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Giuliani
AP photo / Reinhold Matay

Giuliani Does a 180 on Gay Marriage?

Looks like Rudy Giuliani has changed his tune when it comes to gay marriage.  Giuliani reportedly told Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins that he would support a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage—a bit of news, the Huffington Post points out, that might surprise Rudy’s former roommates.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Bhutto and mourners
AP photo / David Guttenfelder

Unrest in Pakistan Raises Concerns in Washington

The recent outbreak of violence in Pakistan has drawn criticism of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from within her homeland and has raised concerns in the U.S. about Pakistan’s leadership and future.  Twin explosions, apparently targeting Bhutto during her auspicious return Thursday from an eight-year self-imposed exile, killed over 130 and wounded hundreds more.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


monkeys
news.bbc.co.uk

India’s Monkeys Strike Back

The problem of habitat encroachment was made painfully clear Sunday when the deputy mayor of Delhi, India, was killed when he fell from his balcony as he was being attacked by wild monkeys. The Indian capital has long suffered an abundance of deviant macaques, partly because of the city’s expansion into natural territory.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
politico.com

A Chink in Clinton’s Armor?

Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”

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Valerie Plame
washingtontimes.com

Plame Tells Tale of Betrayal in New Memoir

In her new memoir, former CIA officer Valerie Plame tells of her shock as the Bush administration presented evidence in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction—“I knew key parts of it were wrong,” she says—as well as her take on her outing as a CIA employee.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Romney
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Romney, Giuliani Woo Religious Right

One by one, the Republican presidential contenders are going a’courtin’, stating their positions on gay marriage, abortion, religion and other high-priority issues of a crucial conservative constituency:  the religious right.  On Friday, Mitt Romney made his case to the Values Voters Summit, gingerly handling the matter of his Mormon faith, while Giuliani pitched woo on Saturday.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Dumbledore
film.guardian.co.uk

Harry Potter Creator Outs Key Character

J.K. Rowling, author and creator of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter franchise, revealed to a packed Carnegie Hall on Friday that Albus Dumbledore, the revered Hogwarts headmaster in her book series, is gay.  When her announcement sparked a round of applause, Rowling said, “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Diego Garcia
guardian.co.uk

Britain to Investigate ‘CIA Black Site’

The British government’s Foreign Affairs Committee will look into charges by a number of sources, including human rights groups and a retired U.S. general, that sovereign British land has been used as a CIA “black site” prison. The island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, has been leased to the United States and is the site of an American military base but remains British territory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bobby Jindal and friends
nytimes.com

Indian-American Could Beat the Odds in the South

The voters of Louisiana are very close to electing as their governor Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman of Indian descent. While the chattering class is preoccupied with whether the nation is ready for a black or woman president, the conservative Republicans of Louisiana, many of whom once threw their support behind former klansman David Duke, seem to have moved on.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


James Watson
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

DNA Scientist Apologizes for Race Remarks

Nobel-winning scientist James Watson, half of the DNA-pioneering team Watson and Crick, is undergoing a firestorm of criticism for recent comments he made in London’s Sunday Times about how he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” 

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


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