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‘Daily Show’: Joe Plumbs the Middle East

So Joe the Plumber is off to report on the Gaza conflict for Pajamas Media. Is this one of the signs of the apocalypse? Jon Stewart breaks it down in this “Daily Show” clip after his in-depth analysis of a recent presidential huddle at the White House.

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ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Global Graphica / Ivan Corsa

Can You Hear Me Now?: Terrorist Edition

In a reactionary move against technology and the beasts who wield it, the NYPD has announced it wants to jam cell phone frequencies in case of a terrorist attack, citing Mumbai as an example of how mobile phones allowed attackers in that Indian city to micromanage their assault in real time.

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Blagojevich
The Economist

The Road to Impeachment

The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on charges of corruption—like, for example, trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. The road to impeachment now leads to the Illinois state Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to boot Blagojevich.

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flickr.com / Presidential Inaugural Committee

Wizards of the Inauguration

While Barack Obama banned corporations and big donors from funding his inauguration so as to not trammel the public celebration, the big event’s multimillion-dollar bill is instead being footed by Wall Street executives and other financial employees acting as fundraisers. Abracadabra—no more special interests.

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Gaza Casualties
Theatrum Belli

Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

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amazon.com

Jay Feldman on ‘Concentration Camps on the Home Front’

A revelatory account of a hidden chapter of the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II deepens our understanding of American prejudice and the abuse of power.

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Another Challenge for Obama

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‘Homeland Security USA’: The Outtakes

The inaugural episode of ABC’s newest reality television series did exactly as producer Arnold Shapiro told viewers it would: unabashedly celebrated the Department of Homeland Security. It also failed in every conceivable way to critically examine the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II.

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The Politician in Chief Works for a Stimulus

The substantive issues surrounding an economic stimulus are clearer than the politics of getting it passed fast. Here’s how Obama is trying to weave the politics and the substance together.

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Marvel Makes Obama’s Nerdy Dreams Come True

Marvel Comics enjoyed quite a moment of free publicity last year when the Barack Obama camp released a list of previously little-known factoids about the candidate mentioning that he collected “Spider-Man” comics in his youth, and now the comic company is giving the president-elect a creative show of gratitude.

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Conyers Embarks on Anti-Gupta Crusade

So CNN floated this rumor the other day that its very own snazzy doctor guy, neurosurgeon and embeddable reporter, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, might be making a “house call” to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as our nation’s next surgeon general, right? Not if Rep. John Conyers can help it.

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Matthews
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No Senate Run for Matthews

The U.S. Senate is safe from “Hardball” host Chris Matthews—at least for now. Matthews will stay put on the media-specific side of the political arena instead of making a bid for a Senate seat in his home state of Pennsylvania, as suggested by the recent scuttlebutt about him.

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Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama pose the enormous and explosive question of what to do about those responsible for what are regarded by a significant part of the world as war crimes.

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Palin Rips Media a New Moosehole

Sarah Palin gets all reflective about her recent rise to political fame and her cagey relationship with everyone in the media except Greta Van Susteren in this clip from the upcoming documentary “Media Malpractice.” She feels exploited—hear that, Katie Couric?—exploited!

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myspace.com / presidentiscoming

Bollywood Does Bush

“The President Is Coming,” an Indian mockumentary opening this weekend in the subcontinent, tells the story of six contestants fighting for “the greatest prize”—a chance to shake the hand of George W. Bush. Needless to say, it’s a comedy.

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U.N. Suspends Gaza Aid, Blames Israel

The United Nations is suspending relief activity in the Gaza Strip following multiple attacks by Israeli forces. “Our installations have been hit, our workers have been killed in spite of the fact that the Israeli authorities have the co-ordinates of our facilities and that all our movements are co-ordinated with the Israeli army,” said a U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman quoted by the BBC.

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Obama Will Back Israel

The president-elect has struggled to stay out of the Gaza fight, but based on everything he said during the campaign, he appears determined to stand up for Israel.

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Beware, Mr. Obama, of Tax-Cut Seduction

Much of the business-tax package Obama contemplates fails his own test of cutting business taxes “where it makes sense and is going to work.”

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Work Hard, but Pray for Luck

The standard male narrative about flying solo to the top, bootstraps in hand, energized only by your own talents, always seemed a bit cockeyed to me. The female narrative was not so much self-effacing as it was realistic.

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Now Is No Time for Phony Thrift

As the government contemplates spending very large sums of money, it is reassuring to know that somebody still worries about waste. Or it would be reassuring, if only that somebody were not Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader.

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Joe the Plumber
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Joe the Plumber to Report on Gaza—Seriously

The Paris Hilton of conservative politics is back and more preposterous than ever. Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is headed to the Middle East to report on the war in Gaza for Pajamas Media. But isn’t that dangerous? Not to worry, says Joe: “Being a Christian I’m pretty well protected by God, I believe.”

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Ann Coulter

Coulter Definitely Not Banned From NBC, Shows Mug to Prove It

Conservative scarecrow Ann Coulter insists she was banned by NBC, and to prove it, she accepted the network’s invitation to appear on air. Wait a second! The ban, like so much of what Coulter talks about, seems to exist only in her head and the pages of the Drudge Report.

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Cubama
wsj.com

Cubans Hoping for a Thaw

The 50-year U.S. relationship with revolutionary Cuba may warm up this winter, with some on the island seeing an Obama presidency as an indicator of potential change in the two countries’ diplomatic and trade status. A Havana barber is quoted as holding hope for reconciliation despite the fact that Obama “is a capitalist and likely an imperialist.”

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economistmom.com

Obama Ponders the Third Rail

With news of a $1.2 trillion federal budget deficit and continually rising unemployment numbers, President-elect Barack Obama is facing an economy that has the constitution of a sickly cat. A remedy for what ails it may be coming in a restructuring of Medicare and Social Security, which Obama said will be central to efforts in how he will curb spending.

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The New York Times

Israel Resumes Attack

Following a three-hour pause in its aerial bombardment to allow those in the Gaza Strip to “get medical attention, get supplies ... whatever they need,” Israel has resumed its attack, although it promised additional halts amid reports that Hamas and Israel are working out details of a cease-fire. Overall, 660 Palestinians have been reported killed, including more than 200 children.

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The Last Israeli and the Last Palestinian Meet

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Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs Blames Global Warming on ‘Solar Sunspot Activity Cycle’

Lou Dobbs is diversifying his nonsense portfolio. The anti-immigrant poster boy has taken up the now-passé fight against climate science. In this clip, Dobbs refers to “many scientists” and “just the facts” as he tries to pin climate change on something he calls the “solar sunspot activity cycle.”

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Burris
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Burris Hangs in the Balance

The Coleman-Franken battle wasn’t the only drama going down Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick for Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, was not part of the swearing-in ceremony for new members of Congress, but he just might make it after all.

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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Welcome Back, Congress

There were just a few action items—emphasis on action—for the 111th Congress to contend with on the broad domestic and global scale as veteran members reconvened and new recruits made it official on Tuesday. Get to work, people.

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AP photo / Khaled Omar

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of President Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state? It is not.

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Israeli Voices for Peace

While the Israeli government, dominated by hawks in the midst of a political campaign, has escalated its assault on Gaza, there are many Israelis who are outraged by what’s happening.

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Obama

Obama’s Take on Johnnycakes

Long before he would become the 44th POTUS—or make arugula the unlikely culinary signifier of elitism—Barack Obama discussed the virtues of the Southern sampler platter at Chicago’s Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop restaurant in Chicago on this 2001 episode of local eats show “Check, Please.” He recommends the cobbler.

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AP photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Bring In the Peacekeepers?

Can it be that yet another Israeli failure in Gaza will change the dynamics of “peacekeeping” in the Middle East, that at last the ghost of Arafat will watch the “internationalisation” of the Israeli-Palestinian war?

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CNN: Team Obama Eyes Gupta for Surgeon General

Although the fact that his sponsoring network, CNN, reported this rumor makes it a tad suspect, it wouldn’t be the first time that the concept of self-promotion was associated with the name of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s resident brain surgeon and talking head, who has apparently been approached by the Obama squad to potentially fill the position of U.S. surgeon general.

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AP photo / Ashraf Amra

Egypt Proposes Cease-Fire; Israel Attacks Gaza School

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak presented a cease-fire proposal Tuesday that would buy time to negotiate a long-term agreement. Israel continued its offensive in Gaza, meanwhile, shelling a United Nations school. At least 30 people, children among them, were killed by the attack, which Israel said was aimed at militants.

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Sorry, We’re Full

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California Budget Begging

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Middle Eastern Vultures

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Burris

Burris: ‘We Don’t Need This Distraction’

Roland Burris tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he’d rather not have a media circus swirling around his controversial appointment. But that’s what is shaping up as he moves to claim a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Navel-Gazing in the Grand Old Party

While Republicans are looking inward and focusing on appeals to the party’s activist base, Obama wants Democrats to concentrate their energies on recently acquired political terrain and the new converts who were central to his party’s sweep last year. 

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Yukking It Up at the Blago Show

I am supposed to be typing out words that articulate a highly audible and terribly alarmed tsk tsk. Instead, I am laughing with unrestrained amusement at the farce that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has engineered. Honestly, I haven’t had this much fun since New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s implosion.

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Did NBC Dump Ann Coulter?

NBC has been taking heat for scheduling a book-pushing session with Ann Coulter, but according to the author, her “Today” show appearances have been canceled. Drudge adds that “insiders” at the Peacock say the network has banned ol’ skin and bones for good, though that seems too good to be true.

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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Gauging Obama’s Silence on Gaza

It’s hard to remember a time when so much was at stake during a presidential transition in America. Barack Obama is still two weeks shy of taking office, but even so, his silence about the current crisis in Gaza in particular has not gone unnoticed.

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Laura Bush
White House / Shealah Craighead

It’s ‘Laura’—‘Mrs. Bush’ if You’re Nasty

Americans have always preferred Laura Bush to her husband, and now Scribner, an imprint of a division of a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements, is hoping to capitalize on that appeal with an “intimate” new memoir set for 2010 release. There’s no telling how much the better Bush is getting paid, but “millions” is a safe bet. Update after the jump.

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CIA

Obama Picks Top Spies

The president-elect has reportedly chosen Leon Panetta to head the CIA and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence. Both men bring a mixed bag. Panetta is an experienced bureaucrat, but he’s no James Bond. Blair has been praised for his terrorist-fighting skills, but he was criticized for a supposed conflict of interest that benefited defense contractors.

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Cheney

Dick Cheney on Iraq ‘Success’

After operating largely out of the spotlight for the last eight years, Vice President Dick Cheney continued his Sudden Visibility Press Tour on Sunday as he prepared to leave office. Here, he talks to CBS’ Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” about how he thinks his administration fared in the Iraq war.

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Burris
AP photo / Paul Beaty

Burris: ‘I Am the Junior Senator From Illinois’

Despite clear indications that not everyone on Capitol Hill is ready to acknowledge him as a U.S. senator, Roland W. Burris headed to Washington from Illinois on Monday, announcing that he was, in fact, the rightful new occupant of the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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