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John Boehner

Boehner Gets Nailed on Campaign Ad Hypocrisy

From Greg Sargent at the Prospect: “GOP House Majority Leader John Boehner wants you to know that it’s OK if Republicans use images of people killed on 9/11 for political purposes, but at the same time, it’s very very bad indeed if Dems show pictures of flag-draped coffins.” How’s that?.... (more)

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Akbar Ganji

Iranian Dissident: Iraq War Hurting Our Hopes for Democracy

Tehran’s most prominent journalist, Akbar Ganji, said that America’s actions in Iraq are harming Iran’s reform movement by giving the regime an excuse to stifle dissent.

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Have You Passed the New Democratic Sniff Test?

The George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance pools contributions from the richest progressive donors in the country to fund advocacy groups capable of building a counterweight to the well-entrenched conservative movement. But there’s a potential dark side for groups whose views don’t conform to the Alliance’s…. (more)

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Steve King

GOP Rep. King Compares Latinos to Drunks

The anti-immigration congressman made a speech before Congress in May that blasted the idea of providing interpreters for Spanish speakers at polling stations, saying the practice would “coddle” Hispanics, “just like an enabler for an alcoholic, hand them a bottle of booze so they do not cure themselves….”

  • This is the same guy who recently proposed erecting an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and compared Latinos to livestock.

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    Israel Softens Stance on Cease-Fire Conditions

    The Israeli prime minister appeared to drop his country’s insistence that Hezbollah must be dismantled before Israel discontinues its attack. (You have to scan down the article to see the “softening.” Israel is still demanding release of its two captured soldiers, a cessation of rocket attacks on Israel, and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border.)

  • This may be just a blip, but it’s encouraging to see Israel appearing to be open to compromise.
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    Juan Cole: Bush’s Open-Mike Comments Leave Me ‘Trembling’

    The University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert is horrified at Bush’s belief (caught on an open mike) that Hezbollah is entirely to blame for the violence wracking Lebanon, and that Syria could easily stop Hezbollah if it chose to do so. “It is an astonishingly simple-minded view of the situation…. I come away from it shaken and trembling.”

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    Ralph Reed
    Erik S. Lesser / The New York Times

    Scandal Battering Ralph Reed’s Hopes in Georgia

    The former head of the Christian Coalition, who is running for Lt. Gov. of Georgia, is now finding himself trailing at the polls, largely as a result of his connection to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

  • It’s gratifying to see that after playing in the muck for so long with Abramoff, Reed can’t separate himself from the stink of corruption.
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    Desire Controls What We Perceive, Study Finds

    From Live Science: “Without realizing it, people will perceive things according to how they want to see them, a new study suggests.”

  • This may explain, for example, why people on different sides of an argument remember wildly different aspects of the confrontation.

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  • White House to Welcome Another Corrupt, Brutal Dictator?

    Despite Bush’s 2004 proclamation that America wouldn’t receive corrupt foreign officials, the president appears set to welcome Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev—an authoritarian leader allegedly on the receiving end of bribes by U.S. businessmen. Why the welcome from Bush? Might have something to do with all the oil Kazakhstan is sitting on….

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    Hezbollah’s Existential Calculus

    Although some in Lebanon hail members of the militant group as national heroes, others call them outright terrorists who are dragging the country into an unwinnable war. The future of Hezbollah—and perhaps its imitators and spawn across the Middle East—would seem to hang in the balance over this conflict.

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