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Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

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There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe -- powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.

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The Oakland Police Officer's Association announced "we are confused" in an open letter to the city's residents Tuesday The letter blames Mayor Jean Quan for ordering the clearing of the Occupy Oakland encampment that resulted in a young Iraq War veteran's brain injury and national attention.

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A letter found in Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound details his concerns about the name al-Qaida and the organization's ability to galvanize Muslims with a shorthand moniker that just means "the base" (originally it was "the base of holy war"). It is unknown to whom bin Laden's public relations missive was directed.

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Pope Benedict XVI's official investigators at the Vatican have been inundated with claims of abuse by Catholic priests and nuns, all to be handled by a small team of 10 at the Holy See's in-house operation To offset some of the public discontent, the pope is writing (continued).

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The late senator had an unexpected cameo in the president's speech in the form of a letter that, at Kennedy's request, was delivered after his death. The White House has released the document, which says "at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country." Read it after the jump.

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Fidel Castro announced on Tuesday that he "neither will aspire to nor will I accept the position of president of the Council of State and commander in chief." He had stayed in firm control of Cuba for nearly 50 years despite all the best efforts of a superpower some 90 miles away. In the end, he was forced from office not by coup or assassination, but trouble with his intestine.

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Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a "sharply worded letter" to Bush warning him that he may have violated the law by keeping Congress in the dark on several unnamed intelligence programs, and that Bush risked losing GOP support on national security matters. All of a sudden, it's not just predictable GOP'ers like Arlen Specter who are rattling the saber on Bush's excessive secrecy. Hoekstra was, until now, a hard-core Bushie. Seems there's just so much alienation your friends will take before they lash out at you in public. Make no mistake: Bush values loyalty above everything else. That Hoekstra was willing to publicly cross the president says A LOT.

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