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How Laws and Sausages Are Made

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Laws, they say, are like sausages. You don't really want to see how either is made. The Senate's vote last night for cloture—a procedural motion limiting the amount of time left for debate—means that there is some package off health care reforms that can command enough votes to pass and makes ...

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Vacation Schedule

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Posting at Waq al-waq will be greatly reduced over the next two weeks as I take time off to celebrate Christmas and spend with my own family and another one that is near and dear to my heart. We will return in the new year. (Or possibly if something newsworthy happens, but that is questionable ...

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Kiddie Court Martial

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The US Army general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the list of behavior which could lead to a court martial while serving under his command. “The new policy would apply to both female soldiers who become pregnant on the battlefield and the male soldiers who impregnate them. Civilians ...

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Organ Theft

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Israel has admitted harvesting organs from the bodies of Palestinians and Israelis without permission from their families during the 1990s. “The admission follows the release of an interview with Jehuda Hiss, the former head of Israel's forensic institute, in which he said that workers at the ...

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Pius Move?

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“A leading rabbi accused Pope Benedict XVI of ‘insensitivity’ towards Jews yesterday after the head of the Catholic Church moved his controversial World War II-era predecessor Pope Pius XII a step closer to sainthood. Pius XII, who served from 1939 to 1958, is regarded by conservative Catholics as ...

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Sign Recovery

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The “Arbeit macht frei” sign stolen from Auschwitz on Friday has been recovered in Northern Poland and five men are now being questioned by police. “The five suspects, aged in their 20s and 30s, were not members of a neo-Nazi group, Krakow police said. The metal sign from the main gate, which ...

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Grand Ayatollah Dies

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Iran’s opposition has seized upon the death of one of the republic’s founding fathers, Grand Ayatolllah Hossein Ali Montazeri, to take to the streets in mourning. “Tens of thousands of Iranian mourners--many chanting protest slogans--joined the funeral procession Monday for Grand Ayatollah Hossein ...

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Green Light

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“Democrats won a major victory in their push for health care reform early Monday morning as the Senate voted to end debate on a package of controversial revisions to a sweeping $871 billion bill. The 60 to 40 party-line vote, cast shortly after 1 a.m., kept Senate Democrats on track to pass the bill ...

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Night Shining

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“A NASA satellite has created a new map of so-called ‘night-shining clouds,’ which form at high altitudes on Earth and glow even after the sun sets. These mysterious clouds, also called noctilucent clouds or Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs), appear about 50 miles (80 km) above Earth's surface during ...

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Toxic Fallout

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Scientists paid a load of young people to get drunk and then analysed the results to find out which alcoholic beverages produced the worst hangover – with interesting results! “A new study finds that, compared with vodka, if you down too much bourbon, you're likely to have a worse hangover. But when ...

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Facing It

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“An engineering team has developed a face recognition system that is remarkably accurate in realistic situations. Unlike existing face recognition programs that try to find ‘optimal’ facial features, the new program uses sparse representation. One of the program’s developers, Yi Ma, an associate ...