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Bush is beleaguered, Cheney is on the way out and the GOP look set to lose at least one house in November. But watch out for a bigger Pentagon

Lab report

A new astronomical discovery means that we will either have to lose Pluto as a planet, or admit that our solar system has far more planets than the textbooks say
Philip Ball  

It’s foreign policy, stupid

The collapse of communism has not led the US back to isolationism. Instead, argues Godfrey Hodgson, it has launched a new era of missionary interventionism-for the benefit of domestic audiences, not the US's allies
Godfrey Hodgson