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School’s Out

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AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

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Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Mess

The urgency of containing the damage the Supreme Court could do to our electoral system creates an opportunity for a rare convergence of interest and principle.

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‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

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GOP Lawmaker Demands Recall of Car That Drove Him to Gay Club

The senator said not only did the car drive him to the gay nightclub, but it forced him to enter the club and party there for hours, resulting in his later arrest for DUI. (Editor’s note: Although Roy Ashburn is a real state senator who really was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly being at a gay club, in this column Borowitz takes the liberty of manufacturing a set of quotations for satire’s sake.)

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No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

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AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Diplomacy by Proxy

A new round of “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians may be announced as early as Monday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expected to arrive in Israel on a mission to get indirect negotiations going between the two sides.

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Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

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Hedges Talks Capitalism in Michael Moore Interview

In a newly available interview, Truthdig’s Chris Hedges sits down with filmmaker Michael Moore and poignantly argues that capitalism is driving humanity’s downfall. Moore conducted the interview for his latest movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” but eventually cut it from the documentary.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Airports Expand Full-Body Screening

Igniting criticism by privacy advocates around the world, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing 450 full-body X-ray scanning machines in the country’s airports. The machines show images of hidden objects, as well as passengers’ bodies through their clothes.

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Wikimedia Commons

Do as I Say, Not as I Pay

Despite the fact that Washington has forcefully discouraged investment in Iran for the past decade, the federal government has given more than $107 billion in contract payments to companies that dealt with Iran or are doing business there.

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Flickr / Luis Iturra

Waiting for Aid in Chile

Chile may be way better off economically than Haiti, but many survivors of the Feb. 27 earthquake in the South American country are still awaiting government help a full week after the fifth-strongest temblor ever recorded.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Endgame; Educational Hazards

It’s hard to believe that the curtain may soon go down on our health care reform drama, but it looks like we could soon have a bill—whether three-quarters of Americans like it or not. Should it be voted in now and fixed later? This is surely a question for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Robert Scheer.

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AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Challenger Can’t Rely on a Fair Race

What keeps old men in power in Egypt? And what keeps middle-aged men wanting power in a country whose crippled society, increasing sectarianism, brutal police force and endemic corruption are only compounded by an electoral system widely regarded as a fraud?

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Rep. Eric Massa to Resign Following Sexual Harassment Report

Rep. Eric Massa said earlier this week that he wouldn’t seek re-election, citing a health issue. The picture had changed by Friday, when Politico claimed that the Democratic congressman from New York was preparing to leave office even sooner amid allegations that he had sexually harassed a male staff member. Update: Massa says he will step down next week. Click here for his announcement.

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Flickr / hikikomorix

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

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‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

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AP / Susan Walsh

Krugman: ‘Bipartisanship Is Now a Foolish Dream’

Someone might want to call President Barack Obama’s attention to the main message of Paul Krugman’s latest Op-Ed column in The New York Times: This whole bipartisanship idea isn’t going to catch on in Congress. Krugman takes the recent example of the bill-blockading gymnastics of Sen. Jim Bunning (pictured above), along with ... (continued)

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‘Colbert Report’: Pimpin’ 101 with Sean Hannity

Conservative faux-pimp prankster James O’Keefe earned high praise from Fox News’ starring lineup—Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, among other Murdochians—for his infamous ACORN prostitution “bust” depicted in a video ... which turns out to have been edited, perhaps with a goal in mind. In keeping with this spirit, Stephen Colbert engaged in a little deceptive ... (continued)

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Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Climate Change: The Evidence Piles Up

The evidence that human activities are responsible for global warming is stronger than ever, according to a review of 110 research papers on climate change by the U.K. Met Office, Britain’s national weather service.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Hovers at 9.7%

Analysts are looking at February as a not-so-bad month for unemployment, with the U.S. economy losing fewer jobs than expected for the month, while the unemployment rate remained stubbornly high at 9.7 percent.

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Flickr / Gage Skidmore

A Surge in Right-Wing Extremism

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines a surge in extremist “patriot” groups in the U.S. The center claims that the number of right-wing extremist groups increased by 250 percent in 2009.

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The Best Politician Is a Nervous Politician

Moneyed interests, unaccountable lawmakers and a servile press have made Washington undemocratic.

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We the Payers

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It’s Raining Men

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Science Diet: It’s in the Genes

Low carb or low fat? Diet trends have led to diet debate. Luckily, some actual scientists are weighing in. The preliminary results of a small study suggest that some of us just process food differently, and picking the right diet based on a gene test could shed two to three times more weight.

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In the Twitterverse, Republicans Are King

They may be in the minority, but Republican members of Congress far outnumber Democrats on Twitter. They’re also more active, tweeting about twice as often as Democratic lawmakers. House Republicans alone make up 50 percent of all tweeting members.

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Tom Hanks
Wikimedia Commons / Angela George

Hanks to Take On JFK Murder Mystery

It seems that wherever Tom Hanks goes, a historical miniseries is soon to follow. There’s his latest foray into World War II storytelling, “The Pacific,” which airs this month on HBO, and then there’s the small matter of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Hanks plans to tackle soon.

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orca and trainer
Flickr / milan.boers

Tilikum, According to the Book of Exodus

Last month’s trainer tragedy at SeaWorld has taken on biblical proportions. According to an evangelical pastor evidently given to consulting the Old Testament in reference to theme park disasters, the book of Exodus suggests that Tilikum, the orca responsible for killing handler Dawn Brancheau, should have been dealt with in the manner of a murderous ox.

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What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

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Levin
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Sandy Levin Tapped to Replace Rangel as Ways and Means Chair

Following Rep. Charles Rangel’s announcement Wednesday that he’d no longer head up the House Ways and Means Committee, naturally the nation awaited the revelation of his successor with bated breath ... or not. But either way, Rep. Sander Levin has been picked to take over. Levin’s a Democrat from Michigan, and as The Christian Science Monitor notes ... (continued)

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Palin
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Sarah Palin Shopping Alaska-Themed TV Show Around Hollywood

We keep trying to read the tea leaves each time news or rumors about Sarah Palin’s blossoming media career hit our radar—i.e., does this mean she’ll be too busy to run for, you know, president? What would it mean for her chances at the White House, for example, if she were to appear in a television show about Alaska she created with the help of reality TV megaproducer Mark Burnett?

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Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Sarah Palin Should Quit (Her Day Job)

Um, what’s the deal with Sarah Palin doing standup on “The Tonight Show”? Next thing you know, she’ll be pitching her own TV show around Greater L.A. Now that would be ... oh, never mind. Jon Stewart has some advice from one seasoned comic to this particular amateur: Maybe she should quit!

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Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Greece, Frightening

Sure, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein once crowed that his firm was “doing God’s work,” but, as Stephen Colbert points out here, Blankfein never actually specified which God he was talking about. Perhaps it was Hades, Greek god of the underworld. Given the state of the Greek economy, that may not be too much of a stretch.

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

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Nuclear Posture Review [A Cartoon From the UAE]

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Saturday Delivery

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The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Big Lie About ‘Reconciliation’

The claim that Democrats are just “ramming through” a health bill is, I am sorry to say, one big lie—or, if you’re sensitive, an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.

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Hurt Locker
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U.S. Soldier Sues, Claims He’s ‘Hurt Locker’ Character

He and his lawyer waited until the Oscar ballots were in, but on Tuesday, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, a U.S. Army soldier who worked as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, filed a lawsuit claiming that he had provided the real-world inspiration for actor Jeremy Renner’s character in “The Hurt Locker.” Why did he wait until the votes were cast?

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Going Nuclear, Again

Get ready for the new nuclear option. You may remember the old version, legislatively speaking, which came up during the George W. Bush-era controversy over filibustering judicial nominees.

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Weir

Weir and Behar Rise Above ‘Nasty’ Talk at the Olympics

Joy Behar was all kinds of brassy sympathy on her show Tuesday night as she chatted with U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir about how “two Canadian commentatehs” clearly couldn’t get ready for Weir’s unique brand of fierceness on ice during a regrettable moment of Olympic reportage.

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Feckless on Ethics

Sometimes I think I’ve gotten too cynical after so many years in Washington. Then I remember the House Ethics Committee.

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Edwards
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Nat’l Enquirer: Grand Jury About to Indict John Edwards

The National Enquirer is still on John Edwards’ case, and according to the tabloid the fallen politician may be in serious troubs with a federal grand jury for allegedly redirecting campaign funds into his mistress’ pockets.

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Starbucks in Gun Activist Crossfire

Those aspiring screenwriters and novelists clogging up Starbucks may soon have more dramatic material from which to draw inspiration, as the coffee chain has become a reluctant battlefield in the culture wars. Gun enthusiasts and/or nuts have taken to arming themselves before overpaying for coffee. (continued)

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Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

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Rangel
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Rep. Rangel Steps Down From Chairman Post (for Now)

Facing ethics investigations on multiple fronts, Rep. Charlie Rangel announced Wednesday that he’s stepping down from his position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Although Rangel characterized the move as temporary, he might be looking at a longer—i.e., permanent—hiatus.

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Obama
AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Tells Congress to Get Health Care Reform Done Already

During a speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama hinted at the possibility that congressional Democrats would soon be obliged to play the reconciliation card to ensure that health care reform legislation reaches the finish line and he pushed Congress to “finish its work”—as in pronto—on that crucial and contentious issue.

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