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There was Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. Here are the six states where vote suppression could cost voters their voice — and Democrats the election — in 2006.
By Art Levine
Aug. 15, 2006 | Eva Steele has a son in the military who is supposed to be fighting for freedom in Iraq, but sitting in a wheelchair in her room in a Mesa, Ariz., assisted-living facility, she wonders why it’s so hard for her to realize a basic freedom back here in America: the right to vote.
Arriving in Arizona in January from Kansas City, weakened by four heart attacks and degenerative disk disease, Steele, 57, discovered that without a birth certificate she can’t register to vote. Under a draconian new Arizona law that supposedly targets illegal immigrants, she needs proof of citizenship and a state-issued driver’s license or photo I.D. to register. But her van and purse were stolen in the first few weeks after she moved to Mesa, and with her disability checks going to rent and medicine, she can’t afford the $15 needed to get her birth certificate from Missouri. Her wheelchair makes it hard for her to navigate the bus routes or the bureaucratic maze required to argue with state bureaucrats. She’s unable to overcome the hurdles thrown in her way — and in the way of as many as 500,000 other Arizona residents — by the state’s Republican politicians.
“I think everybody should have the right to vote, no matter if you’ve got two nickels or you’re a millionaire,” Steele says. “I think it’s a shame you have to jump through so many hoops to prove that you’re the person who you say you are.”
Prisoners of Katrina
By Olenka Frenkiel
BBC reporter, Prisoners of Katrina
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while thousands fled New Orleans, the city’s prisoners were trapped. Fresh eye-witness accounts reveal what really happened to those left behind, and how crucial forensic evidence was simply washed away.
In September 2005, long after most people had fled a devastated city, inmates of Orleans Parish Prison – many of them shackled – were still waiting to be rescued from the blazing heat and the stinking floods.
“They basically abandoned the prison,” says Vincent Norman, a chef arrested for an unpaid fine who found himself locked in a cell for days.
Norman should have been there no more than a week. Instead, abandoned without food, drink or sanitation as the waters rose, he was in prison for 103 days.
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Sickened Iraq vets cite depleted uranium
By Deborah Hastings, AP National Writer
August 12, 2006
NEW YORK –It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills — morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.
Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of morphine to cut the pain clenching every part of his body. He will do it twice more before the day is done.
Since he left a bombed-out train depot in Iraq, his gums bleed. There is more blood in his urine, and still more in his stool. Bright light hurts his eyes. A tumor has been removed from his thyroid. Rashes erupt everywhere, itching so badly they seem to live inside his skin. Migraines cleave his skull. His joints ache, grating like door hinges in need of oil.
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U.S. to roll out electronic passports
By DAN CATERINICCHIA, AP Business Writer
Fri Aug 11, 5:26 PM ET
WASHINGTON – Despite ongoing privacy concerns and legal disputes involving companies bidding on the project, the U.S. State Department plans to begin issuing smart chip-embedded passports to Americans as planned Monday.
Not even the foiled terror plot that heightened security checks at airports nationwide threatens to delay the rollout, the agency said. Any hitches in getting the technology to work properly could add even longer waits to travelers already facing lengthy security lines at airports.
The new U.S. passports will include a chip that contains all the data contained in the paper version – name, birthdate, gender, for example – and can be read by electronic scanners at equipped airports. The State Department says they will speed up going through customs and help enhance border security.
The American Psychological Association Council assembled the morning of August 13 for final business at their national convention.
Usually a business item is introduced as a new business item and assigned to a particular committee review. Most items are reviewed by multiple committees before coming to the Board of Directors and ultimately to Council, taking a year or more.
On the morning of August 13, all rules were suspended and a motion was introduced which directed President Koocher to send a letter to psychologists serving in the military or the Veteran’s Administration expressing APA’s gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices these psychologists have made to take care of the men and woman in the military and their families. The motion was passed unanimously by the psychologists on Council.
No mention was made of the fact that some of these psychologists also use their expertise and training to devise rigorous and tormenting forms of torture, bringing pain, anguish and sometimes death to men, women and their families. This from a profession whose primary ethic is “to do no harm.”
Dr. Trudy Bond
Bush reads Camus’s ‘The Stranger’ on ranch vacation
Aug 11 7:14 PM US/Eastern
US President George W. Bush quoted French existential writer Albert
Camus to European leaders a year and a half ago, and now he’s read
one of his most famous works: “The Stranger.”
White House spokesman Tony Snow said Friday that Bush, here on his
Texas ranch enjoying a 10-day vacation from Washington, had made
quick work of the Algerian-born writer’s 1946 novel — in English.
The US president, often spoofed as an intellectual lightweight,
quoted Camus in a February 21, 2005 speech in Brussels praising the
US-Europe alliance and urging other nations to help Washington spread
democracy in the world.
“We know there are many obstacles, and we know the road is long.
Albert Camus said that ‘freedom is a long-distance race.’ We’re in
that race for the duration,” Bush said in those remarks.
News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
13 August 2006
Bush ‘helped Israeli attack on Lebanon’ 14 Aug 2006 The US government was closely involved in planning the Israeli campaign in Lebanon, even before Hizbullah seized two Israeli soldiers in a cross border raids in July. American and Israeli officials met in the spring, discussing plans on how to tackle Hizbullah, according to a report published yesterday.
Watching Lebanon –Washington’s interests in Israel’s war By Seymour M. Hersh 14 Aug 2006 “‘The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with many benefits,’ a U.S. government consultant with close ties to Israel said. ‘Why oppose it? WeÃ¢ll be able to hunt down and bomb missiles, tunnels, and bunkers from the air. It would be a demo for Iran.’ A Pentagon consultant said that the Bush White House ‘has been agitating for some time to find a reason for a preâ€˜mptive blow against Hezbollah.’ He added, ‘It was our intent to have Hezbollah diminished, and now we have someone else doing it.'”
US evangelist leads the millions seeking a battle with Islam
By Alec Russell in Washington
Anyone who wants to understand why Israel has such
unwavering support from the United States should speak
to one man.
Fiery television evangelist Pastor John Hagee has
emerged as the rallying voice for thousands of American
Christians who believe Israel is doing God’s work in a
“war of good versus evil”.
When he strode on to a stage in Washington last month,
he was cheered to the rafters by 3,500 prominent
evangelicals – as well as by Israel’s ambassador to
America, a former Israeli chief of staff and a host of
US congressmen of both parties.
“After 25 years of hammering away at the truth on
national television, millions of people have come to
see the truth of the word of God,” Mr Hagee told The
Daily Telegraph. “There is literally a groundswell of
support for Israel in the USA among evangelicals.”
Published on Sunday, August 13, 2006 by Reuters
In Mexico, Leftists’ [sic] Poll Protests Spread
by Kieran Murray
MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of leftists, claiming fraud in Mexico’s presidential election, spread their protests out from the capital on Saturday by occupying major highways to stop the government from collecting toll fees.
It was an escalation of protests that have so far centered on Mexico City, and organizers vowed even more in coming days.
“We have to toughen up the campaign. It is going to be spread across the country because this is a national problem,” said Gerardo Fernandez, a spokesman for the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution.
Activists swung open toll barriers for a couple of hours on several main highways serving Mexico’s three biggest cities — Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Also hit were highways to the Pacific coast beach resort of Acapulco and Nuevo Laredo on the U.S. border.
Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador narrowly lost the July 2 presidential election but claims he was robbed by fraud and is demanding that all 41 million votes be recounted.