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As a result of pressure from the Republican's conservative base, Harriet Miers has withdrawn as a nominee to the US Supreme court. Republican senators were clearly not willing to put themselves at risk politically to impose Bush's will. This marks Bush's first major defeat at the hands of his own party.
The FBI is now actively looking for drug smuggling in the US military. A US army sergeant was recently caught using military aircraft to smuggle cocaine to the US from Columbia. In May, an FBI operation was able to bribe National Guard soldiers, and accomplices, to smuggle more than 1000 pounds of cocaine into the US.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim are collaborating on a musical about the life of Imelda Marcos.
"'It was a non-stop party, featuring politicians, arms dealers, financiers, artists, musicians and the international jetset,' said an Adelaide festival spokesman.
'Here Lies Love recreates and musically updates that buoyant mood in a music and theatrical event...'"
Here Lies Love is scheduled to premiere in Adelaide, Australia, in March 2006.
"Extraordinary rendition" is the primarily US practice of sanitizing torture by flying victims to countries where torture is legal. It has been used by the US to conceal their torture from the world, with cooperation by a number of countries.
2000 US soldiers have died in Iraq. Nearly 100 British troops have died. Over 100 coalition troops from other countries have died. The number of casualties is greater than the casualties of Vietnam during its first few years and stability in Iraq is declining.
Torture, it seems, is essential to the CIA. Republican Senator John
McCain wrote an amendment to a $440 billion military spending bill that would
ban "'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment' of any detainee held by the
United States government". The senate approved it, despite the threat of a
Iraq's oil production has fallen to its lowest point in a decade. Industry analysts are blaming poor project management and bad pumping practices, as well as the prevelance of outdated equipment. Before the war, 2.9 million barrels/day were being produced. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels/day below pre-war levels, with 200,000 barrels/day of the shortfall blamed on the more than 200 attacks made by insurgents on the oil production infrastructure since June 2003.
Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb leader wanted for war crimes and currently in hiding, has released a volume of poetry (a snippet is shown below).
I surmise the sun is wounding me
A Texas court has issued an arrest warrant for Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay, ordering him to appear for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges. He is to appear in court on Friday.
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