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Cowell
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Simon Cowell Beckons Britons to the Polls

It’s hard to imagine that many British citizens will be moved to cast their ballots in Thursday’s general election because Simon Cowell, the curmudgeonly mastermind behind such showbiz gems as “Britain’s Got Talent” and “American Idol,” thinks they should.

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The Crime of Our Time

Danny Schechter’s new movie, “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time,” tells the story of the economic collapse as “a crime narrative as opposed to a mistakes narrative.”

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The Crime of Our Time

Danny Schechter’s new movie, “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time,” tells the story of the economic collapse as “a crime narrative as opposed to a mistakes narrative.”

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O'Brien

Conan O’Brien’s Inner Monologue

Those of you who watched the sort-of-enlightening “60 Minutes” episode last weekend in which Conan O’Brien carefully cha-cha’d around the issue of Jay Leno’s late-night hijacking of his “Tonight Show” gig might find this “Funny or Die” spoof, well, funny.

Posted on May 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / Nate Roberts (CC-BY)

The End of Bangkok’s Epic Protest, or Just the Beginning?

The two-month-long mass protest that has paralyzed the Thai capital is nearing resolution, as the besieged prime minister looks ready to accept new elections. But some observers wonder, with rival mobs ready to march in perpetuity, if Thai politics will ever really stabilize.

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Obey retires
obey.house.gov

‘Bone Tired’ Rep. Obey to Hang It Up

Can you blame Wisconsin Congressman David Obey for being “bone tired,” as he claims to be? Even if you can, this will not impact Rep. Obey’s newly announced decision not to run for re-election this November.

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Britain Blocks Mossad Replacement Over Passport Theft

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

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oil spill
AP / Eric Gay

BP Claims Progress in Capping Oil Leaks

Slight progress has been made in trying to remedy the ecological and corporate nightmare that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become: On Wednesday, the company reported that repair workers were able to shut off one of the three leaks responsible for the catastrophic mess.

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BP logo
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eerie familiarity—the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all.

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Times Square
AP / David Goldman

Glenn Beck Gets It Right

What if Faisal Shahzad, the alleged Times Square car bomber, had turned out to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico? Imagine the fuel it would have provided to those who are using national security as an excuse for cracking down on hardworking immigrants in Arizona.

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The Unintended Consequences of Good Government

Arizona’s bold election reforms just backfired. Public financing and an attempt to stop gerrymandering may be to blame for the state’s immigration law.

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BP: Billionaire Polluter

Less than a week after British Petroleum unleashed what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits.

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A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

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‘Los Suns’ Protest Immigration Law

The Phoenix Suns pro basketball team will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys—in part to protest their home state’s anti-immigrant law. Steve Nash, the team’s star (and an immigrant himself), explains rather eloquently why he opposes the law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Kill Baby Kill









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Proceed With Caution









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Flickr / Andres Rueda (CC-BY-ND)

What’s Euro Problem?

The once-mighty euro, a currency that humbled American tourists in its day, has sunk to a 13-month low against the dollar. Greece’s impending bailout apparently isn’t settling nerves in the eurozone, which includes other major economies that look a little wobbly as of late.

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Flickr / faz the persian

The European Adventures of a Christian Right Leader and His ‘Rent Boy’

This is the story of George Rekers, a Baptist minister and prominent anti-gay activist who recently took a European sojourn with a young man who said, on his Rentboy.com profile, that he’s “up for anything.” Well, how about a trip to London and Madrid with a card-carrying member of the Christian right?

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Times Square car bomb
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

On the Fizzled Times Square Bombing Attempt

A smoking Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosive items set New York law enforcement officials on the trail of the alleged Times Square bomber on Saturday, and by Tuesday a self-described lone plotter by the name of Faisal Shahzad had emerged as the sole suspect.

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Dutch Official Revives Cartoon Fight

The Danish cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad inspired more than death threats. A Dutch cartoon mocking the Holocaust was published in response and the group responsible was taken to court for being offensive. (continued)

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Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: ‘Amateurish’ Bombing Attempt Kind of Threatens New York

Although Michael Bloomberg and various other media-friendly types made sure to share the same talking points about the recent New York City bomb scare being “amateurish” and “pathetic,” Stephen Colbert would like the alleged perpetrator to know that ... (continued)

Posted on May 4, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Truthdig Wins Webby Award for Best Political Blog

All of us here at Truthdig are honored to announce that we’ve won the Webby Award jury prize for this year’s Best Political Blog. The fact that our fellow nominees included sites we visit daily like The Huffington Post, The Economist, The New Yorker and The Atlantic ... (continued)

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AP / Troy Maben

The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

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Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

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Most Americans Support Arizona Immigration Law

Give us your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, because we already have an abundance of selfish, mean xenophobes. Polls show that most Americans support Arizona’s new immigration law, which makes it criminal to accept the Statue of Liberty’s invitation. (continued)

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Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

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Mr. Fish

Presenting the Award-Winning Mr. Fish

Congratulations to our favorite cartoonist, who won a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists on Monday. We plan to celebrate by taking a spin through his fearless and insightful work and ordering an award-winning T-shirt or two.

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United plane
Flickr / Moto@Club4AG

United and Continental to Combine Flying Forces

Two major commercial airlines—United and Continental—announced on Monday that they are merging to form the world’s biggest air carrier, which is to be called (drum roll) ... United Airlines. But in a super-creative twist, the newly rebranded fleet will ... (continued)

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Nashville
Wikimedia Commons / Kaldari

Nashville Walloped by Flood

Last weekend was a very wet one for residents of Nashville, Tenn., as record flooding from the Cumberland River displaced thousands, claimed 12 lives and continued to pose a watery threat to the southeastern city that was expected to persist through Tuesday.

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MacFarlane
Flickr/Gage Skidmore

‘Family Guy’ Creator Draws Parallels Between Arizona, Nazi Germany

There, he said it: Seth MacFarlane, the mind behind the hit man-’toon “Family Guy,” courted controversy once again during a recent interview by comparing Arizona’s already infamous new immigration law to the Nazis’ notorious practice of demanding to see people’s “papers.”

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Mumbai suspect
AP / Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza

Pakistani Convicted for Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

On Monday, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving suspect captured during the three-day terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, in November 2008, was found guilty of multiple charges in an Indian court. Kasab now awaits sentencing—and possibly the death penalty.

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Rush
youtube.com

Limbaugh Dubs Oil Spill ‘Obama’s Katrina’

Ever at the ready to undermine the authority of our socialist president, the GOP’s biggest and baddest yammerer, Rush Limbaugh, and some of his like-minded friends jumped on the opportunity to repurpose the Gulf Coast oil spill, rhetorically transforming the eco-corporate disaster ... (continued)

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Obama

Obama and Leno Yuk It Up at White House Press Bash

That Barack Obama is such a card. While it’s always an unsettling experience to watch our nation’s president crack wise about matters he’s supposed to be all serious about on the other 364 nights of the year, Obama managed to work in some zingers ... (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


lynn redgrave
AP / Jason DeCrow

Lynn Redgrave Dies at 67

The Redgrave-Richardson clan has suffered another major loss with the death of actress Lynn Redgrave, who died in her Manhattan home on Sunday night, only a month after her brother Corin’s death and a year after niece Natasha Richardson’s fatal accident on a Canadian ski slope.

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Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Polanski Speaks

Declaring that he only wants “to be treated fairly like everyone else,” auteur-in-exile Roman Polanski spoke out on his own behalf on Sunday via his ally Bernard-Henri Lévy’s website, claiming that there are “no grounds” for his extradition to the U.S. to face charges related to his decades-old sexual assault case.

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U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Is Sending BP the Bill

It’s difficult to predict how many billions of dollars the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico is going to end up costing, but President Obama, touring the devastation over the weekend, says he knows who should pay ... (continued)

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British Leaders Just Want to Party

British politicians waited 50 years to debate each other on television. Those clever Internet hooligans wasted no time mocking the results.

Posted on May 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Hung Jury









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And Nothing But the Truth









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BP Beach









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Somali Pirates Say They Are Subsidiary of Goldman Sachs

The pirate leader acknowledged that they merged their operations with Goldman in late 2008 to take advantage of the more relaxed regulations governing bankers as opposed to pirates, “plus to get our share of the bailout money.”

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news.bbc.co.uk

Oil Spill ‘Threatens Our Way of Life’

In a rhetorical move that indirectly, and probably unintentionally, compares the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to terrorism, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said the growing slick “threatens our way of life” as it encroaches upon the state’s coastline.

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE


Iran's nuclear missile
AP / Vahid Salemi

Iran Rattles Its Missiles

Iran claims it is about to deploy a new short-range missile defense system aimed at shooting down cruise missiles and is in the “design and production phase” of several other defensive systems.

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AP / David Longstreath

Burma’s Quick-Change Artists

As the military in Burma prepares to replace itself with a civilian government, as per new regulations in the country’s 2008 constitution, the generals of the ruling junta are shedding their military ranks and—voilà!—transforming themselves into respectable civilian politicians.

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Flickr / International Monetary Fund

Profiting From Peace

Who would have thought that peace could be good for the economy? Ask Stanley Fischer, Israel’s central bank chief, who delivered that startling pronouncement in a speech this weekend, arguing that a peace deal between his country and the Palestinians would actually help Israel achieve “one of the most advanced economies in the world.”

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flick / ANSWER LA

L.A. Paves Way on May Day

According to police estimates, as many as 60,000 marchers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in a show of support for comprehensive immigration reform and against laws like Arizona’s recently passed SB 1070.

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Greeks Take to the Streets

Thousands of angry Greeks took to the streets on May Day, protesting a wave of wage cuts, tax increases and pension reductions implemented to deal with the country’s growing debt crisis.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

Nationalization Becomes Electric

President Evo Morales is pressing forward with his nationalization program in Bolivia, seizing four private electric companies Saturday morning. The government now controls 80 percent of the country’s power generation.

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Flickr / LAXFlyer

Continental to Be United

Barring any last-minute mess-ups, a deal to merge air carriers Continental and United will likely be announced as early as Monday, a union that would create the world’s biggest airline.

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