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Independence Day thoughts

The idea that a patriotic American can simultaneously support the troops and oppose the war drives people on the right nuts. "How does that work?" they ask incredulously. I will tell them in a minute, but first let me say that the simple pleasure of being irritating is surely reason and incentive enough for waverers on this point to adopt the sane position of pro-troops, antiwar.

Supremes bitch-slap Bush again

The Supreme Court has taken another welcome step in thwarting President Bush's authoritarian plans for handling suspects swept up in the war on terror.

Mr. President, the media is not the enemy

The Bush administration's current battle in its war on the press has become a liberal-versus-conservative diatribe. What a shame.

House guns down trigger-guards

A Colorado congresswoman has infuriated gun-safety advocates by helping shoot down a trigger-lock mandate that Congress approved just last year.

Immigration advocates flex political muscle

Immigrant advocates have unveiled a "Democracy Summer" campaign to convince more than 12 million legal immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship in time to vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Different court, same hot button issues

A reshuffled Supreme Court chose during its term ending Thursday to decide cases on narrow grounds that allowed rare unanimity on such contentious issues as abortion, assisted suicide and religious freedom.

Pentagon claims court ruling won’t close Gitmo

The Pentagon Thursday reaffirmed the need for the Guantanamo prison even though the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the system of military tribunals put in place to try the prisoners.

Ney aide subpoenaed in corruption probe

An aide to embattled Rep. Bob Ney has been subpoenaed in the Justice Department's investigation of influence peddling in Congress, and three other aides are leaving the Ohio Republican's staff, Ney's spokesman said Thursday.

After Court rebuke on Gitmo, Bush tries new tactic

After a Supreme Court decision overruling war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Bush suggested Thursday he would seek Congress' approval to proceed with trying terrorism suspects before military tribunals.

House scraps offshore drilling ban

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to scrap a 25-year-old federal ban on most offshore oil and natural gas drilling, allowing energy exploration 100 miles from the coastline, and possibly within 50 miles unless states say no.