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Did Telcos Use Scapegoat-for-Hire in NSA Case?

Via Business Week, we learn that an entire niche industry has sprung up to provide the government with commercially purchased telecommunications records that the government isn’t allowed to purchase itself. (TPM Muckraker has a good sum-up.)

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Climate Scientist to Think Tank: Stop Misrepresenting My Research

A global warming researcher is claiming that a Big Gas-funded think tank has been misrepresenting one of his studies in an effort to throw doubt on the reality of global warming.

  • Earlier: The think tank goes after Al Gore.
  • Keep in mind that, to date, there have been no peer-reviewed studies that cast real doubt on the fact of global warming.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Fatal Shooting at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

    Authorities killed the driver of a truck suspected of transporting illegal immigrants.
    A sign of things to come?

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Authorities Mining More Corporate Data for Personal Information

    We learn from the Wall Street Journal that banks, Internet service providers and other companies are being besieged by law enforcement authorities who want to pore over their corporate data in hunting for clues in criminal cases.
    Just another example of how the government is going through personal records.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Student Tells Why She Ripped McCain as He Listened

    Jean Rohe, the graduating senior at the New School University who spoke just before John McCain’s commencement speech explains why she “tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth.”

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Gay Rights on the March in Okla.

    In Oklahoma City, a federal judge just struck down a two-year-old law that prohibits Oklahoma from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    White House in Disarray Over English Language Directive

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claims that Bush has never supported making English the national language, but White House Press Secretary Tony Snow just said the opposite. (And the Senate just voted to make it so.)

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Danger, Joe Lieberman: Lamont Coasts Into Primary

    Ned Lamont, the neophyte antiwar Democrat who is challenging Sen. Joe Lieberman for his seat in Conn., easily garnered enough votes to force a primary with Lieberman—who is Bush’s favorite Democrat.
    This is a big deal. Lieberman is in trouble. If you want to learn more about Lamont, check out the Truthdig interview.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Vatican Disciplines Top Priest on Sexual Abuse Charges

    Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, 86, is the most prominent priest yet to be disciplined for allegedly molesting young members of the Church. But because of his advanced age, he’s getting only a slap on the wrist—a demand that he give up his ministry in favor of a quiet life of “prayer and penitence.”
    Assuming the allegations are true, good riddance.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    U.N. Panel: Close Guantanamo

    A United Nations panel on torture isn’t buying President Bush’s assurances that America does not send suspected terrorists to countries known for using torture to extract information. The panel also recommended the closing of America’s Guantanamo military prison in Cuba.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


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