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‘SNL’ Skit Mocks Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo and Jodie Foster

The late-night comedy sketch program wasted no time making fun of the week’s big news events, tackling them in its opening skit that featured Taran Killam playing another person who has been in the headlines recently—CNN host Piers Morgan.

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Lance and Oprah

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Watch: Men Undergo Simulated Labor Contractions to See What Childbirth Feels Like

Two Dutch television hosts wanted to find out for themselves what women go through when they give birth. This is the result of their experiment.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE


The Second Amendment vs. the First Amendment

After more than a week of residual buzz from radio host Alex Jones’ now-famous meltdown during a CNN discussion of gun control, it is worth taking a deep breath and considering the spectacle’s two big lessons, especially now that the White House is pushing Congress to debate firearm legislation.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



Africa, Here We Come

The U.S. Army presence is rapidly increasing in Africa, especially in countries with alleged ties to al-Qaida; according to Fox News, teaching children algebra is just another liberal ploy; meanwhile, some researchers have started studying the effects of the “natural experiment” resulting from China’s one-child policy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hagel vs. Neocons

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

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How to Reach the Last 20 Percent

There’s a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: Unlike other crises, addressing the planet’s major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus.

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Pastor’s Anti-Gay Remarks Stir Inauguration Controversy, Taibbi Blasts Government Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including CNN interrupting Joe Biden’s gun control presentation to report on another school shooting and a heated on-air argument between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts.

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The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Picks Next Treasury Secretary, Jon Stewart Weighs In on Guns, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including AIG’s decision on whether to join a lawsuit against the government over the financial crisis bailout and the White House’s response to a petition to deport Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

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Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

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Ending the Silence on Climate Change

“What should really be scaring the daylights out of us—the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant—is global warming,” Bill Moyers says on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.” “Get this one wrong and it’s over—not just for the USA, but for planet Earth.”

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Al Gore Zeera

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Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

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The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

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Al-Jazeera Buys Current TV, Plans to Kill It

The Qatar-backed media network will phase out programming on the left-leaning, Al Gore-owned Current to make room for a new channel targeting American viewers.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Hannity, O’Reilly Fox News Ratings Take Dive

Two of the top conservative commentators on Fox News saw their ratings plummet after Barack Obama’s re-election victory in November.

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Newspaper Draws Criticism for Posting Gun Owners’ Addresses

The Journal News, a newspaper that serves New York’s lower Hudson Valley, is taking heat for its decision to post a map with the names and addresses of local gun permit holders on its website over the weekend.

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Election 2012

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School Shooting Vultures

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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


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Reports of Publishing’s Death Are Exaggerated

Some people think the book business in on its last legs. But others think it isn’t a business at all.

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A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words

To publish or not to publish? That was the debate in media circles this week after the New York Post printed a horrifying photo of a man named Ki Suk Han who had been pushed onto the subway tracks and was trying to avoid getting hit by a train.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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The Making of the President: 2062

It was Yogi Berra who supposedly said, "It’s very hard to predict things, especially about the future."

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The War on Christmas

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Kate and William Having a Baby

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Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

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Jon Stewart’s Epic Takedown of Fox News’ Annual ‘War on Christmas’

The right-leaning cable channel has inundated its viewers over the years with the message that the consumerist Christian holiday is under assault by a nefarious group that includes people from other religions, atheists and liberals. Stewart calls the network out on its BS.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s ‘The Daily’ Shutting Down

So much for that digital experiment. News Corp. announced Monday that it will stop producing its tablet-only periodical The Daily on Dec. 15.

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Watch: Rhode Island Governor Tells Bill O’Reilly Fox News Is Too Angry

The Republican-turned-independent made the comment while discussing the “war on Christmas” with “The O’Reilly Factor” host. O’Reilly was irate that the statehouse tree is called a “holiday tree” rather than a “Christmas tree.”

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Benghazi Monkeys

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Glenn Beck to Sell ‘Obama in Pee Pee’ Art

The conservative rabble-rouser is defending, as only he can, the First Amendment rights of an artist who painted President Obama being crucified on a cross.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE


Sexiest Kim

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Benghazi

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Stand Still for the Apocalypse

Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE


Spotlight

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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s Tweet on ‘Jewish Owned Press’ Ignites Controversy

Over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch tweeted this to his followers: “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


Cold Hard Facts

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Ending the Drug War: The Next Serious Step Through the Haze of Comedy

What’s next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same way alcohol is already legalized, regulated and taxed.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Another Scandal Among Officers Who No Longer Win Wars

As a former serviceman, I have been long bemused by the proliferation of ribbons and other decorations on the chests of today’s high-ranking army officers, now mired in scandal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE


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