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Stealing Our Taxes, Pt. 3: Bush Uses Dishonest Budget Assumptions To Screw Average Citizen (excerpt), NYT
Stealing Our Taxes, Pt. 2: How Your Taxes Get Sucked Up By A Massive Bush Spoils System (excerpt), Paul Krugman
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War and the Economy: Snapshots From BushWorld, Kent Southard
Home For The Holiday: The Super Bowl: Just Say "No", Jerry Politex
1944-2007: Molly Ivins Tribute, Kane, Politex, Texas Observer
Bush Jive-Capital: Pretend Money Is Killing The Middle Class, Running Up National Deficit, Jim Kunstler
"Enemies of Peace": Political Partisanship Is The Result Of GOP Greed (excerpts), Paul Krugman
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News Roundup

How feds' top environmental prosecutor built home with big-oil lobbyist, Heilprin
White House Is Reported to Be Linked to an Attorney Dismissal
Dem Energy Inquiry on Royalties Collection
In Setback for New Orleans, Fed-Up Best, Brightest Residents Give Up
Hillary jabs Barack over his Iraq dig. Barack won't back down., Sweet
Dick Cheney's Dangerous Son-in-Law, Levine
UN: The rules of imperial management , Lendman
Specials: Bush Business, Dysfunctional Congress, Iraq Disaster, Iran Waits, Online Journal, Bush Watch compilations

AFP - Wire stories

US push opposed in Washington, not Baghdad
Second top suspect denies links to Madrid bombings
Palestinian PM designate begins work on new unity cabinet
NKorea celebrates Kim's birthday, three days after nuke accord
Israel police on alert around Jerusalem holy sites
EU raises eurozone growth forecast on German, Italian strength
Spanish BBVA buys US Compass Bancshares bank for 9.6 bln dlrs

News Bullets

  • Ex-aide Says Rice Misled Congress on Iran
  • Bush Top Prosecutor, Conoco-Phillips Lobbyist Bought Home
  • Senators Introduce Bill to Restrict Use of Cluster Munitions
  • Not in Our Name: Campaign Launched against Trident Nuclear Weapons System Replacement
  • Experts Fear Afghanistan Could Become the Next Iraq
  • Iraq Invasion Plan 'Delusional'
  • Ads Featuring Wounded Mark Iraq Debate
  • Scientists Warn That Bird-Flu Virus Remains a Threat
  • USDA Criticized by 2nd Judge over Genetic Crops
  • Portland, Oregon Progressive Radio-Talk Host Thom Hartmann Takes over Franken's Air America Spot

    The Rest of Today's Bush Watch Daily Headlines Are Here:...mainstream ... united states ... canada ...england ...australia ...latin america ......europe ...middle east ... asia ... africa ... alternative...op-eds

    Special: Bush Business

    Robert Reich:
    Balanced Budget Baloney
    Cindy Sheehan:
    Money Trumps Peace...Sometimes
    Jeff Leys:
    Money for Nothing: Iraq War Funding, 2004 to 2007
    Andrew Bard Schmookle:
    Who Is To Be Believed: The Anti-Bushite Blogosphere or the World's Financial Markets?

    Special: Dysfunctional Congress

    The President needs a padded room: The co-dependent Congress , Lindorff
    Co-Dependent Congress Must Wake Up: The President Needs a Straight-Jacket and a Padded Cell, Dave Lindorff
    A congressional Kabuki show , Zeese

    Special: Iraq Disaster

    The most powerful man in Iraq: Who is Muqtada al-Sadr? , Cockburn

    Special: Iran Waits

    Bush has no doubt that bombs are from Iran , CST
    At White House press conference, Bush escalates war threats against Iran, Kay
    US 'diplomacy' on Iran: thuggery and threats of military aggression, Symonds

    Today's Alternative Special

    Online Journal

    Social promotion to president, Mazza
    Is the US a nation of laws, of conscience, or of a new manifest destiny?, Tanosborn
    Information warfare, psyops and the power of myth, Whitney
    A foreign policy that only Tarzan could love, Eland
    Bush vs. War Powers Act: Congress has the authority to end Iraq war, Nelson
    The new American century, RIP, Sharp
    The 'Bush Doctrine' and weapons in space, Tremblay
    Digging up religious hatreds, Heard


    United States

    New York Times

    Editorial: Indonesia?s Avian Flu Holdout
    No Protectionism: The Autoworkers' Pain
    Editorial: Protecting Those Who Speak Out
    Editorial: On Presidential Coinage
    Op-Ed Contributor: My War Away From War
    Democrats in State Capitols Push Antiwar Resolutions
    Arizona Scam: A School District With Low Taxes and No Schools
    Settlement Would Allow Fisk University to Sell 2 Paintings
    1,000 Dogs and Cats Killed After Outbreak at Vegas Shelter
    China Covers Up Detention of AIDS Doctor
    2 Palestinian Leaders Meet to Pave Way for a New Cabinet
    Dispute Over Iraqi Cleric, Said to Have Gone to Iran
    Democratic Leader Gambles That Weekend Detention Could End Senate's Squabbling
    Pressing Allies, President Warns of Afghan Battle
    U.S. Looks Into Gifts to Ex-Congressman, Now Governor
    Defense Chief Again Says U.S. Will Not Wage War With Iran

    Washington Post

    Reluctantly, the Senate's Weekend Warriors , Dana Milbank
    Bush Promises Strong Effort to Counter Resurgent Taliban , Peter Baker and Karen DeYoung
    Broad Swath of GOP Defecting on Iraq Vote , Paul Kane
    Russian Leader Expands Powers of a Possible Successor , Peter Finn
    Bush, Congress Could Face Confrontation on Issue of War Powers , Michael Abramowitz

    Christian Science Monitor

    Was Jose Padilla tortured by US military?, Warren Richey
    Congress's next Iraq moves could open party rifts, Gail Russell Chaddock
    Backlash grows against free trade, Mark Trumbull
    Out of stricken Baghdad, into uncertainty, Ilene R. Prusher
    Al Qaeda calls for attacks on oil facilities, Tom Regan

    Boston Globe

    Bush's confusion on Iran in Iraq, ED
    A deal that's hardly sealed, Power
    Grant access to higher education, Kennedy
    Iraqi Kurds seek promise of protection from US, Stockman

    Los Angeles Times

    Insurgents -- they buy American, Rosa Brooks
    Democrats face a struggle over war strategy, Janet Hook
    Senate set for a new clash on Iraq rebuke, Richard Simon
    Baghdad crackdown underway, Borzou Daragahi
    Hopes not high for Mideast talks, Paul Richter

    San Francisco Chronicle

    They stood tall for a free press, Editorial
    11 Republican House members speak against Bush troop boost, Edward Epstein

    Seattle Post Intelligencer

    Congress needs to weigh in on war, Helen Thomas


    Bush Presses NATO Allies to Play Bigger Role in Afghanistan, Hutcheson
    Democrats Push Economic Policy to Better Serve Poor, Middle Class, Hall
    Brazilians Demand Tougher Action Against Rio's Crime, Chang
    U.S. and Iraqi Forces Raid Leading Shiite Mosque in Baghdad, Mauer
    Hopes Are Restrained for Peace Initiative, Nissenbaum+Strobel
    GOP Lawmakers Feeling Pressure Over Iraq War Resolution, Talev+Schoof


    Toronto Star

    Pull your weight, Bush urges Afghan allies, Tim Harper
    Bush snubs Canadian troops, Tim Harper
    Ottawa vows to protect oil facilities after threat, Les Whittington
    Japan approves UN sanctions on Iran, AP
    Canada, U.S. to host mental health forum, CP
    U.S. to take in 7,000 Iraqi refugees, Staff
    Arrogant Conservatives ignore Commons, James Travers
    Terror suspect to be released after six years, no charges, Michelle Shephard
    Honour Kyoto, House tells PM, Allan Woods
    PM says he'll respect Kyoto bill, CP
    Suzuki slams opposition for Kyoto motion, CP
    Critics say they don't believe RCMP's trust probe conclusion, CP
    Liberals cleared in trust case, Susan Delacourt

    CBC News

    Bush urges NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, Staff
    Hamas-led government steps aside for coalition, Staff
    Iraq al-Qaeda leader reported wounded in clash, Staff
    Sudan blocks UN rights team from entering Darfur, AP
    Oxfam warns Chad could become like Darfur, Staff
    Al-Sadr in Iran 'on a visit,' not to escape: Iraqi adviser, AP
    Mystery surrounds former customs agent in Arar case, Staff
    Military experts urge Ottawa to protect Arctic , Staff


    Security operation expanded in Baghdad, AP
    Afghan general: Canadian who shot convoy driver should be punished, CP
    Hamas government resigns: U.S. to shun future Palestinian unity government, AP
    Some U.S. prewar plans envisioned only 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by Dec. 2006, AP
    NKorea orders maintenance of war mobilization to counter US threat, AP
    North and South Korea reach agreement to resume high-level talks, AP
    Liberal split on terror laws highlights old internal debates, CP
    Tories begin cranking up their campaign machine, Staff
    Opposition reacts to Harper's law-and-order agenda, Staff
    Liberals move toward supporting term limits for senators , Staff
    Kyoto: Is Parliament facing a 'toothless tiger' or a 'coup d'état'? , Staff

    Globe and Mail

    Abbas warned U.S. will shun Hamas-Fatah coalition, AP
    Security Council condemns terrorist bombing in Iran, AP
    Japanese whaling ship catches fire off Antarctica, AP
    Trial opens in Madrid train bombings of 2004, AP
    Day urges Liberals to let anti-terror measures survive, CP



    Global leaders reach climate deal, BBC
    Hard bargaining produces climate deal, Roger Harrabin, BBC
    US scientists map complex waterworld beneath Antarctic Ice sheet, Jonathan Fildes, BBC
    US invasion plan for Iraq was 'delusional', BBC
    US troops diverted to Afghanistan, BBC
    Bush calls on Nato members to step up battle against Afghanistan's Taleban, BBC
    Comedian Franken makes Senate bid, BBC
    Radical Shia cleric 'is in Iran' says prime minister, BBC
    UK troops help to seal off Basra, BBC
    Palestinian unity deal under way, BBC
    Bernanke positvie on US inflation, BBC
    Dow Jones hits new record close, BBC


    Symbolic victory for Greenpeace:UK nuclear plan flawed and misleading, Woodward
    Pretending to listen: sham consultation by Blair on nuclear power, Editorial
    Anglican leaders avoid church split over homosexuals, Bates
    The strategy of Innuendo: will Bush's strategy in Iraq work again in Iran?, Ackerman
    The debate on Iraq we've been waiting for: the glue comes undone, Berman
    Hillary is stuck: she can't alienate the foreign policy establishment, Tomasky


    Imperial presidency: Bush demands Nato help on Afghanistan, Cornwell
    Chinese pupils eclipse all other ethnic groups in English tests, Garner

    Times Online

    Iraqi cities brought to a halt as the car bombings continue, Parker
    Glaciers in the Andes will melt to nothing by 2012, Henderson
    Christian evangelicals won't nominate Mormon Romney, Baker


    ABC, news

    Latin America

    Mex Congress: Why Is Corn Cost So High?, Prensa Latina
    Nobel Peace Prizewinner Menchu Leads New Guatemalan Party, Prensa Latina
    Nicaragua National Assembly gives President more power over military and police, nicanet
    Nicaragua Joins LatAm Electric Plan, Prensa Latina
    Mandate of UN force in Haiti renewed for eight months, Caribbean NN
    More DR Youth to Study Medicine in Cuba, Prensa Latina
    The UNspoken truth about gangs in Haiti, Haiti Action
    ‘One Step at a Time’: An Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti Analysis
    Ecuador Correa Aces First Month, Prensa Latina
    Colombia senator arrested for paramilitary links, Reuters
    Venezuela Expands Regulation of Food Production, Venezuelanalysis
    Chavez Denounces US “Economic Plan” Against Venezuela, Venezuelanalysis
    While the US Only Has Eyes for Iraq Russia Warms Up to Brazil and LatAm, Brazzil
    China and Peru for FTA: Alan Garcia, Prensa Latina

    Upside-Down World


    Der Spiegel

    DaimlerChrysler: The Valentine's Day Massacre, CGH/AP
    War Games For Iran?, Zand
    A Prewar Slide Show Cast Iraq in Rosy Hues, Gordon
    Madrid Terrorism Trial Opens After Almost Three Years, DS
    British and American Children most Disadvantaged, MKP/Reuters/AP
    Poland Under The Kaczynski Twins, Puhl
    South Africa's Democracy in Trouble, Feinstein
    Khmer Rouge Tribunal at Risk, MSM/Spiegel


    Russia May Exit Arms Reduction Treaty -- Top General, MosNews
    Russian Court Shuts Down Microsoft Piracy Case, MosNews
    New Turkmen Leader Pledges Increased Energy Cooperation with Russia, MosNews


    Many Americans share Putin's views on US-led foreign policies, Pravda
    Putin reshuffles government, possibly promoting his successor, Pravda
    NATO's secretary-general warns against violence in Kosovo after clashes kill two, Pravda
    Pope meets South Korean leader, urges restraint by all during nuclear negotiations, Pravda

    Inter Press Service

    Brazil-Bolivia: Morales Breaches Lula/Petrobras Fortress , Osava
    Caribbean: Amid Increased Murders, Calls for Hanging , Ischyrion
    Environment-US: Slow Rescue for Famed River of Grass , Weisenmiller
    Iran: Field Day for Militarists as Standoff with U.S. Continues , Sanati
    Transport-El Salvador: Your Money or Your Life , Gutiérrez
    Health: US Ill-Equipped to Deal With Wave of Troubled Vets , Glantz
    Malaysia: Mahathir's War Crimes Court to Name and Shame , Kuppusamy
    Corruption: Bulgaria Begins a Brave Fight , Ciobanu
    South Pacific: Anti-Whaling Activists Say It with Love , Singh

    Radio Paris (WNN)

    International Herald Tribune

    Middle East


    Police preparing for more violence around Temple Mount, Jonathan Lis
    Rice: PA unity gov't complicates U.S. peacemaking efforts, Avi Issacharoff
    Adalah report to UN slams Israel's treatment of Arabs, Yoav Stern
    Temple Mount dig / Ankara to the rescue, Nadav Shragai
    Olmert: A matter of character, Israel Harel
    Ehud Olmert and Amir Peretz: Two irresponsible windbags, Yossi Sarid

    Al Jazeera

    Rice sceptical about PA unity deal, Agencies
    Egypt holds 80 Brotherhood members, Al Jazeera
    Muslim leaders debate unity, Al Jazeera
    Turkey and webcams survey al-Aqsa, staff


    A bloodstained memorial to remember Rafik Al-Hariri, Lucy Fielder
    Amr Moussa's Lebanon reconciliation mission could fail if rival parties continue to stall, Dina Ezzat
    Death and violence loom as large as ever in the lives of Iraqis, Nermeen Al-Mufti
    Hyping Tehran's threat in Iraq, the Bush administration appears moving closer to war, Salah Hemeid
    Making Washington pay for its nuclear double standards an absolute necessity, Gamal Nkrumah
    Egypt's ambassador: US administration is in a listening mood, Dina Ezzat
    Muslim Brotherhood up in arms over arrests and trials, Gamal Essam El-Din
    Israel is testing Muslim and Arab reactions with its digging around sacred site, Khaled Amayreh
    A catalogue of Israel's encroachments upon the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Khaled Amayreh
    Reality check: the state of the Egyptian economy, Mona El-Fiqi
    The telltale signs that litter the road to secession for South Sudan, Abdullah Al-Ashaal

    Daily Star


    Daily Times

    Muslim peacekeeping force considered, DT
    Corrupt politicians barred in Bangladesh, DT
    Climate change would jeopardize South Asia, Khalid Hasan
    Ahmadis still without rights, Ali Waqar


    Reforms blocked by lack of quorum, Raja Asghar
    Pakistan to get more security aid, Ihtasham ul Haque
    Hundreds protest rigged elections, Dawn


    Trilateral Meeting Gets Top Billing in China, Economic Times
    Baidu Is the Google of China and Booming,
    China Sentences Man to Death in Ant-Fraud Case , Globe and Mail
    New Chinese Bank Pushes the Envelope, Asia Times
    China Survey Reveals Vast Metal Reserves, Asia Times

    The Hindu, news
    Asia Times, opinion


    "Vulture Fund" Company Seeks $40 Million Payment from Zambia on $4 Million Debt, DN
    Environment-Cameroon: Women Face to Face with Desertification , Tetchiada

    Mail and Guardian


    Consortium News

    W. Post Disses the Dixie Chicks, Parry
    Inhofe and the Old/New Republicans, Fricker
    A Greater Israel, Pary

    Democracy Now

    "Shut Up and Sing": Dixie Chicks' Big Grammy Win Caps Comeback From Backlash Over Anti-War Stance, DN
    300,000 Rally in Lebanon on 2nd Anniversary of Slaying of Killing of Ex-PM Rafik Hariri, DN

    The Smirking Chimp

    The Rules, Brian Morton
    Sorry About That, Robert C. Koehler
    Kicking our addiction to militarism: Permanent war footing harms present and future security, Geov Parrish

    Think Progress

    Siding With Big Business, Cheney Announces Bush Will Veto Workers' Rights Bill, TP

    Tom Paine

    A Specter Haunting America, Dubro
    Breakdown At The Iraq Lie Factory, Dreyfuss
    In The Name of Democracy, Dubro
    Bush's Blow-Up With Iran, Poole
    Restore Habeas (video), Sen. Chris Dodd
    Real Democracy Or Dystopia, Hill
    Facts? Who Needs Facts?, Grifo
    Waging Peace In Africa, Nicholls


    Rush To Peace?, Fisher
    Escalating Truth, Lakoff
    Chairman Kennedy Carries the Ball, Pierce
    Dying for a Home: Toxic Trailers Are Making Katrina Refugees Ill, Spake
    Peace, Justice and a Clean Energy Revolution, Glick
    WTO on the Wrong Track With Agricultural Policy, Guyau/Le Monde

    The Nation, opinion
    Raw Story, news
    Salon, opinion
    Information Clearing House, opinion
    Mother Jones, opinion
    Alternet, opinion
    Working For Change, opinion
    Tom Paine, opinion
    Democracy Now !, news
    Daily Kos, opinion
    In These Times, opinion
    Huffington Post, news
    Crooks and Liars, audio/video


    25 Selected Columnists

    Common Dreams

    Amy Goodman:
    Freedom of Press Needs Shield Law
    Bart Jones:
    Chavez Remains Far from a Dictator
    Robert Naiman:
    Is it "Meddling" to Open a Bank in Baghdad? Is it "Meddling" to Occupy Iraq?
    Katrina vanden Heuvel:
    No Katrina Hearings? Gotcha, Joe
    Robert Dreyfuss:
    Breakdown At The Iraq Lie Factory
    Stephen Zunes:
    Iran Charges Reflect Failed Iraq Policy
    Dave Zirin:
    Out of the Closet and Onto the Court
    Jay Bookman:
    White House Policy on Iran in Paralysis
    Patt Morrison:
    Patt Morrison for President!

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