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Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

Douglas Valentine at Consortium News draws some parallels between our current wars and William the Conqueror, they're not pretty. The bumpkin senator from Oklahoma has started an inquisition of climate scientists; their crimes? Being climate scientists, of course. The Taliban strike in downtown Kabul in a story from Juan Cole at Informed Comment and according to McClatchy News their goal is driving America out. Those stories and more in today's picks.

Cheney’s Huge Blunder

Former VP Dick CheneyFormer VP Dick CheneyIn April, 2009, former vice president Dick Cheney called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release classified memos he said demonstrated how well "harsh interrogation methods" -- torture -- worked to prevent terrorist attacks and save lives. But investigators with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) just released a report saying that the CIA memo Cheney cited as justifying U.S. torture contains "plainly inaccurate information" that undermines its conclusions.

Veterans Descend on DC to close GITMO

In addition to Veterans and Military Families marching on Washington in the Spring to protest the continued occupation of Iraq, Obama’s SURGE in Afghanistan, how our troops and Veterans are treated when they come home, and to close Guantanamo Bay (GITMO), there has been a more recent effort by military Veterans and families to close GITMO that occurred this month.

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

In what should be the biggest political story of the week the Supreme Court decided to allow all future federal elections to be completely dominated by America's the worlds corporations. Marty Kaplan writes in Huff Post about Republican finesse with with the age old art of storytelling, and over at Crooks and Liars we find distressing news about "Oathkeepers."

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

Texas iconoclast Jim Hightower helps us find a way to thank Wall Street, illogical fears are analyzed at TomGram, Chris Kelly on "anti Christian muckrakers," and a vast majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. It figures. Bob Higgins

Four US soldiers cast doubt on Gitmo ’suicides’

Four members of a US military intelligence unit assigned to Guantanamo Bay are questioning the government's official version of the deaths of three detainees in the summer of 2006. There are suspicions here that torture and other maltreatment may have led to their deaths while in US custody.

George W. Obama

Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice makes offers a comparison between GW Bush Constitutional Trampler and Barack Obama Constitutional Lawyer in which Obama doesn't fare well. The similarities in their approach/contempt for the law are compelling.