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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.

Nuking Mississippi

March 12, 2005 - It really happened in the 1960s. Called (for some reason) Project Dribble, the purpose was to give U.S. scientists experience in detecting underground nuclear tests in the Soviet Union.

Big Tent

March 11, 2005 - Democratic strategists Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders are working on a new book, Foxes in the Henhouse, that USA Today describes as "a bare-knuckled blueprint for how Democrats can w