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Military Chiefs Have ‘Surge’ Doubts

At the core of the “surge” strategy is the notion that once U.S. troops clear a particularly hostile patch of Iraq, the Iraqi army and police will move in to maintain order. But senior American officers are now raising serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to take over.

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The CIA Flashes Its ‘Family Jewels’

On Tuesday, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden made good on his pledge to declassify nearly 700 pages of documents about some of the agency’s dirtiest laundry from the past—its “family jewels”—including details about assassination plots, wiretapping and other alarming activities.

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Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

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Many Net Radio Stations Observe Day of Silence

Because royalties for webcasters have been dramatically increased, many Internet radio sites have proclaimed Tuesday, June 26, a day of silence.  A recent ruling held that starting July 15, Web-based broadcasters must pay triple for royalties. 

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Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

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The Brand-a-Baby Biz

From $50 for a list of suggestions to $475 for a numerologist to test the positive and negative associations of a certain name, the baby name business is booming.  Sociologists and name researchers are reporting an increase in the level of stress that parents-to-be experience when choosing baby names, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Top Court: ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ Not School-Friendly

In his “free-speech experiment” five years ago, senior Joseph Frederick displayed a large banner outside his high school in Juneau, Alaska, with the message, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”  As a result, he was suspended.  Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against him.

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Cruise Not Willkommen in Germany

The German government has long been aggressive in its stance against the Church of Scientology, and it has thrown down the gauntlet once again by banning the filming of a Tom Cruise movie because of the American’s religious affiliation.  Cruise will play a German military officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Your Tax Dollars at Work

Looks like war isn’t hell for everyone,  at least not for some employees of KBR, a company that contracts with the U.S. government.  KBR, once a Halliburton subsidiary, allegedly put its workers in larger than warranted living spaces and served meals that cost more than necessary under a government contract, The Washington Post reported.

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