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Surge Success at a Rate of $10 a Day

Here’s an interesting idea for dampening insurgent violence in Iraq:  Pay the would-be troublemakers to temporarily join America’s side and watch the surge success reports roll in.  That’s the tactic the U.S. military has employed with some 70,000 former insurgents, according to this NPR report.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Hillary to Fox News: Obama Isn’t JFK or MLK

The media may be falling under the sway of Barack Obama, but Hillary Clinton is fed up with the idea that his campaign is somehow historic, and she’s had more than enough of those comparisons to JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. just “because they gave great speeches.”

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War on Drugs a Bust

How will we know if the war on drugs is ever won?  When all the kingpins are locked up or dead?  That was once the prevailing idea among those on the front lines of the much-ballyhooed “war,” which Rolling Stone scribe Ben Wallace notes has now gone on for over three decades and, in his view, is an utter failure.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Success Makes a Bloomberg Campaign Moot

Barack Obama’s determination to unite Americans and his strong electoral showing in Iowa, fueled in no small part by independents, have taken the wind out of Michael Bloomberg’s sails. The New York mayor has been, by some accounts, considering an independent run for president, but now there just doesn’t seem to be much of a point.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Karel Prinsloo

Kenya Violence May Be Easing

A tentative peace may have come to Kenya after the political opposition canceled its rallies and after there were reports that the head of the African Union would attempt to broker a truce. Rioting and other violence since elections last week have killed hundreds.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


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U.S. Navy / John L. Beeman

Iran and U.S. Navy Play Chicken in Persian Gulf

The carrier group sent to the Persian Gulf to intimidate and irritate Iran apparently struck a nerve. The U.S. Navy says that five suspected Iranian ships came within “close proximity” of one of a group of three American vessels. The ships turned around and no shots were fired, according to a Navy official and news reports.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Surges, Clinton Gets Hands On

Two new polls show Barack Obama building on his Iowa win with a double digit lead in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has personally seized the reins of her campaign, determined to push the talking point she debuted at Saturday’s debate—that she can deliver on Obama’s promise of change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Doug Dreyer

George McGovern:  Impeach Bush and Cheney

One-time presidential candidate and former Sen. George McGovern penned a bombshell of an Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s Washington Post, asserting that the case for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney “is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Kucinich Files Complaint Over Debate Exclusion

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won’t accept his exclusion from ABC’s debates on Saturday without a fight.  Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC Friday, claiming ABC is denying him equal time and noting that parent company Disney has made campaign contributions to the four invited Democrats.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Clinton Regroups in New Hampshire

Acknowledging a setback in her campaign following Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton switched gears in New Hampshire, reasserting her readiness for office and urging voters to take a close look at Obama’s policies before embracing his message of hope.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


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