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Kerry Calls for Pullout
From ussenate.gov

Kerry Calls for Iraq Pullout Deadline

In the N.Y. Times, the former presidential candidate calls for two deadlines: May 15 for the Iraqis to form a unity government, and a date later in the year for the U.S. to pull out.

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Feingold Favors Legalizing Gay Marriage

Watershed moment: A credible presidential hopeful stakes out the high moral ground—and the progressive left political ground—on homosexual marriage. He calls a pending Wisconsin amendment against same-sex marriages “a mean-spirited attempt” to single out gay men and lesbians for discrimination.

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GAO: Bush’s Abstinence Plan Hampering AIDS Efforts

Countries with AIDS epidemics actually have to cut the money they spend on treatment in order to conform to Bush’s requirements for spending on abstinence programs, reports the government watchdog.
But it’s all good, because this way, God isn’t being offended by people having sex before marriage.

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Homeland Official Charged in Internet Child Seduction Case

Homeland Security Dept.‘s deputy press secretary allegedly tried to seduce a Florida sheriff’s detective who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Troubling for two reasons: (a) This shows the moral fiber of the people entrusted to spy on Americans; (b) this shows the incompetence and foolishness of the people entrusted to secure our borders—this kind of sting is the oldest trick in the book.
UPDATE: More details on the official’s alleged criminal actions.

 

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Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba
From floridagovernorsmansion.com

Jeb Bush Calls Immigration Debate ‘Hurtful’

The Florida governor calls the anti-immigration “chest pounding” of politicians hurtful to him and his Mexican-born wife, Columba. Hats off to Jeb for breaking ranks on this one.
Funny how it can take personal, familial experience for right-wingers to show some compassion on social issues. (See: Dick Cheney, father of a lesbian, breaking ranks with Bush on gay marriage.)

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Homeland Security Graphics
From theboxset.com

Homeland Security Scaremongering Graphics Are Unintentionally Hilarious

We laughed so hard that tears welled up as we scanned the suggested meanings behind these new emergency info-graphics. (Check out the source of the graphics at the U.S. Dept. of H.S.)
This is the same agency that brought us the roundly mocked color-coded terrorist threat advisory system.

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Mass. Pushes Mandatory Health Insurance

In what would amount to the country’s first universal coverage plan, the Massachusetts Legislature approved a bill that will require all its residents to buy health insurace or face legal penalties.
How did they finally eke out a winning strategy for such a long-sought goal? The program is modeled on the state’s policy on auto insurance.

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Saddam Charged for 1980s Gassing of Halabja

The Iraqi tribunal charged Hussein on Tuesday with new criminal charges—steming from the late 1980s gassing that allegedy left 5,000 civilians dead. (more)

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Time: Card Was Pushed Out

The newsweekly reports about Bush’s recently departed chief of staff: “Card did not want to go. But he ‘heard the tom-toms.’ ”

The magazine also writes that Card’s replacement, Josh Bolten, has “less disdain for the press and more interest in policy.”

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Drone Aircraft May Prowl U.S. Skies

The Congress hears from police agencies that envision using unmanned military drones for surveillance—in one troubling example, high above American cities.

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