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Nancy Pelosi
npr.org

Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

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reconstruction
dw-world.de

Tens of Millions Wasted in Iraq

The latest report from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says tens of millions of dollars have been wasted because of failure and fraud. Among other abuses, the report cites a never-used $48.3-million housing facility, complete with an Olympic-size swimming pool. If Willie Sutton were alive today, he’d head straight to Baghdad.

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Barack Obama
AP Photo / Seth Wenig

Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

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Molly Ivins
berkeley.edu

Get Well Soon, Molly

Fans of Molly Ivins have probably noticed that her work has been absent from this page and others in recent weeks. Unfortunately, Molly’s battle with cancer has forced her to take a break from her crusade against the war. Our thoughts and hearts are with her at this difficult time.

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Scooter Libby
beachblogger.net

Does Scooter Stand a Chance?

Conflicted journalist Judith Miller added her damning testimony to a mounting heap on Tuesday, saying “Scooter” Libby did in fact reveal to her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. With more and more witnesses contradicting Libby’s account of events, his trial is starting to feel like a technicality on the way to a pardon.

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Judge Preska
law.fordham.edu

Judge Says Doctor Can’t Treat Terrorists

A judge has ruled that a Florida doctor can be prosecuted under federal law for vowing to treat members of al-Qaida. Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir argued unsuccessfully that the Constitution protects a doctor’s right to perform medical services.

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Arlen Specter
msnbc.com

Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

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Stonehenge excavation
nationalgeographic.com

From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

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Hillary Clinton
nytimes.com

Hillary Jokes About Bill’s Bad Behavior

While speaking at a rally in Iowa, Hillary Clinton tried out a tactic she may come to rely on during the campaign—humor. Responding to a question about the bad men of the world, Clinton made a veiled reference to her notorious marital difficulties, and sent the crowd into an uproar.

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Lebanon crisis
news.bbc.co.uk

Washington Is Conflicted Over Unexpected Alliance

Saudi Arabia and Iran have joined forces to mediate tensions in Lebanon in an odd turn of events that is sure to addle the Bush administration. While the U.S. strongly opposes Iran’s regional influence, Saudi Arabia is but the latest American ally to cozy up to Tehran in the interest of stability.

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