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Senators Unite on Challenge to Bush’s Troop Plan

Legislators from both sides of the aisle are aligning on a nonbinding resolution by Sen. John Warner of Virginia against Bush’s troop escalation plan. It’s not the stern one Democrats had hoped to pass, but it look like this one has a shot at making it through.

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Double the Troop ‘Surge’ in Iraq?

A new study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concludes that Bush’s “surge” plan could actually add as many as 48,000 troops to Iraq—more than double the number the president has pledged. That’s because all combat units need to be backed up by support troops. (h/t: Defense Tech)

  • Also, the cost of deployment could be five times Bush’s estimate.

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    Vanity Fair

    From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

    In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

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    Exxon Mobil Posts Record Profit

    The oil company notched an annual profit of $39.5 billion, the largest ever by a U.S. company. You can leave your Ph.D. at home when connecting the dots between this and the Iraq war.

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    Bad News From Global Warming Experts

    The most authoritative climate change panel, with 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is expected to project the biggest change in average temperatures in thousands of years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that even if governments manage to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, oceans will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years.

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    realcities.com

    Franken Decides to Run for Senate

    Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

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    Joe Biden
    post-gazette.com

    Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

    Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

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    Rape Victim Jailed and Denied Contraception

    A rape victim in Florida was thrown in jail for two days when police discovered a warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a theft she committed as a juvenile. A jail worker, allegedly motivated by religious convictions, then refused to give her a crucial dose of the morning-after pill.

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    Cartoon Ads Spook Boston

    The Cartoon Network has apologized for causing the biggest security scare in Boston since 9/11. City police thought several battery-powered advertisements placed on behalf of the cable channel might be bombs, a misunderstanding that crippled Boston’s infrastructure after authorities placed the city on high alert.

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    Germany Issues Warrants for CIA Agents

    Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents for their roles in the “extraordinary rendition” of Khaled al-Masri. Meanwhile, as public outrage in Europe over the abduction and torture of terror suspects grows more intense, court proceedings in Italy could lead to the indictment of 25 alleged CIA agents.

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