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Egyptian Leading Man: ‘We Are Very Disappointed With America’

Over the weekend, The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman checked in with one of Egypt’s top TV and movie actors, Khaled Nabawy, who was using his star power to draw attention to the ongoing clash between Egyptians and President Hosni Mubarak’s regime ...

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


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Americans Are Spending Again

Is it good news that U.S. consumer spending revved up to a three-year high in 2010? It could make for some improvement, especially if employment picks up to bolster Americans’ consumption habits in coming months, according to the BBC.

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AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

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AP / Mike Roemer

Who, Us Bloodthirsty?

In an age challenged by separating real life from reality programming or the absurdly heightened reality that comes from merely being on TV, no one seems to want to err on the side of compassion.

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Julian Assange Speaks to ‘60 Minutes’

The WikiLeaks founder dishes to Steve Kroft, who tells Assange “you are screwing with the forces of nature.” For his part, Assange insists that whatever his problems with the United States, he shares values of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

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Michele Bachmann Proposes ‘Don’t Add, Don’t Spell’

In addition, Bachmann suggested slashing the federal budget by eliminating nine of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. “I think you know which one I’d keep,” she chuckled.

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Closing Al-Jazeera in Cairo

Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau is shut down during Egypt protests, Jesse Ventura sues the TSA, and the productive use of video games in the U.S. military. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hillary Tiptoes Around Mubarak

With visions of the 1979 Iranian revolution dancing in her head, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Egypt to undergo an “orderly transition” away from its current unrest—all the while avoiding any demand for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

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AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

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Egyptian Upheaval: Day 6

A military show of strength defined the sixth day of anti-government protests across Egypt. Jet fighters repeatedly flew over Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the main center for demonstrators, while a column of tanks, a la Tiananmen Square, was blocked by protesters.

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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste—Except in Ohio

Kelly Williams-Bolar, an aspiring teacher and mother of two, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for sending her children to school outside her district. But in this time of economic crisis, it is hard to believe that a single mother such as Williams-Bolar is a criminal.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE



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China’s Top Gun

The Chinese air force is drawing snickers after part of a video of military maneuvers broadcast on Chinese state television turned out to be not images of the country’s new stealth fighter but scenes from the American movie “Top Gun.”

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21 Die in Colombia Mine Explosion

A blast at a coal mine in Colombia has killed 21 workers, less than four years after an explosion took the lives of 30 at the same La Preciosa mine in the northeast of the country.

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Ariz. Lawmakers Target Birthright Citizenship

Arizona lawmakers, adding to their anti-immigrant portfolio, are pushing a bill that seeks to end the automatic citizenship granted to children born in the state to illegal-immigrant parents.

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Egypt Protest Coverage

Protests in Egypt launched into a fifth day as demonstrators continued to fill the streets. For live updates, check out the Washington Post’s blog on the Egyptian uprising, as well as Al-Jazeera English’s live stream covering the events.

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2010: The Year of Staggering Irrelevance in Oscarland

It begins sometime in early December, in a screening room near you, with a handful of middle-aged men and women impatiently awaiting the start of a new movie.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Egypt in Revolt, U.S. in Debt, SOTU

When “Left, Right & Center” aired Friday it was still unclear whether Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak would stay in power as mass protests persisted in the Mideast nation, but show regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch the Egyptian Revolt in Real Time

Friday brought news of more demonstrations around Egypt on the fourth day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. More deaths were reported, but protesters also made some gains in their struggle against state power ...

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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GDP Logs a 3.2% Rise in 4th Quarter

Even though it fell short of economists’ expectations, a 3.2 percent rise in the GDP during the last quarter of 2010 has rekindled hopes that the U.S. economy may be moving toward sustainable recovery.

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Egypt Declares Curfew, Corrals ElBaradei

Amid a new wave of protests across Egypt comes news that the country is now under curfew, military vehicles prowl the streets, and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest.

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Thousands Take to Streets in Jordan

As protests continue to rock Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, add Jordan to the list of troubled Arab states, as thousands of people took to the streets of Amman on Friday to demand political change and more freedom.

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Google Denies WikiLeaks Censorship

In a BBC interview with Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, Schmidt spelled out his ambitions for Google in China as well as declaring that the search giant will deny government attempts to censor WikiLeaks documents.

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WikiLeaks Calls Biden a ‘Dangerous Fool,’ Releases Egypt Leaks

According to the official WikiLeaks Twitter account, “[Vice President Joe] Biden says [Julian] Assange is a ‘terrorist’ and Mubarak is ‘no dictator’—and should not step down. Biden is a dangerous fool.” Then followed an overnight flood of tweets calling attention to fresh leaks about Egypt’s brutal regime. (more)

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AP / Ben Curtis

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Egyptian Protesters

This week we acknowledge the thousands who have been marching against tyranny in the 30th year of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. (Honorable mentions after the jump.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


All Talk, No Action on Deficit

The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he’s not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


From Quality to Quantity—and Maybe Back Again

Amid last week’s flood of business news, one story stood out as reason to hope for more than just a momentary uptick in your 401(k): Apple, you may have heard, announced record first-quarter profits.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Beaten to Death

David Kato, a 43-year-old gay rights activist (above, right) in Uganda, was murdered in his home near Kampala on Wednesday, less than four months after his picture was published in a Ugandan tabloid under the words “Hang Them” in a story about gays “recruiting” local schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Names New White House Spokesman

As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs prepares to assume the vaguely defined role of outside consultant to Barack Obama’s next campaign, the president has picked Gibbs’ replacement in Jay Carney, who has already run in Obama’s close circles.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Critics Call ‘King’s Speech’ Historically Incorrect

With “The King’s Speech” sitting comfortably atop this year’s heap of Oscar-nominated films, it’s not surprising that there might be some grumbles from critical corners about the movie’s actual merits. But in this case, a couple prominent voices ...

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Govt’s Loan Mod Program Crippled by Lax Oversight and Deference to Banks

With millions of homeowners still struggling to stay in their homes, the Obama administration’s $75 billion foreclosure prevention program has been weakened, perhaps fatally, by lax oversight and a posture of cooperation—rather than enforcement—with the nation’s biggest banks.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Media Marvel at Obama’s Move to the Right

With increasing vehemence since the midterm elections, pundits and journalists have recommended Barack Obama move to the right—and now are citing recent polling to suggest that the president has benefited from following their advice.

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Obama’s New Role Model: Ronald Reagan?

What could Ronald Reagan possibly have in common with Barack Obama, except, say, a certain demonstrable allegiance to Wall Street? Time’s Michael Scherer and Michael Duffy tease out some ways in which The Gipper’s legacy has informed ...

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Financial Crisis Panel Names Names

Chairman Phil Angelides and the five other Democrats on the 10-person Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission have released their devastating report, which assigns blame for the economic meltdown. They pointed at Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (above), among others.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Obfuscating Unemployment

During the Great Depression, high rates of unemployment prevailed for 11 years. The experience of seeing a free market system drive itself into a rut that it cannot pull itself out of is nothing new. And we have long known the solution.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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No More Orange Alerts

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is expected to announce the retirement of George W. Bush’s color-coded terror alert system that always seemed like an easy way to terrify the public. In its day, the color-coded threat indicator only hit red (severe) once, and never dropped below yellow (elevated).

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Changes the Narrative

Complaints about President Obama’s State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening’s novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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America’s Freshmen Are Really Stressed Out

Wedged between past years of standardized testing and fixating on applications and a future of paying off hefty loans with no guarantees of employment, first-year college students around the country are registering higher levels of stress and poorer ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



Clarence Thomas Did Not Disclose Wife’s Income From Conservative Groups

While ruling on cases near and dear to the hearts of his wife’s clients, for 13 years Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report spousal income from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation because, he claims, he misunderstood the disclosure forms.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Rahm’s Residency Rumble

Is Chicago heavy hitting mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel legit? Well, at least in the sense that he qualifies to run for mayor, given the residency requirements he believes certain prized items of clothing could have fulfilled in his physical absence.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Wikimedia Commons / Office of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Bachmann Eyeing White House Run?

Here are two words that ought to strike fear into the hearts of many Americans: President Bachmann. Although it’s definitely a long shot, and she’d be up against none other than Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann could have been positioning ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.” (more)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Hogwash, Mr. President

What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn’t tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Watch the State of the Union Right Here

Fear not. If you missed the action live, you can get in on the speechifying right here.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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