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Ralph Reed
From TPM Muckraker

Ralph Reed Allegedly Mulled ‘Mortgaging Black People’

The former Christian Coalition leader and current candidate for Lt. Gov. of Georgia reportedly concocted a scheme with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to collect the life insurance payouts of African-Americans in lieu of charging them fees for the duo’s lobbying and consulting services. (Read the whole story in GQ.)

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Err ... About that Specter-Bush Eavesdropping Deal…

Looks like we were a little too hasty on this one. We had blogged that Sen. Arlen Specter had introduced a bill that would require Bush to get court approval for his NSA wiretapping programs.

  • Turns out that’s not the case. Specter’s bill would merely give Bush the option of bringing his program before a court—which Bush should have done in the first place. Think Progress and AMERICAblog have the details.

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    From marcjacobs.com

    Marc Jacobs Releases Al Gore Fashion T-Shirts

    Check out the collection here. (h/t: Huff Po)

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    Bill Hillsman
    From Becky Olstad / CSM

    Meet the Bad Boy of Political Advertising

    He transformed former Gov. Jesse Ventura into a Rodin sculpture and a Texas gubernatorial candidate into an action figure. He also paired Ned Lamont with Daily Kos founder Markos Zuniga. But Bill Hillsman produces winners, so why is he shunned by most of the political advertising establishment?

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    Outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame Sues Cheney, Rove

    From the AP: The CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential advisor Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.

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    Breaking: Bush to Submit to Eavesdropping Oversight?

    From CNN: Sen. Arlen Specter revealed a bill that would require a court to review the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s controversial intelligence-gathering program, saying the deal was negotiated with the Bush administration’s cooperation, and that Bush would sign the bill if it doesn’t change dramatically.

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    Kim Cattrall
    From Craig Blankenhorn / HBO / N.Y. Times

    The Taming of a Slur

    The N.Y. Times reports that the word “slut” has gone the way of “queer” and “pimp” before it—from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall’s portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” (h/t: Huff Po)

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    Brangelina
    From univision.com

    Brangelina’s Next Project: Mariane Pearl Movie

    Angelina Jolie will star as the wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in an adaptation of her book “A Mighty Heart.” Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt will produce the film, and Michael Winterbottom (whose “The Road to Guantanamo” is in theaters now) will direct.

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    Bombs in Lebanon
    AP Photo / Mohammed Zaatari

    Humanity Lost in Lebanon

    As Israeli warplanes ravage Beirut in retaliation for Lebanon-based Hezbollah raids, a prominent Beirut-based blogger decries being made a “pawn on the board of an imaginary game.” He is “infuriated that such risks and actions can be taken with absolute disregard of the lives that are at stake, the lives of the people that make a country what it is.”

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    Belated Justice: Army Cancels Halliburton Contract

    We’re a bit late to this story, but we couldn’t let it go un-blogged.
    HUURAH!

  • You know the old saying: You can overbill some of the government agencies all the time, all the government agencies some of the time…but you can’t, apparently, charge $45 for a case of soda and get away with it forever.

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