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Hopeful News on Birth Control

  • The Vatican may be softening its opposition to condom usage.
  • Meanwhile, the issue could become moot: British scientists are working on a drug to keep men from ejaculating.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Attack of the Christianists

    These ludicrous billboards are all over Tulsa, apparently. The contemptible zealots behind them even rail against condoms as a safeguard against STDs. Check out the ad campaign.

  • (Editor’s note: We had erroneously blogged that another group was responsible for the ads. That group, which is planning a similar ad campaign, is also contemptible, but we nevertheless apologize for the mix-up.)

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Glenn Fine
    washingtonpost.com

    Overdue Review of Spy Program Lacks Muscle

    The Justice Department will, at long last, examine the NSA’s domestic spying program, through which agents have eavesdropped on countless phone calls and e-mails.  Unfortunately, the review will not explore the legality of the program and was described by one Democrat as an attempt at appeasement.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Ehud Olmert
    guardian.co.uk

    Israeli PM Offers Palestinians Sovereign State

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered to recognize an “independent and viable Palestinian state ... with full sovereignty and defined borders” in exchange for a new Palestinian government, the recognition of Israel, a renewed commitment to the “road map” and the release of a captured Israeli soldier. What, no free landings?

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush twins
    spokaneyoungdems.org

    Bush Twins’ Argentine Holiday Causes a Flap

    The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires has denied reports that it asked the Bush twins to leave the country after a purse-snatching incident became a national joke at the expense of the U.S. Secret Service.  ABC News had reported that the embassy “strongly suggested” that Jenna and Barbara fly home.

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Talabani and Ahmadinejad
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Iran Pledges Help to Iraq

    Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis.  Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

    The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

  • Democracy: 1 Theocracy: 0

  • Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    CIA Uses Humor to Recruit

    The Central Intelligence Agency is using a tongue-in-cheek personality test to attract applicants. “You don’t have to know karate or look good in a tuxedo to work at the CIA,” the personality quiz says.

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    High Court to Hear Global Warming Case

    From the AP: “The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.”

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


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