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Candidate Asked to End Campaign

A Republican congressional candidate in Orange County has been asked by his own party to exit the race after he was implicated in mailing threats to Latino voters.  Tan D. Nguyen denies responsibility for the mailer, which said immigrants would be jailed if they attempted to vote.

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Cheney Cops to the Obvious

In an interview with Time magazine, Dick Cheney said it was “premature” to have said “we were over the hump in terms of violence.”
Quick, someone give the vice president a dog biscuit!
We have to positively reinforce every instance of truth that accidentally escapes his lips.

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Red Cross Condemns Torture Bill

The International Committee of the Red Cross will contact the White House to address concerns over U.S. torture policy’s compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

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Halloween
From N.Y. Times

Why do Good Girls Go Bad, For a Day?

Why is it that Halloween has become, as comedian Carlos Mencia jokes, “Dress-Like-a-Whore Day”? The N.Y. Times plumbs the sociological issues at the question’s root.

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Can You Tell a Sunni from a Shiite?

Many of the elected officials and law enforcement heads playing leading roles in America’s counter-terrorism fight still don’t know the difference between Iraq’s two main religious groups.

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Tables Turned
From the N.Y. Times

‘Stay the Course’ Backfiring for GOP’ers

In stark contrast to the 2002 and 2004 campaigns, Democrats in races all over the country are now pummeling their GOP opponents for advocating a “stay the course” stance in the failed Iraq war. Karl Rove’s strategy of trying to turn a weakness into a strength is backfiring big-time.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


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Digital Darwin

Cambridge University is making Charles Darwin’s complete works freely available online, including the notebook the legendary scientist wrote in during the voyage of the Beagle.

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Attacks Kill 10 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Today was one of the deadliest days this year for American forces in Iraq, where on average three soldiers are killed every day. So much for the administration’s claims that the presence of the U.S. military is bringing stability to the region.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


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From the N.Y. Times

A Historical Surge Among Young Democrats

Under Bush II, the percentage of Americans 18 to 24 years old who describe themselves as Democrats has risen to its highest point in generations, according to Pew poll data.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Bridge to Nowhere
From sensesofcinema.com

‘Bridge to Nowhere’ Still Planned

Remember that $223-million bridge to Gravina, Alaska (pop. 50)? It’s in the current federal highway bill. Just a friendly reminder of the priorities of Alaska GOP Rep. Donald Young.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


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