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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Manufactured intel drove Iraq war

By DAVID MORGAN and JEREMY PELOFSKY

A leading figure in the Bush administration’s march to war in Iraq helped justify the 2003 invasion by undercutting the CIA with questionable intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s links to al Qaeda, a Pentagon watchdog agency said in a report on Friday.

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Cheney directed entire Plame outing

By PETE YOST

David Addington, chief legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, says he was taken aback when the White House started making public pronouncements about the CIA leak investigation.

In the fall of 2003, President Bush’s press secretary was categorically denying that either Karl Rove or I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was involved in exposing the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA employee married to a critic of the war in Iraq.

“Why are you making these statements?” Addington asked White House communications director Dan Bartlett.

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Street gangs found in military

By LISA HOFFMAN

The FBI says it has uncovered members of the Bloods, Crips, Hells Angels, Black Disciples, Mara Salvatrucha and nearly every other U.S. street gang serving in uniform on military bases stateside and overseas.

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Voters impatient with Congress

By JIM KUHNHENN

Three months after a power shifting election, a majority of Americans still disapprove of Congress — a sign of public impatience with the new Democratic majority even among party loyalists.

Still, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted this week shows that Congress’ public image has improved slowly but steadily since the November elections when Iraq, corruption and partisan fighting drove congressional approval ratings below those of President Bush.

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Obama makes it official today

By NEDRA PICKLER

The Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. — where Abraham Lincoln held office before running for president — is the setting for the latest milestone in Sen. Barack Obama’s remarkable rise to prominence. The first-term U.S. senator planned to formally announce his candidacy for president Saturday in the city where he began his political career just 10 years ago.

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Globalization is not democracy

By THOMAS P. M. BARNETT

One reason why we see growing resistance to globalization’s advance is the gnawing sense among many that economic integration doesn’t rapidly lead to democracy. China successfully opens up to globalization, as does Russia, but neither seems destined to meet our definition of political freedom any time soon.

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Facebook.com becomes political force

By ALLISON LaFORTE

Want to reach out to Mitt Romney? Just “poke “him.

Facebook.com, a popular Web site originally used by college students to track photos, profiles and the latest buzz about their inner ring of friends, is now used by Web-savvy presidential candidates.

Romney recently became part of the Facebook crowd, posting lengthy profiles and photos in an election cycle when many presidential candidates are looking to the Web to reach out to supporters.

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Paper trail wanted for voting machines

By JEROME L. SHERMAN

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Congressional Democrats hope to move quickly on legislation that would make obsolete many touch-screen voting machines.

Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., this week introduced a bill that requires machines to have paper trails that allow voters to verify their choices. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to bring a similar bill before the Senate.

Both lawmakers want to put the new standard in place before the 2008 presidential election.

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Gates points finger at Iran

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

Serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggest that Iranians are linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in some of the administration’s first public assertions on evidence the military has collected.

While the Bush administration and military officials have repeatedly said Iranians have been tied to terrorist bombings in Iraq, they have said little about evidence to bolster such claims, including any documents and other items collected in recent raids in Iraq.

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U.S. claims Iran tie to Iraq bombs

The most lethal weapon directed against American troops in Iraq is an explosive-packed cylinder that United States intelligence asserts is being supplied by Iran, The New York Times has reported on its website.

Citing unnamed civilian and military officials, the newspaper said the conclusion reflects broad agreement among US intelligence agencies, although officials acknowledge that the picture is not entirely complete.

A new US National Intelligence Estimate claims that Iran is providing “lethal support” to Shiite militants in Iraq, the report said.

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