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Shades of ‘29?

Thursday was not a good day on Wall Street, with the Dow dropping over 362 points to close at 13,567.87.  Meanwhile, the S&P 500, like the Dow, fell 2.6 percent, and the Nasdaq also took a hit, dipping 2.25 percent by day’s end.

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The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

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Enola Gay Pilot Dies at 92

Paul Warfield Tibbits Jr., the man who flew the Enola Gay to drop the “Little Boy” A-bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at 92 in Columbus, Ohio.  Tibbits, who named his B-29 after his mother, requested that his grave be unmarked to thwart potential protesters.

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Clinton Camp Regroups After Debate Onslaught

Judging by the rallying call for support that two key members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff made to supporters following Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia, Team Hillary is well aware that she has had better debating moments—and that her rivals will continue to pile on in coming weeks.

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Top 5 Political Costumes

In the spirit of Halloween and the idea of dressing up as something you’re not, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the five best political poses from the other 364 days of the year.

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Homophobic Church Ordered to Pay $10.9M for Picketing Funeral

A Maryland court has ordered leaders of Kansas’ fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church to pay almost $11 million in damages to Albert Snyder, the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.  Snyder sued the controversial church after members picketed his son’s funeral in March 2006.

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Supreme Court Puts Executions on Hold

The Supreme Court has placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty while it considers the legality of lethal injection, which should take months. Justices Scalia and Alito dissented from the opinion, which spared prisoner Earl Wesley Berry only minutes before he was to be killed.

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AP photo / Rusty Kennedy

Obama Takes Clinton to Task

No doubt aware of his need to snap into clearer focus as a candidate after months of relatively hazy public performances, Barack Obama issued a sharp critique of rival Hillary Clinton following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

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Monks Venture Out in Burma

Despite a military crackdown that led to the death and capture of countless civilians, Buddhist monks are once again protesting in Burma, though in much smaller numbers than before. Still, human rights and democracy advocates consider it a promising development.

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Bush Cronies Defend Torture

CIA Chief Michael Hayden has issued a passionate defense of extraordinary rendition, claiming that the practice, which so often involves abduction and torture, is justified by the “irreplaceable” intelligence it produces. Meanwhile, President Bush’s preferred successor to loyal henchman Alberto Gonzales refuses to call torture by its name, though he claims to find it “repugnant.”

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