House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said that if he remains in power after the November elections, there will be no action on global warming for the entire 110th Congress, according to Energy and Environment Daily. Scary enough for you?
As 8,000 Israeli troops pour over the Lebanese border and Hezbollah militants launch a record 230 rockets into Israel, the studiously neutral Associated Press concludes that there is no hope for a short-term cessation to the hostilities.
Two Hamas leaders recently released from detention in the West Bank say the Israelis mistreated them while in custody. Israel says they got the same treatment as other prisoners. Also, the allegations—being forced to sit for long stretches in backless chairs and living in squalid conditions—don’t appear to rise to near Abu Ghraib or Gitmo levels.
Interviewing a flack for the Israeli government about the killing of women and children at Qana in Lebanon, this CNN anchor channels Anderson Cooper with her refusal to meekly accept meaningless government platitudes. Watch the sparks fly.
How do you begin to unravel the conspiracy theories and mysteries surrounding the U.S. Air Force’s response on 9/11? Get your hands on over 30 hours of never-before-released NORAD tapes. Vanity Fair’s Michael Bronner did just that, and pieces together a picture of the “chaotic military history of that day—and the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up.” Complete with audio clips. (h/t bb.net)
The Pentagon has grown concerned as more and more service members send personal combat videos—some set to music—to websites such as Youtube and Myspace. The military has no official policy on the practice, but rumors abound of behind-the-scenes pressure to limit the flow of footage out of Iraq.
The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.