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Everybody Must Get Stoned

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God Is Watching

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Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


The Urgency of a Teddy Roosevelt Moment

The only proper response to the distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


The Supreme Court’s Shoddy Scholarship

In opening the floodgates for corporate money in election campaigns, the Supreme Court did not simply engage in a brazen power grab. It did so in an opinion stunning in its intellectual dishonesty.

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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hadi Mizban

Biden Promises to Appeal Blackwater Dismissals

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his personal regrets to Iraqi leaders and promised that the U.S. will appeal the dismissal of manslaughter charges against five Blackwater security contractors over a bloody Baghdad shooting in 2007 that killed 17 people.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

White House Pushes for Bernanke

With unemployment running at 10 percent and Wall Street bankers again pocketing big bonuses, many see Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s priorities as skewed. But absent from those critics is the White House, which believes Bernanke will be reconfirmed for a second term next week.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / B69D

Fighting a Shell Game in the Arctic

A legal challenge by environmental and indigenous Alaskan groups may dampen Shell Oil’s chances of drilling for billions of barrels of oil in the U.S. portion of the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. It’s feared the controversial plan could spell disaster for endangered species as well as increase global warming.

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AP / Rachel Jones

Venezuela’s Whopping Oil Reserves

A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey says that Venezuela’s oil reserves could be double those of Saudi Arabia, a finding that could significantly alter the world’s geopolitical stage and crude oil market.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Assails Court Decision

In his weekly radio address, President Obama showed his dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision to remove corporate campaign finance limits, warning of a pending deluge of special interest money into our democracy—a subject he knows quite well as he continues to fight for health care reform.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti: A View From the Middle East

How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

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AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Paul Volcker
AP / Wong Maye-E

Paul Volcker to the Rescue

President Barack Obama might have done well to keep former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker in closer reach during his first year of office rather than rely on the dubious advice of Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers. Too late for that—but hopefully not too late for Volcker to help the president in his future dealings with Wall Street.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Diane Sawyer
abcnews.go.com/WN/DianeSawyer/

European Human Rights Group, U.S. Media Decry SCOTUS Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to loosen corporate restrictions on campaign finance didn’t sit well with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an international human rights coalition of 56 European nations, but somehow we doubt that the top court’s conservative justices are going to lose sleep over that particular critique.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tiger Woods
U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess

Is Sex Addiction Just a (Convenient) Myth?

Here we go again: Just as the question was raised during the latter phase of the Bill Clinton era, Tiger Woods’ recently revealed indiscretions have prompted questions of whether there is such a thing as “sex addiction,” or whether it’s just code for “boys will be boys” ... until those boys get busted, that is.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Stewart

Jon Stewart and His Many Pairs of Glasses Take Olbermann to Task

Let it be known that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is not a fan of Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown. In turn, let it be known that Jon Stewart is not pleased by Olbermann’s apparent descent into “the fetid swamp of baseless name-calling”—except, that is, for his creatively crass description of Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Leno
AP / Gerald Herbert

Leno Tapped for White House Press Dinner

The suddenly controversial comic Jay Leno, who’s still embroiled in a public spat about “The Tonight Show” with outgoing host Conan O’Brien, will be the main act at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where well-dressed members of Washington’s media elite rub elbows with politicians ... (continued)

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AP / Dave Martin

Anti-Abortion Group to Air Super Bowl Ad

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian conservative group, is really breaking its bank. The group announced it is buying 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time during which it will air an anti-abortion message featuring former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Dean: Health Care Not Dead Yet

In the face of growing pessimism after the Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, Howard Dean, who in December vocally denounced the Senate health care legislation as weak, says he still believes the Democrats can pass a scaled-down health bill despite Republican foot-dragging.

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Push for More Transparency.gov

In a push for increased government transparency, the Obama administration has announced it will require each Cabinet-level department to post online three collections of “high-value” data—covering everything from tire safety ratings to workplaces where injuries have occurred—previously undisclosed to the public.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / mrfink

China Defends Its Great Firewall

More than a week after a row between China and Google over censorship practices, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly called on Beijing to lift restrictions on Internet use, to which China responded by denouncing the criticism as “groundless.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



Life After Massachusetts Edition

After the jump: A comprehensive roundup of why the Democrats suck, the all-white basketball league and how classical music can be used as punishment for schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Emancipation

Milton Viorst on the Emancipation of Europe’s Jews

A new book by Michael Goldfarb grapples with the fate of a people caught between hope and history.

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White House / Pete Souza

Will Obama Fight for Health Care Reform?

If President Obama has decided to give up on health care reform, he should just come out and say so. Then we could all get on with our lives—those of us with health insurance, that is.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



Original: Reagan Library

Democratic Corporatism Brings Reagan Back From the Grave

In a state where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a 3-to-1 margin, little-known Republican Scott Brown defeated his rival by demonizing the government and taxes.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Bossie at the Supreme Court
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Supreme Victory for Special Interests

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, none of whom has been elected to anything, ever, has given a monumental victory to special interests.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


bathroom scale
Flickr / Lee Carson

Spanish Gov’t to Set Limits on Diet-Related TV Ads

The Spanish government is cracking down on television advertising that promotes weight-loss products and other related goods and services, including plastic surgery, by creating legislation that would bar the ads from being shown until after 10 p.m.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
bbc.co.uk

Obama Talks Tough on Banking Reform

In case you hadn’t noticed, not a heck of a lot has changed on Wall Street in the last year, despite various banking behemoths’ successful pleas for federal aid to float them out of the recession they were instrumental in creating. Well, that’s about to change—or so President Barack Obama says, at least. 

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


beer
Flickr / Tambako the Jaguar

Primordial Brew: Did Alcohol Inspire the Cultivation of Civilization?

Sure, it behooved our Neolithic ancestors to band together and form proto-civilizations for many reasons, but one main motivation, according to archaeologist Patrick McGovern—who works, and we kid you not, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health—was the time-honored pursuit of alcoholic intoxication.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Scott Brown
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Sen. Brown Goes to Washington

Fresh off pulling off a major upset in Massachusetts, newly elected U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday made his way to the nation’s capital, where he reflected to the press about what he believes won voters to his side, what he likes about President Barack Obama and how close his ties are (or aren’t) to the right-wing, tea-party movement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Conan Burns NBC’s Millions in Revenge

Until they shut him down, “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien is free to spend NBC’s millions doing things like dressing up the world’s most expensive car as a mouse and giving it a Rolling Stones theme song. This may be a bit unseemly in the middle of an economic meltdown, but as revenge goes, it’s pretty sweet.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Edwards in Iowa
AP / Matthew Putney

Is the National Enquirer’s Scoop on Edwards Pulitzer-Worthy?

To answer our own headline question: It remains to be seen whether this year’s Pulitzer Prize committee members think so, but the editors at the National Enquirer apparently believe that their tabloid’s coverage of John Edwards’ extramarital affair has a shot at journalistic glory. They’ve thrown their reports on the former Democratic presidential candidate’s liaison in for official consideration among the submissions for 2009.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Fahad Hashmi

‘Free Fahad’: Protesters Speak Up for Jailed Muslim American

He’s been held in solitary confinement in a New York jail for, as of this posting, 824 days on charges of supporting al-Qaida, but supporters of 29-year-old Fahad Hashmi, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, believe Hashmi’s case represents a potential threat to Americans’ civil liberties and took to the NYC streets for a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court
supremecourtus.gov

SCOTUS Deals Big Blow to Campaign Finance Reform

On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts explained the U.S. Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling, which eliminated restrictions on corporate funding for political candidates and causes, by basing it on the First Amendment, stating that the American government doesn’t have the right to “prohibit political speech, even if the speaker is a corporation or union.” (continued)

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

More Troops, More Shaking for Haiti

The U.S. has deployed an additional 4,000 troops to Haiti as aftershocks rocked the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. The American troop count will reach 16,000 by the weekend as relief efforts hit full stride in the earthquake-ravaged country.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Shanghai Scape
Flickr.com / PMorgan

China About to Bump Japan as the No. 2 Economy

Even in the face of the global economic crisis, China’s economy still managed to grow by a surprising 8.7 percent last year, according to the bean-counters in Beijing, putting the country on track to overtake Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli guard tower
AP / Emilio Morenatti

Two-State Dissolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly trying to sabotage the possibility of a two-state solution in the Middle East by insisting that Israel would continue to maintain a military presence along the borders of any future Palestinian state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


One-Year Anniversary

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Ted on Arrival

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Wilders on trial
AP / Marcel Antonisse, pool

Trial Opens for Anti-Islamic Dutch Politician

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders’ words are coming back to haunt him—in court. Wilders, an ultra-right-wing member of the Netherlands parliament, has drawn fire in recent years for his vocal anti-Islam stance, which he has expressed both in cinematic form and in what prosecutors in Amsterdam allege is hate speech.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


No Obama Obituaries, Please

If scored strictly by his legislative attainments, Obama is a highly effective president. In fact, the scrupulously nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly rated him the most effective president of the past five decades, as measured by congressional votes on which he took a position.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


The Contradictions of Obamaism

It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Losing the Health Care Battle Is Not an Option

Just pass the damn thing. If the health care bill fails, President Barack Obama’s legacy could be limited to the failing war in Afghanistan. Worse yet, many thousands more Americans will die because they don’t have adequate medical care.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Limbaugh Wonders Why Jews, AKA ‘Money People,’ Aren’t Fed Up With Obama

“To some people, banker is codeword for Jewish,” explains Rush, who wants to know whether these “money people” have any “buyer’s remorse” about President Obama. After all, he says, taxes are “anathema to Jewish people.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Final ‘Lost’ Season Threatens Human Decency

“Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse guest star in this Onion clip, joking that the show’s fans are about to get more annoying than ever, driving their roommates and loved ones into emergency “Lost” shelters to escape amateur theories about parallel dimensions.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
noh8campaign.com

Cindy McCain Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage

As her daughter Meghan did before her, Cindy McCain, registered Republican and wife of Sen. John McCain, has lent her well-known visage to the NOH8 campaign that began after the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in November 2008. The campaign’s organizers expressed their surprise that Cindy was willing to do so and gave her props for her bid to “show people that party doesn’t matter.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE



ProPublica

Half of States Have Run Out of Unemployment Funds

ProPublica reports that after paying out unemployment benefits to a record 20 million people, 25 states ran out of funds and now must borrow, tax and slash to keep the checks in the mail. Find out how your state is doing with this handy tool.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Joe Shlabotnik

All the News That’s Fit to Charge For

The New York Times’ website may get more traffic than just about any other news site in the country, but the paper is still struggling to pay its bills and announced Wednesday that it will move to a metered pay model. ... (continued)

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Gates notes
thegatesnotes.com

Bill Gates Launches Online Diary

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is getting into online sharing mode with the launch of his new Web diary, the Gates Notes, in which he holds forth about his various projects, plus sections called “What I’m Learning” and “Curious Classroom”—plus travel videos!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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