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Rumsfeld Unveils New Justification for Iraq Invasion

The secretary of defense added another item to the revolving and evolving list of reasons we invaded Iraq: If we hadn’t, Saddam “would be rolling in petrol dollars. Think of the oil price today. He would have so much money.”
Excuse us, we’ll be back in a moment. We need to de-lice after just reading something like that.

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Clarity on Bush’s Torture Push

In case you’re wondering what people like Sen. John McCain and Colin Powell are fighting against in Bush’s interrogation legislation, read about the euphemistically named “temperature extremes” treatment here.

  • Also, despite denials, Bush is likely pushing on for the use of “water-boarding.”

  • Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hacks and GOP Loyalists Abounded in Rebuild-Iraq Effort

    Loyalty to the Bush administration trumped qualifications and know-how among the people sent to rebuild postwar Iraq. Guess who screened the candidates? James O’Beirne, husband of the National Review’s Kate O’Beirne.
    As Andrew Sullivan says, “so many pundits married to so many party officials - it gets hard to keep them straight at times.”

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    As Homework Grows, So Do Arguments Against It

    The nation’s best-known researcher on homework says that elementary school students get virtually no academic benefit from homework.

    Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez embrace
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    Venezuela and Iran Get Cozy

    The love-fest between Tehran and Caracas deepened this week, with an official visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Venezuelan capital.  Hugo Chavez and the Iranian leader embraced, signed 29 agreements and decried American-style world hegemony.

    Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Trio
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    Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

    The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

    Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Pope Apologizes, Sort Of

    Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages” of the address he gave last week.

  • Note: He’s sorry for the reactions—not for saying what he did.

  • Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Obrador
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    Mexico Election Saga Intensifies

    Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government.  Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Benedict XVI
    timesunion.com

    Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

    The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Neo-Nazis Poised to Win Seats in German Parliament

    The home turf of Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably become the second region in Germany to elect skinheads to the national legislature. Read the whole article to get the story on how neo-Nazis have found success in infiltrating German society. (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


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