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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.

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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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Bush: If Iraqis Ask, We’ll Leave

President Bush addressed reporters Thursday about Congress’ latest strategy for Iraq and insisted that U.S. forces would leave if the Iraqi government requested they do so.  Bush said that Iraq’s fledgling democracy needs to follow “benchmarks” stipulated in the plan and that “arbitrary timetables” for American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq have been nixed.

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Baby Shark Conceived Without Father

In one of the more startling scientific discoveries of late, two teams of researchers have found that a baby hammerhead born in a Nebraska aquarium six years ago was conceived via parthogenesis—i.e., without the genetic contribution of a male.

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Samuel David Cheney Has Two Mommies

Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne went to Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to meet a very special new addition to their family:  daughter Mary Cheney’s newborn son, Samuel David Cheney, who’ll be raised by Mary and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe.

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Sectarian Violence Surges in Baghdad

Recent morgue figures show a rise in sectarian violence in Iraq, challenging the effectiveness of the U.S. troop surge and a three-month old security crackdown. The Bush administration had cited a drop in violence as evidence of success, but many attributed the relative lull in killings, now but a memory, to an order from Moqtada al-Sadr for his militia to temporarily stand down.

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