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U.S. Disaster response crippled by Iraq war

 
   Tornado damage (AP)

Critics of the Iraq war said on Tuesday the Bush administration's failure to replenish vital National Guard equipment sent to Iraq caused Kansas to fall short in responding to last week's tornado disaster, and other states were equally vulnerable.

A little old-fashioned karma comin’ round?

Rev. Al Sharpton (AP)

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who recently urged that radio host Don Imus be fired for making a racially insensitive remark, said in a debate that "those of us who believe in God" will defeat Republican Mitt Romney for the White House. But Sharpton denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.

Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.

Congress widens probe of Justice Department

Congress sought cooperation from one Justice Department official and prepared to put the agency’s former White House liaison under oath in a widening investigation into the politics of Justice Department decision-making.

World Bank panel finds Wolfowitz guilty of conflict of interest

  Paul Wolfowitz (AFP)

A top-level World Bank ethics panel has ruled bank president Paul Wolfowitz guilty of a conflict of interest for getting his girlfriend a substantial pay raise, the New York Times reported on its website late Monday.

The news came as the scandal entangling Wolfowitz claimed its first victim earlier in the day when one of his senior aides resigned.

Serve your country, lose custody of your child

  Eva Crouch (AP Photo)

She had raised her daughter for six years following the divorce, handled the shuttling to soccer practice and cheerleading, made sure schoolwork was done. Hardly a day went by when the two weren’t together. Then Lt. Eva Crouch was mobilized with the Kentucky National Guard, and Sara went to stay with Dad.

A year and a half later, her assignment up, Crouch pulled into her driveway with one thing in mind — bringing home the little girl who shared her smile and blue eyes. She dialed her ex and said she’d be there the next day to pick Sara up, but his response sent her reeling.

"Not without a court order you won’t."

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

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  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.