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Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

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Federal Court Demands Release of ‘Enemy Combatant’

In a move that sets limits on the Bush administration’s power to detain suspected “enemy combatants” without going through customary channels of the criminal justice system, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz called for the release of Quatari citizen Ali al-Marri, held since his arrest in December 2001.

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Bush Adamant About Gonzales, Immigration

President Bush had a break from U.S. politics during his G-8 summit sojourn over the last week, but as he geared up for his return on Monday, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Democrats in Congress on their votes against Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and pledging to push his immigration bill through the legislative process despite resistance.

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Iraq Bridge Blast Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

A group of U.S. troops were posted at a checkpoint on a bridge near Baghdad Sunday when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb from below, killing three American soldiers and wounding six others.  The BBC reports that this latest attack brings the death toll of U.S. troops to at least 28 already this month.

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Sony vs. the Church of England

Sony Computer Entertainment is in hot water with the Church of England because of a popular video game that simulates a shootout in the Manchester Cathedral. Among other concerns, the church is appalled that Sony would “encourage people to have gun battles” in a city known for gun crime.

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Colin Powell: Close Guantanamo Immediately

Colin Powell has come out against Guantanamo Bay: “Guantanamo has become a major, major problem ... in the way the world perceives America and if it were up to me I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow but this afternoon.” The former secretary of state has been eager to rehabilitate his image in recent years after a disastrous WMD sales pitch at the U.N.

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Moore Takes ‘Sicko’ to Sacramento

Director Michael Moore will use his new documentary “Sicko” as an advocacy tool for healthcare reform on June 12, when he will testify before the California State Legislature in Sacramento about his film—a scathing critique of the U.S. healthcare system.  Moore will also join nurses’ and doctors’ activist groups, as well as state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, for a rally at the state Capitol.

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Report: Secret CIA Prisons in Poland, Romania

A new report from the Council of Europe accuses Poland and Romania of housing secret CIA prisons, and also blames Germany and Italy for blocking investigation into the matter. The report’s author says his sources are limited, but “well placed” and even “implicated” in abuses. The CIA said the document was “distorted” but did not categorically deny its accusations.

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Jefferson Insists He’s Innocent

Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, flatly denied bribery charges accusing him of attempting, through various means, to illegally drum up over $500,000 from African business deals.  Jefferson declared Friday that he will fight to save his reputation, already besmirched by the mysterious $90,000 in cash found stuffed in a freezer during a 2005 raid on his Washington, D.C. home.

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White House Boots Joint Chiefs Chairman

The Bush administration has announced plans to oust Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace and Vice Chairman Adm. Ed Giambastiani. Pace was involved with the planning and execution of the Iraq war from the beginning, and his reappointment would likely spark a debate and raise uncomfortable questions in the Senate during his reconfirmation.

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