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Small Miracle: House Votes Against Oil Subsidy

In this time of record profits for oil companies, the House approved a measure to withdraw a $7-billion subsidy over the next five years. Unbelievably, 165 Republicans wanted to let the oil companies keep the public’s money.

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Simpsons as Philosophy
From the BBC

‘The Simpsons’ as Philosophy

The BBC takes a look at the philosophy of the show: “It’s not that the Simpsons is atheist propaganda; its main target is not belief in God or the supernatural, but the arrogance of particular organised religions that they, amazingly, know the will of the creator.”

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Star of David Badge
AP / Amy Sancetta

STORY FALSE: Iran Eyes Badges for Jews, Christians? STORY FALSE.

Editor’s note: The newspaper that originally ran this report has now retracted it and printed an apology.

In retrospect, Truthdig should never have linked to this story. We should have realized that its sourcing was highly suspect.

 

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Iraqi family
From Christoph Bangert / Polaris, for The New York Times

As Death Stalks Iraq, Middle-Class Exodus Grows

In the last 10 months, as the violence has continued unabated, Iraq has issued new passports to 1.85 million Iraqis, 7% of the population and a quarter of the country’s middle class.

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Gridlock
From enterstageright.com

A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

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Airbus A380
From The Guardian

World’s Largest Airliner Has Bar, Lounge, Shopping Area

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner, touched down for the first time at London’s Heathrow Airport on May 18. It can carry 800 passengers, nearly 400 more than the Boeing 747. It has a lounge, fully reclining bed-chairs, a shopping area and a bar.

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New Italian Leader: Iraq War ‘Grave Mistake’

Italy’s incoming prime minister, Romano Prodi, said the war had encouraged global terrorism and he has vowed to pull his country’s troops from Iraq.

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Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

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Tom Friedman
From dissidentvoice.org

Tom Friedman’s Elastic Deadlines

The N.Y. Times’ foreign affairs columnist has been saying that “the next six months” in Iraq will be the “decisive” ones—for the last two and a half years. FAIR documents a “long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.”

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Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

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