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Bush Threatens Constitutional Showdown

The president gave Congress an ultimatum Tuesday regarding testimony in the U.S. attorney scandal: His aides will talk in private and off the record or not at all. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy balked at the proposal, setting up a possible constitutional showdown over executive privilege. Bush continued to dismiss the scandal, even as the Senate voted to require confirmation of U.S. attorneys.

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Cuba Leads Charge to End U.N. Human Rights Investigations

The newly formed U.N. Human Rights Council is debating whether to do away with the special rapporteurs whose job is to investigate global human rights abuses. A group of countries typically subjected to such scrutiny, with Cuba and China at the helm, argues that domestic reports should be sufficient.

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Darfur Camps Running Out of Room

The Sudanese camps where some 2 million refugees live are nearing capacity. According to a new U.N. report on the Darfur crisis, 80,000 people already have fled their homes this year, and some camps have been forced to turn them away.

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washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

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Mugabe Taunts Western ‘Stooges’

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe sounded as if he had stolen a page from a B-grade drama as he warned Western envoys against supporting government opposition groups—an action that could now get them kicked out of the country. 

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Iraqis Losing Hope

The BBC’s John Simpson paints a gloomy picture of the situation in Baghdad these days, opining that the signs of death and widespread despondency and anger in the Iraqi capital “represent a major failure of the hopes and expectations which many Iraqis entertained four years ago.”

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globalsecurity.org

More Confessions From Gitmo

The Pentagon released a transcript Monday of a confession by Walid Mohammad bin Attash, a Guantanamo detainee who allegedly said in a private meeting that he had a hand in the deadly 2000 attack on the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen.  While he was at it, he also ‘fessed up to aiding in the 1998 American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

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thinkprogress.org

The Quagmire Turns 4

It has now been four years since the United States invaded Iraq and, according to the latest CNN poll, only 30 percent of Americans are “proud” of the war—half the number recorded in 2003. Still—with thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed; hundreds of billions of dollars spent, stolen and wasted; millions of refugees created; terrorist recruitment thriving and a civil war that threatens to engulf the region—we just have to ask: What could anyone possibly be proud of?

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Spy on the Government

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, and has proved to be an indispensable tool for our democracy, but negotiating the bureaucracy can be intimidating. Luckily, the Bad Guys blog has collected a helpful assortment of FOIA resources. Check it out and find out what your government is up to.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


How Flying Saucers Could Save the World

It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are working on a number of bizarre emergency plans to fight global warming, including a mock volcano that spews reflective dust and a solar shade made up of a trillion flying saucers. Scientists have been hesitant to discuss such “geoengineering” schemes, but they may be our only hope if humans fail to curb emissions or the crisis turns out to be worse than predicted.

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