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Supreme Court Upholds No-Knock Police Search

Samuel Alito’s conservatism has begun to make itself felt.

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AP /U.S. Military

U.S. Identifies Zarqawi’s Successor

The U.S. military released info on the man claiming to be the new Al Qaeda leader in Iraq: Abu Ayyub al Masri, an Egyptian with ties to Osama bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al Zawahri.

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Ann Coulter
From Raw Story

More Plagiarism Charges Against Coulter

Passages in Ann Coulter’s new book appear cribbed from material distributed by an anti-abortion group (according to Raw Story) and from a press conference by Alan Keyes, then a Republican Senate candidate (according to Rude Pundit).

Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


Eating at Lobbyists’ Troughs, Congress Votes Itself a Pay Raise

House and Senate lawmakers embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that members of the House’s own ethics committee took over $1 million in privately funded (read: lobbyist-funded) trips last year.

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From real-e-works.com

Religious Right Seeking to Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress

In the wake of the marriage ban’s failure in the Senate, conservative Christian leaders are discussing an unprecedented—although apparently legal—maneuver to amend the Constitution without congressional approval.

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Michael Gerson
From Robert A. Reeder/ Washington Post

Bush’s Favorite Writer Leaving the White House

Michael Gerson wrote every major speech of Bush’s presidency, led a crusade to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty, and pushed for stronger action in Darfur. He also formulated Bush’s plan to spread democracy around the globe—with somewhat mixed results. No apparent scandal here: He’d been talking about leaving since 2004.

Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


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From MacWorld

Working Conditions in China’s Apple iPod Factory Exposed

The Mail on Sunday publishes an exposé on the conditions endured by iPod assemblers in China. Says a female worker: “We have to work too hard and I am always tired. It’s like being in the army. They make us stand still for hours. If we move, we are punished by being made to stand still for longer.”

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    Private Boehner Memo on Iraq Surfaces

    Think Progress got ahold of Majority Leader John Boehner?s confidential strategy memo for Thursday?s congressional debate on the Iraq war. Think Progress says the memo aims to “exploit,” “attack” and “create a false choice.”

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    From Allen J. Schaben / LAT

    Mystical States Explained, via Surfing

    Want to know why near-death experiences frequently feature tunnels of white, euphoric light? The L.A. Times Book Review recommends picking up a copy of Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler’s new book “West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief” to find out.

  • Also: the Village Voice gives “West of Jesus” a rave.

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    National Review Writer: Mea Culpa on Iraq

    We normally vehemently disagree with just about everything that John Derbyshire says. And we find much of this column truly despicable. But still, he’s calling the Iraq war for what it is: a debacle. And that’s worth noting.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


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