The intelligence that wasn’t

American Troops on Patrol in Baghdad (AP)


Pre-war assertions by top Bush administration officials that there was substantive cooperation between Iraq and al Qaeda were at best a stretch and at worst flat wrong, according to a report by the Pentagon inspector general’s office. The complete report was released this past week by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Trumpeting global warming


What’s that old line: "The end of the world has been delayed indefinitely because of a shortage of trumpeters"? Well, there’s an increasing number of them now. Hardly a day goes by when someone hasn’t signed up to trumpet the Apocalypse, from Al Gore to international scientific panels and even the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Iraq war vets come home to find their jobs gone


Last week we learned that many of our disabled Iraq-war veterans are being shafted by the military and medical bureaucracy. Now we find out that some reservists and members of the National Guard are returning home to find their jobs gone.

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Catch a falling star


I could have been paying bills or writing thank-you notes about gifts for my now-15-month-old son.

But instead, I was Googling Britney Spears to find pictures of her newly shorn skull. A couple clicks later and I was staring in fascination at a slide show documenting the pop star’s sad metamorphosis into Mr. Clean:

  • An angry Britney glaring at the paparazzi, her long brown locks still intact and spilling out from the hood of a gray sweatshirt;
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Walter Reed General sacked over shoddy conditions

The head of the U.S. Army’s top hospital was removed from his post on Thursday after troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan were found to be living in shoddy conditions and struggling with a complex bureaucracy.

An Army statement said top officials had lost confidence in Maj. Gen. George Weightman’s ability “to address needed solutions for soldier outpatient care” at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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Panel slams treatment of Guard, Reserves


The National Guard and Reserves don’t get enough money or equipment and are left out of important planning for national emergencies, an independent panel concluded Thursday, long after the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina exposed serious stresses on the services.

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Former Kennedy insider dead at 89


Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and “court philosopher” of the Kennedy administration who remained a proud liberal even as others dared not use the word, has died. He was 89.

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Judge considers deadline on producing spy records


A federal judge said Friday he was considering setting a deadline for the Justice Department to produce records on the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program or to explain in court why it was refusing to do so.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy said he was convinced the public would suffer irreparable harm if the government dragged its feet in a lawsuit filed over access to the documents.

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So much for patient rights


So when is a physician not a physician?

Is it when the doctor refuses to offer treatment because of disapproval of the medicine available or the way the patient’s disease occurred? How much leeway is there in the Hippocratic oath to allow a doctor to spurn those in medical need because of religious conviction or concept of morality?

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