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Ted Koppel: Time for Army of U.S. Mercenaries?

The longtime TV broadcaster, writing in the New York Times, snarkily suggests that oil companies that have the greatest interest in safeguarding a particular region should pick up the tab for hiring soldiers to defend it.

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Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

This is the big one, folks. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

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  • Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Meth Addict Hopes His Pain Helps Others

    A withered, wasted-away 34-year-old meth addict, who lives on a hospital bed in his father’s house, is the subject of a film about his agonies—produced as a warning to would-be speed users.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Menstruation Fast Becoming Optional

    The 22-year-old featured in this story hasn’t had a period since she was 17, thanks to new hormonal contraceptives that many young women are using.

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    1 in 136 U.S. Residents Behind Bars

    Let those numbers sink in for a minute. 1 in 136. According to government statistics, roughly 2.2 million U.S. residents were in prisons and jails last summer. It’s by far the highest per capita rate of any country in the world. And it’s mostly due to our unforgivably barbaric drug policies.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    The Religious Left Rises Again

    The Washington Post charts the resurgence of religious liberals, who emphasize issues like poverty, affordable healthcare and global warming. Some observers worry that this will create an even more polarized environment in 2006 than during the 2004 election.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Christian Sex Author: Time to Retool Abstinence Pledges

    An Op-Ed writer in The N.Y. Times says that it’s no wonder chastity vows don’t work: Christian communities don’t meaningfully support those who make them.

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    Inhalable Aphrodisiac for Women Shows Promise

    A New Jersey drug company says Bremolanotide, which stimulates the brain, rather than the genitals, may be the long-sought female version of Viagra. The drug is still in preclinical tests.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Bush Losing Support Among Hispanics, Conservatives

    White conservatives form the base of the GOP, and Hispanics were supposed to be its future. But thanks to Bush’s stance on immigration (and some other issues), both groups are running away from the party.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Nedrenaline!

    Ned Lamont’s bid to capture Joe Lieberman’s Connecticut Senate seat took a quantum leap this week when Lamont captured enough convention votes to force a primary against Lieberman. Jane at FDL has a great roundup of what the establishment is saying about Ned.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


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