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Haggling Over Hagel

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Fixing U.S. Image

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Concussion

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HSBC Bank

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Benghazi Monkeys

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Whacking Susan Rice

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In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

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Santorum May Not Be Done Running Yet, Nude Protests at Boehner’s Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the entitlement program top Senate Democrats say is not on the “fiscal cliff” chopping block, and a former Republican senator has some harsh words for anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

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Benghazi

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Thomas Ricks Rips Fox News Again

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose interview was abruptly cut off Monday after he accused Fox News of “operating as a wing of the Republican Party” is lashing out against the conservative news network a day after the incident.

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GOP Backs Off Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge, Fox News Dissed on Fox News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another legal challenge to President Obama’s health care law and billionaire Warren Buffet discusses what Congress should do about taxing the wealthy.

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GOP and Benghazi

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John McCain and Lindsey Graham

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Christie on Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment, Biden on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the “fiscal cliff” meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing something rational for a change.

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John McCain and Lindsey Graham

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Who Lost the World?

Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” But the question we should really ask is: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?

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Fox News and Libya

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Mourdock Won’t Back Down, Krugman Talks Romney Victory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including new allegations about the Libya attacks and details on efforts to keep voters away from the polls on Election Day.

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Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

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Obama’s Achilles’ Heel

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Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women,’ Crowley’s Libya Fact Check, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a wrap-up of the second presidential debate, the latest election poll and a Paul Ryan photo op that’s ripe for a Jon Stewart takedown.

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Energized Obama Takes Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Advisers to the president had promised that Barack Obama would be more aggressive and passionate in the second debate against Mitt Romney than he had been in the first. And he was. By miles.

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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Romney’s Party Plays ‘Cut and Blame’

Republican legislators called an emergency meeting to hold President Obama accountable for the lax embassy security that they claim led to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya last month. But the GOP itself has cut funding to protect diplomats around the world.

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Giving Congress the Finger

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AP/Ben Curtis

Report: Easy Access to Sensitive U.S. Documents in Libya

Papers related to the American operation in Libya remain loosely secured more than three weeks after an attack on the U.S. Consulate left the ambassador and three other Americans dead, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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The ‘Obama Phone’ Fallacy, Coulter Ripped on ‘The View,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more bad news for Mitt Romney, Claire McCaskill’s response to Todd Akin’s sexist remarks and further Republican charges about President Obama’s religion.

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AP/Seth Wenig

Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

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Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

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Conservatives Blame Obama for Sending Allegedly Gay Ambassador to Libya

Conservative blogs are saying U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was gay and shouldn’t have been sent to the Middle East; Google’s censorship of the controversial anti-Muslim video proves Web companies have more power than governments; meanwhile, a Stanford University study claiming organic foods are useless is being called fraudulent. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Libya: The Questions We Should Be Asking

Apart from Mitt Romney’s ridiculous slur against President Obama after the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Americans should focus on the state of affairs suggested by the following questions: When was the last time a Chinese diplomat was killed or even roughed up by an angry mob? When did you last hear about a Chinese embassy being burned down or pillaged?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Film Stokes Mideast Violence

U.S. embassies in the Islamic world came under siege as an anti-Muslim movie trailer went viral, the Fed went all-in for mortgage-backed bonds and teachers struck out in Chicago. “The Left, Right & Center” panelists tackle these and other issues on this week’s show.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

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Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified

Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.

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Embassy Attacks Expose Depravity on the Right

The support that some conservatives in politics and the press showed for Mitt Romney’s unsubstantiated criticisms of President Obama amid this week’s embassy attacks confirms that those camps will exploit any opportunity—no matter how dangerous to Americans and others—for personal gain, writes journalist Michael Tracey.

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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

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Romney Under Fire for Response to U.S. Embassy Attacks

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is drawing heat for controversial remarks he made about President Barack Obama in response to attacks on the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Mob Kills U.S. Ambassador, 3 Others in Libya (Updated)

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed by an angry mob that sacked the American consulate in Benghazi, reportedly in response to an American-made video mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

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AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

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AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

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Presidential Medals

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Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

We tip our hats this week to journalist and Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald for having the guts and the smarts to point out certain jarring inconsistencies in the Obama administration’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning versus accused Afghanistan shooter Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

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McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

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Tahrir Square

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Pull Over Before You Watch This Herman Cain Train Wreck

It’s a simple question: “So you agree with President Obama on Libya, or not?” But the answer makes Rick Perry sound like Socrates. Reality check: This man is tied in first place for the Republican nomination.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



NATO

How Libya Plays Into NATO’s Identity Crisis

The enthusiasm that has been inspired in NATO circles by the organization’s success in overturning the Gadhafi regime in Libya provides a demonstration of how badly NATO still feels the need for a justification of its continued existence.

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The Model and Mutassim Gadhafi

Given what we now know about Moammar Gadhafi’s obscene fortune, it’s not surprising to hear that his son, Mutassim—the one who died on the same day as his father—had lavish spending habits, or that he liked to spread the wealth while courting ... (more)

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