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Army Equipment Costs for Two Wars Will Triple

The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.
And we still can’t find the money for schools, healthcare, environmental-technology research ... oh, never mind.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


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The Power of a 15-Year-Old Peace Activist

Ava Lowery, a home-schooled teenager from Alabama, has made over 70 antiwar animations, gaining her national attention in The New York Times,  on CNN and in the progressive blogosphere. Check out her response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow’s “it’s a number” comment about U.S. deaths in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Supreme Court Rejects Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law

This is a complicated issue. We’ll let the Washington Post take it: “The Supreme Court struck down Vermont’s strict limits on campaign contributions and spending yesterday, in a splintered ruling that left intact the constitutional basis of current campaign finance laws but may make it difficult to put new curbs on money in politics.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Survey: Dem Voters Ahead of Leaders on Iraq Pullout

Two-thirds of Democratic voters favor setting a timeline for withdrawing troops from Iraq, says a new Wash Post poll, while most of the Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2008 remain noncommittal. The poll also shows that Democrats are quickly losing ground to Republicans on key 2006 election issues.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


At Least 40 Killed in Two Iraqi Cities

The two suicide bombings came mere hours after seven Arab Sunni groups offered the Iraqi government a conditional truce.

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Supreme Court to Fact-Check Bush’s Global Warming Distortions

On the very day that Bush again peddled the blatant misrepresentation that “there’s a debate over whether [global warming] is man-made or naturally caused,” the Supreme Court injected some sanity into our discourse by announcing it will decide whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming.
Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


A Ray of Hope From Iraqi Insurgents?

Several Sunni-led insurgent groups have begun talks with the Iraqi government in hopes of starting cease-fire negotiations. The talks began in the wake of the reconciliation plan that the Iraqi prime minister presented on Sunday.

 

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President Bush and N.Y. Times editor Bill Keller

Bush Condemns, Keller Defends Bank Data Story

President Bush said the N.Y. Times’ disclosures about the administration’s bank data-mining program did “great harm to the United States of America.” The Times’ editor, Bill Keller, said “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Afghanistan Spiraling Ever Downward

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is proving unable to control the insurgency that is terrorizing large swaths of the country.

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Most 2008 Contenders Noncommittal on Iraq Pullout

Potential White House suitors Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh all refused to join Sens. Kerry and Feingold in demanding a timetable for pullout of allied troops from Iraq.
Sens. McCain and Brownback, however, want the troops to stay as long as necessary.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


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