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‘The Scream’ and the Cuban Missile Crisis Still Echo


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GOP Blocks Anti-Escalation Resolution

Senate Republicans managed to block debate Monday on the anti-surge resolution offered by John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.  Joe Lieberman, who is fast becoming the president’s most loyal lapdog, argued that debate would hurt troop morale. Chuck Hagel retorted that he would have welcomed debate while serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded.

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    Iranian Kool-Aid

    How the Press Can Prevent Another Iraq

    Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin has put together a 10-point checklist to help journalists avoid drinking Bush’s Iranian-flavored Kool-Aid.

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    Ehren Watada
    from commondreams.org

    Watada Trial Off to a Rocky Start

    The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq, began on Monday with the judge refusing to allow most of the defense’s witnesses to testify. Watada’s civilian lawyer, Eric Seitz, had some harsh words for the judge: “If you are going to tie my hands and you are going to script these proceedings, then in my view we’re all wasting our time.”

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    Libby Grand Jury Tapes to Be Released

    Judge Reggie Walton announced today that audio recordings of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s grand jury testimony will be released publicly after presentation at his trial.

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    Jakarta flood
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Jakarta Is Drowning

    Much of the capital of Indonesia is under 10 feet of muddy water after days of torrential rain caused devastating floods. Hundreds of thousands of people already have been displaced, and experts warn that the situation may worsen, with another week of heavy rain on the way.

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    Blair and Bush

    Blair Is Urged to Press Bush to Avoid Iran War

    Tony Blair is coming under intense domestic pressure to convince Bush to enter talks with Iran—and avoid a war with “unthinkable” consequences.

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    Mcdonalds and Starbucks

    Starbucks Loses to McDonald’s in Coffee Smackdown

    A recent taste test conducted by Consumer Reports found McDonald’s coffee to be flawless, while Starbucks’ offering was “burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” The coffee giant responded with a nondenial denial: “Choosing a brand of coffee is a personal decision, as taste is subjective.”

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    slave trade
    virginia.edu

    Virginia House Finally Regrets Slavery

    Stopping short of a full-blown apology, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted unanimously on Friday to issue a statement of “profound regret” over the state’s role in the slave trade, “the historic wrongs visited upon native peoples” and “all other forms of discrimination and injustice….”

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    Retired Generals, Admiral Warn Against Attack on Iran

    Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

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    drivers' license
    secureidnews.com

    States Revolt Against ID Law

    The Real ID Act of 2005 requires all states to meet a national standard for identification cards and participate in a shared database, but some have objected, citing privacy and budget concerns. Maine has led the charge of about a dozen states that may pass laws objecting to and opting out of the federal mandate.

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