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MIR May 23 report

Two Mideast Peace Stories, for a Change

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at two welcome developments in the Middle East: On Wednesday, Israel and Syria said they had begun indirect talks in Turkey, the first confirmation in eight years of negotiations between the long-time enemies. On that same day, the Gulf state of Qatar scored a diplomatic coup by pulling off a deal intended to end Lebanon’s protracted crisis.

Posted on May 23, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Clinton at Argus-Leader

Clinton’s RFK Remark: Now in Video

Sen. Hillary Clinton has apologized for making a reference to the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy during a Friday talk with editorial board members of the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader newspaper, explaining that her comment was intended to illustrate how the presidential nomination race isn’t over until it’s over. Here’s the clip from her Argus-Leader discussion in context.

Posted on May 23, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Colbert and The Boss

‘Colbert Report’: Finger-Wagging at The Boss

In this “Colbert Report” clip, Stephen Colbert gives Bruce Springsteen a televised talking-to about The Boss’ recent lefty-leaning lyrics, beckoning Bruce to his show, and drinks himself under the table with the help of a cold Miller Lite. Or was that a Coors Light?

Posted on May 22, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain on 'Ellen'

McCain Cornered by the Elephant in Ellen’s Room

Sen. John McCain toed his party line well in his appearance Thursday on “Ellen,” where he managed to appear excruciatingly uncomfortable as he listened to host Ellen DeGeneres’ explanation of her pro-gay-marriage stance and as she quizzed him about his own decidedly different opinion on the subject.

Posted on May 22, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Issa and Waxman

Henry ‘the Hammer’ Waxman Shows Issa Who’s Boss

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson got the oversight chairman’s blood going by refusing to answer a straightforward question, but it was fellow Congressman Darrell Issa who sent Waxman’s gavel flying. The best part about being chairman is you get to say: “I will have you physically removed from this meeting if you don’t stop.”

Posted on May 21, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Byrd

Sen. Byrd Cries Over Kennedy’s Illness

The senator from West Virginia came undone on the floor of the Senate while honoring his “dear friend” Ted Kennedy. The great orator paused at one point, sobbing, and said simply “I love you.”

Posted on May 20, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


I Left My Values in San Francisco

Here’s the logic of this attack ad from Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri: Nancy Pelosi helped raise money for my opponent. Nancy Pelosi lives in San Francisco. Gays live in San Francisco. Gays are bad. Behold dancing go-go boy and his harem of sin!

Posted on May 20, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain

Less-Than-Straight Talk Express

You’ve probably heard by now that John McCain has been less than consistent since he decided he really wanted to be president. Assembled by the Brave New folks, here are some prime examples of McCain flip-floppery at its best.

Posted on May 19, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama

Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Iran Wins in Lebanon

Hezbollah was the obvious winner of the recent fighting in Lebanon, but the conflict reflected a broader trend in the Middle East. For all of President Bush’s bluster, Iran is stronger and more influential than when he took office.

Posted on May 19, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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