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War Strategy a Flop?  Transform(er) It

In the public’s frustration with the Iraq war Borowitz finds satire, reporting that George W. Bush has proposed enlisting the Transformers to help move things along.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Carl Bernstein:  Hillary?s Politics From 1968 to 2008

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter on Watergate has just published “A Woman in Charge,” a biography of Hillary Clinton, for which he interviewed almost 100 of her friends and enemies.  Carl Bernstein spoke recently with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about the first former first lady to make a bid for the presidency.

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Lawrence of Arabia Had it Right About Iraq

Nearly 80 years ago, Lt. Col. Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, composed a prescient Encyclopedia Britannica entry for the term guerrilla, which foreign correspondent Robert Fisk calls “a chilling read ... because it contains so ghastly a message to the American armies in Iraq.”  This article originally appeared in Britain’s The Independent.

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Downplays Progress in Korea

For the first time in a long time, encouraging news is emerging from North Korea. Yet the Bush administration so far has drawn little attention to this happy achievement by its own diplomats.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Taking Math to the Talking Myth

As old stereotypes about the differences between men and women continue to resurface in the form of the latest book releases (see: “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps” or “Men Are Clams, Women are Crowbars”), scientific evidence continues to refute them. What does the evidence show? What any chatty man or any woman of few words can tell you: The sexes are not so extremely opposite as we’re made to believe.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Failing America’s Neediest Children

Why does the Bush administration want to orphan the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the few programs that both Democrats and Republicans have claimed as a wild success since the Clinton days?

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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King George W.:  James Madison’s Nightmare

In 1795, James Madison wrote of war’s far-reaching and corrosive effect on public liberty.  He could well have been warning us about our own King George, just the sort of imperial president that Madison and other founders of our nation feared most.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Remembering Manny Babbitt

The Army has just launched a campaign to educate soldiers and officers about post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.  Unfortunately, this relatively minor gesture of recognition that these two debilitating conditions need major attention comes too late for veterans like Manny Babbitt, whose nightmares didn’t end—even long after his tour of duty did.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Birth Control Is Back

The U.S. continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, despite this week’s reports of doubled sales of the controversial over-the-counter birth control method Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning-after pill.”  So why does Washington continue to push abstinence-only sex education against all better scientific judgments?

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Two Races, Two Systems of Justice in Louisiana

Last week in Detroit, the NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. But a chilling case in Louisiana shows us how far we have to go to bury racism.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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