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The Man Who Would be King
Author: Raine    Date: 08/22/2011 15:30:49

As of the writing of this blog, it should be reported that Colonel Qaddafi has not given up control of Libya. We have a blog post going (thank you Will in Chicago) that has the overnight updates here, and I hope to update it as the day progresses.

Gaddafi's future is tentative at best, but that didn't stop John McCain and Lindsey Graham from issuing this statement
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 08/23/2011 01:21:26 by livingonli)

The Battle for Tripoli
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 08/22/2011 10:35:51

As the new blog for today is not up yet, I thought that I would put up a brief stub updating our bloggers on the changing conditions in Libya.

From Al Jazeera English:

Fighting rages near Gaddafi's compound
Gaddafi's location still unknown as rebel forces battle to control Tripoli.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 08/22/2011 16:10:22 by wickedpam)

The Guy with the Secrets
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/21/2011 14:28:45

Racing around this morning and I was going to post an open blog, then ran across this:
Clair George, Spy and Iran-Contra Figure, Dies at 81

Worth a read, especially with your tin foil hat on. This is the guy that would be the bad-good guy in every Bourne movie.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 08/22/2011 00:43:21 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet - Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/20/2011 11:05:33

Good Morning.

I'm heading out for a long day at Spot Pond with Mr. Bean, but before I do, there's plenty to talk about today. In skimming my usual websites, there was just so much material this week that I had enough to write Ask a Vet just about every day.

In any case...today is our 3,806th day in Iraq and our 2,874th day in Afghanistan.

I'll skip most of the stats today, but if you feel that it wouldn't be Ask a Vet without them...here are the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, and the always-mesmerizing cost of war.
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8 comments (Latest Comment: 08/21/2011 01:49:19 by BobR)

A Broad Spectrum
Author: BobR    Date: 08/19/2011 12:53:30

We (on the Left) tend to paint Republicans with a big brush. It's easy to do when they seem to vote as a rigid unified bloc, and when they all sign pledges and statements that often run counter to their pledge to uphold the Constitution. But like the Dems, members of that party run the gamut of outlooks.
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54 comments (Latest Comment: 08/19/2011 19:08:34 by Mondobubba)

Is the SEC on Thin Issa?
Author: Raine    Date: 08/18/2011 13:10:08

Yesterday, the news broke that the Securities and Exchange Commission allegedly has been destroying thousands of files related to cases involving "activity at large banks and hedge funds during the height of the financial crisis in 2008". This is being reported at Market Watch, and Matt Taibbi has a piece in Rolling Stone about this as well. It appears that he broke the story.
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88 comments (Latest Comment: 08/18/2011 22:30:02 by Raine)

Thursday Puppy Stub
Author: Raine    Date: 08/18/2011 12:35:43

Still writing up a thing or two, until then... Obey this puppeh!


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13 comments (Latest Comment: 08/18/2011 13:49:11 by Mondobubba)

Black and White
Author: BobR    Date: 08/17/2011 12:39:38

It was only 2 1/2 years ago that Democrats swept into DC, taking over the Excecutive and Legislative branches of government. It was going to be a new day in Washington, with all kinds of progress across the board. Things were REALLY going to change...

Except - they really didn't. Republicans dug in their heels over EVERY bill. The Senate, with about 6 months of a filibuster-proof majority still had conservative Democrats from conservative states. The lack of a quick turnaround in the job and economic problems (and disillusioned progressive voters' lack of participation) led to the Republicans taking back the House, and evening the balance in the Senate. It's been 8 months since they came back to DC - how have things changed in DC?

In a word - "Buyer's Remorse" (okay - that's two words...)
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61 comments (Latest Comment: 08/18/2011 02:55:08 by BobR)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/16/2011 10:26:49

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,072nd day in Iraq, and our 3,600th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4474
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4335
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3615
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 246
Since Operation New Dawn: 46

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,736
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 933
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 1, 235, 865, 200, 000 .00

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78 comments (Latest Comment: 08/17/2011 01:03:06 by TriSec)

Straw People
Author: Raine    Date: 08/15/2011 17:48:47

Let's talk a little about the Ames Straw Poll held in Iowa this weekend shall we? Yes Michelle Bachmann won. First, here is the vote tally:
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 08/15/2011 21:45:24 by Mondobubba)

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