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From Federal Computer Week

Defense Dept. Removes Critical Report from Website

The report, by the DoD’s inspector general, found security flaws in the “Star Wars” missile defense system. After a magazine did a story on the report, the DoD scrubbed the document from its website, and won’t say why it did so. Luckily for us curious types, the magazine saved a digital copy. (h/t: ThinkProgress)

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From redstate.com

Washington Post’s Conservative Blog Hire Draws Fire

The Washington Post recently hired conservative blogger Ben Domenech (of Redstate.com) to write a regular blog for the newspaper’s website. The appointment drew immediate criticism, notably from conservative-turned-progressive writer David Brock, who questioned Domenech’s journalism bona fides.

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From Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone / Yahoo! News

An Afghan Girl’s Tale of Torture and Hope

Pioneering war zone journalist Kevin Sites tells the story of a 12-year-old Afghan girl who was savagely beaten and tortured for years by her in-laws. But wonderfully, the story ends on a note of optimism. (You can even e-mail the girl here. Or at this e-mail address: gulsooma_afghanistan@yahoo.com)

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Bush: Troops Will Stay in Iraq Past 2008

The president made the admission during a news conference, during which he uttered perhaps the most tone-deaf and asinine remark of his presidency: “Nobody likes war. It creates a sense of uncertainty in the country.”

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Breast Cancer More Deadly to Blacks Than Whites

Black American women are 19% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to a new study. This is just the most recent of many studies illustrating that within our healthcare system, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors, blacks still receive a poorer quality of healthcare than whites.

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From lowculture.com

Documents Show Saddam’s WMD Frustrations

AP reports that Hussein and his inner circle were exasperated in their attempts during the 1990s to prove to the world that they’d given up banned weapons, according to transcripts of meetings found among documents seized after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “We don’t have anything hidden!” Saddam once interjected, documents show.

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Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

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From Salon.com

Jury Convicts Abu Ghraib Dog Handler

Sgt. Michael Smith (pictured above threatening an Abu Ghraib detainee with a dog) becomes the ninth soldier to be convicted for detainee abuse. He faces over eight years in prison.
To date, no high-ranking officials have been charged with crimes stemming from the abuses.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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From saintfillans.org.nz

Anglican Leader: Don’t Teach Creationism in Schools

Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, emphatically criticizes the teaching of creationism in schools.

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Two Reports: U.S. Soldiers Killed Many Iraqi Civilians

Two separate claims of American soldiers murdering Iraqi civilians have arisen. One report involves the alleged killing of 15 people, including a 3-year-old girl; the second involves the alleged murder of 11, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant.

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