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Bush with Susan Ralston

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Pictures of George and Jack? Not yet, but Time magazine has seen them.  In this photo President Bush shares a cozy handshake with Karl Rove’s personal assistant, Susan Ralston. What’s wrong with this picture? Ralston was Jack Abramoff’s longtime secretary. | See the Source Watch file on Ralston.

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Black Jesus Film Will Make Waves

The world’s “first black Jesus movie” will premier at Sundance this Sunday.  “Son of Man,” directed by Mark Dornford-May, portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and “aims to shatter the Western image of a placid savior with fair hair and blue eyes.” | story

See Truthdig’s Jesus: The Man, The Mythby the Rev. Madison Shockley for background on the historical Jesus and representations of “the Christ.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Iraqi Voting Tally Deals Deathblow to Neocon Fantasies

The parliamentary results are confirmed: Shiites will dominate both the Sunnis and the Kurds in Iraq. So while the U.S. tries to intimidate Iran over its nukes, Iranian-bred theocratic Shiites—those most hostile to our interests—are in the ascendancy in Iraq. So much for the neocons’ “Field of Dreams” scenario for creating democracy in Iraq: “If you break it, they will come.” | story

  • Also, read Juan Cole on how Bush created a theocracy in Iraq. | column

  • And read Robert Scheer on Iran’s victory in Iraq. | item

Update: A former Pentagon analyst is sentenced to 12 years-plus for leaking confidential documents in an attempt to get the U.S. to take the threat of Iran more seriously. | story
Update No. 2: Iran and Iraq are already linking arms on the construction of electricity facilities.

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Working Moms-to-Be: It’s Even Worse Than You Thought

You’ve heard that having a child sets you back seven years in the workplace? Well, according to a new study, a woman’s wages never fully recover—even after the child leaves home. | story

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President Bush gestures during a meeting with foundations on Gulf Coast recovery on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Washington. He is flanked by first lady Laura Bush and Don Powell, federal coordinator for Gulf Coast rebuilding.
Evan Vucci / AP

Thank Providence for Small Miracles!

The president categorically rules out any run for office by his wife, Laura Bush. | story
Now the only ones to worry about are his twin daughters; his nephew, George P. Bush; and his mother, Barbara “Antoinette” Bush, who had such thoughtful things to say about Katrina evacuees.

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Iran Has Us Over a Barrel—Of Oil

This New York Times piece spells out how fiendishly hard it’s going to be to threaten Iran over its nukes while simultaneously guzzling its oil. | story
It’s sort of like admonishing a drug dealer for selling heroin to kids, and then scoring a dime bag of blow for yourself.

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Italy to Pull Its Troops From Iraq

After a fiercely fought election, Rome is pulling nearly all of its 3,000 troops out of action. | story
Does this mean that Bush’s “Coalition of the Willing” is ready to call those 2,000 mine-detonating Moroccan monkeys into service?

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NBC's David Gregory and White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
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NBC’s Gregory Bashes McClellan Over Abramoff

Watch David Gregory catching the White House spokesman in a lie about his policy of not disclosing participants of Bush’s staff-level meetings. | Crooks and Liars has the video.
Think Progress proves that McClellan is lying.

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Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
Jae C. Hong / AP

Google Vows to Fight White House Over Porn Probe

The Bush administration wants to know how often porn turns up in searches. Google is fighting the subpoena. At a time when companies like Yahoo are turning over records to the Chinese government, bully for Google for standing firm. | story

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Hadi Mizban / AP

Ambush Kills 10 Guards in Iraq

The Iraqi civil war rages on, and the traditional media continue to ignore it. Also, the young kidnapped American reporter is given 72 hours to live. | story

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