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Al Qaeda, Taliban on Rise in Afghanistan: Report

Remember the “other” country we liberated? The Independent reports that it’s going back to hell in a handbasket. | story

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Gore, ACLU and NYT Come out Swinging on Spying

Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
Susan Walsh / AP

The former VP, hot and bothered, says a special prosecutor should investigate Bush’s spy program. | story or transcript
The NYT reports that even the former FBI director had qualms about the legality of the spying. | story
Meanwhile, the ACLU and another group sue Bush over his wiretapping. | story

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The Fight for a Living Wage

Name: Manuela Soto. Marital status: single mom.
Alessandra Petlin / The New York Times

Chris Rock on the true meaning of minimum wage: “If we could pay you less, we would.” Check out this NYT Magazine piece on the struggle just to get by. | story

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As Though The Republicans Needed Another Lobbying Scandal

Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development
Bill Haber / AP

Ohio Rep. Bob Ney lobbied Colin Powell to ease sanctions on Iran—at the behest of a crooked lobbyist. | story
Iran and dirty lobbying: Can you even imagine a more sordid combo? No wonder Ney just stepped down from his leadership post. | story

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Blair May Tap MP Phones

Tony Blair
John Thys / AFP

The British prime minister is planning on scrapping a 40-year ban on tapping MPs’ telephones. The soon-to-be tapped are jolly cross. | story

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Bush’s Spy Program Predated 9/11

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From www.isoc.org

The NSA began its data-mining activities early in 2001. This disclosure contradicts the president’s claim about the program being a product of his post-9/11 “smoke ‘em out” mind-set. | story

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Cronkite on Iraq: “Get Out Now”

Walter Cronkite
Steven Senne / AP

He’s not just another pundit. The former CBS anchor is credited with helping turn U.S. public opinion against Vietnam in 1968. | story

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Sex, Lies and Audiotape

Dr. King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.
From medaloffreedom.com

A year before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. called America the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” His comments and actions made him the object of a massive, FBI-led audio surveillance program into his sex life. Check out our multimedia assemblage in Uncovered. | entry

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Pakistanis: “Death to U.S.”

Thousands take to the streets of Karachi to protest a deadly air attack that killed at least 17. | story
The airstrike’s target, Al Qaeda’s top deputy,  Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly had been invited to dinner at the raid site but decided not to go.

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Pakistan Condemns ‘Zawahiri’ Strike

Pakistani tribal villagers view damage caused by airstrikes in the northwestern village of Damadola, near the  Afghan border in Pakistan, where 17 people were killed Jan. 14.
Mohammad Zubair / AP

A purported CIA airstrike aimed at the top Al Qaeda deputy turns out to be another screw-up; 17 reported dead. | story

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