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Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

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From Al Jazeera via MSNBC

Media Outlets Censor Tape of Kidnapped Reporter

Jill Caroll, 28, appears pleading and weeping in a newly released tape. | story
Truthdig says: Al Jazeera won’t let us hear Carroll’s voice because it would be too “upsetting” to viewers. CNN

CNN’s “The Situation Room” won’t even show a clip. What exactly is going on here? Why not let us, the viewers, decide what’s too “upsetting”? How is this any different from Bush’s censorship of coffins returning home from Iraq? We’ve watched jetliners packed with innocents crash into our Twin Towers. We’ve watched Iraqi civilians bombed in real time by our own forces. Since when did we become unable to judge for ourselves what we need to see to make sense of the world around us?

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Sen. Feingold Claims Gonzales Misled Him on Wiretaps

Two years ago, the attorney general dismissed questions about warrantless spying as “hypothetical.” In fact, the program was already in place. | story
Sorry, but what’s the difference again between “intentionally misleading” and “lying”?

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Halfhearted Filibuster Attempt Ends Predictably

The Senate confirms Alito as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice after the hastily conceived filibuster attempt of Sens. Kerry and Kennedy. | story
Buzzflash: “There is no ‘center’ support for Alito’s actual positions…. There’s just support for an image the Republicans created…of a harmless guy with a wife driven to tears.” | editorial

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Army Gives ‘Hearts and Minds’ Another Go

New commander plans to emphasize improving Iraqis’ quality of life, rather than fighting insurgents. | story
Presidential advisor Karen Hughes’ disastrous “listening tour” across the region last year proved that this is a tough sell, to put it mildly.

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U.S. Role as Iran’s Nuclear Midwife Is Noted

A Brown University professor writes: “Every aspect of Iran’s current nuclear development was approved and encouraged by Washington in the 1970s.” | column

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Blair OK’d Iraq Invasion Before U.N. Resolution, Book Says

The new edition of a book by a London University professor claims that the prime minister was prepared to join the war even before the second U.N. resolution in January 2003. | story
We’re shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the U.N. gambit was apparently a ruse. 

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From the BBC

Experts Warn of Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’

As we near a possible point of no return, even Tony Blair says climate change is advancing at an “unsustainable” rate.
Predictably, Bush’s expert says the issue needs further study.
Earlier: NASA’s top climate expert said the Bush administration tried to silence him.

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Battle Scars: The War Within

A Marine in Iraq who became the poster boy of the assault on Falloujah returns home to Kentucky, where he battles the demons of post-traumatic stress. | story
Powerful stuff.

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N.Y. Times Calls Spy Program Patently Illegal

The Gray Lady, in an editorial, eviscerates Bush’s defense of his spying program, point by point. | editorial

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