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California Court Ends Gay Marriage Ban

The California Supreme Court has ruled that gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Chief Justice Ronald M. George aptly explained the landmark 4-3 decision: “Even the most familiar ... traditions often mask an unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed.”

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Trading Spaces, Iraq Edition

Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.

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50,000 Feared Dead From Quake

Chinese state media are reporting that more than 50,000 people could be found dead as a result of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday. That’s substantially higher than earlier estimates. The government has already confirmed close to 20,000 deaths.

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Polar Bears ‘Threatened’

The plight of the polar bear has come to represent the real-world impact of the climate crisis, so it is only fitting that the Bush administration had to be ordered by a court to make a decision on the endangered status of the species. After years of delay, the Interior Department finally classified the animal as threatened, but also promised to fight any meaningful protection.

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Cindy McCain Flaunts Her Privilege

Double standards are endemic in American journalism. But Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, displayed poor taste in flaunting her family’s special immunity from press scrutiny.

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Destroying a Village of Pedophilia

As the dust settles from the recent roundup of allegedly abused children from a fundamentalist retreat, some are asking whether saving these kids is worth the human cost.

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The Face of Torture

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, if we were to seek a portrait that is emblematic of the way the U.S. has tried—and failed—to bring those responsible for the heinous plot to justice, we would have to produce a photograph of Mohammed al-Qahtani.

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Edwards Shares the Love

Although John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, he had plenty of nice things to say about “my friend and your friend, Sen. Hillary Clinton.” In fact, he began his endorsement speech with a plea for unity: “When this nomination battle is over—and it will be over soon—brothers and sisters, we must come together as Democrats.”

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Clinton

Clinton Regrets ‘White Americans’ Remark

Hillary Clinton tells Wolf Blitzer that Rep. Charles Rangel was “probably right” about her recent comment to USA Today. Clinton had argued that white voters seemed to prefer her lately. Rangel called that statement “the dumbest thing.”

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Whistle-Blower Points to Target List in U.S. Attack on Hotel

A veteran of Army intelligence has shed new light on the military’s 2003 shelling of the Palestine Hotel, a Baghdad home to many journalists, including two who were killed by that attack.

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AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Edwards Backs Obama

John Edwards announced his endorsement of Barack Obama on Wednesday. Edwards’ support has long been coveted by both Democratic candidates, particularly because of his populist appeal. Indeed, he won about 7 percent of the vote in West Virginia, despite having dropped out of the race at the end of January.

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The Universe
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We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

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AP photo / Dean Rutz

McCain Warms Up to the Environment

John McCain pranced through a Washington forest with reporters Tuesday, speaking of his historical support for the environment and his plan to slow global warming. The move is seen as an effort to differentiate McCain’s brand of Republicanism from Bush, who ritually regarded global warming as a “theory.”

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MySpace Spammers Fined $230 Million

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered two Internet spammers to pay a record-breaking $230 million in fines after they sent more than 700,000 unsolicited advertisements to MySpace users. The amount is almost half what Rupert Murdoch spent to buy the social networking site in 2005.

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Iraq’s Mosul a ‘Ghost City’

Mosul looks like a city of the dead. American and Iraqi troops have launched an attack aimed at crushing the last bastion of al-Qa’ida in Iraq and in doing so have turned the country’s northern capital into a ghost town.

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Reporting From Burma: A Thriller

BBC reporter Paul Danahar had to go to great lengths in order to report from Burma. A secret identity was just one method for avoiding the military intelligence agents who scoured the country looking for the journalist who dared to report on the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, which struck May 3.

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Bush’s Sacrifice for the Troops

George W. Bush gave an interview to The Politico and Yahoo News on Tuesday, the result of which is a must-read study of obtuseness. Among other gems, the president insisted that a withdrawal from Iraq would lead to another terrorist attack against the U.S. He also revealed that in order to honor the soldiers his foreign policy has killed or maimed, he has given up golf.

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McAuliffe

Colbert on McAuliffe’s Mortal Mixup

Stephen Colbert rips Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe, who recently told Tim Russert that his father, Big Russ, was probably looking down from heaven cheering Hillary Clinton on. One problem: Big Russ is alive.

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The Tortured Law on Torture

Ah, yes, those torture confessions have proved so useful. That, at least, was the claim of our president in justifying one of the most egregious assaults ever on this nation’s commitment to the rule of law. But now comes news that charges have been dropped against the so-called Sept. 11 attacks’ 20th hijacker, one of dozens so identified, because the “evidence” he supplied under torture and later recanted is not credible enough to go to trial.

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U.K. Releases UFO Records

Britain’s Ministry of Defense is making public secret documents related to unidentified flying objects and alleged contacts with aliens. The records, collected between 1978 and 1987, include observations from the public as well as military personnel.

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Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton

What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? Update: Clinton won by a whopping 41 points.

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AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

Campaign ‘08: Giving U.S. Health Care a Checkup

On May 5, the day before Barack Obama all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, I visited Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., because I was sick—sick of stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his most famous parishioner and of television close-ups of Obama drinking beer and Hillary Clinton belting straight shots in efforts to show their inner blue collars. 

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Douglas Feith Defends Bush on ‘Daily Show’

Is some of what we now consider common knowledge about the run-up to the Iraq war wrong—for example, that we were deceived about the U.S.‘s reasons for invading Iraq? Former Pentagon official Douglas Feith, who has been harshly criticized for his involvement in that process, thinks so—and he has a new book to make his point. Here he faces Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” audience to talk about it all.

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China Quake Survivors Sought as Toll Tops 12,000

May has already been a particularly brutal month for natural disasters, with the Burma cyclone, tornadoes in the U.S. and, most recently, the devastating earthquake in China, which seismologists say registered at magnitude 7.9. Rescue efforts near the epicenter have been hindered by rain and aftershocks, but with thousands still trapped in the wreckage every minute counts.

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Obama Ignores West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia are widely expected to hand Hillary Clinton a huge, if moot, victory on Tuesday. Barack Obama will deal with the predicted hiccup by avoiding it altogether. The presumptive Democratic nominee will not be in the state and he will not give a speech, hoping that superdelegates either don’t notice or don’t care.

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Bill O’Reilly: The Proto-Bully Years

This early footage of Bill O’Reilly from his previous gig at “Inside Edition” captures the future Fox pundit letting fly with a few F-bombs when he doesn’t approve of—or understand—the copy written for him to read during the show’s final moments. Hey Bill, there’s no “I” in ... oh, never mind. Updated.

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Hillary Has a Choice

The senator still has a lot to win this year, but not the presidency and not the vice presidency.

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A Farewell to the ‘Hillary Nutcracker’ and Other Obscenities

What is more frustrating? The sexism Hillary Clinton had to endure, or that so many were oblivious to it?

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GodTube Cashes In

A European hedge fund just invested $30 million in a Christian-oriented video sharing site. The vast majority of Americans identify as Christian, and while the economy may be taking a nose dive, there’s still money to be made on Jesus.

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Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

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The Thorn in McCain’s Side

Ron Paul has framed his campaign as a long-term fight for the soul of his party. To that end, Paul has continued to campaign against John McCain, even though he has no shot at the nomination, and his supporters are planning to publicly upstage the nominee at the Republican convention in September.

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On the Wrong Track

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 82 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The same survey recorded a record-low approval rating for President Bush. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, a group that still favors the president, take a negative view of the country’s direction.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Massive Earthquake Shakes China

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in southwestern China has killed more than 8,500 people, a number that could rise as authorities continue to assess the damage. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that rescue workers had difficulty reaching the epicenter because of obstructed roads.

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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Taking a Stand Against War

The Chicago City Council is debating a resolution urging the Illinois congressional delegation to oppose a war with Iran. Scott Ritter, who has been called as an expert witness on the matter, explains why the resolution should be supported—and not just by the citizens of Chicago.

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Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

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Baghdad power lines
AP photo / Samir Mizban

Baghdad’s Other Power Struggle

As one U.S. soldier tells Truthdig foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen, it’s not entirely a bad sign that residents of Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood are complaining about their meager daily power allotment: A year earlier they were concerned about just staying alive.

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ltscotland.org.uk

The Defining Moment for Climate Change

Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start—even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.

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Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This ‘SNL’ Sketch

You just can’t catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all “hip” and “endearingly self-deprecating” by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you’re actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

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‘Colbert Report’: Arianna Huffington on McCain’s ‘Viagra’

Stephen Colbert is a feisty one, but he might have met his match in Huffington Post editrix Arianna Huffington, who came to his Thursday show sassy in lace and camera-ready with quips like, “You know what it’s like for John McCain to be endorsing torture? It’s like you becoming the president of the Grizzly Bear Fan Club.” In the nick of time, Colbert stole the show back from Huffington with his comeback to her best McCain zinger.

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Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

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abcnews.com

Halliburton Now Facing Rape Lawsuit Trial

For some time, it looked like former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones, who claims she was gang-raped by co-workers over two years ago in Baghdad’s Green Zone, would be forced by KBR into private arbitration proceedings (read: no public record, corporation often has upper hand).

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Ickes and Clinton
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Team Clinton Hints at Party Unity Effort, Denies VP Talk

After seemingly endless months of campaign-trail tension, Hillary Clinton gave indications Saturday that lines of communication were open between her camp and Barack Obama’s about how to unify the Democratic Party once the nomination question is finally settled—but, as she reminded Clinton-supporting superdelegates during a conference call, it ain’t over yet.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


More Tornadoes Hit the Heartland

Yet another round of ferocious weather pounded parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, with tornadoes that reportedly killed at least 18 people just a week after deadly storms hit Arkansas.

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flickr.com

Blackwater Bounces Back

Over the last year, Blackwater Worldwide has been under fire from critics at home and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped the private security firm. In fact, the State Department has just re-upped Blackwater’s Iraq contract, thanks in part to the magic of lobbying. Also, State Department officials don’t seem to think they have much choice.

 

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Bob Bird

Clinton Supporters Press On in W.Va.

Despite the doomsday tones that some in the blogosphere and in more traditional media circles took in their assessment of Hillary Clinton’s chances of nabbing the Democratic nomination after last Tuesday’s primaries, supporters have flocked to West Virginia. They are working hard there to keep their favorite candidate in the running, even if it means dealing with heckling from some locals who don’t share their mission.

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