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Yuppie Obama Edition

Blue whales are changing their tune, medieval trial-by-floating-or-drowning turns out to have been shockingly accurate, and President Obama may have trouble with working people because he’s so damned upwardly mobile—all this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Google Calls the Dreaded NSA for Tech Support

Google already threatened to quit China over a network attack originating from that country, but it seems the Internet giant was shaken up enough to call the National Security Agency (of spying-on-Americans fame) for assistance. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Dubious Populism

The most revealing moments in President Obama’s State of the Union address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



‘TV Will Set You Free’ Edition

Gordon Brown’s law addiction, what Americans really, really, really want (really?), and how TV is going to save the world whether you watch it or not. These stories and more on the list.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


Outsider in Chief

President Obama’s first State of the Union address didn’t signal a political shift to the left or the right. It sounded more like a shrewd attempt to move from the inside to the outside.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dima Gavrysh

A Memory of Howard

My friend Howard Zinn was, in my opinion, the best human being I’ve ever known. The best example of what a human can be, and can do with his life.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s First State of the Union—Full Remarks

It was his third address to a joint session of Congress in less than a year, and it had all the usual gestures toward bipartisanship, but Barack Obama’s big speech was not without sizzle. The president shamed Republicans for obstructing, Democrats for giving up and the Supreme Court for auctioning off our democracy.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



Castro Edition

Going nuclear in the Senate, the anthropology of “Avatar” and why Fidel Castro sent doctors instead of soldiers to Haiti. These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nicole Ketchen

British Government Warned That Iraq War Would Be Illegal

Before the invasion of Iraq, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s top legal adviser warned that the use of force was “contrary to international law” and “would amount to the crime of aggression.” (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



Pre-State of the Union Edition

Petraeus says there’s plenty more Afghan war where that came from, Saudi Arabia gets to buy an election or two and Social Security goes on the chopping block. These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



Life After Massachusetts Edition

After the jump: A comprehensive roundup of why the Democrats suck, the all-white basketball league and how classical music can be used as punishment for schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



Bye-Bye, Bill Moyers Edition

Translating Shakespeare into English (sorry, snobbies), how to get kicked out of preschool (don’t cut your hair), “Android Karenina,” which right-wing nut job is going to replace Bill Moyers and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Arnulfo Franco

From Coup-Lite to Truth-Lite: 10 Ways the U.S. Fought Democracy in Honduras

Andrés Thomas Conteris, reporting from within the besieged embassy where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken shelter, outlines 10 ways the United States has supported the coup and undermined democracy in Honduras.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Mark Halperin’s Trash Edition

Mark Halperin’s sleazy new book (the one that snared Harry Reid and beats up on John and Elizabeth Edwards) is proof, writes Glenn Greenwald, that our media aspire to trash and gossip. This story, plus Nixon, Sinatra, Limbaugh, drugs and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Mrs. Robinson Edition

While the real-life Mrs. Robinson, an ultraconservative, “sanctity of marriage” homophobe from Northern Ireland, was shtupping a teenager, our feet were all getting bigger. Confused? Head on past the jump for clarification—and maybe even a little enlightenment.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



Original: Flickr / CarbonNYC

Gay Marriage Trial Starts Monday

Ted Olson and David Boies, who argued opposite sides of Bush v. Gore, have teamed up to legalize gay marriage by way of the Supreme Court. They are a few wins, appeals and years away from getting there, but the two lawyers are off to a hot start. (continued)

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Wall Street Will Be Back for More

When the bailout trillions run out, Wall Street’s maladjusted gamblers will come back for more until our currency becomes junk. Not that any of these people, who exhibit the same traits as psychopaths, have thought this through.

Posted on Jan 10, 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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Alternate Universe

The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever “enemy” America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Body Scammer Edition

Respect for elders is universal among primates, Mona Lisa had high cholesterol and guess who’s getting rich off those invasive body scanners? All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Bullets, Wizards and Too Much Love

It wasn’t the Gunfight at the NBA Corral that turned Gilbert Arenas’ life into a bittersweet story. That happened a long time ago—at birth—but that’s how it works in a subculture ruled by stars, in which everyone prefers the sweet to the bitter.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Chicks With Lit Edition

Of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 books of the year, none are written by women. In Texas, right-wingers are writing the textbooks. These and other outrageous facts on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


A Case for Presidential Power

Much of the criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to bring criminal charges against the failed Christmas Day bomber is ill-informed, ill-intentioned or both. All that said, I’m left with one nagging worry.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Gay Marriage Prompts Arrest in Malawi

Two Malawian men could spend the next 14 years in jail after taking part in an unofficial marriage ceremony in the southeast African country. Under the guise of the law, the couple have been subjected to beatings, they say, as well as other indignities, such as the threat of a medical examination to determine whether they’ve had sex.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


John Yoo
Wikimedia Commons / YooTube

Torture’s Best Friend: An Interview With John Yoo

The New York Times picks the brain of John Yoo, who compares George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln and says “It was my job” to write the memos that sought to legalize torture. Yoo now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, of which he says: “I remind myself of West Berlin ... surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Too Late to Mend the Ailing Health Care Bill

The flawed health care bill could still be improved if the president would stand up to the insurance companies that have, so far, been the most powerful force shaping reform.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Christmas Eve Edition

Twas the night before Christmas, and ... eh, screw it. Enough of Christmas. Here are the newsy bits you’ve been craving more than that pumpkin pie: The Simpsons, torture, gay marriage, crime-fighting music and more.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Demonizing Dean Won’t Absolve This Health Care Sham

Howard Dean was roundly condemned for casting aspersions on what even many of its more ardent supporters admit is an obviously flawed bill.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Winning Ugly

When all is said and done the health care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely to sign into law, while an unlovely mess, will be remembered as a landmark accomplishment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph

Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize (update)

For progressives, the question on the health care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. This column has been updated by the author.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann
msnbc.com

Feeling Burned on Health Care

Those who denounce the Senate plan imagine that Obama and fellow Democrats possess political muscle to achieve something more. They don’t.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Howard Dean
Flickr / Liberal Democrats

Howard Dean: Kill the Health Care Bill

Now that health care reform has been tailored to the demands of Sen. Joe Lieberman, there’s real debate among progressives about whether it’s worth doing at all. Howard Dean writes: “Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Shoot-Your-Laptop Edition

What prompted Israeli authorities to shoot someone’s laptop? How do you fight a war on behalf of a country that doesn’t want it? Answers to these questions and more in today’s list.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Sarah Palin
AP / Ross D. Franklin

Palin’s Climate Epiphany

Back in the heady days of 2008, as governor of our most at-risk state, Sarah Palin sounded a dire warning against climate change. What a difference a book tour makes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Wrap-Up

What have you been doing all weekend? If the answer isn’t reading about Fox’s goofy polls, the man who hid 44 lizards in his pants and great moments in Orwellandia, hop on past the jump for the weekend list and catch up.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Our Murderers in the Sky

Key to Barack Obama’s surge is his expansion of targeted assassinations taking place under the guise of unmanned aerial drones operating in the Af-Pak region.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Peace Prize Speech

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy of his award, as “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” He spoke of one of those wars, Afghanistan, in terms of self-defense and shared his thoughts on the concept of “just war.” (full remarks inside)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Making Gun Safety (Politically) Safe

When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Financial Oversight: We’re Still Waiting, Mr. President

We have a “regulation czar,” but no new regulations. It seems we can expect little from those with a track record of enabling bad policies.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



Original: crd! CC-BY-SA

Thanks to Sprint, the Cops May Have a GPS Fix on You

Most mobile phones have tiny GPS chips that do things like give directions or route your call to the right city when you dial 911. It turns out that law enforcement can ask phone companies for GPS info that reveals exactly where a phone owner is, and, according to a disturbing piece of audio making the rounds, the cops asked Sprint-Nextell for the locations of customers 8 million times in one year. (continued and video)

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: West Point Hangover Edition

A few of the morsels that landed in Larry’s web this post-escalation day: How to protest a homophobic protester, Obama speech aftermath, digitizing Da Vinci and much, much more. Update

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Like It or Not, Health Care Mandate Is Constitutional

Law students may debate whether Congress has the right to mandate health insurance, but in the real world, it’s not a big worry.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked

This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


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