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U.S. Wounded in Iraq Worst Since Fallujah

The number of American troops being wounded in Iraq is at a two-year high; the number wounded may be a better indicator of realities in Iraq than the number killed because, compared with previous wars, many more wounded troops survive.

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Bush ‘Furious’ Over Woodward and Foley, Says Paper

“There’s steam coming out of [Bush’s] ears over the Foley thing,” someone close to Bush told the N.Y. Daily News. The president is reportedly likewise furious with administration insiders for being so candid with Bob Woodward for his new book.

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N. Korea Reports Nuclear Test

North Korea claimed it successfully tested a nuclear weapon last night, fulfilling a promise made last week.  Pyongyang had planned the underground test in response to what it called “U.S. hostility.”

  • Text of North Korea’s announcement

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    Anna Politkovskaya
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    Courage in Journalism

    Anna Politkovskaya, a veteran Russian journalist and outspoken critic of the Putin administration, was found dead in her apartment building on Saturday, the victim of an apparent contract killing.  Mikhail Gorbachev described the murder as “a blow to the entire democratic, independent press…. It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us.”

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    Poll: the Fallout From Foleygate

    A Newsweek poll has the Democrats favored over Republicans 53% to 35% in the congressional elections while Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 33% in the wake of Foleygate. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


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    aljazeera.net

    Border Fence Not Expected to Curb Illegal Immigration

    Experts have challenged the effectiveness of the 700-mile fence planned for the U.S.-Mexico border, citing a robust smuggling industry and statistics that show around half of all illegal immigrants simply overstayed their visas.

    Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


    That Must Be Some Tasty Fish

    The South Korean military fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who may or may not have been attempting to fish at a stream in the demilitarized zone.  The incident illustrates a rise in tensions between the two nations as North Korea prepares to conduct its first test of an atomic weapon.

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    Another Hawk Sees the Light

    As the midterm election looms, the White House is scrambling to respond to comments made by Sen. John Warner, a Bush supporter and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who said the situation in Iraq is “drifting sideways.”

    Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Susan Ralston and Bush
    From ThinkProgress

    Rove Aide Resigns Over Abramoff Ties

    A congressional report said Karl Rove aide Susan Ralston passed inside White House information to Jack Abramoff while accepting his tickets to sporting and entertainment events.

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    Uncle Sam's middle finger
    From superfrenchie.com

    America to Bush: Drop Dead!

    Bush’s approval rating stands at 36%, according to a new Time poll (scroll down); that’s down from 38% in August.

  • Also: Two-thirds believe the GOP tried to cover up Foleygate—i.e.,  two-thirds believe Hastert is lying.

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


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