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Sad but apparently true: Europeans are gaining on Americans. According to a newly released study, more than half of the adult European population is overweight, and their kids aren't exactly fitness champs either.

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It's a fact: Americans enjoy less vacation time than their European counterparts. But shorter vacations, longer work weeks and skimpy sick leaves add up -- not to greater upward mobility for U.S. workers, but rather a burned-out workforce earning less than preceding generations. Saner government policies are clearly needed.

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Members of the European Union?s parliament have been fuming over the existence of secret European prisons, following Bush?s recent admission about the facilities. In response to the discovery and to previous denials by European leaders who may have played host to the detention centers, one lawmaker said: ?Bush exposes not only his own previous lies. He also exposes to ridicule those arrogant government leaders in Europe who dismissed as unfounded our fears about extraordinary rendition.?

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Why haven't we seen huge, deafening condemnations of the terror attacks that have wracked Europe in recent years? The AP poses that question to Europe's Muslims. Many say they're so well integrated into Western society that they shouldn't have to apologize for the radicals.

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Post 9/11, the U.S. penned a deal demanding that airlines submit 34 pieces of passenger information including names, addresses and credit card info. The EU Parliament has opposed the deal from the beginning, arguing that it does not guarantee adequate data protection, and now the European Court of Justice has annulled it. Washington has threatened big fines for noncompliance in the past. Privacy? Data protection? How un-American!

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