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How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation

For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America.

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What the MH370 Story Tells Us About ‘The New Anti-Journalism’

The airborne mystery that Malaysia Airlines MH370 has become reveals that journalism is now about “all data, no real facts, endless theories,” heavy on the conspiracy theory and devoid of truth, according to media watcher Michael Wolff.

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The Oldest Public Radio Network in America Is in Trouble

Pacifica, the original alternative media, just fired its national director. The New York Times doesn’t seem to know why.

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Media Rules Us

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Four Reasons Syria Refugees Are a Bigger Story Than Malaysian Air MH 370

The hours and hours of U.S. cable television speculation about the fate of the missing Malaysian Air flight during the past seven days are a “Daily Show” parody waiting to happen.

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Ukraine’s Test From Within

When the new Ukrainian prime minister visits the White House this week, President Obama should offer continued support—but also ask pointedly why several far-right ultra-nationalists have such prominent roles in Ukraine’s new government.

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Tasty Ukraine Bites for Pundits!

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MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

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One Russia Today Host Refuses Banishment to Crimea, Another Quits on Air

Abby Martin of Kremlin-funded Russia Today has had a whirlwind couple of days, and she seems to have come out on top.

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This Marijuana Commercial Airs on National Television

Breaking a barrier for the legal pot industry, this ad for Marijuana Doctors.com “appeared on Fox, CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, AMC, and Discovery,” The Verge reports.

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The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Second Look: Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows Tablet

It isn’t the best known tablet, but for those who need to get actual work done, Nokia’s RT slate is worth considering.

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The Obama Method: Combine Threats With Accommodation

The Obama government has taken a Cold War stand on the crisis in Ukraine.

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Uganda’s Draconian Anti-Gay Law Spurs International Reactions

People around the world responded to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s new law that could impose life sentences on those who engage in gay sex. Click to the jump for a list of reactions.

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The Iran Breakthrough TV News Is Ignoring: Uranium Stockpile Falls Below Amount Needed for Bomb

U.S. television newscasters have often slipped up and spoken of an Iranian nuclear “weapons program,” even though no U.N. inspectors have found firm evidence of any such thing.

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The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

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American Departure Will Leave Behind Carnage and Ruin

This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States’ three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.

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Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

In 2012, the Pentagon kicked off a 13-year program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, complete with a sprawling website that includes a “history and education” component.

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The Imminent Return of the ‘Clinton Scandals’

Hillary Clinton may well run for president in 2016. Or she may not. But while the nation awaits her decision, both jittery Republican politicians and titillated political journalists—often in concert—will seize upon any excuse to recycle those old “Clinton scandals.”

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Unemployment Coverage

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Shirley Temple Memorial

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You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi

The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.

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Job Cuts

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How Loudmouth Roger Ailes Used His Dirty Tricks to Win the News Wars

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An inside view of Fox News, where everyone is reported to be terrified of the boss. Also: pain management, and Chris Hedges on collapse.

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How Loudmouth Roger Ailes Used His Dirty Tricks to Win the News Wars

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An inside view of Fox News, where everyone is reported to be terrified of the boss. Also: Pain management, and Chris Hedges on collapse.

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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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As the Media Get Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act.

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Bill O’Reilly Faces Off With President Obama in Super Bowl Sideshow, Pundits Pile On

Sunday’s pregame face-off between Bill O’Reilly and President Obama sparked some different takes on the same interview in recaps by Fox News, The New York Times and other outlets, but overall O’Reilly was declared the winner.

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Can’t Get Through to Your Health Insurer? Vent on Twitter

Fed-up consumers, armed with questions and concerns about their new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, are flocking to social media websites to seek answers and vent their frustrations.

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Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Apparently Now in the ‘Fuck It’ Stage of His Presidency

Though “The Daily Show” was taped before Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, Stewart found a way to comment on the speech and the commentary to follow without having heard a single word.

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Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have ‘Angry Birds’?

Somewhere in the lowest reaches of hell, Adolf Hitler and his coterie of lesser dictators must be tormented by the knowledge they did not live long enough to get their hands on “Angry Birds.”

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The Golden Age of Journalism?

Only in the years that shrank the screen to your desk, then your hand, now your pocket—and one day soon on your eyeglasses—did it became apparent that throughout the print era the newspaper had been misnamed.

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Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

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Scare Tactics Distort NSA Debate

In order to have a genuinely constructive debate, data must be compiled, evidence must be amassed and verifiable truths must be presented.

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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

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Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

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Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone

Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.

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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

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Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

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Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

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