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Cheney Aide Is Screening Legislation in Seeking to Protect Bush’s Power

Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington, routinely reviews legislation bound for the president’s desk, searching for ways that the bills may limit presidential power.
More than a quick-hit news item, this article masterly describes Bush’s use of signing statements—interpretations of a law that can be used to subvert a law’s intended purpose.
Earlier: Addington—“The Most Powerful Person You’ve Never Heard Of”

Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Witnesses: Marines Killed 24 Iraqi Civilians

The N.Y. Times pieces together an atrocity that some in Congress fear could do greater harm to America’s image abroad than the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


Bush's Gopher
From ThinkProgress

Affirmative Action at the White House

Blake Gottesman, aka ?Peanut,? Bush’s personal aide, is stepping down in August to attend Harvard Business School, despite the fact that he never finished college—a requirement for HBS. Did the president, who purports to be against affirmative action, pull some strings at his alma mater?

Posted on May 27, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Athletes Killed for Wearing Shorts

Militants had issued a warning forbidding shorts a few days before.
It’s sounding more like life under the Taliban every day.

Posted on May 27, 2006 READ MORE


Alternet’s 10 Signs of the Impending Police State

An indispensible roundup, and it’s not just The War and The Spying. Alternet also points to presidential signing statements, free speech zones, the Internet clampdown, and touchscreen voting machines.

Posted on May 27, 2006 READ MORE


Abbas Stuns Hamas With Talk of Referendum

The Palestinian president has given Hamas 10 days to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and will submit the plan to referendum if the Islamic militants refuse. The plan implies a recognition of Israel, but does not renounce violence or accept past peace accords—the two other conditions the Palestinian government needs to meet to do business with the West.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Net Neutrality Gets Boost From House Panel

The panel recommended a version of the Net neutrality bill that would bar telecom companies from charging premium fees for Web companies that sell video and other content.
This is far from a full victory, but it’s a step in that direction.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Former Intel Officer: U.S. ‘Trying to Create an Iraq That American Voters Will Ignore’

A former Dept. of Defense staffer says that the U.S., in building megabases in Iraq, has all but given up on policing the country, and will send its troops out only to quell large riots. “The overarching U.S. strategy is to avoid the kind of big eruptions that get media attention.”

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Invisibility Cloak
From christmasteddy.com

Invisibility Cloaks in Sight

New advances in “metamaterials,” which change how light bends around an object, could make Harry Potter’s invisibility cloaks reality, The Guardian reports.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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