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Turning the Corner in Somalia

The Islamists have fled, the transitional government and its Ethiopian allies have reclaimed Mogadishu as Somalia’s capital and the prime minister has banned guns and called for peacekeepers. Will the stability last, or will guerrilla warfare and clan violence tear the country apart for another 15 years?

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Trouble With Authority

According to a new study by researchers at Florida State University, many Americans disapprove of their boss’ behavior. Twenty-three percent said their superiors blamed others to protect themselves while 31 percent reported getting the silent treatment.

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Grand Canyon
wwp.las-vegas-us.com

Dogma National Park

If you’ve been thinking about a vacation to the Grand Canyon but worried someone might try to assault you with information, fear not. Park employees are not allowed to reveal the true age of the formation for fear of offending Christians, and the bookstore features a manuscript claiming the canyon was created during Noah’s flood.

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Parsing the Dead

Officials from Iraq’s Health, Defense and Interior ministries on Monday said 16,273 Iraqi civilians, police and soldiers died from violence in 2006. The number is higher than tabulations by the Associated Press, which put the figure at 13,738, while the U.N. has estimated casualties in the neighborhood of 36,000. Whichever number is most accurate, too many people have been killed in this war.

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Pelosi and Reid
nytimes.com

Get Ready, Here They Come

Democrats are set to blitz Congress with a legislative agenda that tackles stem cell research, the minimum wage, ethics, 9/11 commission recommendations, oil subsidies, education and prescription drugs—all before President Bush arrives at the capital for the State of the Union address Jan. 23.

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John Roberts
law.com

Chief Justice Wants More Money

Chief Justice John Roberts made judicial pay the sole focus of his annual report, calling for a “substantial salary increase” for federal judges. Federal district judges currently earn the same amount as members of Congress—$165,200 a year.

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Saddam
news.bbc.co.uk

Saddam the Gardener

Saddam Hussein’s American nurse, in an interview with his hometown paper, revealed what life was like for the former dictator during his last years. He would save scraps from his meals for birds, tend to a patch of weeds and once asked why the U.S. had invaded, saying: “The laws in Iraq were fair and the weapons inspectors didn’t find anything.”

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With Luck, They’ll Die With the Old Year

Lake Superior State University has recommended the banishment of 16 words and phrases from the English language, including “Brangelina” and “ask your doctor.”  The annual list targets expressions that are irritating, overused or generally ill-applied.

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Feingold
russfeingold.org

2006 MVPs: Most Valuable Progressives

The Nation’s John Nichols singles out those progressives he feels deserve special recognition for their work in 2006, including Russ Feingold (above) and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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3,000 dead
From the N.Y. Times

3,000

It’s another grim milestone as we ring in the new year: 3,000 U.S. military members have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Click here for an interactive multimedia presentation by The N.Y. Times.

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