Friday, December 21, 2007

Big Dan's Big News Dec 21, 2007

· Mr. Freeze To Sue Bush Admin Over Emissions Plan

· VIDEO: Jamie Leigh Jones takes her Halliburton gang rape account to the House Judiciary Committee

· Wexler On Impeachment: ‘This Is Not The Lunatic Fringe — This Is Mainstream America’

· The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush; The next president will have to deal with yet another crippling legacy of George W. Bush: the economy. A Nobel laureate, Joseph E. Stiglitz, sees a generation-long struggle to recoup.

· U.S. convoys struggle to adjust to policy change; U.S. soldiers have been ordered to assume that all civilian vehicles are friendly and to yield to civilian drivers instead of stopping traffic. That puts some Kentucky National Guard soldiers pulling convoy duty on edge. They figure if the roads get worse again, they'll be among the first to know.

· Evidence Mounts Of White House Ties To New Hampshire Phone Jamming Scheme

· Voting Rights Activists Win Big Cases in Florida and Arizona; Arizona: Activists move closer to proving electronic vote count theft. Florida: A law disenfranchising thousands of new voters is blocked.

· One thing is clear: the view from EVEREST is a mountain of "critical security failures" in Ohio's electronic voting systems --- the very same systems which will also be in use in other states and counties all across the U.S. in 2008. The question now is what can be done to mitigate the chances of yet another Ohio election meltdown next year, given the short time before before the state's primary in March, and the rapidly-approaching November general election when many eyes, no doubt, will again be on the Buckeye State.

· FBI investigates former CIA officer over waterboarding interviews; Former CIA officer John Kiriakou gave detailed descriptions of how a detainee known as Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded. The procedure produces the sensation of drowning and is widely considered a form of torture, which is illegal under U.S. and international laws.

· Mukasey: Exposing Spies ‘Not a Risk Worth Taking’ - Except for Valerie Wilson?

· C-SPAN TILTS RIGHT.; Turns out C-SPAN is not just painfully mind-numbing, but it also leans decidedly right in its coverage of think tanks, according to a new evaluation by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

· Attempting to Destroy CIA Tapes, Cheney Burns Down White House (bd: the Borowitz Report goes up on the big board of links on the right, under "funny")
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