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Abbas Stuns Hamas With Talk of Referendum

The Palestinian president has given Hamas 10 days to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and will submit the plan to referendum if the Islamic militants refuse. The plan implies a recognition of Israel, but does not renounce violence or accept past peace accords—the two other conditions the Palestinian government needs to meet to do business with the West.

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Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

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Net Neutrality Gets Boost From House Panel

The panel recommended a version of the Net neutrality bill that would bar telecom companies from charging premium fees for Web companies that sell video and other content.
This is far from a full victory, but it’s a step in that direction.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Former Intel Officer: U.S. ‘Trying to Create an Iraq That American Voters Will Ignore’

A former Dept. of Defense staffer says that the U.S., in building megabases in Iraq, has all but given up on policing the country, and will send its troops out only to quell large riots. “The overarching U.S. strategy is to avoid the kind of big eruptions that get media attention.”

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Invisibility Cloak
From christmasteddy.com

Invisibility Cloaks in Sight

New advances in “metamaterials,” which change how light bends around an object, could make Harry Potter’s invisibility cloaks reality, The Guardian reports.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


The Devil Wears Prada
Courtest 20th Century Fox

For Interns, Blogging Brings Perils, Profits

On the eve of the premiere of the underling-dishes-all movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” the N.Y. Time surveys the landscape of interns whose work-related blogs have brought them both pay and pink slips.

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Dead Iraqi civilians
From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

U.S. Military: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians

The U.S. military is set to report that a small number of Marines in Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, reports the New York Times. The paper says it may be “the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq.”

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Anatomy of the Iran/Jewish Arm Badge Story

Want to know the genesis of that bogus story about Iran requiring Jews to wear arm badges? Apparently a public relations firm specializing in promoting neocons was instrumental in placing the story in the National Post. Check out the full account here.
And then some credulous blog editors—like yours truly—linked to the story before realizing how shoddily sourced it was. Mea Culpa big-time

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly
From Comedy Central

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Better Informed Than O’Reilly Watchers

During his May 23 show, Bill O’Reilly claimed that many young Americans have “no idea what’s going on,” stating that they get their news from Jon Stewart. Problem is, studies show that Stewart’s viewers are better informed than most other media consumers—considerably better than viewers of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

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Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

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