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Intelligence Report Reflects Grim Reality

According to sources familiar with the document, the latest national intelligence estimate paints a bleak picture for Iraq, one that most of us have already come to know from simply following the news.

The summary of information from across the intelligence community says that the situation is perilous, the U.S. has little control and the major cause of violence is not al-Qaida but fighting among Iraqis.

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The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

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Americans Prefer Swiping to Saving

The annual savings rate dropped to the lowest level in 74 years, the Commerce Department has reported. On average, Americans saved a “negative 1 percent” in 2006, meaning people not only didn’t save but dipped into their savings and borrowed in order to spend more than their income.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like an Italian Woman Scorned

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his job thanks to his support of the Iraq war and alleged abuses of power, but he had another headache altogether this week. In a letter that appeared on the front page of a major newspaper, Berlusconi’s wife browbeat him for his public flirtations and demanded an apology—which she got.

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Sports Stars Try to Level the Academic Playing Field

Basketball superstar Baron Davis and the Chicago Bears’ Brendon Ayanbadejo have started an organization to raise awareness of the dwindling enrollment of minority students at their alma mater, UCLA. California’s anti-affirmative action Prop. 209 has had a devastating effect: This year’s freshman class of 5,000 contains fewer than 100 African American students, 20 of them on athletic scholarship.

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Senators Unite on Challenge to Bush’s Troop Plan

Legislators from both sides of the aisle are aligning on a nonbinding resolution by Sen. John Warner of Virginia against Bush’s troop escalation plan. It’s not the stern one Democrats had hoped to pass, but it look like this one has a shot at making it through.

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Double the Troop ‘Surge’ in Iraq?

A new study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concludes that Bush’s “surge” plan could actually add as many as 48,000 troops to Iraq—more than double the number the president has pledged. That’s because all combat units need to be backed up by support troops. (h/t: Defense Tech)

  • Also, the cost of deployment could be five times Bush’s estimate.

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    From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

    In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

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    Exxon Mobil Posts Record Profit

    The oil company notched an annual profit of $39.5 billion, the largest ever by a U.S. company. You can leave your Ph.D. at home when connecting the dots between this and the Iraq war.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Bad News From Global Warming Experts

    The most authoritative climate change panel, with 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is expected to project the biggest change in average temperatures in thousands of years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that even if governments manage to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, oceans will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years.

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