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AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Clinton Signals a ‘Critical Moment’ for Afghanistan

Sounding a cautionary, and cautiously optimistic, note on the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s second inauguration, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointed to a crucial “window of opportunity” for Afghanistan as she called for Karzai and his administration to tackle the corruption issue within their government.

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‘Mass: We Pray’ Brings the Excitement of Church to Your Living Room

Why wait for Sunday to practice your best bell-ringing, genuflecting and incense-swinging moves when you can bring the blessings home with the “Mass: We Pray” video game? Bonus: You can trade in Grace points to unlock the Holy Mysteries!

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Harry Reid
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Reid Readies for Health Care Rumble

With the threat of a Republican-led filibuster looming large, Majority Leader Harry Reid is faced with the unenviable task of ushering the Senate’s version of the health care reform bill through his congressional chamber. On Wednesday, Reid started his woo-a-thon with an only slightly easier audience: moderate Democrats.

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Flickr / apdk

Best Parents Ever Do Away With Homework

A Canadian couple have negotiated something called a Differentiated Homework Plan with their children’s school after learning that there is no guarantee that after-school toil does a lick of good. As a result, young Spencer and Brittany Milley of Calgary will not be judged on anything but their in-class performance. (continued)

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gov.ca.gov

Schwarzenegger Says Hasta la Vista, Baby, to Politics

After terminating his second stint as California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be looking for a fourth act in life. The movie-star-turned-politician told reporters in Italy, “I am not going to run for anything else.” So what’s next? Environmental activist? Hummer salesman? Judge on Project Runway? (continued)

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Eric Holder
theblacksentinel.wordpress.com

Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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Biden

‘Daily Show’: Is Joe Biden a Jedi Master?

In these clips from Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Tuesday to “The Daily Show,” the nation’s No. 2 takes stock of the Obama administration’s first year in office, defends his boss’ decisions on a couple contentious issues, and compares Wall Street honchos to rattlesnakes.

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AP / Alex Brandon

Who Are You and What Have You Done With the Community Organizer We Elected President?

What’s up with Barack Obama? Finally someone has a good idea about how to deal with Wall Street and the White House condemns it. 

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William Shatner: Envirophiliac

Capt. Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why? “Because I’m in love.” There isn’t much to say about this inexplicable display of environmental arousal except this: If Bill Shatner loves the environment, so should you.

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Hungering for a True Thanksgiving

“Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry,” says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

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Modified from an archival White House photo by David Morse

The Demilitarization of the White House

Barack Obama has made a welcome change to the presidency, dropping the praetorian guard that used to flank his predecessor at every opportunity.

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Lambert
AP / Chris Pizzello

Adam Lambert Facing ‘How Gay Is Too Gay?’

What are the responsibilities of an openly gay celebrity to the LGBTQ community? There are no easy answers, but “American Idol” runner-up and newly minted gay proto-icon Adam Lambert has to grapple with them by virtue of his visibility, and opinions vary widely about how to be out and proud as a public figure.

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Dobbs Blames It on Obama

The folks at Fox News are going to love this one: Lou Dobbs may have left his desk at CNN, but that doesn’t mean he’ll cut out the crazy talk anytime soon. He believes his decline at the network began when President Barack Obama was elected. However, it’s unclear how exactly that might account for the drop in his ratings.

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Somalia Tops Corruption List

File this one under Dubious Honors of the World: An organization with the fun name of Transparency International has created a list ranking nations according to “perceived levels of corruption in the public sector,” as the BBC put it, and Somalia appears to be the worst of the bunch. 

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Israel Deals Peace Process Another Blow

The Israeli Interior Ministry has approved the construction of 900 housing units, four or five bedrooms each, on annexed Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said any settlement deal with the U.S. would not include Jerusalem. (continued)

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The Kiss
Flickr / Thomas Roche

Viagra for the Ladies?

Did you know that there’s a condition called “hypoactive sexual desire disorder,” from which many women suffer? Well, there is, or at least a bunch of scientists have decided there is, and sadly, about 10 percent of premenopausal women grapple with it. Luckily, if unsurprisingly, there might be a pill in the works for just this issue.

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Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Deep Presidential Bowing (in Bed)

President Barack Obama clearly brought great shame upon his nation by taking a deep bow from the waist during his recent visit to Japan. This ill-conceived gesture undoubtedly revealed that he’s weaker than Karl Rove’s chin—and that was even before he got to China.

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Catholic Bishops Put Sex Obsession Ahead of the Sick and the Poor

First they threatened to take down health care reform over abortion coverage. Now they’re threatening services to the sick and poor of Washington, D.C., over same-sex marriage.

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Our Rogue Evita

No force on earth can stop Sarah Palin from becoming our very own “lite” version of Eva Peron—a glamorous and tragic legend, minus the tragedy.

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Flickr / Matti Mattila

Senate Liberals to Majority Leader: No More Compromise

Sherrod Brown and other progressive senators held a meeting Monday night with Harry Reid to let the majority leader know they don’t intend to give up any more of an already weakened public option. (continued)

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Flickr / Rachel Zack

1 in 7 Americans Went Hungry in 2008

That recession is over statement looks more unfortunate every day. The Department of Agriculture disclosed Monday that a little more than 49 million Americans had trouble putting food on the table last year—the highest percentage since the government began keeping track in 1995, up 13 million people from the previous year. (continued)

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Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

A new Harvard study has uncovered another disturbing reality of America’s broken health care system: Trauma patients without insurance are almost twice as likely to die in the emergency room. Researchers were unable to determine why, but hospitals’ eagerness to transfer the uninsured could be to blame.

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Bernanke Signals Possible End to ‘Too Big to Fail’ Era

Those financial institutions that viewed last year’s bailout as an object lesson that they can carry on as they wish so long as they’re “too big to fail” may have to adopt another approach. At least, that was the message Monday from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, if he makes good on words of warning to big banks.

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Hashim Thaci
defenselink.mil

Kudos for Kosovo Elections

A year after declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo has received good marks from European monitors for its first round of local elections, which could lead to wider recognition and acceptance of its newly established status in the international community.

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Palin
Flickr / geerlingguy

Palin Plays It Coy About 2012 Plans

Could she be a contender? In the eyes of the voting public, that remains to be seen. For her part, Sarah Palin isn’t giving any clear signals that she plans to make a play for the White House in 2012, but in her customary fashion, she’s not exactly answering that question directly and completely either.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

The New State Solution

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

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We Need a Civilian ‘ROTC’

The military does not rely solely on patriotic feelings to build its force, and neither should the civilian parts of government.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Has Tough Love for China

President Obama’s remarks at a Shanghai town hall meeting Monday were unlikely to please either the power brokers in Beijing or the hawks on the home front. Obama said China and the U.S. were not adversaries, but he also spoke of “universal rights,” which ... (continued)

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‘Modern Combat 3’—We Can Hardly Wait

The new “Call of Duty” video game took in a cool $310 million on the day it launched, thanks partly to “heart-racing action,” as the developer put it. According to the satire masters at the Onion, the next version—yawn—is already in the works.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



childmigrantstrust.com

Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

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Dobbs’ Nightmare

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Haunted by Gorbachev’s Ghost

No invading army has ever “won” in Afghanistan, and nothing unites the people more than infidel soldiers on their holy soil: What Obama could learn from Gorbachev.

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AP / Rafiq Maqool

War in Afghanistan: Not in Our Name

Seven out of 10 Britons back The Independent on Sunday’s call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as a landmark report by Oxfam this week exposes the real human cost of the war.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE



aqah.org

Subverting Health Care Reform

The fight against health care reform is being waged partly by secretive front groups such as Americans for Quality and Affordable Healthcare. While its sponsorship may be cloaked in mystery, its aims fit nicely with those of the health insurance industry.

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AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

Rights Group Fires Back at Israel

Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel and its backers of waging a campaign of misinformation in an effort to discredit the group. HRW has been a leading voice in condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Agrees to Reassess U.S. Base on Okinawa

Amid continuing protests by Japanese civilians on Okinawa, President Obama has announced he will create a “high-level working group” to discuss the future of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island, a move that appears to be aimed at mending relations with Japan.

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thisislondon.co.uk

U.K. Probes Alleged Abuse of Iraqis by Soldiers

The British Defense Ministry is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians by its soldiers. Many of the allegations, which include sexual attacks and torture, reflect U.S. soldiers’ acts depicted in photos from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.

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chavez
mamazine.com

A Response From UFW to Marc Cooper

I’m “the heavy-handed UFW press relations chief who had to quietly resign,” the one to whom Marc Cooper refers in his latest attack on Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (“Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream,” Truthdig, Nov. 13). Like most of the rest of his article, this claim is false.

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Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

This Day in Infamy: Gitmo’s Birthday

Feliz cumpleaños, Gitmo: Eight years ago Friday, then-President George W. Bush signed what we now refer to as Military Order No. 1, thus paving the way for the creation of the Guantanamo Bay prison and for the creative adaptations of international justice codes that supported it.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: 9/11 Trial; Obama’s Afghani-Standoff

Does the planned trial of the five alleged 9/11 plotters (including oft-referenced “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) represent a partisan issue? “Left, Right & Center” mainstay Tony Blankley thinks so, but his left-leaning counterpart, Robert Scheer, begs to differ on this week’s show. Also: What’s with all the deliberation about Afghanistan?

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Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Hannity’s Apocalyptic Apology

Having caught wind that Fox Newser Sean Hannity was going to take a moment on his show to issue an apology to Jon Stewart for using older tea-party rally footage in a recent story, the host of “The Daily Show” was looking forward to hearing an admission of how the Fox folks subscribe to the network’s methodology, aka “the subtle altering of reality to sell a preconceived narrative.” That didn’t quite happen.

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Joose
drinkjoose.com

FDA Goes After Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

News flash: Adding caffeine to alcoholic drinks may lead consumers to underestimate how drunk they are. The Food and Drug Administration is getting to the bottom of this potential health issue by ordering close to 30 manufacturers of caffeinated adult beverages to prove that their drinks are safe—or else.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Coming to America (to Be Tried for Terrorism)

Upsetting many Republicans and some family members of victims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters will be tried in federal court in New York City, not far from Ground Zero, and that death penalties are likely to be sought.

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AP / feetin2worlds

Immigration Overhaul Campaign Takes Shape

Following through on a pledge made by President Obama earlier this year, the White House has announced it will insist on measures that give legal status to an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in a push for overhaul of the existing immigration system beginning early next year.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream

In her important new book, Miriam Pawel chronicles how a movement to unionize farmworkers failed to realize its charismatic founder’s vision as his relatives turned a union into a family business.

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Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks?

Save $110 billion, or spend $6.3 trillion? In recent months, tea party protesters and Congress’ so-called fiscal conservatives chose the latter.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

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