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Bush: If Iraqis Ask, We’ll Leave

President Bush addressed reporters Thursday about Congress’ latest strategy for Iraq and insisted that U.S. forces would leave if the Iraqi government requested they do so.  Bush said that Iraq’s fledgling democracy needs to follow “benchmarks” stipulated in the plan and that “arbitrary timetables” for American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq have been nixed.

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Baby Shark Conceived Without Father

In one of the more startling scientific discoveries of late, two teams of researchers have found that a baby hammerhead born in a Nebraska aquarium six years ago was conceived via parthogenesis—i.e., without the genetic contribution of a male.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Samuel David Cheney Has Two Mommies

Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne went to Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to meet a very special new addition to their family:  daughter Mary Cheney’s newborn son, Samuel David Cheney, who’ll be raised by Mary and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


Sectarian Violence Surges in Baghdad

Recent morgue figures show a rise in sectarian violence in Iraq, challenging the effectiveness of the U.S. troop surge and a three-month old security crackdown. The Bush administration had cited a drop in violence as evidence of success, but many attributed the relative lull in killings, now but a memory, to an order from Moqtada al-Sadr for his militia to temporarily stand down.

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Goodling Spills the Beans

Monica Goodling, who had refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee until she was granted court-approved immunity, had plenty to say to the committee Wednesday. The former Justice Department liaison with the White House criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, who she said was “not fully candid” with Congress. Goodling also admitted unintentionally breaking federal law by assessing prosecutor candidates on the basis of political allegiance.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Kucinich on ‘The Truth About Oil and Iraq’

Congressman Dennis Kucinich commandeered the House floor for an hour Wednesday to discuss “in detail the Congressional and White House efforts to privatize the oil of Iraq.”  Before he spoke, he announced the speech in a public e-mail.  The talk is excerpted here.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Iran Expanding Its Nuke Program

A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals that Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program, in defiance of sanctions imposed in March by the United Nations.  The watchdog agency says Tehran is obstructing the IAEA’s investigative efforts to monitor suspicious nuclear activities, according to the BBC.

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Democrats Cave on Timetable

The Democratic leadership in Congress is close to a deal with the White House to provide funding for the war without a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation will include benchmarks for U.S. aid, close to $8 billion in domestic spending and a minimum-wage increase, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she cannot bring herself to vote for a bill that doesn’t set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Gay Flamingos Adopt Chick

A pair of gay flamingos with a yen for parenthood have adopted an abandoned baby chick at a nature preserve in Britain. Homosexuality is not uncommon among flamingos, and males are able to produce a type of milk for chicks. Fernando and Carlos have been mates for six years.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Litvinenko’s Suspected Killer Defiant

After six months, a potential lead has emerged in the murder case of Russian expatriate Alexander Litvinenko (pictured), who died in England last November after allegedly being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210.  However, the suspect, former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi, denies that he had a hand in Litvinenko’s death, according to the BBC.

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