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Thomas Friedman Smells

World Is Flat and Full of Meringue

Thomas Friedman, global capitalist and semantically inept columnist for The New York Times, was gastronomically assaulted by pie-throwers at Brown University on Earth Day this week. At issue was Friedman’s laissez-faire attitude toward solving global environmental issues, which protesters felt was structurally inadequate and ultimately regressive.

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Spin Control With Your Host, President Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy strode into office a year ago after talking big about economic growth, but by early 2008 he complained that “the till’s already empty”—as he sported flashy accessories and stepped out with an even flashier new partner, Carla Bruni.  Now, “Sarko” is doing crisis management and offering apologies for his past mistakes.

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McCain on Katrina Scandal: ‘Never Again’

Sen. John McCain has a tough path and a lot to prove in his presidential campaign: that his age isn’t an issue, that he doesn’t have an anger problem and that he’s like Bush in ways some voters admire but unlike him in other ways. Thursday was a day for McCain to make himself appear very different indeed as he campaigned in New Orleans.

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Road Burn Sets In for Obama and Clinton

After yet another big push—and facing more of the same—Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push—to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

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Land of the Not-So-Free

The United States of America holds nearly one-quarter of the world’s prisoners. That’s because of an alarmingly high incarceration rate—the highest by far in the world—that strikes some as tough and others as simply barbaric. About one in every 100 adult Americans sits behind bars. Oh, and it’s a racist system, to boot. Take that, China!

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A Candid Pollster: ‘We Suck’

We all know pollsters get it wrong from time to time, but you have to hand it to Public Policy Polling for refreshing candor. After the results were in, the only major polling group to predict an Obama victory in Pennsylvania posted on its blog: ” ... please do not call us or e-mail us and tell us we suck! We are well aware, and it does not feel good.”

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Obama Web Site Hacked

Security experts have managed to unravel the relatively simple exploit that allowed hackers to prank Barack Obama’s Web site just days before the Pennsylvania primary. Visitors to the site’s community blogs page found themselves redirected to Neither campaign wanted to talk about it with the Associated Press.

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The Pa. Payoff

Hillary Clinton ended her Pennsylvania victory speech with a plea for donations in order to compete with Barack Obama’s campaign war chest. Her supporters have responded to the tune of as much as $10 million (in one day), according to the Clinton campaign.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE

DoD / Robert D. Ward

Promoting Petraeus

Defense Secretary Robert Gates thinks Gen. David Petraeus should succeed Adm. William Fallon as head of U.S. Central Command. “I don’t know anybody in the United States military better qualified to lead that effort,” said Gates.

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Golan Heights / John Barnabas

Israel Reportedly Ready to Return Golan

“Informed sources” say the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a historically contested area between Israel and Syria, may soon find itself under new management. The two countries, which have been at war with each other since 1973, are both looking to resume the stalled 2000 peace talk process, which Syria has declared will not happen until the Golan Heights are returned.

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