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‘Syriana 2’

China is set to plumb Iranian oil fields in a $100-billion deal, complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran and providing Iran more money to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

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Sex Week at Yale Draws Controversy, Porn Stars

A prudish Harvard student, writing in a conservative campus newspaper, says the following of Yale’s annual ode to sex: “I don’t see how bringing a Playboy stripper to campus is helping anything.”
No surprise there. The Yale contingent at Truthdig knows from experience that Cantabs are sooooo uptight.

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Whittington Leaves Hospital, Speaks to Press

“We all assume certain risks in what we do…. Accidents do and will happen,” says the 78-year-old lawyer upon being released from the hospital.

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Wal-Mart CEO Talks Tough in Internal Memos

Wal-Mart’s CEO suggests that a store manager is disloyal, and should consider quitting, after the manager laments the lack of health benefits at the mega-chain. This happened on a confidential, internal website that the N.Y. Times sussed out.
Earlier: Sales are brisk and accusations fly as Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart documentary racks up 110,000 DVD sales.

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Specter Denies Funneling Money for Lobbyist

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Sen. Arlen Specter earmarked $50 million in defense appropriations for clients of a lobbyist married to one of the senator’s staffers.

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MSNBC via ThinkProgress

Cheney-Drinking Questions Percolating (and fermenting)

The traditional media and the blogosphere are abuzz with questions about the drinking Cheney did before hunting; whether his medications, combined with alcohol, may have played a role; and whether this explains why he didn’t alert the media for so long about the accident (i.e., did he need the time to get the intoxicants out of his system?).
Some of the best writing on the topic:

  • Think Progress: McClellan Ducks Questions on Role of Alcohol
  • AMERICAblog:  What did Cheney drink and when did he drink it?
  • Tucker Carlson: You CanӒt Drink A Beer If You Shoot. Period.
  • Think Progress: Inconsistencies in statements of Cheney’s “star witness”
  • Raw Story: ‘Beer quote’ scrubbed from MSNBC story
  • The Nation’s John Nichols: Cheney has a lot more explaining to do

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    Girl Will Hang for Killing Would-Be Rapist

    An 18-year-old Iranian has been sentenced to death for killing one of three men who were trying to rape her and her niece. The Nation sheds light on this shocking travesty.
    Before you work up a xenophobic rage, remember that right here in America we execute the underage and mentally retarded.

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    Annan Backs Guantanamo Closure

    In the wake of a U.N. report condemning the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.N. secretary-general says America must shut down the prison “as soon as possible.” U.S. officials react about as you might expect.
    Earlier: Read about the former U.S. interrogator whose book blew the lid off inhumane practices at Gitmo.
    Update: From the Jordan Times (via Watching America): “It is immensely sad that the U.S. should end up imitating the worst aspects of the very systems it says it wants to ‘democratize.’”

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    Bush ‘Satisfied’ With Cheney’s Response to Shooting

    The president says “I thought the vice president handled the issue just fine” but declines to discuss details of Cheney’s late disclosure of the hunting accident.

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    Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

    In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
    At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

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