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Gingrich’s Return? Plus: the Claremont Institute, Dinesh D’Souza, and more

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Gingrich at the Gate
By Bill Berkowitz | February 8, 2007

The former Speaker of the House continues his non-campaign for the GOP’s presidential nomination with warnings of a nuclear holocaust and by receiving $1 million from big-time Vegas gaming interests for his new 527 self-promoting "soft-money" organization. Read full story.

See also: Right Web Profile: Newt Gingrich

NEW RIGHT WEB PROFILES

Claremont Institute
A bastion of conservative academics, the Claremont Institute supports a number of advocacy outfits that push rightist causes in both foreign and domestic policy.

Dinesh D’Souza
For the right’s "enfant terrible," a prolific writer and Hoover Institution fellow, the culture wars at home are the real cause behind 9/11.

Lawrence Kadish
An important financial backer of the Republican Party, Kadish is also a supporter of efforts to extend Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories and backer of hardline pressure groups and think tanks.

ALSO NEW THIS WEEK ON RIGHT WEB

The Money behind the "Surge"
By Aaron Glantz | February 5, 2007

Congressional opponents of the Iraq "surge" plan might be content with passing non-binding resolutions, but activists are looking to turn off the money flow. Read full story.

Grim Assessments
By Jim Lobe | February 8, 2007

Recent official reports, including one by the U.S. intelligence community, paint an ugly picture about what lies ahead in Iraq, with at least one expert struck by the intelligence community’s "extreme pessimism." Read full story.

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Congress and the public acquiesce in another military intervention or a sharp escalation of one of the U.S. wars already under way, perhaps it’s time to finally consider the true costs of war, American-style — in lives lost, dollars spent, and opportunities squandered. It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.


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