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If you don't call your senators, they may vote TODAY:

To allow George Bush to detain and torture whoever he wants to detain and torture, and to absolve Bush and his administration for past detention and torture. (S. 3901 - Military Commissions Act).

To legalize spying on us without a warrant and give Bush immunity for past spying (S. 2453 - National Security Surveillance Act). The Bill of Rights Defense Committee says this bill is not dead yet. The Republicans want us to think it's dead so they can sneak it through.


If you don't want to live in an America that tortures and spies on its citizens, flood Capitol Hill with phone calls and faxes.

Capitol Switchboard:


Ask for the office of the senator you want to speak to. And tell them to give us a toll-free number to call them. If they don't want to hear from us, we'll need to hire new employees to represent us.

Elected representatives contact information, including home district phone numbers:

U.S. Congress - Senate

U.S. Congress - House of Representatives

Austin Cline, Council for Secular Humanism (via Jesus’ General)

The World

Poll: Iraqis back attacks on U.S. troops
WASHINGTON - About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.

40 tortured bodies found in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The bodies of 40 men who were shot and had their hands and feet bound have been found in the capital over the past 24 hours, police said Thursday.

Suicide car bomb kills 2 Iraqi soldiers
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured in suicide car bombing Thursday in part of Baghdad where American and Iraqi troops had just conducted a security sweep.

Iran-EU nuclear talks resume in Germany
Negotiators for Iran and the European Union arrived Thursday at a German Foreign Ministry facility to continue talks over a solution to Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Little pressure on Hezbollah to disarm
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon - Six weeks after the end of the Lebanon war, the militant Hezbollah group is facing little on-the-ground pressure to give up its weapons and disarm — despite a U.N. cease-fire resolution demanding just that.

Olmert hopes to meet Abbas in coming day
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in interviews broadcast Thursday that he hopes to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in coming days for what would be their first real talks since he came to power.

Saudis plan long fence for Iraq border
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence to block terrorists from crossing its 560-mile border with Iraq — another sign of growing alarm that Sunni-Shiite strife could spill over and drag Iraq's neighbors into its civil conflict.

Thai military to loom large over civilian govt
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military looks set to loom large over an interim civilian government despite pledging it would step back two weeks after ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup.

7-Eleven Drops Citgo From Stores
7-Eleven Inc. is dropping Venezuelan-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier. The move is part of a previously announced plan by the company to launch its own brand of fuel, but officials say it was partly motivated by politics.

The Nation

Bush urges allies to unite in terror war
WASHINGTON - Before they sat down with President Bush for a peacemaking dinner at the White House, the bickering leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan shook hands with their host but not with each other.

Bush contends with 2 reports refuting Iraq gains
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intelligence report showing an upsurge in Islamic militancy put the White House on the defensive on Wednesday in an election-year debate over whether President George W. Bush has made America safer.

White House refuses to release full NIE
WASHINGTON - The White House refused Wednesday to release the rest of a secret intelligence assessment that depicts a growing terrorist threat, as the Bush administration tried to quell election-season criticism that its anti-terror policies are seriously off track.

Iraq intelligence report expected after November
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration has begun work on a new intelligence report about Iraq that is not expected to be completed before the November 7 election and possibly not until January, officials said on Wednesday.

New Hope for Democrats in Bid for Senate
The Democrats suddenly face a map with unexpected opportunities in their battle for control of the Senate.

Bush raises $1.1M at Tenn. luncheon
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - President Bush had lunch in Tennessee Wednesday and raised $1.1 million for Republican Senate candidate Bob Corker.

Overseas voting a concern again
Six years after problems counting overseas votes clouded the 2000 presidential election, U.S. troops and other Americans abroad face tight timetables and emerging technologies that still make it difficult to have their votes counted.

Economy & Business

Dow rises near record; oil's jump trips S&P, Nasdaq
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials edged higher on Wednesday to within striking distance of a record high, as an unexpected rise in August new home sales renewed optimism about consumer spending and the outlook for corporate profits.

U.S. home sales up, durable goods orders fall
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in August after July sales came in much weaker than first thought, while new orders for durable goods fell, according to government reports on Wednesday that signaled continued economic softness.

No recession from Calif. housing slowdown: report
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The slowdown of California's housing market has become a drag on the state's economy as home building and financing payrolls thin, but the most populous U.S. state will avoid recession through 2008, according to a UCLA Anderson Forecast report.

Stock market’s up, home sales are up, the housing slowdown won’t cause a recession. See, everything’s FINE FINE FINE with the economy, folks, so please vote Republican. —Caro

Mortgage Suit Says ‘Trust Us’ Led to Fleecing
Dozens of Virginians were victims of one of the largest mortgage frauds in U.S. history, a lawsuit says.

Big Oil moves ahead on human rights, slowly
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From excessive force by their security guards to helping support corrupt regimes, oil companies have long faced accusations of helping trigger human rights abuses in the far-flung countries where they operate.

Science & Technology

China Claims Fusion Reactor Test a Success
BEIJING (AP) - China claimed to have carried out a successful first test Thursday on its experimental thermonuclear fusion reactor. The officials Xinhua News Agency report gave no details about the nature of the test or the results, saying only it was carried out on a Tokamak fusion device in Hefei, the capital of eastern China's Anhui province.

Well, maybe. Seems like we’ve heard this song before. —Caro

The Ascent of Wind Power
Wind power is emerging as an alternative in fast-growing countries like India and China that are avidly seeking new energy sources.

Rural Areas Left in Slow Lane of High-Speed Data Highway
Big phone and cable companies are reluctant to expand in rural areas, leaving millions without high-speed access.

Was Mona Lisa Pregnant?
Mona Lisa, the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's 16th-century masterpiece, was pregnant or had recently given birth when she sat for the painting, say researchers who used three-dimensional technology to study the painting.

Online 3D map tracks genes at work in mouse brain
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A 3D map tracking genes at work in the mouse brain has been completed and posted online, a boon for researchers studying neurological disorders, the institute founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced.