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Monday, July 22, 2024

U.S. exaggerated China’s nuclear threat

The United States has been exaggerating China’s nuclear clout in a process that could lock the two into a Cold War-style arms race, two arms-control advocacy groups said in a report on Thursday.

The Defense Department and U.S. intelligence agencies have portrayed Chinese weapons developments as more threatening than warranted, to justify building a new generation of weapons, according to the study by the Federation of American Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Bush may change Iraq policy sooner than later

President Bush will take weeks rather than months to start making changes in Iraq policy after he receives high-level recommendations on the conduct of the war, his national security adviser said on Thursday.

Speaking after Bush held crisis talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Jordan, Stephen Hadley, Bush’s national security adviser, said: "There is a real sense of urgency but there is not a sense of panic."

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Special relationship? What special relationship?

The State Department on Thursday repudiated comments by one of its officials who suggested the U.S.-British "special relationship" was a myth, calling his comments "ill-informed … and just plain wrong."

Kendall Myers, a research analyst with the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph Web site as saying: "There never really has been a special relationship or at least not one we’ve noticed."

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More moms leaving the workforce

More new moms are leaving the workforce and staying home to care for their babies and young children, reported Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal this week.

"New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the seven-year trend (of new moms leaving the workforce) has been broader than previously believed, with women at all income levels taking job breaks," she writes.

Interestingly, these new moms seem to be taking somewhat shorter breaks from the workforce than they have in the past.

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Webb gets testy with Bush over Iraq

Democratic Sen.-elect Jim Webb avoided the receiving line during a recent White House reception for new members of Congress and had a chilly exchange with President Bush over the Iraq war and his Marine son.

"How’s your boy?" Webb, in an interview Wednesday, recalled Bush asking during the reception two weeks ago.

"I told him I’d like to get them out of Iraq," Webb said.

"That’s not what I asked. How’s your boy?" the president replied, according to Webb.

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More Americans need to be tested for AIDS

As AIDS experts press for most teen and adult Americans to be tested for HIV, they also worry about where the money and talent will come from to treat potentially hundreds of thousands of new patients.

During a two-day summit, 300 of the nation’s leading medical, government and community experts on HIV/AIDS were here this week in advance of World AIDS Day. There was much discussion about a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that screening for HIV become a routine part of medical care for all Americans aged 13 to 64.

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FEC urges politicians to rat on themselves

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday took steps to encourage politicians and contributors to report their own possible violations of campaign finance laws by offering them significantly reduced fines.

Commission officials said the number of self-reported violations has increased recently, prompting the need for a specific policy that spells out how the FEC will dispose of such cases.

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Bush will deny spying, torture info to Democrats

The Bush administration is unlikely to allow the incoming Democratic majority in Congress to learn details about its domestic spying program and interrogation policy, a Republican senator said on Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who has criticized the Bush White House’s secrecy about national security issues, said he would welcome detailed congressional oversight of the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping.

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