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Ralph Reed Knee-Deep in Influence-Peddling Scheme

A bipartisan Senate report detailed more than $5.3 million in payments to the former director of the Christian Coalition (who’s now running for Lt. Gov. in Georgia), aimed at helping now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s Indian clients block the casinos of other Indian tribes….

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Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart
    From the Washington Post

    Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?

    Remember when Jon Stewart famously told the “Crossfire” boys that they were “hurting America”? Well, now two political scientists are saying the same thing about Stewart. In a study, students who watched “The Daily Show” developed cynical attitudes about politics, the news media and the electoral system.
    Actually, more cynicism and skepticism would be helpful in the age of Bush and his Lies. But if, as the study suggests, “The Daily Show”  turns young people off from voting, we can’t be happy about that.

     

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


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    AP / Assad Muhsin

    State of Emergency Declared in Baghdad

    The Iraqi government ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the Green Zone. Dozens of deaths were reported around the country in this one day alone.

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    Paul Pillar
    From PBS

    CIA Veteran: White House Was Subtle in Twisting Analysts’ Arms

    The CIA’s former top man in the Middle East and South Asia says in a PBS interview that Americans shouldn’t be persuaded by official reports that prewar intelligence on Iraq wasn’t politicized; twisting the arms of analysts may not have been official policy but it happened nonetheless.

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    Penalty for Ghana against America
    AP / Anja Niedringhaus

    U.S. Penalty Leads to Elimination in World Cup

    America fell 2-1 to Ghana, ending U.S. hopes of advancing in the competition. The game was tied 1-1 until an American defender pushed a Ghanaian player near the penalty area—which triggered a penalty kick that won the game for Ghana.

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    Most Polls Show Wide Support for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

    Next time you hear a conservative bloviating about how most of the country is united behind “staying the course” in Iraq, you can respond with the truth: Almost every major poll shows strong support for a troop pullout in Iraq, and most Americans declared long ago that the Iraq war was a mistake.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Earth
    From Raw Story

    Study: High Earth Temperatures Manmade, Not Natural

    The National Academy of Sciences, reviewing a broad swath of scientific studies, concludes that the presently high temperature of the Earth is due to human action, not cyclical natural temperature spikes.

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    Senate Rejects Calls for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

    The stricter of the two bills being voted on—a measure that would have mandated a pullout by 2007—went down 86-13. The bill that didn’t have a timetable was defeated 60-39, with all but one Republican and six Democrats voting against the measure.
    UPDATE: The Senate is weighing a modest troop reduction in the coming months.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Questions About 3 Republicans’ Land Deals

    The House speaker cleared a cool $2 million from the sale of land near a highway project that he helped to finance with targeted federal funds. Two other GOP congressmen had similar questionable dealings in their own districts. The Washington Post has the goods.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


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