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AP / Assad Muhsin

Bomb Blasts Kill 79 at Major Shiite Mosque in Iraq

Suicide bombers dressed in women’s clothes caused the single deadliest blast this year—at a religious bastion of a powerful Shiite party. This, combined with Thursday’s shrine bombing, could escalate the already horrific violence…. (more)

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Bush’s Job Approval Rating at All Time Low

Only 36% of the public approves of Bush’s performance,  according to an Ap-Ipsos poll released Friday. The GOP-led Congress fared even worse, with an approval rating of only 30%. Nixon’s numbers were in the high 20s during the Watergate scandal. What’s the magic number for regime change?

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No Deal on Immigration

The immigration bill, which seemed to have majority support, failed in the Senate Friday amid efforts to amend the bill. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendments proposed by conservative Republicans “filibuster by amendment.” So much for the hyped bipartisan compromise on immigration reform.

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From northeastdilemma

White House Admits Lag in Bioterror Effort

Bush & Co. still don’t have a comprehensive plan to deal with bioterror threats—despite two years of planning and billions in appropriations. The alleged culprit: bureaucratic inertia.
“I can’t help but think we are not prepared if, God forbid, any of these catastrophes were to be visited upon the United States,” says a congresswoman.

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AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Tame Version of Playboy Hits Jakarta Stands

Islamic hard-liners called the magazine a form of moral terrorism, despite the fact that there are no nude photos in it.
This is reminiscent of what happened in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain when titillating material quickly appeared and then spread like kudzu.
Liberties will always rush to fill a vacuum, just not necessarily in the way favored by religious fundamentalists.

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Tipping the Scales
Fron CNN

Study: Men Getting Fatter, Women Holding Steady

OK, don’t pop out the champagne—or the pork rinds—yet, but scientists think the leveling off of obesity rates in women may signal a turning point in the nation’s epidemic.

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prudish Victorian courtship
From victoriana.com

Senate Dems Find Wedge Issue on Abortion

The Senate Democratic leadership will push for expanded access to contraceptives and sex education—a nationally popular move, but a bitter pill for the prudish right-wingers who are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a sexual act.

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Bear Ice Cap
From polarice.com

Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House

Bush & Co. have apparently been muzzling climate scientists from speaking forthrightly to the public about global warming. Shocker, right?
Perhaps they thought last week’s head fake on giving more free rein to NASA scientists would throw reporters off the scent….

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From the Free Press

Report: Corporate Propaganda Has Infiltrated TV News

An expose by the Center for Media and Democracy and Free Press caught 77 local stations passing off advertisements as legitimate news.

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From crooksandliars.com

Bush Faces Rare Criticism at Forum

At a North Carolina open forum, a man named Harry Taylor rose and told the president: “I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself.” (video)

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