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Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk

According to officials from the National Institutes of Health, circumcision reduces the risk in men of contracting HIV through heterosexual sex by roughly 50%.  The announcement was based on several recent studies conducted in Africa.

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Democrats’ Senate Majority Endangered

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) appears to have suffered a stroke and remains under evaluation at George Washington University Hospital.  Should Johnson have to resign because of illness, the governor of South Dakota, a Republican, could appoint a replacement from his own party, taking away the Democrats’ majority in the Senate and giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon
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The Military’s Iraq Gamble

The Pentagon is expected to recommend expanding both the military and its presence in Iraq as part of its “double down” strategy. Another element of the plan, to be presented to President Bush on Wednesday, is likely to include a direct confrontation with Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia.

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Rodriguez
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Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

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Judge Throws Out Terror Case

A judge in Pakistan has dropped the terrorism charges against one of the alleged leaders of the London airline bomb plot. Britain, undeterred by the ruling in favor of Rashid Rauf, says it will move ahead with its case against co-conspiracy suspects in its custody.

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Rumsfeld: I Haven’t Read the Iraq Report

The outgoing defense secretary admitted in an interview that he hadn’t read the Iraq Study Group report—only the executive summary.
Isn’t Bush the one who doesn’t read?

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Bush
rgj.com

Bush Stalls on New Strategy

The president has delayed a speech announcing possible changes in his Iraq strategy because, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow, he didn’t feel it was ready. Snow was careful to say that didn’t mean Bush was planning last-minute changes. Does that mean an ineffective strategy should remain in place, with the death toll mounting, because the rhetoric needs work?

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U.S. Medical Refugees Flee to India

An increasing number of the 46 million Americans without health insurance have begun fleeing to places as far away as India to get lifesaving medical treatments.

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70% Disapprove of Bush’s Handling of War

Seven in 10 Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll. It’s the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war is not worth fighting.

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Moqtada al-Sadr
nytimes.com

A Bid to Ostracize Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi politicians have been meeting, with help from the Bush administration, to see if they can form a new coalition in Parliament to sideline the troublemaking Moqtada al-Sadr.  The new group of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites would have to attract moderates to find a way to handle Sadr’s militia, with its estimated 60,000 men.

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