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Baghdad Explosion

More Evidence the Surge Isn’t Working

Despite an influx of thousands of U.S. troops, Baghdad continues to experience devastating violence. Four explosions Monday killed at least 76 people.

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Dixie Chicks Enjoy Grammy Revenge

The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band’s lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for—five in all—plus a standing ovation.

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Why Chavez Isn’t Just Another Castro

While Hugo Chavez is often presented in the West as the second coming of Fidel Castro, the reality is far more complex. For example, critics who chastise Chavez for silencing a critical television station often fail to mention that the same media outlet promoted and participated in a military coup against the democratically elected Venezuelan president.

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Is the White House Whitewashing History?

Margie Burns, reporting for the Brad Blog, says the White House may be up to some old, unsavory tactics, deleting unfavorable material from its website in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. At issue are briefing references to Jeff Gannon, the faux journalist whose non-questions helped deflect criticism during press briefings.

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

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Pat Roberston Diet Shake Leads to Alleged Death Threat

Pat Robertson’s “age-defying” weight loss shake may be more trouble than it’s worth. Phillip Busch, who is suing Robertson for exploiting his image to sell the product on his “700 Club” talk show, says the televangelist walked into court and told him, “I am going to kill you and your family.”
(h/t: Largest Minority)

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Vladimir Puitn

Putin Attacks U.S.

The Russian president, normally a close ally of President Bush, used a security summit this week to lash out at American foreign policy, calling the U.S. “very dangerous.” Vladimir Putin added that the United States has “overstepped its borders” and is “nourishing” a nuclear arms race.

Posted on Feb 10, 2007 READ MORE

Network Head Resigns Over Boston Shenanigans

The head of the Cartoon Network has stepped down because of the recent terror scare in Boston, which was caused by the city’s overreaction to an advertising ploy—nine other cities managed not to descend into hysterics when the Lite-Brite-like advertisements began appearing. Jim Samples shouldn’t have to lose his job because authorities in Boston mistook a blinking cartoon character for an act of terrorism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE

Drew Faust

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

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U.S. Kills Iraqi Soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded on Friday, Iraqi officials reported, after an American helicopter mistook them for an al-Qaida cell and opened fire. The U.S. military, which says only five were killed, expressed its “deepest sympathies” for the friendly-fire deaths.

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