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Administration Concealed Halliburton Overcharges

March 15, 2005 - A quick update on the latest Halliburton scandal that we reported yesterday.As you may recall, news came out that the Houston-based contractor overcharged the Pentagon $108 million for a single task order in their contract to operate Iraq's oil infrastructure.

CEOs Face the Music

March 15, 2005 - Bernard Ebbers, ex-CEO of WorldCom (now MCI), was just found guilty on all counts for his role in causing the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, costing investors billions and workers their jobs. (The company, now located in northern Virginia, was based in Mississippi when the accounting scandals broke.) Hear all the pathos captured in "The Day WorldCom Died."

Nuclear Country

March 15, 2005 - The New York Times has a fascinating short piece in today's Science section about a largely overlooked and very specialized genre of music: country songs written about the atom bomb after World War II.

A Southern Strategy for Unions

March 15, 2005 - Hoping to win an upcoming vote at a Toyota plant in Georgetown, Ky., the UAW softens its image in an effort to gain a toehold in a region normally hostile to organized labor.

Bringing the War Home

March 15, 2005 - Body and Soul has an insightful and disturbing post today about a piece in the Los Angeles Times (reg required), chronicling the phenomena of home-made war movies compiled by soldiers in Iraq and how they're playing back home. From the Times:

¡Viva la Blanco!

March 14, 2005 - Last week, Louisiana's moderate governor Kathleen Blanco (D) scored a major coup: leading a bi-partisan delegation in a three-day visit to Cuba, Blanco convinced Cuban officials to purchase $15 million worth of agricultural products from the Bayou state. Blanco's ability to bring home the goods was widely applauded by Louisiana natives, including state Sen. Robert Barham, a farmer and Republican who joined the trade mission.

Stop the War Profiteers

March 14, 2005 - Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) -- whose minority office in the Committee on Government Reform has been a leader in exposing abuse and fraud in Iraq contracts -- issued a letter to the White House today with fellow Rep.