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Help wanted: Must be willing to die

White House assurances that Iraq in general and Baghdad in particular have become safer thanks to President Bush's "surge" strategy are apparently not resonating at certain levels of the U.S.…

FEMA’s fantasies

Fox News and MSNBC tag-teamed the other day in a wacky, zany comedy contest against "Saturday Night Live." Final score: FNC & MSNBC 1, "SNL" 0. The triumph came when the…

Blackwater mercenaries get immunity

A controversial immunity deal for Blackwater mercenaries involved in the murder of Iraqi civilians threatens a criminal investigation into the killings and has further angered the Iraqi government. The immunity deal…

FEMA’s fake press conference backfires

Perhaps FEMA should stand for "Fake Every Morning & Afternoon." Officials of the embattled emergency management agency openly admit they screwed the pooch by holding a fake "news" conference, filling the…

Fraud probe launched on Iraq deals

A team of specially trained investigators will hunker down in an Army office north of Detroit on Monday to begin poring over hundreds of Iraq war contracts in search for…

Do you feel a draft?

Here are a few facts that Americans should consider when contemplating the situation in Iraq and whether they support sustaining this invasion and occupation for the length of time the…

What, exactly, is torture?

On one extreme of the debate over interrogating terrorists are the Jack Bauers, those who -- like the lead character in Fox's hit series "24"-- think you do whatever…

A not-so-exclusive list

Two points about that disclosure by the Government Accountability Office that the government's terrorist watch list has more than 755,000 names and is growing by 200,000 names a year. First, if…

When free speech is too free

The other day a Democratic congressman accused President Bush of being amused by the death of U.S. troops. One right-wing talk-show host suggested women should never have been allowed to…

Don’t worry, be ignorant

The public should be wary when the government doesn't want the public's confidence dented by inconvenient information, a case in point having been discovered by the Associated Press. Says the…