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Strong Majority Says Bush Should Release Abramoff Records

Three-quarters of the country isn’t buying White House claims that the media’s requests amount to a “fishing expedition.” | story

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE



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Hamas Win Makes Mockery of Bush’s Fantasies


Update:

  • Jimmy Carter: The world should keep giving aid to the Palestinians, regardless of whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.
  • Juan Cole: “Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism.”
  • Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Kerry Calls for Alito Filibuster

Pulling this off would be the ultimate hat trick. Republicans reportedly need only one more Democrat on their side to force a vote. | story
People for the American Way are supplying a form letter urging key senators to join Kerry in his filibuster.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Public Schools Mulling Bible Literacy Class

The high school course on the Bible’s influence on society would be an elective. story
It’s such an obvious end run around the Constitution’s Establishment Clause that we’ll hold fire. But check this: The course textbook contains a boxed feature that shows how the Bible was used “to justify and even encourage anti-Semitism.” Wow! A whole boxed feature? We wonder if there’s a footnote about that whole Spanish Inquisition thing….

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Bush Voted Against Spying Before Voting For It

The White House rejected a 2002 Senate proposal to ease surveillance warrant restrictions, saying such a move would probably be unconstitutional. The Washington Post picks up the story blazed by Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Surprise! The Web Won’t Tear Us Apart

Turning conventional wisdom on its head (see The Earth, flat; Bush, compassionate), a new study shows that Internet tools like e-mail, webcams and instant messaging actually bring people closer together. | story

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


‘Heckuva Job’ Brownie Takes the Money and Runs

Former FEMA head Mike Brown stayed on full salary as a consultant in the wake of his disastrous disaster leadership. But now that he’s cashed his checks, he won’t cooperate in the Senate investigation. | story
Perhaps he’s too busy mucking out Arabian horse stalls....

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections

With America sticking its guns in the eyes of so many Arabs, is it any wonder that Muslim hard-liners have gained so much popular support? Do we need any further proof of the neocon fallacy of Rumsfeld-style shake-n-bake democracy? | story
And with right-wing pretenders lingering over Sharon’s deathbed, have prospects for peace in the Mideast ever looked more distant?

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


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Oprah Turns on Frey

In a radical reversal, the talk show host drops her loyalty to Frey on live television and says he “betrayed millions of readers.” During an interview the author admits fictions and confesses that he “made a mistake.” | story

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


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