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N.Y. Times Bureau Chief: U.S. Effort in Iraq Likely to Fail

On a day when car bombs killed at least 62 people in Baghdad, reinforcing fears of an all-out civil war, John Burns, the N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, tells Editor & Publisher that this struggle has, in fact, always been a civil war and, worse, that America will “probably” fail in Iraq.

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Hold the Religious Accountable for Their Beliefs

A prominent Slovenian-born atheist, surveying the violence done in the name of Islam, argues in the N.Y. Times that we should submit Islam, along with all other religions, to a “respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis. This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs.”

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Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

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Bush’s Staff May Be Wearing Down

Unlike the president, who gets to bed around 10 p.m. and has spent a record amount of time on vacation, Bush’s staffers are apparently exhausted beyond belief—which may account for oversights like the botched Dubai Ports deal.

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Capitalism-vs.-Socialism Debate Erupts in China

Amid China’s explosive market-driven growth over the past decade, it’s sometimes hard to remember that it is technically a communist country. A dispute over property rights has brought the issue to the fore.
Truthdig’s Orville Schell examined this schism here.

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Chile Inaugurates First Female President

A role model for Hillary—Chile’s new leader is a political trailblazer.

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Big Bucks Being Made on Cancer Pain

The New York Times brings us another example of how those drug companies that the president loves so much are ripping off the elderly.

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Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Refund Scam

The president’s former top domestic policy aide allegedly tried to swindle Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000. He resigned last month, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. (In some parts of the world, that’s called a lie.)
This is the guy LA Weekly called “a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education.”

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Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare

The photo of him in a hood, arms outspread and with electrical wires trailing from his body became the definitive image of the prison abuse scandal.
He is now heading up a prisoners’ rights organization.

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O’Connor Warns Against ‘Beginnings’ of Dictatorship

“It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings,” former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told a Georgetown audience, according to an NPR report. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

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