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Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama’s Fatal Addiction

Maximizing corporate profits at taxpayers’ expense is what top CEOs are good at, and after all it was Jeffrey Immelt who presided over GE when it got so heavily into the subprime mortgage business that it needed a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy. This was before Obama made him a trusted adviser.

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Taliban 2.0? Obama Considers Arming Rebels

Asked about the possibility that the U.S. would deliver weapons to Libyan rebels, President Obama said, “It’s fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into Libya we probably could. We’re looking at all our options at this point.” Obama also said that until Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle indicates that the dictator is ready to step down ... (more)

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Filling in the Blanks

In his speech Monday night to a public thoroughly, and understandably, befuddled about U.S. policy in Libya, President Obama began to fill in some important blanks.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

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Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

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White House / Pete Souza

Flunking Teachers Gives the Ruling Class a Pass

With all the evil people in the world, why are public schoolteachers being villainized? And how did they attract such powerful enemies?

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What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

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Unexpected Revelations in Libya Intervention

The always-implausible notion that the European Union could have a common foreign policy has been exploded.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Politely Drop-Kicks Nuclear Plant Owner

Lest anyone doubt who is responsible for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan just discarded the uncritical routine and said plant owner TEPCO’s low standards “invited the current situation.”

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Housing Market Still Headed in the Wrong Direction

Saying the word recovery over and over won’t change the fact that the U.S. housing market is continuing its nose dive. David Blitzer of S&P tells the BBC, “Keeping with the trends set in late 2010, January brings us weakening home prices with no real hope in sight for the near future.”

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Obama Addresses His Third Muslim War

The president made an effort Monday evening to explain, and perhaps to sell, his Libya strategy, saying “when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Sleeping Giants of Tiny Bahrain

Washington’s tendency to handle the Bahraini monarchy with kid gloves and to defer to the Saudis is ill serving the stability of the Persian Gulf. Risking the radicalization of Bahrain’s Shiite community may be a very bad idea.

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This Friend Was a Fighter

We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist, long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.

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Shooting From the Lip

If you don’t like Newt Gingrich’s carefully considered and passionately argued position on the U.S. intervention in Libya, just wait. Recent history suggests that within days he’ll be saying the opposite of whatever he’s saying now.

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The Rise of Mad Masculinity

The first quarter of 2011 has ushered in the year of the “mad man.” Sadly, this idea is being turned into a commodity that can be consumed repeatedly across a range of media outlets.

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More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory

The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.

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AP / U.S. Army

The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters ...

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Take Two Walnuts, Jog and Call Me in the Morning

Contrary to popular belief, running might actually be good for your knees. In other health news: Walnuts are simply loaded with antioxidants and although all nuts may have healthy properties, walnuts make their cousins look downright schlubby.

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Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Obama, Among Others

Lupe Fiasco is returning hip-hop to its best tradition: actually saying something. With his new track, “Words I Never Said” (listen after the jump), the rapper confronts such diverse topics as the war on terror and the foreclosure crisis, with rhymes such as “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit | Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either | I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

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White House / Pete Souza

Gibbs’ Next Gig: Facebook?

When Robert Gibbs left his White House post as the Obama administration’s chief communicator, he made some vague noises about his plans for the future beyond maintaining loose professional ties with his former boss. Now it looks as though he may join another powerful institution: Facebook.

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AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

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Smells Like Regime Change (Update)

Coalition jets appear to have given the Libyan rebels a big assist by bombing the birthplace of Moammar Gadhafi, a city called Sirte that is about halfway between Benghazi and Tripoli. Not to tell NATO its business, but how exactly does clearing a path for the rebels advancing toward Libya’s capital fit the U.N. mandate to protect civilians?

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Israel Breaks Out the Iron Dome

Following a recent spate of violence in the relentless Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel is trying out a new anti-rocket defense system known as Iron Dome to guard the city of Beersheba, according to The New York Times.

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The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

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Mohandas Gandhi: Nonviolent Crusader, ‘Sexual Weirdo’

Andrew Roberts’ Wall Street Journal review of a new book about Mohandas Gandhi, “Great Soul,” by Joseph Lelyveld, appears to have as much to do with Roberts’ politics as it does with Lelyveld’s work ...

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Liz Taylor Meets Jacko in Heaven









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Syria Father and Son









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AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus

Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S.

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AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Libyan Rebels Retake an Oil Town

Rebels in Libya were celebrating amid tank and artillery ruins after opposition forces, with the aid of coalition airstrikes, wrestled control over a key oil town from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Their ‘Perestroika’

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’:  Libya; Nuclear Future; Bachmann In?

Mary Matalin steps in as a guest panelist on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” in which Libya and Japan are dominant conversation points, of course, as well as Rep. Michele Bachmann, who may or may not have her eye on the White House prize.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP

Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for allegedly leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material.

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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country.

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AP / Daniel Roland

EU Moves to Shore Up Bailout Fund

European Union financial officials meeting in Brussels have agreed on the setting up of a permanent bailout fund, even as Portugal reportedly teeters on the precipice of financial collapse.

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No Tourists Allowed

A small town in the depths of the Amazon has declared itself off-limits to tourists. Why? Locals complain of tourists behaving badly and the fact that little of their spending actually benefits the indigenous people.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



Book Preview: ‘The Fall’

In fledgling author Ryan Quinn’s coming-of-age novel, three friends meet in their senior year at an isolated New England university, forming an unlikely triangle that changes the course of their lives in a story about identity, first love and contemporary friendships. Here’s a snippet from the book’s beginning, courtesy of the author.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE


Video Shows Brazilian Police Shooting Boy

Recently uncovered 2010 security footage showing Brazilian police shooting a 14-year-old boy has led to the arrest of five men. The BBC reports that the “boy survived with several wounds and is now in a witness protection programme along with his family.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


A Mission Wrapped in Confusion

Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s utterly confused about the rationale, goals, tactics and strategy of the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya? Thought not.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Paradox and Principle in the New Mideast

The paradoxes of Libya merely underline the broader problem that we face in the sudden democratic turmoil of the Mideast.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


A New Red Dawn

Wielding its increasing market leverage, China is now countering our First Amendment ethos with a push for what L.A. Times reporter Ben Fritz calls pervasive “self-censorship.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


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