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Carter Was Right to Meet With Hamas

What separates Jimmy Carter from the neocons, other than a Nobel Prize, is his genuine desire to negotiate a Middle East peace settlement, and that means talking to everyone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

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Maher

Bill Maher Defends Elitism

The “Real Time” host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: “If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you’re Bill O’Reilly.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Shoe Drops

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The Candidates Agree

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Fernando Lugo
AP photo / Monica Matiauda

Another Lefty Wins in Latin America

Former Roman Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo’s campaign against poverty has won him the presidency of Paraguay, a country that has been ruled by the same conservative party for 61 years—arguably longer than the run of any party in any other country.

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


Olympic Hide and Seek

Fearful about the prospect of human-rights protesters ruining the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China today announced a plan to move the summer games to a remote location where no one can find them.

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / FourthFloor

Obama Battles Tradition in Philly

The Barack Obama campaign’s “culture clash” in Philadelphia goes beyond the unwillingness to pay out “street money.” The L.A. Times details the many challenges of trying to wage a new kind of politics in the city where our nation’s politics began. Update: “Ward leaders are pretty pissed.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


New York Times report
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NYT: Pentagon Primed TV Military Experts

The Bush administration’s skill in working the media to promote its interests is not a new story, but The New York Times has just uncovered a new twist: According to the paper, administration insiders courted a troop of retired military men to serve as trained PR agents for the White House on major broadcast outlets. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


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A ‘Preview’ of ABC’s McCain Interview

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films crew has a little fun at ABC host George Stephanopoulos’ expense in this clip, imagining their own version of Stephanopolous’ interview with John McCain on Sunday. 

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Carter

Mosaic: Carter Shunned by Israel, Is a Hero to Hamas

Is former President Jimmy Carter on a peace mission or a mission impossible? As this Mosaic Intelligence Report explains, Carter will try to mediate the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit as a goodwill gesture on the part of Hamas, which is reported to be seriously considering Carter’s proposal.

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AP photo/ Karim Kadim

Sadr Warns of ‘Open War’

Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a strong warning to the Iraqi government Saturday, claiming that he and his supporters will “declare a war until liberation” if a crackdown against his Mahdi Army continues.

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Cafferty’s China Comments Spark Protest

When CNN commentator Jack Cafferty called the Chinese “a bunch of goons and thugs” on the air April 9, Chinese-Americans were listening—and Saturday morning, thousands protested outside Hollywood’s CNN building, demanding that he be fired.

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Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

ABC’s Philadelphia Story: Punditry Over Politics

Journalists are famous for their dogged drive to “get the story.” But when it comes to situations like Wednesday’s campaign debate in Philadelphia, they have the ability to make stories, too—and the story ABC’s pundits created that night buried the most important issues of the day, at Americans’ expense.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


True Test of Leadership

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AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Three Different Takes on the Zimbabwean Presidential Battle

Last month’s election in Zimbabwe is yet to be resolved. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes he defeated President Robert Mugabe fairly, but a recount and a runoff may happen before the contest is finally decided. Meanwhile, opposition supporters say Mugabe’s party is attacking them as he holds on to power. 

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Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Philly Debate Maligned by Pro-Obama Media?

Why were so many journalists so aggravated by the latest presidential debate? According to Politico scribes John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, it wasn’t about George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson’s less substantive questions—instead, the problem was that “this time there were more hard questions for Obama than for Clinton.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
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A Papal Primer on Global Diplomacy

Pope Benedict XVI’s latest major stop on his U.S. tour took him to the United Nations, where he held forth about the need to prioritize human rights for all and pointed out how the majority of power to impact global events still remains in the hands of very few key players.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Howard Dean

Dean to Superdelegates: Decide Now

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is putting pressure on superdelegates to let their presidential preferences be known well before this summer’s convention—partly for logistical reasons, and also to let the healing begin. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Embassy Construction
MCT / Hussein Ali

The Imperial Palace of Iraq

Nothing says permanent U.S. occupation of Iraq more than the construction of the largest embassy in the world, a $474-million compound with 27 different buildings, 619 apartments and an Olympic-size swimming pool—all, of course, for a country with 26.7 million people and 115 billion barrels of proven oil reserves.

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Poll: Economy Gets Nine Thumbs Down

A poll by The Washington Post-ABC News reports that nine in 10 Americans rate the economy negatively, with a majority of those polled believing it to be in “poor” shape. Support of the U.S. war in Iraq is also down, with six in 10 Americans rejecting the administration’s argument that the conflict is an effective defense against terrorism.

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ENTER_ALT_TEXT
nytimes.com / Joao Silva

U.S. Builds Wall in Sadr City

Sadr City, the Baghdad neighborhood turned refuge for Iraqi insurgents, is getting a infrastructural makeover this week as workers begin building a wall to isolate the area from the rest of the capital city. U.S. forces say the construction is a security measure to stem anti-U.S. and anti-coalition activity.

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John Lukacs on Nicholson Baker’s ‘Human Smoke’

Was World War II necessary? In an exercise in literary hygiene, a distinguished historian casts a skeptical eye at an acclaimed novelist’s revisionist take on the “Good War.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Colorado Still Sneers at Labor

The state in which an infamous slaughter of labor organizers occurred in 1914 may not be killing unionists these days but its persecution of them continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Substance for Those Who Were Patient

Once the meaningless inquisition about loose semantics and questionable acquaintances was done, Wednesday night’s debate between Obama and Clinton got interesting.

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Benedict’s Discomforting Message

The pope came to the U.S. as a quiet but forceful critic of “an increasingly secular and materialistic culture.” Almost any American who paid attention to his sermon Thursday had to be uncomfortable because all of us are shaped by the very forces he was criticizing.

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Clinton Camp Denies ‘Screw ‘Em’ Comment

Still railing against Barack Obama’s “elitist” comments, Hillary Clinton has found some of her own alleged words about the working class coming back to haunt her. The candidate’s campaign has denied that she said the following about blue-collar voters, as reported by the Huffington Post: “Screw ‘em. ... You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

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usatoday.com

Green Eggs and Glam

Dr. Seuss has some new competition. Dr. Michael Salzhauer is a Florida plastic surgeon who has swapped his scalpel for a typewriter. His debut work, “My Beautiful Mommy,” attempts to educate the children of plastic surgery patients about tummy tucks, breast enhancements and nose jobs.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Dubya Meets ‘Legs Benedict’

In this “Daily Show” special feature, “Blessed Week Ever,” Jon Stewart surveys the American media’s scintillating coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, from brilliant observations about the pope’s “gentle” ways to the glory of his White House visit, and offers his own take on just what President Bush might have said upon first meeting the pontiff. Popemania!

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Time magazine
businessandmedia.org

Iwo Jima Vet: Time Magazine Cover ‘a Disgrace’

It’s become a visual meme in our culture, but some World War II veterans don’t believe that Joe Rosenthal’s seminal image of Americans hoisting the flag on Mount Suribachi should be appropriated or altered in any way. In fact, some vets, like Donald Mates, believe repurposing the photo, as Time magazine has just done for an issue about global warming, is tantamount to blasphemy.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Bomb Rips Through Afghan Mosque at Evening Prayer

A suicide bomber set off a deadly explosion near a mosque in a popular marketplace in Zaranj, Afghanistan, Thursday evening as men were gathering for prayer, killing 20 people and injuring about 30. 

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Bardot
AP photo / Nicholas Ratzenboeck

Bardot in Hot Water for Anti-Muslim Statements

Erstwhile bombshell Brigitte Bardot is being tried on racism charges for her controversial stance against Muslims in France. She communicated her position last year to now-President Nicholas Sarkozy and publish her letter to Sarkozy in her own foundation’s journal.

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Pope Benedict
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Pope Preaches About America’s Hope and Pain

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass Thursday in a venue different from his customary surroundings, leading a service at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium on the latest stop of his American tour.

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Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Deadlocked in Pennsylvania

With just five days left before Democratic primary voters go to polls to decide whom they want to be their presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are locked in a battle that is too close to call, the latest Newsmax/Zogby telephone poll shows.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Matt Rourke

ABC’s ‘Despicable’ Debate

The Democrats met in Philadelphia Wednesday night for their 21st and probably finally debate. The Washington Post’s Tom Shales was horrified by what he saw, but not because of the candidates: “For the first 52 minutes ... Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Brown
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Mr. Brown Will See You Now

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in the United States to discuss the global economy with President Bush, but the real excitement is over back-to-back meetings he has scheduled with the three U.S. presidential candidates.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Whose Elitism Is Worse?

It is hard to blame John McCain for mocking Barack Obama as an “elitist” following that silly remark about bitter folks who cling to guns and religion. Rarely does the Arizona senator—one of the wealthiest members of Washington’s most exclusive club—encounter such a tempting chance to masquerade as a populist.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Family Ties

I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.

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Marie Cocco on Bitterness

The columnist argues that Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments will indeed work against him with white working-class voters.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


homes for sale
Flickr / caswell_tom

Democratic Voters Agree: Bail Us Out

According to a new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll, the vast majority of Democratic voters in the next three primary battlegrounds want the government to bail out struggling homeowners. Most don’t seem to care that the Fed rescued Bear Stearns; they just want the same treatment.

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Pope at the Pump

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Rice in Greenwald ad

?Condi Must Go?

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is behind this ad targeting Condoleezza Rice for her role in the Bush administration’s torture policy. The 30-second spot is set to air following Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

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Grand Theft Slogan

Consider Barack Obama a trendsetter: In Italy, the recently defeated center-left leader in the parliamentary elections took a cue from the American candidate and adopted the slogan “Si può fare” or, as The Economist translates, “It can be done.” Right-winger Silvio Berlusconi, who won a convincing victory in that election, begged to differ.

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The Orangeburg Massacre

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Lethal Injection Gurney
Arizona Department of Corrections

Thou Shalt Kill

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lethal injection cannot be included under the constitutional amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment, clearing the way for the lifting of state moratoriums on executions that were installed last September.

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Escape Foreclosure
publicradio.org

Billions to Business in Foreclosure Bill

With a mind-set reminiscent of the Bush administration’s recent bailout of mortgage lenders, the Senate last week approved the Foreclosure Prevention Act, a bill that provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to big businesses like Ford and General Motors but takes only modest steps in addressing the plight of homeowners.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Bruce and Steve
The Star-Ledger / Saed Hindash

The Boss Hires Obama

Bruce Springsteen, the iconic musician of the working-class U.S., endorsed Barack Obama on Wednesday. The announcement comes less than a week before the Pennsylvania primary, in which blue-collar voters may play a significant role in determining the Democratic nominee.

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Obama and Clinton
msnbc.com

Poll Shows Obama Up, Doubts on Clinton’s Honesty

As the race for the Democratic nomination slogs ahead, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Barack Obama with a 10-point national lead over Hillary Clinton, with the added insult of six in 10 voters seeing Clinton as neither honest nor trustworthy.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: Beware of Vitamins

Health nuts, take heed: A sweeping review of almost 70 scientific studies of the health benefits of vitamins and, in particular, those trendy antioxidants, has found “no convincing evidence” of increased lifespan. In fact, vitamins A, E and beta-carotene could even increase a person’s chances of dying prematurely, according to scientists at Copenhagen University.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / tasteful_tn

Wal-Mart Rethinks Gun Policy

A year after the Virginia Tech massacre, the world’s No. 1 gun merchant has agreed to tighter controls over firearm sales. One-third of Wal-Mart stores will no longer sell guns, another third will have stricter rules, and the other third ... well, baby steps. Needless to say, the National Rifle Association is outraged.

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