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Report: Irish Catholic Church Kept Child Abuse Secret

According to a newly released report commissioned by the Irish government, the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic authorities in Ireland kept hundreds of complaints concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy covered up ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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China Sets Its Greenhouse Gas Target

A day after the Obama administration issued a provisional target for greenhouse gases, China—the world’s largest emitter of gases—has jumped on the bandwagon and announced it too has set a target to slow its gas emissions by 2020.

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2003 Nobel Winner Says Iran Took Her Medal

Whether it was done out of jealousy of Barack Obama or not, Iran has stepped into the realm of the ridiculous in the wake of a report that the Nobel Peace Prize medal has been confiscated from the Iranian human rights attorney who won it in 2003.

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AP / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Rights Groups Give FIFA a Yellow Card

Zimbabwean human rights groups have called out soccer’s international governing body for handing Robert Mugabe, the country’s notorious leader, a “propaganda coup” when he was permitted to hold up the World Cup trophy while it made its way through the African continent.

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Purloined E-Mails Don’t Change the Facts

Stop hyperventilating, all you climate change deniers. The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week hasn’t stopped the ice caps from melting.

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Fred Branfman on ‘The Making of an Elder Culture’

In Theodore Roszak’s spirited new manifesto, he calls on aging baby boomers to rekindle their youthful idealism and remake America.

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Thanks but No Thanks

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Top German Soldier Quits Over Cover-Up

Germany’s top soldier, army chief Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has resigned over accusations of a cover-up after officials withheld information about a NATO airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.

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U.K. Ambassador Details Rush to Iraq War

The former U.K. ambassador to the U.S. has publicly admitted something of a truism: The plans to invade Iraq did not give time to U.N. weapons inspectors to do their job, and coalition forces “found [themselves] scrabbling for the smoking gun.”

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Obama’s Thankless Thanksgiving

So in vogue are attacks on the president that even his proclamation calling the nation to a day of Thanksgiving has become the focus of criticism.

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Mammogram Backlash Is About Mistrust

Is there such a thing as communications malpractice? If so, we might consider the case of Women v. the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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Colbert Conservatives and Military Waste

Every American will spend $2,700 on the military next year and the Pentagon “lost” at least $1 trillion, but how dare you criticize the military?

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Understanding Our Hollow ‘Centrists’

The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be “centrist” or “moderate” is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. Combats Violence Against Women, With Help From Men

On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a network of men tapped to serve as male role models in the fight against gender-based violence.

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Larry’s List

We’re kicking off a new feature. Get the best of the Net from Larry Gross. Tonight: Internet for Nobel Prize, secrets of the Kremlin, augmented reality art, charges against nude model dropped, and more.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Court Accepts Polanski’s $4.5M Bail Request

Will Roman Polanski spend the holidays at his mountain chalet in Gstaad? That could well be the case after Polanski’s latest bail offer, this time to the tune of $4.5 million, was accepted by a Swiss court Wednesday, although the 76-year-old director ... (continued)

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White House / Pete Souza

Report: Obama to Expand Afghan War by 50 Percent

President Obama won’t unveil his plans for Afghanistan until next week, but military officials tell the AP he intends to escalate the war by sending up to 35,000 additional troops. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the plan would include an exit strategy, but that’s little consolation for the doves who got Obama elected. (continued)

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New Kind of Power Plant Gets Energy From Salt Water

A Norwegian company thinks it can squeeze enough electricity out of the natural phenomenon of osmosis to power China. Right now the company’s plant can barely heat a tea kettle, but officials hope to power a village in a few years, and a lot more after that.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama to Make a Cameo in Copenhagen

The United States will take part, after all, in next month’s United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. President Barack Obama will attend the meeting, if only for a day, to do his part for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the White House also announced ... (continued)

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AP / Jose Luis Magana

Still Doing God’s Work on Wall Street

Jail, anyone? Perhaps that’s too harsh, and at any rate premature, but is anyone ever going to be held accountable for the behind-the-scenes sweetheart deals that passed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the AIG shell game to the very banks that caused the financial meltdown?

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


Like It or Not, Health Care Mandate Is Constitutional

Law students may debate whether Congress has the right to mandate health insurance, but in the real world, it’s not a big worry.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



Google.com

Google Goes to Iraq

The Internet Juggernaut, pursuing its quest to make all the world’s information universally available, has gone to the national museum in Baghdad, which was notoriously looted following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. CEO Eric Schmidt made the trek to announce that Google has photographed thousands of the just-reopened museum’s treasures.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr/James Buck

Age Trumps Youth in UC Tuition Dispute

Student protesters may think they are simply battling a wasteful, callous government bureaucracy that is more concerned about bailing out Wall Street banks than supporting a frivolous thing like education. But really the fight is about something much more basic and widespread: It is a fight between the young and the old, between California’s baby boomer pensioners and everyone under 49.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


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There’s More to Hate Crime Stats Than Meets the Eye

Upon first glance, the FBI’s news that hate crimes based on sexual orientation were up 11 percent in 2008 from the previous year suggests a giant uptick in violence against America’s LGBTQ population. However, as Andrew Sullivan and Mark Thompson remind us ... (continued)

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There Can Be Only One

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They Never Call, They Never Write, They Never Move Out

Nests across America are getting less and less empty as adult children take shelter from a lousy economy. According to Pew, 11 percent of adults now live with their parents and 10 percent of adults between 18 and 34 say the recession ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Economic Growth Falls Short of Earlier Figure

Whoops! The bad news in this bulletin is that the U.S. economy didn’t grow at quite the rate—3.5 percent—from July through September that the Department of Commerce previously said it had. The good news: It still grew, albeit at the whittled-down pace of 2.8 percent during that time.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Sarkozy’s Bid to Move Camus’ Ashes Stirs Controversy

A French writer could do a lot worse than be buried alongside the likes of Émile Zola, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo, but some compatriots of philosopher Albert Camus, as well as his son, Jean, are none too pleased with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to relocate Camus’ ashes to the celebrated Panthéon in Paris.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Couric and Huckabee

Palin Still Gets Huckabee’s Vote (Against Obama)

Strange but true: Even after leaving office this summer well before her term as Alaska’s governor was over, Sarah Palin’s “executive experience” still strikes Mike Huckabee as valid evidence of leadership that would put her above Barack Obama in the former Arkansas governor’s estimation, were he to be faced with those two choices at the polls.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


JFK

Delay Worked for Kennedy

With Vietnam, John F. Kennedy counted on the fact that one of the most effective ways to take a decision is to postpone it until it no longer is relevant. This is what Barack Obama has been able to do until now.

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Flickr / Epioles

Books, Not Bombs

With President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy soon to be announced, the juxtaposition of education cuts and military increases is incensing many, and helping to build a movement.

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Wikimedia Commons / Henry Han

Banks Gamble With Almost-Free Money

The Fed has been lending money at record-low rates, but instead of passing on the cash to businesses and consumers, big banks are rolling the dice in the financial markets. China and Japan have warned that these American high jinks could once again upend ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Abbas: Obama Hasn’t Helped Mideast Peace Process

President Barack Obama just got a report card from Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and it’s not good. According to Abbas, Obama “is doing nothing for the peace process” between Israelis and Palestinians ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Lambert
AP / Matt Sayles

Lambert’s ‘AMA’ Act Costs Him ‘GMA’ Gig

Over-the-top pop star Adam Lambert may once have been constrained by the unwritten rules of competition on “American Idol” when it came to his sexuality, but he made a notable departure from those days during his provocative performance at Sunday’s American Music Awards. Looks as if that act cost him ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Risks Losing His Judicial Prize

The opposition’s decision to stall and oppose President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations smacks of hypocrisy, and further draws into question the majority’s ability to govern.

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CERN

That’s One Big Bang for Mankind

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider buried deep beneath the Swiss-French border made history Monday, smashing two proton beams traveling at near light speed into each other. The LHC, also known as the big bang machine, is the largest machine on Earth and ... (continued)

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To Your Health—and Mine

The uproar over mammogram guidelines is proof that health care reform that actually controls costs would be virtually impossible to achieve.

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Flickr / SuperFantastic

For 23 Years, Fully Aware but Mute and Paralyzed

After surviving a car wreck in 1983 at the age of 20, Rom Houben was written off as a vegetable. He was actually perfectly alert. The Belgian would spend the next 23 years in a private hell until doctors finally discovered ... (continued)

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Lieberman Won’t Budge on Health Care

Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he will never let any form of public option—opt-out, trigger or otherwise—through the Senate, citing budget concerns. This—despite CBO estimates showing the health reform bill reducing the deficit over 10 years—from a senator who has thrown billions at boondoggles ... (continued)

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Over 30 Civilians Killed in Philippines Massacre

More than 40 people were kidnapped and at least 30 killed Monday in the Philippines in what authorities consider to be a politically motivated massacre, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group of civilians, which included several journalists, was overcome ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Murdoch
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Murdoch, Microsoft May Team Up to Challenge Google

Over the last decade, Google has ballooned into the many-headed online hydra we know it to be today, and despite grumblings about monopolies and a couple of legal tussles, the company’s viselike grip has seemed assured for years to come. However, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch might be gearing up ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


home sales

Home Sales Jump 10.1% in October

Other market sectors are another story, and this story may also change in coming months, but let’s have some good news about the residential real estate market, shall we? Right: The Associated Press is reporting that home sales rose more than 10 percent in October from their September levels, largely due to tax incentives, and November may continue along this trend.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
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Ethics Troubles Loom Large for S.C. Governor

Looks like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s extramarital activities, which were brought to light last summer after a faux Appalachian Trail excursion (by way of Argentina), aren’t going to be wiped from the record anytime soon. Sanford is now looking at 37 ethics charges, at least a few of which appear related to his affair.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Refuse Allegiance to Coal

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / House Of Sims

Give Kennedy His Cracker

The name Kennedy is just about synonymous with American Catholicism, but (at least) one of the brood is publicly feuding with the church. Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and U.S. representative of Rhode Island, has been forbidden by his bishop to take communion since 2007.

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The Stinky Defense

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