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Documents Show Secret FBI Unit Targeted Antiwar Group
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Documents Show Secret FBI Unit Targeted Antiwar Group
A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show. For years, law enforcement authorities suggested it never happened. The FBI and DC police said they had no records of such an incident. But a civil lawsuit, filed by the protesters, recently unearthed police logs that confirm the FBI's role in the incident.

House Democrats Say Justice Official Can't Refuse to Testify
House Democrats asked a top Justice Department aide to come to Capitol Hill for a private interview in the next week on the firing of federal prosecutors. They said she cannot simply refuse to testify on the matter. Monica Goodling, who has said she would assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid appearing at Senate hearings, must tell Congress which specific questions she's refusing to answer.

Pentagon Is Asked for Report on Iraqi Readiness
Despite repeated requests from a House committee chairman and government investigators, the Pentagon has failed to hand over its official assessments of the readiness of US-trained Iraqi security units to take over key functions from the US military.

EU Slams United States, Australia on Climate Change
The European Union accused the United States and Australia on Monday of hampering international efforts to tackle climate change. "We expect ... the United States to cooperate closer and not to continue having a negative attitude in international negotiations," Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas told delegates at a United Nations-sponsored meeting to review a report on the regional effects of rising global temperatures.

Supreme Court Boosts Environmental Groups on Power Plant Cleanup
The Supreme Court supported a federal clean-air initiative aimed at forcing power companies in the US to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants. In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled against Duke Energy Corp. in a lawsuit originally brought by the administration of President Bill Clinton, part of a massive enforcement effort targeting more than a dozen utilities.

Bush Again Pushes Three Nominees Seen as Pro-Industry
The White House has renominated three people for top jobs affecting the environment who were previously blocked in Congress because of their pro-industry views.

Martha Burk | Just Give Us the Numbers
"We're coming up on Equal Pay Day again. That's the day in April every year - this year the 24th - when women's earnings finally catch up with what men made by December 31 of the previous year. Women's groups, led by the National Committee on Pay Equity, will rally on Capitol Hill to call attention to the issue," writes Martha Burk.

US Girls' Early Puberty Attracts Research Flurry
Research on early puberty in American girls reveals a constellation of contributing factors, including obesity and "hypersexuality."

Mental Health Care for Military Faces Cuts
Affordable mental health care took another blow last month, when Medicare and Tricare - one of the few health-care options for military veterans and their families - reduced the amount it will pay providers.

Man With Drug-Resistant TB Locked Up
Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable.

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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