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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.

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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.

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Kurdish Museum Burning
Yahya Ahmed / AP

Kurds Riot and Turn Against Their Leaders

Remember Kurdistan, that semiautonomous northern part of Iraq that the U.S. always points to as a model of stable, quasi-democratic governance? Well, corruption up there is so systemic that thousands of people vented their anger by burning down a government museum. The horrible irony: The museum commemorates the thousands of Kurds who died in Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gas attack. It had become an emblem of government greed.
Another front just opened up in the Iraqi civil war that the Pentagon claims doesn’t exist.

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From Nic Paget-Clarke / inmotionmagazine.com

Frist Throws Immigration Debate Into Disarray

The Republican senator stunned both Democrats and the GOP alike by introducing an immigration bill that bypasses others now being debated. Bighearted guy that he is, Frist left out a guest-worker provision—which many conservatives view as amnesty for undocumented workers. (But which even Bush supported….)
Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this hotly debated issue.

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Iran Agrees to Talks With U.S.

An Iranian security official announced today that Iran has accepted our request to engage in a discussion of Iraq’s political future. It seems that the White House has turned, hat in hand,  to its latest “boogeyman” to save our bacon in Iraq.

  • See Juan Cole’s “Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran”

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    Bush Reaffirms Preemptive War Doctrine

    In an updated version of his national security strategy, the president gives no ground on the policy that led us into Iraq, and identifies Iran as being the country that poses the biggest challenge to the U.S.

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    Condeleezza Rice
    From pravda.ru

    The Making of the Boogeyman, 2006

    As part of Bush & Co.‘s campaign to turn Iran into the next imminent threat, Condoleezza Rice calls Tehran a “central banker for terrorism.”
    So, just to get this straight: Iran is the new Iraq, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Russia?

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    Hussein in Court
    Jacob Silberberg / AP

    Judge Pulls Plug on Hussein in Wake of Shouting Match

    In his first formal testimony in his trial, the deposed Iraqi leader called on Iraqis to cease the sectarian violence and join forces against the Americans—while insisting that he is still the rightful leader of Iraq.
    The judge trying the case, quarreling with Hussein several times during his 40-minute speech, ended by closing the session to the public.

    Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    From www.jeffsweather.com

    Ozone Pollution Is More Harmful Than Realized

    Ozone, which had been considered a minor player in global climate change, is actually a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, according to NASA.
    Worse, scientists are reporting that climate change is “irreversible,” as Arctic sea ice has failed to re-form for the second year in a row.

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    Oh, Now They Want Limits on Lobbying…

    In the wake of the Jack Abramoff meltdown, House GOP leaders claim that they want at least a temporary ban on privately funded travel for lawmakers, plus some restrictions on lobbyists.
    It shouldn’t have taken a scandal the magnitude of the Abramoff case to convince these lawmakers to do the right thing. This latest move seems a cynical ploy destined to “sunset” as soon as public attention is turned elsewhere.

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