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DeLay Caught in a Lie

At one time Tom DeLay called Jack Abramoff one of his “closest and dearest friends.” What a difference an indictment makes. Think Progress surfaces a handwritten letter by DeLay in which he claims they were not close friends.

Posted on Feb 23, 2006 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Says It’s Time to Leave Iraq

When even a flag-waver like Bill O’Reilly starts saying it’s time to go, where, exactly, is the president’s pro-war base?

Posted on Feb 23, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Ties to Russians Probed

The federal government is examining lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with Russian energy executives, reports the Boston Globe. This is a scandal that could involve billions (not millions) of dollars.

Posted on Feb 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Report: Secret Service Agents Say Cheney Was Drunk While Hunting

Capitol Hill Blue, which bills itself as the world’s first political Internet news site, claims that Secret Service agents say Cheney was “clearly inebriated” at the time of his hunting accident. Truthdig says: The sourcing on this is sort of vague, but the reporter has good credentials.

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Teeters Toward Civil War

After insurgents bomb one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Iraq, at least 138 die in reprisal battles —marking the worst Shiite-on-Sunni violence since the outbreak of the Iraq war. University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole calls the day “apocalyptic.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


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From CBS News

Alternative Perspectives on the Port Deal

With both Republicans and Democrats attacking the White House over its proposed port deal with the United Arab Emirates, it’s worth noting that many people feel that the issue of port ownership is either irrelevant to national security (in the New York Times), symptomatic of xenophobic rage (Andrew Sullivan) or just plain opportunistic politics (Think Progress).

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Acknowledged

The head of the American detention center confirms that his officials have been carrying out the aggressive practice in an attempt to preserve the lives of prisoners on hunger strikes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Court OKs Hallucinogenic Tea

The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the government cannot stop a small New Mexican religious sect from using DMT, a banned substance. The case pitted religious freedom against the nation’s drug control laws.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq, Three Years Later

One month shy of the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, United Press International asks the following: Is Iraq better off? Is the United States any safer? Are its allies in Europe and elsewhere more secure? Its answer: Hardly.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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