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Bush’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low

The 31% mark is the lowest of his presidency.

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Lesbians’ Brains Respond Differently Than Straight Women’s

This study offers more proof that homosexuality is determined by biology, not choice.

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From the Wall Street Journal

Gore for 2008?

Favorable publicity surrounding Al Gore’s new global warming movie has contributed to the buzz that the former VP has his sights set on the White House in 2008. A former aide tells the WSJ that he’s been talking about it.

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Sex & the City
From blog.i-feiliao.com

Single and Fabulous

The facts are these: Singles are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S., and marital status is not a determinant of happiness. Psychology Today magazine examines these findings and says singlehood is rapidly becoming “a satisfying destination rather than an anxiety-ridden way station.”
(Reg. req’d for Psy. Today.) Check out the Salon summary and analysis for more.

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Roger L. Wollenberg / Pool Photo via N.Y. Times

C-SPAN Pulls Colbert Clips From Internet Sites

The nonprofit TV network demanded that popular video hosting sites Youtube and iFilm remove clips of Stephen Colbert’s roast of President Bush—because of alleged copyright infringement.
(Google Video made a deal with C-SPAN to host the video.)

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Low morale at the CIA
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Morale Bottoms Out at the CIA

Both Newsweek and The New York Times report that morale at the CIA is at an all-time low.

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War on Contraception
From the N.Y. Times

The War on Contraception

The N.Y. Times Magazine delivers a devastating, in-depth report on Christian conservatives who “believe that having sex without the intent to procreate is a very, very bad thing”—and on their efforts to make all forms of contraceptives much harder to obtain.
These biblical literalists are truly frightening; their Iron Age views on sexual morality are actually helping to increase the numbers of unwanted pregnancies and abortions in America.

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Even Shiite-Held Basra Is Safe Zone No More

The crash of a British helicopter in the southern Iraqi city of Basra led to a crackdown by British soldiers and five Iraqi deaths. A melee ensued—stone-throwing, Molotov cocktails…. A BBC correspondent called the worsening situation a “dramatic change in attitude” toward the British presence.

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Cryptokids
From NSA.gov

The NSA: Fostering a New Generation of Code Breakers

The presumed next head of the CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden, once ran the National Security Agency. Fine. It’s got a cartoon picture that leads to a kid-friendly site called Cryptokids: America’s Future Codemakers and Codebreakers. It’s filled with decryption games and NSA employment resources.
Huh? Cartoons appeal to 7-year-olds. How many of them are going to be surfing the NSA’s website? And if the agency is trying to recruit high school students, why use a cartoon turtle as a roper?

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Michael Hayden
From nsa.gov

Likely New CIA Director Misled Congress on Wiretapping

Michael Hayden, who will probably replace outgoing CIA chief Porter Goss, told Congress in 2002 that all domestic surveillance was consistent with the FISA law—knowing full well of Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

  • The Fraud and False Statements statute (18 U.S.C. 1001) makes Hayden?s misleading statements to Congress illegal, according to a Clinton-era national security official.
  • See a Time article on Hayden’s impending appointment.
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