Protection of marriage amendment? Check. Anti-flag burning legislation? Check. New abortion limits? Check. Between now and the November elections, Republicans are penciling in plans to take action on social issues important to religious conservatives, the foundation of the GOP base, as they defend their congressional majority.
U.S. government officials allowed concerns about terrorism to overshadow the
dangers posed by natural disasters after the September 11 attacks, even though
such disasters occur more frequently and are not preventable, The New York Times
reported on Saturday citing a new Department of Homeland Security report.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld allowed and encouraged an “abusive and degrading”
interrogation of an al Qaeda detainee in 2002, the online magazine Salon
reported on Friday, citing an Army document.
I have watched friends and loved ones die over the years. I’ve faced death more than once without emotion. I’ve photographed it and written about it for four decades. At the Pentagon on 9/11, I went into autopilot, photographing the death and destruction around me, ignoring the stench of kerosene and burning flesh that permeated the air. Yet when a veterinarian asked me if I wanted to be present when they put a kitten to sleep, I couldn’t take it and retreated into a nearby bathroom to sit in a stall and sob.