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Bush and Dems Struggle Over the ‘Surge’

The Pentagon has told more than 35,000 troops that they could be headed to Iraq in the fall in order to maintain the “surge.” Meanwhile, House Democrats may decide to fund the war in two-month spurts, with an opportunity to cut off funding in July. The Senate will likely have to pursue a different strategy (see below).

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Democrats Will Try Again to End War Funding

Sen. Russ Feingold, Majority Leader Harry Reid and eight other Senate Democrats have decided to respond to Bush’s veto with an amendment that would halt war funding if troops were not safely withdrawn from Iraq by March 31, 2008. Exceptions would include operations against terrorist organizations, training for Iraqi soldiers and protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

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Hamas Targets Kids With Islamist Mickey Mouse

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has created its own version of Mickey Mouse, known as “Farfour,” to indoctrinate the next generation with such life lessons as “laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists.” TV show host Farfour has outraged Israel and rival faction Fatah, but the Walt Disney Co. has yet to comment.

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6 Children Killed by Helicopter Attack, Iraqi Says

An Iraqi police officer says six children were killed when a U.S. helicopter returned fire near an Iraqi school in Diyala province, near the Iranian border. The military was unable to confirm the report but said it was investigating.

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Sir Patrick Moore:  BBC Stargazer, Equal Opportunity Offender

Veteran BBC presenter and astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, host of “The Sky at Night” program for half a century, believes that the network’s standards have slipped dramatically since the “golden days,” and those pesky women are to blame.  His solution?  Two separate BBC “wavelengths”—one for women, one for men.

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China and Russia Deny Involvement in Darfur Genocide

Amnesty International has accused China and Russia of violating a U.N. arms embargo against Sudan. The human rights organization says the weapons end up in Darfur, where they are used against civilians in the ongoing genocide. The two Security Council members deny any wrongdoing.

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Northern Ireland Chooses Peace

The heads of Northern Ireland’s main Protestant and Catholic political parties have joined together in an historic power-sharing government. Ian Paisley, leader of an anti-Catholic church, and Martin McGuinness, formerly of the IRA, will lead the new government. Both men have spent time in prison for their extremist roles in the conflict.

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Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

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World Bank Committee:  Wolfowitz Is Guilty

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job may hang in the balance after a panel made up of almost a third of the bank’s board members found him guilty of inappropriately pulling professional strings and lining up a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, two years ago. 

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Bush’s Royal Blunder

President Bush managed to commit one of the biggest possible no-nos, taken straight out of the Book of Things Never to Say to Women, when lauding Britain’s visiting Queen Elizabeth II (she’s the one wearing the hat) at the White House on Monday:  He insinuated that the queen is older than her actual age.

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