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Curve Ball
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Source of Faulty Iraq Weapons Claims Revealed

Meet Rafid Ahmed Alwan, otherwise known as “Curve Ball” in intelligence circles.  He’s an Iraqi defector who apparently won himself a green card with his fabricated claims about Saddam Hussein’s regime harboring biological weapons, which became the CIA’s (and Colin Powell’s) key justification for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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Musharraf Declares State of Emergency in Pakistan

If any further proof was needed that Pakistan represents a major global concern at present, President Pervez Musharraf just provided it by declaring a state of emergency and storming the Pakistani Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the U.S. is “deeply disturbed” by these developments.

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Dems Set to Cave on Mukasey

It looks as though Michael Mukasey is one step closer to becoming attorney general, having secured the support of Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer. Judiciary Committee Chairman (and former Truthdigger of the Week) Pat Leahy, on the other hand, plans to vote no, because “No American should need a classified briefing to determine whether waterboarding is torture.”

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Krugman Blasts Giuliani for Prostate Prevarications

Rudy Giuliani’s factually challenged claims about how he probably would have fared in his battle against prostate cancer had he sought treatment in Britain instead of America might have raised only a small stir, but, for his part, columnist Paul Krugman thinks it should have been a much bigger deal.

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America’s Largest Nuclear Plant Put on Lockdown

A contract worker who was apparently attempting to bring a small explosive device onto the grounds of Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station on Friday was stopped and detained, according to the Associated Press, and officials would not let anyone enter or leave the plant after the incident.

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Mukasey and Bush
nytimes.com

Bush: You Get Mukasey or No One at All

President Bush issued an ultimatum of sorts on Thursday over his embattled nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, who refuses to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture. Bush said if the Democrats block the nomination, it “would guarantee that America would have no attorney general during this time of war.”

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‘From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld’

The Washington Post has obtained a number of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes,” curt memos fired off at a rate of up to 60 a day. The documents offer rare, unpolished insight into one of the principal architects of the Iraq war, who “argued that Muslims avoid ‘physical labor’ and wrote of the need to ‘keep elevating the threat,’ ‘link Iraq to Iran’ and develop ‘bumper sticker statements’ to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.”

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AP photo / Richard Drew

Shades of ‘29?

Thursday was not a good day on Wall Street, with the Dow dropping over 362 points to close at 13,567.87.  Meanwhile, the S&P 500, like the Dow, fell 2.6 percent, and the Nasdaq also took a hit, dipping 2.25 percent by day’s end.

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Don Imus
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The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

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Tibbet
atomicarchive.com

Enola Gay Pilot Dies at 92

Paul Warfield Tibbits Jr., the man who flew the Enola Gay to drop the “Little Boy” A-bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at 92 in Columbus, Ohio.  Tibbits, who named his B-29 after his mother, requested that his grave be unmarked to thwart potential protesters.

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