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Question: Why does Bush always sound like he’s talking to 5-year-olds?
Answer: “That’s the way these issues were explained to him.”—Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter

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Say What? Bush Pushing International Engagement?

According to the N.Y. Times, Bush is beginning to look for international help on issues of national security and global economics.
Hmmm ... maybe he shouldn’t have set the stage for such a request by pissing off the entire world. On the “you gotta be kidding me” scale, this ranks right up there with his recent declaration that the nation must break its “oil addiction.”

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Cheney Roasted at Gridiron Club

The elite of the nation’s political reporters gather at the 121-year-old club to poke fun at administration figures. Bush headlines the event, which focuses on Cheney’s hunting accident.
Call us crazy, but we’ve always felt uneasy about the press yukking it up with their sources like this. It’s hard to be a watchdog when you’re cozying up with the people you’re supposed to be watching. 

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N.Y. Times Bureau Chief: U.S. Effort in Iraq Likely to Fail

On a day when car bombs killed at least 62 people in Baghdad, reinforcing fears of an all-out civil war, John Burns, the N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, tells Editor & Publisher that this struggle has, in fact, always been a civil war and, worse, that America will “probably” fail in Iraq.

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Hold the Religious Accountable for Their Beliefs

A prominent Slovenian-born atheist, surveying the violence done in the name of Islam, argues in the N.Y. Times that we should submit Islam, along with all other religions, to a “respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis. This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs.”

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Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

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Bush’s Staff May Be Wearing Down

Unlike the president, who gets to bed around 10 p.m. and has spent a record amount of time on vacation, Bush’s staffers are apparently exhausted beyond belief—which may account for oversights like the botched Dubai Ports deal.

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Capitalism-vs.-Socialism Debate Erupts in China

Amid China’s explosive market-driven growth over the past decade, it’s sometimes hard to remember that it is technically a communist country. A dispute over property rights has brought the issue to the fore.
Truthdig’s Orville Schell examined this schism here.

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Chile Inaugurates First Female President

A role model for Hillary—Chile’s new leader is a political trailblazer.

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Big Bucks Being Made on Cancer Pain

The New York Times brings us another example of how those drug companies that the president loves so much are ripping off the elderly.

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