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Hillary Clinton vs. the White House

A new Clinton campaign ad has the White House crying foul, and Clinton crying “Tough!” The commercial features the candidate saying that struggling families and troops are “invisible” to the president. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said the claim is “outrageous” and that “it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing,” which prompted this retort from Clinton: “Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it.” Update: video added.

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Nader
achievement.org

Paging Ralph Nader

With the news that Nokia is recalling millions of batteries, on top of the ongoing exploding laptop problem, and Chinese-made products ranging from toothpaste to Barbies sounding alarm bells, we can’t help but feel the absence of America’s greatest consumer advocate.

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Russia Investigates ‘Nazi’ Beheading Video

Russian authorities are investigating a gruesome online video which shows the apparent execution of two men by a group calling itself “National Socialists of Rus.” According to the BBC, Russia has experienced a rise in ethnic violence over the last few years.

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Rove’s Science of Dirty Tricks

The deputy White House chief of staff will be leaving the nation’s capital, but his shady legacy is likely to remain on the national scene for years.

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War in Iraq, Poverty in America

Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. both understood the relationship between war abroad and poverty at home—an insight, says Boyarsky, that the nation sorely needs right now.

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Suicide Attacks Kill 200 in Iraq

Sadly, news of suicide bombings in Iraq has become commonplace, and Tuesday was a particularly bloody day, with four separate attacks in the northwest Yazidi community that claimed at least 200 lives and injured hundreds more.

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Charisma Isn’t Everything

Karl Rove set out to build an eternal Republican majority. In the end, he managed two terms for a mediocre president.

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Rove’s Sad Legacy

Buh-bye, Karl Rove. On your way out of the White House, don’t let the screen door hit you where the dog should have bit you.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Political Danger in Turkey

Turkey’s Abdullah Gul says he will once again run for the presidency, which could lead to a crisis in the politically and religiously complex nation. Turkey’s avowedly secular military has already announced its willingness to intervene should Gul win the post, because of his Islamist background.

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AP Photo / John Marshall Mantel

You Have No Rights

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive and author of “You Have No Rights,” explains how our president became a “medieval king,” and why your civil liberties are in greater danger than ever.

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protester arrested
AP Photo / John Marshall Mantel

You Have No Rights

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive and author of “You Have No Rights,” explains how our president became a “medieval king,” and why your civil liberties are in greater danger than ever.

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Cheney

Cheney’s Tune Has Changed

Not too long ago, Dick Cheney actually made sense. The subject was the occupation of Iraq and why he thought it was a bad idea, or a “quagmire,” as he put it at the time.

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Fire Good, Resignation Bad

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Domino Theory

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Republicans Eye the California Electoral Cookie Jar

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter warns of a Republican plot to deliver some of California’s electoral votes to the GOP nominee—even if he loses the state. The scheme, which depends on California’s much-abused and confusing proposition system, would award the Golden State’s electoral votes by congressional district.

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Rove
AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Rove Resigns

Karl Rove has announced his intention to resign at the end of August, saying simply, “I just think it’s time.” The man who came to be known as “Bush’s brain” has been widely held responsible for both the president’s electoral successes and the nation’s deep divisions.

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Honeymoon May Be Over for Ron Paul

Ron Paul may have soured his antiwar appeal among progressives with a speech Saturday at the Iowa straw poll. Paul referred to Roe v. Wade as “that horrible ruling,” called for the abolition of the Departments of Energy and Education and the IRS, and attacked welfare and immigrants. But the most bizarre moment came when he suggested airline passengers should be allowed to carry guns.

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Sunni Leader Links Maliki to ‘Death Squads’

Just as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a renewed effort to restore unity to his government, the leader of the largest Sunni political group, Adnan al-Dulaimi, accused him of working with Iran to support sectarian violence against Sunnis.

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Romney Wins Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney won the Republican straw poll in Iowa on Saturday by a wide margin, but his victory was tempered by the conspicuous absence of the other big names in the campaign: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, turned heads with a surprising second-place finish. Tommy Thompson said previously he would drop out of the race if he didn’t get second or better. He placed sixth.

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Kucinich Calls Out Clinton’s Nuclear Blunder

In what may have been one of the most controversial (and contradictory) missteps made yet in this pre-election season, Hillary Clinton refused, however ambiguously, to rule out using nuclear weapons to combat terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Though the media at large barely registered her comment, it wasn’t lost on Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who takes Clinton to task in an exclusive interview with Truthdig.

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AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Texas Church Calls Off Gay Vet’s Funeral

The family of Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair says it’s deeply insulted because a Dallas-area megachurch reneged on its offer to hold a memorial for the 46-year-old Gulf War serviceman just 24 hours before the service was to take place.  The reason?  Sinclair was gay—a fact that Sinclair’s sister insists High Point Church leaders already knew, despite their denials.

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Colbert

Colbert on ‘the War on Error’

As savvy spin-maestro Stephen Colbert knows, rhetoric is key to any successful political campaign—ideally, it would involve simple, catchy, even alliterative phrases (e.g. “freedom fries”) that fit easily on your average bumper sticker.  So, it’s no surprise that the pseudo-pundit doesn’t cotton to the Democratic presidential candidates’ complex takes on “the war on terror.”

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AP Photo / Chris Gardner-File

Giuliani Apologizes for Ground Zero Gaffe

Rudy Giuliani switched to damage-control mode Friday in an effort to minimize the negative impact of a comment he made to the press Thursday at a Cincinnati baseball game.  Referring to his dedication to the rescue and relief efforts at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Giuliani said Thursday that he was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”  Whoops.

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Richardson

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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NSA HQ

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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recruiters
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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books

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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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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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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