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Democrats Condemn Bush’s ‘Appeaser’ Comment

While addressing the Israeli Knesset, President Bush referred to the willingness of “some” to speak with unsavory leaders such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he went on to compare them to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set aside their differences on diplomacy long enough to take objection to that statement.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Polar Bears ‘Threatened’

The plight of the polar bear has come to represent the real-world impact of the climate crisis, so it is only fitting that the Bush administration had to be ordered by a court to make a decision on the endangered status of the species. After years of delay, the Interior Department finally classified the animal as threatened, but also promised to fight any meaningful protection.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain Flaunts Her Privilege

Double standards are endemic in American journalism. But Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, displayed poor taste in flaunting her family’s special immunity from press scrutiny.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


The Face of Torture

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, if we were to seek a portrait that is emblematic of the way the U.S. has tried—and failed—to bring those responsible for the heinous plot to justice, we would have to produce a photograph of Mohammed al-Qahtani.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Forest Photo-Op
AP photo / Dean Rutz

McCain Warms Up to the Environment

John McCain pranced through a Washington forest with reporters Tuesday, speaking of his historical support for the environment and his plan to slow global warming. The move is seen as an effort to differentiate McCain’s brand of Republicanism from Bush, who ritually regarded global warming as a “theory.”

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush’s Sacrifice for the Troops

George W. Bush gave an interview to The Politico and Yahoo News on Tuesday, the result of which is a must-read study of obtuseness. Among other gems, the president insisted that a withdrawal from Iraq would lead to another terrorist attack against the U.S. He also revealed that in order to honor the soldiers his foreign policy has killed or maimed, he has given up golf.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Guantanamo detainees
Shane T. McCoy / U.S. Navy

The Tortured Law on Torture

Ah, yes, those torture confessions have proved so useful. That, at least, was the claim of our president in justifying one of the most egregious assaults ever on this nation’s commitment to the rule of law. But now comes news that charges have been dropped against the so-called Sept. 11 attacks’ 20th hijacker, one of dozens so identified, because the “evidence” he supplied under torture and later recanted is not credible enough to go to trial.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Bushes
White House / Eric Draper

On the Wrong Track

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 82 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The same survey recorded a record-low approval rating for President Bush. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, a group that still favors the president, take a negative view of the country’s direction.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Taking a Stand Against War

The Chicago City Council is debating a resolution urging the Illinois congressional delegation to oppose a war with Iran. Scott Ritter, who has been called as an expert witness on the matter, explains why the resolution should be supported—and not just by the citizens of Chicago.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Arianna Huffington on McCain’s ‘Viagra’

Stephen Colbert is a feisty one, but he might have met his match in Huffington Post editrix Arianna Huffington, who came to his Thursday show sassy in lace and camera-ready with quips like, “You know what it’s like for John McCain to be endorsing torture? It’s like you becoming the president of the Grizzly Bear Fan Club.” In the nick of time, Colbert stole the show back from Huffington with his comeback to her best McCain zinger.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Israel's 60th

Mosaic Report: Israelis Celebrate, Palestinians Demonstrate

Celebrations are under way this week to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. While world leaders added their congratulations and support to heighten the festivities, over 20,000 Palestians (most of whom, as this Mosaic Intelligence Report points out, are Israeli citizens) marked the occasion with a protest march at the abandoned Palestinian village of Safouria.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Geoffrey Wheatcroft on ‘Muqtada’

In this first-ever biography of the religious leader many predict will take over Iraq after the Americans leave, Patrick Cockburn, one of the most respected correspondents in the Middle East, provides a dramatic look at a man Paul Bremer denounced as a “Bolshevik Islamist.”

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Weather Balloon

The first important election result for the senator in May—coming before his North Carolina victory—was the outcome of a little-noticed U.S. House contest in Louisiana.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Different Republican, Same Right-Wing Court

There is no mystery to the missing lightning rods. John McCain neglects to volunteer the names of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as model jurists for an obvious reason.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


The U.S. War on Journalists

Sami al-Haj is a free man today, after having been imprisoned by the U.S. military for more than six years. His crime: journalism.

Posted on May 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Supreme Court / Steve Petteway

Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Crisis Deepens in Burma as Cyclone Toll Passes 22,000

As more details of the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis in Burma emerge, it’s becoming clear that the storm is one of the worst disasters in years. The Burmese government is being criticized for responding inadequately and too slowly to the crisis, and President Bush, himself no stranger to this kind of criticism, is calling on Burma’s “military junta ... [to] allow our disaster assessment teams into the country” in order to help.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE



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Mission Impossible

On the fifth anniversary of George W. Bush’s infamous stroll across the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, The New York Times asked a group of “experts” how they would accomplish the mission in Iraq. Unfortunately, the newspaper turned to some of the same geniuses who thought the war was a good idea in the first place.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Howard Dean: ‘We’re Gonna Win’

The man who made his mark on the last presidential election cycle with his campaign-sinking scream, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, was the bearer of good predictions for Democrats on Thursday’s “Daily Show.” He explained the super-cryptic superdelegate system, the controversial notion of “electability” and what it’s like to be the candidate who missed out in ‘04 for “saying boo-ya at the wrong time.”

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Sami Al-Haj
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U.S. Releases Journalist After 6 Years

Sami al-Haj, a cameraman for Al-Jazeera, was released Thursday evening after spending almost seven years in U.S. custody, six of those as an inmate at Guantanamo Bay. Haj was never charged with any crime, nor was any evidence against him ever revealed.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Mythmaking and Democracy

Republicans have had great success in convincing Americans that “voter fraud” is a grave and growing threat to the republic, but the exact crime that they speak of is almost nonexistent.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Decision on Bears: Bush Is on the Clock

George Bush’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t been the most proactive defender of the environment. The agency has been avoiding a decision on the fate of the polar bear since 2005, but a federal judge has just ordered the administration to officially classify the world’s largest land predator endangered or not by May 15.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

No Country for Old Men

Would President John McCain forget who made that 3 a.m. call to the special White House phone? I suspect that his aides would not just let him nod off back to sleep, even if they were intimidated by the prospect of one of his alleged intemperate outbursts, but might our septuagenarian president be less than fully focused?

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Passes the Buck

Why is it that the U.S. economy is on a serious downswing? Could it be that we’re in the midst of a super-expensive war with little sign of scaling down in the near future that has jacked up oil prices to new heights and strained the federal budget? According to Bush, he’d have worked out our economic woes if it weren’t for those meddling congressional Democrats.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Ready to Stimulate America

President Bush announced that rebate checks will start winging their way to taxpayers as early as Monday, helpfully observing that Americans need a little help paying for necessities like groceries and gas during this economic “slowdown”—a slightly different story from his initial justification for this economic stimulus plan, and one that wasn’t lost on his critics.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Matthews vs. McNulty

If television is the nation’s mirror, then no two TV characters reflect the intensifying “two Americas” gap better than Chris Matthews and “The Wire’s” Jimmy McNulty.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in New Orleans
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

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.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


How We Make Change

Whether Democrats view Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the ideal change agent comes down to how they think change is made.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bo Xilai
AP photo / Bullit Marquez

The High Price of Diplomacy With China

Two investigative reports uncover the Bush administration’s efforts to suppress legal proceedings against high-ranking Chinese officials—former Trade Minister Bo Xilai and Beijing’s Olympic Organizing Committee President Liu Qi—accused of torturing religious group members.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
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.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCainomics

Fittingly, and with dreadful predictability, John McCain used April 15—tax day—as the day to release his economic plan. Fittingly, and with dreadful predictability, it offers more of the same. But more of the same what?

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


For the GOP, a Tough Sell

How on earth is the Republican Party going to sell John McCain? Once the Democrats stop doing the job, I mean.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Moore Throws Hat Into Obama’s Ring

For presidential candidates, celebrity endorsements can be a mixed bag—especially when the star in question is a polarizing figure, as is the latest famous figure to give the nod to Barack Obama: audacious auteur Michael Moore.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Maliki
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Maliki Asks for a Pass

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked his neighbors to forgive his nation’s debts: “Iraq cannot alone shoulder the debt arising from the military adventures of (Saddam Hussein’s) regime.” Hey, he might be onto something there. Maybe the U.S. should take the same approach with China after Bush is gone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


New York Times report
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NYT: Pentagon Primed TV Military Experts

The Bush administration’s skill in working the media to promote its interests is not a new story, but The New York Times has just uncovered a new twist: According to the paper, administration insiders courted a troop of retired military men to serve as trained PR agents for the White House on major broadcast outlets. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


Colorado Still Sneers at Labor

The state in which an infamous slaughter of labor organizers occurred in 1914 may not be killing unionists these days but its persecution of them continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Dubya Meets ‘Legs Benedict’

In this “Daily Show” special feature, “Blessed Week Ever,” Jon Stewart surveys the American media’s scintillating coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, from brilliant observations about the pope’s “gentle” ways to the glory of his White House visit, and offers his own take on just what President Bush might have said upon first meeting the pontiff. Popemania!

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Brown
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Mr. Brown Will See You Now

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in the United States to discuss the global economy with President Bush, but the real excitement is over back-to-back meetings he has scheduled with the three U.S. presidential candidates.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Family Ties

I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Democratic Voters Agree: Bail Us Out

According to a new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll, the vast majority of Democratic voters in the next three primary battlegrounds want the government to bail out struggling homeowners. Most don’t seem to care that the Fed rescued Bear Stearns; they just want the same treatment.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Rice in Greenwald ad

?Condi Must Go?

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is behind this ad targeting Condoleezza Rice for her role in the Bush administration’s torture policy. The 30-second spot is set to air following Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Pickering
bbc.co.uk

Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


How Can We Miss Him if He Won’t Go Away?

Maybe what the economy needs is for George Bush to go to Disney World ... and stay there.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


3 trillion shopping spree

Can YOU Spend $3 Trillion Better Than Bush?

We’ve all heard of Publishers Clearing House, but this is a whole new ballgame, people. Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films team has come up with a game that offers each player the fictional (sigh) amount of $3 trillion, the same amount the Iraq war is projected to cost the U.S., and a whole virtual mall’s worth of fun “shopping” items to buy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Ratzinger
AP photo / Gregorio Borgia

Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Berlusconi
White House / Sheahlah Craighead

Another Round for Silvio

With the concession of his main rival, conservative media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is set to take up a third term as Italy’s prime minister. Although a divisive and controversial figure, Berlusconi offered “An affectionate kiss to all Italians” over the news.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Semantics Can’t Mask Bush’s Chicanery

The president’s twisting of words in an attempt to justify continuing the war has become sickening.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

A ‘Daily Show’ Tribute to Fox News

It’s hard to believe, but Fox News is already 12!  As the Murdochian news channel faces the inevitable growing pains of its ‘tween age, working hard to define President Bush’s legacy before he leaves office and displaying as many American flags as screen space will allow, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver salutes Fox with his own special tribute.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


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