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Marty Bahamonde / FEMA via The New York Times

White House Knew of Levee’s Failure on Night of Hurricane

Remember when Bush said that he hadn’t heard about the devastating levee failure in New Orleans until the day after the hurricane hit? Well, now it turns out that former FEMA Director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown had told the White House about the breach the night before. | story 

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Israel Security Chief in Secretly Made Tape: We May ‘Miss Saddam’

Remember when the neocons boasted that invading Iraq would be good for Israel? The chief of Israel’s domestic security agency, Yuval Diskin, begs to differ. Diskin said in a secretly taped speech that a “strong dictatorship would be preferable to the present ‘chaos’ in Iraq.” So much for making the Middle East more stable.

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From crooksandliars.com

Bush Sneaks Social Security Privatization Into Budget

The president put in the $700-billion proposal without announcement or fanfare. | story
Perhaps he thought no one would notice? Maybe he missed the standing ovation Democrats gave the sinking of that scheme during his State of the Union speech? | video 

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From CNN.com

Blair Advisor Urged Prescribing Free Heroin

He recommended that the prime minister try to undercut the $6-billion-per-year black market, and to free heroin users from having to commit crimes to buy their drugs. | story
Hey, at least it’s more progressive than N.Y. state’s draconian and racist Rockefeller Laws.

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Republicans Have No Shame; They Award DeLay a Cushy Seat

The indicted congressman lands a coveted appointment to the Appropriations Committee. | story
Having DeLay act as a fiscal watchdog makes about as much sense as electing Libya chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

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From indian.senate.gov via Wikipedia.org

Abramoff Brags About Bush Relationship

ThinkProgress surfaces e-mails from the disgraced lobbyist that reveal a fairly intimate relationship with the president: “The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids.” | story
Also, The Nation has a great piece on Abramoff’s Evangelical Soldiers (Ralph Reed & Co.)

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The End of the Internet?

Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the “free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.” | story

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Below the Radar: Conditions Worsen in Iraq

You might not hear it from the U.S. media, but the situation continues to deteriorate. In the last few days:

  • Four U.S. Marines are killed and 20 Iraqis die in twin car bombings.
  • A British lieutenant colonel says, “You almost move from being part of the solution to becoming part of the problem.”
  • A car bomb in Basra City kills 20, exploding the myth that the southern, Shiite part of Iraq is secure.

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    Boehner Renting Apartment From Lobbyist

    The new House majority leader is renting a D.C. pad from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has co-written. | story
    So this is the hope of the new scandal-free House of Republicans?

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Go Ahead, Eat That Foie Gras!

    A landmark study has concluded that a low-fat diet does not reduce the risk of getting cancer or heart disease. | story or read the reports
    Don’t start mainlining lard just yet. The next study is surely just around the corner….

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


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