VIDEO | The GOP's Quiet Revolution
Tue Apr 3, 2007 02:04

Norman Solomon calls John McCain's media spectacle in Baghdad another reprise of a ghastly ritual; sectarian and insurgent killings continue to escalate in Iraq; students and faculty of one of the nation's most conservative campuses protest Cheney's upcoming speech; federal judge throws out Bush administration's national forest rules; climate change legislation hot topic in California; the growing divide between the wealthy and the poor; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at

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Norman Solomon | While McCain Walks in McNamara's Footsteps
Norman Solomon writes: "The media spectacle that John McCain made of himself in Baghdad on Sunday was yet another reprise of a ghastly ritual. Senator McCain expressed 'very cautious optimism' and told reporters that the latest version of the US war effort in Iraq is 'making progress.' Awakening from a 40-year nap, an observer might wonder how much has changed since the last war that the United States stumbled over because it could not win. The Congressional Record is filled with insistence that the lessons of Vietnam must not be forgotten. But they cannot be truly remembered if they were never learned in the first place."

Schoolgirls Massacred, Shiites Executed in Iraq
A truck bomber carrying food supplies killed eight Iraqi schoolgirls and a baby in the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Monday as suspected Sunni militants executed 21 Shiite workers north of Baghdad. The attacks were the latest evidence of stepped-up sectarian and insurgent killings outside Baghdad, where a massive US-Iraqi security crackdown, now into its seventh week, has seen American officials boast about signs of progress.

Conservative BYU Campus Protests Dick Cheney Speech
Some students and faculty on one of the nation's most conservative campuses want Brigham Young University to withdraw an invitation for Vice President Dick Cheney to speak at commencement later this month. Critics at the school question whether Cheney sets a good example for graduates, citing his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq war and his role in the CIA leak scandal.

Judge Tosses Out Bush's National Forest Rules
A federal judge on Friday overturned Bush administration regulations for national forests that critics said expedited logging and energy exploration, weakened wildlife protection, and shut the public out of forest planning.

California Legislature Flooded With Climate Bills
Few issues are hotter in the Capitol this year than global warming. Lawmakers have introduced more than 60 bills on the topic, and no wonder. Polls show widespread support among California voters for tackling climate change.

Climate Change: Canada's Cruel Harvest
Authorities in Ottawa announced last week a sharp reduction in the numbers of pups that hunters will be allowed to kill this spring in a first official acknowledgment of the impact the melting ice is having on the seal population. Conservationists, however, are demanding that the harvest be cancelled. Even though public uproar, notably in Britain and Europe, over the seal slaughter is likely to be more intense than ever before, the government is expected in the next several days to announce a start-date for the annual culling.

Questioning the Economics of Logging Our Largest National Forest
Conservationists say the future the country's largest national forest could be undercut by flawed assumptions about the economics of turning trees into logwood.

Income Gap Is Widening, Data Shows
Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top one percent of Americans - those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 - receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows. The top ten percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.

For Girls, It's Be Yourself, and Be Perfect, Too
Being an amazing girl often doesn't feel like enough these days when you're competing with all the other amazing girls around the country who are applying to the same elite colleges that you have been encouraged to aspire to practically all your life. For all their accomplishments and ambitions, the amazing girls, as their teachers and classmates call them, are not immune to the message: While it is now cool to be smart, it is not enough to be smart. You still have to be pretty, thin and "effortlessly hot."

Seafood Poisoning Rises as Oceans Become Warmer, More Polluted
Dozens of popular fish types, including grouper and barracuda, live near reefs. They accumulate the toxic chemical in their bodies from eating smaller fish that graze on the poisonous algae. When oceans are warmed by the greenhouse effect and fouled by toxic runoff, coral reefs are damaged and poison algae thrives, scientists say. "Worldwide, we have a much bigger problem with toxins from algae in seafood than we had 20 or 30 years ago," said Donald M. Anderson, director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

VIDEO | The GOP's Quiet Revolution
By Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez
Sen. Ted Kennedy addressed a gathering organized by the Alliance for Justice. Kennedy spoke about the Bush administration's lack of respect for the rule of law. Following his remarks, a documentary film titled "Quiet Revolution" was screened. The film chronicles 30 years of Republican efforts to turn back the clock on civil liberties.

VIDEO | McCain Photo Op While US Troops Die
Sen. John McCain strolled briefly through an open-air market in Baghdad today in an effort to prove that Americans are "not getting the full picture" of what's going on in Iraq. He was accompanied by "100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters and two Apache gunships overhead." Still photographs provided by the military to NBC News seemed to show McCain wearing a bulletproof vest during his visit.

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