One country’s terrorist may be our country’s refugee

Today’s foreign terrorists could become tomorrow’s U.S. refugees if the Bush administration gets its way.

The intent is to grant refugee status to rebels who have fought repressive governments or advanced U.S. foreign policy objectives, particularly in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

NRA supports selling guns to terror suspects

The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms. Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or permits to terror suspects.

Iraq war study finds questionable ethics, high stress among American soldiers

  U.S. soldiers on duty in Iraq (AP)

In a survey of U.S. troops in combat in Iraq, less than half of Marines and a little more than half of Army soldiers said they would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian.

 More than 40 percent support the idea of torture in some cases, and 10 percent reported personally abusing Iraqi civilians, the Pentagon said Friday in what it called its first ethics study of troops at the war front. Units exposed to the most combat were chosen for the study, officials said.

"It is disappointing," said analyst John Pike of the Globalsecurity.org think tank. "But anybody who is surprised by it doesn’t understand war. … This is about combat stress."

The military has seen a number of high-profile incidents of alleged abuse in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the killings of 24 civilians by Marines in Haditha, the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl and the slaying of her family in Iraq and the sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.

DC Madam about to go public

050407madam.jpgA prominent military consultant and as well as a Bush administration official have already been linked to a Washington, D.C.-area escort service that prosecutors contend was a prostitution ring.

Bush is just ‘the commander guy’

President George W. Bush has many games for himself. He likes to call himself "the decider" and he really prefers to be known as the "commander-in-chief."

But if that sounds too pompous, just call him "the commander guy."

Rethinking immigration reform

At a think-tank retreat in Santa Fe in March, journalists, academics, documentary film producers and non-profit community advocates discussed how the U.S.-Mexico border is defined by one issue: immigration.

So much for the so-called party of family values

President Bush’s budget-busting, spendthrift tactics have already robbed the GOP of its claim to the title, "Party of Fiscal Conservancy."

Now the perverse antics of some high-level Bush appointees and his party’s power elite are lifting the cloak of "family values" from the GOP, too.

The "D.C. Madam" scandal is only the latest in a string of stories revealed during the president’s second term showing that the private lives of some of his most powerful appointees bear little resemblance to the Ozzie-and-Harriet-like ideal the party tries to mimic.

Kennedy battles his demons

Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he is tackling his prescription drug addiction one day at a time, a year after crashing his car into a Capitol barricade in the middle of the night.

Paying for bad sex

The nation’s veterans disability system is severely strained and it could be strained to the point of collapse when 700,000 returning Iraq and Afghanistan war vets begin applying for help.