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Hidden expenses double war’s cost

A new study by congressional Democrats says "hidden costs" have driven the price of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to about $1.5 trillion, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. That…

Drug lobbyists stall generic research

Legislation aimed at speeding the availability of cheaper generic drugs has stalled in Congress in the face of major lobbying by the drug industry. The Senate bill would ban most settlements…

Listen to this man

I've read quite a few books about Vietnam, but the only one that I've read twice is "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young," by Lt. Gen. Harold Moore (Ret.) and Joseph…

Failing the Veterans

On Nov. 3, the New York Times published a front-page photograph of soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division returning to Fort Drum, N.Y., after a 15-month tour in Iraq. Several…

Blackwater may get a new contract

Blackwater Worldwide, the North Carolina mercenary company whose hired killers murdered Iraqi civilians without remorse or punishment, is in the running for another big contract from the Bush Administration. The Wall…

Another murder by U.S. mercenaries

Mercenaries working for another American "security contractor" in Iraq murdered a Baghdad taxi driver Saturday, adding to the death toll compiled by hired killers working for the U.S. government in…

Sex abuse by teachers increasing

Back in August, the rumor around Lexington, Nebraska, Middle School was that 25-year-old math teacher Kelsey Peterson had a boyfriend — a 13-year-old former student. People had complained to administrators…

Farm bill riddled with fat, pork

A bloated, pork-filled farm bill is moving through the Senate, leaving a trail of manure that -- like the bill that it dropped from -- stinks to high heaven. The excesses…

Micromanagement of the poor

The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007 has passed out of Chairman Barney Frank's House Financial Services Committee. It's now headed to the full House for a vote.…

Cocaine now the drug of choice

Cocaine has edged out methamphetamine as the principal drug threat to the United States. That's the conclusion of the latest National Drug Threat Survey, which polled state and local law…