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Arizona Republic

An Arizona ballot measure would prohibit government contracting that gives preferences to minority-owned businesses to universities that consider race and ethnicity in student admissions. Private businesses would be unaffected.

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USA Today

Six years ago, anyone in a boat could have gone up the murky Brazos River, hopped ashore and walked up to a tank holding one of the world's deadliest chemicals here at the nation's largest petrochemical complex.

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NY Times

Concerned about an increase in violence on television, the Federal Communications Commission urged lawmakers to consider regulations that would restrict violent programs to late evening, when most children would not be watching.

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by Bob Cesca (HuffPo)

The following item is absolutely the most ridiculous hypothesis yet about the Virginia Tech massacre. Next to this one, that is. Courtesy of Drudge (displayed above the logo next to Sanjaya) and the New York Times blog:

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Sen. Carl Levin(D-MI)

Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the newly declassified report of the Dept. of Defense Inspector General on its "Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activties of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defens

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Vanity Fair

Mega-contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel supply the government with brawn. But the biggest, most powerful of the "body shops"—SAIC, which employs 44,000 people and made $8 billion last year—sells "expertise" behind the war

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The Hill

New rules at the Congressional Research Service could further restrict CRS reports from public view. CRS Director Daniel Mulhollan wrote a memo this week requiring that CRS employees get approval from divisional managers before releasing reports

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McClatchy News

Under a little-noticed provision in the USA Patriot Act, the Treasury Department has ordered severe restrictions against foreign banks or countries for reasons beyond the stated purpose of the law and without producing evidence.

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AP

A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Re

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AP

DO NOT LIE OR OTHERWISE BE IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION ON A PARK BENCH … DO NOT SLEEP OR REMAIN IN ANY BUSHES, SHRUBS OR FOLIAGE … per city code. BATHING AND/OR SHAVING IN RESTROOM IS PROHIBITED … per city code 18A.09 (p) … LAUNDERING CLOTHES IN LAKE EO

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AP

The nation's chief telecommunications regulator stands accused of misrepresenting the facts while pushing through rules that will make it easier for big phone companies to get into cable television. The policy change won approval by the Federa

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AP

To the Spierings, Nebraska's requirement that newborn babies undergo blood screening within 48 hours of birth is an infringement on their religious beliefs and their right to decide what's best for their four children. [your children?]

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by Jacob Boas (AntiWar)

"Our traditions and our liberties are closely connected," freedom having been "praised for … several hundred of years." English freedom was race- and class-bound, "but the fact that our rulers have to pretend to like freedom

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