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Israelis Call Off General Strike

Some 400,000 Israeli workers launched a general strike over unpaid wages that threatened to shut down the nation’s economy. Needless to say, this isn’t good news for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose popularity is down to 3 percent. Update: The eight-hour strike, which brought much of the country to a standstill, was called off after the labor union and the Finance Ministry came to a compromise.

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Limbaugh Picks a Fight with Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had enough of Rush Limbaugh, who refers to the California governor as a “closet liberal.” On Tuesday’s “Today Show,” Arnold fired back, saying “Limbaugh is irrelevant.” That was apparently too much for Rush, who responded on own show by saying Arnold has clearly “sold out.”

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Deadly Conflict in Pakistan

An outbreak of violence in Pakistan has killed more than 50 people since Monday, according to the BCC.  Militants connected to the Afghan Taliban in the country’s northwest region have been battling tribesmen.

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Dems Divided Over War Spending

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip James Clyburn are having a hell of a time convincing rebellious Democrats to support the new Iraq spending bill. Conservative “blue dogs” don’t like the readiness requirements and withdrawal timetable, while House progressives object to spending “another dollar or another dime to support this war.”

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Former Iraq VP’s Dying Wish Granted

U.S. and Iraqi authorities have honored the final request of former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan: to be buried next to Saddam Hussein. After Ramadan’s execution Tuesday, his remains were flown to Tikrit, where hundreds of mourners were gathering.

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Bush Threatens Constitutional Showdown

The president gave Congress an ultimatum Tuesday regarding testimony in the U.S. attorney scandal: His aides will talk in private and off the record or not at all. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy balked at the proposal, setting up a possible constitutional showdown over executive privilege. Bush continued to dismiss the scandal, even as the Senate voted to require confirmation of U.S. attorneys.

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Cuba Leads Charge to End U.N. Human Rights Investigations

The newly formed U.N. Human Rights Council is debating whether to do away with the special rapporteurs whose job is to investigate global human rights abuses. A group of countries typically subjected to such scrutiny, with Cuba and China at the helm, argues that domestic reports should be sufficient.

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Darfur Camps Running Out of Room

The Sudanese camps where some 2 million refugees live are nearing capacity. According to a new U.N. report on the Darfur crisis, 80,000 people already have fled their homes this year, and some camps have been forced to turn them away.

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washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

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Mugabe Taunts Western ‘Stooges’

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe sounded as if he had stolen a page from a B-grade drama as he warned Western envoys against supporting government opposition groups—an action that could now get them kicked out of the country. 

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