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Got Debt?  Head to Iraq

Being heavily in debt is prompting some U.S. military members to volunteer to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan. Take Air Force Capt. Nick Sloan, who admits that the need to get out of debt was a significant factor in his choice to go to Iraq.

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Bush Can’t Remember Why He Blew It

The disbanding of the Iraqi army shortly after the U.S. began its occupation is widely considered one of the biggest blunders of the war. So why did the administration make such a disastrous decision? Don’t ask President Bush: He can’t remember.

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Brits Bid Basra Cheerio

British forces have relocated to the Basra airport, leaving Iraq’s No. 2 city in the hands of Iraqis for the first time since the invasion. For many locals, it was a welcome withdrawal: “We are pleased that the Iraqi army are now taking over the situation. We as an Iraqi people reject occupation. We reject colonialism. We want our freedom,” one resident told the AP.

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Bush in Iraq
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Drops In on His Mideast Timeshare

The “What, me worry?” president paid a cheerful visit to U.S. troops in Iraq’s Anbar province, an auspiciously timed trip (his third since the war began in 2003) that falls mere days before Congress is scheduled to hear Army Gen. David Petraeus’ Iraq “progress” report.  For another status report (read: reality check), follow this link.

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Real-Life Violence

Director Brian DePalma says “Pictures are what will stop the war,” and he’s out to prove it. His new film “Redacted,” which focuses on the brutal rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family, uses graphic images from the war that he says media outlets have been too timid to show.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Nuclear Proliferation at a Crossroads

If the Bush administration is now in peacenik mode with North Korea, why not more aggressively follow the diplomatic track with Iran?  As a result of a startling turnabout by an administration committed to wage war against “rogue nations,” it turns out offers of aid and diplomatic recognition might work wonders in stemming the spread of the nuclear threat.

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Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Hatem Moussa

Thousands Protest Hamas

Thousands of protesters clashed with Hamas security forces in Gaza on Friday. Rival groups, including the recently ousted Fatah, organized the demonstration, which centered on alleged civil liberty violations and the politicization of mosques.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


Iowa marriage
AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Same-Sex Marriages on Hold in Iowa

Just hours after Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriages was lifted by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, the judge agreed to stay his ruling upon a request from the Polk County attorney, who will file an appeal.  However, one lucky couple was able to seal the deal before the stay was granted.

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Coretta Scott King
AP Images / John Bazemore

Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.

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