The Wire: July 20, 2008

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    Officers' training aims to stop rape

    LYNCHBURG, Va. | Jerry Mathis’ fist cut through the air in front of him as he practiced strikes over and over again, getting them down so he can teach women how to defend themselves.

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    Briefly

    REGION

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    Democrats: It's not easy being green

    DENVER | Throwing the “greenest national political convention to date” is easier said than done, as Democrats are learning the hard way.

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    Expedition planned for U-boat 'graveyard'

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) | Scientists from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary are part of an offshore expedition to survey the wrecks of three German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina.

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    Gilmore, Warner clash over tax plans, energy

    HOT SPRINGS, Va. | Republican James S. Gilmore III used the first debate of the Virginia U.S. Senate campaign Saturday to attack opponent Mark Warner as an untrustworthy tax raiser, while the Democrat fired back that Mr. Gilmore is fiscally irresponsible and a partisan name-caller.

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    Lawyers convert historic homes into comfy offices

    TOWSON, Md. | Henry Peck Jr. checks on his Towson garden several times a day. His raspberries are starting to ripen and the tomatoes and peppers are coming along.

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    KUHNER: Bush's Iran U-turn

    The Bush administration’s decision to send a top U.S. diplomat, William Burns, to meet with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator at a European Union-led meeting in Switzerland is a victory for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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    LIEBERMAN: Uphill battle on drilling

    With only six months left in office, President Bush has finally repealed presidential restrictions on oil drilling in American waters. Now it’s Congress’ turn to do the same and start bringing more domestic energy online.

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    Nobles & Knaves

    Noble: Tony Snow, who fought a courageous battle with cancer in public, to inspire others. Knave:

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    LETTER TO EDITOR: 'Rogue' delegate

    Once John McCain became the “presumptive” Republican nominee, the phalanx of McCain staffers swung into action to make sure that all our Arizona delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention would be properly indoctrinated McCain supporters (“McCain shakes up staff,” Web, Editor favorites, July 3).

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    LETTER TO EDITOR: For the record

    I know of few people more committed to veterans and their health and welfare than I. Therefore, it is important that I set the record straight.

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    PORTER: Cyprus solution, please

    Thirty-four years after the Turkish military invasion of Cyprus, the illegal occupation continues, perpetuating the division of the island and its people which the United States has allowed to go on since Henry Kissinger duplicitously handed Turkey a piece of the small island nation.

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    GREENBERG: The kibitzers

    A couple of past presidential wannabes now have done their ineffectual best for the Democratic attack machine. Sen. John Kerry - you may remember him - has joined Arkansas’ own Wesley Clark in questioning Sen. John McCain’s credentials for serving as the country’s next president and commander in chief of its armed forces.

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    ARNOLD: Rediscover Leisen by 'Midnight'

    The simultaneous release by Universal Studios Home Entertainment of DVD editions of two popular romantic farces from the late 1930s, “Easy Living” (which co-stars Jean Arthur and Ray Milland) and “Midnight” (which co-stars Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche), calls attention to their enduring entertainment value.

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    SHUGHART: Spending addicts

    Both presidential candidates claim to favor change. Yet neither has told us what he will do to end Washington’s addiction to deficit spending.

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    DONNELLY: PM polemic for military policy

    “PMs are not spin doctors because they don’t spin facts. They create facts and then sell them to the world as truth.”

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    Army at center of global war on terror

    PAKISTAN, ITS ARMY, AND THE WARS WITHIN

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    HOPPER: Clean water tsunami?

    You’ve seen the articles in recent weeks breathlessly declaring our nation’s waters are at imminent risk of uncontrolled pollution because the Supreme Court did its job and restricted federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act in its 2006 Rapanos decision.

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    MALKIN: Diplomas won't make jihads go away

    In all the brouhaha over the New Yorker’s satirical cover cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama, a truly “tasteless and offensive” passage in the magazine’s feature article got lost.

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    MARIASCHIN: Lithuania's new Jewish concerns

    Lithuania, a NATO ally with a Jewish history in turn glorious and tragic, has once again become a cause for Jewish concern more than 60 years after the Holocaust.

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    SALHANI: Interfaith or fatwa?

    Finding a long-term solution to curb religious fanaticism will require more than the combined prayers of the 200 or so participants representing the world’s major religions meeting in the Spanish capital, as some sentiments run deep.

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    Deutsch on Fiction

    From the very first sentence, it is hard to read Richard Bausch’s 11th novel without thinking of American troops fighting today. “They went on anyway, putting one foot in front of the other … trying, in their misery and confusion — and their exhaustion — to remain watchful.”

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    Generations

    “Who are the three living politicians you would like to meet and why?”

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    Hunkering down at Royal Birkdale

    Hunkering down at Royal Birkdale

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    NORTH: Ayatollah talk

    Here in the Carolina “Low Country,” there is considerable consternation about this week’s meeting in Switzerland between U.S. and Iranian diplomats.

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    STANGLER: Doctor nurse will see you now

    In April, a tiny step was taken that may have costly consequences for American health care.

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    DAYBOOK

    INTERNATIONAL

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    Calling for truce in war of the sexes

    WHY MEN MATTER, WHY WOMEN SHOULD CARE

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    Obama timeline doable, Iraqi says

    Barack Obama’s first journey to Afghanistan was highlighted Saturday by a key Iraqi leader endorsing the Democratic candidate’s timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal.

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    Live chats Monday with Ric Edelman, Vincent C. Gray and Rob Portman

    The Washington Times hosts three live chats Monday — with financial expert Ric Edelman, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and former OMB Director Rob Portman.

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    Obama pledges aid in talks with Afghan president

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks Sunday with its Western-backed leader and vowed to pursue the war on terror “with vigor” if elected, an Afghan official said.

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    Treasury secretary braces public for more tough times

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson sought to reassure an anxious public on Sunday that the banking system is sound, while also bracing people for more troubled times ahead.

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    Poles who rescued Jews during Holocaust are honored

    Wanda Bulik was only 18 when a conductor approached her on a train during the height of World War II and asked her to take care of an abandoned 3-year-old Jewish boy found traveling alone.

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    Redskins acquire Jason Taylor

    Less than seven hours after losing defensive end Phillip Daniels to a season-ending torn ACL during the first practice of training camp, the Washington Redskins filled that void by acquiring six-time Pro Bowler Jason Taylor.

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    WETZSTEIN: Overpopulation or "demographic winter"?

    Children are our future. They apparently are our biggest problem, too. Do we really want more of them?

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    Details of June presidential fundraising

    Fundraising figures for June as released by the presidential candidates.

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    Details of June presidential fundraising

    Fundraising figures for June as released by the presidential candidates.

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    Details of June presidential fundraising

    Fundraising figures for June as released by the presidential candidates.

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