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Gates Has History of Manipulating Intelligence
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t r u t h o u t | 11.08

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Jason Leopold | Gates Has History of Manipulating Intelligence
Robert Gates, the former director of the CIA during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, and who was tapped Tuesday by the president to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, is part of Texas's good ol' boy network. He may be best known for playing a role in arming Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein with American made weapons in the country's war against Iran in the 1980s.

All Eyes on Virginia Senate Race
With Democrats now assured of 50 Senate seats, the battle for outright control came down to Virginia, where the Democratic candidate, Jim Webb, held a small lead over the incumbent, Republican Senator George Allen. Democrats won a cliffhanger race in Montana on Wednesday that brought them to the brink of control of the Senate after Americans sick of scandal and weary of war ended the Republican majority in the House.

Stem Cells Win, Abortion Ban Defeated
A Missouri ballot initiative to promote stem cell research, a topic that blew up into a national controversy over the reach and effectiveness of political ads, was approved by voters last night by a margin of 51-49.

Could "Wild Laws" Save Life on Earth?
The 21 species of albatross are some of the world's most majestic birds. An adult has a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters and can circumnavigate the world in a single flight. Yet each year, 100,000 of them are killed by longline fishing, where nets up to 80 miles long with thousands of hooks are towed by fishing boats catching birds as well as fish. As a consequence of this indiscriminate slaughter, 19 of the 21 species are under threat of extinction ... But a body of legal opinion is proposing what are being called "wild laws," which would speak for birds and animals, and even rivers and nature.

Climate Change Threatens Heritage Sites
>From archaeological ruins in Scotland to 13th century mosques in the Sahara, the effects of climate change could destroy some of the world's most important natural and cultural heritage sites, a report has revealed. Heritage sites that have existed for thousands of years "may, by virtue of climate change, very well not be available to future generations," said Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Chemical Pollution "Harms Children's Brains"
Chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions of children around the world in what scientists are calling a "silent pandemic." The world is bathed in a soup of industrial chemicals which are damaging the intellectual potential of the next generation and may increase the incidence of conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

Superbug Brought Back by Iraq War Casualties
Injured soldiers returning from Iraq have brought back a superbug that has been linked with outbreaks in NHS hospitals where they have been treated, a health minister has confirmed. The links between casualties brought back from Iraq and outbreaks in the NHS have caused alarm within the health service and led to renewed demands for more dedicated wards for Britain's armed forces to enable wounded soldiers to be isolated more effectively.

ACORN Celebrates Minimum Wage Increase Victories
ACORN members in four states - Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio - celebrated the overwhelming success of ballot initiative campaigns to raise the minimum wage. They also applauded the successful efforts of other coalitions which passed wage increases in Nevada and Montana.

Roberts Court Faces First Abortion Cases
In their confirmation hearings last year, John Roberts and Samuel Alito sidestepped pointed questions about whether they would overturn abortion precedents. Now, a year later, the country is about to get some answers. Wednesday, the US Supreme Court takes up two cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Martha Burk | Women on the Hill
"Four days before the election, the New York Times ran a front page story declaring that female voters held the key to the Senate race in Virginia between George Allen and James Webb," writes Martha Burk. "That women control the majority of votes in this country is not new, nor is the fact that there has long been a gender gap, with women generally favoring Democrats. What was new about this race was that neither candidate was a particular friend of the women who held the balance of power in the electorate."

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Where Are the Checks, Balances?
"Bush has been 'making it up' for too long, and the people have let him," says Keith Olbermann. "And whatever your motives of the moment, we the people have, in true good faith and with the genuine patriotism of self-sacrifice (of which you have shown you know nothing), we have let you go on making it up as you went along. Unchecked and unbalanced."

VIDEO | History in the Making in Tennessee
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez
When voters go to the polls in Tennessee, they will have the option to elect the first African-American senator in the South since reconstruction. We spent time in Memphis, where we discussed the election with local civil-rights leaders. We also looked into preparations for protecting voters' rights in Tennessee.

VIDEO | TO Election Report: On the Ground in Missouri
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez
With one day to go in a race that could decide the balance of power in the Senate, voters in St. Louis, Missouri, as in the rest of the country, are concerned about the war in Iraq, but the issue that is dominating the debate is stem cell research.

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