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Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown
From occoquan.com

Brown Poufed Hair As Katrina Hit, E-mails Say

Former FEMA director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown told an aide he was “sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair” as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke—despite getting reports to that effect.

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Iranians Fault Rice’s Dismissal of Letter

An Iranian diplomat says that Condoleezza Rice squandered a potential “turning point” in U.S.-Iranian relations by her “hasty” rejection of a letter from the Iranian president to Bush. (Read the letter)

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Who Would Jesus Tax
From ThinkProgress

Conservatives Seek to Extend Tax Breaks for Rich

House and Senate conservatives have agreed to spend $70 billion to extend the 15% tax rate on capital gains and dividends until 2010.

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Cory Booker
From politicsnj.com

Rising Star Wins Newark Mayoral Race

The 37-year-old former Rhodes scholar, who is black, won in a landslide. (His last mayoral campaign was the focus of the Oscar-nominated “Street Fight.”)

 

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approval polls
From the N.Y. Times

Bush at New Low in N.Y. Times/CBS Poll

Bush’s 31% rating (which echoes a USA Today/Gallup poll) equals the low-water mark of his father’s presidency, and is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in the last 50 years.

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Birth Control Pill
via Feministing

‘The Pill’ Turns 46 Years Old

On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved Enovid, the first birth control pill, for clinical use. Many court cases, a sexual revolution and a fundamentalist backlash later, use of and access to contraceptives is still very much a hot-button issue in the U.S. Read a roundup of information and opinion relating to the release of an explosive report last week connecting a spike in unwanted pregnancies among the poor to decreased contraceptive use. (h/t: Feministing)

  • REPORT: A Tale of Two Americas for Women: The Contraception-Abortion Connection press release | PDF (Guttmacher Institute)
  • Timeline: The Pill (PBS)

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    Austistic teen Jared Guinther
    Benjamin Brink / Newshouse News

    Army Recruits Teen Despite His Autism

    The youth is signed up for dangerous front-line service, but did not even know there was a war going on until last fall—after he was approached by the recruiter. An internal Army investigation is underway, but such recruiting abuses are systemic. (Via Bring It On!)

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Hayden
    From nsa.gov

    CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to Bribery Scandal Company

    Gen. Michael Hayden, whom Bush has tapped to lead the CIA, contracted the services of a company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, reports TPM Muckraker.

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    No. 3 at CIA to Retire Amid Bribery Scandal

    The spy agency’s executive director, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, is under investigation in connection with a scandal involving the Watergate hotel, hookers and poker parties.

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    Hacker Gets Five Years in Prison

    The 20-year-old set out to damage computer networks and send massive amounts of spam.
    Any computer user who has ever been the victim of a virus, worm or Trojan horse shall be excused the schadenfreude he or she feels at the news of this lengthy prison sentence.

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