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Congress Considers Broadening Justice Department Inquiry
WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators are beginning to focus on accusations that a top civil rights official at the Justice Department illegally hired lawyers based on their political affiliations, especially for sensitive voting rights jobs. Two former department lawyers told McClatchy...
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World Bank May Target family Planning
WASHINGTON - Under beleaguered President Paul D. Wolfowitz, the World Bank may be scaling back its long-standing support for family planning, which many countries consider essential to women's health and the fight against AIDS.In an internal e-mail, the bank's team leader for Madagascar indicated...
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Elliott Abrams and Déjà Vu All Over Again
WASHINGTON - It has an all too familiar ring to it. A crisis area -- in this case, the Middle East -- finds itself in desperate need of a peace process capable of tamping down the forces of violence and destabilization which the United States itself has played a central role in unleashing. Regional...
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Cambodia Reflected in Iran Waters
When I saw pictures of the British sailors and marines, on the eve of their freedom from Iran, dressed in ill-fitting suits that Iranian tailors had run up for them, memory raced back nearly 40 years when a similar drama was being played out in another country of which the United States then...
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Global Shipping Must Curb 'Unchecked' Pollution: Study
Ocean-going vessels now belch out more of the major air pollutant sulfur dioxide than all of the world's cars, trucks and buses combined, according to a study released Thursday. The group behind the report, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), also said the shipping industry...
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Congressman Trades Iraq Vote for Spinach
SAN FRANCISCO - A liberal Congressman who represents California's picturesque central coast region is under fire for trading his vote on the Iraq war for spinach. Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat from the hippy college town of Santa Cruz, originally voted against the Iraq war and has voted against...
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U.S. Nukes Plan Viewed as Provocative
WASHINGTON - The announcement earlier this month that the United States will pursue the design and construction of new nuclear weapons has not been warmly embraced by the rest of the world. In fact, most people outside the country view the move as more evidence of a policy favouring unilateralism...
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San Francisco Democrats Tell Pelosi To Vote Against Iraq War Funding
Since she became Speaker of the House, San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's position on continued funding for the Iraq War has been explicit: she seeks the war's end, but says, "Democrats will never cut off funding for our troops when they are in harm's way." The San Francisco Democratic...
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Bush's Iraq "Surge": The Fraud Exposed
If ever proof was needed that the president's "surge" plan in Iraq is actually a ruse, a guise for something else, it came yesterday. Five American soldiers were killed when a group of Iraqis dressed in American army uniforms penetrated a secure government compound in the Baghdad suburb of Karbala...
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Adios, Augusto and Jeanne
When Augusto Pinochet died only three days after one-time US Ambassador to the UN, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, it almost seemed as if the former Chilean dictator just couldn't go on without this woman whose career was founded on the proposition that governments like his were worthy of US support. Certainly...
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