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Glenn Fine

Overdue Review of Spy Program Lacks Muscle

The Justice Department will, at long last, examine the NSA’s domestic spying program, through which agents have eavesdropped on countless phone calls and e-mails.  Unfortunately, the review will not explore the legality of the program and was described by one Democrat as an attempt at appeasement.

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Ehud Olmert

Israeli PM Offers Palestinians Sovereign State

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered to recognize an “independent and viable Palestinian state ... with full sovereignty and defined borders” in exchange for a new Palestinian government, the recognition of Israel, a renewed commitment to the “road map” and the release of a captured Israeli soldier. What, no free landings?

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Bush twins

Bush Twins’ Argentine Holiday Causes a Flap

The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires has denied reports that it asked the Bush twins to leave the country after a purse-snatching incident became a national joke at the expense of the U.S. Secret Service.  ABC News had reported that the embassy “strongly suggested” that Jenna and Barbara fly home.

Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE

Talabani and Ahmadinejad

Iran Pledges Help to Iraq

Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis.  Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”

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Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

  • Democracy: 1 Theocracy: 0

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    CIA Uses Humor to Recruit

    The Central Intelligence Agency is using a tongue-in-cheek personality test to attract applicants. “You don’t have to know karate or look good in a tuxedo to work at the CIA,” the personality quiz says.

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    High Court to Hear Global Warming Case

    From the AP: “The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.”

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    NBC News: Iraq Is in ‘Civil War’

    Matt Lauer announced today that NBC News has decided to characterize the situation in Iraq as “a civil war.”

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    Yuppies Finally Catch a Break

    Now that baby boomers are starting to retire, young college-educated professionals are in hot demand.  So cities like Memphis, Atlanta and Portland are fighting a war of hipness with one another—struggling to attract the fickle young talent with everything from pub crawl public transportation to afternoon basketball.

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    Secret Report Says Insurgency Is Self-Sustaining

    A classified U.S. government report leaked to The New York Times says the insurgency in Iraq has funds to sustain itself annually, thanks to oil smuggling, kidnapping and other nefarious activities.  What’s more, the report finds insurgents may have enough money left over to finance terrorist activity outside Iraq—all while spending less in a year than the U.S. spends per day.

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