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A Frank Assessment: Rev. Rick Is Offensive

Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, isn’t happy about the “high honor” Barack Obama has bestowed on the Rev. Rick Warren, who recently likened gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. This isn’t a speech at a forum, the congressman points out, but a role that is “traditionally given as a mark of great respect.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama’s Big Promise to Biden

The vice president-elect revealed Sunday that he sought and won a major promise from Barack Obama: For every major decision, “I’ll get to be in the room.” Even if you love the guy, that’s got to be tiresome—not to mention impractical.

Posted on Dec 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Let Them Eat Caviar

Some needy denizens of Milan will be served a rare delicacy this holiday season, after Italian customs officials seized about 88 pounds of beluga caviar from smugglers trying to sneak it in from Poland. The loot—worth over half a million dollars—was donated to feed the Milanese poor.

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Bush Passes Bailout Buck to Obama

Although President Bush has kicked off the auto industry bailout process before leaving office, some would call Bush’s strategy more of a punt to his presidential successor, Barack Obama.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Brown Moves to Nix Prop. 8

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has changed his position on Proposition 8 and has asked the state Supreme Court to nullify the gay marriage ban on grounds that it violates citizens’ inalienable rights as guaranteed by the California Constitution.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Sex and the SEC

Turns out that certain employees at the Securities and Exchange Commission weren’t just asleep at the wheel, as it were, when they should have been paying more attention to Bernard Madoff’s worrisome investment activities.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Guarded
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Judge: Iraqi Shoeman Beaten

Although allegations of physical abuse against reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, better known as the guy who chucked his shoes at the head of the guy who invaded his country, were widely reported in recent days, it took until today for an Iraqi judge to officially rule that al-Zaidi was beaten while in custody. The system works!

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Milgram
kenyon.edu

Milgram Experiment Revisited

A new study mirroring the infamous 1963 Milgram experiment has suggested that humans will still follow authority’s beckon, even to the point of killing another person. The new report, timely considering the current debate around torture in the U.S., argues that it’s not that humans are bad, but that “a massive social influence [is] going on.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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U.S. Refuses to Back U.N. Gay Rights Measure

The issue of gay rights was not just front-and-center on a national scale in news and politics this week; it was also a topic of concern for the United Nations General Assembly. Unfortunately, the U.S. didn’t exactly blaze the trail for civil rights in that arena either.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Bailed Out
The New York Times / Doug Mills

To the Bailoutmobile!

In an avowed effort to save capitalism from itself, President Bush announced Friday that he would throw the Big Three failing auto companies a $17.4 billion lifesaver, siphoning that money from the initial $700 billion bailout slush fund authorized by Congress in October.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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