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Obama Has a Surge of His Own

At first it looked as if Barack Obama’s world tour, despite all the media attention, wasn’t going to translate into more votes. The senator himself warned that he could actually lose points for globetrotting. The latest Gallup poll, however, shows a trend in Obama’s favor. The candidate held a lead of nine points on Sunday. Updated.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Addresses Tehran From Paris

During his quick jaunt to Paris on Friday, Barack Obama sent a direct message to Iran, cautioning it to stop enriching uranium or “the pressure ... is only going to build.” Obama had the chance to chat briefly with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told him that the French would be “delighted” if he won in November’s election.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Does Anyone Care About McCain’s Running Mate?

While it might be true that speculation about who’ll become John McCain’s (or Barack Obama’s) vice presidential pick is overblown at times, The Wall Street Journal’s Ken Khachigian might be overlooking certain realities of McCain’s particular case when he says: “Voters don’t select the main course based on the side dish.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Second Wind for WTO Talks?

While supporters of the much troubled Doha Round of the World Trade Organization believe talks may have found their second wind, only the world’s largest economies seem to be breathing. The form of capitalism supported by these countries is resisted by poorer nations, which rightly fear WTO deregulations would disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life

Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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U.K. Cracking Down on Net Piracy

The British government is planning to “significantly reduce” the country’s online file-sharing of copyrighted content, by at least 50 percent, in the next three years through a sequence of warning letters, Internet account suspensions and ultimate expulsion from Internet access.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE



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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Work

Congress is investigating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the first time in the rule’s 15-year life. Critics of the famously troubled compromise would like to take advantage of a troop-starved military to scrap the policy, but the opposition argues that openly gay soldiers would frighten away new recruits.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Justice Torture Memos Say ‘Good Faith’ Is Legal Defense

Ah, good intentions, with which that famous path was paved: According to Justice Department documents   obtained and released by the ACLU on Thursday—albeit heavily redacted—CIA interrogators were authorized to use waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” that they believed “in good faith” would not “have the specific intent to inflict severe pain or suffering.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP / Jens Meyer

Just Another Stump Speech, or Historic Moment?

While fans deemed it “soaring” and Barack Obama himself tried to play down its importance, the senator’s speech Thursday in Berlin certainly had the visuals and big crowd to support comparisons to JFK’s famous appearance in the iconic Cold War capital.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Iraq Won’t Be Going to Beijing

Sectarian battles for control of Iraq’s national team between Shiites and Sunnis have led the International Olympic Committee to block Iraq from participating in the Summer Games in Beijing. The ban was upheld Thursday after the Iraqis failed to meet a deadline to appeal the decision, thereby losing a chance to generate considerable PR and/or pride for the wounded country.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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