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The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq

The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq

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DNA
From LiveScience.com

Study: Sexual Desire in the Genes

Researchers have discovered that differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations.

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Supreme Court Limits Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

The court today ruled that First Amendment guarantees do not always protect government employees when they speak out pursuant to their official capacities—as opposed to as citizens speaking out on matters of public concern.

  • Here’s how SCOTUSblog interprets the ruling: “This apparently means that employees may be disciplined for their official capacity speech, without any First Amendment scrutiny, and without regard to whether it touches on matters of ‘public concern’—a very significant doctrinal development.”

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    The Massacre of Haditha
    From Peter Brookes / The Times (UK)

    Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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    A Single 40-Year-Old Woman Has a Higher Chance Of…

    Twenty years ago this week Newsweek speculated that a “40-year-old single woman was ‘more likely to be killed by a terrorist’ than to ever marry.” In this week’s cover story, they retract the hackneyed thesis and reexamine the marriage statistics. (h/t: Broadsheet)

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    Goldman Sachs CEO Nominated as Treasury Secretary

    Finally, after months of hanging in the pink slip rumor mill, John Snow can move on.  The White House has named Henry M. Paulson as the newest Treasury secretary; here’s what we know according to the Washington Post and NYT:

  • He was reluctant to accept the job.
  • He worked in the Pentagon as a young man.
  • He “has been a Goldman Sachs executive since 1974, pulling down a compensation package in 2005 of $37 million.”
  • He is “a birdwatcher who can often be found in Central Park with his binoculars.”
  • Thank you mainstream media for your thorough profile of this very important man.

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    EU Court Blocks Airline Data-Sharing Agreement

    Post 9/11, the U.S. penned a deal demanding that airlines submit 34 pieces of passenger information including names, addresses and credit card info. The EU Parliament has opposed the deal from the beginning, arguing that it does not guarantee adequate data protection, and now the European Court of Justice has annulled it.  Washington has threatened big fines for noncompliance in the past. Privacy? Data protection? How un-American!

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    FCC TV
    From the Free Press

    FCC Probing Fake-News Broadcasts

    Federal authorities are investigating dozens of TV stations for running “faux news broadcasts” made by government agencies and corporations. (Via Huff Po.)
    Earlier: See the report that kick-started the investigation.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Mike Bloomberg
    From edgeboston.com

    NYC Mayor Bloomberg: I’d Allow Same-Sex Marriages

    Landing another left on the right, as the Daily News put it, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg vowed that the city will perform gay marriages, if permitted, and came out strongly against a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriages.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Chinese employees
    From The Onion

    A Satirical Broadside at China’s Employers

    The Onion reports on an “unpaid 15-minute break during the regular 18-hour workday, to allow pregnant women to ‘expel the child from their body, adjust to being a new parent, wash their hands, and return to work.’ ”

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    Brangelina
    From turkishdailynews.com.tr

    Brangelia Baby: Slate Helps You and Your Kids Cope

    OK, we give up: With news of The Birth pushing all other news off the international agenda, here’s a satirical guide from Slate that helps parents express why they love the Brangelina baby more than their own children.

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