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North Korean Missile Fails After Launch…

According to the AP: “A defiant North Korea test-fired a long-range missile Wednesday that may be capable of reaching America, but it failed seconds after launch. The North also tested five smaller missiles in an exercise the White House called “provocative” but not an immediate threat.

  • Bush’s NSA advisor calls it provocative behavior.
  • The Japanese foreign minister said there was a “very high possibility” that his country would impose economic sanctions on North Korea.

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    CIA Closes Unit Focused on Capture of Bin Laden

    Members of the decade-old unit at the spy agency have been reassigned within the CIA, an indication that, according to some, “reflects a view that Al Qaeda is no longer as hierarchical as it once was” or, according to detractors, “reflect[s] a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.”

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    Poll: Evangelicals Less Popular Than Jewish Presidential Candidates

    Among voters quizzed in an L.A. Times / Bloomberg poll, “21% said they would not vote for an evangelical Christian,” whereas only “15% said no to a Jewish presidential candidate.”

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    Ted Stevens
    From CNN

    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening

    As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is in charge of bills that control the future of the Internet (like Net Neutrality). So you’ll understand why we at Truthdig start crying when we read about the 85-year-old’s feeble grasp of this world-changing technology. A few Stevens quotes:

  • “An internet was sent by my staff at 10 o?clock…”
  • “What happens to your own personal internet…?”

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    American Flags
    Left: From the Bergen County Record; right: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

    Waving the American Flag

    Phew!
    What a past few years it has been for the American flag ... embraced throughout the world after the Sept. 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles….
    So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism. Here are some primers from E.J. Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more)

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    “The Real Victims of Fox News…”

    ...weren’t the liberals it attacked but the conservatives who believed it,” writes Nicholas Kristof at the N.Y. Times. “Be very wary of Mr. Bush’s effort to tame the press. Watchdogs can be mean, dumb and obnoxious, but it would be even more dangerous to trade them in for lap dogs.”

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    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    National Journal: Bush ‘Directed’ Cheney to Discredit Joe Wilson

    The president told federal investigators that he ordered Vice President Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter the allegations made by former Ambassador Joe Wilson that the White House had misrepresented intelligence to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with Bush’s statement, as quoted by Murray Waas of the National Journal.

  • If this story is correct, this not only links Bush with the CIA leak case, it puts him squarely at its helm.

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    Ex-G.I. Charged in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq

    The 21-year-old former Army private first class was recently discharged because of a “personality disorder.” Four other members of his former platoon are also implicated in the killing of the Iraqis and are being held at a U.S. base in Iraq.

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    While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

    A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • McCain’s New Bosom Buddies: First Falwell, Now Bush

    In his likely bid for the White House, John McCain has not only embraced Jerry Falwell, the man he once called an “agent of intolerance,” but he’s now getting buddy-buddy with the man whose campaign spread a malicious rumor during the 2000 race that McCain had fathered an illegitimate child.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


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