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Calls increase for probe of Bush-CIA lies

Congressional demands for an investigation grew on Monday over new disclosures that a secret CIA program to capture or kill al-Qaida leaders was concealed from Congress for eight years, perhaps at the behest of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The program, which never got off the ground and remains shrouded in mystery, was designed to target leaders of the terrorism network at close range, rather than with air strikes that risked civilian casualties, government officials with knowledge of the operation said Monday.

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Review planned for terror alert system

The multicolored terror alert system that was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could be getting an overhaul — or could be eliminated entirely.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to appoint a panel Tuesday to reevaluate the system, a senior administration official said.

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Leading Democrats want Bush era abuses probed

Angry Democrats no longer accept President Barack Obama's reluctance to pursue the illegality of former President Bush's torture, spying and anti-terrorism excesses and will push hard for full investigations into the actions of the previous administration.

With Attorney General Eric Holder breaking ranks from the President and contemplating a criminal probe of CIA torture of prisoners, other Democrats want Bush and his cronies investigated and, if possible, charged.

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Holder may investigate prisoner torture

Contrary to White House wishes, Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices used on suspected terrorists.

Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor and will make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter.

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VA hospitals routinely overdose vets

Two years after an Iraq war veteran overdosed on medication at a Veterans Affairs facility, the problems blamed in his death have not been corrected at many of the VA's residential treatment sites, a government study found.

The VA's inspector general ordered the review as part of legislation passed to fix problems after the 2007 death of 27-year-old Justin Bailey in a Los Angeles residential facility.

Bailey, a Marine, had surgeries for a groin injury he sustained during the first part of the Iraq war and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Women’s groups silent on Sotomayor

Women's groups, euphoric when President Barack Obama chose Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, have been remarkably quiet in the weeks since on the judge who would be the court's third woman ever.

Sotomayor's few rulings on the abortion issue have made abortion rights activists unwilling to crusade on her behalf, and other liberal women's organizations say they're waiting to voice full-throated support until they know more about her record.

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Leaner GM emerges from bankruptcy

The new General Motors arose on Friday as lawyers finished an all-night paperwork session transferring the bulk of the automaker's assets to a company controlled by the U.S. government.

Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, new GM is now cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans.

But the new GM also emerges amidst the worst sales slump in a quarter-century.

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Fairness wins…for a change

Chalk one up for fairness.

That's the upshot of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision for New Haven firemen who found themselves deprived of rightful promotions simply because they were white and because their fellow black firefighters threatened to sue the city because they failed to qualify.

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