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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

President Bush issued an executive order today renaming the American Civil War as the "American Sectarian Violence Conflict of 1861-1865." In the name of accuracy, all references to the previous title on federal property were ordered changed by the end of December, although current history textbooks in public schools are allowed to remain in use through the end of the academic year.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

"Freedom: The right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong." -- John Diefenbaker

My first question is not about what Gingrich would have to say regarding the freedom of speech or any other democratic freedoms this country has enjoyed in the past, pre-Bush administration ... no, my first question is, if this was a real group defending freedom of speech in America, why in the hell did they invite Newt Gingrich?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

With its foreign policy already established as a complete failure, it looks like the Bush Administration has simply given up on trying to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Their new strategy is to use trade sanctions personally directed towards Kim Jong Il, unsurprisingly the first time such targeted action has been taken against another leader. Bans on sales from the U.S. will include luxury items like iPods, Segways, Jet Skis, expensive cars, and yachts.

Washington, DC - Today's news that Democratic State House candidate Barbara McIlvaine Smith has won Pennsylvania's 156th House District means that Democrats will now control the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, bringing the current number of new Democratic majorities to 11. In state legislative races across the country, Democrats gained approximately 330 seats in this month's elections. Democrats now control a majority of state house chambers, and control both chambers in 24 of the 49 states with bicameral legislatures.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Winslow T. Wheeler

In the rare event that a senator asks a real question at a presidential nominee's confirmation hearing, it is often read off or summarized from a staff memo. The senator most often will get a non-answer and then move on to another scripted question. Here's how to break that pattern. (Second of three parts)

Wednesday, 29 November 2006 05:23

Peter Michaelson: Waking Up to Iraq

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

Dear Santa,

We know you usually creep quietly across our living-room carpet so as not to awaken us, though how you're so quiet with a giant-size bag of presents on your shoulder we'll never guess.

Wednesday, 29 November 2006 05:08

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 29, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Who Gave the Iraq Study Group Authority To Decide?

It appears that the U.S. Congress lost another of its exclusive powers under Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, namely: the power to declare war and decide matters of war and peace. Now we find an Iraq Study Group, peppered with its own makeup of neocons, set up to tell us what our alternatives are in order to extricate us from a no-win war.

Wednesday, 29 November 2006 04:33

Insurance Industry Profits At Record Highs in All Sectors

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NEWS RELEASE
The Center for Alliance and Justice

Insurance Industry Profits At Record Highs in All Sectors
New Report Confirms Auto Insurers Experiencing "Unprecedented Profitability"

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

The Repuglicans have already gained control over mainstream corporate media here at home, now they also want to control the Internet! Sounds more like Newtie wants to silence the TRUTH! The Internet is the only opportunity for Americans to access the truth, and the Repuglicans are out to destroy everything that exposes Repuglican plans to turn American Democracy into Fascism! He wants to reduce America's ability to use the Internet and our freedom to speak freely!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will sometimes follow the summaries.

1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong
RADICAL US APPROACH FOR RADICAL LEADERS

As much as the Bush administration is trying to find an "honorable" way out of Iraq, there does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, every week the tunnel of the Middle East gets darker for the United States. President George W Bush is desperately trying to formulate a "Sunni front" to confront Iran in Iraq and Lebanon. Lebanon itself is edging toward political collapse. At this crucial moment, the US needs to adopt a radical approach to deal with a new breed of three radical Shi'ite leaders: President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah Party and Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Jaish al-Mehdi (Mehdi Army). ... These three Shi'ite leaders do not follow Washington's political template. They are playing political hardball in which they see only one result - victory. In turn, the US requires an unusual - indeed radical - approach that would recognize the legitimacy of the leaders and allow for their accommodation. Such accommodation would result in the US's quick withdrawal from Iraq. It would mean comprehensive dialogue with Iran, which in turn would help stabilize Iraq in return for carrots, including guarantees against regime change. That US compromise would mean stopping calling Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization, and then negotiating with it directly about stabilizing Lebanon. Above all, it would mean acceptance of a drastic reduction in America's prestige and influence in the Middle East. ... unless the US takes some of these hard choices, the Middle East will be reshaped by the likes of Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah and Muqtada.

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