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Oil, Politics and Bloodshed Corrupt an Iraqi City

The southern Iraqi city of Basra, once a pro-American oasis, has now changed its tune as mafia-style warlords terrorize the population. It’s a reality check for the world in the wake of the euphoria that greeted Zarqawi’s death.

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Fat Tax
From the Daily Mail

Doctors Call for Fat Tax

Members of the American Medical Association’s annual conference will call for a levy on the sweeteners put in sugary drinks to pay for a massive health education campaign.

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Ann Coulter
From MediaMatters

Questions Arise About Possible Coulter Plagiarism

Blogger Rude Pundit notes that passages from the conservative hatemonger’s new book are similar to previously published writings by other writers.

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From The Guardian

Buzzflash: Why Not Just Put Zarqawi’s Head on a Pike?

The editors at Buzzflash argue that in displaying the picture of Zarqawi’s dead, bloated face the way it did,  the Bush administration is once again displaying the same kind of sophomoric bravado (“Bring ‘em on”) that it used to its great detriment in the past.

  • Read Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen’s account of the life, death and intellectual underpinnings of Zarqawi.

  • Also: Buzzflash just won two Project Uncensored awards for contributor columns about U.S. civilian detention camps and “net neutrality.”

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    Successor to Zarqawi Is Announced

    Al Qaeda in Iraq said in a Web statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al Muhajer had been chosen as the group’s new leader. Nothing is immediately known about Muhajer, except that his last name is Arabic for immigrant, implying that he is not Iraqi.

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    Janet's wardrobe malfunction
    From cnn.net

    Senate Jacks Up On-Air Indecency Fines

    We missed this one a few days ago: Congress allowed the FCC to raise by tenfold the fines it can impose on radio and TV stations that air raunchy content. The vote was nearly unanimous in both houses of Congress.
    Remember what the “Southpark” creators told us: Horrible, despicable violence is OK, as long as you don’t use potty language.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Cardinal McCarrick
    From NBC4

    D.C. Cardinal: Gay Civil Unions Acceptable

    The leader of the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., lent his support to same-sex civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.

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    Marine’s Lawyer: Haditha Killings Were Lawful

    A lawyer for a Marine involved in the Haditha massacre said his client had followed military rules of engagement.

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    Guantanamo
    From islam-online.it

    U.S. Military: Gitmo Suicides Acts of ‘Warfare’

    The commander of the Guantanamo detention center said the three detainees who killed themselves were “committed” and had carried out “an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us.” Rights groups, however, said the men were driven by despair.

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    Riviera
    From ThinkProgress

    Blogs and the Left: An Emerging Symbiosis

    Veteran N.Y. Times political reporter Adam Nagourney, reporting from the blog conference in Las Vegas, writes that “the blogosphere has become for the left what talk radio has been for the right: a way of organizing and communicating to supporters.”

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