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Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington during all or part of ten of America's presidencies and who has edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review, which has been on the web since 1995, is now published from Freeport, Maine. We get over 5 million article visits a year. See prorev.com for full contents of our site

February 3, 2010

BREVITAS

A campaign is building to demand the impeachment of Jay Bybee, a sitting federal judge and the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Council, who wrote memos to facilitate offensive war and torture. Disbar Torture Lawyers, is joining with many allied organizations at www.impeachbybee.org to lobby for immediate impeachment hearings and the introduction of a bill that would create such hearings. . .

Overheard in New York: Girl #1: My boyfriend is so romantic, he's taking me to a private wine-tasting. . . Girl #2: Doesn't that violate your probation?

Overheard in DC: Early-40's Dude #1: I'm not like that anymore. I've matured. . . Early-40's Dude #2: Really? Show me. Do something mature. . . Early-40's Dude #1: It doesn't work like that. . . Early-40's Dude #2: You know, magicians and psychics tell me the same thing.

Consumerist - Let's end mandatory binding arbitration. Companies force consumers to revoke their right to lawsuit by embedding language in terms of use contracts that say in the event of any dispute, both parties have to go to an arbitration firm, which the company pays for. . . The Christian Science Monitor found that the top 10 most used arbitration firms only found in favor of consumer 1.6% of the time. Is it any wonder they're so popular?

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