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Who Wants to Win a Kidney?

If you thought reality television had already hit its nadir, guess again.  The creators of the “Big Brother” franchise have whipped up a shocking new premise for their next hopeful hit in the Netherlands: A terminally ill woman will, with advice from viewers, choose the winner ... of her kidneys.  Update:  Producers at Endemol have admitted that the show is a hoax.

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Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

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Blackwater Opens Fire in Baghdad

Security contractor Blackwater USA was involved in two shootings in Baghdad last week. After firing on and killing an Iraqi driver, Blackwater guards found themselves in a standoff with heavily armed Iraqi Interior Ministry forces. A senior U.S. adviser said Iraq-American relations at the ministry have suffered greatly since the incident.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


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A Grim Memorial

Nearly 1,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines have died in Iraq since last Memorial Day, and President Bush has said he expects the surge in casualties to continue through the summer: “It could be a bloody—it could be a very difficult August.”

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


The Next Cold War?

The Pentagon, possibly suffering from a superpower complex, has accused China of spending substantially more on its military buildup than publicly stated. In a report to Congress, the U.S. military also warns of advanced nuclear capability and a possible conflict over Taiwan. Still, even if China spends two or three times the $46 billion on defense it claims, it couldn’t hope to keep pace with the hundreds of billions the U.S. throws at the military every year.

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Senators Shame Bush Over Prewar Intelligence

The Senate Intelligence Committee has declassified and released two prewar intelligence reports that warned a postwar Iraq could struggle with sectarian violence and might benefit al-Qaida and Iran. Democrats on the panel, along with Republicans Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe, criticized the Bush administration for ignoring the prescient warnings.

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Ukraine Power Struggle Escalates

For months now, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych have been at loggerheads, but their tug-of-war has gotten more intense in the last 48 hours.  On Friday, Yanukovych declared that the “use of force scenario” was underway as Yuschenko threatened to take charge of 40,000 troops, the BBC reports.

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Sadr Returns to the Spotlight

Moqtada al-Sadr emerged on Friday from months of lying low to lead 6,000 Iraqi worshipers in chants against the United States: “No, no for Satan. No, no for America. No, no for the occupation. No, no for Israel.” Always a crowd pleaser.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Americans Back Immigration Proposals

While opposition in Washington to the new immigration bill spans the political spectrum, the major proposals of the legislation find widespread support among the American people, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents say they support reforms to the immigration system, including the eventual legalization of immigrants and a guest worker program.

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And the War Goes On

With a backdrop of increased sectarian violence, the discovery of a missing U.S. soldier’s corpse and the president’s promise of more troop casualties, Congress has approved $100 billion in funding for the Iraq war.  Bush is happy with the bill, but from her comments, it’s clear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t: “This is like a fig leaf. ...”

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