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May 11,2007
Remember the proud purple fingers of Iraqi voters in the nation's first parliamentary elections in December 2005? In that election, voters soundly rejected interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who had been installed by the Iraqi Governing Council, seven Iraqis chosen by U.S. authorities. The December 2005 election eventually resulted in the formation of the current government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Since taking power one year ago, Maliki's government has proven utterly inept. Profound ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
Five men gather at a conference table. The sign on the wall says 'World Bank Board of Directors.' Caption says: 'We better get rid of Wolfowitz ... before he gets another girlfriend.' Editorial cartoon by Bruce Beattie. [full story]
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May 11,2007
Every year more than 10 million children around the world - about 28,000 a day - die before they reach their fifth birthdays. Many could be saved by things that cost little or nothing: breast-feeding, immunization for measles, clean drinking water, mosquito nets. What stands in the way? The lack of resources is a factor to be sure. But ignorance, war and politics reap their own grim harvest of precious young lives. While many countries ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
A U.S. soldier stands behind a broken concrete wall holding his gun. A man in a suit carries a suitcase labeled 'Iraq Parliament.' He waves to the soldier and says: 'One last thing ... could you please feed the cats during my two month vacation? Thanks ... Bye!' Editorial cartoon by Bruce Beattie. [full story]
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May 11,2007
Don't look now, but the first popular votes in the 2008 presidential race may actually be cast in 2007, as states race against each other to move up their primaries in a bid to influence the process. The result is emerging pandemonium on the campaign trail and what is certain to be the most protracted and costliest presidential contest in history. There has to be a better way. If the Republican and Democratic national committees ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
The guilty plea of Kirk Radomski - a Long Island, N.Y., weight trainer who worked in the New York Mets' clubhouse for 10 years - is the strongest evidence yet that the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs by pro baseball players remains pervasive. In copping to drug-distribution and money-laundering charges, Radomski detailed how he had sold anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, or HGH and amphetamines to "dozens" of unnamed major leaguers. Court documents show prosecutors have ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
In the past few years, the U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent for an intergalactic anti-gravity spaceship. It also issued a patent to a grade-school kid for a method of swinging on a swing sideways while yelling like Tarzan. After decades of ignoring patent law, the Supreme Court is taking a series of cases that could limit such patent absurdity. Its first case, involving a lowly gas pedal extender; the justices tossed a ridiculous ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
Congress gave the credit card industry a big gift in 2005: a law requiring debtors to jump through more hoops to declare bankruptcy. In a new analysis, the Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency, says one of those hoops - a requirement that consumers get credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy - may not be working as the law, or the industry, intended. The idea was to head off bankruptcy, but, as the GAO notes: ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
It certainly was an interesting choice of dates for Congress to send the White House a war spending bill its leaders knew was doomed, and for President George W. Bush to veto it, as promised. Indeed, the fourth anniversary of the day the president flew onto an aircraft carrier to celebrate his "mission accomplished" in Iraq had no shortage of political drama and gamesmanship. Like the now-laughable-and-lamentable banner of May 1, 2003, it is the ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
France has been in a slow-motion free fall for more than 30 years. Thanks to decades of anemic growth, its standard of living - once among the world's highest - now arguably trails two-dozen nations. The reasons are obvious: The French economy is a sclerotic mess. Heavy bureaucratic obstacles and high taxes - needed to pay for an extensive, costly welfare state - make it difficult to create new businesses or expand existing ones. Worker ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2007
The revolving door to the CEO’s office at the American Red Cross has spun yet again, and the selection of the new top executive may be the most puzzling to date. On April 18, the agency announced the appointment of IRS chief Mark Everson as its newest President and CEO, taking over from interim executive Jack McGuire.   Mark Everson “The IRS hardly inspires thoughts of selfless volunteerism, generosity, efficient and compassionate service, collaboration, and full transparency” ... [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
A man fills his automobile's gas tank at the gas station. While waiting at the pump, he thinks: 'There goes my tax refund.' Editorial cartoon by Marshall Ramsey. [full story]
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Apr 20,2007
Cho Seung Hui has joined an infamous and maddening list of killers who were mentally ill, whose treatment - if any - was inadequate, and whose ultimate act might have been averted had the warning signs been noted and the law properly written and implemented. As with every name added to that list, society now proposes to react. Ban all guns. Barricade all buildings. Find a system that instantly spreads notice of trouble far and ... [full story]
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