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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

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  • Senate GOP Blocks Military Leave Proposal
    Lawmakers pushing for a new strategy in Iraq ran into a wall of opposition in the Senate, as Republicans blocked an attempt to require the military to give troops longer rest periods between deployments to Iraq. The GOP plans to block several other Iraq-related amendments to a defense policy bill.
  • Security Contractor Lives Life on Edge in Iraq
    Scott Schneider has spent the last three and a half years working for various private security firms in Iraq. During a recent visit to the U.S., he describes his dangerous work providing security for traveling convoys.
  • Reading a Letter From the Front: A Soldier in Iraq
    A soldier currently serving in Iraq, wrote home about the troubles facing troops there, and the mission overall. Time seems to stretch there, he says, and people are hanging their heads.
  • House Passes College Loan Bill, Inviting Veto Threat
    The House of Representatives has approved the College Cost Reduction Act, which will cut subsidies to lenders and limit loan interest for students. The White House has threatened to veto the legislation, saying it creates too much new spending and will hurt student borrowers in the long run.
  • South Dakota Execution Would Be First in 60 Years
    The state of South Dakota is scheduled to hold its first execution in 60 years. Elijah Page is scheduled to die by lethal injection. He waived his appeals, and asked to be put to death for his role in the torture and killing of a 19-year-old man seven years ago. But the planned execution has ignited a fierce debate.
  • Gas Prices Rise, as Average Hits $3 a Gallon
    Gasoline prices are on the rise again, after falling for the last six weeks. A survey by AAA shows the average price at the pump nationwide hit $3 a gallon today. And an international watchdog warned this week that energy supplies are likely to remain tight for at least the next five years.
  • Zimbabwe's Economy Teeters Out of Control
    Melissa Block talks with John Robertson, an economist in Zimbabwe, about the situation there. Inflation is out of control, prices are through the roof and the country is experiencing a fuel shortage.
  • Afghan Attorney General Criticized in Corruption Fight
    When Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed Abdul Jabar Sabet as attorney general last summer, Afghans had high hopes that this Pashtun lawyer from Montreal would end government corruption. But 11 months later, Afghans say corruption and crime levels are worse than ever.
  • Four Sentenced to Life in Prison for London Plot
    Four men have been sentenced to life imprisonment in London, after being found guilty of attempted terrorist attacks on the city's transport system. The failed bomb attacks in July 2005 came just two weeks after 52 people were killed in a series of suicide bombings on a bus and London's underground trains.
  • Hapless Hack Covers War in Iraq in 'Last One In'
    The satirical novel The Last One In chronicles the adventures of an unlikely war correspondent — a New York gossip columnist sent to the front lines of the Iraq war. In 2003, author Nicholas Kulish was an embedded reporter with troops in Iraq.

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