to pursue false leads in the war on terror.

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    Fecal Matter in Soldiers’ Water? Sure, Says Senate

    Senate Republicans shot down a measure that would have enacted oversight on the practices of private contractors in Iraq. As a result, companies like Halliburton are free to continue doing things like exposing U.S. soldiers in Iraq to water contaminated with fecal matter. The Nation has the details.

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    John Kerry on Imus
    From crooksandliars.com

    Kerry: GOP Iraq Plan Is to ‘Lie and Die’

    John Kerry, speaking with Don Imus, goes on the offensive against Republicans who keep insisting that Democrats only want to “cut and run.” Kerry says his plan is to redeploy to win the war on terror.

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    Feds Getting Phone Data Without Warrants

    Officials from the Dept. of Homeland Security and the FBI are paying private data brokers to gather personal phone record information—circumventing the need to obtain warrants for such data.

  • It’s ironic that some federal agents are availing themselves of this potentially illegal service; other federal agents (from the FCC) are already investigating the practice. See “Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records”
  • And earlier: All Your Phone Call Records Are for Sale, Cheap

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    China's rural women
    From the BBC

    A Suicide Occurs Every 4 Minutes Among Chinese Women

    Every year, 1.5 million Chinese women attempt to take their own lives—and 150,000 succeed. Experts say that 70% to 80% of the suicide attempts have to do with husband-wife issues; in a society of arranged marriages, women frequently have next to no power.

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    Robert Kennedy, Jr.
    From miami.indymedia.org

    Robert Kennedy Jr. Plans to Sue Over Ohio Election Fraud

    The environmental activist, fresh off his hugely talked-about Rolling Stone article on alleged election fraud in Ohio during the 2004 election, says in an interview that he plans to file a lawsuit against the main perpetrators of the fraud.

  • Read the Rolling Stone article in question.
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    Corporate Donations Shift Left

    Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

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    Stolen Art at the J. Paul Getty Museum?

    Negotiators for the J. Paul Getty Museum are meeting with Italian authorities to discuss the return of antiquities that Italy claims were stolen. For years Italian authorities have accused American museums of purchasing stolen art. Also, in New York, a former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art faces charges of “knowingly buying stolen art.”

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