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CIA Report Blames Tenet for 9/11 Failure

A newly released internal CIA report lays the “ultimate blame” for a lack of strategy to combat al-Qaida before 9/11 on former Director George Tenet, who calls the charge “flat wrong.” Congress ordered the declassification of the scathing document, which was completed in 2005.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Team Cheney Sits on Wiretapping Documents

On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office allowed that it has “dozens of documents” detailing the Bush administration’s controversial warrant-free overseas wiretapping program, according to The Washington Post, but it doesn’t seem likely that Cheney’s cohorts will fork them over without a struggle. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


The War as They Saw It

With the Bush administration set to offer a progress report on Iraq—assuredly an attempt to make the case for a prolonged surge—seven active-duty GIs have offered their own assessment in The New York Times. Their view, though bleak, is not cynical, but instead a practical approach to the many problems they’ve witnessed during their time in the quagmire.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Another Alaska Lawmaker Investigated for Corruption

McClatchy is reporting that Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, is under investigation for earmarking millions in funds for a road project in Florida that wasn’t even wanted by the local community but could have been something of a gold mine for one of his campaign contributors. The Justice Department is also investigating potentially unsavory behavior on the part of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and other Alaska legislators.

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Is Obesity Contagious?:  Round Two

It’s beginning to look like there’s nowhere to hide from the often-referenced “obesity epidemic.”  First came the news this month that friends may cause each others’ waistlines to expand, and now there’s a new study out that links excess weight, in certain cases, to a common cold-inducing virus, adenovirus-36.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Deported Activist Fights to Reunite Families

After leaving the sanctuary of the Chicago church where she held off immigration authorities for a year, Mexican immigration activist Elvira Arellano was arrested and deported after speaking out at an immigrants’ rights demonstration in Los Angeles.  Now in Tijuana, Arellano will continue her efforts to reunite with her American-born son and will keep fighting for families divided by immigration laws.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Riggle
eonline.com

‘Daily Show’ Goes to Iraq

Beginning Monday, “The Daily Show” will air a series of reports from Iraq—the real Iraq—taped during a USO outing by “senior military analyst” and former decorated Marine Maj. Rob Riggle (pictured). Along with a field producer and writer for the show, Riggle ditched the green screen for a five-day stint titled “Operation Silent Thunder: The Daily Show in Iraq.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2007 READ MORE


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The Skinny on Climate Change

By way of pointing out the vulnerability of both the human body and the global climate, artist Spencer Tunick photographed around 600 eco-conscious men and women in the altogether, posing atop a diminishing glacier in the Swiss Alps for Greenpeace.

Posted on Aug 19, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian Puzzle Missing Some Pieces

Bush administration members and other Capitol Hill denizens are puzzling over how to approach Iran—one currently circulating (so Cold War retro!) keyword is “containment,” says the BBC—and finding the situation to be increasingly perplexing in light of U.S. relationships with Iraq and other Mideast nations. 

Posted on Aug 18, 2007 READ MORE


the Ranks
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Protest Bush or Get Rich Trying

Nicole and Jeff Rank, who were arrested in 2004 for refusing to remove or cover their anti-Bush T-shirts at a presidential rally, have just won an $80,000 settlement from the federal government. In prosecuting the case, the ACLU learned that the president’s advance manual has little tolerance for free speech, saying: “As a last resort security should remove the demonstrators from the event.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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