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Jon Stewart: ‘Mission Described’

The “Daily Show” host examines the president’s bizarre speaking style and the rhetorical train wreck that stems from his love affair with self-narration.

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Europe Rallies Against Capital Punishment

Aside from fatty foods that are somehow good for you, a laissez-faire attitude toward religion and a decidedly more relaxed approach to reproduction, the biggest cultural difference between Europe and the United States could be Europeans’ general disdain for the death penalty. Lest we forget that all 27 European Union states have abolished the practice, the entire continent has taken a day to reflect upon the barbarity of execution.

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Scheer and Nader

Robert Scheer Debates Ralph Nader

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

Special thanks to The Nation.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Viva Che
AP photo / Javier Galeano

The Martyring of Che Guevara

If the CIA thought that executing the guerrilla would kill what he stood for, it mostly assuredly has been proved wrong.  Witness the current state of politics in Latin America, not to mention the reverence this week that marked the 40th anniversary of his death.

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Time Is Running Out for Brother and Sister

Troy Anthony Davis and Martina Correia are fighting for their lives. He faces death by lethal injection at the hands of the state of Georgia, and she has breast cancer. Their parallel battles against insuperable odds deserve the public’s attention.

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robot spy
washingtonpost.com

Robot Insects Spying on Protesters?

It sounds far-fetched, but a number of protesters swear they’ve spotted robotic insects hovering around anti-war rallies. The government denies deploying robot spies, but it’s known that the U.S. military has had robotic flies, such as the one above, since World War II.

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Hannity and Dobson

Dobson Says No No No to Giuliani

In case you think conservative Christians are just bluffing with their threats to split from the Republicans, take a gander at this clip of Sean Hannity begging James Dobson to support Rudy Giuliani. Dobson refuses, standing on principle and the promise of a more frenzied and loyal base under a Clinton presidency.

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4 Democrats to Skip Michigan Primary

In a gesture of protest against Michigan’s decision to hold its presidential primary before Feb. 5, a move that violates Democratic National Committee rules, Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama, John Edwards, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson have pulled out of the state’s Jan. 15 primary.

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AP Photo

Security Guards Kill 2 Women in Baghdad

Two women were shot and killed on Tuesday when private security contractors guarding a convoy of four cars in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood opened fire on the women’s Oldsmobile as it moved toward the convoy.  Unfortunately, it was not the day’s only violent episode in Iraq. According to The Washington Post, a series of bombings claimed at least 34 lives in and around Baghdad.

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Dozens Dead in Pakistan Border Battle

In an attempt to target suspected militants with ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban, the Pakistani army has bombarded a section of its shared border with Afghanistan for four days, causing chaos in the town of Mir Ali in north Waziristan, where some 45 troops and 150 rebels have reportedly been killed.

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Supreme Court
laapush.org

Top Court Refuses to Hear Torture Case

German citizen Khaled el-Masri’s quest for justice, following his “extraordinary rendition,” has come to an end.  Masri claims he was kidnapped by CIA operatives in late 2003 and tortured for months in an Afghan prison, but his case was closed on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his appeal.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Iraq Demands Blackwater Exit Strategy

Iraqi authorities have given the U.S. six months to cut ties with Blackwater, and are demanding custody of the private security guards who, according to a government investigation, recklessly opened fire on Iraqi civilians while escorting a State Department convoy.

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A ‘Third Way’ for Liberals and Conservative Christians

You know the religious right is in trouble when some of its leaders threaten to bolt the Republican Party if it nominates a candidate who supports abortion rights. But the well-publicized warning directed against Rudy Giuliani earlier this month is decidedly not the most important sign that religious conservatives are facing the disintegration of their movement.

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Coulter’s Insufferable Suffrage Tirade

Hillary Clinton must have the opposition running scared if the latest strategy to derail her campaign is to deny women the right to vote.

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A Farewell to ‘Black America’

The cliché does not mean much anymore.  It’s time to start seeing African-Americans as Americans, period.

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Bush’s Advisers

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Abstinence Ads

The Department of Health and Human Services’ latest abstinence ad commands the viewer to “tell your kids you want them to wait till they’re married to have sex.” That’s the Bush administration for you: Forget about the heaps of data that show a strategy doesn’t work and just keep throwing money at it.

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Larry Craig
cnn.com

Hall of Infamy

Sen. Larry Craig has joined that elite group of Idahoans who make up the Idaho Hall of Fame. Yes, there really is an Idaho Hall of Fame, and the country’s most famous bathroom visitor is now really a member.

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Che in Havana
AP photo / Javier Galeano

Killing Che Guevara

Forty years after his death at the hands of CIA operatives and Bolivian troops, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara has become a legend and an icon, as evidenced by the familiar image of his face emblazoned on the T-shirts of college students everywhere.  To mark the anniversary of his assassination, the BBC interviewed Felix Rodriguez, an ex-CIA agent who received the order to have Guevara shot.

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boingboing.net

Finding God in the Brain

Is having a religious experience a matter of stimulating a particular area of the brain?  The God-o-thalamus, perhaps?  (Er, sorry.)  Neuroscientists at the University of Montreal are studying functional MRI (fMRI) scans to see if they can locate such an area and then, perhaps, artificially induce a heavenly state of mind.

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British soldier
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

UK Plans Troop Reduction

The British government is planning to downsize its military presence in Iraq this May by 800 to leave a total of 7,000 troops, a move Defense Secretary John Reid insists is not meant to signal a “handover of responsibility” to Iraqi forces, according to the BBC. Updated

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sciam.com

Portugal’s New Fix for Drug Users

Portugal is the latest European country to pick up on a growing trend of favoring therapy over jail for possession and use of small amounts of illegal drugs.  Critics of the new law worry that Portugal will become a hot spot for foreign drug users, but supporters believe the law will shift the focus of the government’s anti-drug efforts from users to traffickers and will give addicts a better chance to get clean.

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Darfur Town Razed, U.N. Says

United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been “completely burned down, except for a few buildings.”  The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.

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Bush with his backdrop of troops
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Here We Go Again

A sprig of bougainvillea prompts Robert Fisk to recall the bad old days of the Cold War and, in light of our overblown global war on terror, the curious and often fruitless tendency of governments to create monsters.

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Musharraf

Is Musharraf a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

The Mosaic Intelligence Report examines the political turmoil in Pakistan and wonders whether Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s hold on power is as tenuous as it looks.

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Leading Iraqis Get Practical

If one were to ask President Bush to make sense of his strategy in Iraq, he would likely suggest that by providing stability, the Iraqi government could work toward reconciliation and an end to sectarian bloodletting, but according to several key Iraqi leaders, that just isn’t going to happen. Better, they argue, to focus on the basics of governing and providing services that Iraqis continue to suffer without.

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God’s Only Party

The creator will campaign for a third-party candidate if Rudy locks up the GOP nomination. How do we know this? Well, it seems God whispered in the ears of certain evangelical leaders.

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Sen. Clinton Beefs Up the Competition

In a sign of confidence befitting her status as front-runner, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has begun airing what her aides call “extremely vicious attack ads about herself.”

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SCHIP or Treat

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Oral Roberts University
granneman.com

Scandal at Oral Roberts U.

Televangelists and scandals seem to go together, and now some members of Oral Roberts’ family may be about to rise a few ranks on the faith-based-and-disgraced list that includes Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart.  This time, Roberts’ son, Richard, and Richard’s wife are apparently at the heart of the hullabaloo, and the wife’s penchant for texting underage fellows in the wee hours isn’t even the half of it.

Posted on Oct 6, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
usatoday.com

Gore Has His Eye on the Prize

Forget the Oscar—the Nobel Peace Prize is where it’s at, and environmental advocate and former Vice President Al Gore may soon add one to his trophy case. That’s according to the predictions of a number of Nobel experts who did some handicapping for Reuters.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


State Dept. Silent on Iraqi Corruption

Asked to what extent the State Department had covered up corruption in the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the department’s top Mideast official told the House Oversight Committee that information that could “damage” the U.S. relationship with Iraq is considered “confidential.” That didn’t go over well with committee Chairman Henry Waxman, who then threw down the gauntlet.

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Baby Cheney Makes a Proof

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Bush Plays Hide and Seek with Torture

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youtube.com

Politicians Free to Lie In Washington State

Get ready for the inevitable barrage of jokes on late-night television:  The Washington state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a law holding politicians legally accountable for lying about their opponents is unconstitutional.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’:  Bush as Cartoon Villain

Yeah, so it sounded like a great idea—raise taxes on cigarettes in order to fund children’s health care initiatives—but apparently President Bush didn’t think so, as he hit Congress’ proposed SCHIP reauthorization bill with the veto stick on Wednesday.  Thankfully, we have Jon Stewart to help us vent our collective frustration through the magic of satire.

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Musharraf
AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev

Musharraf Wheels and Deals as Election Looms in Pakistan

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is busily offering olive branches, and even pledging to resign his military post in the near future, during the final hours before Saturday’s presidential election.  It looks like his strategy may work, as the election is expected to result in victory for Musharraf, even as his legitimacy as a candidate is being contested and reviewed by the nation’s top court. 

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The Quickest Way to End the War

Would conservatives and Republicans support the war in Iraq if they had to pay for it? This is the immensely useful question that Rep. David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, put on the table this week by calling for a temporary war tax to cover President Bush’s request for $145 billion in supplemental spending for Iraq.

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Bush Gets Tightfisted With Sick Kids

To say that George W. Bush spends money like a drunken sailor is to insult every gin-soaked patron of every dockside dive in every dubious port of call.

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Congress Tries to Close Blackwater Loophole

The House voted 389 to 30 to pass a bill that would make private contractors working for the U.S. government in Iraq subject to United States law. It’s the second time Congress has attempted to apply some sense to the legal vacuum created by the Bush administration and its Coalition Provisional Authority, which pushed through what amounts to blanket immunity for mercenaries.

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John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
israellobbybook.com

Breaking the Taboo: Why We Took On the Israel Lobby

The editor of the provocative new bestseller by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt asks the authors (pictured above) whether their book is good for the Jews and good for America. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
washingtonpost.com

Craig Plans to Finish Senate Term

Comedians can now let out that sigh of relief: Disgraced Sen. Larry Craig isn’t going anywhere. While he says he won’t run again, Craig now plans to finish his term in the Senate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul

Ron Paul on Dems, Immigration, 9/11 Conspiracies

And now, some news from the right side of the aisle:  Presidential hopeful Ron Paul chatted with conservative talk show host Steve Gill about his recent fundraising success, domestic and foreign policy issues, and 9/11 and its aftermath, blasting the neocons for using the Sept. 11 attacks to advance their agenda: “If the mafia attacks someone in this country, we don’t bomb Italy,” Paul said.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney

Gay Republicans vs. Romney

The Log Cabin Republicans have launched a national ad campaign to draw attention to Romney’s less-than-conservative past. The Romney campaign, as one might imagine, isn’t too pleased and has fired back.

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Burmese protesters
bernama.com

Burma General to Meet Opposition Leader

Burma’s top military general has agreed to meet with imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, provided she drops her “attitude” and meets other conditions. Meanwhile, the government says it has arrested 2,093 protesters and bystanders (Burmese law prohibits gatherings of five or more), while the BBC puts the figure closer to 10,000.

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Ciara Durkin
rawstory.com

Slain Soldier’s Family Wants Answers From Pentagon

Last Friday, National Guard Spc. Ciara Durkin was found dead on her U.S. base in Afghanistan with a single gunshot wound in her head.  Now, her family is looking for answers and wondering why the U.S. military isn’t offering details about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo/Earl Gibson III

Clinton Leads Obama by 33 Points

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is picking up steam.  She has widened her lead over Barack Obama by an impressive 33 points, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’ Slur

The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase “phony soldiers” last week isn’t just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Limbaugh is likewise shrinking.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Justice Is Blinded by Rage

If American politics is “an arena for angry minds,” then Clarence Thomas is in the right business. His new autobiography is filled with the predictable narcissism, but also a rage that raises questions about the merit of the lifetime appointment.

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