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Sen. Chuck Hagel on 'Face the Nation'

Hagel Warns of ‘Hopeless, Winless Situation’ in Iraq

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel chastised the Bush administration on “Face the Nation,” saying Iraq was headed toward civil war and neither the American people nor Congress would tolerate the continued presence of U.S. troops there.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Juan Cole on ‘Democracy Now’

On Friday’s “Democracy Now,” the radio program’s host, Amy Goodman, spoke with Mideast expert and Truthdig contributor Juan Cole, whom she asked about the recent protests in Iraq over Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Perversion for Profit

Check out this ultra-campy educational film from the 1960s about the rise of pornographic culture. Money quote: “We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes in regards to sex.” (h/t: BoingBoing)

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Left, Right, and Center

On this week’s episode: Iraq Civil War?; Will Israel Fighting Ever Stop?; Fidel; Mel Gibson; Min-wage, Death-Tax Debates Die.

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Colbert interviews Paul Hackett

Colbert Delivers Vintage Comeback to Antiwar Vet

The ex-Senate candidate and Iraq War vet Paul Hackett asked Stephen Colbert, “Do you really think we’re going to spread democracy with the business end of an M-16?” Colbert’s response was classic. Check it out.

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Daily Show’: Rapture Watch 2006

Jon Stewart had a roundup Thursday of a bizarre recent trend: Armageddon ?news? coverage.  Behold this montage of shame, in which every TV news outlet from ?Good Morning America? to MSNBC seemed to make an appearance.  CNN, in its quest for fact, checked something called a ?rapture index,? while Fox News demanded a rapture timetable, prompting Stewart to comment, ?That?s the timetable Fox News is demanding we have.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Brutally Spanks Rumsfeld Over Iraq

Hillary Clinton raked Donald Rumsfeld over the coals on Thursday over his “failed” prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She closed with a knockout punch: “Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” (video and transcript) Rumsfeld was left sputtering.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Rumsfeld dissembles

Rumsfeld Whopper: I Was Never Overly Optimistic About Iraq

Testifying before Congress today, Donald Rumsfeld said he has ?never painted a rosy picture? about Iraq, and that ?you would have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been overly optimistic.?
(h/t: ThinkProgress)
That’s just nonsense. And we’ve got the proof—in the form of Rumsfeld’s own words (after the jump...)

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Gen. Abizaid

Top Pentagon General: Civil War Possible in Iraq

Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told a congressional committee this morning that “the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I?ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and ... if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Jon Stewart on Bush's wieght-gain

Stewart to President: ?I Give Up.  You?re F—-ing Insane?

After Tony Snow announced the results of Bush?s recent physical, “The Daily Show? host seized the opportunity to mock the president?s weight gain. But when Bush, in a speech, began talking about eating crabs with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, Stewart decided that the president had, finally, gone off the deep end.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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