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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Slams ‘Insurance Company Abuses’ at Health Care Rally

“Improper payments” figured among the many symptoms of an ailing health care system that President Obama railed against during a pep rally for health care reform near St. Louis on Wednesday—the latest stop in his U.S. tour to drum up support for his controversial cause.

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'Mad Men' dolls

‘Mad Men’ Gets the Barbie Treatment

They don’t come with the full range of accessories to complement their onscreen characters—e.g., cigarettes, cocktails, someone else’s dog tags—but Mattel’s new line of “Mad Men” Barbie dolls at least includes a mistress, in the form of a plastic Joan Holloway. But Joan’s famous assets ... (continued)

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Liz Cheney Edition

Today on the list: Why Liz Cheney’s fear-mongering is blowing up in her face, how Florida plans to de-gay Hollywood and why books are overrated.

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AP / Amy Sancetta

An Oscar for America’s Hubris

What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing. According to press reports, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally found a movie about the Iraq war they liked because it is “apolitical.”

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‘Logorama’ Is Proof That the Academy Awards Aren’t Completely Out of Touch

We were as willing as anyone to write off this year’s Oscars for all the botched humor, predictable awards and desperate attempts at getting kids to watch (Taylor Lautner! Urban Dancing!), but we owe the Academy for bringing this mind-blowing little piece of genius to our attention.

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AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’ (Update: Transcript)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill: “Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry.”

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AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill (“Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry”).

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Beck and Massa

Eric Massa’s ‘Glenn Beck’ Moment Bears Strange Fruit

If former Rep. Eric Massa hoped he’d get a post-resignation PR boost from his guest spot on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show Tuesday, he made some bad choices in his quest for support. Those included his selection of venue and his whimsical approach to clearing up the sexual harassment issue that played a key part in his strange, memorable exit from office.

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Is There a Mideast Solution?

Internationally speaking, there are only two subjects to talk about in the Middle East. These are Israel, the Palestinians and the Americans; and Iran and Israel.

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Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day in Court

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week, and people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

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AP / Khalid Mohammed

Two Front-Runners Claim Victory as Iraqis Await Election Results

The final tally from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq hasn’t been announced yet, but that didn’t stop Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his opponent, Ayad Allawi, from claiming victory for their respective teams.

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Nigerian massacre

Nigerian Governor Says Army Ignored Massacre Warnings

On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

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Dubai murder suspects
AP / Dubai Ruler's Media Office

Dubai Accuses Israel of Forging Passports

Dubai’s Police Chief Dahi Khalfan had some fighting words for Israel on Tuesday, accusing the Israeli government of forging passports used by a hit squad of 27 suspects in the January murder of Hamas leader Mahmud al-Mabhuh, who Dubai police believe was killed by members of the Mossad.

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Tea Party Talk With Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a stop on his book tour for a somewhat awkward chat with a mustachioed gent and a flaxen-haired She-publican from the right-leaning, during which he signaled his disapproval of big government, his firm support of free-market principles and his concerns about a potential tea party spinoff from the GOP.

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Biden and Peres
AP / Ariel Schalit

Biden in Israel: ‘It’s Good to Be Home’

Vice President Joe Biden went a-courtin’ in Israel on Tuesday, meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in an effort to bring the U.S. and Israel closer and “allay that layer of mistrust that has built up in the last several years,” as Biden put it. 

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Full-Frontal Snow Edition

Today’s list includes indecent snow creations, the new Jim Crow and brand new reasons to be depressed about American foreign policy.

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Iraqi Oscar [A Cartoon From the Netherlands]

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GOP Damned

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Flickr / It's Our City

What Do Toyota and Big Tobacco Have in Common?

Fed up with a certain automotive academic who has been challenging Toyota’s claims about its car troubles, the automaker demonstrated similar problems in its competitors’ vehicles and fielded a team of experts to argue counterpoint. One of those experts runs a consulting firm for hire that once found no link between secondhand smoke and cancer. (continued)

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employment paper
AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Surviving Without a Safety Net

People are just barely hanging on at employment offices, homeless shelters, food banks and community centers around the country. Help is needed right away and Barack Obama is struggling to give it.

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Liz Cheney’s Shameless Smear

The former vice president’s ambitious daughter has in her hand a list of nine Justice Department lawyers whose “values” she has the gall to question. She ought to spend the time examining her own principles, if she can find them.

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American missionary

Haiti Frees American Missionary Held in Kidnapping Case

On Monday, Haitian officials freed Charisa Coulter, a Baptist missionary from the U.S. who was held on kidnapping charges following January’s catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. One other American from Coulter’s group remains in custody in the island nation’s capital, according to The Associated Press.

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Wikimedia Commons / National Portrait Gallery

Where Does Genius Come From?

Tracing talent to its origins probably isn’t ever going to be a precise science, but there’s a particular and pervasive brand of genetic determinism that butts its way into discussions, in scientific circles and in the media, about everything from health to intelligence to the roots of genius. According to author David Shenk, this line of argument leads us to make the wrong conclusions about human potential.

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Indian women
Flickr / mckaysavage

Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

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U.S. Navy / LS1 Kelly Chastain

Haiti President Sees Competition From Aid

Haiti’s President Rene Preval said Monday that continued shipments of food and water aid “will be in competition with the national Haitian production and Haitian commerce.” Instead, Preval said, donors should help rebuild and create employment in the impoverished country.

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Rep. Massa: ‘Rahm Emanuel Is Son of the Devil’s Spawn’

Rep. Eric Massa isn’t about to leave Capitol Hill without firing some zingers at fellow Democrats. He had special scorn for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who helped get Massa elected. (continued)

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Calif. State Sen. Ashburn: ‘I Am Gay’

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn is officially out of the closet. However, the Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield has some ’splainin’ to do, starting with his voting record, which has not exactly reflected a supportive stance toward LGBTQ causes.

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Damn Yankees

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School’s Out

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AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

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Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Mess

The urgency of containing the damage the Supreme Court could do to our electoral system creates an opportunity for a rare convergence of interest and principle.

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‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

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GOP Lawmaker Demands Recall of Car That Drove Him to Gay Club

The senator said not only did the car drive him to the gay nightclub, but it forced him to enter the club and party there for hours, resulting in his later arrest for DUI. (Editor’s note: Although Roy Ashburn is a real state senator who really was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly being at a gay club, in this column Borowitz takes the liberty of manufacturing a set of quotations for satire’s sake.)

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Chow Chows

No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

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AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Diplomacy by Proxy

A new round of “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians may be announced as early as Monday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expected to arrive in Israel on a mission to get indirect negotiations going between the two sides.

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Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

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Hedges Talks Capitalism in Michael Moore Interview

In a newly available interview, Truthdig’s Chris Hedges sits down with filmmaker Michael Moore and poignantly argues that capitalism is driving humanity’s downfall. Moore conducted the interview for his latest movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” but eventually cut it from the documentary.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Airports Expand Full-Body Screening

Igniting criticism by privacy advocates around the world, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing 450 full-body X-ray scanning machines in the country’s airports. The machines show images of hidden objects, as well as passengers’ bodies through their clothes.

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Wikimedia Commons

Do as I Say, Not as I Pay

Despite the fact that Washington has forcefully discouraged investment in Iran for the past decade, the federal government has given more than $107 billion in contract payments to companies that dealt with Iran or are doing business there.

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Flickr / Luis Iturra

Waiting for Aid in Chile

Chile may be way better off economically than Haiti, but many survivors of the Feb. 27 earthquake in the South American country are still awaiting government help a full week after the fifth-strongest temblor ever recorded.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Endgame; Educational Hazards

It’s hard to believe that the curtain may soon go down on our health care reform drama, but it looks like we could soon have a bill—whether three-quarters of Americans like it or not. Should it be voted in now and fixed later? This is surely a question for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Robert Scheer.

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El Baradei
AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Challenger Can’t Rely on a Fair Race

What keeps old men in power in Egypt? And what keeps middle-aged men wanting power in a country whose crippled society, increasing sectarianism, brutal police force and endemic corruption are only compounded by an electoral system widely regarded as a fraud?

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Rep. Eric Massa to Resign Following Sexual Harassment Report

Rep. Eric Massa said earlier this week that he wouldn’t seek re-election, citing a health issue. The picture had changed by Friday, when Politico claimed that the Democratic congressman from New York was preparing to leave office even sooner amid allegations that he had sexually harassed a male staff member. Update: Massa says he will step down next week. Click here for his announcement.

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Playboy coffee machine
Flickr / hikikomorix

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

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Flickr / bpbailey

‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

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AP / Susan Walsh

Krugman: ‘Bipartisanship Is Now a Foolish Dream’

Someone might want to call President Barack Obama’s attention to the main message of Paul Krugman’s latest Op-Ed column in The New York Times: This whole bipartisanship idea isn’t going to catch on in Congress. Krugman takes the recent example of the bill-blockading gymnastics of Sen. Jim Bunning (pictured above), along with ... (continued)

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‘Colbert Report’: Pimpin’ 101 with Sean Hannity

Conservative faux-pimp prankster James O’Keefe earned high praise from Fox News’ starring lineup—Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, among other Murdochians—for his infamous ACORN prostitution “bust” depicted in a video ... which turns out to have been edited, perhaps with a goal in mind. In keeping with this spirit, Stephen Colbert engaged in a little deceptive ... (continued)

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Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Climate Change: The Evidence Piles Up

The evidence that human activities are responsible for global warming is stronger than ever, according to a review of 110 research papers on climate change by the U.K. Met Office, Britain’s national weather service.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Hovers at 9.7%

Analysts are looking at February as a not-so-bad month for unemployment, with the U.S. economy losing fewer jobs than expected for the month, while the unemployment rate remained stubbornly high at 9.7 percent.

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