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Drugs Still Winning Drug War

Remember that other American “war”? The one with ill-defined, unrealistic goals that targets all the wrong people? Well, yeah: We’re losing that one, too.
(via Andrew Sullivan)

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Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan

Finally! Sam Harris vs. Andrew Sullivan

Ladies and gentleman, the main event: The nation’s most prominent atheist dukes it out with one of America’s most eloquent defenders of faith. Check out the opening salvos in their “blogalogue” at Beliefnet or AndrewSullivan.com.

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‘Blink Tanks’ Fight for Habeas Corpus

Read about how “blink tanks” (i.e. progressive blogs and websites) are taking the lead in pushing back against Bush’s democracy-busting Military Commissions Act.

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U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

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State of Emergency for California Crops

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California after nearly three-quarters of the state’s citrus crop was wiped out by subfreezing weather last week, causing up to $1 billion in losses. Prices around the country are expected to rise drastically, as California is the nation’s major producer of fresh citrus fruit.

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If at First You Don’t Succeed ...

The U.S. and North Korea may meet for a second and possibly even a third round of talks following a surprise meeting. The White House had steadfastly refused to give in to Pyongyang’s desire for direct discussions outside of the six-party talks, but the recent rendezvous between the two countries suggests there may be more flexibility in Washington these days.

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Condoleezza Rice Might Testify at Libby Trial

Condoleezza Rice may join Dick Cheney as a witness in “Scooter” Libby’s perjury trial. The secretary of state’s name appeared on a list of potential witnesses that included Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, George Tenet, Colin Powell and members of the Washington media elite.

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Baghdad Bombings Kill at Least 95

A double bombing outside a Baghdad university has killed at least 70 people and injured 170, according to police. Twenty-five more died elsewhere in Baghdad from bombings and shootings on one of the most violent days in Iraq since the war began.

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Israeli Defense Chief Resigns Amid Lebanon War Investigations

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has resigned amid ongoing investigations into Israel’s botched invasion of Lebanon. Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!

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Journalists and Civilians Now Vulnerable to Military Justice

A provision slipped into a spending bill by the last Congress and approved by the president makes civilian contractors in Iraq subject to military court-martial. But legal scholars believe the rule could also be extended to include civilian government employees and even embedded journalists. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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