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Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

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Many Net Radio Stations Observe Day of Silence

Because royalties for webcasters have been dramatically increased, many Internet radio sites have proclaimed Tuesday, June 26, a day of silence.  A recent ruling held that starting July 15, Web-based broadcasters must pay triple for royalties. 

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Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

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Has the Straight Talk Express Run out of Steam?

John McCain isn’t worried about his floundering presidential campaign—at least not publicly—but a number of polls show his support slipping into single digits. Mayor Knox White of Greenville, S.C., a McCain supporter, explains the downward trend this way: “[McCain] sometimes makes voters mad.”

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The Brand-a-Baby Biz

From $50 for a list of suggestions to $475 for a numerologist to test the positive and negative associations of a certain name, the baby name business is booming.  Sociologists and name researchers are reporting an increase in the level of stress that parents-to-be experience when choosing baby names, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Top Court: ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ Not School-Friendly

In his “free-speech experiment” five years ago, senior Joseph Frederick displayed a large banner outside his high school in Juneau, Alaska, with the message, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”  As a result, he was suspended.  Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against him.

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Cruise Not Willkommen in Germany

The German government has long been aggressive in its stance against the Church of Scientology, and it has thrown down the gauntlet once again by banning the filming of a Tom Cruise movie because of the American’s religious affiliation.  Cruise will play a German military officer who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Your Tax Dollars at Work

Looks like war isn’t hell for everyone,  at least not for some employees of KBR, a company that contracts with the U.S. government.  KBR, once a Halliburton subsidiary, allegedly put its workers in larger than warranted living spaces and served meals that cost more than necessary under a government contract, The Washington Post reported.

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U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Lebanon

Six U.N. peacekeepers from the Spanish army were killed Sunday when their vehicle was attacked with an explosive device. Condoleezza Rice, her French and Spanish counterparts and even Hezbollah have all condemned the attack. No one has claimed responsibility. Tensions have been high in Lebanon with Lebanese forces battling an extremist militant group for over a month.

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Storms Kill More Than 200 in Pakistan

More than 200 people have died in Karachi, Pakistan, as a result of storms that ravaged the city. Heavy rain, gale-force winds and flooding obliterated many homes, while falling trees, billboards and power lines wreaked further havoc. At least 45 people have also died in southern India.

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