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VIDEO VIRUS: Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At President Bush

President George Bush came under attack during his surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday. The President was visiting the war torn Iraqi capital for the last time during his term in office to celebrate a new security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq which takes effect on Jan. 1, and includes a commitment to withdraw all American forces by the end of 2011. Bush narrowly missed two shoes thrown at his head by Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi during a press conference. Zeidi interrupted the conference by standing up and shouting in Arabic, "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog," and hurled his shoe at President Bush. Zeidi then threw his other shoe and added, "this is from the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq."
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th. Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a "no-warrant necessary" surveillance by the government. Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, "This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying, and what they're planning." Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush's detractors (practically the whole country--or at least those who don't watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term. More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama's vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn't vote). "Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support" the legislation, his office told the AP.
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VIDEO VIRUS: Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At President Bush

President George Bush came under attack during his surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday. The President was visiting the war torn Iraqi capital for the last time during his term in office to celebrate a new security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq which takes effect on Jan. 1, and includes a commitment to withdraw all American forces by the end of 2011. Bush narrowly missed two shoes thrown at his head by Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi during a press conference. Zeidi interrupted the conference by standing up and shouting in Arabic, "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog," and hurled his shoe at President Bush. Zeidi then threw his other shoe and added, "this is from the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq."
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Thandie Newton: Playing Condoleezza Rice in W Was ‘Really F***ing Fun’

British actress Thandie Newton confesses that taking on the role of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic W was a challenge, but "I decided to close my eyes and leap. I wanted to take the risk,” she told the London Times. “Oliver woke me up,” she says of the director, who had an “absolute belief that I could play this character who was absolutely nothing like me. She didn’t look like me; she’s a couple of decades older than me. And I’m English, for goodness’ sake." But once she began researching Rice, Newton said, "That was when it got really f***ing fun!” But she nearly backed out when rehearsals began in Louisiana, admitting, “I was thinking, ‘F***, have I made a mistake?’" To add to her angst, the makeup crew didn't allow her to wear prosthetics: “That was a bit of a blow.” For the role, some slight makeup tricks, a Rice-like crop and some false teeth helped Newton get "all Condi’d up." Of Stone choosing Newton over other black actresses who were physically more compatible to Rice, she said, “You’ll have to ask Oliver about that. But he was informed in his decision. He’d seen Crash and The Pursuit of Happyness and he liked the fact that the woman sitting in front of him was nothing like those characters. I’m a bit of a blank slate, and I think that helps."
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Senate (and Obama!) Approve Bush’s Spying

The Senate voted 69 to 28 to pass a bill granting liability protection to telecommunication companies that participated in secret domestic spying for the government after September 11th. Amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the bill allows for the practice of a "no-warrant necessary" surveillance by the government. Bush, who is expected to sign the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, claims, "This bill will help our intelligence professionals learn who the terrorists are talking to, what they're saying, and what they're planning." Many see the bill as an infringement on civil liberties, and Bush's detractors (practically the whole country--or at least those who don't watch Fox News) see this as another overstep and abuse of power by Bush as he nears the end of his term. More shockingly, though, is Barack Obama's vote in favor of the bill (John McCain didn't vote). "Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, Senator Obama chose to support" the legislation, his office told the AP.
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