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Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi Resigns

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi officially resigned today after weeks of refusing to concede defeat in April 9-10 elections. Berlusconi, the largest media owner in Italy, has had a stranglehold on the country’s media, but even an all-out television blitz could not convince the public to ignore a failing economy, which the new center-left government must now revive.

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Vatican Mulls Condom Use When Spouse Has HIV

Pope Benedict XVI has requested a report on whether Catholics might be allowed to use condoms—but only within a marriage in which one partner is infected.

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Claim: Ridge Forced a Whitewash of Security Criticisms

The former inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security says he was confronted by then-Secretary Tom Ridge ?to intimidate me, to stare me down, to force me to back off” from criticizing security failures in advance of the 2004 presidential election.

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Report: Plame Was Working on Iran When Outed

Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? Well, she was apparently working on Iran when she was outed as a CIA agent by Robert Novak, and the outing allegedly damaged America’s ability to track Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Secret Service Will Turn Over Abramoff Visit Logs

The logs will show how often the convicted lobbyist met with Bush administration officials—and with whom he met.

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‘The Day I Was Shot’

A BBC reporter recounts his harrowing tale of being shot by suspected Al Qaeda members in Iraq.

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Mission Accomlished
From davidstuff.com

‘Mission Accomplished’ by the Numbers

Check out the number of troops killed, the money spent and the rate of insurgent attacks exactly three years after Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Update: Media Matters reminds us of the media’s fawning coverage of Bush that day.

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GOP in Bed with Oil Execs
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GOP Gas Rebate Plan Draws Bipartisan Scorn

Republican senators received a flood of angry e-mails and phone calls in response to their plan to mail $100 checks to voters to ease the pinch of ever-rising gasoline prices. Even Rush Limbaugh said the GOP was treating Americans like “whores.”

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Immigration Boycott Protest
AP / Charlies Rex Arbogast

Over 1 Million Attend Protests

The mostly Hispanic immigrants flooded the streets of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami and other cities, causing shutdowns at ports, factories and construction sites. The total impact is unknown.

  • Marc Cooper strips away the myths surrounding the immigration debate.
  • Read about how many companies would simply shut down if it weren’t for illegal labor.
  • Read “The Case for Globalized Labor,” which argues that it is “economically and morally wrong for the world’s poor immigrants to be locked out of work in the richest countries.”

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    Votes Were Counted but Chaos Rules in Iraq

    “Death squads,” “ethnic cleansing” and political assasinations are the realities of the democracy said to be emerging in Iraq. The New York Times paints a grim picture of the new Iraq, as both Sunnis and Shiites flee their homes in response to escalating sectarian violence.

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