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Reid: Iraq War ‘Lost’

President Bush may still be in denial, but Sen. Harry Reid is at least telling him the raw truth:  The surge isn’t working, and the Iraq war is not likely to result in any kind of victory.  The Democratic majority leader says he told Bush on Wednesday that the war “is lost,” judging by the “extreme violence” in Iraq lately.

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Stone, Join Forces

Director Oliver Stone is teaming up with and for a project called “VideoVets:  Bring Our Troops Home.”  Viewers can vote at MoveOn’s site to pick the winning entry from a series of more than 20 videotaped interviews of veterans and family members speaking out about the U.S. policy in Iraq. Stone will make the top entry into a 30-second TV spot.

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Gonzales Grilled by Senate Committee

Facing the music (and some skeptical senators) Thursday about the U.S. attorney firing controversy, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales insisted that he had not acted out of any politically motivated impulses or pressures and had nothing to hide about his role in handing eight federal lawyers their pink slips.

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Arab States Create Israel ‘Contact Group’

A number of Arab foreign ministers have appointed Egypt and Jordan to meet with Israel over a peace proposal that would normalize relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world in exchange for a long list of concessions, some very unlikely to be met.

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Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

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The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

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New Fear at Virginia Tech

Just 48 hours after Monday’s tragedy, Virginia Tech students and faculty were jolted Wednesday morning by another scare.  The AP reported that a police SWAT team descended upon an administrative building on campus to investigate a potential bomb threat linked to gunman Cho Seung-Hui, who killed himself Monday.

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Mass Casualties in Baghdad Blasts

Updated: Wednesday brought further tragic evidence that the surge isn’t working to secure Iraq:  As many as 200 people were killed in a series of explosions in Baghdad. The worst of the bombings took place at a crowded market in the Sadriya district that was being reconstructed after a blast in February that claimed 130 lives.

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Top Court’s Choice Not Pro-Choice

In a ruling that supports President Bush’s abortion politics, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions that Bush pushed and Congress approved in 2003.  The Court’s move struck some pro-choice proponents as the (further) politicization of a woman’s personal, and medical, decision.


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BlackBerry Addicts Get the Night Sweats

There’s a reason why it’s nicknamed CrackBerry.  North American BlackBerry users were dismayed Tuesday night by an overnight shutdown of the company’s wireless e-mail service that left them bereft of their fix—and forced them to communicate in passé ways.

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