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Monday, August 1

Something to Choke On, Again

t r u t h o u t | 08.01

William Rivers Pitt | Something to Choke On, Again
There have been two bad moments looming over the horizon for the last couple of weeks. One is still in the offing, and a lot of people who have been watching and working the details should prepare themselves for the ram. The other went down this morning, and a lot of good folks are choking on their own rage right now.

Leaked Emails Claim Guantanamo Trials Rigged
Leaked emails from two former prosecutors claim the military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay are rigged, fraudulent, and thin on evidence against the accused.

Iran Will Reopen Nuclear Facility
Iran is to resume the processing of uranium at a nuclear plant, breaking seals placed on the facility by the UN nuclear watchdog in late 2004.

Bob Herbert | Who We Are
You won't find many people willing to accuse John McCain, John Warner or Lindsey Graham of being soft on terrorism. But the three Republican senators, according to Herbert, are giving the White House fits with their attempt to get legislation approved that would expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody.

Norman Solomon | "Operation Withdrawal Scam"
A few days ago, the White House launched a new phase of its propaganda siege for the Iraq war. Solomon claims the strategy is double-barreled: Keep killing in Iraq while hyping scenarios for withdrawal of US troops.

Battle over Gay Marriage Plays Out in Indian Country
More than a year after Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, the emotional issue is playing out in the Cherokee courts in Oklahoma, confronting historic issues of cultural traditions and Indian sovereignty.

Uzbekistan Kicks US out of Military Base
Uzbekistan has given the US six months to close its military base there, in its first move to sever relations with its former sponsor.

John Garang's Death Sparks Riots in Khartoum
Violent riots that broke out in Khartoum today after the announcement of the death of the southern rebel leader John Garang in a helicopter accident. This has forced the Sudanese authorities to decree a twelve hour curfew beginning at 5 pm (Paris time).

Marjorie Cohn | Bush Defies Military, Congress on Torture

A group led by Democratic Senator Carl Levin seeks an amendment calling for an independent commission to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation policies and mistreatment of prisoners, writes TO's Marjorie Cohn.

Roberts Argued against Voting Rights Act
In the early 1980s, John G. Roberts Jr. was part of the vanguard of a conservative political revolution in civil rights, advocating new legal theories and helping enforce the Reagan administration's effort to curtail the use of courts to remedy racial and sexual discrimination.

John W. Dean | Hiding Nominee's Records from the US Senate
It is difficult to think of anything that might better inform the Senate about Judge John Roberts's attitude and philosophy than those likely to be found in the files of the Solicitor General's office, writes former White House Counsel John W. Dean.

CIA Sued for 'Firing Spy Who Questioned WMD Claims'
The Central Intelligence Agency was told by an informant in the spring of 2001 that Iraq had abandoned a major element of its nuclear weapons program, but the agency did not share the information with other agencies or with senior policy makers, a former CIA officer has charged.

Secret Memo - Send to Be Tortured
US officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate US law, an FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago.

Saudi King Fahd Dies, Abdullah Replaces Him
While US crude oil jumped to $61 a barrel after Fahd's death, diplomats said they expected no major shifts in foreign policy under King Abdullah.

Paul Krugman | Triumph of the Machine
The administration is getting nowhere on its grand policy agenda, writes New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. But the agenda it has always taken with utmost seriousness - consolidating one-party rule, and rewarding its friends - is moving forward quite nicely.

John Nichols | Being Like Bernie
Polls consistently identify Sanders as the most popular politician in Vermont, and election results confirm the survey research: He was re-elected in 2004 with more than two-thirds of the vote against a well-funded Republican challenger, sweeping not just his traditional base in Burlington but the vast majority of the state's 251 rural towns.

Rove Likely Learned of Plame from within Administration
Sources indicate that Rove may have learned Valerie Plame's identity from within the Administration rather than from media contacts.

Bush to Appoint Bolton, Dodd Says "Damaged Goods"
President Bush sidestepped the US Senate on Monday and installed controversial nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, saying the post was "too important to leave vacant any longer."

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