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Abu Ghraib Whistle-Blower Goes Public

The U.S. soldier who exposed the atrocities at the notorious Iraq prison camp is speaking out for the first time about his experiences. His claims are unexpected: “Nobody in command knew about the abuse, because nobody in command cared enough to find out.”

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Bush butchers the language
Crooks and Liars

Is This a Trick Question?

Joe Scarborough, of all people, began his program on Tuesday by asking: ?Is Bush an ?idiot?? ? To provide context for his question, the MSNBC host let loose with a must-see highlight reel of the president?s assault on language and logic.

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S.R. Sidarth and George Allen
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GOP Senator’s Ethnic Slur Provokes Outrage, Apology

Virginia Sen. (and presidential hopeful) George Allen referred to a young volunteer of Indian descent as “macaque,” which is tantamount to “monkey” or the “N word” among African immigrants. (Much more after the jump… but for quick hits: story / video / word origins)

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Hezbollah Leads Lebanon Reconstruction

Hezbollah, flush with cash from Iran, has already begun the work of reconstruction in Lebanon, enhancing its reputation in the country.  Hezbollah?s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, promised a year?s rent to anyone who lost their home during the conflict, and hundreds of Hezbollah members have been spotted surveying and clearing damaged property.

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Looking for gold
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AOL?s New ‘Golden’ Business Model

America Online, the beleaguered Internet giant, has announced plans to dig for gold?seriously.  The company recently won a lawsuit against a spammer who then skipped town, so it plans to search his parents? property for gold and platinum bars it believes to be buried there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


Civilian deaths
AP / Alaa al-Marjani

Over 3,400 Iraqi Civilians Killed in July

It’s the highest monthly death tally since the war started in March 2003. That’s an average of 110 per day, and in Baghdad, the numbers are up 18% over last month.

  • Also, a respected veteran Baghdad reporter writes of Iraqis’ fears that Bush & Co.‘s “rosy views are preventing the creation of effective strategies against the escalating violence.”

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    CNN’s Roberts Apologizes to Lamont for ‘Al Qaeda’ Remark

    The “Headline News” anchor set the record straight and admitted to Lamont that no one had called him the Al Qaeda candidate.
    Kudos to Chuck Roberts for making the honorable admission.

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    Ambiguously healthy coffee
    From answers.com

    Meet Your Friendly (and Deadly?) Coffee Bean

    The java in this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe. The American Medical Association says, drink up; an assistant professor at Brown says, sedentary types: beware.

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    Who’s Serious Now?

    Conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan sparked a lot of debate by writing recently that Dems aren’t offering any alternatives to the GOP’s failed method of fighting the so-called war on terror. Oh yeah? Some Dems beg to differ:

  • A dead-on, serious response
  • A wickedly satirical response

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    Carter Rails on Fundamentalists

    Former President Jimmy Carter, himself a famously pious Baptist, lets loose on religious fundamentalists in an interview with Der Spiegel—how they won’t admit mistakes; how they won’t negotiate with people who disagree with them; how they dehumanize people who have other beliefs; and how Bush & Co. fit that bill perfectly.

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