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BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

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Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

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Rumor: Tony Blair Will Step Down

The British leader has been battered in the polls as of late, and in the UK it’s a lot easier to remove a head of government than it is here. AMERICAblog has the gossip (and that’s all it is now.)

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Report: 162 Million Africans at Direct Risk From Global Warming

A charity group warns that over 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die by the end of the century if global warming continues its march unabated.

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Naomi Watts Joins Fight Against AIDS

The Oscar-nominated actress joins fellow thespians Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Michael Douglas in using her celebrity to help make the world a better place. “Given these stark realities, I could no longer stand on the sidelines,” she told reporters.
It’s nice to be able to post a cynicism-free blog entry every now and then.

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Poll: Majority Disapprove of NSA Database

The vast American populace can’t always be counted upon to show good sense, but in this case, at least, vox populi has gotten it right.

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Telecom Companies Masquerading as Concerned Citizens

Companies like AT&T and BellSouth are backing an organization claiming to be saving the Internet by keeping it free of “burdensome and unnecessary regulation.” But that’s nonsense. They’re the ones that want to put toll lanes on the Internet. (These are the same companies that reportedly handed over America’s phone records to the NSA.)
Buzzflash sorts it out.

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Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

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America Becoming Haven for Designer Babies

Foreign couples are flocking to the U.S. to take advantage of medical techniques—banned in most countries—that allow the dictation of a baby’s sex.

 

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Feds Tracking ABC News Phone Calls in Leak Hunt

A “senior law enforcement official” has told ABC News that the government, in trying to root out confidential sources, is tracking the phone numbers the news organization calls.
Maybe we should just start calling him George “Big Brother” Bush.
Update: An official acknowledges its “backtracking” of journalists’ phone records.

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