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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white. Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in the western Alabama town of Winfield on Monday.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

Organizers, Not Occupiers: The Young People Working in the Shadows of a National Movement

By chance, the revelation of how Apple evades millions of dollars in taxes broke three days before May Day, when workers of the world traditionally protest such injustice.

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AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

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Clear and Pheasant Danger

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Son of a Breach

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What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama and the House GOP: Full Q&A From Baltimore

Courtesy of C-SPAN, watch the whole (and at times, lively) exchange between President Barack Obama and Republican House members at a GOP retreat in Baltimore on Friday.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care Reform: Easier Than It Looks

There is broad agreement on the kinds of concessions the Senate can make to the House and still preserve the 60 votes needed for passage of a unified health care reform bill.

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U.S. Ends AIDS Immigration Discrimination

For 22 years, people with HIV and AIDS have been banned from entering the U.S. It’s pretty difficult to throw a global AIDS conference under such circumstances, which is why the policy is coming to an end.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

Lowered Expectations

President Obama has lowered the bar for December’s Copenhagen climate change conference by talking down the importance of arriving at an agreement on global warming by the end of the year. Obama’s position contradicts the United Nations and others who see the conference in Denmark as a crucial moment for stemming climate change.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Incredible Shrinking Audience

Clearly, several dozen delegates at the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva, Switzerland, disagreed with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s assessment of Israel as a “racist government” on Monday.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE



NASA

Climate Crisis Looks Worse and Worse

Scientists meeting in Copenhagen say the U.N.’s worst climate fears are already coming to pass. Lord Stern, who helped alert the world to the economic perils of climate change, said at the conference that his 2006 report underestimated both the speed and scope of climate change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE



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Predicted Rise in Sea Levels May Be Way Short

A team of researchers has found that sea levels could rise up to three times higher over the next century than U.N. estimates have indicated. The findings have dire implications for the 600 million people who live in vulnerable areas. Scientists gathered in Denmark said they expect polar and glacial melting to accelerate.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE



Dems Bicker Behind the Scenes

It seems Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stimulus compromise announcement was a tad premature, a fact that reportedly irked the most powerful woman in politics, Nancy Pelosi. “The speaker went through the roof,” a House Democrat told Politico, when she saw Reid’s alleged power play.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE


NATO: Dead Man Walking

NATO has no coherent overall purpose and has not had one since the end of the Cold War. Any number of redefinitions and reorganizations have been proposed or tried and have proved unsatisfactory because no one can explain what it is that NATO really does or is for, other than to clean up behind the United States.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Economy: ‘The Worst Is to Come’

Those words from the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, who warns that the global economic malaise is only at its halfway point, if that. “The U.S. is not out of the woods,” says Ken Rogoff.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Rove at Yalta
yes-ukraine.org

Karl Rove’s Ukrainian Sojourn

Since Karl Rove skipped out on his subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee last month, the whereabouts of Bush’s longtime political strategist have emerged—Rove was in Crimea, Ukraine, for the fifth annual Yalta European Strategy summit. Also in attendance: former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


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episcopalcafe.com

Sexuality Debate Divides Anglican Bishops

Here’s the condensed version of this story: A once-per-decade Anglican bishop conference looms in Canterbury, England; some bishops are upset due to growing acceptance of homosexuality in Anglican-affiliated churches; said bishops decide to boycott Canterbury conference and start their own in Jerusalem. So there!

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


This Way to Better Media

Thousands of people gathered in Minneapolis for the fourth National Conference for Media Reform. They came from all walks of life and all ages to address a central crisis in our society: our broken media system.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Does Obama Need a Reality Check?

Barack Obama’s statements about the city of Jerusalem before AIPAC’s annual policy conference have Mosaic wondering if the candidate just slipped up or truly doesn’t understand the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Perhaps for a change,” suggests hosts Jamal Dajani, “he should stop pandering to interest groups and take a hard look at the facts on the ground.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


FEMA Apologizes for Make-Believe Press Conference

FEMA has admitted that it was probably a mistake to hold a press conference without members of the press. On Tuesday the agency, perhaps trying to get a jump on the kind of negative publicity it received after Hurricane Katrina, stuffed a press briefing with its own employees, who lobbed softballs such as “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?”

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


Rice Meets With Syrian Counterpart

A senior State Department official has confirmed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her Syrian counterpart at an ongoing conference in Egypt. The two were expected to discuss Iraq’s security. Iran, too, has expressed interest in such a meeting, but when asked about that possibility earlier this week President Bush said simply that his top diplomat would not be rude to Iran’s foreign minister.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
worldsecuritynetwork.com

U.N. Beefs Up Iraq Effort

Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations is boosting its efforts to address a growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Speaking at a U.N. conference on Iraq’s economy, the secretary-general urged the 90 nations in attendance not to abandon the war-ravaged country. Update: Iraq unveils a five-year reconstruction plan.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Will Attend Meeting With Iran and Syria

Despite ramping up its verbal attacks on Iran and Syria, the U.S. will participate in a conference in Iraq next month that will include the two regional powers. A State Department spokesman said he would not “exclude any particular interaction” with the diplomatic foes.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


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NBC’s Gregory v. Bush on Torture

NBC reporter David Gregory uses a smart hypothetical scenario to challenge Bush on his interrogation policy; Bush ducks it and keeps to his talking points—as usual, but Gregory keeps up.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Bush’s Rose Garden Debacle

During his recent press conference, President Bush continued to use the oldest tactic of a verbal bully: saying the same thing louder, as though that makes it true.

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


The Hypothetical Question Bush Can’t Answer

During the president’s Rose Garden press conference, NBC reporter David Gregory asked Bush how he would feel if a country like Iran or North Korea kidnapped an American citizen, tortured him and then tried him without letting him see any evidence. Bush’s answer was a nonsensical non sequitur. (Read it) (Salon post - ad required)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush
From CNN

Empty Threat of the Day

Bush says that questioning of suspected terrorists “won’t go forward” unless Congress passes a law clarifying the treatment and interrogation of such detainees.
Believe that? If so, there’s a nice Nigerian billionaire we met on the Internet who’d love to discuss a business opportunity with you…

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Lebanon Pledge Drive a Major Success

Donors attending a conference in Sweden have pledged $940 million for Lebanon’s reconstruction, almost twice as much aid as organizers had hoped for.  Although he said his country had sustained billions of dollars in damage, Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora expressed his “great appreciation” of the donors’ support.

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


Bush comes clean
From ThinkProgress

Bush Admits Iraq Had ‘Nothing’ to Do With 9/11

At his press conference today, the president came refreshingly (although just a tad belatedly) clean about the fact that Iraq played no part whatsoever in the Sept. 11 attacks. Watch it.
A howler from Bush: “Nobody?s ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack.” OK, maybe not in those words, but how ‘bout in these?

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


Coming Soon: Wikiversity

The Wikimania conference is underway, and “mania” is just one word that’s getting the wiki treatment. Consider these project announcements: “Wikiversity” and “Wikiwyg.”  More news on what’s new in wiki via blogger Andy Carvin (via boingboing.net).  Great story by Stacy Schiff in The New Yorker about the future of Wikipedia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


DemocracyFest
From DemocracyFest

Join Democracy Fest 2006!

Shameless plug alert: Truthdig managing editor Blair Golson will be co-hosting a panel on alternative media at this weekend’s DemocracyFest in San Diego. Tickets for the conference are going fast. Panelists and speakers include Howard Dean, Al Franken, comedian Marc Maron, Democratic strategist Dave Sirota and BuzzFlash Editor Mark Karlin.

Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


Santorum gets Truth-checked

Fox News Debunks Santorum’s WMD Claim

Mere hours after Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced breathlessly at a press conference that ?we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,? a Fox news reporter found out that Santorum was hyping a document that describes degraded, pre-1991 munitions already acknowledged and dismissed by the White House?s Iraq Survey Group.
Watch Santorum dissemble when confronted with these truths on air. (h/t: Think Progress)

 

Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


Riviera
From ThinkProgress

Media Descends on YearlyKos

The DailyKos-hosted annual blogger conference, taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, is attracting a gaggle of traditional-media reporters—not to mention politicians, fundraisers and political operatives.

Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


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