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From the BBC

‘Pompeii of the East’ Discovered

In 1815, the largest volcanic eruption in modern times buried the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. Now scholars have uncovered a part of it and are hailing the find as second in importance only to its Italian “time capsule” equivalent.

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From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

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34%

In the last 30 years, only a Watergate-stained Nixon had a worse approval rating than Bush’s current level of 34%.
Of course, CBS’ polling methodology has its critics on the right.

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Iraqi Death Tally Triples Official Reports

The violence unleashed after last week’s bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine claimed 1,300 Iraqi lives, triple the number reported by the U.S. military. Outside of major U.S. offensives, these have been the deadliest few days in the last three years in Iraq.
UPDATE: The violence continues with multiple attacks claiming 68 lives on Tuesday.

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Coast Guard Had Security Qualms on Port Deal

The Coast Guard warned weeks ago that it couldn’t be sure that the UAE wasn’t supporting terrorists. The disclosure came during Monday’s hearings about the Arab country’s attempts to take over control of major U.S. ports. Check out the unclassified Coast Guard document.
Wanna know why 64% of people disapprove of this deal? Consider how much time and energy Bush & Co. have spent scaring the American public with “what if” scenarios about Arab threats (see: Saddam).

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Mike Hoover / CBS via The New York Times

The Freshman

How did the Taliban’s chief spokesman abroad end up a student at Yale? The New York Times Magazine has the story.

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Justice Dept. Rejects Google’s Stand on Privacy

The U.S. government pushes back at the search giant, insisting that a request to examine millions of Internet users’ search queries would not violate privacy rights. This could lead to the most fevered technology trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

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Companies Will Track You Via Cellphone

Fresh off the controversy over companies selling your private phone records to third parties, UK companies will now track a user based on a cellphone signal. And a BBC reporter learns that it’s ridiculously easy to evade the companies’ abuse safeguards.

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McCain: Port Sale Overblown Since UAE is Freer Than Chinaђ

Note to the Arizona senator: it’s not saying much to claim that a country is “freer than China.” As ThinkProgress reckons it, only about seven countries in the world are less free than China.

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Hannity to Raise Funds for Santorum?

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pa., reports that the Fox News talk show host will appear at a fundraising breakfast with the Pennsylvania senator. Should we be surprised?

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