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Study Says Rumsfeld's Aspartame (NutraSweet) Causes Cancer

You might want to put down that diet soda before reading any further.

Much loathed former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld also has the dubious distinction of being the man running a pharmaceutical company called Searle, the creators of Aspartame, or NutraSweet, when the FDA approved it. Now, a new Italian study suggests that Aspartame causes cancer in lab rats.

Seventy Per Cent Opposed To Iraq War

With a significant rise in negative numbers amongst Republicans, the percentage of people who say they support the war in Iraq has fallen to an all-time low of 30%. The chorus of critics in the Senate has gained the voices of two prominent Republicans.

Lobbyist For President?

Would you vote for a presidential candidate that has made over a million dollars lobbying Congress? How about a candidate who's campaign staff is top heavy with Phillip Morris insiders? Or, a candidate who did considerable lobbying on behalf of insurance companies fighting asbestos claims?

Given Rising Food Prices and Ethanol Demand, Do We Still Need Farm Subsidies?

Every five years, Congress must renew the legislation that provides subsidies to farmers. One has to wonder, given the election climate, if any serious consideration will be given to overhauling the system in the light of rising demand for Ethanol?

China Responds To CO2 Report

Earlier this week, as reported here, a Dutch Agency responsible for quantifying global greenhouse gas emissions identified China as the top emitter of CO2, passing the U.S. for the first time. China has come back with an official response.

Guantanamo Closure Decision Near?

While the administration denies it plans to close Guantanamo any time in the near future, the AP reports that a decision to do just that is coming soon.

Vice President Cheney Claims Office Not Part Of Executive Branch, Exempt From Presidential Orders

Even in the face of Cheney's office's involvement in the leaking of information related to national security, such as the Valerie Plame incident, vice president Cheney has exempted his office from complying with a presidential order that sets out procedures for the safe handling of national security information.

Organized Labor Split On Immigration Bill

Some labor unions hope to gain membership from the millions of workers likely to become citizens under the bill while others are concerned about having to compete with guest workers who may not be afforded the same protections as their American counterparts.

NY Times Investigating News Corp And Rupert Murdoch

With News Corp looking to buy Dow Jones, the New York Times has decided to look into the global business dealings of Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp.

American Confidence In Congress Down To 14%

Gallup conducts an annual survey in which they ask people about their confidence in different types of institutions. Congress has worked its way down to the basement in the poll.

Two Years On And New Orleans Still At Risk

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, significant parts of New Orleans are still at risk for flooding from a major storm like Katrina.

U.S. Still Largest Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Emitter

"China Passes U.S. In Greenhouse Gas Emissions" is a headline you'll see in wide circulation today. It is a headline that will be used to deflect attention away from the need for the U.S. to do something about its carbon emissions. What the misleading headline doesn't tell you is that on a per capita basis, the U.S. is still just over four times that of China.

Carter Condemns Bush's and Olmert's Pledges Of Aid To Abbas Government

Following the Hamas take over of Gaza, U.S. president George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have pledged to lift aid embargos and to provide other assistance to the Fatah government of Mahmoud Abbas which is being reconstituted in the West Bank. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has publicly denounced Bush's taking sides in the conflict saying that Hamas was properly elected to share power in the government.

Bloomberg / Hagel In 2008

Back in May, Senator Chuck Hagel expressed dismay at the course the Republican Party has taken and said he was considering an Independent Bid for the presidency. During his statement he made mention of Michael Bloomberg and expressed the possibility of a joint ticket. Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg officially dropped out of the Republican party and opened the door to a possible independent or third party bid. Could we be looking at the birth of a new national party?

Homeland Security Not Immune To Hackers

Over the last two years, the Department of Homeland Security has been hacked into over 800 times that they know of. They have been subject to virus outbreaks and even keyboard logging.

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