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Congress Tries to Close Blackwater Loophole

The House voted 389 to 30 to pass a bill that would make private contractors working for the U.S. government in Iraq subject to United States law. It’s the second time Congress has attempted to apply some sense to the legal vacuum created by the Bush administration and its Coalition Provisional Authority, which pushed through what amounts to blanket immunity for mercenaries.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Larry Craig
washingtonpost.com

Craig Plans to Finish Senate Term

Comedians can now let out that sigh of relief: Disgraced Sen. Larry Craig isn’t going anywhere. While he says he won’t run again, Craig now plans to finish his term in the Senate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Burmese protesters
bernama.com

Burma General to Meet Opposition Leader

Burma’s top military general has agreed to meet with imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, provided she drops her “attitude” and meets other conditions. Meanwhile, the government says it has arrested 2,093 protesters and bystanders (Burmese law prohibits gatherings of five or more), while the BBC puts the figure closer to 10,000.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Ciara Durkin
rawstory.com

Slain Soldier’s Family Wants Answers From Pentagon

Last Friday, National Guard Spc. Ciara Durkin was found dead on her U.S. base in Afghanistan with a single gunshot wound in her head.  Now, her family is looking for answers and wondering why the U.S. military isn’t offering details about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Clinton Leads Obama by 33 Points

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is picking up steam.  She has widened her lead over Barack Obama by an impressive 33 points, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Gold Miners
eb.com

3,000 Trapped in South African Mine

More than 3,000 South African gold miners are trapped 1.4 miles beneath the surface of the Earth. The company that owns the mine said that its workers will be able to breathe, but South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers said it is extremely concerned for those who are trapped. Update: All of the workers have been rescued.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and children
foxnews.com

Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Care Bill

President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege—the fourth time he’s done so—to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Burmese soldiers
news.yahoo.com

U.S. Envoy in Burma: ‘Where Are the Monks?’

Burma’s military government has intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, abducting people from their homes in the middle of the night. U.S. Embassy personnel have found some Buddhist monasteries completely deserted while others have been closed off by soldiers.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


man holding bullhorn in front of fire
foreignpolicy.com

Pakistan ‘Losing War’  With Insurgents

The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s tenuous hold on power.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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