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Condom production
From The N.Y. Times

Why Are GOP’ers Protecting Condom Production?

America has pledged to give condoms to Africa, but Asian factories produce them cheaper than we do. So why have GOP congressmen been so successful in securing federal condom-producing contracts for American factories, instead of the more efficient Asian ones?

  • Hint: It’s not because conservatives are lightening up about their historical antipathy toward non-procreational sex….
  • Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


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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.”

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Tillman
    AP

    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.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    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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    city-data.com

    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.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    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.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    noaanews.noaa.gov

    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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    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.”

    Posted on Oct 28, 2006 READ MORE


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