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The Forgotten War

The war in Iraq continues to divert attention from the mess in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban challenges a half-hearted American effort with increasing boldness.

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Dems Back Down on Iran

House Democrats have agreed to drop a provision from an upcoming war spending bill that would have required congressional approval before the president could declare war on Iran. The legislation, if it survives a veto, would still demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Sept. 1, 2008.

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Podcast: California Pioneer on the Healthcare Crisis

Sheila Kuehl, former child star, Harvard legal scholar and California’s first openly gay legislator joins Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

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California Pioneer on Public Healthcare and More

This week regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer are joined by California’s first gay legislator, Sheila Kuehl, for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

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Discovery Channel Shows Off Penetrator Bomb

One of the weapons used with devastating effect against U.S. forces in Iraq is the so-called explosively formed penetrator, which the administration has accused Iran of producing. Astonishingly, the Discovery Channel recently aired a puff piece that delightedly showed off such a bomb, complete with a demonstration of how effective the compact device was against armored military targets.

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Revisiting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network put together this collection of testimonials about the impact of “don’t ask, don’t tell” on the military and the prevalence of discrimination against gay and lesbian soldiers.

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More Fallout From Walter Reed Scandal

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.

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They Hate Me for My Freedom

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apn.co.nz

A Top Democrat Calls for Attorney General’s Resignation

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that Alberto Gonzales should step down “for the sake of the nation.” Schumer pointed to the partisan firing of U.S. attorneys and the FBI’s abuse of the Patriot Act as evidence that the Justice Department has become highly politicized under Gonzales’ leadership.

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cheney
wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com

Cheney Chides Rivals for ‘Undermining’ Troops

Vice President Dick Cheney let fly with some harsh words Monday for members of Congress who oppose the Bush administration’s plan to splash out billions more on the Iraq war and who dare to support bringing the troops home soon. 

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Rising Bus Costs Spark Chinese Riots

As many as 20,000 rural Chinese workers, unhappy with government corruption and increasing public transportation costs, faced off with about 1,000 police officers in China’s Hunan province this weekend.

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latimes.com

Pentagon Looks Beyond the Surge

Military commanders have begun to develop a contingency plan for Iraq that envisions a drawdown of troops. The strategy is based in large part on past American machinations in El Salvador, and will focus on training locals rather than providing the main force.

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When They Came for the Homosexuals…

Gays are the first target of the Christian right’s campaign against human rights, but they won’t be the last.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


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smartstays.com

Halliburton Relocates to Dubai

Oil giant Halliburton has decided to move its headquarters to the United Arab Emirates in order to better exploit Mideast opportunities. The controversial company has had much success in the region, with no-bid contracts in Iraq helping it pull in $22.6 billion in global revenues in 2006.

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Pilgrims Killed in Baghdad Blast

Yet another deadly attack on Iraqi pilgrims underscored the importance of this weekend’s talks between international officials about insurgent violence in Iraq.  A suicide bomber in Baghdad on Sunday targeted a truck carrying Shiites going home from a pilgrimage, leaving 19 dead and 25 wounded.

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AP

Madrid Memorial Unveiled at Atocha Station

Victims of the Madrid train bombings were honored today with a dedication ceremony for the new 36-foot glass memorial at the city’s Atocha station. Terrorist explosions at or near the station three years ago claimed 191 lives and injured more than 1,700. 

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Bush Strips Libby of Nickname

The satirist pokes fun at the Libby verdict and the president’s rush to distance himself from a liar.

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Bush Adds to the Escalation

The president has announced plans to send an additional 4,400 troops to Iraq, on top of the 21,500 combat troops he’s already authorized. Bush has requested $3.2 billion to pay for the increase, putting the ball in the Democrats’ court.

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James Harris

The Invisible City: Entering Oakland

In 2006 alone, 148 people were murdered in the streets of Oakland, most of them African-American. Today the epidemic of violence continues unabated and largely ignored. Truthdig contributor James Harris reports on the forgotten crisis that threatens to tear his city apart.

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Truthdigger of the Week:  Patrick J. Fitzgerald

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose talent for tackling high-stakes court cases without flinching or yielding to partisan pressures made him the ideal prosecutor for the I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby trial.

Posted on Mar 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Family Values Crowd

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wikipedia.org

Fox News Debate Implodes

Liberal bloggers had gone crazy when they heard the Nevada Democratic Party had agreed to co-sponsor a debate with Fox News. On Friday the event was canceled after a series of developments. Barack Obama was freezing out Fox reporters, John Edwards and Bill Richardson announced they wouldn’t participate in the debate and, finally, Fox President Roger Ailes (above) brought the whole thing crashing down with a botched bad joke.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


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eagleemblems.com

Firefighters Blast Giuliani

The country’s largest firefighters union has taken presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to task over his “egregious acts” following 9/11. Giuliani, now the front-runner for the GOP nomination, draws almost all of his popularity from his post-9/11 performance.

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Limbaugh

Limbaugh Offends Women, Gays, Blacks and Jews in One Show

During a recent radio show, Rush Limbaugh chortled over a newspaper headline that playfully asked whether John Edwards would be “the first woman president.” Limbaugh asked who would design the candidate’s inaugural dress, played “I Am Woman” as Edwards’ theme song and repeatedly called out to fellow bigot Ann Coulter, as if soliciting a pat on the back.

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Papers Nix Coulter’s Column

A number of newspapers around the country have dropped Ann Coulter’s syndicated column following her now-notorious homophobic zinger at a conference of conservatives last week.  In addition to the three papers Editor & Publisher tallied Thursday, Media Matters on Friday named two more dailies that have had it with Coulter’s antics.

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AP

Protests and Pledges Mark International Women’s Day

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Thursday predicted a future with more female politicians in her country, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded more opportunities for European women across all professions.  Elsewhere in the world, nations celebrated International Women’s Day each in their own way.

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Mayan Spirit-Cleansing Rite to Follow Bush Visit

Demons, out!  All traces of President Bush’s upcoming visit to the sacred Guatemalan site Iximché will be chased away with a ritual purification by Mayan priests—yet another sign of his less-than-enthusiastic reception in Latin America. 

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Years of Hyperpartisanship

The Bush administration has created a poisonous atmosphere that principled conservatives should deplore.

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Colbert

Colbert Bids Farewell to Captain America

Stephen Colbert says goodbye to an American icon, who began his career fighting the Nazis and would go on to capture the cultural temperature for decades. Plus, don’t miss Fox News’ reaction: “You should not kill Captain America when we’re at war.”

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FBI Abuses Patriot Act Powers

An internal Justice Department investigation has documented multiple abuses by the FBI in obtaining the private records of U.S. residents. Even with the broad powers of the Patriot Act in place, the bureau is still required to certify that the phone, e-mail and financial documents it seeks are at least related to investigations of terrorism or intelligence activities.

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Bush Greeted With Protests

More than 6,000 Brazilians marched against George W. Bush in Sao Paulo on Thursday in a mostly peaceful demonstration. A small group incited police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters in Colombia also clashed with police, and more demonstrations are expected as Bush tours the region.

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Gingrich Had Affair During Lewinsky Scandal

Prospective presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has admitted to having an affair while cheerleading the assault on Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Hypocrisy is nothing new to Newt, who extolled family values after serving divorce papers on his wife while she lay dying of cancer. And people are worried about Hillary and Barack’s electability!

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Make Some Noise for Molly Ivins

A new antiwar campaign takes its inspiration from the late, great Molly Ivins, one of Truthdig’s most popular writers. In the last column she wrote before dying, Molly had this plea: “Raise hell….  Hit the streets to protest Bush’s proposed surge…. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘STOP IT, NOW!’ ”

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


Cubans Sneak In During Border Drill at Miami

A huge border enforcement drill involving hundreds of agents chasing make-believe migrants on the Miami shoreline proved to be hugely successful for some 40 actual Cuban refugees Thursday.  Two incoming boatloads squeaked by the “Operation Vigilant Sentry” squads, including one group of 21 that came ashore at a nudist beach.

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pinker.wjh.harvard.edu

Bush, God Still Tight

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Andrew S. Ross rounds up some first-hand accounts of last week’s White House luncheon, at which President Bush and a gaggle of conservative guests discussed the lessons of history, the Iraq war and the Almighty. 

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Petraeus’ Iraq Plan:  Finesse, Not Just Force

More American troops are being deployed to hot spots of insurgent activity near Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus announced Thursday.  Petraeus, just beginning his tenure as U.S. military commander in Iraq, called for future negotiations with anti-government groups as well as those in support of the new Iraqi regime.

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Olmert
haaretz.com

Israel Preplanned Lebanon War

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, while speaking with a commission investigating the Lebanon war, said he made the decision to invade four months before soldiers were abducted. Olmert testified that he agreed with a contingency plan to respond dramatically should Hezbollah take predictably aggressive action.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


A Partisan Purge Too Far

The plot to eliminate politically inconvenient U.S. attorneys was a direct assault on the integrity of American justice, and its architects should be investigated and punished accordingly.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Ronnie’s Legacy

Many of our nation’s latest scandals, from the abject failure to rebuild New Orleans to the abuse of veterans at Walter Reed, are the logical result of a contempt for government so zealously implemented by Ronald Reagan and his political descendants.

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Shedding Hillary’s ‘Sexual Power’

Hillary Clinton unavoidably began her campaign as the female candidate. But with time and controversy she has emerged as the establishment figure, leaving issues of gender and electability more or less by the wayside.

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China to U.S.: You Should Talk

The State Department recently released its regular report of human rights abuses around the world and, as expected, listed China as one of the worst offenders. But Beijing fired back with its own report and a long list U.S. violations, including everything from disregard for civilian casualties to treating racial minorities as an underclass.

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They Never Learn

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Soiling the Throne

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Wikipedia Changes Policy After Poster Is Exposed

The popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which draws its content from countless anonymous contributions, will institute safeguards following revelations about the identity of one of its most industrious contributors. Ryan Jordan, under the name “Essjay,” wrote thousands of articles for the site while claiming to be a theology professor but was exposed by The New Yorker as a 24-year-old college dropout.

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Escalating the Surge

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon has agreed to a request from our man in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to send an additional 2,200 military police. Gates said the number would not count against the 21,500 combat troops or the 2,400 support troops Bush plans to send. Earlier, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said the number of support troops could jump to 7,000.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Earth

‘This Pale Blue Dot’

This Carl Sagan tribute video really puts things in perspective. Just remember that all war, tragedy and hatred take place on a tiny blue speck in the middle of nowhere, and we have the power to do something about it.

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House Dems Agree to Timetable

The Democratic leadership in the House hopes to attach a timetable for withdrawal to an upcoming Iraq war spending bill. The most ardent war opponents have expressed dissatisfaction that the language is not unconditional, but Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a prominent withdrawal advocate, said “you’ll see basically what I wanted to do….”

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


George Washington Godless
cbs.com

Recently Minted Dollar Coins Missing ‘In God We Trust’

A large group of “godless” George Washington dollar coins stamped without the traditional “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum” inscriptions made it into circulation and have apparently been popping up on eBay.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Support the Truth

Jon Stewart goes looking for just who steps forward to take responsibility in this administration when things go wrong, as they often do in connection with the war in Iraq.

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