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A Glimmer of Hope in Iraq

Jaafari’s decision to step aside as prime minister removes a major obstacle to forming a unity government in Iraq, says the N.Y. Times.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Study: Oil Company Profits, Not Crude Prices, Are Pumping Gas Prices

Corporate profiteering—not increased crude oil prices, not ethanol switch-overs—is responsible for recent gas price increases in California, according to an independent watchdog group.
Sounds like Enron all over again.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


Rove’s Replacement Was Fake Florida Protester

The new White House policy chief, who is filling Karl Rove’s shoes in that post, took part in the infamous “Brooks Brothers riot” of 2000, in which GOP operatives, dressed as protesters, tried to intimidate officials engaged in the Florida recount. (Via Truthout.)

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Report: Fitzgerald Presents Rove Evidence to Grand Jury

It’s the first time this year that Fitzgerald has told jurors that he would soon present them with a list of criminal charges he intends to file against the White House operative, according to Truthout’s Jason Leopold.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


McCain Critical of Rumsfeld’s Handling of War

The former “straight-shooter” (who has recently reversed his stances on several issues) is nevertheless steadfast on his support of the Iraq war, despite being “a bit resentful” of the Secretary of Defense “for the way the war has been poorly handled.” (via Huff Po)

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq War Spending Doubles Since Invasion

Annual war expenditures have risen from $48 billion in 2003 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, thanks to the expected largest emergency spending bill in history.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


Spy Chief Draws Bipartisan Criticism

Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on a lot these days, but they do agree that the U.S.’ new spy chief, John Negroponte, is “creating just another blanket of bureaucracy, muffling rather than clarifying the dangers lurking in the world,” according to the N.Y. Times.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


Austrians Top ‘Sexually Satisfied’ List

University of Chicago researchers collected reports on sexual satisfaction across the globe. The U.S. took fifth place. The big loser: Japan.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


Census: Americans Fleeing Big Cities

Nearly every large metropolitan city lost more people than it gained from 2000 to 2004, as people of all demographics sought out the exurbs for cheaper housing.

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Right-Wing Ivy Leaguers Try to Derail Juan Cole Appointment

The liberal U. of Michigan historian and outspoken Bush administration critic is reportedly close to receiving a tenured teaching position at Yale University. But a group of conservatives, led by a Yale and a Harvard student, are trying to queer the deal by painting Cole as anti-Semitic. Glenn Greenwald has the goods; Jane Hamsher has more.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


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