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The recent start of Ramadan may account for the sudden rise in US troop casualties in Iraq. 

Bush's new line in stump speeches that "this traumatic period in Iraq will be seen as 'just a comma' in the history books" has been seized upon by critics who call it "evidence that Bush is indifferent to suffering," the Washington Post says.  "To them, it sounds as if the president is dismissing more than 2,700 U.S. troop deaths as 'just a comma.'"  Bush aides, meanwhile, say that "he means to reinforce his message of resolve in the long struggle for Iraqi democracy."  The remark has inspired a fierce discussion on the Internet. 

The AP follows up on the New York Times report from yesterday about the $20 million set aside by Congress to pay for a victory celebration.  "Democrats are pointing to it as another example of where the GOP has gone astray in handling the war in Iraq."  Republicans counter that the money initially was approved by unanimous consent. 

Moderate GOP Rep. Chris Shays has called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign

An appeals court ruled yesterday that the Administration "can continue eavesdropping on the international communications of some Americans without a court warrant while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional," says the AP