Saturday, April 08, 2006

Goood Morning to the Mainland!

SLATE tells us:

The Washington Post leads with word that the Bush administration is looking into a military strike against Iran. According to an unnamed source, two options are being considered: a quick strike against nuclear facilities along with a threat to continue if Iran wages terrorist attacks in response; or a more expansive bombing of Iranian government facilities and other targets. According to the paper, the Pentagon and CIA have been examining possible targets; the British government has started planning to protect its embassy offices and citizens in the event of a U.S. attack; and Israel has a contingency plan in place for attacking Iran if the U.S. doesn't get around to it.

The New York Times leads with an internal report by U.S. Embassy and military command in Baghdad revealing a graver situation in Iraq than depicted by top politicians and military officials. The Los Angeles Times leads with plans by cable and telephone companies to possibly start charging internet companies to make their data run faster along clogged telecommunications networks. Though differential pricing schemes are common in business, such plans are contrary to the egalitarian nature of the internet, where currently all content is treated equally. Many worry the buck would be passed down to the average internet user, and new fees would apply to access different kinds of content.

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