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Democrats Look for White House Links to Phone-Jamming Scandal

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Ted Kennedy want to know what links Jack Abramoff or the White House had, if any, to a criminal effort to suppress voter turnout in a 2002 Senate race.

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Bush’s Approval Ratings Slide to Record Low

CNN has the president at 32%, the lowest number ever recorded for him.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


What? You Expected Real Lobbying Reform?

House Republican leaders have stripped a pending bill of language that would require lobbyists to disclose their fundraising activities and contacts with lawmakers.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi prisoner
From The Washington Post

More Torture Discovered in Iraqi Jails

U.S. inspectors are not removing from Iraqi jails prisoners who show signs of being tortured by Iraqi jailers—as the U.S. has pledged to do.
This is progress—of a sort. Now, instead of torturing the prisoners ourselves, we’re turning a blind eye to Iraqi-on-Iraqi torture.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


Religious Leaders Band Together Against Gay Marriage

About 50 prominent religious leaders—including Catholic cardinals and archbishops—have signed a petition in support of a constitutional amendment blocking same-sex marriages.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


Americans doing the tango
From the N.Y. Times

Urban Ex-Pats Flock to Buenos Aires

Big numbers of younger expatriates from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are finding a cosmopolitan haven—at one-fourth the cost of U.S. living—in Argentina.

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Report: Bush Aide Advises Rattling Saber on Iran for Political Gain

Josh Bolten, the president’s new chief of staff, has reportedly counseled Bush that talking tough on Iran will shore up his national security polling numbers.
Update: Oh, yeah: Iran may pull out of the nonproliferation treaty.

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‘Sex in a Spray’ Draws Concerns About an ‘Age of McNookie’

PT-141, a nasal spray that is perhaps the world’s first legitimate aphrodisiac, may hit the market in under three years. The Observer wonders whether such a “sure thing” will trivialize the emotional aspect of relationships.

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


CIA Spy
From CBS News

A Spy Speaks Out

The CIA’s former top covert official in Europe tells “60 Minutes” the White House turned a blind eye to evidence that Saddam Hussein did not have WMDs: “The idea of going after Iraq was U.S. policy. It was going to happen one way or the other.” Watch it.

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Pink’s Plea to Bush

The pop star Pink stretches a bit from her standard fare with this protest song about Bush—which includes the lyrics, “How can you say no child left behind? We’re not dumb and we’re not blind…. What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? What kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?”

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