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Iraqi Ambassador
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Iraqi Ambassador to U.S.: Marines Killed My Cousin

The new Iraqi ambassador to America, fresh after meeting Bush in Washington for the first time, told CNN that U.S. Marines killed his cousin in cold blood in Haditha five months before the November massacre there. (h/t: The Dan Report)
This is huge: The ambassador of a newly minted “friendly” country went on national TV to accuse the U.S. of murdering a relative. Diplomatically speaking, it’s a violent smack across Bush’s face.

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Bush Caught in Lie About Snow Resignation

Bush’s spokesman tacitly admitted that Bush lied to the press about the timing of Treasury Secretary John Snow’s departure in order not to upset the markets.

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Former Aide Testifies About Abramoff, Bush Official Bribery Scheme

A former congressional aide described how he used insider information from a Bush official to advance projects for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. His testimony implicated four GOP House members.

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India Tops World for HIV/AIDS Cases

With an estimated 5.7 million infections, India has surpassed previous global leader South Africa’s 5.5 million. Per capita, however, the rates are still worst in sub-Saharan Africa. (In Swaziland, a third of adults are infected. In India, only 0.9%.)

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Bush Learned of Haditha Massacre From Press

The president didn’t know about the November atrocity in which Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians until March, when a Time magazine reporter called the White House for comment on the story.

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Attacks Kill 54, Wound 120 in Iraq

The car bomb attacks in southern Iraq and Baghdad made for the bloodiest day in weeks.

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Tempers Rising Along With Gas Prices

Drivers are taking out their frustration at sky-high gas prices by yelling at clerks and sometimes driving off without paying.

Could this be the locus of a populist uprising against the administration that abetted this situation?

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DNA
From LiveScience.com

Study: Sexual Desire in the Genes

Researchers have discovered that differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations.

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Supreme Court Limits Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

The court today ruled that First Amendment guarantees do not always protect government employees when they speak out pursuant to their official capacities—as opposed to as citizens speaking out on matters of public concern.

  • Here’s how SCOTUSblog interprets the ruling: “This apparently means that employees may be disciplined for their official capacity speech, without any First Amendment scrutiny, and without regard to whether it touches on matters of ‘public concern’—a very significant doctrinal development.”

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    The Massacre of Haditha
    From Peter Brookes / The Times (UK)

    Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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