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Reality TV Iraqi Style

“Beit Beut,” an Iraqi reality TV show similar to “Survivor” and “Big Brother,” speaks to Iraqi compassion despite the sectarian violence ravaging the country.

Posted on Oct 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Rep. Jim Kolbe
From ABC News

GOP’s Kolbe Named as ‘Problem’ for Pages, Says ABC Source

Apparently—and it’s really only apparently at this point—Mark Foley wasn’t the only GOP rep who got too close to congressional pages. ABC is reporting that a former House clerk has named GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe as one of a small number of “problem members” in Congress.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Mo Ibrahim
From the BBC

Cash for Good Governance in Africa

An African telcom billionaire is offering a $5-million prize to the African leader who best delivers security, health, education and economic development to his or her constituents. Harvard University will act as judge.
You couldn’t make this up.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Gay marriage
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GOP Retreats to Homophobia as Election Nears

Republicans across the country have seized the threat of gay marriage in a desperate attempt to hold on to Congress.  Now that the “security” issue no longer offers the boost it once did, the GOP is counting on homophobia to drive voter turnout.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Awkward Marriage for Oil and Auto Industries

While oil companies have been raking in record profits, Detroit has struggled to pitch gas guzzlers to consumers, causing a rift in the once amicable relationship.

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South Africa Revises AIDS Policy

The South African government has traditionally taken a head-in-the-sand approach to AIDS, even though the nation is suffering one of the worst epidemics in the world.  However, recent shifts in policy indicate a newfound interest in aggressively addressing the crisis.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Racial Ads Linked to Smear Artist

The recent spate of racially charged ads against Rep. Harold Ford Jr. have been linked to a Rove acolyte and veteran hitman with a history of dirty campaigning.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


IRS Gets Political

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has delayed the collection of back taxes from Hurricane Katrina victims until after the election in order to avoid political fallout.  Four former IRS commissioners called the move “improper and indefensible.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Wonkette

Military Bans Left-Leaning Blog, Permits Right-Wing Site

A Marine stationed in Iraq found he was blocked from accessing the cheeky, left-leaning political blog Wonkette, while he had no problem accessing conservative Michelle Malkin’s site.
Hmmm….

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
From CNN via ThinkProgress

Rumsfeld to Press: ‘Back Off ... Relax’

The dangerously out-of-touch secretary of defense bristled at reporters’ attempts to challenge him on differences between U.S. and Iraqi officials on benchmarks for progress in Iraq.

  • UPDATE: Watch it

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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