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NY gas
original: virtualtourist.com / alteration: Peter Scheer

New York Blames New Jersey for Stench

After a mysterious odor blanketed Manhattan this week, New Yorkers immediately turned to the usual suspect, blaming New Jersey for the sulfurous smell. The Garden State was not amused, particularly since there’s no hard evidence, as of yet, that the origin was in New Jersey.

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illustration by Peter Scheer

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Researchers from Dublin City University already believed that drug use was on the rise in Ireland, but they were surprised when their study indicated that 100 percent of Ireland’s banknotes bear traces of cocaine.

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Harry Reid
nytimes.com

Dems to Force Escalation Vote

House and Senate Democrats are planning a symbolic vote on Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war, partially to force Republicans to take a stand on the issue. While they haven’t ruled out more aggressive—and meaningful—measures, the Dems agreed that demonstrating their opposition was the least they could do.

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Olson
sfgate.com

Military Harasses Reporter Over Watada Trial

The military is trying to coerce freelance journalist Sarah Olson to testify against Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Olson, whose story about Watada appeared on Truthout.org, has resisted the military because, in her own words: “Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech.”

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socom.mil

Second U.S. Air Raid in Somalia

The United States launched its second air assault in Somalia in as many days, according to a representative from the Somali government, who told Reuters: “As we speak now, the area is being bombarded by the American air force.”

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100-Hour Agenda Steams Along

House Democrats are on a legislative roll, but the security bill they just passed by a wide margin is expected to meet with tougher opposition in the Senate. The legislation would implement recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, including beefing up port security.

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O'Reilly and Colbert
left: smh.com.au / right: ffmedia.ign.com

O’Reilly and Colbert Face to Face

On Jan. 18 Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert will exchange appearances on each other’s shows, putting news TV’s highest-rated windbag in direct contact with a satire of himself. Fans wait anxiously to see who will do a better job of faking righteous indignation.

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Bush
whitehouse.gov

A Taste of Things to Come

President Bush has finally been forced to capitulate when it comes to the judiciary, after igniting a firestorm by announcing he would stand by the nominations of three conservative judges that had been blocked by Democrats. Bush conceded on Tuesday, announcing that all three nominees had withdrawn from the process.

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Tim Johnson
news.bbc.co.uk

Sen. Johnson’s Health Improves

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., whose sudden illness last month briefly threatened the Democrats’ control of the Senate, has been given a medical status upgrade from critical to fair.  We wish him well.

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Hooded prisoner
stanfordalumni.org

‘Rendition’ May Go on Trial

A court in Italy will decide whether to charge 25 alleged CIA agents for participating in an act of “extraordinary rendition.” The trial, should it go ahead, will be the first to address the heinous tactic, by which the United States or its allies kidnap terror suspects in order to remove them to torture-friendly nations.

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