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Quagmire Deepens for Gonzales

The crumb trail of evidence in the U.S. attorney firing scandal leads ever more convincingly to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales following today’s testimony by his ex-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson.  According to Sampson, both Gonzales and Harriet Miers “approved” and “signed off on” the plan to oust the eight federal prosecutors. 

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Iran Demands Mea Culpa in Exchange for Captives

The Iranian foreign minister has said if Britain admits it made a mistake and violated Iran’s territorial waters, it would “facilitate” an end to the standoff over 15 captured British sailors and marines. Both countries say they have evidence to back up their conflicting claims. Update: A former British ambassador has challenged Britain’s data.

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Thinning of Antarctic Ice Alarms Scientists

Polar ice experts warned Wednesday that a Texas-size block of ice in the Antarctic has thinned surprisingly fast. The Amundsen Sea Embayment contains enough water to elevate sea levels worldwide nearly 20 feet.

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Aide: U.S. Attorney Firings Were Politically Motivated

According to prepared remarks obtained in advance of his testimony, Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff believes the eight U.S. attorneys were fired for political reasons: “A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective ... is unsuccessful.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy warned that even Gonzales’ resignation would not derail his investigation into the firings.

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Pelosi Tells Bush to ‘Calm Down’

With Congress nearing a consensus on a withdrawal timetable, the president repeated the claim Wednesday that Democrats would be held responsible for denying the troops funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by saying Bush should “Calm down with the threats,” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid simply asked, “Why doesn’t he get real with what’s going on with the world?”

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Talafar No Longer Bush’s Model Town

A group of off-duty Shiite policemen is suspected of shooting about 70 Sunni men inside their homes Tuesday night in Talafar, an Iraqi border town that President Bush once pointed to as proof that Iraqi forces were able to contain insurgent violence.

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Mugabe Facing Heat at African Summit

A clash between President Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe and the opposition group Movement for Democratic Change escalated, with the MDC claiming that leader Morgan Tsvangirai and 20 other group members have been arrested. 

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San Francisco to Ban Plastic Bags

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign off on a citywide ban on petroleum-based plastic bags. The prohibition, the first of its kind in the nation, is meant to encourage the use of less harmful alternatives, including biodegradable plastic, cloth and paper bags.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


CIA: North Korea Blew Nuke Test

A South Korean newspaper has quoted CIA Director Michael Hayden as saying “the United States does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. ...  It’s because the nuclear test last year was a failure.” Hayden reportedly made the comment while speaking with a South Korean defense official. The administration has said in the past it was uncertain of the test’s success.

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Defense Contractor Jeopardized U.S. Soldiers

ITT, the premier night vision equipment supplier to the U.S. military, will pay $100 million in fines for violating the Arms Exports Control Act by sending sensitive information to China, Singapore and Britain without permission. The U.S. attorney in charge of the case said American soldiers were the “principal victims of ITT’s crimes.”

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