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Blast From the Spying Past

Newly released documents from the Ford administration show that it, too, tried to eavesdrop without warrants. | story
And in an “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” moment, then-CIA Director George H.W. Bush “complained that some major communications companies were unwilling to install government wiretaps without a judge’s approval,” according to the article.

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A ‘Boehner’ Reform Move

Wanna know what it takes to replace one of the all-time most corrupt members of Congress? Hint: It helps to wear a red sweater during your job interview.
And, oh yeah, reform? Well, this guy ranks in the top 10 of all members of Congress in accepting lobbyist junkets.

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Homosexuality Still a Capital Crime in Iraq

“What for me is love, unfortunately, is punishable by death,” says a remarkably brave Iraqi medical student, speaking on the record and using his real name.

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Bush Pushes Math and Science? Oh, Please…

The president may be urging algebra and chemistry on high-schoolers, but his administration can’t run away from the chilling effect it has had on scientific inquiry. For example, a young presidential appointee at NASA ordered Web designers to append the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang (scroll half-way down the article).
Wanna know what it takes to become a NASA spokesman? Well, it doesn’t hurt to write columns linking Saddam to Al Qaeda, or insisting that Rumsfeld had nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals.

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From moveon.org via crooksandliars.com

MoveOn.org Ad Likens Bush to Nixon on Spying

Watch the current president morph into the former president in this new video advertisement from the liberal advocacy group. | video

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From "The Colbert Report" via crooksandliars.com

Stephen Colbert Thanks You

The “Colbert Report” warmly appreciates the wonderful people who voted against their interests and gave people like its host a tax break. | video

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Brokeback to the Future

Brokeback to the Future

Check out this hilarious mash-up of “Back to the Future” and “Brokeback Mountain.” | video

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New York Times Roundup

The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE



    From Jyllands-Posten

    Most U.S. News Orgs Won’t Run Muhammad Cartoons

    As violence spreads across the world, Editor & Publisher has the best take yet on why most U.S. news outlets won’t re-publish the satirical images. | story
    ABC is one of the very few to do so. | video (there’s a commercial)
    Update: Check out the way Truthdig’s Mr. Fish depicted Jesus in a cartoon.
    Is it offensive, an exercise in free speech, or both?

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld Compares Chavez to Hitler

    The secretary of defense likens the Venezuelan president to the German dictator, saying: “He’s a person who was elected legally—just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally.” | story

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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