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The International Astronomical Union/Martin Kornmesser

There Goes the Solar System

A committee of the International Astronomical Union, the body responsible for the naming of planets and other celestial objects, has decided to allow at least three new ?planets? into the solar system.  The group made the recommendation after it was asked to resolve the Pluto controversy.

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Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.

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JonBenet Ramsey
cbc.ca

JonBenet Confession May Be Bunk

UPDATE: Authorities are questioning the veracity of the supposed confession described below.
John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old schoolteacher, has admitted to kidnapping and killing JonBenet Ramsey.  The surprise confession comes after 10 years of dead-ends and false accusations in a mystery that gripped the American imagination?and airwaves.
UPDATE: Thai authorities said Karr told them he drugged and had sex with the child, and then realized he had “accidentally” killed her.

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Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

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From redcross.org

Finish Chewing Before Reading This Item

Seriously: We won’t be responsible for the above if you try to digest your dinner and this news simultaneously….
Ready? OK: Bush is apparently frustrated that the Iraqi people have not shown greater support for America’s mission in Iraq.
That’s right: Bush is frustrated at the lack of public support for America in Iraq.
Has the man stopped watching even Fox News, and instead installed a one-way walkie-talkie in his brain with Don Rumsfeld on the other end?

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Sen. Allen’s New Explanation for ‘Macaca’

Apparently, the Virginia senator was intending to call a rival campaign volunteer a sh—head when he called him “macaca.” How’s that work out? Read the explanation at The Hotline.

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rejected passport photo
From The Telegraph

Why Was This Girl’s Passport Photo Rejected?

British authorities informed the parents of this 5-year-old that the above picture would not pass official muster. Why? Ahhh…but that would ruin the suspense. You gotta jump.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

‘60 Minutes’ Probes Anti-U.S. Iranian President

Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, railed against America’s “blind” support for Israel in a wide-ranging interview by Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes.” Watch it.

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What if Jon Stewart Were President?

That’s the premise of “Man of the Year,” a movie starring Robin Williams as a Jon Stewart-type who successfully runs for the Oval Office. The trailer makes it look kind of cheesy and predictable, but, as a cultural moment, it’s interesting: the hunger for a truth-teller of fake news to lead the country.

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Michael Gallagher
From ThinkProgress

Crazy Conservative Watch

Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, conservative radio host Mike Gallagher proposed installing a Muslims-only line at U.S. airports. (Watch it) Even scarier, the studio audience broke into applause.
This is happening in real-life America, folks.

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