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Schwarzenegger Defies GOP on Emissions Cap

California will become the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions, should a deal reached between Gov. Schwarzenegger and state Democrats pass the Legislature.  The deal is seen as a betrayal by Republicans, who oppose a state cap on emissions.

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Sri Lankan Government Accused of Aid Worker Massacre

Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month.  Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.

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Europe Is Called Lax in Fight Against Child Trafficking

A report by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes says Europe is not doing enough to address child trafficking, with thousands of children smuggled into Western Europe annually to become sex workers and slaves.

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U.N. Denounces Israel for Use of Cluster Bombs

U.N. experts have found over 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets throughout Lebanon. The cluster bombs, most of which were dropped in the last 72 hours of the conflict, continue to injure and kill Lebanese civilians. (Also: What is a cluster bomb? )

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Supersized Paychecks for Oil Execs in 2005

CEOs of the largest 15 oil companies averaged $32.7 million in compensation in 2005. This sum is more than twice the amount paid out to CEOs at other “large U.S. firms.” More on the study released by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy here.  Oink, oink! (via huffpo)

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The national SAT score average has suffered its most severe drop in 30 years.  Educators insist that kids are just as intelligent, but that a recent redesign of the test, which placed increased emphasis on math and critical reading skills, is to blame for the poor showing.

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Civil War Leaves No Sanctuary for Wounded

Shiite militias have been conducting death raids on Iraqi hospitals, signaling an escalation in the sectarian violence that plagues the country.  Many Sunnis, some seriously wounded, have been forced to seek medical attention at home, or in illegal clinics.

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Armitage Was CIA Leak Source, Lawyer Confirms

Richard Armitage, Bush’s former deputy secretary of state,  has confirmed through a lawyer that he was the original source in the CIA leak case. But he says he had no malicious intent. He was just gossiping with reporters.

  • How does this fit in with the theory that the Bush White House leaked Valerie Plame’s name as a revenge ploy against her husband? (Jump to find out.)

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    Rumsfeld Goes Off the Deep End

    The Secretary of Defense compared critics of the war in Iraq to Nazi appeasers, saying the critics have failed to heed the lessons of history. (story and video)
    History, huh? Well, based on current policy, one imagines that Rumsfeld would have recommended invading China in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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    State of New Orleans
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    One Year Later: The Real State of New Orleans

    President Bush may be giving speeches about how the federal government is standing with the people of the Gulf Coast, but as ThinkProgress points out, the facts speak for themselves:

  • Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
  • Less than half of the city?s pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned.
  • Nearly a third of the trash is yet to be picked up.
  • Also, check out this superb Katrina timeline.
  • UPDATE: Watch MSNBC footage of Katrina’s devastation.

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