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AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Tom Friedman
From dissidentvoice.org

Tom Friedman’s Elastic Deadlines

The N.Y. Times’ foreign affairs columnist has been saying that “the next six months” in Iraq will be the “decisive” ones—for the last two and a half years. FAIR documents a “long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.”

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Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Shouting Match Over Gay Marriage Amendment

After a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., strode out of the room, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., bid him “good riddance.”

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Ex-Bush Official Sentenced For Vote Suppression

The senior official in Bush’s reelection campaign got 10 months for his part in a phone-jamming scheme to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in a 2002 election.

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Howard Dean
From 4president.org

Dean Misstates Party’s Platform on Gays

The Democratic chairman, speaking on Pat Robertson’s network, said that the Dems’ platform declares “marriage is between a man and a woman”—when, in fact, it doesn’t. Gay rights groups are angry.
Update: Pat Robertson, by the say, said that God told him that America would be hit by tsunamis in 2006.
OK, Dean misspoke, but what a sad commentary that he was having a serious conversation with a delusional hate-monger like Robertson, anyway.

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


Missouri Town May Evict Unwed Couples With Kids

Current law in Black Jack, Mo., prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by “blood, marriage or adoption.” The City Council rejected amending that law to include unmarried couples with children.
We’re speechless.

 

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U.S. Secretly Supporting Somali Warlords

Some of the warlords we are supporting—purportedly to keep Al Qaeda from establishing a beachhead in the African nation—were the same ones who helped to bring down American Blackhawk helicopters in 1993.

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From the Washington Post

Teen Sex Less Risky in Europe Than U.S.

Western European teens have fewer pregnancies, and lower levels of STDs, than their American counterparts. Why? Because teens in Europe have easy access to contraceptives, confidential healthcare and comprehensive sex education. Teen sex is seen as a healthy thing. (Compare that to America’s puritanical, ineffective abstinence programs.)

 

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Senate Backs Fence, Access to Citizenship

The Senate has voted to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexico border, but also has endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
Interesting mixed message, but perhaps the best that could be hoped for, given the political climate.

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


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