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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

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Pat Roberston Diet Shake Leads to Alleged Death Threat

Pat Robertson’s “age-defying” weight loss shake may be more trouble than it’s worth. Phillip Busch, who is suing Robertson for exploiting his image to sell the product on his “700 Club” talk show, says the televangelist walked into court and told him, “I am going to kill you and your family.”
(h/t: Largest Minority)

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Vladimir Puitn
from news.bbc.co.uk

Putin Attacks U.S.

The Russian president, normally a close ally of President Bush, used a security summit this week to lash out at American foreign policy, calling the U.S. “very dangerous.” Vladimir Putin added that the United States has “overstepped its borders” and is “nourishing” a nuclear arms race.

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Network Head Resigns Over Boston Shenanigans

The head of the Cartoon Network has stepped down because of the recent terror scare in Boston, which was caused by the city’s overreaction to an advertising ploy—nine other cities managed not to descend into hysterics when the Lite-Brite-like advertisements began appearing. Jim Samples shouldn’t have to lose his job because authorities in Boston mistook a blinking cartoon character for an act of terrorism.

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Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

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aljazeera.net

U.S. Kills Iraqi Soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded on Friday, Iraqi officials reported, after an American helicopter mistook them for an al-Qaida cell and opened fire. The U.S. military, which says only five were killed, expressed its “deepest sympathies” for the friendly-fire deaths.

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A Former Interrogator Speaks

The U.S. military insists that Abu Ghraib was an isolated abuse, but at least one soldier suggests a wider system of torture is at work: “I watched as detainees were forced to stand naked all night, shivering in their cold cells and pleading with their captors for help. Others were subjected to long periods of isolation in pitch-black rooms. Food and sleep deprivation were common, along with a variety of physical abuse, including punching and kicking.”

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news.bbc.co.uk

EU Gets Tough on Environmental Crime

The European Union is about to unveil plans to further criminalize anti-environmental behavior, allowing the courts to imprison violators responsible for negligent pollution, among other crimes. The policy change demonstrates the growing power of the European Commission over member states.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Doug Feith
from npr.org

Pentagon Gives Cherry-Pickers a Slap on the Wrist

An internal review by the Pentagon found that the intelligence cherry-picking policy shop run by Douglas Feith (above), a group President Bush relied on to sell the war, acted inappropriately but not illegally. The inspector general’s findings will be made public at a Senate hearing Friday.

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Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

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