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Bloc Party in the EU

The party is apparently still going on in Berlin, where this weekend’s meeting of European Union leaders culminated in their acceptance of the “Berlin Declaration.”  The new agreements laid out in the declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, hail the success of the EU thus far and call for reforms.

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UK Journal:  Alcohol Worse Than Pot

Cigarettes and alcohol may cause more harm on the societal level than the seemingly harder drugs marijuana and ecstasy, according to a report released by British journal The Lancet.  The study suggests that, despite appearances, the two commonly used and legal substances could be more dangerous than their outlawed counterparts. 

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Iraqi Official on the Mend After Sneak Attack

An Iraqi deputy prime minister is recovering after a dual explosion Friday that left six people dead. The assault, believed to have indirect ties to al-Qaida, took place as a prayer group was gathering at the home of the wounded official, Salam Z. al-Zobaee.  A cook reportedly helped a suicide bomber sneak onto the property.

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Nine Officers Blamed in Tillman Cover-Up

The findings of an investigation into the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death won’t be officially released until Monday, but details are leaking out. According to Defense Department officials, the report will recommend holding nine officers, including up to four generals, accountable.

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House Approves Iraq Timetable

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the hotly debated timeline for getting American troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. In a statement to the press,  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “The American people see the reality of war. The president does not.”

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Defense Secretary Wanted Gitmo Closed

When the phrase “speaking on ground rules of anonymity” appears in The New York Times, we tend to get nervous, but a set of anonymous reports just caught our eye. According to those reports, our new defense secretary, right out of the gate (forgive the pun), argued for closing Guantanamo because its reputation had hurt the war effort. Robert M. Gates also reportedly argued that the detainees there should be brought to the U.S.

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Judge Rules for Web Freedom

Yet another court has ruled against the 1994 Child Online Protection Act, a major victory for civil rights advocates. The law has been a mess from the start. With the stated goal of protecting kids from pornography, it would punish offending websites with $50,000 fines and jail time for exposing children to “harmful” material, whether intentionally or not. Innocent sites like Salon and BoingBoing could’ve been targeted under the legislation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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‘The Campaign Goes On’

Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer is back, in an incurable but treatable form.  However, the couple announced Thursday that the campaign would go on. John Edwards called his wife the most unselfish woman he has ever met, and said that when she received the news her first thoughts, after their children, were of John and the American people.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Blast Rocks U.N. Leader’s Baghdad Trip

A visit to Baghdad by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took a turn for the dramatic today when an explosion went off near the building where he was holding a discussion with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. The blast, apparently caused by a mortar, shook things up in the middle of the televised event Thursday afternoon.

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House Affirms Subpoenas in U.S. Attorney Showdown

The Senate’s vote is still pending, but a House Judiciary subcommittee followed through Wednesday on its bid to call Karl Rove and other White House officials to testify in public about the controversy over the firings of several U.S. attorneys. 

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