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Conservative Christians Warn Republicans Against Inaction

Evangelical Christians, the president’s base, are warning that they may withhold their support in the midterm elections unless Congress does more to oppose same-sex marriage, obscenity and abortion.
If you want to see where ideas like these take hold, check out Truthdig’s coverage of the Christian fundamentalist BattleCry concerts (part 1 and 2.)

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Allison Janney
From the Washington Post

One Last Debriefing with ‘The West Wing’

The show that allowed us to feel idealistic about politics—if only for an hour a week—is signing off forever. Check out this interactive application full of fun facts about the cast and crew of the fictional administration that we desperately wished had been running the country for the last five years.

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Laura Bush: Don’t Campaign on Gay Marriage Amendment

The First Lady welcomes the debate over the issue, but says it should not “be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”
Guess it wasn’t “obvious” to her husband when he was campaigning for reelection in 2004.

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Bush to Call for Guard Troops on Border

The president will call for thousands of National Guard troops to augment Border Patrol agents. Democrats point out that National Guard troops are already overextended in Iraq. 

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Frank Rich: ‘Traitors’ in the White House and Senate

The fiery N.Y. Times columnist returns from book leave with an attack on the real “traitors” in America: a White House that has compounded lies with incompetence to spy on Americans, run “black site” Eastern European prisons and prosecute an unjust war.

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Jeffrey Henthorn
From the Hartford Courant

Mentally Ill Troops Reportedly Forced Into Combat

Combat troops in Iraq are being kept on duty even after exhibiting signs of psychological distress. Eleven such members of the military killed themselves in Iraq in 2004-05, according to the Hartford Courant.

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Steve Almond
From austinchronicle.com

Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college’s choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. “I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both,” he writes.
Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.

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Cheney's Notes
From talkingpointsmemo.com

Cheney’s Notes May Reignite Leak Firestorm

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has disclosed handwritten notes by the vice president that ask whether former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent to Niger on a “junket” by his wife. The notes appear on a copy of Wilson’s N.Y. Times Op-Ed piece that kicked off the controversy. (via Huff Po)

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Cheney Reportedly Pushed NSA to Spy Domestically

In the wake of Sept. 11, the vice president argued that the NSA should intercept purely domestic calls and e-mails without warrants, reports the N.Y. Times.
The NSA ultimately decided against the idea, but this report leaves no doubt about Cheney’s regard for civil liberties.

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Don’t Believe the Flawed NSA-Spying Poll

The Washington Post loaded a poll so it would appear that most Americans support the NSA’s phone record collection program. Blogger Jane Hamsher did the original analysis on this sloppy poll, and Buzzflash sums it up.

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