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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez embrace
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Venezuela and Iran Get Cozy

The love-fest between Tehran and Caracas deepened this week, with an official visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Venezuelan capital.  Hugo Chavez and the Iranian leader embraced, signed 29 agreements and decried American-style world hegemony.

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Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

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Pope Apologizes, Sort Of

Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages” of the address he gave last week.

  • Note: He’s sorry for the reactions—not for saying what he did.

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    Mexico Election Saga Intensifies

    Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government.  Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.

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    Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

    The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

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    Neo-Nazis Poised to Win Seats in German Parliament

    The home turf of Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably become the second region in Germany to elect skinheads to the national legislature. Read the whole article to get the story on how neo-Nazis have found success in infiltrating German society. (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Driving while holding
    Béatrice de Géa / LAT

    Arnold Outlaws Handhelds-While-Driving

    With the governor’s signature, California becomes the fourth state to ban drivers from holding cellphones while driving. The law goes into effect in July 2008, and motorists will still be allowed to use hands-free phone technology.

  • Cool tidbit: Schwarzenegger said he sometimes follows his 16-year-old daughter to make sure she’s not driving while holding a phone.

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    Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

    The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
  • Read the full text of the pope’s speech.

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    Alcohol Boosts Salary, Says Study

    Drinkers are apparently more apt to reap “social capital,” said the study’s co-author. “Social drinkers are out networking, building relationships and adding contacts to their BlackBerries that result in bigger paychecks.”
    We’ll drink responsibly to that!

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    The Hypothetical Question Bush Can’t Answer

    During the president’s Rose Garden press conference, NBC reporter David Gregory asked Bush how he would feel if a country like Iran or North Korea kidnapped an American citizen, tortured him and then tried him without letting him see any evidence. Bush’s answer was a nonsensical non sequitur. (Read it) (Salon post - ad required)

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