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usnews.com

Where Is Dick Cheney?

Iraqi state TV has reported that the vice president is in Iraq for a surprise Thanksgiving visit with the troops, but the U.S. embassy and the Pentagon deny the claim.

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EU Rules Financial Spying Program Illegal

A European Union oversight committee has concluded that the data sharing program between the U.S. and a European financial consortium broke the law by violating the civil liberties of European citizens.  The decision may prompt the EU’s ruling body to sue Belgium for allowing the program to continue.

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Drug War Claims Life of 92-Year-Old Woman

Confused and panicked by plainclothes police officers attempting to serve a warrant, the elderly woman shot three police officers before being killed herself. A new Cato Institute report estimates that 40,000 such paramilitary-style raids take place each year—courtesy of America’s criminally wrongheaded approach to drug control.

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Marines
rsu.edu

Marine General Calls for Larger Force

The new Marine commandant has said the corps must have more members to meet its requirement in Iraq, or it is likely to suffer long-term consequences.  While the Army has routinely extended deployments for its troops in Iraq, the Marines have limited the practice in an attempt to give members more time at home than at war.

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Eric Keroack
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The Family Un-Planner

Slate calls Bush’s new family planning chief, Dr. Eric Keroack, a “crazy” choice for the job. And reading Slate’s profile, it’s clear that Bush’s selection is akin to making Jack Abramoff head of an ethics reform panel.

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HIV-infected Ugandan boy
Marco Longari /AFP

AIDS Rises With Abstinence Push

HIV infection rates were dropping for a decade in Uganda until that country began emphasizing abstinence over condom use—like in Bush & Co.‘s Bible-based, sexually prudish mandates. HIV rates are now on the rise again.

  • Don’t bother Bush with facts; his mind is made up.

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    WSJ chart

    How’d the Pollsters Do?

    The Wall Street Journal has a great interactive chart showing how major political pollsters’ results compared with actual Senate race tallies. The big losers: Reuters/Zogby.

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Elephant fetus
    The Daily Mail

    Animals Pictured in the Womb

    Using a cutting-edge array of 3-D ultrasound scans and tiny cameras, a British production team has produced images of the entire gestation process of many different animals, like this developing elephant (above). The images are to air on National Geographic next month.

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    3,709 Iraqi Civilians Killed In Oct., U.N. Says

    It’s the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion. That’s more than 100 people killed per day, often after being tortured.

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush and Maliki
    huffingtonpost.com

    An Awkward Rendezvous

    President Bush is set to travel to Jordan next week for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The event might be a bit uncomfortable for the pair, now that the Iraqi government has responded to the flirtations of Iran and Syria.

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


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