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While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

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    McCain’s New Bosom Buddies: First Falwell, Now Bush

    In his likely bid for the White House, John McCain has not only embraced Jerry Falwell, the man he once called an “agent of intolerance,” but he’s now getting buddy-buddy with the man whose campaign spread a malicious rumor during the 2000 race that McCain had fathered an illegitimate child.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Expert Finds That Coulter Plagiarized

    Even the conservative New York Post is running an article on Ann Coulter’s plagiarism in her new book.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Sy Hersh: Military Reeling Over Bush’s Iran Plans

    The inestimable Seymour Hersh delivers another can’t-miss update on Bush & Co.‘s plans to strike Iran. Hersh points out that even more so than about Iraq, we are clueless about Iran’s capabilities, and many military planners are seething that the White House is taking Iran’s nuclear capabilites for granted.

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  • Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Jimmy Carter: We Need Fewer Secrets

    The former president bemoans the current White House’s obsession with secrecy: “Increasingly, developed and developing nations are recognizing that a free flow of information is fundamental for democracy.”

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Money Does Not Buy Much Happiness

    According to a new study, not only does a higher income not make you much happier, but people with higher incomes tend to be tenser and spend less time on simple leisure activities.

  • The Washingon Post has more.

  • Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

    The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

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    Report: NSA Sought Phone Records Before 9/11

    The NSA asked AT&T to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allege lawyers filing a lawsuit on behalf of telephone company customers.
    This is huge because, according to a lawyer on the case, “The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11…. This undermines that assertion.’‘

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Georgia Courthouses Can Display 10 Commandments

    Any municipality in the state apparently can post the commandments as long as they’re displayed alongside other historic documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Mayflower Compact.
    Didn’t the Supreme Court have something to say about this recently?

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Lobbyists Fund Local Needs Through Earmark Appropriations

    More and more towns are putting lobbyists on the payroll to tap federal tax money through earmarks (those special appropriations that make their way into omnibus bills in Congress). According to the NYT, “since 1998, the number of public entities hiring private firms to represent them in Washington has nearly doubled to 1,421 from 763.” Bridges, roads, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks… cities and towns are finding that a little bit of lobbying can go a long way.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


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