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Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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Global Warming Slams Arctic

Last month Arctic sea ice shrunk by an area the size of Alaska when compared to historical averages, according to a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. By 2040, summer ice could disappear altogether.

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Durst on Bush’s Reading Habits

Columnist and comedian Will Durst explores the irony of delivering a report to a president who doesn’t read.  Of the Iraq Study Group’s 79 recommendations, Durst writes: “Unfortunately none of them involved the President and his entire Cabinet resigning, proving perhaps this study group should’ve studied more.”

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Kucinich to Run for President

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

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A Tale of Two Tyrants

Agusto Pinochet’s death and the looming execution of Saddam Hussein inspires former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando to compare and contrast two of America’s favorite dictators.

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Lebanon on the Brink

Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

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U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people in prison and 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole.  China, which has about a billion more people than the U.S., has only 1.5 million prisoners.

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Annan Rebukes U.S. for Abusing Power

Speaking from the Truman Library in his last speech as U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan excoriated the United States for abusing its power in the world community: “No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over others.”

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    Tom DeLay Blogs, Briefly

    Disgraced Congressman Tom DeLay reinvented himself as a blogger, briefly, before removing all posts and disabling comments.  Guess it didn’t work out. (h/t: Think Progress)

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    Public Money Used to Indoctrinate Prisoners

    Tax dollars are going toward an unlawful program of religious indoctrination in prisons, according to Iowa federal Judge Robert W. Pratt, who now finds himself fighting a battle against entrenched forces from evangelical ministries, prison corporations and the Bush administration.

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