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U.S. and Israel Set Conditions for Palestinian Government

The U.S. and Israel have agreed not to recognize or support a new Palestinian unity government unless it first recognizes Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will have to do some political tightrope-walking in the days ahead as he attempts to make peace with Hamas at home and improve relations with Israel and its allies abroad.

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GOP Sinks Iraq Debate in Senate

Republicans managed once again to block debate on the anti-escalation resolution that continues to stall in the Senate. Democrats had billed the Saturday vote as a referendum on the war and, as Majority Leader Harry Reid rightly pointed out, “A majority of the United States Senate just voted on Iraq, and a majority of the United States Senate is against the escalation in Iraq.”

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Bush Afflicted by Non-Cancerous Moles

The president has had two benign growths removed from his temple, the latest of several sun-exposure moles he’s had to deal with. Perhaps if he spent less time clearing brush in Crawford, both Bush’s face and the nation would be in better working order.

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New Mexico Tries Talking Urinals

New Mexico’s transportation department has installed 500 talking deodorizers in urinals around the state in an effort to curb drunk driving. The motion-activated device plays a recorded message that encourages the captive listener to phone a friend or a cab if he has “had one too many.”

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Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

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Casualties From the Battle Over PTSD

Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered to a psychiatric facility, but the Army sent him home instead. Shortly thereafter, Burgoyne stabbed a fellow soldier 32 times and set his body aflame because, he said, “that’s how we disposed of bodies in Iraq.”

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Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

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Iraq Resolution Passes

The House officially denounced Bush’s “surge” strategy with a 246-to-182 vote in favor of a much-debated resolution against sending more troops to Iraq. Seventeen votes for the nonbinding resolution came from the Republican side of the aisle.

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MSNBC Re-Signs Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has asked Keith Olbermann to stay on as the host of “Countdown” for at least four more years. The left-leaning broadcaster is the network’s golden boy, with a ratings jump of 85 percent over the last year, thanks to his unique synthesis of Edward R. Murrow-style commentary and a wicked sense of humor.

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‘Extraordinary Rendition’ on Trial

An Italian judge has decided to go forward with the first criminal trial of extraordinary rendition. Twenty-six Americans and five Italians—including the former head of military intelligence—have been indicted and ordered to stand trial for the abduction of an Egyptian cleric who was detained and allegedly tortured in Cairo.

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