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State Rep. Rice to ship out to Baghdad for fourth military...

Army Reserve Colonel and Littleton Democrat Joe Rice announced today that he will be deployed to Iraq this month — his fourth tour to the war-torn region to train Iraqi security forces.

The ultimate Bush Administration torture timeline

The New York Times and Sunday morning political talk shows are contorting themselves into linguistically-torturous positions in a feeble attempt to avoid using the word "torture" to describe the immoral and criminal techniques employed at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and CIA black sites against suspected al Qaeda-linked prisoners. Now, Foreign Policy magazine has produced the euphemism-free "ultimate guide to the Bush Administration's journey to the dark side."

Democracy Now! takes a look at ‘preventable’ deaths at Fort Carson

Tonight's episode of Democracy Now! discusses the "unprecedented number of deaths" -- both suicides and homicides -- at Fort Carson in Colorado following an Army report that record numbers of soldiers took their own lives last year.

Udall pushes Defense Secy Gates on counterinsurgency

Newly arrived Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asks a question close to my heart: How can Defense Secretary Bob Gates institutionalize the counterinsurgency lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Anti-al Qaeda plan for Afghanistan between ‘crazy and stupid,’ says ambassador

If we didn't already suspect that the incoming Obama Administration's State Department has its work cut out for it, Ambassador Ronald Neumann has some serious news from the front lines. The candid diplomat comes to Denver Dec. 10 to talk about America's struggle with diplomacy and democratic reform challenges in the Middle East.

Transit issues top Colorado mayors’ priorities for Obama

Everybody wants the ear of President-elect Barack Obama and the nation's city halls are no different. MSNBC today posted a survey of 225 mayors and a nifty interactive map of their calls for relief from the tanking national economy, crumbling infrastructure, unfunded mandates, fossil-fuel based energy and spiraling costs of two wars. Not surprisingly, Colorado mayors from Cañon City, Thornton, Denver, Grand Junction, Vail and Westminster are most concerned about transportation issues.

CC prof: Meltdown puts ‘decisive constraints’ on Obama foreign policy

A Colorado College political science professor paints a grim picture of the economic crisis facing the Obama administration and the constraints it will put on any attempt to redirect foreign policy. In an interview published Wednesday on the Harper's Magazine Web site, international politics expert David Hendrickson — who recently wrote "Cause for Depression," a pictorial guide to the financial crisis — spoke to Ken Silverstein and offered some dire predictions and grim warnings.

McCain advisers freaked out by al-Qaida preference for McCain

I just got off a conference call held by the McCain campaign to deny that Al Qaeda, contrary to reports in the AP and the Washington Post, is rooting for their man. To describe the call as panicked would be an understatement.

Schaffer blasted for Iraq oil deal, possible links to pro-war group

The chief strategist and co-founder of a pro-Iraq war organization scheduled to endorse Republican Bob Schaffer in his run for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday was paid to promote investment in the Kurdistan region of Iraq at the same time Schaffer had a hand in securing an oil contract in Kurdistan—despite warnings the deal could prolong the war.

Massive ad buy smacks Schaffer as ‘war profiteer’

Hot on the heels of an ad tying Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and sweatshop operators, a campaign finance watchdog group hit the Denver airwaves Monday morning with a second ad blasting Schaffer as a "war profiteer"over an Iraqi oil deal he negotiated.