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Head of Walter Reed Relieved of Duties

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman was relieved of his duties Wednesday after a series of reports exposed poor living conditions and bureaucratic gridlock at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Kim Yong Nam
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North Korea Renews Disarmament Pledge

A top North Korean leader on Thursday reaffirmed his nation’s intention to disarm, calling a nuclear-free Korean peninsula the “dying wish” of former dictator Kim Il Sung. Kim Yong Nam, the North’s second-in-command, said his regime “will make efforts to realize” that wish.

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John Conyers
bradblog.com

Break Out the Subpoenas

Members of the House Judiciary Committee have said they will dust off that discarded tool of congressional inquiry, the subpoena. The committee is investigating the Justice Department’s allegedly partisan hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys.

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Santa Monica Drops ‘Top Model’ Ads

Santa Monica has removed advertisements for the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” from city buses because some residents complained the images were disrespectful to women. The ads featured host Tyra Banks and a group of women wearing swimsuits.

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Padilla Trial to Go Forward

Jose Padilla has been ruled competent to stand trial, a rebuke to his lawyers.  The defense had sought to have him treated for PTSD before the trial began. Padilla has been held in isolation for three and a half years, during which time he was subjected to varying kinds of interrogation and, very likely, torture.

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Wounded Marine Calls for Military Gay Rights

Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine to receive a critical injury in Iraq, has become a crusader for gay rights in the military, and he knows exactly how to handle critics: “OK buddy ... you pick up a gun and you go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan for a while, then you could come back and we can have a talk because I’ve actually sacrificed, I’ve actually done duty and served in this country for your rights and freedom.”

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New York City Hall
answers.com

New York Bans ‘N-Word’

The New York City Council has symbolically banned the use of the word nigger. The resolution, though unenforceable, is meant to defy the word’s popularity among young people, though, as the BBC points out, an “edict from elected officials” is unlikely to have much of an impact.

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dw-world.de

Kidnapped by the CIA

The Washington Post has an inside look at “black sites,” the secret detention centers operated by the CIA that hold abducted terror suspects, one of whom describes a world of interrogation, torture and misery.

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GAO: U.S. Vulnerable to WMD Attack

Despite spending billions of dollars, the United States is woefully unprepared for an attack involving either chemical or biological weapons, according to a report recently declassified by the Government Accountability Office. The strain of the Iraq war has contributed to problems with staffing, equipping and training the military units expected to respond in the event of such a crisis.

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U.S. Will Protect Alleged Kidnappers

A State Department official said the U.S. will not extradite 26 suspected CIA agents to Italy, where they are accused of carrying out “extraordinary rendition.” Legal adviser John Bellinger added a veiled threat, saying further legal action in Europe would hamper “intelligence cooperation.”

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