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  • Jury Convicts Tom DeLay in Money Laundering Trial

    Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | November 25, 2010

    Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay - once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress - was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge...

  • Talking to the Taliban About Life After Occupation

    Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian | November 26, 2010

    In the south-eastern city of Khost, the everyday business of the Taliban administration carries on across the street from the fortified, government-run city court and police station. The head of the Haqqani network's civilian administration and his assistant hold their council in the grand mosque, which is also known as the Haqqani mosque because it was built with Taliban and Arab money. When I met them, the two men – a frail-looking 60-year-old and his younger sidekick – gave the impression of being haggard peasants seeking work in the city rather than members of one of Britain and America's most feared organisations...

  • Pentagon Alerts House, Senate Panels To New Classified WikiLeaks Release

    Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg News | November 26, 2010

    The Pentagon warned the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees that the website “intends to release several hundred thousand” classified U.S. State Department cables as soon as Nov. 26. The documents “touch on an enormous range of very sensitive foreign policy issues,” Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Elizabeth King wrote yesterday in an e-mail to the defense panels.

  • Alaska Native Status Gave Tiny, Inexperienced Firm a $250 Million Army Contract

    Robert O'Harrow, Jr., The Washington Post | November 26, 2010

    In summer 2008, the U.S. military had a major problem. More than 2,400 service members had reported being sexually assaulted the previous year, and the number was rising. Congress wanted immediate action. The Army responded by reaching out to a tiny firm in Delaware. It was an unlikely choice for such a sensitive task. The year before, United Solutions and Services, known as US2, had just three employees and several small contracts for janitorial services and other work. It was based in a four-bedroom colonial, where the founder worked out of his living room...

  • A Novel Created A Few Frames At A Time

    Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | November 26, 2010

    The room is rapt as Garry Trudeau, grinning, prepares to share the first secret of his success. The scores of assembled guests, numerous luminaries in their own right, crane with curiosity, eager to discover how a plucky Yale graduate once smuggled sex and politics and rock-and-roll past the gates of the nation's stodgiest newspaper muckety-mucks...

  • Scientists Look to Redwoods For Answers on Warming

    Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle | November 29, 2010
    Stephen Sillett swung from a rope in the second-tallest redwood tree in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in Mendocino County and shouted measurements to his colleagues on the ground. The professor of forest ecology at Humboldt State University has been clambering around a lot lately on the 365-foot-tall giant, which is believed to be well over 1,000 years old. He can tell you the number of branches, 403, and estimate the number of leaves, 514 million...
  • Foreign Governments Blast Wikileaks Revleations While Denying Their Importance

    Debbi Wilgoren and Leila Fadel, The Washington Post | November 29, 2010

    Foreign governments reacted with a mixture of denials and dismissiveness Monday to the massive leaking of U.S. diplomatic cables, questioning the decision to make the material public but at the same time insisting, for the most part, that the revelations were either untrue or unlikely to impact world events...

  • Bomb Kills Iranian Nuclear Scientist

    William Yong and Alan Cowell, The New York Times | November 29, 2010

    Unidentified assailants riding motorcycles launched bomb attacks early on Monday against two Iranian nuclear physicists here, killing one of them and prompting accusations by Iran that the United States and Israel were behind the episode.

    At a news conference here, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that “undoubtedly the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments is involved” in the killing but did not identify those governments by name. The killing led Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, to warn the West and its allies not to “play with fire.” Both Mr. Salehi and Mr. Ahmadinejad vowed that Tehran would not be deterred from expanding its nuclear project...

  • Hanukkah, Rekindled

    Howard Jacobson, NYT Op Ed | December 01, 2010

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    Tonight, Hanukah begins. The word – Hanukkah – is lovely, but what’s the festival itself for? What does it do?

  • WikiLeaks US Embassy Cables: Live Updates

    The Guardian | December 01, 2010