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Olbermann Not Coveting Russert’s Chair, Thank You Very Much

After his rather startling Rupert-Murdoch-as-evil-pirate impression, Keith Olbermann takes a moment in this clip to fire back at a report, printed Friday in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, that he’s angling for the late Tim Russert’s job as anchor of “Meet the Press.” Regardless of whether there’s truth behind the rumors, it’s apparent that Olbermann has a very rosy view of how entertainment agents operate.

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McClellan
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McClellan Testifies, Sells More Books

The most recent stop in former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s book tour was Capitol Hill, where he testified about his own participation in the Valerie Plame affair and the involvement of both Bush and Cheney in attempting to cover up the treasonous tracks of 2007 felon of the year Scooter Libby.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Tony Platt on American Eugenics

Here’s a story, both chilling and inspiring: how prisoners at an Oklahoma prison in the aftermath of the Depression led a struggle to limit the practice of compulsory sterilization.

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Countering Race With Class

In our us-versus-them culture, every political campaign is a battle to define who exactly the “us” and “them” are. At their most effective, Democrats parry by defining the “us” as the majority of working people, and the “them” as the tiny group of plutocrats who control the country.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Playing Through the Pain

I, for one, am relieved that Tiger Woods decided to devote his unimaginable focus and determination to golfing excellence and not to, say, world conquest. We’d all be living in Tigerland by now.

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New Hampshire Heads Back to the Spotlight

The race for electoral votes could be so close in November that small states may well pick the next president.

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Operating at Code Fabulous

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Europe Discards Cuba Sanctions

As a symbolic gesture, the European Union has lifted sanctions against Cuba. The United States was irked by the decision, which had no practical effect since the sanctions have been suspended for years.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Mugabe Henchmen Mutilate and Murder Opposition Activists

In a gruesome killing spree that morbidly illustrates the ongoing election crisis in Zimbabwe, militia members apparently supporting President Robert Mugabe mutilated and killed four young men, three of whom were identified as activists for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the rival party to Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) group. The fourth happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and didn’t know Zanu (PF)‘s secret handshake, so to speak.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE



Secret Video Raises Questions About Journalist’s Murder

On Aug. 2, 2007, Chauncey Bailey was murdered in Oakland, Calif., while investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery. A secret police video unearthed by the Center for Investigative Reporting captures the remarkable scene of three key figures in the case discussing the murder.

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FISA Deal: Compromise or Capitulation?

Democrats and Republicans cut a deal in Congress on Thursday to rewrite controversial surveillance legislation. It’s being billed as a compromise, but civil rights advocates are groaning over concessions including virtual immunity for telecommunications companies and the ability to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Williams to Step In for Russert on ‘Meet the Press’

NBC News will keep its Sunday lineup intact by giving Brian Williams a temporary stint as host of “Meet the Press,” replacing the late Tim Russert for the time being. Because Russert and Williams teamed up for the Jan. 15 Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, many viewers might be primed to make the transition along with Williams.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain in the Spotlight

Now that the presumptive nominees are getting ready to do battle for the presidency, their wives are also subject to increasing scrutiny by the press and public. Here, Cindy McCain takes a moment to endure the (soft focus) glare of ABC News cameras and answer softball questions about her husband’s stance on women’s rights and whether she’d feel safe with Barack Obama as president.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Rejects Public Financing

Arguing in a video message to supporters that “the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken,” Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will not accept public funds. John McCain would like to cast that decision as a major flip-flop, but as the Los Angeles Times notes, he’s got issues of his own.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE



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A Government of Law, Not Fear

John McCain and Barack Obama’s differences over the Supreme Court’s recent Guantanamo decision speak volumes about the two candidates and their competing visions for America.

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Taxes, Integrity and Character

Once upon a time, there was a fiscally and socially responsible senator named John McCain.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Time for the Iraq Debate to Move On

It is inevitable that at some point in the presidential campaign the Iraq debate will turn from recriminations over how did we manage to get in to the question of how do we reasonably manage to get out.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Hymen Controversy

It all began with a case in France, but the uproar has resonance in the United States too.

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Bush
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Bush: Lift the Ban on Offshore Drilling

President Bush called for a speedy end to the ban on offshore oil drilling in American coastal waters Wednesday, chiding his congressional challengers by declaring that there’s “no excuse for delay” in lifting the “outdated and counterproductive” restrictions. However, some of his political opponents on this issue, like California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, are giving him heat from his own side of the political aisle.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama on The View

Fist Bumps All Around on ‘The View’

Michelle Obama visited “The View” on Wednesday, and, following a round of fist bumps with the show’s starring lineup (as well as a few jokes about the “terrorist fist jab” of Fox News fame), Obama addressed some of the rumors and criticisms that have circulated about her recently and weighed in about whether Hillary Clinton should be her husband’s running mate.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on Kimmel

Dude, It’s John McCain!

Among the various tidbits of personal information we learn about John McCain from this appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is that the Arizona senator’s favorite movie is “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Is it just us, or is that a slightly troubling factoid about a man hoping to be our nation’s next president?

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Americans Prefer Michelle Obama to Cindy McCain

Michelle Obama has a nine-point edge over Cindy McCain in the race for America’s hearts and minds, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. But neither of the aspiring first ladies has a majority of America’s approval. Really, America, whatever one thinks of their husbands, it’s time to cut the wives some slack.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE



DoD / Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Iraq Negotiations Hinge on Sovereignty

President Bush is trying to wrap up a new status-of-forces agreement with the Iraqi government before the U.N. resolution under which the U.S. operates its occupation runs out. Team Bush has made some concessions to the Maliki government, but there’s one sticking point that threatens an agreement: veto power over military operations.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Baracknophobia’

“Daily Show” host and media critic Jon Stewart lampoons cable’s talking heads for bragging about their journalistic superiority to the Internet while reporting rumors directly from YouTube.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Weather Reports Are Missing the Story

While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Northrop Grumman

Boeing Gains Ally in Tanker Battle

Boeing has friends in high places, as evidenced by the congressional Government Accountability Office siding Wednesday with the U.S. aviation giant in a protest against a multibillion-dollar refueling tanker contract that was awarded earlier this year to a U.S.-Europe team.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Band Aid Tins
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Wounds Heal in Red Cross Dispute

After coming to its public relations senses, medical firm Johnson & Johnson has decided it wouldn’t be wise to proceed with a lawsuit against the Red Cross charity over a trademark agreement made in 1895. The initial case was brought by the firm after the Red Cross began to sell safety kits to fundraise for its many disaster-relief campaigns.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Refugee Camp
UNHCR / John Wreford

Refugees on the Rise

A U.N. report Tuesday estimated the number of the world’s displaced refugees in 2007 at 11.4 million, a majority of which the U.N. says come from the U.S.-led conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Analysts also say the number of refugees threatens to grow even more due to new concerns such as climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce resources.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Pinpointing Racism at the Texas Republican Convention

Some challenges to Sen. Barack Obama’s potential presidential authority might be considered covertly racist, but here’s one that baldly revels in its ignorance: At last weekend’s Republican state convention in Texas, a vendor booth hosted by Republicanmarket pushed a pin that brought racial politics to the fore in the most blatant and unproductive possible way.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Fuel Duel

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Clinton and Obama
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Is Clinton the Ticket for Obama?

Why not Hillary? Not my first choice—Al Gore is—but I find all of the pro-and-con debate about Hillary Rodham Clinton to be beside the point. She is, as Barack Obama said, likable enough, and the Dems are not likely to pick anyone better.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Pulls the Pin on Offshore Drilling

John McCain is hoping that Americans, particularly those living in coastal states, are so sick of high gas prices they won’t mind a little extra offshore drilling. That’s a risky assessment according to The Politico and the former head of the Florida GOP, who said that back before fuel costs skyrocketed it “would have been like pulling a pin on a grenade and rolling it into the state.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Senators Fume Over Torture Revelations

With statements such as “if the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong” guiding our government’s thinking during the formation and implementation of interrogation techniques, it’s no wonder Carl Levin and others were outraged in the Senate on Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama

Obama Blasts GOP Anti-Terror Tactics

Is someone soft on terror because he thinks the president shouldn’t be able to indefinitely imprison anyone, for any reason? John McCain and his surrogates seem to think so. Barack Obama fired back on Tuesday, blaming Osama bin Laden’s freedom on the failure of Republican strategies.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Oded Balilty

Israel and Hamas Call a Truce

Egypt has brokered a deal between Israel and Hamas to end fighting in Gaza. The agreement calls for a six-month cease-fire, and the possibility of reopening Gaza’s borders and returning a captured Israeli soldier.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Lieberman
DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

You Can’t Always Veep Who You Want

Conservative columnist Robert Novak has reported that John McCain wants to make Joe Lieberman his running mate, but knows that he can’t for political reasons. That hypothetical ticket, possibly the least charismatic ever, would at least afford Lieberman the opportunity to complete his journey to the dark side.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Educating McCain on Iraq

John McCain likes to brag about his foreign policy chops and his many visits to Iraq, but these two prominent Iraqi lawmakers find that the Republican nominee just doesn’t get the complexities of their country.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Cusack

John Cusack’s McCain/Bush Pop Quiz

Actor John Cusack is ramping up his political presence during this election cycle with his film “War, Inc.” and now this advertisement from MoveOn.org, in which he points out how George W. Bush and John McCain are remarkably similar in some pretty fundamental ways, regardless of McCain’s recent bids to distance himself from the outgoing president.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE



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China Gives U.S. Some Economic Pointers

The United States has long enjoyed lecturing the communist government of China over the conduct of that nation’s economy. How times have changed. Chinese officials have recently criticized the United States’ “warped conception” of regulation, among other economic blunders.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Impatient Justice

The forceful language of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s decision in the case granting detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp the right to contest their confinement in federal court is the voice of a Supreme Court majority that is fed up.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Essential Tim Russert

He knew he was a big deal—he had a healthy ego and an accurate sense of his accomplishments. But I’m confident that he would be stunned at the magnitude of the reaction to his death, especially among people who never met him.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Family

It would be unfortunate if Obama’s words were read only as an attempt to win white votes. It actually matters that a presidential candidate is taking the costs of fatherlessness seriously.

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Hanks
iwatchstuff.com

‘Angels and Demons’ Not Welcome at the Vatican

It would appear that the pope is not a Dan Brown fan. The Vatican has refused to allow star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard to film scenes from author Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” prequel, “Angels and Demons,” on its holy territory.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
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The Middle East Never Tires of Threats

What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and female voters
AP photo / Mel Evans, File

Obama, McCain Court Women Voters

During the final stages of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, a common refrain emerged among some of her more ardent supporters: If Barack Obama wins the nomination, we’re backing John McCain. Now that the dust has settled somewhat after Clinton’s concession, Obama is working to clarify the differences between his positions and McCain’s when it comes to issues that impact the lives of female voters.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama’s Father’s Day Message

Here’s a lengthy (run time: 23:49) video clip from Barack Obama’s Father’s Day speech at Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God on Sunday, beginning with his riff about too many fathers from the African-American community being “MIA.”

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Eat More, Move Less

The Onion has envisioned a way to make America’s march toward obesity more efficient.

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Over 850 Afghan Prisoners at Large After Kahdahar Raid

Last weekend’s prison break in Kandahar, Afghanistan, resulted in the deaths of at least nine policemen and eight prisoners, and more than 600 prisoners were on the loose, many of them said to have ties to the Taliban.

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