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The Spies Who Came In From the Cold

Even though Germany sat out the invasion of Iraq, its spies in Baghdad passed on reams of information to the U.S. command, according to classified Berlin files.

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Bill Clinton Advised UAE on Ports Deal

The spinmeister in chief gave the Arab country advice on how to allay concerns about its pending takeover of major U.S. ports. (Clinton did this at the same time his wife was railing against the deal—just in case anyone mistakenly assumes that the N.Y. senator takes all her cues from the ex-prez.)

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Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.

This may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

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Al Qaeda in 2002: We Infiltrated UAE

The terrorist organization wrote that it had infiltrated the United Arab Emirates government four years ago, and that the emirates were “well aware” of the infiltration. This is the country that is angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. (Hat tip: Think Progress and Scripps Howard, which broke the news.)

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Tape: Bush Warned on Levees Before Katrina

Confidential video footage obtained by the Associated Press proves that federal officials warned Bush that Hurricane Katrina could breach levees and cause a tidal wave of disaster.

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  • Ex-FEMA chief Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown says Bush was overconfident about FEMA’s response to Katrina
  • FireDogLake: In an attempt to spin the story and make Bush seem in charge, the White House leaked Newsweek transcripts from FEMA conference calls during and after Katrina

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    Port Deal Never Probed for Terror Ties

    A Republican lawmaker tells CNN that the Homeland Security Dept. never investigated whether the UAE company slotted to take control over major U.S. ports had any connection to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups.

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    ‘Simpsons’ Trump First Amendment

    OK, OK, we know that it’s a waste of breath of get exercised over the ignorance educational quirks of the American populace, but get this: Only one in four people can name more than one First Amendment freedom, while half of people in a poll can name at least two “Simpsons” family members.

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    Bush Lacked Iraq Rebuilding Plan

    The Washington Times (of all publications) says that a new government report claims the White House “never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq” after the 2003 invasion.
    In the last week, Bush has lost:

  • Bill O’Reilly
  • William F. Buckley
  • William Kristol
  • Now even the staunchly conservative Washington Times is giving the White House a hard time.
    All of a sudden the ranks of Bush supporters seem about as robust as our “coalition of the willing.”

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    Libby’s Defense: The Dog Ate My Memory

    Vice President Cheney’s indicted former chief of staff hires a Harvard memory loss expert for his defense, and hints in court filings that memory loss will be among the “central themes” of his defense. The National Review has a great follow-up on this.

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    Bush’s Katrina Understatement of the Year

    In an ABC interview, Bush says he saw people screaming for help on TV and “realized that our government was—could have done a better job of comforting people.”
    “Could have done a better job of comforting people”? How about “could have done a better job saving people”?

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