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U.S. Soldier Gets No Jail Time for Killing Iraqi General

The American interrogator sat on the general’s chest and covered up his mouth—both of which were apparently approved techniques. The defense claimed that the actions did not directly cause the general’s death. | story
We can’t help but suspect that much of the Arab world might come to a different conclusion.

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President Bush addresses the crowd during the 142nd Landon Lecture Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
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Bush Disingenuously Re-Brands Spying Program

The president is now calling it the “Terrorist Surveillance Program.” | story
OK, Mr. Bush, but what about the non-terrorists being swept up in your nets? Not that we’re surprised by the new moniker; this is the guy who legalized an increase in air pollution and called it “Clear Skies,” and labeled a tree-slashing program “Healthy Forests.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Martin Sheen looks into the audience with John Wells, 'The West Wing' executive producer, in the background during the NBC 2006 Winter Press Tour
Rene Macura / AP

NBC Cancels ‘The West Wing’

Jed Bartlett’s presidency often felt like the one we wished we had in the real Oval Office. | story
But the truth is that we stopped watching when creator/writer Aaron Sorkin quit after season four.

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Halliburton Cited in Iraq Contamination

The contracting behemoth exposed troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq to contaminated water last year. | story
And in a move of galling chutzpah that would make Dick Cheney proud, Halliburton denied the allegations, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in e-mails.

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistani religious students chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest Sunday, Jan. 22, in Karachi, Pakistan
Shakil Adil / AP

Sympathy for Al Qaeda Surges in Pakistan

While our missile attack may have killed some top Al Qaeda leaders, it has also led to thousands of protesters chanting, “Long Live Osama bin Laden!” | story
The really scary thing: Look at how young some of the protesters are.

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Fox News / via Think Progress

McCain Calls Spying Program Illegal

Think Progress notes that the Arizona senator is the latest in a long list of Republican conservatives who have expressed strong doubts about the program’s legality. | blog
Crooks and Liars has the video.

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Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, answers a question from the media after his meeting with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, right, in Tehran on Sunday, Jan. 22.
AP

In Iraq, It Keeps Getting Worse and Worse

The rebuilding of Iraq was hobbled and mismanaged from the get-go, according to an official history of the program leaked to the New York Times. | story
The Kurds, in exchange for a quasi-autonomous secular state of their own, will allow Shiite theocracy to dominate the rest of the country. Hardly the neocon fantasy of a secular, united and American-friendly Iraq. | story
Meanwhile, a mass exodus of Iraq’s professional, educated class is resulting in a brain drain, just when the country needs its thinkers most. | story
Also, an influential cleric who has led uprisings against the U.S. says that his militia would defend Iran if it was attacked. | story

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


Targeted UCLA Prof Speaks Out

She slams the hypocrisy of a right-wing academic witch hunt. | story
“I’d hate to be mistaken for a ‘conservative,’ ” she says, “but the barbarians really are at the gates.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


Bush-Abramoff Photos Percolating Through Media

Time magazine describes—but doesn’t publish—pictures of the president and the radioactive lobbyist. | story
Democrats are sensing blood—the Republican equivalent of Clinton-Lewinsky hug videos.

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


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