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Kofi Annan
worldpress.org

United Nations Secretary-General Saddened by Iraq War

As he prepares to leave office after 10 years, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to the BBC about his sorrow at not being able to prevent the war in Iraq, and described the violence there as “much worse” than civil war.

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Bush, Condy and Cheney
washingtonpost.com

Mideast Anxiety Deflates Bush Jaunt

Separate trips by Bush, Cheney and Rice to the Middle East were meant to demonstrate the administration’s diplomatic prowess but backfired when the Americans met with Arab leaders who were panicked, distraught and vocal.

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Raul Castro Wants Talks With the U.S.

Cuba’s acting President Raul Castro has invited the U.S. to engage in diplomatic talks: “We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the long-standing dispute between the United States and Cuba.” 

Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE


death house
narconews.com

Court Documents Link ‘Death House’ to High-Ranking U.S. Officials

The Observer’s online edition says it has obtained documents that show U.S. officials allowed a drug informant to continue a campaign of murder in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, so as to preserve his ability to share information.  At least 12 people were killed, with knowledge of the murderer allegedly extending into the upper echelons of American power.  Thanks to Cynthia Marler-Wills for the tip.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Olbermann
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Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
DoD / R.D. Ward

Rumsfeld Memo Calls for ‘Major Adjustment’

Another confidential memo has landed in the hands of The New York Times, this one written by Don Rumsfeld himself. The disgraced former defense secretary suggested major changes in Iraq strategy, including the possibility of troop withdrawals: “In my view it is time for a major adjustment.” Bush apparently agreed, firing Rumsfeld just two days later.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Mitt Romney
From ThinkProgress

Romney’s Hypocrisy on Illegal Workers Exposed

Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 presidential hopeful and outspoken critic of illegal immigration, has for years employed a landscaping firm that uses undocumented workers to tend his home’s lawn.
It’s not the action we care about; it’s the hypocrisy. And lest you think this is not a big deal…. (Read on)

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


House GOP’ers Kick the Poor, Push Fringe Abortion Bill

In a cynical and mean-spirited attempt to reach out to their vaunted “base,” lame-duck conservative House Republicans plan on ignoring their duties to pass spending bills that would benefit the poor, and instead will put their energies into passing a “fetal pain” abortion bill based on “science” rejected by the American Medical Association.

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Dan Froomkin: On Calling BS

The Washington Post’s “White House Briefing” columnist argues that mainstream journalists and media organizations will continue their decline into irrelevance if they don’t summon the courage to call BS.

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Government Agency Slams Voting Machines

The federal government has finally taken notice of absurdly unverifiable electronic voting equipment, with new recommendations just released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The research group argues that a paper trail is necessary for election officials to be able to conduct a credible recount. But don’t get your hopes up: Even if Congress agrees with the findings, real oversight could be years away.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


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