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Spy on the Government

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, and has proved to be an indispensable tool for our democracy, but negotiating the bureaucracy can be intimidating. Luckily, the Bad Guys blog has collected a helpful assortment of FOIA resources. Check it out and find out what your government is up to.

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How Flying Saucers Could Save the World

It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are working on a number of bizarre emergency plans to fight global warming, including a mock volcano that spews reflective dust and a solar shade made up of a trillion flying saucers. Scientists have been hesitant to discuss such “geoengineering” schemes, but they may be our only hope if humans fail to curb emissions or the crisis turns out to be worse than predicted.

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Sen. Leahy Determined to Subpoena Karl Rove

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., made it clear on Sunday’s “This Week” that he is determined to get to the bottom of the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will use subpoenas to do it: “I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this.” Leahy said he wanted to hear from Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and other administration officials linked to the firings.

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Emotions Run High at D.C. Rally

Saturday’s antiwar demonstration in Washington,  D.C., organized by activist groups to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, drew some 20,000 protesters and stirred up strong feelings from supporters and opponents alike. 

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Petraeus’ Surging Optimism

Gen. David Petraeus sounded confident about the surge of new U.S. forces in Iraq, telling the BBC that the influx of American troops has already reduced insurgent violence in Baghdad and the volatile Anbar province.  Still, this weekend’s death toll of four Iraqis and seven Americans proves Petraeus has a big job ahead of him. 

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Iraqis Sickened by Chlorine Gas Blasts

Following a toxic trend that began in late January, three Iraqi suicide bombers set off explosives Friday in Sunni-dominated Anbar province that were rigged to release chlorine gas.  The three blasts, which killed two and sickened more than 350 with noxious fumes, occurred in areas where resistance to the insurgency has been growing lately.

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nzherald.co.nz

Gonzales Apologizes to Attorneys

During a conference call Friday with all 93 U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized for the way his office carried out its apparently partisan firings. The move was seen by critics as an attempt at damage control amid calls for his resignation.

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Fun With Numbers

This far out from an election, pundits and statisticians frequently turn to national polls for something to talk about, but there’s more fun to be had with polling than a hypothetical showdown between candidates who haven’t even secured their party’s nomination. For instance: according to Gallup, the percentage of people who object to staying on the 13th floor of a hotel is, oddly enough, 13.

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And They Think Hair Gel Is a Problem

A different sort of terror took to the skies last week when a man on a SkyWest Airlines flight relieved himself in an air sickness bag after the captain banned restroom use. The airline has since apologized to John Whipple, whose action, remarkably, went unnoticed by any other passenger.

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U.N. Beefs Up Iraq Effort

Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country. Update: Iraq unveils a five-year reconstruction plan.

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