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Yahoo Concedes Search Race to Google

Yahoo’s chief financial officer says she’d be happy just to “maintain our market share.” | story
Even though it’s been “Game Over” in the search wars for quite some time, it’s still shocking to hear the No. 2 company be so blatant about it.

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Guess Who Was Shopping Abramoff-Bush Pix? Abramoff!

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff confirms it, and he speculates: “Maybe [Abramoff] wants something from somebody at the White House, or he wants someone at the White House not to do something.” | story

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Last Year Was Warmest on Record

With the announcement coming from a source like NASA, we expect Bush to get so upset that he’ll forget to work out. | story

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Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
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Swiss Investigator Says U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

The charge comes from the head of a European probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. | story

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Jack Jones walks through a heavily damaged Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 22.
Eric Gay / AP

Internal Documents on Katrina Prep Make Liar Out of Bush

Bush said no one “anticipated the breach of the levees.” Well, actually, 48 hours before the storm hit, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent the White House a memo warning exactly of that. | story

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Frey Tale Was Debunked By Rehab Staffer Months Before Oprah Show

A former counselor at James Frey’s rehab clinic told Oprah’s producers three months before the show that the memoir was full of B.S. | story
Editor’s note: We feel confident of both the “essential” and actual truths of the above item.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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U.S. Soldier Gets No Jail Time for Killing Iraqi General

The American interrogator sat on the general’s chest and covered up his mouth—both of which were apparently approved techniques. The defense claimed that the actions did not directly cause the general’s death. | story
We can’t help but suspect that much of the Arab world might come to a different conclusion.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush addresses the crowd during the 142nd Landon Lecture Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Charlie Riedel / AP

Bush Disingenuously Re-Brands Spying Program

The president is now calling it the “Terrorist Surveillance Program.” | story
OK, Mr. Bush, but what about the non-terrorists being swept up in your nets? Not that we’re surprised by the new moniker; this is the guy who legalized an increase in air pollution and called it “Clear Skies,” and labeled a tree-slashing program “Healthy Forests.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Martin Sheen looks into the audience with John Wells, 'The West Wing' executive producer, in the background during the NBC 2006 Winter Press Tour
Rene Macura / AP

NBC Cancels ‘The West Wing’

Jed Bartlett’s presidency often felt like the one we wished we had in the real Oval Office. | story
But the truth is that we stopped watching when creator/writer Aaron Sorkin quit after season four.

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


Halliburton Cited in Iraq Contamination

The contracting behemoth exposed troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq to contaminated water last year. | story
And in a move of galling chutzpah that would make Dick Cheney proud, Halliburton denied the allegations, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in e-mails.

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


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