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AP / Charles Dharapak

BP Sheds Latin Oil Producer

British Petroleum is still sloughing off assets to help cover its $40 billion fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant just sold a majority stake in Pan American Energy for $7 billion, putting its running total of recent asset sales at $21 billion.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


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WikiLeaks Gets Hacked

WikiLeaks, the website that has provided damning classified material on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, says it has come under a denial-of-service attack as it prepares to release another batch of secret U.S. documents.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel on a PR Campaign

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is on a kick to improve his country’s standing in Europe. His strategy? Develop a cadre of “allies” abroad who will serve as walking PR agents for Israeli policy.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Now in Afghanistan Longer Than Soviets

Some records are made to be broken, from the 100-meter dash to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But who would covet breaking the nine-year, 50-day Soviet record for its military campaign in Afghanistan? And the winner is … the USA.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Salvatore Laporta

Enough With the Trash Already

Italy is facing fines from the EU for failing to take out the trash. No, we’re not talking about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. We’re talking about the tons of garbage that have choked the streets of Naples for years.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Peter Morrison

Irish Take to the Streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the Irish streets Saturday to sound off against an IMF-backed austerity plan that would usher in deep spending cuts and higher taxes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jorge Saenz

Chilean Mine Company Goes Belly-Up

The company that owns the now-infamous mine where 33 Chileans were rescued after two months underground has agreed to liquidate its assets, avoiding bankruptcy. Much of the money will go to pay miners idled by the disaster and to compensate the government for rescue efforts.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Shopping Sprees From Hell

After a day of overindulgence in food and drink, many Americans observe the nutty consumerist tradition known as Black Friday around the country. Here’s a montage of some of the most frightening stampedes in recent history.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Apple Pulls Anti-Gay App From iTunes

After a consumer uproar, Apple Inc. quietly took down a controversial—and conservative—app Friday called the Manhattan Declaration, which includes a feature that informs users that they’re wrong if they support same-sex relationships.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



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No TARP in Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson, surveying the global financial mess, including the pending $112 billion bailout of Ireland’s shaky banking sector, can gloat a bit. His country, he says, is in better shape because it let private banks fail two years ago.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Brazil’s Real War Against Drugs

Having used thousands of heavily armed men, Brazil claims to have wrested control of a notorious slum area in Rio de Janeiro from drug gangs in an operation that lasted five days and killed more than two dozen people.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Thank You for Not Smoking

In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Braces for Another WikiLeak

U.S. officials are warning foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is about to let fly with another batch of sensitive diplomatic documents that will be “harmful to the U.S. and our interests.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Yonhap

North Korea Attack: ‘It’s Whatever’

North Korea’s provocative shelling of tiny Yeonpyeong island has the world in a stir, but residents of Seoul have been mostly cool, almost indifferent.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Speak, Royalty

All going as imagined, it’s really no more than a minor embarrassment. Prince George (Colin Firth), second in line for the English throne, has a speech impediment, which renders it an agony for him to talk in public.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Thanksgiving Wars? No Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. That is not a political sentiment. Yet this year, everything seems partisan and even this most unifying of national holidays has become an occasion for ideological warfare.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



America the Material

Berman pulls no punches in laying bare the truths about who we are, not just as a nation, but also as individuals wrapped up in the destructive pursuit of material excess. In the unswerving style of his other writings, he rips apart the national illusion of greatness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE


Cultural Rebirth in the Old World

All of the populated (or formerly populated) world possesses its own past in ruined or replicated or restored form, capable of generating awe among the people of our time. But some live on because the crafts of the past continue to provide sustenance.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jack Plunkett

DeLay Found Guilty in Money Laundering Case

The holiday special for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a big helping of guilty-as-charged Wednesday, as the former Republican lawmaker found himself on the wrong side of the Texas legal system in a money laundering case ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Until We Meet Again: Giving Thanks to the American Cowboy

Once upon a time, a cowboy saved my life. I think of him in certain moments, at the sight of red rocks, for instance, or the hint of a desert storm. Now, the time has come to tell his story.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Dan Savage: ‘It Gets Better,’ but It’s Still Tough for GLBTs

Sex columnist Dan Savage, creator of the “It Gets Better” campaign to help gay youth through tough transitions, is pretty patient with CNN’s Kyra Phillips as he discusses the still very real threat of hate speech and hate crimes targeting ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Much Ado About Touching

It’s D-Day for pat-down protests and so far it looks like most people just want to get where they’re going. AP reports that waits at major airports Wednesday morning were surprisingly short—the TSA estimates 20 minutes or less. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

What has emerged from the TSA pat-down kerfuffle is recognition that it is psychologically demeaning to be subjected to physical touching of private areas of the body by someone not invited to do so. Now, the psychological treatment of men of color is being brought home to middle American men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Fail and Grow Rich on Wall Street

Welcome to the brave new world of post-bailout capitalism. The Commerce Department announced Tuesday that corporate profits are at their highest level in U.S. history, and the Fed released minutes of an early November meeting in which officials predicted a stagnant economy and continued high unemployment. 

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Bristol Palin Loses a Dance Competition

Forgive us this unabashed descent into mass culture, but our long national nightmare is over. Bristol Palin, despite some critics’ allegations of tea party favoritism, did not win on “Dancing With the Stars.” That honor (if it is one) goes to “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey, because nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

More Big Condom News From the Pope

Now there’s a headline we didn’t count on writing anytime soon, at least not with this news under it: Pope Benedict XVI followed his surprising words about male prostitutes and condoms with a clarification, according to one Father Federico Lombardi ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Colin Chou (CC-BY-SA)

Leo Ponies Up Big Bucks for Tigers

Having lived through a scary air travel incident last weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio is giving some big cats a shot at survival in the form of $1 million, which the actor donated Tuesday at the first-ever international tiger summit, in Moscow. 

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



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U.N. Study: Forecast Is Grim for Climate Change

Last year’s Copenhagen climate summit was a bit of a bust, so much is riding on next week’s global huddle in Mexico in terms of, you know, the future of our planet and other minor considerations. But a new study by UNEP ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Health insurance executives at an industry strategy session on how to respond to Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff,” says whistle-blower Wendell Potter.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Drops In on ‘MythBusters’

President Obama is making a cameo appearance on “MythBusters”—and no, it’s not to prove once and for all that he was born in Hawaii. Instead, he’s interested in something called Archimedes’ solar ray, being a giant nerd and all.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Iranian Students News Agency / Arash Khamushi

Iran’s Parliament Schemes to Impeach Ahmadinejad

A serious rift has divided the Iranian government in a manner that could be tricky to resolve, as it puts the country’s parliament on one side and its president on the other. On Monday, the news broke that Iran’s parliament had been working on a plan to eject ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


Why Granny Gets Searched

It’s hard to love the Transportation Security Administration, especially now that airport personnel seem so intent on touching people’s junk. But the TSA’s job isn’t to be adorable, it’s to be infallible—and also, apparently, to suffer being unfairly maligned.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

President Mama Grizzly?

Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case—guess who?—that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Promises Biggest-Ever Leak

The whistle-blower enabler tweeted the following Sunday night, along with a link to donate: “Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs. intense pressure over it for months. Keep us strong.” If true, that’s seven times 391,832 reports—the largest ever release of classified material. ...

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


‘Simpsons’ Skewers ‘Racist’ Fox News Viewers

“The Simpsons” took a cheeky jab at the media in general, and Fox News more pointedly, in Sunday’s opening sequence of the long-running cartoon—which, it should be observed, makes its home on Fox as well.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / Michael Eyal Sharon (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Report: Drunk Drivers Hit the Road With Nukes in Tow

As if driving drunk wasn’t deadly enough. On Monday the Office of Secure Transportation released a report spanning 2007 to 2009 that disclosed some seriously unsettling findings about drivers hired to tote nuclear weapons and materials around the country ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Heng Sinith

Crowd Panic Causes Deadly Crush in Cambodia

A local festival took a fatal turn in Cambodia on Monday night, when a stampede occurred after panic broke out among a crowd packed onto a bridge, causing dozens to be trampled or flung off the side. Updated

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 22, 2010 ENLARGE


Pope Knows Condoms









Posted on Nov 22, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


Calling the Bluff on Deficits

The proposal put forth by the deficit commission’s chairmen is a deeply conservative document, but if Republicans are as concerned as they say, they should debate the plan—and deficit-increasing tax cuts—in Congress.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


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