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Sen. Jim Webb is the first senior U.S. official in more than 10 years to visit Burma, triggering speculation that the White House may be trying to nudge the authoritarian regime there into a "new era of engagement." The trip follows the recent ludicrous sentencing of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 more months of house arrest.

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Stung by lawsuits, protests, government audits, criminal charges and negative media attention, executives from the mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide say providing security in Iraq and elsewhere has become a drain on the company's future and will be gradually all but phased out. However, there are no immediate plans to end the contract with the State Department which became so controversial after the company's agents went on a deadly shooting spree in Baghdad last year.

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This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Sen. Jim Webb's response to Bush's SOTU speech; a misleading U.S. Army recruiting video; and an episode of "30 Days" that puts a conservative Christian in a Muslim household.

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Sen. Jim Webb replied to Bush's State of the Union speech with a moral clarity almost unheard-of since the days of The Great Communicator.

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During his response to President Bush's State of the Union address, Sen. Jim Webb (shown above with congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) referred to the crises of division and war faced by two of history's better Republican presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and then issued an ultimatum to the current occupant of the White House. Watch it.

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If Congress wants to be treated like a coequal branch of government, it has to act like one, and Bush's State of the Union address is the perfect time to start. Pictured above, Sen. Jim Webb, who will deliver the Democratic response to the president's speech.

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George Allen, the man who some say could've been president, has finally conceded to challenger Jim Webb, at long last putting an end to speculation and granting the Democrats total control of both houses of Congress.

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If James Webb prevails in the Senate race recount in Virginia, Dems will control both houses of Congress If Allen wins, the GOP retains the reins in the Senate So prepare yourself for a recount battle second in ferocity only to the 2000 Bush-Gore saga -- one replete with legal maneuvering, public posturing and, of course, dirty tricks Update: We may be wrong about the above (mea culpa after the jump).

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