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Spanish Court Nixes Naughty Cartoon

Someone page Larry Flynt, stat!  A Spanish high court judge has ordered a recall of all copies of the satire magazine El Jueves that featured a cartoon of Spain’s Prince Felipe engaging in conjugal relations with his wife, former TV journalist Letizia Ortiz. Updated

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Wendy Vitter Stands by Her Man

In a turnaround from an earlier statement in which she likened herself to Lorena Bobbitt, at a recent press conference Wendy Vitter resolved to stay with and continue to support her husband, joining a long line of politicians’ wives who endured their husbands’ indiscretions and the ensuing media attention.

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


Plame’s Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, “Scooter” Libby and Richard Armitage for allegedly conspiring to leak her identity as a CIA operative was dismissed on “jurisdictional grounds” without comment by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Thursday.

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE

Bomb Attacks Kill Dozens in Pakistan

At least 33 people were killed and dozens injured in two separate bombings in Pakistan—one in the south and the other in the northwest region of the country.  The blast in Hub, near Karachi, apparently targeted Chinese workers, according to the BBC, and officials were uncertain on Thursday whether the two incidents were related.

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Déjà Vu:  Another Iraq Withdrawal Bill Shot Down

Well, we might have seen this one coming, but yet another plan to set a timetable to begin the gradual withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has been deep-sixed in the Senate.

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CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE

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Why We ‘Do It’

Granted, social science must always be consumed with caution. Still, papers about people’s sex lives are entertaining if not always illuminating. Here, we’ve taken the 10 most frequent reasons cited by participants of a sex study conducted by the University of Texas psych department in which people were asked to select motivations for having sex from a list of 237 choices. The choices ranged from “I realized I was in love” to “I was slumming.”

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Iraqi Leaders Await U.S. Withdrawal

Even though President Bush is bent on “staying the course” in Iraq, and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus has hinted at years of U.S. military involvement to come, Iraqi leaders are apparently resigned to the idea that American troops will soon begin to pull out, according to Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S., Samir Sumaidaie.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE

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Daniel Pearl’s Widow Sues Al-Qaida

Of all the ways to do battle with al-Qaida, pursuing justice through the legal system against a fundamentally outlaw organization may not seem to be the most successful route.  But Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, is doing just that by suing the militant group for her husband’s 2002 death.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE

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Report:  Al-Qaida Looming Large

A new report about terrorism issued by U.S. intelligence agencies brought the sobering news that, while groups like al-Qaida may be somewhat constrained in terms of their ability to attack American targets at home, the threat they pose will continue to be significant in coming years.

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