"Death Toll in Afghanistan Increases Four-fold* raw:
A new government report out of Afghanistan, has found that the number of people killed in the war has increased four-fold over the past year. It is estimated that thirty seven hundred people have died this year – including at least one thousand civilians. The report also found that the number of militant attacks in Afghanistan has surged in recent months from about 300 in March to more than 600 in the month of September."
"A liberal leaning watchdog group (CREW) is blasting incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) for her endorsement of Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) as Majority Leader. Murtha has been accused of abusing his position as Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to benefit lobbying clients of his brother."
"Ohio GOP mucky-muck and now double-felon Tom Noe was convicted on embezzlement charges today relating to his corrupt management of the state's rare-coin investment fund.
The conviction follows on his earlier guilty plea for funneling tens of thousands of dollars in illicit funds to the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign. Noe faces a minimum sentence of ten years in prison."
* bob dreyfuss:
"What does it mean that America's top spies have moved to the forefront of Middle East policy?
First it was General Michael Hayden, the head of the CIA, who traveled to Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jeddah to deliver a message from the White House to King Abdullah.
Then it was John Negroponte, the director of National Intelligence, who stopped in Baghdad last Friday to reorganize the deck chairs on America's desert Titanic. In the process, Negroponte (who was America's first ambassador to Iraq post-2003) made it clear that Ambassador Khalilzad was out, telling Prime Minister Maliki that Khalilzad would be returning home around Jan. 1."