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Real-Life Violence

Director Brian DePalma says “Pictures are what will stop the war,” and he’s out to prove it. His new film “Redacted,” which focuses on the brutal rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family, uses graphic images from the war that he says media outlets have been too timid to show.

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Kim Gye Gwan
AP Photo / Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Nuclear Proliferation at a Crossroads

If the Bush administration is now in peacenik mode with North Korea, why not more aggressively follow the diplomatic track with Iran?  As a result of a startling turnabout by an administration committed to wage war against “rogue nations,” it turns out offers of aid and diplomatic recognition might work wonders in stemming the spread of the nuclear threat.

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Larry Craig

Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE

Gaza protest
AP Photo / Hatem Moussa

Thousands Protest Hamas

Thousands of protesters clashed with Hamas security forces in Gaza on Friday. Rival groups, including the recently ousted Fatah, organized the demonstration, which centered on alleged civil liberty violations and the politicization of mosques.

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Iowa marriage
AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Same-Sex Marriages on Hold in Iowa

Just hours after Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriages was lifted by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, the judge agreed to stay his ruling upon a request from the Polk County attorney, who will file an appeal.  However, one lucky couple was able to seal the deal before the stay was granted.

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Coretta Scott King
AP Images / John Bazemore

Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.

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Congressmen’s Plane Dodges Fire in Iraq

Three U.S. senators and a member of the House got a taste of life in the combat zone when their military cargo plane came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades as they left Baghdad en route to Jordan Thursday night.

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California Senate Nixes ID Implants for Workers

The California state Senate, anticipating a worst-case employment scenario that would make George Orwell and Karl Marx spin in their graves, passed a bill Thursday that prohibits employers from requiring that their workers be tagged with an implanted identification device similar to the kind that has become popular among pet owners to ID their lost animals.

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Sen. Craig’s Arrest Transcript Released

Two and a half months after his arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen. Larry Craig’s conversation at the scene of the incident with the policemen who apprehended him has been released.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE

Trouble the dog

Still Mean From Beyond the Grave

Leona Helmsley, the recently deceased billionaire who was famous for being mean and evading taxes, left two of her grandchildren nothing but gave her dog Trouble a $12-million trust fund so it can continue to enjoy the lifestyle it has become accustomed to.

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