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  • U.S. gave haven to Nazis, federal report reveals

    NazisNazisA newly released Justice Department report reveals that the U.S. granted haven to some Nazis after the Second World War. In one case, CIA officials sent internal memos debating whether an associate of Adolf Eichmann who went on to work for the CIA should deny his ties to the Nazis or "explain it away on the basis of extenuating circumstances."

    The report challenges a central piece of America's self-image as siding with the oppressed of the world over their oppressors. "America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became -- in some small measure -- a safe haven for persecutors as well," the Justice Department authors write.

    You can read more about this fascinating report, and see the report itself, in the New York Times.

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  • Inmate sues family of 14-year-old he mowed down

    To borrow a term from Sarah Palin, David Weaving has "cojones." Or something.

    Weaving, a 48-year-old Connecticut man with a history of drunk driving offenses, is serving time on manslaughter charges. And he has filed suit against the parents of the 14-year-old bicyclist whom he killed when Weaving lost control of his vehicle while going 83 mph in a 45-mph zone in Prospect, Conn., on April 27, 2007. Weaving is accusing the Matthew Kenney's parents, Stephen and Joanne Kenney, of "contributory negligence" because they didn't force their son to wear a helmet while riding his bike. Weaving is seeking more than $15,000 in damages for the "great mental and emotional pain" he's suffered from the incident.

    Joanne Kenney told the Associated Press that Weaving's suit is "a constant reminder" that "drags the pain on." She also said that she wants to tell the man who killed her son to "just leave us alone and serve your time."

    State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and State Victim Advocate

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  • Bowles, SimpsonBowles, SimpsonTo judge from news coverage lately, fixing the budget deficit is by far America's most pressing issue. When the chairmen of President Obama's deficit commission came out with their proposal this week, pundits rushed to weigh in. And the $1.4 trillion budget gap was a hot topic on the Sunday shows (which, like it or not, still play a key role in establishing which are the important issues of the day). "Deficit Remains Focus of National Attention," the New York Times declared. The paper even has created a special interactive tool that challenges readers to fix the deficit however they choose.

    But outside of Washington, the picture looks very different. A new CBS poll finds that just 4 percent of voters see the deficit as the main priority for Congress next year. The majority of respondents--56 percent--identified jobs and the economy's recovery as the top issue.

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