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Blair Likens Media to a ‘Feral Beast’

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ought to know a thing or two about the topic, says the relationship between the media and public figures of various stripes has deteriorated of late, owing in part to the proliferation of broadcast, online and print outlets, the decline of the newspaper industry, and an insatiable need to create “impact” at all costs.

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U.S. in Shootout With Afghan Police

Afghan police say U.S.-led troops opened fire on a security post, killing seven police officers. The U.S. military has acknowledged the skirmish, but said it was responding to an attack and did not confirm the Afghan casualties. The Red Cross has described worsening security in Afghanistan as “a very worrying situation.”

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No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales Stalls in Senate

Senate Republicans successfully blocked a symbolic vote of no-confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday, although none defended his performance. A handful of Republicans, including some who have called for Gonzales’ resignation, voted with the Democrats, while Joe Lieberman voted against the measure.

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Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

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Federal Court Demands Release of ‘Enemy Combatant’

In a move that sets limits on the Bush administration’s power to detain suspected “enemy combatants” without going through customary channels of the criminal justice system, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz called for the release of Quatari citizen Ali al-Marri, held since his arrest in December 2001.

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Bush Adamant About Gonzales, Immigration

President Bush had a break from U.S. politics during his G-8 summit sojourn over the last week, but as he geared up for his return on Monday, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Democrats in Congress on their votes against Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and pledging to push his immigration bill through the legislative process despite resistance.

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Iraq Bridge Blast Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

A group of U.S. troops were posted at a checkpoint on a bridge near Baghdad Sunday when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb from below, killing three American soldiers and wounding six others.  The BBC reports that this latest attack brings the death toll of U.S. troops to at least 28 already this month.

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Sony vs. the Church of England

Sony Computer Entertainment is in hot water with the Church of England because of a popular video game that simulates a shootout in the Manchester Cathedral. Among other concerns, the church is appalled that Sony would “encourage people to have gun battles” in a city known for gun crime.

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Colin Powell: Close Guantanamo Immediately

Colin Powell has come out against Guantanamo Bay: “Guantanamo has become a major, major problem ... in the way the world perceives America and if it were up to me I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow but this afternoon.” The former secretary of state has been eager to rehabilitate his image in recent years after a disastrous WMD sales pitch at the U.N.

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Moore Takes ‘Sicko’ to Sacramento

Director Michael Moore will use his new documentary “Sicko” as an advocacy tool for healthcare reform on June 12, when he will testify before the California State Legislature in Sacramento about his film—a scathing critique of the U.S. healthcare system.  Moore will also join nurses’ and doctors’ activist groups, as well as state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, for a rally at the state Capitol.

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