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Rahmbo Has ‘No Doubt’ He Will Prevail

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel suffered a major legal setback in his quest to become Chicago’s next mayor, but he said Monday, “I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail at this effort.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Because It’s Time to End the Afghanistan War

From our friends at Brave New Films: “With violence in Afghanistan still worsening a year after the military push into Marjah—the start of what some call ‘Obama’s War’—it’s clear military solutions won’t work. It’s time to end the war.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Reed Saxon

So Long, Jack LaLanne

Seems like following Jack LaLanne’s fitness tips pays off—at least for Jack LaLanne—as the iconic health guru, who made his way into the living rooms and kitchens of American housewives in the 1950s and stuck by his regimen ...

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Condemns Tyranny While Torturing Bradley Manning

Juan Cole examines the psychological torture of accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning in light of the collapse of Tunisia’s brutal regime. The “monarchical national security state” created by George W. Bush and his cohort can abuse, torment and punish the unconvicted with the best of them.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Court Bumps Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot

He left his post as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff with the intent of becoming Chicago’s next mayor, but Rahm Emanuel was forced to shift gears Monday by an Illinois state appellate court ... (more)

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Moscow Airport Attack Kills More Than 30, Wounds Scores

A suicide bomber set off a deadly explosion in the international terminal of Moscow’s highly trafficked Domodedovo Airport on Monday, killing 31 people and wounding close to 170, according to the Associated Press’ last update.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Without Obama, We Lose So Much More Than an Election

The selfish negativity expressed by Republicans in the House health care debate last week showed why we should fight hard for President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


Discretion Advised

Discretionary spending, the part of the federal budget that is not on autopilot and is subject to annual appropriations, generally constitutes less than 40 percent of federal spending. Take out defense spending and that share drops to well under 20 percent.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


In New Era of Civility, GOP Says Obama Born ‘Near America’

In a memo, House Speaker John Boehner explained, “From now on, we will say that he was born nearish America, and perhaps even as close as Cuba.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Hu Presents Obama With Counterfeit DVD

In a moving White House ceremony today, President Hu Jintao of China presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a counterfeit DVD of the Hollywood blockbuster “Toy Story 3.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

The Palestine Papers

Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Christophe Ena

Restive Egypt Looks Over Its Shoulder

The uprising that sacked Tunisia’s government is continuing to echo through the region, with Egypt, especially, looking over its shoulder and fearing instability that could scare off foreign investors.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Flotilla Raid Deemed Legal

In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Baby Doc Tries to Do Good

In a transformation befitting of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, now back in his homeland after years in exile, wants to lay his hands on millions of dollars, he says, to help rebuild his catastrophe-ridden homeland.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



MLK’s ‘Missing Years’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “missing” final years, questioning the capacity of our undergraduate graduates, and a new California law that allows cops to snoop our smart phones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s All Business

The first order of business for the 112th Congress was its vote to repeal the health care law—is that good policy? Also, President Obama courts the business community and welcomes his Chinese counterpart—and the “Left, Right & Center” ...

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

Friday evening’s edition of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” turned out to be the bombastic host’s last broadcast, as Olbermann announced on his show that he was leaving MSNBC effective that same day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Orszag Sees Turbulent Times Ahead

So, the former head honcho of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, is now sitting in a very plush position over at Citigroup, from where he gave his latest economic prognostications in Thursday’s Financial Times ...

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


The FBI’s Big Mob Bust

What do “Meatball,” “Marbles,” “Lumpy” and “Jello” have in common? They’re all nicknames for alleged members of the Mafia who were busted by the FBI in a mass crackdown this week that led to the arrest of more than 120 purported Mob operatives.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Chat Podcast: Robert Scheer on Obama’s Call for Less Regulation

In this live video Q & A session, Robert Scheer discussed with readers his latest column, “Obama Pulls a Clinton” .

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


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Blair Realizes Regret Over Iraq

With regret over the loss of life throughout and after the 2003 Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has changed his tune of condolence, saying his historically unapologetic statements defending the war were misinterpreted.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Bank of America Reports $1.2 Billion Quarterly Loss

Bank of America has reported its second straight quarterly loss, $1.2 billion for the last three months of 2010 after a devaluation of its mortgage business.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Ryan to Respond to State of the Union

Responding to the State of the Union is an odd honor. You become the face of the opposition for 10 minutes but you have to immediately follow extraordinary rhetoricians at their chosen sport. House Budget Committee Chairperson Paul Ryan gets the job this year.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


For-Profit Schools Sue to Stop Reforms

For-profit schools, some of which are accused of failing to properly educate while loading students with debt, have banded together to fight the introduction of three federal reforms.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Rep. Giffords Moved to Houston

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been moved from the Tucson, Ariz., hospital where she has been treated since Jan. 8 to a Houston facility for rehabilitation and continued recovery.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

A Tale of Two Dictators

There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


It’s Repeal That’s Ailing

This whole health care thing isn’t quite working out the way Republicans planned. My guess is that they’ll soon try to change the subject—but I’m afraid they’re already in too deep.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Tuchuses and Nay-Nays

Tuchuses and nay-nays, to me, became a metaphor for what it meant to replace the literal meaning of something with the figurative meaning; that is, to replace the facts with a value judgment that had less to do with the truth and more to do with a particular interpretation of the truth.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE    


Alabama’s Governor Joins the 21st Century

Only Alabama’s newly installed Gov. Robert Bentley knows for sure whether he was sincere Wednesday when he apologized for saying, just last weekend, that non-Christians weren’t his brothers and sisters, but it was evident that he had learned ...

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Skateistan’ Goes to Sundance

Two years ago, we first caught wind of “Skateistan,” a project started by Australian skateboarding enthusiast Oliver Percovich with the aim of giving kids in Kabul, Afghanistan, a new outlet for fun and camaraderie, instead of war-stoked fear.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Official Google blog

Google CEO to Step Down

Eric Schmidt, who took Google from humble origins to one of the world’s most successful and most talked-about companies, announced Thursday that he is handing his job over to co-founder Larry Page, who, Schmidt blogs, “is ready to lead.” Schmidt will stick around with the hefty title of executive chairman.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / John Lewis (CC-BY)

Obama’s New Chief of Staff Makes $8.3 Million From Wall Street Gig

In preparation for his new White House job, William Daley sold $8.3 million of JPMorgan Chase stock. Thanks to government regulations, Daley can postpone paying the capital gains on that haul until he leaves public life, which, given how fast the door between Obama’s White House and Wall Street spins, shouldn’t be too long.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Al Franken Blasts the FCC

Speaking to a Netroots gathering, the Minnesota senator called net neutrality the “free speech issue of our time” and condemned the FCC’s decision to “create essentially two Internets.” Franken also said of the FCC-approved union of Comcast and NBC, “I hate this merger” ... (more)

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP

In the Presence of My Enemy: A Reflection on War and Forgiveness

As this, the 43rd anniversary of my wounding in Vietnam approaches, and I once again try to find meaning in that day and the days which were to follow, my thoughts return to the northern bank of the Cua Viet River on Jan. 20, 1968. It is a day that will change my life forever.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Has a Point

Excuse us while we hold back the dry heave and acknowledge that buried in this obnoxious, childish rant of Glenn Beck’s, there’s a valid point lurking.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


All Yours









Posted on Jan 20, 2011 ENLARGE    


Fudging the Facts on Health Care and Deficits

Data sets and out-year projections may make everybody’s eyes glaze over, but without accurate information, the end result of legislation is disaster.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / House GOP Leader (CC-BY)

House Huffs, Puffs, Blows Health Care Down

House Republicans, joined by three Democrats, finally got around to passing their repeal of President Obama’s health care law. Were the measure to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and be signed by President Obama, it would be a development as miraculous and inexplicable as John Boehner’s tan.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


JFK’s Eloquence, 50 Years Later

It’s remembered as a day chilled by “a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue” and illuminated by “the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdig / Peter Scheer

WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Alvaro Lupercio

Suicides Double Among National Guard, Reserves

The Army’s investment in suicide prevention appears to be paying off, with the first drop among active duty soldiers in five years. However the number of National Guardsmen and reservists who killed themselves—half of whom never saw combat—nearly doubled in the last year.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Los Angeles Times

Obama and Hu Play Up the Positive

This week’s challenge for President Obama: diplomacy in the face of possible adversity, on both the domestic and international fronts. As the House of Representatives was considering a repeal of his hard-won health care reform law on Wednesday ...

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



Uncensored Playboy Is (Not) Coming to the iPad

According to a tweeting Hugh Hefner, Playboy magazine, “both old & new” is coming to the iPad, and it “will be uncensored.” That’s somewhat surprising, considering that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once claimed that the iPad was designed to offer “freedom from porn.” (Update)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


World Domination









Posted on Jan 19, 2011 ENLARGE    


You’re Welcome









Posted on Jan 19, 2011 ENLARGE


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