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Finally! Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records

What the heck took the federal government so long? | story
Maybe its investigators were too busy hunting for porn.

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Gore Smacks Back at Gonzales Criticism

After the attorney general dismissed the vexed former veep’s charges of illegal spying, Gore swats back: No wonder you didn’t defend yourself on the issues—you can’t. | release
Meanwhile, a group of arch-conservatives call for hearings into Bush’s program. Hey, if you’ve lost Grover Norquist and David Keene… | release 

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If Al Gore Speaks Out in the Forest and No One Is There to Hear Him…

Buzzflash decries the fact that the former VP’s gutsy critique went largely ignored by the traditional media. | editorial

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Holland To Vote on Burqa Ban

One of the most socially progressive European states debates whether or not to allow women to wear the garments in public. Can a fatwa be far off? | story
Also, The Guardian probes an Islamic debate over the place of nudity in, heaven forbid, marriage. | story

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


Ruth Gallaid, from Eugene, Ore., shows support for physician-assisted suicide in front of the Supreme Court on Oct. 5, 2005.
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Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law

In a rebuke to the Bush administration, the justices voted 6-3 to keep the law on the books. Roberts dissented (for the first time). So did Scalia and Thomas, surprise, surprise. | story

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James Frey Gets Spanked by Two NYT Columnists

Kakutani and Haberman slam the “Million Little Pieces” fabulist for his B.S. spin attempt. | There seems to be no end to the number of potential headline puns stemming from “A Million Little…” 

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Iran Lifts Ban on CNN After Apology

CNN had mistranslated the Iranian president as saying Iran had a right to use nuclear “weapons,” rather than nuclear “technology.” | story

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With Friends Like Oprah, Who Needs Irony?

Winfrey’s next monthly selection is a Holocaust memoir. | story
But her now-dubious stamp of approval is hardly a comfort.

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


Al Qaeda, Taliban on Rise in Afghanistan: Report

Remember the “other” country we liberated? The Independent reports that it’s going back to hell in a handbasket. | story

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
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Gore, ACLU and NYT Come out Swinging on Spying

The former VP, hot and bothered, says a special prosecutor should investigate Bush’s spy program. | story or transcript
The NYT reports that even the former FBI director had qualms about the legality of the spying. | story
Meanwhile, the ACLU and another group sue Bush over his wiretapping. | story

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