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Palestinian fighters
news.bbc.co.uk

Palestinian Factions Agree to Cease-Fire

Hamas and Fatah have announced a deal meant to end the fighting between the two Palestinian factions, yet the violence persisted throughout Sunday. Hamas described the agreement as a cease-fire.  Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas continued to push for new elections in an attempt to oust Hamas from the government.

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Bayh
indystar.com

Bayh Not Running in ‘08

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


cell radiation
emctech.com.au

No Cancer Risk From Cell Phones

Researchers from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology have found that cell phone use does not increase the risk of cancer.  The study looked at more than 420,000 cell users, some 56,000 of whom had used a mobile phone for more than 10 years. (h/t: Engadget Mobile)

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi women
washingtonpost.com

Dreary Prospects For Iraq’s Women

For years Iraqi women enjoyed access to education and professional careers. After the U.S. invasion, President Bush promised to expand those freedoms, but the prevalence of sectarian violence and religious fundamentalism has stripped Iraq’s women of many of the rights they had been accustomed to.

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Soldiers
newmediamusings.com

Troops Starting to Demand Withdrawal

Truthdig contributor Marc Cooper, writing for The Nation, uncovers a growing movement of active-duty soldiers who are petitioning Congress to begin the withdrawal of troops. A 21-year-old soldier serving in Iraq who signed the petition says of the war: “The well is so poisoned by what we have done here that nothing can fix it.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


fight
nytimes.com

Tensions Mount Between Palestinian Factions

Clashes between the two main Palestinian forces continued on Friday as Hamas accused Fatah of attempting to assassinate the Palestinian prime minister. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently said he may call for early elections in order to oust Hamas from the government, is close to revealing his plan for addressing the political standstill between the two groups.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


senate vote
cnn.com

Republicans’ Senate Fail-Safe

GOP senators may take a page from the Democrats’ playbook and filibuster the normally routine procedural vote that determines committee chairmanships. The tactic is meant to protect against the possibility, as it did for the Dems after the 2000 election, that Republicans might regain a majority in the Senate.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pelosi
house.gov

Democrats to Boost Intelligence Oversight

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democrats plan to form a new House intelligence committee based on recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The panel would combine elements of the current intelligence and appropriations committees with the aim of achieving better oversight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Schoomaker
DoD Photo / R.D. Ward

Top General Wants Bigger Army

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker has testified that his force “will break” without an increase in troops and greater ability to draw on Army National Guard and Reserve units.  The general cited the strain of commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he told reporters: “We would not surge [in Iraq] without a purpose. And that purpose should be measurable.”

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veggies
news.bbc.co.uk

Study Links Higher IQ to Vegetarianism

A study emerging from Britain claims the IQs of kids who grew up to become vegetarians were an average of five points higher. There was no difference measured between full-blown vegetarians and those who ate chicken or fish (does that even count as vegetarianism?).

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


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