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Embryo
news.bbc.co.uk

House Passes Stem Cell Bill

The House has passed legislation in support of stem cell research. The vote was 253 to 174. President Bush’s only use of the veto was to nix a similar bill last year, and this proposed expansion of research is seen as a direct challenge to him.

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Condoleezza Rice
news.bbc.co.uk

Congress Holds Hearing on ‘Craziest, Dumbest Plan’

Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates and Gen. Peter Pace all testified before Congress on Thursday, defending the president’s plan to escalate the war. But many lawmakers, particularly Democrats, weren’t impressed. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, told Gen. Pace, “This is the craziest, dumbest plan I’ve ever seen or heard of in my life.”

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Teddy Roosevelt
Wikipedia.org

Beware the Great White Fleet

The Democrats may hold the power of the purse, but that hasn’t stopped presidents in the past from defying Congress. Teddy Roosevelt succeeded in sending his Great White Fleet around the globe to demonstrate American naval power despite objections from the legislative branch.

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Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

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Bush
from msnbc.com

Bush Admits Mistakes, Promises to Make More

The president began his address to the nation Wednesday evening by accepting responsibility for mistakes made in Iraq. But as he outlined his commitment to escalate the war, complete with abundant references to 9/11 and the specter of al-Qaida, George W. Bush demonstrated the same insulation from reason and reality that created this nightmare in the first place.

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Sandy Burglar
bradblog.com

Fox News Plays the Name Game

The folks at Fox News, always innovative in the ways of fairness and balance, do some of their most inflammatory work on the banners that hover at the bottom of the screen. Not to rest at mislabeling party affiliation, they’ve taken to editorializing given names.

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NY gas
original: virtualtourist.com / alteration: Peter Scheer

New York Blames New Jersey for Stench

After a mysterious odor blanketed Manhattan this week, New Yorkers immediately turned to the usual suspect, blaming New Jersey for the sulfurous smell. The Garden State was not amused, particularly since there’s no hard evidence, as of yet, that the origin was in New Jersey.

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Irish flag
illustration by Peter Scheer

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Researchers from Dublin City University already believed that drug use was on the rise in Ireland, but they were surprised when their study indicated that 100 percent of Ireland’s banknotes bear traces of cocaine.

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Harry Reid
nytimes.com

Dems to Force Escalation Vote

House and Senate Democrats are planning a symbolic vote on Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war, partially to force Republicans to take a stand on the issue. While they haven’t ruled out more aggressive—and meaningful—measures, the Dems agreed that demonstrating their opposition was the least they could do.

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Olson
sfgate.com

Military Harasses Reporter Over Watada Trial

The military is trying to coerce freelance journalist Sarah Olson to testify against Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Olson, whose story about Watada appeared on Truthout.org, has resisted the military because, in her own words: “Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech.”

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