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Frank Koughan and Sheila Kaplan continue their investigation into allegations that Boeing is using unapproved and unsafe parts for its 737s and other aircraft. The latest in the series reports on how FAA investigators have failed to examine the jets in question. (link).

Michael Schwartz debates against the top ten most commonly-offered reasons to stay in Iraq (link).

Mark Engler interviews three editors of a new book on American war crimes in Iraq (link).

In the news today, the 9/11 Commission released its final report today, calling overall progress on the government’s response to the 2001 terrorist attacks “disappointing.” Last year, Gail Sheehy profiled Commission Chairman Thomas Kean for Mother Jones, explaining how he “refused to be Bush’s patsy” (link); earlier Sheehy had wondered why the 9/11 Commission says nothing about the inaction of Bush and Rumsfeld on 9/11 (link). Also, last September Matthew Brzezinski investigated the problems with the Deparment of Homeland Security (link).

Meanwhile, here in California, the execution date for Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the founder of the Crips turned peacemaker, draws nearer, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is debating whether to grant clemency or not. Venise Wagner interviewed Williams for Mother Jones in March, 2001 (link).

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