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Washington Deal Maker Details Palm Greasing

A contractor tied to disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham describes America’s congressional appropriations process as little more than a shakedown.

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Book: Sept. 11 Panel Doubted Officials

Long suspected and ultimately confirmed news from the AP: “The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception, the panel’s chairmen say in a new book.”

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Holding a Gun, Hezbollah Lends a Hand

Want to know some of the main reasons Hezbollah commands so much respect in Lebanon? “They cover medical bills, offer health insurance, pay school fees and make seed money available for small businesses. They are invisible but omnipresent, providing essential services that the Lebanese government through years of war was incapable of offering.”

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Quote of the Week

This quote, made in the context of the Lamont-Lieberman Connecticut Senate race, tells you everything you need to know about the degree to which special interests have their hooks into Lieberman.

  • The good news, however, is that the polls show that the public is recognizing the truth about Lieberman.
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    Christian Lebanese Rage Over Israeli Bombardment

    After Israel pounded a Christian community in north Beirut, the historical allies of the Israelis are now lining up in support of Hezbollah. ?Public opinion is 100% against Israel from this area,? said a prominent Christian Lebanese woman.

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    From ThinkProgress

    While Mideast Burns: Blair Works, Bush Vacations

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair just delayed his vacation to continue working toward a U.N. cease-fire agreement in the Mideast. President Bush, however, just landed in Crawford, Texas, for a 10-day vacation. (h/t: ThinkProgress)

  • Last year, Bush was staying put in Texas while Katrina was destroying New Orleans.
  • Sort of reminds you of the Roman emperor Nero….

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    Tom Friedman
    From brandeis.edu

    Friedman Jumps on the Antiwar Bandwagon

    Tom Friedman, the N.Y. Times columnist whose Mideast and Iraq war analyses formed the “conventional thinking” for centrists and lefties the world ‘round, has thrown in the towel on his three-year-long support of the Iraq war: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.” (more…)

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    Ambassador: Bush Didn’t Know Sunni From Shiite

    More inspiring news about our leader from Raw Story: “Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there were two major sects of Islam just two months before the President ordered troops to invade Iraq.”

  • Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Remember Bush’s infamous “World Leaders Pop Quiz”? (video)

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    Coming Soon: Wikiversity

    The Wikimania conference is underway, and “mania” is just one word that’s getting the wiki treatment. Consider these project announcements: “Wikiversity” and “Wikiwyg.”  More news on what’s new in wiki via blogger Andy Carvin (via boingboing.net).  Great story by Stacy Schiff in The New Yorker about the future of Wikipedia.

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    Iraqi Shiites Rally: ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    Over 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Baghdad to show support for Hezbollah. Attendees burned American and Israeli flags, and pledged their willingness to die for Hezbollah. (WashPo, NYT)

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