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New Hampshire Legalizes Gay Marriage

The Granite State’s Republican governor opposes gay marriage, but he cut a deal with the Legislature and signed off on three bills that made New Hampshire the sixth state (wishy-washy California not among them) to grant same-sex couples their marital rights. Six down, 44 to go.

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Merkel Banks
telegraph.co.uk

Merkel Speaks Out on the Fed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed what she called “great skepticism” at the ability of central banks to resolve the economic crisis, hinting that reliance on the institutions in Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. might backfire.

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flickr.com

June Is Gay Pride Month

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, the Obama administration has proclaimed June to be national LGBT Pride Month. Now how about gays in the military?

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AIG
telegraph.co.uk

AIG: From Riches to Rags

It looks like the $150 billion bailout of AIG included everything but advertising funds. After four years of the insurance giant’s logo gracing the jerseys of one of the world’s most famous soccer teams, troubled economic times are bumping the iconic symbol in favor of a new sponsor.

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sailusfood.com

A Curry a Week

A curry a week may keep the doctor away. Or more precisely, curcumin, a component of turmeric—a key spice in curry powder—has been found to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia if consumed once or twice a week.

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Penis Envy

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The New GM

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Myth of the Lone Shooter

It is believed that the shooter acted alone. But Michael Griffin also acted alone when he killed David Gunn in 1993. Paul Hill acted alone in 1994. John Salvi acted alone and so did Eric Rudolph and James Kopp. This suspect is hardly lonely in this murderous cast of lone actors.

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Ronald Reagan
Reagan Library

Reagan Didn’t Do It

It would be nice to blame Ronald Reagan for the economic meltdown, as Paul Krugman did recently, but the facts don’t support it. Unfortunately, the real villains are closer at hand.

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lakers.topbuzz.com / change.gov

Obama Picks Lakers in 6

Dress the White House in purple and gold, the president is backing Los Angeles in the NBA finals. It’s probably because of his uncommonly good taste and high basketball IQ, but it could also have something to do with the 39 percentage points by which he won Los Angeles in the presidential election.

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GM’s Fall and the Cars of My Youth

I wonder what my father would have thought of the self-destruction of General Motors. We were a General Motors family, but not a happy one.

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Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die

He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

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Petraeus
USAF / Staff Sgt. Bradley A. Lail

Replace Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus has proven the rule that past military victories do not guarantee future success. The general has made a mess of Afghanistan and Pakistan, yet he remains dangerously popular.

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Kim Jong-il
Wikimedia Commons

King Kim Names His Heir

South Korean media outlets are reporting that North Korea’s Kim Jong-il (above) has chosen his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor. Little is known about Kim the younger, except that he was born in either 1983 or 1984 and is considered the most capable of the Kim brood.

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gov.ca.gov

Democrats Aren’t Buying What Schwarzenegger’s Cutting

As if delivering the tagline of his latest movie, California’s governor announced to the state Legislature Tuesday that the “day of reckoning is here.” But Democrats are fighting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut funding for schools, the poor and sick children while refusing to raise taxes.

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DoD / SSGT. Lono Kollars

U.S. Invites Iran for Hot Dogs and Fireworks

After a three-decade ban, U.S. embassies will be allowed to invite Iranian officials to come celebrate America’s declaration of independence from Britain and its overpriced tea. Substantive conversations still aren’t allowed, but the BBC reports that “small talk” is a go.

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Cheney Backs Gay Marriage

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” says Dick Cheney. Even the prince of darkness loves his gay daughter. But as long as we’re all getting freedom, can we have our habeas corpus back?

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hugh.freeshell.org

Gitmo Evidence to Be Made Public

On Tuesday, federal Judge Thomas Hogan ordered that the evidence regarding more than 100 Guantanamo Bay detainees be made public, rejecting the U.S. government’s request to keep the unclassified information secret. These sealed documents may reveal the government’s justification (or lack thereof) for the prisoners’ continued detention.

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Sotomayor According to Colbert

Stephen Colbert talks about Supreme Court nominee and “reverse racist” Sonia Sotomayor, who is trampling on the heroic life stories of the white male—many of whom are now asking their gardeners what their first names are. Check out this clip from last night’s “Colbert Report.”

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‘Get Rich Cheating’

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from comedian Jeff Kreisler’s new book, “Get Rich Cheating,” a satirical how-to guide that uses real scams in business, sports, entertainment, and politics to show how we got into the mess we’re in.

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thebacon.org

Number of Private Security Contractors Increases

President Obama railed against the reliance on private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan during his campaign, but new Pentagon statistics reveal their number has steadily grown since he took office, increasing 23 percent in Iraq and 29 percent in Afghanistan in the second quarter of 2009. “Blackwater” author Jeremy Scahill investigates.

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chandrakantha.com

China Blocks Popular Web Sites Before Tiananmen Anniversary

Two days before the 20th anniversary of the brutal military crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government has blocked popular Web sites aimed at the young, including Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail. It also has blocked message boards on some 6,000 sites associated with colleges and universities.

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Democracy Now! News Highlights

Watch Tuesday’s news highlights, brought to you by Democracy Now! A couple of today’s golden nuggets include Jimmy Carter’s disagreement with President Obama’s refusal to release hundreds of prison detainee photos and a call from the former top coalition commander in Iraq, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, for a truth commission to investigate abusive interrogation techniques.

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thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

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thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest.

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Mr. Fish

Chinese Media Sour on North Korea

China takes a lot of heat for being too buddy-buddy with North Korea, but if the harsh words in one of the middle kingdom’s tabloids are any indication, Beijing is none too happy with Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. “This is an unprecedented threat that China has never faced in its thousands of years,” says a writer in the Global Times, a People’s Daily spinoff.

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Health Care Reform’s Pulse Is Fading

So it’s health care overhaul this year—or bust. If this is the bet, right now I’d put my money on bust.

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A Lemon of a Bailout

With GM’s bankruptcy filing on Monday, we the people have become majority owners of a museum-quality piece of industrial history.

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Jeff Kreisler’s ‘Get Rich Cheating’

This satirical infomercial summarizes Jeff Kreisler’s new book, “Get Rich Cheating.”

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White House photo by David Bohrer

Cheney Disavows 9/11-Iraq Link

On Monday, former Veep Dick Cheney admitted at long last that there was no link between the Sept. 11 attacks and Iraq, contrary to what the Bush administration had led the nation to believe in 2003 in order to justify waging a war on a country rich in history, culture ... and oil. Tens of thousands of Iraqi and American casualties later, we thank you, Dick.

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Kansas Residents React to Dr. Tiller’s Death

To show public response other than the gleeful, hateful crap some right-wingers are spewing on Dr. George Tiller only hours after his assassination, here is how residents of Kansas—where the victim was from—are reacting to the abortion doctor’s murder during a Sunday church service.

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Bruno Gets Intimate With Eminem

At the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego) used the power of gayness to drive homophobic rapper Eminem from the arena. Watch Slim Shady get acquainted with the fashionista’s “Hodensack.” Update: Was it staged?

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Some Banks Are Seizing Social Security Payments

As if the American people weren’t hurting enough, some banks have been seizing Social Security, disability, veteran and pension benefits from account holders in order to pay off debts, despite federal regulations protecting such funds. A group of legislators has been pressuring the Treasury Department to close the loophole that allows these heinous acts.

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Out of Business

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Flickr / ST33VO

A ‘New Homeland’ for West Bank Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday strongly opposed President Obama’s call to freeze settlement activity in the West Bank. The Israeli parliament, meantime, has proposed that Jordan should become the new homeland of those Palestinians living on the West Bank, but the Jordanian government is not exactly thrilled by that idea.

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GM Headquarters
Flickr / richardefreeman

Out With the Old, In With the New GM

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection on Monday. Shortly after the announcement, President Obama tried to reassure taxpayers, who are effectively shelling out an additional $30 billion in return for a 60 percent stake in the company, according to the new restructuring plan. The “new GM” will shed 21,000 more employees and shut down 12 factories and 2,600 car dealerships.

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AP photo / Khalid Mohammed

War Is Sin

Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

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It Worked for Clarence Thomas

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Al Gore
Flickr / jurvetson

Al Gore Puts On His Capitalist Cap

The former vice president has thrown plenty of his own money at the climate crisis, but now the Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist is hoping to profit from his policy ideas. “An environmental start-up backed by Al Gore’s venture capital firm aims to take advantage of coming U.S. climate change legislation by helping companies like Coca Cola and even cities cut pollution,” reports Reuters.

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America’s Changing Moral Universe

Way back in 2004, pollsters and pundits just knew that cultural and moral issues were the wave of the future. But a funny thing happened on the road to the revival tent. Updated

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The Horror

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Things Are Looking Up

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GOP Paints Sotomayor

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Bill Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good

The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.

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reformation-lutheran.org

Abortion Doctor Murdered in Church

Dr. George Tiller was volunteering at his Kansas church Sunday when a gunman shot him dead. Republicans in Congress recently made a villain of Tiller when they stalled the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Ben-Ami Kadish
njjewishnews.com

A Slap on the Wrist for a Spy

On Friday, a former civilian engineer for the U.S. Army was let off with a mere fine after providing Israel with U.S. military secrets in the early 1980s. Ben-Ami Kadish has 60 days to pay $50,000 in the case, which was controversial for both the amount of time it took to charge the American and the relative lightness of the sentence.

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Flickr / Patricia Drury

Business Ethics? What a Concept

In what can only be the beginning of social revolution, 20 percent of Harvard’s MBAs have signed an ethics pledge, vowing not to advance their “own narrow ambitions” at the expense of others. But the question remains, where exactly is the other 80 percent of the class?

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Flickr / r_neches

School’s Out for the Summer

Students who are signed up for summer school are the latest victims to fall through California’s ginormous budget gap. On Friday, the superintendent of Los Angeles schools announced cancellations that will send packing most of the 225,000 kids who benefit from these programs each year, from elementary through high school, to the bewilderment of some working parents and concerned teachers.

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Flickr / World Economic Forum

Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?

Why did Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley steer millions to a company Larry Summers directed while he administered “stress tests” on them?

Posted on May 30, 2009 READ MORE


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weblo.com

Wikipedia Slams Door on Scientology’s Editors

It’s been a rough week for the Church of Scientology. First there was the opening of a trial that could lead to the banning of the organization in France, and on Thursday L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial religion was banned from revising articles in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that is edited by Internet users.

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