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Actually, Wiretapping Bill Looks Stalled…

We earlier blogged that legislation authorizing the NSA’s wiretapping program was nearing passage. That now appears not to be the case. Senate and House versions of the bill may be too far apart to be bridged before Congress recesses next week.

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Iraq Is ‘Cause Celebre’ for Terrorists

The just-declassified National Intelligence Estimate concludes that the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic extremism and “is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”

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    Condoleezza Rice
    From ftd.de

    Fact-Checking Condi on Anti-Terror Claims

    In an interview with the New York Post’s editorial board today, the secretary of state refuted several of Bill Clinton’s claims about Bush & Co.‘s dismal record on terror. But Rice’s refutations fly in the face of the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission. Fact-check it here and here.

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    ‘Values’ Conference Includes Attack on ‘Faggots’

    ThinkProgress lifts the lid on a weekend “Values Voter Summit” conference attended by the likes of Tony Snow, Alberto Gonzales and Sen. George Allen. One speaker, the founder of a ministry (for God’s sake), reminisced about the halcyon days of his youth when he lambasted weak-kneed people as “faggots.”

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    Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage

    This version of the president’s warrantless eavesdropping bill—which appears headed for passage—will apparently still allow Bush the option of submitting his surveillance programs to a court for review.

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    Interrogation Bill May Codify Military Dictatorship

    The Washington Post reports that Bush’s new bill on military commissions could be a “precedent-setting Congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention” of anyone the president deems an enemy combatant—including American citizens far from foreign battlefields.

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    U.S. Economy Devalued

    The World Economic Forum has demoted the United States in its ranking of economic competitiveness, explaining that spiraling debt and persistent budget shortfalls forced the downgrade.  Switzerland now holds the top spot, followed by much of Scandinavia.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Richard Branson and Bill Clinton
    From the NYT

    Earth’s Temperature Hottest in 12,000 Years

    Even scarier than the 12,000 figure: Earth is within one degree Celsius of the maximum temperature of the past million years. (Above: Richard Branson pledges $3 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative to fund research into alternative energy sources.)

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    Morning-After Pill? What Morning-After Pill?

    An Ohio woman in search of Plan B emergency contraception learns from an ER nurse that she’s basically out of luck because she wasn’t raped, and isn’t married.

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    Driving with Porn
    From autoblog.com

    Man Arrested for Driving With Porn on TV

    Police in South Carolina pulled over a driver who was playing an X-rated DVD on his in-car video system. The driver could face felony charges of disseminating or promoting obscenity, based on the argument that a kid could have been looking through the windows.

  • Good to know South Carolina’s police are working hard to keep the streets safe and clean.
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    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


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