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Ending a four-year blockade, Egypt has permanently reopened a border crossing at Rafah that will give Palestinians in the Gaza Strip the freedom to pass into and out of the territory much more easily. (more)

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The "open source" programming movement, which harnesses the wisdom of crowds to collectively make a better product (like Wikipedia entries), has grown beyond its software roots to embrace religion. The holy texts of "yoism" shun the wisdom of high priests and rely instead on teachings that evolve online organically. Open-source programming's organizing principle has been embraced in medical research, engineering -- even religion

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Responding to Monday's "open mike" incident in Russia, The Guardian said Blair "all but offers to carry [Condoleezza Rice's] bags" to the Middle East (Bush denied him), revealing Blair's subservient role in the relationship. (article, British press reactions)

  • Not to mention the fact that Bush carried on the conversation about one of the most dangerous powder kegs in the world while chewing with an open mouth and barely looking at Blair.
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    "The Daily Show" host was just being playful last night when he joked that President Bush could have been caught on the open mike talking about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "camel toe" (a lewd sexual reference). But in light of the just-publicized unsolicited massage Bush gave to Merkel, Stewart is looking prophetic all of a sudden.

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    At the G8 summit for world leaders, President Bush was caught on a live microphone telling Tony Blair that he held Syria accountable for Hezbollah's actions against Israel "What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over," Bush told Blair while chewing on a buttered roll Important: This is not a hypocrisy alert Bush's unguarded statements were for the most part consistent with his public ones But it's still a fascinating glimpse into his manner of interaction with America's closest ally

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  • Best video/audio/transcript combo: CNNcom (The video link "The sh_t hear 'round the world" in the center of the page--not linkable)

  • Blogger reaction:
  • The Carpetbagger Report: "The president often comes across as an unsophisticated simpleton in publicbut incidents like thissuggest Bush is even less impressive in private
  • Juan Cole: Bush's comments "astonishingly simple-minded"
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    The greatest serve-returner in the history of the game, and the man whose rivalry with Pete Sampras fueled tennis' popularity in the 1990s, just announced that his next U.S. Open will be his last professional outing. The 36-year-old is one of only five players to have won every single Grand Slam tournament.

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    A new report shows that Bush has slashed anti-AIDS programs across the board. Meanwhile, he's pandering to the religious right by pushing abstinence-until-marriage programs--regardless of the fact that they are proven ineffective at stopping the spread of HIV. Don't bother Bush with facts; his mind is made up.

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