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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

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NATO Will Keep Up Libya Airstrikes, Panetta Says

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that NATO will continue launching airstrikes in Libya as long as the clashes continue between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, despite pressure from NATO allies to stop the bombing.

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New Liberal Radio Network Set to Launch

The co-founders of Air America Radio have formed Nova M Radio, a Phoenix-based progressive talk radio network. Show hosts will include Mike Malloy and pollster John Zogby; former Howard Dean aide Joe Trippi will consult.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Air America Files for Bankruptcy

The progressive talk radio home to “The Al Franken Show” has filed for Chapter 11 protections. It’s going to stay on the air while it (hopefully) resolves its issues with its creditors.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


We’re in Iran Right Now, Says Retired Colonel

A former Air Force colonel said on CNN that the U.S. is currently conducting military operations inside Iran. But his evidence seems weak, and we don’t want to make a big deal out of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


In Warmer World, Even Inuit Buy Air Conditioners

We swear we’re not making this up: “Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers,” reports Reuters. (Above photo a satire.)

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Coke: cocacola.com; baby: vetitice.demon.co.uk / illustration: Blair Golson

US Airways to Sell Ads on Air Sickness Bags

Seriously, we’re not making this up: ads on barf bags. You have to wonder: How do you value the publicity that comes from associating your product with vomit? (above picture a Truthdig spoof)
And if it works, we’re suddenly one step closer to the advertising hell depicted in Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


?Fresh Air? Investigates Hezbollah

As the conflict in Lebanon continues to develop, Terry Gross brings context to the names in the news.  Here are two interviews by the “Fresh Air” host that offer some insight into Hezbollah.

Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq Air Raid

The Al Qaeda-linked militant responsible for a string of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings was killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, according to Iraq’s prime minister.

Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


About That Huge Air Attack? Never Mind.

The U.S. military announced Thursday that it had launched the “largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion” in 2003. As it turns out, however, it was little more than a photo op. According to Time magazine, “there were no airstrikes… no leading insurgents were nabbed… there were no shots fired at all,” and U.S. forces met no resistance.
Can anyone say Potemkin assault?
UPDATE: The L.A. Times is now reporting that the operation has yielded 48 arrests, including at least one major insurgent ringleader, along with seizures of weapons and training manuals.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


Air Raid Kills Family of 12

Intensifying U.S. air raids in Iraq keep down American casualties but take the lives of many Iraqi civilians. Full story.

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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