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The Costs of War

February 18, 2005 - Now online: this week's edition of the email newsletter Facing South, featuring news around the region; columnist Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on "tort reform;" and the always-popular Institute Index:

Abu Ghraib Everywhere

February 17, 2005 - Laura LaFay, writing in the latest Southern Exposure, draws a revealing parallel between the Abu Ghraib scandals and similar abuses in Southern prison

Caution: War Profiteers at Work

February 17, 2005 - Tuesday's accusations by ex-employees of Custer Battles, an upstart Virginia company hired to do "security" work in Iraq, have been getting some media play, but not enough. From MSNBC news:

Gamblin' Man

February 16, 2005 - Josh Marshall comments this morning on the way that Bush seems a bit reluctant to disclose details about his Social Security plan:

You Think Education is Expensive ...

February 16, 2005 - Bad news from Alabama today: "Alabama's public high school graduation rate has declined substantially from 1991 to 2002 while the national rate has remained flat, a new study says. Alabama ranked 47th among states in graduation rates for the class of 2002, the latest year the study was conducted by the Manhattan Institute."