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Taliban Commander: More Attacks Imminent

According to an ABC News report, Taliban military officer Mansour Dadullah claims that plans are in the works for large-scale terror attacks.  Dadullah delivered his ominous message to a reporter in Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban operatives are said to be gaining in strength and numbers.

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American Troops Kill Six Iraqi Police Officers

In a startling rejoinder to President Bush’s rosy report of progress in Iraq, and the possibility of “success” in this war, whatever that means, six policemen were killed in a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi police—reflecting growing concerns about the infiltration of militants into Iraq’s police force.

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Bush Clings to 9/11-Iraq Link

President Bush continues to insist that there is a direct connection between the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the “folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq.”  In fact, according to The New York Times, Bush mentioned al-Qaida no fewer than 30 times in public remarks Thursday.

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British Forces: We Did Not Unleash Man-Eating Badgers

In an account typical of some circulating in Basra, a resident told the BBC that she was attacked by a dog-sized creature with the head of a monkey. Many locals believe that such creatures (recently identified as honey badgers) have been released by the British to sow panic. The rumors have now been officially denied by UK military spokesman Maj. Mike Shearer: “We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.”

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House Passes Iraq Withdrawal Bill

Although the legislation is sure to be shot down by President Bush if it survives in the Senate, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday calling for the majority of U.S. troops in Iraq to be withdrawn by April 2008.

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McCain in Hot Water After Phone Call

In yet another blow to his floundering campaign, The New York Times reports that John McCain may have broken Senate ethics rules. His aides have confirmed that McCain made a call to his top fundraisers from the Republican cloakroom, right off the Senate floor. McCain is well acquainted with the rule restricting campaign activity inside the Senate building: He headed up calls for an investigation of Al Gore for supposed violation of the same rule 10 years ago.

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Whole Foods CEO Bashed Wild Oats Online Before Takeover Bid

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, apparently behaved in not so wholesome a manner when he spent time bashing Wild Oats stocks on a Yahoo stock-market forum under the pseudonym “Rahodeb” not long before his company bid to take over the competing natural foods market chain.  The Federal Trade Commission is attempting to block the takeover on antitrust grounds. (Via BoingBoing)

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Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94

Lady Bird Johnson, widow of President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday at 94 at her home in Austin, Texas.

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Bush to Miers: Don’t Talk

President Bush has told his former White House counsel, Harriet E. Miers (pictured), not to even appear before the House Judiciary Committee in its investigation into the firings of U.S. attorneys, the committee chairman said Wednesday.  The panel was to hear from Miers on Thursday.

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Call to Limit Deployments Is a No-Go in Senate

So much for “supporting our troops”: A bipartisan proposal sponsored by two combat veterans to give exhausted U.S. troops more time between their military deployments overseas was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, the first vote of a two-week congressional debate on Iraq. 

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