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Dissent Grows Among Republican Ranks

Although Lt. Gen. David Petraeus thinks the U.S. troop “surge” is finally starting to show some positive results, it may be too late to bolster the enthusiasm of several key Republicans in Congress who have joined their Democratic colleagues in challenging President Bush’s position on the Iraq war—which, along with the war in Afghanistan, is costing America $12 billion a month.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Spotlight on Doctors in UK Bomb Plots

This report from Britain’s The Independent cases out the identities of the men and one woman associated with the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow, revealing some of their names, possible motives and backgrounds.  A noteworthy detail: Five of the eight people arrested are doctors.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Suicidal Surge

Reports from Baghdad on Saturday painted a grim picture of widespread mayhem.  Eight American troops were killed Friday and Saturday, and a series of suicide bombings occurred across the country, including a devastating blast at a market in Amarly that killed at least 115 and wounded hundreds more.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore: Rock ‘n’ Roll Impresario

Why run for president when you can jet-set around the world mingling with rock stars? Al Gore seems to have found a third way for his career prospects by spicing up his global warming outreach with a series of concerts called “Live Earth.” The tour launches from Sydney and will feature appearances by Madonna, the Police, Garth Brooks and a group of Antarctic scientists performing via satellite in front of icebergs.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Simon and … Dodd?

Paul Simon has a new touring partner: Senator and presidential hopeful Christopher Dodd.  Simon has joined Dodd’s campaign and will be performing a series of concerts at Dodd-sponsored events.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Civilian Death Crisis

A tragic milestone has been marked in Afghanistan:  The number of civilian deaths attributed to American- and NATO-led forces in the last half-year has outstripped the number caused by insurgents.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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So Much for the Motormouth Myth

Finally, a gender-focused study that doesn’t fall prey to the hidden gender biases of its research team (a phenomenon that occurs all too frequently in concordance with a little-known, but often operative, adjunct to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Murdoch Nearing Dow Jones Deal?

A weekly British business magazine, appropriately named The Business, reported Friday that media tycoon Rupert Murdoch had successfully added Dow Jones & Co. Inc. to his News Corp. empire, but other sources insist the deal is not yet sealed.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Not Your Father’s Heat Wave

While it may be frowned upon to discuss the weather, in this age of global warming it’s worth noting that the current heat wave is expected to break records throughout the western United States. Boise, Idaho, for instance, is about to be 6 degrees hotter than ever, while the town of Baker, Calif., which conveniently possesses a 134-foot-tall thermometer, recently topped off at 125 degrees. Can the ice caps be far behind?

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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the-net.dk

Report: Rights Abuse Is Easing Under Raul

An independent Cuban human rights organization says Cuba has taken fewer and freed more political prisoners under the rule of Raul Castro, compared with his brother, Fidel. But the group says human rights abuses by the government are still a problem, as is the U.S. embargo, which it says imposes unnecessary hardship on the Cuban people.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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