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After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon's claims about some of his administration's shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives' release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony (more).

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Despite worldwide protests and letters from the likes of President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 51 members of Congress, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled Tuesday morning that Troy Davis should die by lethal injection Wednesday.

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While testifying before the British Parliament on what he called "the most humble day of my life," Rupert Murdoch nearly took a pie in the face. Luckily for the media tycoon, his wife, Wendi, literally leaped to the rescue with all of her athletic ability.

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After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the "blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room."After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience.

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Vice President Joe Biden expressed his personal regrets to Iraqi leaders and promised that the U.S. will appeal the dismissal of manslaughter charges against five Blackwater security contractors over a bloody Baghdad shooting in 2007 that killed 17 people.

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Some Israeli soldiers have accused military rabbis of pushing holy war in Gaza. "This rabbi comes to us and says the fight is between the children of light and the children of darkness," said a reserve sergeant quoted by the L.A. Times.

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Surprise! Roland Burris has no credibility. The man who condemned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat -- until he was appointed to it -- has revealed that, contrary to what he told the United States Congress in sworn testimony, he tried to raise money, as requested, for the governor-turned-auctioneer.

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A federal judge has ruled that the testimony of David Greenglass, who helped convict his sister in one of the most famous trials in American history, shall remain secret. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago for conspiracy to commit espionage. Greenglass has since recanted parts of his testimony.

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