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Pentagon Cracking Down on Soldiers’ Blogs

From Wired News: “Some of the web’s more popular “milblogs”—blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel—are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan sites for security risks.”

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Army: We Misled Seven Families

The U.S. Army has concluded that it gave wrong or misleading information to the families of seven dead soldiers, including Pat Tillman, above. One step it’s taking to improve its notification process: “an $800,000 training film that highlights how grieving families react.”
Eight hundred thousand dollars. That’s not a typo.

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The Lesser of Many Evils

As part of its bid to recapture the Congress, the Democratic Party has backed a number of candidates who skew to the right on issues like abortion, gun control and gay rights.

Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


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Don’t Meet Me in St. Louis

St. Louis beat out Detroit, Flint, Compton and Camden to top a list of the most dangerous cities in America.  On the other end of the spectrum, a small town called Brick, N.J., is this year’s safest city.

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Boehner Praises Rumsfeld

House Majority Leader John Boehner had some warm words for the embattled defense secretary on Sunday: “I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.”  The remark prompted Democrats to renew their call to oust the enabling majority in Congress.

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The Economics of Global Warming

A new report warns that climate change left unchecked would cause the global economy to lose 20% of its value, while acting to address the problem would only cost 1% of global GDP.  Sir Nicholas Stern’s report is the first major attempt to address the economics, as opposed to the science, of global warming.

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Coup Rumors in Iraq

According to the insightful blog Healing Iraq, rumors of an American plot to overthrow the Iraqi government spread throughout the country after the recent tension between the U.S. and Iraq’s prime minister.

Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Dems Take the Initiative

Democrats are hoping ballot initiatives in favor of stem cell research and raising the minimum wage will help drive voter turnout in the upcoming election.  Republicans pioneered the initiative strategy, but this time around the electorate seems to be suffering from gay marriage fatigue.

Posted on Oct 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Iraqi PM Demands Respect

Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri Maliki, privately chastised the United States’ patronizing attitude regarding Iraqi sovereignty, saying he is not “America’s man in Iraq.”

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Reality TV Iraqi Style

“Beit Beut,” an Iraqi reality TV show similar to “Survivor” and “Big Brother,” speaks to Iraqi compassion despite the sectarian violence ravaging the country.

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