PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,
PMMJ
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"The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth."
-USAToday (and here too.)

"Five times in the past five years, Republicans brought medical malpractice limits to the floor - and five times they lost. Yesterday, they brought two more medical malpractice bills to the floor and, to nobody's surprise, lost twice more."
-Dana Milbank

A shining example of democracy in action, the Iraqi parliament shuts down over a fistfight about a ringtone. No, seriously.

"The political problem with all this is that once Republicans have given away the premises of their governing philosophy — in this case, that prices and executive compensation are determined by the market — they have no foothold to resist Democratic initiatives. Try as they might, there is no way that Republicans can be more socialistic and economically populist than the Democrats. They have set up a bidding war that the GOP must, by definition, lose."
-National Review

SOME NEWS:
* BAGnewsNotes raises some good questions about the Zarqawi bloopers.
* Investigation into another congressman with ties to Cunningham. Except this guy is the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
* Army Reserve is barring officers from leaving the service.
* Howard Kurtz on the HUD controversy, which no one seems to be noticing.
* Ouch. One of Bush's judicial nominees was declared 'unqualified.'
* And funny, some of Roberts' papers are still missing.
* Republicans are losing supporters, and here's how they think they can win them back. Luckily the Democrats still can't shoot straight.
* The Secret Service releases logs related to Abramoff, but they're functionally useless. The logs, I mean.
* Metro plans to shut stations down for weekend track work through the end of the year.
* Was climate change responsible for extinctions?
* Freakonomics on the birthdays of soccer players.

British fertility clinics now allowed to screen embryos for cancer-risk genes.

Fametracker's fame audit of Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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