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Stealing Iraq’s Oil

The Iraqi parliament is expected to vote on a U.S.-crafted law that would open the nation’s oil industry to exploitive foreign control. If the bill passes, it would give foreign investors up to 75 percent of Iraq’s oil profits until costs are recouped, and then twice the industry standard after that. This law is a naked admission that the U.S. invaded Iraq, at least in part, for its oil.

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Allies Condemn Saddam Hanging

Adding to a growing chorus of disapproval emanating from Europe, Tony Blair’s official spokesman has said Saddam Hussein’s execution “shouldn’t have happened in that way.” Earlier, Gordon Brown, the man widely expected to be Britain’s next prime minister, said the hanging was “completely unacceptable,” calling it a “deplorable set of events.”

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Israel Considers Nuking Iran

The Sunday Times has learned that Israel is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. According to Israeli military sources, the plan would be implemented only if the United States refused to act militarily or analysts decided a conventional attack would be unsuccessful. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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U.N. Pledges Revitalized Darfur Effort

The United Nations has begun a renewed effort to address the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised to give the crisis his full attention, though many world leaders have made similar commitments to no avail.

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Bush Thinks He’s the Emperor

Adding to a long list of subversive signing statements, George W. Bush has taken the knees out from under recently passed postal legislation that requires a warrant to open mail. You’d think with his army of advisers and aides someone might explain to the president that when Congress passes a law, and he signs it, that’s the law, not a prompt for interpretive rule.

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Chirac Blasts U.S.-Led Invasion of Iraq

The French president told a group of ambassadors that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq had destabilized the Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread—just as he had predicted on the eve of the war in 2003.

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Good News for Election Integrity

California’s incoming secretary of state, Debra Bowen, says her office will conduct “a top to bottom review of every voting system in use anywhere in California.” What’s more, Bowen has indicated she is willing to decertify machines approved by her predecessor, Bruce McPherson. We can only hope Bowen’s investigation will spark a national trend.

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It Only Took 218 Years

Nancy Pelosi’s new job as the first woman speaker of the House has been something of a footnote to the Democrats’ success in the midterm elections, but her truly historic ascension has inspired women and men alike—even Republicans. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, took his four daughters to the swearing-in: “It’s a good role model for all women, and my daughters can see that they can get to the highest levels of government.”

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Dems Warn Bush

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sent a joint letter to the president on Friday, warning him that they would fully resist any effort to send more troops to Iraq: “Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain.”

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Maliki Butts Heads With Sunni Clerics

Tensions in Iraq were already running high with the execution of Saddam Hussein and the ongoing violence there. Now Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has scolded Sunni clerics for warning that militias were planning to attack Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad.

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