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Heidi Fleiss
Photos: Christopher Wray-McCann, illustrations: Miguel Valenzuela / L.A. Weekly

The Heidi Chronicles

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss wants to build the nation’s first brothel for female customers in the Nevada desert. To get the story, journalist (and Truthdig contributor) Steven Kotler had to survive roadside breakdowns, barren deserts, abandoned towns, a brothel war, and an assortment of cowboys, pimps and angry locals.

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Bush Shows Stunning Insights on Diplomacy

Speaking about the North Korean missile situation, Bush told reporters, “You know, the problem with diplomacy is it takes a while to get something done,” while “acting alone, you can move quickly.”

  • Someone call John Foster Dulles, or better yet, Henry Kissinger: They’ve got some competition….

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    Bush on Ken Lay
    From ThinkProgress

    Bush Rewrites History on Lay

    President Bush told Larry King that deceased Enron founder Ken Lay was “a good guy.” That’s just patently false. A jury confirmed as much. And as for Lay’s crimes, Bush said he was “disappointed.”

  • Memo to Bush: “Disappointed” is dropping an ice cream cone in the mud. Leaving thousands of employees with worthless pension plans and profiting wildly by knocking California off the power grid ... that’s a bit more than “disappointing.”
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    Sam Harris, Disbeliever

    The frequent Truthdig contributor and interviewee tells Salon.com that Martin Luther King Jr. performed his admirable works in spite of his religious beliefs, not because of them. (Link - reg req’d)

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    U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

    Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

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    Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman
    From spazeboy.net

    Lieberman’s Internet Outreach: So Web 1.0 It’s Frightening

    Want to see everything you need to know about how hopelessly out of touch Sen. Joe Lieberman is with the next generation of voters? Check out his campaign website, then check out the site of challenger Ned Lamont:

  • Immediately after the candidates’ Thursday night debate, Lamont’s site was jam-packed with video highlights, media reactions, blogger coverage and fact-checked responses to Lieberman’s charges. Lieberman’s site, however, barely even mentions the debates; there’s nary a blog; and his “news” page hasn’t been updated since Monday. (Update: 12 hours after the debate, the campaign posted a few paragraphs—but that’s it.) It’s such a tone-deaf approach you have to wonder who’s minding the shop over there.

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    The Bushes on Larry King
    From crooksandliars.com

    Bush, Pleasing God by Skipping Briefings on Sunday

    In a mostly softball interview with Larry King Thursday night, President Bush said that he doesn’t get intelligence briefings on Sunday. (Presumably because that’s the day the Lord takes a break from those updates, too.)

  • Story about the interview
  • Full transcript

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    Lamont and Lieberman
    From spazeboy.net

    Lamont and Lieberman Go Toe to Toe in Debate

    Conn. businessman Ned Lamont, who in the polls is closing in fast on Joe Lieberman, forced the three-term senator in a debate Thursday night to defend his strong support for President Bush over the Iraq war, in addition to charging that Lieberman has made his bed in Congress with lobbyists and special interest groups.
    A few elbows were thrown.

  • Video highlights
  • Individual video clips of each exchange
  • MSNBC Host: Lieberman used GOP talking points (he even channeled Reagan).
  • Lamont blog with media reactions, fact-checking and blogger coverage
  • Point of interest: One of the main blogs featured on Lamont’s site is My Left Nutmeg.
  • President Bush (interviewed before the debate) on Lieberman
  • Truthdig’s interview with Lamont
  • UPDATE #1: Blogger Enigmatic Paradox gives the debate to Lamont, but not for the reason you’d expect….

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    Thuggish Far-Right Intimidation Tactics Go Mainstream

    The practice of posting the home address of someone targeted for supposed offenses (like being a member of the ACLU), until now practiced mainly by hate groups, has been embraced by “mainstream” pundits like Michelle Malkin and David Horowitz.

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    Tom Cruise

    Emmys Stick It to Tom Cruise

    The “South Park” episode that mocked Tom Cruise’s affiliation with Scientology is up for an Emmy.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


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