The Army has banned privately purchased body armor in Iraq, a decision that veterans groups “immediately denounced.” GI’s who have “waited months to be outfitted counter that substandard armor is better than none at all.”
In a letter, President Bush urged Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to get more involved in negotations over Iraq’s new government. Sistani “laid the letter aside” unread because of increasing “unhappiness” over heavy-handed U.S. meddling in Iraqi negotiations.
Another novel right-wing immigration solution from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA): “The millions of young men who are prisoners in our country can pick the fruit and vegetables.”
Slow learner: Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen admits that the first time he realized that President Bush had lied was last week.
In response to “embarrassing allegations” that NASA’s public affairs manipulated scientific information to suit the needs of the Bush administration, a new NASA policy now says their “scientists are free to talk to members of the media about their scientific findings and even express personal interpretations of those findings.”
Peter Smith, the freelance photographer who caught Antonin Scalia making an obscene hand gesture in church, has been fired. “I did the right thing,” Smith said of releasing the photo. “I did the ethical thing.”
$10 billion. New cost of rebuilding New Orleans’s levees, triple the original estimate. The Bush administration announced yesterday “that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.”
The Justice Department’s subpoenas reach far beyond Google, AOL, and MSN. The government has demanded information from least 34 Internet service providers, search companies, and security software firms.
U.N. nonproliferation chief Mohamed ElBaradei (who had a far better track record on Iraq than the Bush administration) said of the Iran nuclear impasse: the “only durable solution is a negotiated solution,” and the time has come to “lower the pitch” of debate.
As one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go undernourished, a new report shows that 80 percent of Africa’s farmland is rapidly becoming barren from overfarming.
And finally: Cut the Small Town Boy some slack. After learning he got the White House address wrong by a few blocks in the title of his newest song “1900 Pennsylvania Ave.,” John Cougar Mellencamp responded: “Well, I guess I’ll have to change that.”
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