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Stewart

‘Daily Show’: The Men Who Stare at Votes

We all saw the shenanigans that transpired outside the Capitol during last Thursday’s wingnut clusterf ... “House Call” health care rally organized by the certifiable Rep. Michele Bachmann, but the freak show from the inner chambers of Congress was even better in the final lead-up to Saturday’s House vote on health care reform legislation.

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digital dump
AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

Digital Dumping and the Global ‘E-Cycling’ Scam

The port of Lagos in Nigeria receives about 400,000 used computers every month, out of which only one in four is useful. The rest end up in landfills, garbage dumps and, in a curious twist, as resources for scammers.

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When a Time Bomb Is Ticking

Fairness is one thing, foolishness is another. Any soldier who seemed to be falling apart—Muslim or not—should have been given extra scrutiny.

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North and South Korean Navy Boats Clash at Sea

Tensions between North and South Korea escalated to the point of open combat off the Korean peninsula early Tuesday when navy patrol boats of the two nations swapped fire in disputed waters, according to The New York Times.

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General Erection

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Tear Down This Wall

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pig
Flickr / REL Waldman

On Reflection, Pigs Are Smart

With all the bad press that pigs have been getting of late, owing to the swine flu scourge, it’s good to see that an academic journal, Animal Behaviour, has given our porcine friends a PR boost in the form of a study that shows pigs know how to identify themselves, and explore their surroundings, using mirrors.

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YouTube

Russian Cop Canned for Venting on YouTube

A Russian police major lost his job after recording two YouTube videos’ worth of complaints about low pay, long hours and being promoted for arresting an innocent man. In one of the clips, the major invites Vladimir Putin himself to buddy up and investigate the problem. (video after the jump)

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dominoes
AP / Herbert Knosowski

Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall

To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of world leaders from past and present—including Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Rodham Clinton—joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday for a stroll through the Brandenberg Gate, which stood between East and West Berlin.

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Lieberman

Lieberman Jumps to Conclusions About Fort Hood Shooting

Charm school dropout Joe Lieberman reached deep into his bag of lawyer party tricks for his appearance on “Fox News Sunday” this last weekend, in which he forged an association between the terms Fort Hood shooting and terrorist attack before telling “FNS” anchor Chris Wallace, “I think it’s very important to let the Army and the FBI go forward with this investigation before we reach any conclusions.” Right.

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nytimes.com

Saddam Biography Makes a Splash in Baghdad

The first volume of a trilogy of Saddam Hussein books written by the late dictator’s lawyer has generated controversy in Iraq. It’s unclear whether the Iraqi government will even allow “Saddam Hussein: From an American Cell. This Is What Happened” to be sold in the country. (continued)

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Marion Barry
Flickr/dbking

Marion Barry Does Reality TV

So Marion Barry ultimately wasn’t able to be Washington, D.C.‘s “mayor for life,” but he may get his own reality TV show. According to the Web site DCist, Barry, who’s now a city councilman, is currently filming a pilot for the show, although his chief of staff couldn’t say which network or production company was behind the project.

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SNL

Goldman Sachs Becomes ‘SNL’ Punchline

Those entitled Wall Street types at Goldman Sachs are apparently oblivious to the fact that they’re having some PR issues of late—either that, or they don’t really care. Either way, “SNL” stars Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers make them the brunt of their jokes in this clip from last weekend’s show.

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Rupert Murdoch vs. Google (and Reality)

In an interview with Sky News Australia, the News Corp. tycoon laid out his vision for the future of the news business, which bears little resemblance to the present state of the news business. Murdoch said he would soon begin charging for online content, block Google searches and ... (continued)

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AP / David Guttenfelder

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

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When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

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It’ll Be a Kick!

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GOP Health Care Plan

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Flickr / SEIU International

Kucinich: Why I Voted No

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”

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flickr.com / Mauro Arias

Salvador Flood Toll Tops 120

Severe flooding has killed at least 124 people in El Salvador after heavy rains soaked the country. The government declared a state of emergency as the search for more victims went on.

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Lebanon Bombed
AP / Ben Curtis

Hezbollah, Fearing War, Digs In

Hezbollah is reportedly prepping for another possible conflict with Israel, stocking up on arms and reinforcing fixed positions, as fears grow that the Netanyahu government will launch a new assault against Lebanon as a precursor to any attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

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news.yahoo.com

Okinawans Step Up U.S. Base Protest

With a new populist government in place in Tokyo, the people of Okinawa are stepping up their protest against the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island. They want the base gone altogether.

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White House / Pete Souza

House Passes Health Care Bill

With a few dozen Democrats jumping ship and the support of just one Republican, the House passed a historic health reform bill by just five votes. The measure would expand coverage to most Americans through individual and employer mandates, outlaw some of the insurance companies’ more unsavory tactics and provide a weakened public insurance option. (continued)

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securingpharma.com

Massive Malaria Vaccine Trial Begins

A new vaccine trial is underway in Africa in an attempt to control malaria, a disease that not only kills 1 million people every year, but also makes 300 million seriously sick. If the trial results come back positive, a worldwide vaccine could be available as soon as 2012.

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earthopennetwork.org

The Real Unemployment Number: 17.5%

More than one in every six U.S. workers are either unemployed or underemployed, a statistic arguably more significant than the 10.2 percent jobless rate posted in October, as it factors in those who have quit looking, as well as part-time workers desiring full-time gigs.

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wikimedia.org

The Rich? They Get Elected

A day after it was announced that the U.S. unemployment rate had hit the double-digit mark, a report was released showing that nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, seriously questioning the notion that our lawmakers identify with “we the people.”

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Capitol Hill
Flickr/laura padgett

Dems Make Final Push for Health Bill Votes

By Friday evening, it wasn’t clear whether Saturday’s scheduled vote on the famous health care reform bill would happen on time in the House of Representatives, but Democrats were busy wooing any remaining potential supporters among their congressional ranks.

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Karzai
AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

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Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Insta-Classic: What Lurks Within Glenn Beck?

It’s not so much that Jon Stewart is lampooning Glenn Beck for the heck of it that makes this clip from Thursday night’s “Daily Show” so inspired, it’s that he practically out-Glenn-Becks Glenn Beck, all the while stealing a potential conspiracy theory that the excitable Fox News showman might soon have cooked up if left to his own devices.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Scores; Unemployment Up; Fort Hood Fallout

Unemployment reaches 10.2 percent—do we need a bigger stimulus? What do the GOP victories in Virginia and New Jersey mean for both parties? Will the House’s historic health care bill pass, and, if so, why wait till 2013 to implement it?

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Orlando shooting
Still image from the AP via the Orlando Sentinel

Another Deadly Shooting: Orlando Gunman Opens Fire in Former Office

On Friday, Jason Rodriguez, a 40-year-old engineer who had been fired from an Orlando, Fla., construction firm two years ago, went back to his former office and opened fire, killing at least one person and wounding at least five others before fleeing to his mother’s house, where he was tracked down and arrested.

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Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
AP / Susan Walsh

Breaking the Law for the Environment

“Illegal protest” can count a new baritoned bedfellow. In an interview ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference, former Vice President Al Gore pronounced civil disobedience to be justified, believing that the global warming crisis requires more forceful methods of political activism.

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Manuel Zelaya
ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

Honduras Agreement Falls Apart

Honduras’ government is on the ropes again. Roberto Micheletti, the interim president, moved to form a new government after a deal to form a “unity” cabinet collapsed. Manuel Zelaya (pictured), the elected president ousted in a coup in June, is now urging a boycott of the election scheduled later this month.

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Generic Unemployment
connectedmichigan.com

Unemployment Breaks the 10% Barrier

In news that President Barack Obama described as “sobering,” the U.S. unemployment rate in October broke into the double-digit range, with 10.2 percent of Americans without jobs, the highest rate since April 1983.

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Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman’s birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig’s most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by Pat’s brother, Kevin Tillman.

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Collage of photos taken by Alexander Gardner / Truthdig / Pete Souza

Tribute: Sen. George McGovern on the Presidency From Lincoln to Obama

After the former U.S. senator’s death on Sunday morning, we look back at a 2009 conversation between him and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

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President Obama

Obama to Tribal Nations: ‘You Will Not Be Forgotten’

President Obama told a gathering of tribal leaders at a rare Interior Department summit that he intended to devote more time and attention to the concerns of American Indians. In closing, he also addressed the Thursday shooting at Fort Hood.

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AP / Mark Lennihan

Steve Fraser on the Crisis of Capitalism

Does the prospect of deepening economic meltdown and political disarray raise the specter of a social upheaval and, perhaps, the collapse of capitalism, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression?

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Fort Hood aftermath
AP / Jack Plunkett

Fort Hood Gunman Still Alive, Acted Alone

By the end of the day, some confusion about Thursday’s shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas had been cleared up. It turns out, according to later reports, that the military doctor shot at the scene, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was the only gunman involved in the attack and that he was still alive in its aftermath.

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Republicans vs. the Palinites

Democrats have some thinking to do after Tuesday’s elections, but Republicans don’t have time to think. They’re too busy trying to survive the party’s internal purge and avoid being shipped off to political Siberia.

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We Are What We Trade and How We Trade It

The rules governing what we buy and sell are now playing such a decisive role in almost every major policy that we ignore them at our peril.

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I.F. Stone
kean.edu

Keep the Government Out of the News Business

I’ve been thinking of I.F. Stone while reading the growing stack of reports and essays giving recommendations on how to save the declining news business. The outrageous solution increasingly favored by the journalism establishment is one that Stone would have hated—turning to Washington for help.

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Flickr / lucianvenutian

Goofy Stimulus Projects Have Real Value

Don’t be fooled by stimulus critics who cite expenditures such as the “electric fish orchestra” (actually an educational demonstration of a larger project related to robotics and prosthetics) or trips to resorts (to train special-ed teachers). “Waste,” as ProPublica reports, “is in the eye of the beholder.” (continued)

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Fort Hood
weblo.com

Twelve Dead, 31 Wounded in Shooting at U.S. Army Base

On Thursday afternoon, two gunmen in military uniforms opened fire in a processing center at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood base in Texas, killing 12 people and wounding at least 31. According to The New York Times, the alleged shooters were U.S. Army soldiers but had not been identified yet. Updated

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Learning to Speak Anew in a Tribal World

The international conversation since the Second World War tended to be something of an American monologue, but that’s changing now that the United States is widely perceived as a large part of the current world problem.

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House Call protesters
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Conservatives Descend on Capitol for ‘House Call’ Protest

Thursday would have been a good day for members of Congress to use those underground tunnels to get around the Capitol. Outside, throngs of conservative protesters, heeding Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s loony call, converged on the Hill to demonstrate against the proposed health care bill—also known, in GOP-speak, as the first official step in the socialist takeover of our government.

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IAEA
wikimedia.org

IAEA Not Worried About Second Iran Nuclear Site

U.N. inspectors have found “nothing to be worried about” in their first report after visiting a previously clandestine uranium-enrichment site south of Tehran. The clean assessment, which described the site as a “hole in a mountain,” may cause critics to now look for more diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program.

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WAR FUNDING$$$!!!!
9-508.com

More Money for War, Through the Back Door

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, expects the Pentagon to request emergency financing for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Bush-era tactic that uses “supplemental funding” to flesh out the already massive Pentagon budget to pay for the conflicts.

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Abbas-cus
Flickr.com / World Economic Forum

Abbas Unlikely to Seek Re-Election

In the face of failing peace talks with Israel and a stalemate with rival Hamas, reports suggest that a frustrated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek re-election early next year.

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USMC / Sgt. Christopher R. Rye

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! ... We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

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