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Richardson: Being Gay Is a Choice

Gov. Bill Richardson dropped a bomb in what was billed as the first gay debate on Thursday, saying of homosexuality, “It’s a choice,” which is for gays the equivalent of saying there was no Holocaust. Melissa Etheridge was so perplexed by his response that she cut him off to say, “I don’t know if you understand the question.”

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The ‘Gay Debate’:  Abridged Version

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, those who may have missed the Logo- and HRC-sponsored Democratic debate about “LGBT”-focused issues can see a 10-minute condensed version here—featuring Obama in the hot seat over his stance on gay marriage ... and Melissa Etheridge!

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British Losses Rise as Troops Prepare for Basra Exit

British forces face a major dip in morale as they prepare to leave Basra—an exit viewed by some as a retreat from a situation that’s become more chaotic and dangerous than it was before.  The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn apparently agrees, arguing that the British troops “wholly failed” in their “least successful military campaign since Suez in 1956.”

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cracked.com

The Worst Candidate Websites

Cracked.com has a review of the candidates’ websites, including “awkward attempts at hipness” and “weirdest moments.” John McCain’s virtual outpost, for example, won this critique: “The main image from the pre-site landing page essentially says, ‘Welcome to the online obituary for the late Senator John McCain.’ ”

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time.com

Yangtze River Dolphin, We Hardly Knew You

If you’ve been putting off that trip to see China’s “goddess of the Yangtze,” you’ve waited too long. Scientists believe the human-sized dolphin to be the first aquatic mammal species to go extinct in half a century, a victim of China’s economic growth.

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Lebanese Strike a Blow at U.S.-Backed Government

True, the U.S. may be able to “spread democracy” to other nations throughout the world, but, as The Independent’s Robert Fisk points out, that doesn’t mean that the U.S. can control how those nations exercise their democratic rights.  Take Lebanon, for example, where, Fisk wryly notes, “The Arabs have, once more, followed democracy and voted for the wrong man.”

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The Bush School of Medicine

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Mr. Cheney’s Surprise

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Not So Fast, Putin

For years the North Pole has been considered international territory, and that seemed to suit everyone just fine until global warming came along, making it theoretically easier to extract oil and gas from the region. The Russians kicked off the land grab by planting an underwater flag, and now Denmark is launching a similar expedition. Canada, Norway and the U.S. also have territory disputes in the Arctic.

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Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’:  Mess O’Poromnia

This week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised eyebrows when he compared his five sons’ work on the Romney-for-Prez campaign to military service on behalf of the country.  Here, Jon Stewart takes a look at the Romneys’ work on “The Five Brothers Bus”—sending “Senior Campaign Embedder” Aasif Mandvi to report from the dangerous front lines ... of Iowa.

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Democrats Punt on National Security

Some lawmakers were furious over the administration’s actions regarding a surveillance bill, but in the end members of the majority party in Congress caved in under political pressure.

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Fun in the Sun, for Some

You might have thought that now isn’t the most opportune time for the elected leaders of both the United States and Iraq to pack up and head to the beach, ranch or villa for a nice, long vacation. Silly you.

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Inside the Data Mine

The Bush administration’s domestic spying program has depended on the willing participation of America’s telecommunications giants, and all but one, Qwest, were willing to comply. Truthdig contributor Onnesha Roychoudhuri investigates the complex world of national security and regulation to find out whether Qwest’s extraordinary bad luck in recent years has been more than a coincidence—and what it means for what’s left of your privacy.

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msnbc.com

Army Throws Cash at Recruitment Problem

In an effort to combat ever dwindling enthusiasm among America’s youths for a career in the military, the Army is enlarging its recruitment staff, loosening age and criminal record restrictions and offering more cash bonuses, such as $45,000 tax-free to buy a house. Last year the Army spent $1 billion on bonuses and advertisements.

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Bush

Bush on His Administration’s (Lack of) Accountability

Asked for clear examples of his “commitment” to accountability, President Bush first cites “Scooter” Libby as someone who has been held accountable (sure, before he got pardoned) and then flies into a tailspin over the presumptive innocence of Alberto “Al” Gonzales, dropping doozies like this along the way: “I haven’t seen Congress say he’s done anything wrong.”

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news.bbc.co.uk

The 10-Year Weather Forecast

A team of British scientists has developed a short-term, 10-year projection of the climate crisis—that’s short-term because most global-warming models work with centuries. And, yes, their findings indicate it will continue to get hotter through the next decade.

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Eddie Vedder
AP Photo / Lucy Pemoni

AT&T Mutes Pearl Jam’s Anti-Bush Riff

In what has to be the most exciting Pearl Jam-related news in, oh, a decade, AT&T censored Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s anti-Bush adaptation of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” during a live cybercast of the retro-grunge band’s Lollapalooza performance on Sunday.

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Iran to U.S.:  Get Out of Iraq

After extensive meetings with Iraqi officials in Tehran this week, Iranian Vice President Parviz Davoodi linked Iraq’s future security to U.S withdrawal from the country. Judging by the reported mood of the meetings, Iraq and Iran are forging strong ties that will make the Bush administration’s increasingly cagey attitude toward Iran hard to sell to Iraqi leaders.

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Newt Gingrich
AP Photo / Dino Vournas

Gingrich and His Crazy Ideas

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks the road to the White House is longer and stranger than ever—and he ought to be concerned, considering he’s rumored to be joining the other candidates on that road soon.  “These aren’t debates,” the Georgia Republican groused to CNN, comparing the recent debates to a cross between “The Bachelor,” “American Idol” and “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader.”

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Wasserman to Edit Truthdig Book Review

At a time when newspapers are cutting back on their coverage of books, we’re deepening our commitment to the exploration of questions that do not have simple answers. Truthdig is pleased to announce that Steve Wasserman, former Los Angeles Times Book Review editor, will join us as editor of a weekly book review feature, to be launched in October. Please stay tuned.

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The Virtual Glass Ceiling

Yes, there are women bloggers out there—a lot of them, in fact. But when it comes to who gets heard and who sets the agenda, the netroots feel like a “new boys’ club.”

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The GOP’s Big Health Scare

Listening to the Republican candidates for president warn against “socialized medicine,” you might believe that national health insurance is really a plot to institute Soviet rule in the United States.

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thenation.com

Chris Hedges and the ‘Other War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks about his landmark article in The Nation magazine, “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” the result of seven months of interviews with troops about their experiences in Iraq.

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White House Concealed Bush Ailment

About a year ago, the president came down with an unconfirmed case of Lyme disease, the White House has said. Spokesman Scott Stanzel said the ailment wasn’t disclosed to the public because Bush had already had his physical and “It’s not uncommon for the president to have tick bites when he’s out biking.” That’s just gross.

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Musharraf
news.bbc.co.uk

Pakistan May Crack Down on Freedoms

The Pakistani government may declare a state of emergency, which would grant it extraordinary powers, limit civil liberties and extend the political lifespan of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

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‘Jihad The Musical’ Hits Edinburgh Stage

You’ve heard the hype, now see the show—or at least its standout number, if you’re not currently in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Here, we present footage of foolhardy star Sorab Wadia as self-styled megalomaniac Hussein Al Mansour, singing “I Wanna Be Like Osama” in “Jihad The Musical,” playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival until the last week of August. 

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Bush Teaches His Dog a New Trick

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The Modern American Vacation

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U.N. to Expand Iraq Mission Despite Protest

The Security Council is set to approve an expansion of the U.N.‘s presence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the organization’s staff association, representing thousands of employees around the globe, voted unanimously to oppose the measure and recall U.N. workers already in Baghdad.

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AP Photo / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Raid Kills 32, Sparks Protests

An overnight attack carried out by American and Iraqi forces against an alleged militant cell killed 32 people in Sadr City, U.S. military sources reported Wednesday.  The raid targeted members of the Mahdi Army militia believed to be smuggling weapons and working in tandem with Iranian militants against U.S. forces, but other sources claimed that women and children numbered among the dead.

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dailykos.com

A New Spin on Human Ancestry?

Scientists studying two hominid fossils from Kenya have cause to wonder whether Homo erectus, considered the direct predecessor to the species of humans currently enjoying evolutionary predominance, Homo sapiens, actually evolved from the smaller Homo habilis or whether the two coexisted for about half a million years.

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Minnesota Bridge Hero Says ‘Nope’ to Bush

Out of every big disaster story emerges the ever-reliable “media hero/heroine” subplot.  Thus, last week’s Minneapolis bridge tragedy brought news of one Jeremy Hernandez, 20, who helped 50 children to safety after their school bus started tipping.  According to The New York Times, this particular local hero will enjoy some of the perks of his position in the spotlight, but he’s opting out of a photo op with President Bush.

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wcbstv.com

NYC Downpour Causes Commuter Chaos

One of the best things about living in New York City has to be the public transportation—that is, except for days like Wednesday, when storms pummeled the city, damaging buildings, causing widespread flooding and displacing thousands of commuters.

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Kucinich

AFL/CIO Debate Roundup

Miss Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic debate?  Or just want to relive the magic?  Well, either way, you’re in luck—John Harrison at TheLargestMinority.com has put together a blow-by-blow video montage and summary for your viewing and reading pleasure.  Go to the inside page to check it all out.

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thenation.com

Chris Hedges and the ‘Other War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks about his landmark article in The Nation magazine, “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” the result of seven months of interviews with troops about their experiences in Iraq.

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Pervez
abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

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hiroshima
AP Photo / Shizuo Kambayashi

The Terror America Wrought

During a week of mayhem in Iraq, in which terrorists have rightly been condemned for targeting schoolchildren, it is sobering to recall that this week is also the 62nd anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Radio for the People

The FCC is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local noncommercial radio. With tycoons like Rupert Murdoch snatching up more trophies for his media empire, local alternatives are needed now more than ever.

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Pat Robertson
AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp

Robertson Spars With Obama Over Religion

Here’s a big shocker:  Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Christian conservative pundit Pat Robertson (pictured) don’t see eye to eye when it comes to our nation’s religious foundations.  After Obama expressed his views on the subject to Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson opined that Obama is “selling out, well, the origins of our nation.”

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N.Y. Council Considers ‘Bitch’ Ban

Emboldened by its decision to outlaw the “N-word,” the New York City Council is now setting its sights on another slur: bitch.  According to The New York Times, this latest semantic crusade, headed up by Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, is drawing supporters who think the word falls squarely within the bounds of hate speech.  Detractors believe it can be used with benign—even affectionate—inflections.

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Turkey, Iraq Tackle Kurdish Rebel Trouble

As if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki didn’t already have his hands full, now he’s dealing with pressure from Turkey to drive out members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have hunkered down in northern Iraq—or else Turkish troops will do the honors.

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An Ode to Privacy

It wasn’t so long ago that thinking the government was reading your mail, listening to your phone calls, tracking your movements and snapping photos along the way meant you were just paranoid. Ah, the good old days.

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Romney Steals the Spotlight

Watch out, Fred Thompson: By the time you get into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney may have run away with your constituency.

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Disaster Relief

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sethapartner.com

Obama Downplays Clinton’s Gain

Barack Obama’s campaign reached out to supporters on Monday, attempting to downplay national polls that show Hillary Clinton gaining more of a lead. Campaign manager David Plouffe said Obama is still doing well in the key primary states, despite a seven-point bump nationally for Hillary.

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Laura Bush

Hurricane Ka…Uh…Whatever

Laura Bush misplaces a “t” in this clip that makes you wonder if she gets her news from bubble gum wrappers. Not to beat up on the first lady, but seriously, if you forget what one of the most talked-about events of the last two years is called, don’t just make something up.

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Waiting for Petraeus

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Wave of Shootings in Oakland

A wave of shootings following the assassination of an Oakland, Calif., journalist has left seven dead since Friday. Seventy-nine people have been killed in Oakland so far this year. That’s five fewer than at the same time last year, but still far too high.

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Giuliani

Giuliani’s Daughter Backs Obama?

While it’s no secret that presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has had his share of family difficulties, his daughter’s Facebook profile, which has since been taken down, is raising eyebrows. Caroline Giuliani, 17, described her political views as “liberal” and said she was a member of the largest Barack Obama support group on Facebook.

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AP Photo / John Moore

The Case of the Missing Weapons

How exactly do some 190,000 pistols and AK-47 rifles go missing?  That’s the mystery the Pentagon is facing, according to the Government Accountability Office, which estimates that the U.S. military can’t account for 30 percent of the arms given to Iraqi security forces to help “spread democracy” since 2004.

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