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Boehner
npr.org

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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global warming
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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


Sherrod Brown
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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


Bush and Maliki
centcom.mil

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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Rep. Jim Kolbe
From ABC News

GOP’s Kolbe Named as ‘Problem’ for Pages, Says ABC Source

Apparently—and it’s really only apparently at this point—Mark Foley wasn’t the only GOP rep who got too close to congressional pages. ABC is reporting that a former House clerk has named GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe as one of a small number of “problem members” in Congress.

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Mo Ibrahim
From the BBC

Cash for Good Governance in Africa

An African telcom billionaire is offering a $5-million prize to the African leader who best delivers security, health, education and economic development to his or her constituents. Harvard University will act as judge.
You couldn’t make this up.

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Gay marriage
365gay.com

GOP Retreats to Homophobia as Election Nears

Republicans across the country have seized the threat of gay marriage in a desperate attempt to hold on to Congress.  Now that the “security” issue no longer offers the boost it once did, the GOP is counting on homophobia to drive voter turnout.

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Awkward Marriage for Oil and Auto Industries

While oil companies have been raking in record profits, Detroit has struggled to pitch gas guzzlers to consumers, causing a rift in the once amicable relationship.

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