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Bob Woodward Says Bush Administration Misled American Public – New Book Called State of Denial

Bob Woodward Says Bush Administration Misled American Public – New Book Called State of Denial

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Washington Post Staff Writer Bob Woodward’s new book, “State of Denial”, has gone on sale and is causing quite a debate. In it, Woodward paints the Administration as being less than honest concerning the war in Iraq.

Last night on the CBS News Program “60 Minutes”, Woodward said that the Bush Administration has misled the American people, or at least has failed to tell us the whole story. He mentioned a graph the White House made public three weeks ago. The graph showed a steady increase in attacks on American forces and our allies over the past three years. Woodward accused the Administration and Pentagon of making false claims about the progress in Iraq. The claims are contradicted by facts that were being kept secret.

FBI to Investigate Mark Foley Allegations – Florida Congressman Resigns After Being Accused of Being a Homosexual Predator

FBI to Investigate Mark Foley Allegations – Florida Congressman Resigns After Being Accused of Being a Homosexual Predator

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There may be an investigation into Florida congressman Mark Foley's sexually explicit electronic messages sent to male teenage pages on Capitol Hill. Some consider this a disgrace for the Republican Party, but even House Speaker Dennis Hastert has joined the White House and Democrat leaders in asking the Justice Department to investigate Foley’s actions.

The Florida Republican has been a staunch opponent of gay marriage, illegal immigration and especially child pornography. He helped author the Child Safety and Protection Act which the President signed in July that may be used to prosecute him.

Now the University of Florida Newspaper, the Independent Florida Alligator, says that top Republicans in the House - Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner - knew about Foley's activities for months. According to the report, in 2005 a page told them that Foley's messages "freaked (him) out" and called Foley "sick sick sick sick sick."

The Untapped Solution to Terrorism

The Untapped Solution to Terrorism

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Religious extremism is the underlying cause of terrorism. The only solution for this problem is for the religions themselves to recognize their responsibility for the zealots of their own creation. They must speak out against violence and deaths perpetrated in the name of their religion and shun any persons who pervert the name of their religion to support violent and destructive goals.

There are people in the world, right now, who believe it is their religious duty to annihilate millions of innocent people and take their own lives in the process. They expect to be blessed and rewarded for these murderous and suicidal acts. How did the universal religious message of love, compassion and hope, common to all religions, become perverted to promote murder and suicide? Moreover, how can religion, which forbids murder and suicide, be used as justification for killing millions in cold blood?

President Meets With Karzi and Musharraf at White House Dinner – Pakistan and Afghanistan Leaders Seemed Tense

President Meets With Karzi and Musharraf at White House Dinner – Pakistan and Afghanistan Leaders Seemed Tense

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The relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are not as tense on the relations between Pakistan and India, but there are reports of tension. Leaders from both countries met tonight at the White House to "strategize together" over dinner on ways to defeat terrorism and provide a hopeful future.

Both leaders seemed tense. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf "my brother." They both stood stoically next to President Bush outside the White House before they went in to dine on fish and vegetables.

The President is hoping for cooperation between the two U.S. allies in fighting terrorism. President Bush said “I look forward to having dinner with friends of mine who don't happen to share the same faith I do, but nevertheless share the same outlook for a hopeful world.”

German Oper May Not Be Cancelled - Iranian Newspaper Says Muslims Scared Europeans

German Oper May Not Be Cancelled - Iranian Newspaper Says Muslims Scared Europeans

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The Deutsch Oper of Berlin may be cancelling its production of "Idomeneo" due to security concerns. The original Opera composed by Mozart did not contain the scenes director Hans Neuenfel introduced for the new production.

The worry is that a scene in which King Idomeneo is shown on stage with the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and the sea god Poseidon, would offend Muslims. Al-Jazeera reports that the Berlin security officials had warned that staging the opera "Idomeneo" would pose an "incalculable security risk", although they said that no specific threats had been made.

The Financial Times says that the performance may not be cancelled. They report that the German interior minister, Wolfgang Schäuble and the country's top security official, said on Wednesday that 30 government and Muslim representatives met in Berlin to launch a three-year dialogue forum. They had "spoken out unanimously" that the opera should be performed as scheduled in November.

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