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Trutthout: Alito Sounds Death Knell for Rights

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Marjorie Cohn | Alito Sounds Death Knell for Individual Rights
Marjorie Cohn writes: "If confirmed, Alito would tip the high court's delicate balance radically to the right. Nearly always favoring the government, corporations and universities, Alito has ruled against individual rights in 84 percent of his dissents."

Sparks to Fly as Supreme Court Nominee Alito Faces Senators
The Alito confirmation would almost certainly shift the Court rightward. Democrats and pro-choice groups have been worried by a 1985 letter in which Judge Alito - then a 35-year-old official at President Reagan's Justice Department - came out against affirmative action and insisted that the right to an abortion was not protected by the constitution.

Abramoff, DeLay Scandal Blamed for Shutdown of Lobby Firm
One of Washington's top lobbying operations will shut down at the end of the month because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay.

From Big-Time Lobbyist to Object of Derision
Jack Abramoff, former superlobbyist and newly convicted felon, is learning how unpleasant disgrace can be. After pleading guilty last week to federal corruption charges in Washington and Florida, Mr. Abramoff is now mocked by late-night comedians and editorial cartoonists.

IRS Concealing Corporate/Wealthy Tax Data
Records showing how thoroughly the Internal Revenue Service audits big corporations and the rich, and how much it discounts the additional taxes assessed after audits, are being withheld from the public despite a 1976 court order requiring their disclosure, according to a legal motion filed last week in federal court in Seattle.

Former Afghan Ruler Vows Attacks on US Forces
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Monday vowed more attacks against US forces in Afghanistan, a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai suggested he "get in touch" if he wanted peace.

Michael Rose | Blair Must Be Impeached over Iraq
Michael Rose writes: "No one can undo the decision to go to war. But the impeachment of Mr Blair is now something I believe must happen if we are to rekindle interest in the democratic process."

Jason Leopold: Fitzgerald Maintains Focus on Rove
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to have spent the past month preparing evidence he will present to a grand jury alleging that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove knowingly made false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators and lied under oath while he was being questioned about his role in the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity more than two years ago, according to sources knowledgeable about the probe.

VIDEO SPECIAL | Howard Dean: Democrats Took No Money from Abramoff
On CNN's Late Edition, Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean responded to Wolf Blitzer's attempts to include Democrats in the Abramoff scandal. Dean pointed out that, according to the FEC, no Democrats took money from Abramoff. Dean argued that money from Indian tribes that were clients of Abramoff is not money from Abramoff. Dean went on to say, "Republicans would like us to believe that Democrats are involved ... they're scared and they should be."

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