April 12th, 2007

News

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"There are 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq – and 100,000 contractors. More than 269 soldiers and officers have faced disciplinary action for detainee-related incidents since October 2001. Only one contractor has. Why have troops been held accountable for crimes but contractors have not?"

Most Americans want us out of Iraq, so Secretary Gates announces... longer tours of duty! Also, examining why the military reached the breaking point.

Riiiiight. "The White House said Wednesday that it may have lost what could amount to thousands of messages sent through a private e-mail system used by political guru Karl Rove and at least 50 other top officials." (Leahy, being apparently somewhat computer-savvy, totally calls them on it.)

Good read: in the wake of the Imus scandal, where are the lines we draw on who can say what?

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On this day in 1861, the American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Famed author Kurt Vonnegut passed away. castironskillet had a good quote here.