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12 Year Old American Dead For Lack of Dental Care

There is no excuse for this happening in the richest country in the world.

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

If Medicaid dentists weren’t so hard to find.

If his […]

Nailed: Domenici, Wilson Behind US Attorney Firing

McClatchy did a great job here. Pete and Heather are now fingered, and have a lot of explaining to do, this stuff is utterly against the rules and arguably illegal.

Brig Official Admits Padilla Was Tortured

In court.

Crackdown on Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed

This is how things are run when a despot is the Commander in Chief of the United States military.

Matt Taibbi Rules – Again

Read this. As always, I don’t agree with the contention that the media is Bad because We Want it That Way, but still it’s a great rant.

“Iranian” EFP/IED Story Falls Apart

This post includes details from both the Wall Street Journal (which otherwise needs a subscription) and the New York Times. The dreaded EFPs found in this raid were being put together right on the spot in Iraq, and there was no sign of any Iranian parts being involved.

Two Thirds of Americans Disapprove of Iraq War

Washington Post and ABC News.

* 67 disapprove of the way Bush is handling Iraq.

* 67 percent oppose sending additional troops to Iraq.

* 66 percent support reducing U.S. military and financial support for the Iraqi government if the Iraqis fail to make progress toward national unity and restoring civil order.

* 64 don’t […]

“Bombing” That Killed 18 Ramadi Boys May Be US Arms Operation

Serious confusion reigns over what killed these boys this morning, because the US apparently also blew up a giant arms cache in the area.

UPDATE: BBC report has US military acknowleding that 8 boys were “hurt” in the US “controlled” explosion. This cover-up is not going to hold.

Rice Requests Diplomatic Meeting With Iran and Syria

Major reversal it seems, in the Bushco screw-you policy towards these two countries and the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.

Ramadi Bombing Kills 18 People, Mostly Children