Crunching the Deficit
Bean counters: Record tax collections and a reduced deficit don't really add up, unless you're number crunching for the White House.
Heavyweight showdown: After several years of "evolving", the White House doesn't so much as weigh in on the side of gay marriage, as it does against the "separate but equal" spin of domestic partnership states. Ryan J. Reilly for The Huffington Post.
Cut and Run
After over-billing American taxpayers on no-bid contracts in Iraq, Halliburton announces move of its headquarters to Dubai where it won't be subject to corporate and payroll taxes. Our prediction: Upon completion of his term as G. Dubya's palace guard, Vice President Dick Cheney will follow the Company to the Middle-east where he'll take his cut from the oil service giant's ill-gotten gains without the annoying scrutiny of the press, Congress.
Let the sunshine in: G. Dubya's policy of keeping American's in the dark - and repeatedly violating the Freedom of Information Act - may be finally catching up with him.
DEA Moves Against Hemp
Got hemp? Then you may be a lawbreaker. The DEA report which became law.
Deaf, Dumb and Blind
When a former Supreme Court Justice warns America's on the same slippery slope that's resulted in dictatorship elsewhere in the world, it's news right? Think again. Jack Shafer makes excuses for Slate.
Oil mad: Ted Danson and Andrew Sharpless petition the president to ban seismic airguns - used to locate oil and gas on the sea floor - in Atlantic Ocean.
DEA's Big Fish
Cardinal sin: In response to America's oxycodone "epidemic", DEA goes after Fortune 500 pharmaceutical. Donna Leinwand for USA Today.
Slow to connect: AOL posts profit on some 3 million dial-up subscribers. Dan Frommer for SpatF.
The butterfly effect: The number of migrating monarch butterflies lowest on record. Mark Stevenson for AP.
Piracy tool: A year after his Megaupload site was shuttered by US Prosecutors, Kim Dotcom opens new and improved file exchange.
The Downing Street Memo
In Britain it's been referred to as "The smoking gun" in irrefutable evidence that the US invasion of Iraq was a done deal eight months prior to the advent of bombing, while in America it's gone largely uncommented on by the vast conspiratorial liberal media.
Blind justice: The American judicial system is based on due process, but in the highest court of the land tradition comes above all else.
Dumb and dumber: British study finds correlation between conservative prejudices and low IQ.
Senate Intelligence Committee: The American people were duped when it came to reports of a Saddam/al-Qaida link. Duh.
Medical wrench: The insistence of some states to have doctors assist in executions flies in the face of the Hippocratic Oath.
In a split (5-4) decision, the Supreme Court disallows internet anti-pornography law.
Farewell to Arms
The plunder years: Iraq war veteran Thomas Young pens his final words to G. Dubya and Dick Cheney, bringing into sharp focus why US presence in Baghdad was criminal.
G. Dubya looks to be trying to repair the damage done, but by spreading around his "capital", one wonders if he isn't just trying to broaden his boot print on the world.
A Few Good Men
China's strict social policy blamed for pronounced gender gap.
Deja vu: Suspicious satellite images and Iran's reluctance to bend over and take it from the IAEA has the Pentagon buzzing. Sounds all too familiar, but do Americans have the stomach for yet another war?
Free At Last
Late to the ball: Mississippi becomes last state to ratify thirteenth amendment.
Truth in advertising: When it comes to fast food, words defy definition.
Full Monty Scanners
Peep show: Amsterdam airport first to employ Big Brother technology that peeks beneath clothing.
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