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Moore admits omissions from films

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore admitted Saturday he left details of a discussion with then General Motors chairman Roger Smith out of the documentary that launched his controversial career but claimed he could not get an interview that he felt was central to the film.

The bombastic Moore shot back at "Manufacturing Dissent," a documentary that accuses Moore of dishonesty in claiming that he never talked to Smith in his 1989 film, "Roger and Me."

"Anyone who says that is a fucking liar," Moore said Saturday after a screening of "Sicko," his latest take on the Bush Administration and post-9/11 America.

Most of Baghdad beyond U.S. control

Security forces in Baghdad have full control in only 40 percent of the city five months into the pacification campaign, a top American general said Saturday as U.S. troops began an offensive against two al-Qaida strongholds on the capital’s southern outskirts.

The military, meanwhile, reported that paratroopers had found the ID cards of two missing U.S. soldiers at an al-Qaida safe house 75 miles north of where they were captured last month, but there was no sign of the men. The house contained computers, video equipment and weapons.

Home of the free, land of the terrorist

“America is still the land of opportunity,” Sen. John McCain recently said. “And we’re not going to erect barriers and fences.”

Unlucky us.

Along with Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, the Arizona Republican co-sponsored immigration legislation currently stalled in the Senate. McCain should recognize that without a barrier or fence, the U.S./Mexican frontier will keep welcoming Islamic extremists pledged to America’s doom.

This is not hypothetical.

What, exactly, is an ‘enemy combatant?’

One of the most difficult dilemmas in the war on terrorism is and has been from the start to define the designation “enemy combatant” and determine to whom it should apply.

Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘gay bomb’

At first it seemed like one of those urban myths that spread through the Internet like wildfire.

But this one turned out to be true. The Pentagon now admits that it did, at one time, consider producing a so-called “gay bomb,” an explosive devise with aphrodisiac producing capabilities.

Rise of the one-button bandit

In a cloud of mesmerizing stardust, legalized gambling crept a little closer to Pittsburgh this week with the opening of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino at the site of what had been a harness racing track so sleepy even the horses yawned.

FBI finds abuse in domestic spying

An internal FBI audit has found the agency violated rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data on domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The number of violations uncovered by the audit was far greater than those previously documented in a Justice Department report in March, the Post said.

The vast majority of newly discovered violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect, the Post said.

Bush, Congress hit new lows in polls

President George W. Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 29 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday, his lowest mark ever in that survey, which also found only 23 percent approved of the job Congress was doing.

Bush’s approval rating slid 6 points from 35 percent in April, NBC said, citing a decline in support within his own Republican Party. Sixty-six percent said they disapproved of Bush’s job performance.

Paris Hilton and the jail factor

The absurd media frenzy over the perils of Paris Hilton shouldn’t obscure the serious issue this made-for-TV pseudo-event raises. That issue is the astonishing number of Americans who are in prisons and jails on any particular day.

With friends like these…

Sixteen years ago, Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko tried to hire bright young Harvard law student Barack Obama to work in his real estate development company.

Obama said no, but it was the start of a political friendship.

Rezko contributed thousands of dollars and raised thousands more as Obama ran for the Illinois legislature, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. He was even involved in Obama’s purchase of a family home.

But now Rezko faces federal charges as the central figure in an Illinois corruption scandal, and Obama — whose Democratic presidential campaign emphasizes a squeaky-clean image — is scrambling to distance himself from his old supporter.