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Monday, April 15, 2024

Bush must be stopped

President George W. Bush next week will propose sending up to 30,000 more American soldiers to Iraq as part of a “troop surge” program to try and bolster his failed policies in that civil war-ravaged country.

His ill-conceived plan means increasing casualties for American troops in a war where the death toll topped 3,000 at year’s end along with many thousands more wounded and maimed.

As expected, the new Democratic leadership of Congress is less than thrilled with talk of troop surges and sending more Americans to die in an illegal war based on lies.

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FBI confirms prisoner abuse at Guantanamo

FBI agents documented more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at the Guantanamo Bay military base, including one detainee whose head was wrapped in duct tape for chanting the Quran and another who pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.

Documents released Tuesday by the FBI offered new details about the harsh interrogation practices used by military officials and contractors when questioning so-called enemy combatants.

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Bush claims he wants to work with new Congress

President Bush pushed his signature agenda in a newspaper opinion piece Wednesday while asking Democrats, in charge of the House and Senate for the first time in his presidency, to work with him on legislation over the next two years.

Bush repeated his long-held policies on the war in Iraq, tax cuts, entrepreneurship and changes in Social Security and other entitlement programs in a guest column published in The Wall Street Journal. However, the policies came wrapped in an appeal for bipartisanship the day before Republicans turn over control of Congress to wary Democrats.

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Polls show public support for Democratic goals

Two of the Democrats’ top goals — a higher minimum wage and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research — enjoy broad public support as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.

An overwhelming majority also supports making it easier for people to buy prescription drugs from other countries.

But the jury is out on incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most people say they do not know enough yet to have an opinion of the California Democrat who will be the first woman in that office, an Associated Press-AOL News poll found.

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Saddam hanging turning into PR nightmare

Grainy cell phone video of Saddam Hussein’s execution triggered international criticism Tuesday, with Britain’s deputy prime minister calling the leaked images “unacceptable” and the Vatican decrying the footage as a “spectacle” violating human rights.

Meanwhile, the Italian government pushed for a U.N. moratorium on the death penalty, Cuba called the execution “an illegal act,” and Sunnis in Iraq took to the streets in mainly peaceful demonstrations across the country.

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Everything new is old again

The new Congress, which convenes Thursday, seemed off to a promising start when last month a bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers representing a broad political spectrum began quietly working on what seems like a workable compromise on an immigration bill.

Now, hold that thought.

Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised 100 hours of action on a range of measures — ethics and lobbying reform, tightening the budget process, federal funding of stem cell research.

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A tale of two Cheneys

They were presidents all, one incumbent and three exes, gathered beneath the towering spires of the National Cathedral to pay reverential last respects to their colleague who lay in a flag-draped coffin.

Theirs is a most exclusive club, one that forges a special bond that has time and again proven stronger than the differences that once divided them. For they alone know what it is like to bear the burdens of the United States presidency.

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Time to return to the basics

If The New York Times was the great paper it used to be, or even something less but still alert, still socially sensitive, still a paper with standards instead of an agenda, it could have used its extraordinary resources to thoroughly investigate gross injustice in Durham, N.C.

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The double-edged sword of bi-partisanship

When President Bush squares off with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this year, don’t be surprised if Mr. Conservative Republican steps left and Mrs. Liberal Democrat steps right, and the two wind up holding hands at more than one bill-signing ceremony.

Sure, there may be plenty of unfriendly investigations and vetoes littering the way, but the politics of a lame-duck president and a tightly constrained opposition Congress could make for some eyebrow-raising nuptials.

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Rudy’s campaign strategy leaked

The presidential campaign strategy for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — complete with a $100 million fundraising target for this year — is out of the bag.

The 140-page schedule for the Republican’s budding presidential bid was reported in Tuesday’s editions of the New York Daily News.

The paper said an anonymous source obtained the document after it was left behind on a campaign swing in 2006, but Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel claimed it was actually pilfered from luggage from a private flight.

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