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Specter Will Hold Hearing on Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’

The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used “signing statements” to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years.
Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush’s use of “signing statements” is unprecedented.

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Media Lapdogs

In a new book, Salon senior writer Eric Boehlert chronicles “one of the great journalistic collapses of our time”: the media’s failure to sufficiently challenge the president in the run-up to the Iraq war. Check out the extended excerpt.

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Fox Will NOT Decriminalize Drugs

In a last-minute about-face, the Mexican president will not OK a bill that would have greatly loosened penalties on possession of personal amounts of drugs. It’s apparently the result of U.S. pressure.

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House Passes ‘Sham’ Lobbying Reform Bill

House conservatives just passed a lobbying reform bill that the Washington Post called a “sham,” ?diluted snake oil? and ?an insult to voters.? Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., said, “I happen to believe we are losing our moral authority to lead this place.”

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Blumenthal: Colbert Spoke Truth, not Truthiness, to Power

Sidney Blumenthal says Stephen Colbert delivered the “most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps,” so it’s not surprising his routine was met by silence by the journalists in the room.

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Purity Ball
From generationsoflight.myicontrol.com

Purity Ball Entrance Fee: Intact Hymen

States like Colorado are holding dances in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. (Never mind that abstinence pledges actually increase risky sexual activity.) You won’t believe the creepy anti-sex scripts the fathers read.

  • Blog entry on the phenomenon
  • Blog entry with actual scripts
  • Purity Ball website
  • Damning study on abstinence pledges
  • Bill Maher’s reaction to the study

  • Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Female Subway
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

    The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
    (thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    American Pie's 'warm apple pie' scene
    From preview-online.com

    Teen Sex Comedies, Seriously

    Literary rock star Dave Eggers’ magazine The Believer does a cover story on how 1980s teenage sex comedies “reflect a larger human and cultural failure to ... integrate sexual desire into regular life.”

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Zacarias Moussaoui
    From terrorismcentral.com

    Moussaoui Gets Life for 9/11 Role

    The so-called 12th hijacker escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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    Morning Glory Seeds Making Trippy Comeback

    Teenagers are rediscovering the hallucinogenic potential of the flower seeds. Internet advice sites abound, and hospital trips are up.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


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