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Another good reason to not bomb Iran

It's tempting to think of all Iranians in terms of the mob that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 or the intemperate remarks of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about…

Hurry up and wait for citizenship

A wave of citizenship applications has overwhelmed US officials, leading to waits of more than a year, potentially keeping immigrants out of the voting booth for the 2008 presidential election. The…

‘We’re on the wrong course’

Julie Murray says life is good. Yet gasoline prices are crimping her grocery budget, she can't afford a larger house, and she says President Bush is not focused enough on…

State finds enough suckers for Iraq posts

The State Department said on Monday it had now found enough volunteers to serve in Iraq and would not have to force diplomats to go there. Last month, in an announcement…

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.…