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Why Did Pando Fire Two of Its Best Reporters?

David Sirota was breaking big stories at Silicon Valley site Pando Daily, so it’s a bit odd that he and fellow contributor Ted Rall were abruptly let go without any public explanation.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Forges On Despite That Whole Crack-Smoking Thing

What is it about certain big-city mayors succumbing to the siren call of crack rock?

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE


Julian Assange, Unsavory Couch Surfer

Be glad that Wiki-wizard Julian Assange isn’t your houseguest, for a number of startling reasons dramatized (or spoofed, rather) in this sendup created by a “Colbert Report” insider, some news-savvy performers and a really awkward Warhol wig.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE


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Get Ready for the GOP’s New Talking Points

Certain vigilant operatives from the blogosphere have caught wind of some key words and phrases that we might soon be hearing on Fox News, as Republican pollster and memo composer Frank Luntz has let fly with his latest manifesto on how to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill to the GOP’s advantage.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Poll Finds 2009 Was a Pretty Lousy Year

This just in from the Annals of Utterly Unsurprising Polling Results: Nearly 75 percent of Americans won’t be sorry to kiss 2009 goodbye, according to a year-end AP-GfK poll. But wait—there’s a silver lining to be found, in that about the same percentage of respondents are optimistic about 2010.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Barry From D.C.’  Gives Virginia Gov. a Shout-Out

Since President Barack Obama has reportedly decided to linger in Washington for a few more days to make sure Congress passes a health care bill before Christmas Day, he has a little time to play with, or so it would seem ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Top 10 Feuds of the Year

You know it’s the end of the year when all those predictable fun lists start coming out. This one is among the more creative: Gawker has put together a memorable pastiche of the year’s top feuds, starting with an unexpected ambush on NYT columnist Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


Olympic opening ceremony

Olympic Openers: Camp and Circumstance

Wow, there’ve really been some cheesy opening numbers in Summer Olympics past. Check out this amusing montage of clips from bygone ceremonies and see if you can tell, from the music, the outfits, and the cuts to shady-looking heads of state, when each awe-inspiring spectacle happened.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


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umberttheunborn.com

Cartoon Fetus Speaks in ‘Womb With a View’

Picking up on the pro-life theme of “giving a voice to the unborn,” cartoonist Gary Cangemi made a lil’ creation of his own, “Umbert the Unborn,” otherwise known as “the world’s most loveable unborn baby (next to yours) ... ,” according to his Web site.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


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