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Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost of Iraq Projects

More inspiring news about our government: A State Dept. agency used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns on Iraq projects and withheld info on scheduling delays from Congress.

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Kennedy: Alito and Roberts Misled Us

The long-serving senator from Mass. writes that the two Supreme Court justices’ voting record betrays an ultraconservative agenda that they hid from Congress during the confirmation hearings.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


Deadly Israeli Airstrike Kills 37 Children, Ignites Arab Fury

The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
  • Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vowed to continue its campaign for 10 days to two weeks more.

  • Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Consumers Opt for Green Power Despite Price Tag

    In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy.  Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee.  Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Stalinesque Terror Detainee Bill Proposed by Bush

    From the AP: “U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration.”

  • This is apparently an attempted end run around the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, which barred Bush’s military tribunals.

  • Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    Sprinkling the Poor, Showering the Rich

    House Republicans tacked a cut in estate taxes onto a bill to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, you read that correctly: The economically distressed would get an additional $2.10 an hour, whereas the Walton kids and the Hilton sisters would get untold millions.
    Must be that compassionate conservatism we’ve heard so much about.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Denmark Is Happiest Country, Study Says

    According to a scientist at the University of Leicester in England, Burundi is the unhappiest country in the world, and the U.S. came in 23rd out of 178 countries ranked.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Baby Talk

    Readers Shocked, SHOCKED at Magazine’s Breast Cover

    Puritanism is reigning supreme once again as many readers of BabyTalk magazine were offended en masse by the sight of—horror of horrors—a breast offering sustenance to an infant on the magazine’s cover.

     

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    Networking Sites, Chat Rooms Face Banishment

    In an effort to combat sexual predators’ use of social networking websites, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would effectively make sites like Amazon and MySpace inaccessible at public spaces.
    This is well-intentioned but horribly executed. Let’s hope the worse-than-“Do Nothing” Senate can keep this one from becoming law.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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