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The latest FOX poll shows that 52 percent of Americans believe the world would be worse off had the U.S. not invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein and 59 percent of those polled say Iraq would be worse off. What's more, while 44 percent say President Bush intentionally misled the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, 61 percent, including 43 percent of Democrats, say there are still weapons in Iraq or that it did have weapons, but they've since been moved or destroyed.
The liberal activist group MoveOn.org says it's prepared to back a Democratic challenger to Senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary because of the Connecticut Democrat's continued support for the war in Iraq. MoveOn Washington director Tom Matzzie tells the Hartford Courant that the No. 1 question his Connecticut members ask him is "What are we going to do about Joe Lieberman?" Matzzie says if those 50,000 members ask, MoveOn will work to defeat Lieberman over the war issue, adding, "Just like he didn't realize his presidential ambitions were in trouble, he doesn't understand the war in Iraq isn't going anywhere."
Four political parties opposing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have pulled out of this weekend's elections, boycotting what they say is an unfair vote biased towards Chavez's allies, but the Venezuelan government doesn't think they were acting on their own. Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel blames the U.S. Embassy for putting the parties up to the move, saying, "We have sufficient intelligence and enough information suggesting that behind the card of not participating there are aims of destabilizing the country. Behind it all, the U.S. Embassy has been very active, extremely active." The Embassy, meanwhile, denies any role in the parties' withdrawal.
A century-old painting commemorating the Pilgrims' landing in Provincetown, Massachusetts, no longer hangs in the town hall after city officials voted that its was discriminatory against women. The Boston Globe reports that town Selectwoman Sarah Peake said she found it "disturbing" that the large oil painting — depicting the Pilgrims voting on the Mayflower Compact — didn't include a single woman. Despite the fact that only male colonists actually signed the historic document, three of the four selectmen agreed to remove the painting, which had hung in the town hall for at least 60 years.
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report
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