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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

New Mideast Peace Talks Already on the Rocks

One step forward ... well, you know the rest. Although a new round of peace talks signaled a much-needed, if tentative, show of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, those negotiations have already hit a big bump over Israel’s construction activities in East Jerusalem. 

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White House / Pete Souza

Supreme Court Justice in Comfortable Shoes?

Famed gay blogger Andrew Sullivan wants to know why no one else is publicly asking whether husbandless Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan likes girls even though “we have been told by many that she is gay.”

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

Iraq Election Victor Fears Sectarian War

Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya Party won the most seats in Iraq’s recent election, says sectarian violence could overtake Iraq, the region and even “the world at large” if the opposition continues to try to undermine his victory and establish a Shiite-dominated parliament.

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Cyber-Smackdown: Roger Ebert vs. Tea Party Tweeters

Roger Ebert isn’t exactly known for his political commentary, but he, like many adult members of the media elite, takes to Twitter to air some of his thoughts on matters not always pertaining to the movies. A group of tea-party-friendly Twitterheads apparently didn’t like what he had to say. (continued)

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Glenn Greenwald Says Kagan Is ‘an Atrocious Pick’

The Salon writer debates Obama’s latest Supreme Court pick on “Democracy Now!” and explains why he thinks Elena Kagan could very likely move the court to the right.

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Flickr / jpellgen

Euro-Bailout Helps U.S. Stocks Rise High

After the Dow’s freaky dip last week, Monday’s news that the U.S. stock market was closing in on its biggest day in terms of gains this year might just boost some spirits on and off the trading floor.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of Women’s Progress

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if Elena Kagan is confirmed, on the Supreme Court.

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If I Had a Hammer

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AP / Simon Dawson

Gordon Brown Says He’ll Step Down

Who’ll rule Britannia? That remains to be seen, exactly, as several unsolved variables are still in play after last week’s election, but no matter how the power-sharing configuration takes shape, one thing’s for sure: Prime Minister Gordon Brown won’t be part of it.

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AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

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Flickr / Berkman10_220 (CC-BY-SA)

Supreme Court: Elena Kagan Gets Obama’s Nod (Update: Video)

Much will be pored over and found and reported on Elena Kagan in the coming months. Right now the important bit is this: She’s Elena Kagan, former Harvard Law dean, current U.S. solicitor general and President Obama’s choice to sit on the highest court in the land. Oh, and Thurgood Marshall called her “Shorty.”

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Wikimedia Commons

Lefty Parties Celebrate Victory in Germany

Angela Merkel has reason to make the Bush-back-rub face: Her ruling coalition just suffered a major loss in a regional election with national implications. The Green Party, the Left Party and, by extension, the Social Democrats were all big winners.

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Do the Math

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Capping the Damage

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Greece Offers to Repay Loans with Giant Horse

Finance ministers from 16 EU nations awoke in Brussels this morning to find that a huge wooden horse had been wheeled into the city center overnight.

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Betty White

Betty White’s Senior Appeal

She’s old, she’s feisty, and this golden girl just delivered “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings since Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. White is a one-woman argument against retirement. Watch the full Mother’s Day episode after the jump.

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Wikimedia Commons

Former Chavez Amigo Jailed

A onetime comrade, and current critic, of Venezuelan jefe Hugo Chavez has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while an officer in the army.

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U.S.: Pakistan Taliban Behind NYC Plot

The bumbling alleged Times Square bomber had backing from the Taliban in Pakistan, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday, claiming the U.S. has evidence that the Taliban helped facilitate, and likely financed, the attempt.

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Flickr / Nikolas Giakoumidis

Greeks Focus Their Rage on the IMF

While the genesis of Greece’s financial crisis may come straight out of economic textbooks, the recent intervention of the EU and now the IMF into Greek affairs has guaranteed popular resistance to the bailout—which many see as foreign subjugation of their country.

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Flickr / Center for the Study of Ethics

Tea Partyers Give Sen. Bennett the Boot

Bob Bennett, three-term Republican senator from Utah, has been ousted from running for re-election by the conservative tea party movement after he was deemed unfit (he supported health care reform). Bennett came in third at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City.

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Copycat Bills Aim at Illegal Immigrants

The push to criminalize undocumented immigrants, as seen most poignantly in the recent legislation adopted in Arizona, is growing. Many more states are seeing anti-immigrant bills introduced in their legislatures, backed by the far-right group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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Wikimedia Commons

Dinner at Manouchehr’s

While a dinner party may not be the most agreeable setting for talks on nuclear diplomacy, Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki treated representatives of all 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council to a meal in Manhattan on Friday night in an effort to re-engage the international community regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

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Flickr / Amber B Mcn

Happy Birthday, the Pill

Fifty years ago on Sunday, U.S. authorities announced the release a contraceptive device for women in the form of a swallowable tablet. The pill, as it has come to be known, has revolutionized sex, as well as given women control over their bodies when it comes to reproductive health.

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Flickr / dweekly

PLO Opens Way for Negotiations

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has approved indirect talks with Israel, opening the door for the first peace negotiations in a year and a half. One may remember the “proximity talks” that fizzled in March when Israel unexpectedly announced an expansion of illegal settlement plans in East Jerusalem.

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Inching Toward a Ban on Land Mines

Here’s some good news: The White House is currently in a “vigorous debate” over whether or not to sign the Ottawa Treaty, an international agreement to ban land mines, as pressure from Capitol Hill and NGOs pushes the administration to reconsider the country’s decade-old refusal to sign.

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U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econo-Anxiety; UK Votes; N.Y. Bomber

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (or PIGS, as the likes of Stephen Colbert have pointed out) have seen better days—debt is overpowering the eurozone and impacting the U.S. as well. The UK election: Will it be a hung parliament? Plus: Newsweek’s for sale. Any takers?

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AP / Jon Super

What Britain Taught Us About Hard Times and the Left

Britain produced an electoral earthquake all right, but not the one so many expected. The real lessons have less to do with two-party systems than with how economic change has challenged old strategies on both the right and the left.

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Flickr / fccdotgov

FCC Changing the Broadband Rules

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced that the agency will work to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunication service, like the telephone, effectively allowing the agency to oversee Internet transmission.

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U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement

Using Fingerprints to Track Immigration

A recently implemented immigration program in Oakland subjects anyone booked at local jails to a fingerprint check to determine if they are in the country illegally. The deportation scheme is part of a $1.4 billion federal program that is supposed to be running in every jail in the country within a few years.

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Flickr / lewishamdreamer

New Opposition Party Takes Shape in Burma

A split within the Burmese opposition has led to some members leaving the defunct National League for Democracy to create a new party, the National Democratic Force, after authorities abolished the NLD for failing to register according to the military regime’s strict election laws.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Terrorists, Turn In Your Citizenship Cards

A new bill by everyone’s favorite Sen. Joe Lieberman and newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown aims to give the State Department permission to yank the citizenship status of individuals who allegedly ally themselves with terrorists and terrorist groups.

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AP / Dimitri Messinis

Kanellos the Protest Dog

A stray dog named Kanellos has apparently been on the front lines of most major protests in Greece over the past two years. He is also the focus of a blog, the subject of a recent Guardian photo essay, and the inspiration for several YouTube video homages.

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The Motto of Mad Men

“I Want My Country Back”—this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike’s “Just Do It” on Ad Age’s list of the most transcendent idioms.

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Our First Line of Defense

The system worked. Authorities responded to the attempted Times Square bombing about as well as anyone possibly could.

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Fred Branfman on ‘The Big Short’

Author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book takes us inside capitalism’s “doomsday machine,” and it’s your worst nightmare come true.

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Flickr / kevindooley

Russian President Asked to Investigate Extraterrestrial Encounter

This one sounds like something from a supermarket tabloid, but apparently it’s of a slightly more substantiated nature: On Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s no doubt long list of action items is the rather peculiar request to figure out whether a regional leader gave state secrets to ... (continued)

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Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

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White Out

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Did Privilege Play a Role in Lacrosse Killing?

The question has to be asked: Is it something about athletes? Something about entitled college athletes? Something about lacrosse?

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Dow Forgets We’re Recovering, Drops 1,000 Points

Fears that this might be a jobless recovery turned into fears that this might not be a recovery at all on Thursday as the Dow dropped about 1,000 points. It quickly rallied, leaving the loss at the world’s biggest casino at 347.80. (continued)

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Arizona F***ed With the Wrong Mexican

“Machete,” a phony trailer bundled into Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 collaboration “Grindhouse,” is getting expanded into a full-length movie. Rodriguez just sent out an updated trailer, with a “special Cinco de Mayo message to Arizona.”

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‘Colbert Report’: Rent Boy Handles George Rekers’ Baggage

What could George Rekers, anti-gay Christian right activist and Baptist minister, have been thinking when he went a’fishin’ on for someone to help him carry his baggage—or as Stephen Colbert puts it in this clip, “hoist his sack”—on a European vacation?

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AP / George Osodi

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Dies at 58

Speculation about the health of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua ended Wednesday with the announcement of his death at age 58. Late last year, Yar’Adua’s position was assumed by his second-in-command, acting President Goodluck Jonathan, but not without controversy.

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Mumbai suspect
AP / Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza

Mumbai Gunman Sentenced to Death

He is the sole surviving suspect from the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and on Thursday, 22-year-old Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was sentenced to death by an Indian judge.

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Free to Date

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Flickr / sghmom56

Ex-Giant Lawrence Taylor Faces Rape Charge

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday morning and later in the day was facing charges of third-degree rape after a 15-year-old girl who allegedly met with Taylor in a Montebello, N.Y., hotel was treated for injuries at a hospital.

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Will We Keep Hating the Government?

Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack?

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What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

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Wikimedia Commons / Wiki edit Jonny

Simon Cowell Beckons Britons to the Polls

It’s hard to imagine that many British citizens will be moved to cast their ballots in Thursday’s general election because Simon Cowell, the curmudgeonly mastermind behind such showbiz gems as “Britain’s Got Talent” and “American Idol,” thinks they should.

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