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Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

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3,000 Trapped in South African Mine

More than 3,000 South African gold miners are trapped 1.4 miles beneath the surface of the Earth. The company that owns the mine said that its workers will be able to breathe, but South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers said it is extremely concerned for those who are trapped. Update: All of the workers have been rescued.

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Bush and children
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Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Care Bill

President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege—the fourth time he’s done so—to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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U.S. Envoy in Burma: ‘Where Are the Monks?’

Burma’s military government has intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, abducting people from their homes in the middle of the night. U.S. Embassy personnel have found some Buddhist monasteries completely deserted while others have been closed off by soldiers.

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foreignpolicy.com

Pakistan ‘Losing War’  With Insurgents

The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s tenuous hold on power.

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Supreme Court
wonkette.com

Justice for Sale?

The Supreme Court, arguably the most powerful institution in our democracy, manages to fly a bit under the radar. Take, for example, the $1.5-million advance Rupert Murdoch paid Clarence Thomas to write a book. Conflict of interest, perhaps? The Nation’s Jon Wiener thinks so.

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Blackwater Founder Takes a Beating in Congress

Blackwater USA founder and chairman Erik Prince stubbornly defended his company Tuesday while members of the House Oversight Committee grilled him with questions such as “Why are we privatizing our military to an organization that has been aggressive and in some cases reckless in the handling of their duties?”

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Steve Jobs
intomobile.com

Consumer Takes iPhone Price-Cut Rage to Court

All those eager Apple aficionados who waited in line for days to get their grabby hands on the first crop of iPhones for $599 a pop, only to watch in despair as stragglers bought them but two months later for a whopping $200 less, may sympathize with an angry New York woman who clearly will not be placated by Steve Jobs’ scrambly attempt at refunding his way back into customers’ hearts.

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Rush Limbaugh
anniemayhem.com

Limbaugh Is Called Out for ‘Phony Soldiers’ Remark

He’s certainly not famous for his magnanimity, but this time Rush Limbaugh’s sharp tongue seems to have gotten him into a real pickle.  The conservative radio talk show host is under fire from congressional Democrats for his recent statement that U.S. troops who oppose the war are “phony soldiers.”  Limbaugh’s ill-conceived rant also caught this active-duty soldier’s attention, judging by his blog.

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Good News and Bad News from Adm. Mullen

The freshly sworn-in chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, started his first day on the job with this revelation: “The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will one day end.” That’s a relief, coming from the newest member of Team Bush, but don’t get too excited, there’s more: “We must be ready for who and what comes after.” Oh dear.

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