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Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Did the AP Erase a Video of a War Crime?

The Associated Press erased a video of an unprovoked Israeli soldier shooting Palestinian children in 2004—according to a journalist conducting a study of the AP’s practices in the region.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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From washingtonpost.com

Iraq: Three Years In

It’s the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Where do we stand?
The N.Y. Times calls the undertaking a miserable, botched fiasco. Iraq’s former interim prime minister calls the sectarian violence “civil war.” An L.A. Times reporter says that Bush is working to lower expectations in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, writing in the Washington Post, sees the occupation through rose-colored glasses. A BBC reporter gives a “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” reading, but the headline uses the word “bleak.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


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From the NY Times

Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


Court OKs Anti-Abortion License Plates

A federal appeals court allows the state of Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates that read, “Choose Life.” The court says that although the decision to offer the plates may be ill-advised, it does not contravene the First Amendment.
Of all the odd places for an abortion-rights battle to show up, state license plates has to be atop the list.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


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From hollywoodinvestigator.com

NYPD Engaging in ‘Proactive’ Protester Arrests

The N.Y. Times examines internal police reports in which NYPD commanders discuss their use of “proactive arrests,” covert surveillance and psychological tactics at antiwar rallies in 2002.
The country that wages preemptive war now has a city police force making “proactive” arrests.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


About That Huge Air Attack? Never Mind.

The U.S. military announced Thursday that it had launched the “largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion” in 2003. As it turns out, however, it was little more than a photo op. According to Time magazine, “there were no airstrikes… no leading insurgents were nabbed… there were no shots fired at all,” and U.S. forces met no resistance.
Can anyone say Potemkin assault?
UPDATE: The L.A. Times is now reporting that the operation has yielded 48 arrests, including at least one major insurgent ringleader, along with seizures of weapons and training manuals.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


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From aoqz76.dsl.pipex.com

House Votes ‘No’ on Ports—‘Yes’ Is Likely on Star Wars

The House just voted down an amendment that would have provided $1.25 billion for port inspections and disaster preparedness. Meanwhile, as Think Progress points out, the Bush budget contains an increase of $1.7 billion for a Star Wars-esque missile defense program—which doesn’t even work.
May the Force be with us.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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From mundanesounds.com

New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Going Deeper and Deeper Into Hock

Congress just raised our debt ceiling—the amount we’re allow to borrow—by $781 billion. It was either that or default on our treasury notes. This is the fourth debt-ceiling increase since Bush took office—some $3 trillion in total. Dick Cheney may have said that deficits don’t matter, but try telling that to the next generation of Americans, who are going to have one helluva credit card bill to pay off.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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