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Contractors get rich off U.S. wars

US contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan more than doubled from 2004 to 2006 to over 25 billion dollars but government oversight of the firms involved has slackened, a watchdog group…

Hate crimes on the rise

Hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, as civil rights advocates increasingly take to the streets to protest what they call official indifference to…

The new normal

Soon after 9/11, the term "new normal" came into use to describe activities that before that cataclysmic event would have seemed strange if not downright weird but are now…

Bonds & his records must go

Now that the next spike has dropped in the matter of Barry Bonds, the question on the lips of anyone who cares -- including a host of fathers and grandfathers…

While politicians lie, more Iraqis die

A familiar pattern: The Bush Administration claims progress in Iraq so militants there step up the carnage to prove that they, not American troops, control the country. While administration spokesmen claimed…

Bracing for the air travel crunch

Perhaps President Bush is looking ahead to January 2009, when he must give up his personal jetliner, Air Force One, and his personal chopper, Marine One, and begin flying commercial.…

Oops! Airport screeners missed bomb parts

Government investigators smuggled liquid explosives and detonators past airport security, exposing a dangerous hole in the nation's ability to keep these forbidden items off of airplanes, according to a report…

You can go home again

As the holiday season approaches, our attention will, once again, focus on people, values and concepts that we hold dear. It is often said that "fools rush in where wise men…

Confessions of an alien

News item: Former aviation and government officials, led by former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, had a panel discussion at the National Press Club this week to call on the government…

NJ Guv abandons immigrant license plan

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to abandon a plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, officials familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Tuesday night. The governor…