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Republicans help US Senate pass jobs bill from The Hill

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Docs show Congress knew more about CIA rendition, secret detention & torture

Will someone please arrest Bush, Cheney as they meet for 1st time on Friday?

The flailing falsehoods of America’s war criminals by Glenn Greenwald

Why so little attention to Vernon Hunter, the man killed by Austin terrorist?

POINT COUNTERPOINT

Estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic by Leonard Pitts Jr.

ACORN: We’re still here, it is not true that we’re ‘closed for business’

Does Justice Clarence Thomas’ silence thwart advocacy?

The NYT on its ‘kill more civilians’ op-ed writer by Glenn Greenwald

ECOLOGICAL HEADLINES

The truth would kill a return of nuclear power … by Alec Baldwin?

Cracking down on fracking by Amy Goodman

Okanagan Indians fight for watershed providing an alternate image of BC

Sen. Kerry says climate bill is not dead yet from Mother Jones

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Anti-nuclear activists mobilize to oppose Obama’s new nuke plants

Malcolm X: ‘By any means necessary’

Phyllis Bennis on ending the US war in Afghanistan

Welfare recipients forced to sell food stamps to buy basic necessities

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Senate takes up Unemployment Insurance and COBRA extensions this week

Litmus test: The people, or insurance companies? by Darcy Burner

Republicans furious over Sen. Scott Brown’s jobs vote

Shenanigans to come? Live at Senate EPA budget hearing

CHECKING IN WITH OTHER LIBERAL BLOGS

Lies, politicians and those damned bloggers from Hullabaloo

Comedy gold: Breitbart shouts ‘innuendo’ at Blumenthal during CPAC

Rep. Waxman’s letter: Toyota study is horrible whitewash from FDL

The torture memo author you’ve never heard of from TPM Muckraker

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Tony Blair covered up British military plans for a full Iraq invasion throughout 2002, claiming at the time that Britain’s objective was “disarmament, not regime change.”

This and many other damning details are revealed in hundreds of pages of secret government reports obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.

Full transcripts include classified interviews with frustrated British Army commanders and Whitehall officials. Commanders wrote dozens of “post-operational reports” and the Army compiled two “overall lessons learnt” papers.

According to The Telegraph, the leaked report condemns the almost complete absence of contingency planning as a potential breach of Geneva Convention obligations to safeguard civilians. Coalition forces were “ill-prepared and equipped to deal with the problems in the first 100 days” of the occupation.

Blair’s lies to Parliament and the public, widespread problems with the Army’s supply chain and radio systems, and poor planning for “once Baghdad had fallen” are now confirmed in the public eye.

Particularly egregious are statements Blair made to Parliament in the build up to the invasion. On Sept 24, 2002, Mr. Blair told members of the British Parliament, “In respect of any military options, we are not at the stage of deciding those options but, of course, it is important — should we get to that point — that we have the fullest possible discussion of those options.”

The Telegraph reports, however, that according to leaked documents, “formation-level planning for a deployment took place from February 2002.”

The documents quote British Maj. Gen. Graeme Lamb, director of special forces during the war, as saying: “I had been working the war up since early 2002.”

Former Whitehall civil servant Sir John Chilcot is due to begin an inquiry into Iraq this week. Many of the leaked documents will very likely be seen by Chilcot’s committee, but it is unknown whether the tribunal will publish them.

Relatives of the dead, senior military officers and a few members of the press hope the Iraq Inquiry will not be a simple whitewash.

This story was written for RawStory.com by Gavin Dahl.

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John Dean: Why Cheney pushed so hard to get a pardon for Libby

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House passes resolution 344-36 calling Gaza war crimes report ‘unworthy’

EDITORIAL: Some sense on defense spending by NY Times

Elizabeth Warren wields plan in fight over credit rules

YIKES: Project Censored round-up of the British police state

POLICY

Pro-net neutrality professors say FCC’s proposal is ambiguous

Andy Schwartzman on the upcoming FCC ownership review

One Economy proposes Digital Literacy Initiative broadband plan

Future of Music Coalition wants FCC to become radio data central

Copyright Alliance & music publishers support IP czar Victoria Espinel

Victoria Espinel qualified, but likely powerless from Excess Copyright

MEDIA

EU eyes ‘digital divide’ after DTV transition by Matthew Lasar

Nielsen: Radio reaches 77% of adults daily (5 city study)

FCC lowers the plank for Florida pirate, $2500 settlement

HEALTH

Sit-in for single-payer at Rep. Pelosi’s office from Dollars and Sense

Rep. Kucinich: Not giving up on state single payer

28 male anti-choice Dems are stalling health reform

GOP bill would allow insurers to ignore consumer protections

Gore controversy, advocate & investor

Federal prosecutor: Medical marijuana raids won’t stop

Colorado health department changes ‘caregiver’ rule for marijuana

TECH & PRESS & OPINION

Shield law would protect student journalists from SPLC

Editorial: Pass shield law quickly from NY Times

Virginia’s elections are unconstitutional from Project Censored

Newsosaur: Pay walls mixed with free access

Pesticide industry rep. picked for trade post draws fire

Droid vs. iPhone really about Verizon vs. AT&T

O’Reilly to Hume: You don’t have a conservative viewpoint

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