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    Activists Embark on Hunger Strike

    Many gay advocates were celebrating the votes, but concerns remain. Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo began what could potentially be a lengthy hunger strike and have three demands for President Obama.
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    Next Steps for 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Repeal

    We now know that a repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell" will be inserted into the defense authorization bill, which will be due for a vote in late June or early July. That step was a huge victory, but there are many hurdles still facing the repeal.
  • War Inquiry Met Second-Tier Bush Officials

    The British official inquiry team examining the origins and conduct of the Iraq War met with some relatively senior former officials of the George W. Bush administration on a weeklong visit earlier in May. But, as the Brits admitted today, none of the administration's heavy hitters would talk.
  • Obama Plugs Leaks Bush-Style

    Expected criminal charges related to a Fox News story last June are only the latest example of a wide-ranging Obama administration crackdown against leakers—an enforcement campaign that may exceed similar efforts under President George W. Bush, according to some media groups.
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    BP Stays Positive Despite Report of Setbacks

    Due to stalled progress and mixed messages, the results of BP's ongoing efforts to carry out a "top kill" to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are increasingly unclear.
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    Congress Passes Laws, but It Still Doesn't Work

    Whatever America’s problems with the legislative branch—and given the institution’s 21 percent favorable rating, there are clearly many—no one can call the 111th Congress a "do-nothing Congress." But is it working? Not really.
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    Man vs. Oil: Fighting to Save the Wetlands

    Outspoken parish president Billy Nungesser isn’t about to sit idly by as oil destroys the land and livelihood of his fellow Louisiana residents. BP, the Coast Guard, and the government can either get on board or get out of the way.
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    Immigrants Actually Reduce Crime

    Despite what some raving pundits have claimed, immigrants aren't responsible for a violent crime wave in the Southwest. In fact, cities with large immigrant populations are actually safer places to live.
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    Rand Paul Loses His Allies

    You'd think, amid all the hubbub, that Paul could count on the support at least one set of allies: his fellow libertarians. But even they are turning against the Kentuckian. What did he do wrong now?
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    Conservative Bloggers on the Attack

    Even before Obama spoke at a press conference today, conservative bloggers were on the attack. Why? Because Obama hasn’t given any press conferences since last summer, nearly 10 months ago.
  • Will McCain Block DADT Repeal?

    Gay-rights advocates are not yet celebrating what—by all indications—appears to be imminent action on the Hill to move toward a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” ...
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    Heads Roll as the Oil Slick Spreads: Elizabeth Birnbaum Resigns at MMS

    On the same day that engineers are completing the top-kill procedure to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed, Washington is executing a top-kill procedure of its own at the Minerals Management Service. Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the agency that oversees drilling for oil and natural gas, was asked to resign from her post this morning by the Obama administration.
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    DADT: The Evolution of Robert Byrd

    One of the longest serving members in congressional history—and an unlikely civil-rights advocate—has thrown his support behind the effort to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell," which is expected to come to crucial votes in both the House and Senate shortly.
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    Another Push to Close Guantánamo

    Apparently seeking to breathe new life into the bogged-down effort to close the terrorist-detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, national-security adviser Gen. James Jones sent a letter to Congress reaffirming the administration’s desire to transfer detainees to a prison in Thomson, Ill.
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    Can Obama Control Oil-Spill Political Damage?

    BP officials hope their “top kill” works, choking off a catastrophically leaky oil well with an injection of heavy mud. Meanwhile, President Obama’s own “top kill” is under way, as he tries to control political damage from the disaster.
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    The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Can You Trust?

    The news is full of experts, pundits, politicians, and PR flacks trying to explain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. How do you know who to trust?
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    Welcome to the New

    Our intention is to help you quickly make sense of the key events happening throughout the world. The new is built for people who seek context and clarity in an information landscape cluttered with headlines and knee-jerk reactions.
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    BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill

    As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the gulf are being blocked from the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible.
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    Sarah Palin Not Psyched About Her New Neighbor

    More news on the Wasilla, Alaska, real-estate front: investigative journalist Joe McGinniss, a noted Palin basher, is renting the house next door to the former vice presidential candidate. McGinniss is reporting a book on Palin, tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously, but he's written lots about her before. Not surprisingly, the former governor is not happy.
  • 'We Need to Train an Army of Ninja Cats': GOP Web Site Gets Punk'd

    When the GOP unveiled a new web site, 'America Speaking Out,' it promised to "change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda." Visitors are invited to make their own suggestions in four broad categories. But all those visitors haven't been playing by the rules.
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    The Problem With James Carville's Criticism of Obama

    As the political wheel turns, the inevitable has happened: political pundits are debating whether President Obama has responded to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with sufficient urgency. But why is an issue of lives losst and environmental degradation being reduced to a question of political calculation?