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At least one sector of the economy is hot

One of the few bright corners of the U.S. economy these days is the agriculture sector, where higher prices for major crops are counteracting spot losses from drought and floods.

American death toll in Iraq tops 4,000

The American invasion of Iraq reached a deadly milestone Sunday as the U.S. soldiers death toll hit 4,000.

That milestone was reached when four U.S. soldiers died in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad, less than a week after the invasion reached its fifth anniversary and President George W. Bush called the war “one of the greatest military exercises in the world’s history.”

Although Bush contends the American war effort has brought “peace and stability” to Iraq, more than 50 Iraqis also died in weekend bomb blasts and the death toll continues to mount.

Sean Hannity Confronted Over His Relationship With Neo-Nazi Hal Turner

The folks over at NewsHounds have been watching their Fox News Channel quarry dither over Senator Barack Obama’s associations with pastor Jeremiah Wright, and noted Fox’s own Sean Hannity getting himself tripped up in the guilt-by-association tango. Seems that one of Hannity’s close chums is a neo-Nazi named Hal Turner who used to be a radio host, is apparently the top man in Bergen, NJ white-supremacist circles, and probably spends a lot of his time in his basement with Star Wars action figures acting out Holocaust-denier versions of The Return of the Jedi. In short, just the sort of person with whom you’d imagine Sean Hannity spends a lot of formational time with.

McCain Pushed For War In Iraq For 10 Years

As America’s war in Iraq enters its sixth year, Sen. John McCain is hoping that his long effort to send thousands more U.S. troops — a “surge” that has helped lower casualties — will propel him into the White House.

But McCain’s record on Iraq is decidedly mixed. If the Arizona Republican proved prescient in his calls for a military buildup, many of his other predictions and prescriptions turned out wrong.

54 killed in Iraq bloodshed

A wave of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed 54 people, while insurgents bombarded Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone with mortar fire, sending US embassy staff scurrying into bunkers.

Questions remain in passport file flap

Two companies that provide workers for the State Department say they fired or otherwise punished those who improperly accessed the passport records of the three major presidential candidates. The security breaches touched off demands for a congressional investigation.

All three candidates’ passport files breached

State Department employees snooped through the passport files of three presidential candidates — Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain — and the department’s inspector general is investigating.

Is Clinton friend involved in passport breach?

A State Department official in charge of the department during two of the three breaches into the passport files of Sen. Barack Obama has a direct tie to Bill and Hillary Clinton and department officials are investigating whether she furnished information to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Military officers: Just retire and shut up

If dozens of America’s retired military officers dressed up in cheerleader skirts, went out in public and leaped in the air, did the splits and executed a backward somersault or two, it wouldn’t be much more an affront to their dignity than what an equal number are now doing, and far less a threat to the country they love.

And now a word from the cave

Here it was almost three months into the year and we hadn’t heard from Osama bin Laden, normally a regular correspondent with the decadent West.

On Wednesday, from whatever remote mountain hideout he has been holed up in for the last six years, the fugitive terrorist broke his silence with a five-minute audiotape posted on a radical Islamic Web site.