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Steamed Rice

The secretary of state gets a grilling when she requests $75 million from the Senate for democracy-building activities in Iran.
Most of the money would go toward round-the-clock TV programming in Farsi. And while that’s probably not a bad idea, it’s hard to imagine that any amount of TV would meaningfully distract attention from the spectacle of the American occupation of Iraq.

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Cheney Admits to Drinking Before Accident

In a Fox News interview, Cheney admits to drinking a beer at lunch before the hunt, which took place a few hours later. (Hat tip: Think Progress.) If he’s low-balling the amount he drank, it wouldn’t be the first time Cheney misled the public.
UPDATE: AMERICAblog reports that MSNBC’s website “scrubbed” a reference to Cheney’s drinking.

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Cheney: I’m Sorry for Shooting, Not Sorry for the Delay

In a gesture admirable in its sentiment but inexcusable in its belatedness, the vice president tells Fox News that he alone is to blame for the accident. He called it “one of the worst days of my life.” (video or story)
He does not, however, apologize for having a private citizen break the news to the world—almost 24 hours late.

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Images of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison were broadcast on Australian TV.
Images: BBC / Illustration: Karen Spector

In Their Own Words

Newly released photos and videos of inhumane conditions at Abu Ghraib have again shone a spotlight on America’s treatment of its prisoners. Read the sworn statements by prisoners at Abu Ghraib, obtained and translated by the Washington Post in 2004 at the height of the prison abuse scandal.
Excerpt: “As soon as we arrived, they put sandbags over our heads and they kept beating us…. And every single night this military guy comes over and beat us and handcuffed us until the end of his shift.”

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Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt

An all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed an investigation into Bush’s spying program and may eventually kill it.
The White House may have botched Cheney’s response to the hunting incident, but the administration sure hasn’t lost its touch when it comes to leaning on moderate Republicans (and even Democrats) to rally around the president. Call your senators—especially Olympia Snowe of Maine—and urge them not to cave in to political pressure.

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Thousands Riot in Pakistan Over Cartoons

At least two people died in the rampage. Also, the Iraqi city of Basra demands the withdrawal of Denmark’s military contingent from southern Iraq until an apology for the cartoons is proffered.
Will this madness ever end?

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Scalia Dismisses ‘Living Constitution’

The Supreme Court justice drives home his misguided belief that changes in society’s mores shouldn’t be reflected in the Constitution. Sure: the Founding Fathers got it all right 200 years ago—including the bit about counting Americans of African descent as three-fifths of a person.

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Crooksandliars.com via Comedy Central

Cheney’s Response Becoming a Liability

Republicans are chastizing the vice president for his slow and unapologetic disclosure of the hunting incident. As well they should. For an administration that orchestrated Bush’s aircraft carrier photo-op, this episode seems particularly bush league.

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Jon Stewart Roasts Cheney

“Don’t let your kids go hunting with the vice president. I don’t care what kind of lucrative contracts they’re trying to land or energy regulations they’re trying to get lifted. He’ll shoot them in the face.” | video

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Cheney Shotgun Victim Suffers Heart Attack

Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, has a birdshot pellet in his heart and had “a minor heart attack” Tuesday morning. He is back in intensive care. | story

The ER chief at the Texas hospital, asked if the birdshot could endanger Whittington’s life, responded: “When birdshot is in your body, there’s always the risk they can move. We’ll watch very closely for any migration.”


Continuing Coverage:

  • Account of Doctors raises questions on heart injury

  • Think Progress: Scott McClellan concealed the heart attack from the press.
  • A White House spokesman cracked jokes on the record about the incident (before Whittington suffered the heart attack).
  • The Smoking Gun surfaces the Texas hunting accident report. (hat tip: Huffington Post)
  • The lowdown on what hunting rules Cheney broke.
  • Slow Leak: Time publishes an inside account of why Cheney didn’t publicly disclose news of the accident for 24 hours.
  • Unloading on Cheney: Comedians take aim at the vice president.

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