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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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A new version of David vs. Goliath

Vice President Joe Biden has said the administration did not realize how bad the economy was when it urged passage of a stimulus bill that's failed in its mission. But what it missed is something else. The administration did not realize how deeply the economy would sink because of the holes it was drilling in its hull.


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So, what’s up with North Korea?

How ironic it is that of the 195 countries in the world, North Korea is still thoroughly vexing us more than half a century after we fought a war there.

Over our July Fourth celebrations, it was another missile launch aimed at unsettling us. Now the ploy seems to be hacking into our computers. Will this annoying, irresponsible behavior ever stop?

Probably not for a long time.


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