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The United StatesSupreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act is legal.Washington PostAttorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the firing of federal prosecutors; Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) told Gonzales his ability to lead was in question, and Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) asked Gonzales to resign. One prominent Republican said the hearing was like “clubbing a baby seal.”New York TimesRaw StoryA series of attacks in Shiite districts of Baghdad killed at least 158 people, the largest number of people killed in a single day since President Bush increased the number of troops in Iraq three months ago.Washington Post“I wish the war was over,” said Karl Rove. “I wish the war never existed.”Akron Beacon JournalShiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, upset that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will not support a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops, convinced six cabinet members to quit. “We are free because we are not in the government,” said Bahar al-Araji, a Sadr legislator. “If the prime minister doesn’t do what we want, we can do something to the prime minister. We can make him leave the government.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that if the vacancies were filled with members who could broaden representation in the cabinet, it “probably would be a positive thing.”Washington PostWashington PostWashington PostBritain banned the phrase “war on terror,”Sky Newsand Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that the United States has lost the war in Iraq.New York Times
Boris Yeltsin died.New York TimesIn Rio police clashed with drug gangs in a shootout that left at least 19 people dead. Brazilian Justice Minister Tarso Genro announced that the federal government would send hundreds more police officers to the city. “For young people,” said a spokeswoman for nonprofit Observatory of the Favelas, “this is a genocide. And I don’t mean that as a metaphor. It really is a genocide.” Washington PostWashington PostPresident George W. Bush, who had planned to unveil sanctions against Sudan during a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, agreed to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s request for more time to pursue diplomacy,Washington Postand Sudan agreed to allow more than 3,000 armed U.N. and African peacekeepers into Darfur, where government-supported militia are accused of killing as many as 400,000 civilians.Washington PostPresidential candidate Dennis Kucinich shut down his campaign website for 24 hours in order to create a virtual “moment of silence” to honor the dead at Virginia Tech.Washington PostRepresentative Louie Gohmert (R., Tex.) argued against a hate crime bill from the floor of the House. “If you are going to hurt someone,” he characterized the bill as saying, “if you are going to shoot them, brutalize them, please make it a random, senseless act of violence like Virginia. Don’t hate them while you hurt them.” Washington PostA senior U.N. inspector revealed that in the past two months Iran has doubled its capacity to enrich uranium,Washington Postand Senator John McCain entertained a crowd at a campaign rally in South Carolina by singing “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran” to the tune of “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys.Georgetown Times
A Stanford study concluded that pollution from ethanol could be a worse health hazard than that from gasoline, San Francisco Gateand a report detailing the effects of global warming in North America predicted the end of “a reliable snowmobile season” by mid-century.Washington PostOne centimeter of snow accumulated on the drought-stricken Qinghai-Tibetan plateau in what China claimed to be the first artificial snowfall.The GuardianA 12-foot-long minke whale spent two days frolicking near the polluted waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York, then died. “These are days for tears,” said an onlooker.New York TimesIn Hungary, a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse overturned, releasing 5,000 bunnies; 500 were killed and 4,400 recaptured, but 100 hopped to freedom.ABC NewsRestaurant owners in Hong Kong were fining customers who did not eat all their food, Christian Science Monitorand Toto, Japan’s leading toilet maker, was offering free repairs for 180,000 bidet toilets after several burst into flames.Fox NewsRepublican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson gave a speech at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. “I’m earning money,” he said, referring to his life in the private sector. “You know that’s sort of part of the Jewish tradition, and I do not find anything wrong with that.” HaaretzAngry crowds in India were burning Richard Gere in effigy,Breitbart.comand doctors in New York Cityremoved a woman’s gallbladder through her vagina.New York Times
More from Claire Gutierrez:
i. stand with israel
I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio. Confident masculine voices telling me the enemy is everywhere and victory is near — I often find it affirming: there’s a reason I don’t think that way. Last spring, many right-wing commentators made much of a Bloomberg poll that asked Americans, “Are you more sympathetic to Netanyahu or Obama?” Republicans picked the Israeli prime minister over their own president, 67 to 16 percent. There was a lot of affected shock that things had come to this. Rush Limbaugh said of Netanyahu that he wished “we had this kind of forceful moral, ethical clarity leading our own country”; Mark Levin described him as “the leader of the free world.” For a few days there I yelled quite a bit in my car.
The one conservative radio show I do find myself enjoying is hosted by Dennis Prager. At the Thanksgiving dinner of American radio personalities (Limbaugh is your jittery brother-in-law, Michael Savage is your racist uncle, Hugh Hewitt is Hugh Hewitt) Dennis Prager is the turkey-carving patriarch trying to keep the conversation moderately high-minded. While Prager obviously doesn’t like liberals — “The gaps between the left and right on almost every issue that matters are in fact unbridgeable,” he has said — he often invites them onto his show for debate, which is rare among right-wing hosts. Yet his gently exasperated take on the Obama–Netanyahu matchup was among the least charitable: “Those who do not confront evil resent those who do.”
Average number of Americans who are injured by chain saws each year:
A farmer in Kenya bit a python who tried to eat him.
A former prison in Philadelphia that has served as a horror-movie set was being prepared as a detention center for protesters arrested at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fired his campaign manager.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”