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Pentagon Caught in Contract Shuffle

According to internal audit documents obtained by The Washington Post, the Defense Department wasted millions of dollars by farming out contracting to the Interior Department in an effort to “expedite” the process. Through the program, Interior routinely awarded overpriced and under-monitored no-bid contracts in exchange for a fee from the Pentagon.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Golden Gate
mikelevin.com

Golden State’s Green Law

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Industrialists and environmentalists alike are watching intently as the world’s seventh-largest economy prepares to meet that goal—assuming the landmark law survives numerous court challenges.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


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rottentomatoes.com

Japan Considers Building Nukes

The Japanese daily Sankei says it has obtained an internal government report outlining the requirements for building a nuclear weapon. The Japanese government denies that it intends to build such a device. However, public pressure has mounted following North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


James Brown
abc.net.au

James Brown Dead at 73

The legendary innovator and icon died early Christmas morning after being hospitalized for pneumonia in Atlanta. When it comes to his influence on American culture, the “Godfather of Soul” said it best himself: “Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown. You know what I’m saying?”

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Moyers
wikipedia.org

Bill Moyers’ Parable

The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation’s history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Natanz
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran Unfazed by Sanctions

Iran responded defiantly Sunday to U.N. Security Council sanctions by announcing it would press ahead with nuclear enrichment. “Previously we said repeatedly that if the Westerners wanted to exploit the UN Security Council it will not only have no influence but make us more determined to pursue our nuclear goals even faster,” said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


fighters
aljazeera.net

Somalia at War

Despite a brief flirtation with peace, the fighting that has ravaged Somalia in recent days appears likely to continue. The Union of Islamic Courts has advanced to the transitional government’s last remaining base of power, Baidoa, where fighting with Ethiopian troops has led to heavy casualties. Update: After finally admitting to its role in the conflict, Ethiopia has bombed two Somalian airports.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Phill Kline
nytimes.com

Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Moore
news.bbc.co.uk

Michael Moore Cleared in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Lawsuit

An Iraq war veteran who appeared in “Fahrenheit 9/11” has lost his lawsuit against Michael Moore. Sgt. Peter Damon, who lost his arms in Iraq, had accused Moore of misrepresenting his feelings about the war by using an interview from NBC News out of context.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Raul Castro
eur.news1.yimg.com

Castro Makes Overture to Free Speech

Cuba’s acting president, Raul Castro, hinted at boosting freedom of expression this week, inviting university students to debate without fear. The remarks signal a departure from the practices of his brother, Fidel, who handed over power after undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


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