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A Declaration of Independence From Israel

The former New York Times Mideast bureau chief warns that America’s foreign policy, particularly under the Bush administration, has been subverted by an aggressive and dangerous Israeli agenda that could launch a nightmarish regional war.

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Bill Moyers Lets Loose on Rupert Murdoch

Media icon Bill Moyers objects not just to Rupert Murdoch’s politics but to the damage he says the mogul has done to the ailing Fourth Estate. And in this critique, the venerable journalist doesn’t hold back: “If Rupert Murdoch were the angel Gabriel, you still wouldn’t want him owning the sun, the moon and the stars. ... But Rupert Murdoch is no saint. He is to propriety what the Marquis de Sade was to chastity.”

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Gone Fishin’: Bush and Putin Try to Patch Things Up

President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin once gazed into each other’s eyes and each found a friend, but developments with a proposed missile defense shield, Iran and Kosovo have strained the relationship. So the two have scheduled some male-bonding time at the Bush family resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where they’ll try to relieve some of their tension by fishing.

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David Iglesias
dailylobo.com

More Dirt on the GOP’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Campaign

Ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias says he believes he was fired, in part, for failing to meet the obsessive demands of a nonprofit organization with ties to the Republican Party that allegedly sought to limit the voting rights of minorities.  Is there a more heinous political practice than the disenfranchisement of minority voters after so long a struggle?

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Second Terror Plot in Two Days for UK

Two men have been detained for allegedly attempting to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow Airport. Only a day before, two cars were found in London packed with explosives and nails. Britain’s national terrorism threat level remains “critical,” the highest possible.

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Reid
zablanc.blogspot.com

Democrats Get the Message

The Democrats in Congress know Americans are frustrated with their failure to change Iraq policy and have devised a new strategy to try to convince voters to keep them in the majority. The plan includes weekly war votes to put the hawks on the defensive, along with more aggressive legislation that would set a binding withdrawal deadline, raise troop readiness standards and close Guantanamo.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Louis Lanzano

Truthdiggers of the Week:  Barton Gellman and Jo Becker

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Washington Post reporters Barton Gellman and Jo Becker, whose four-part exposé on Vice President Dick Cheney leaves little room for doubting his sinister influence on President Bush.

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Trashing Precedent

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Cheney’s Promotion

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foxnews.com

U.S. Accidentally Seized Part of Mexico

It turns out that 1.5 miles of a seven-year-old border fence between the U.S. and Mexico was accidentally built between one and six feet into Mexican territory. Mexico wants it moved as soon as possible, which could cost the U.S. more than $3 million.

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Moore and Maher

Moore and Maher on ‘SiCKO’

Back on May 25th, Michael Moore joined “Real Time” host Bill Maher to chat about his latest, “SiCKO,” which Maher called “amazing” and “your best yet.” In case you missed it or you just can’t get enough of the all-American documentarian on this “SiCKO” Friday, check it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Three Questions for Al Gore

Popular Mechanics probes the former vice president about his newly green home, his new concert series and the future of ethanol.

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British Police Search for Bomber Clues

Now that England’s streets and sidewalks have been outfitted with an elaborate closed-circuit TV system, British police are using footage from London’s Haymarket district in trying to track down the party behind Friday’s attempted car bombings.

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How Can Blair Possibly Be Given This Job?

Tony Blair has moved out of 10 Downing Street and is moving on to a position as Britain’s Middle East envoy—which strikes reporter Robert Fisk as astonishing news, since, as he puts it in this article from Britain’s The Independent, Blair “is a politician who has failed in everything he has ever tried to do in the Middle East.”

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Ray of Hope for Gitmo Detainees

After almost six years since suspected enemy combatants started serving time without being able to challenge their detainment at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the U.S. Supreme Court has changed its stance, giving prisoners—and their lawyers—some hope that their cases may eventually be heard.

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Movie Review:  Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

After all the usual controversy that swirls around any film by director and rabble-rouser Michael Moore, and after all those stories about Moore taking 9/11 workers to Cuba for treatment, “SiCKO” is finally in theaters.  Eunice Wong delivers her diagnosis for Truthdig.

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movies.yahoo.com

Movie Review:  Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

After all the usual controversy that swirls around any film by director and rabble-rouser Michael Moore, and after all those stories about Moore taking 9/11 workers to Cuba for treatment, “SiCKO” is finally in theaters.  Eunice Wong delivers her diagnosis for Truthdig.

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Unmaking History

It’s time for those of us who are old enough to remember when the U.S. Supreme Court was a major force for racial integration and justice to stop living in the past. We need to realize that, for the foreseeable future, any progress our increasingly diverse country makes toward fairness and equality will come in spite of the nation’s highest court, not because of it.

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Three Words for Bush and His Judges

Just say no. The Senate’s Democratic majority—joined by all Republicans who purport to be moderate—must tell President Bush that this will be the answer to any controversial nominee to the Supreme Court or to the appellate courts.

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Eddie Slovik
detnews.com

Pentagon Mostly Ignores Deserters

Although desertions from the Army have gone up, the military has apparently taken little interest.  There is no active program for finding those who simply walk away, and when deserters are caught (usually they turn themselves in), most face merely a less than honorable discharge.  According to the AP, just 5 percent of Army deserters were court-martialed in 2006.

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Bush Wants Iraq to Be More Like Israel

President Bush, in an effort to buy time and lower expectations for the surge, has set a new goal for Iraq: be like Israel.  As in a country “that can protect its people, deliver basic services for all its citizens and function as a democracy even amid violence.”  In view of daily violence that’s off the charts by Israeli standards and Iraq’s lack of a functioning government, democratic or otherwise, couldn’t he have set the bar a tad lower?  But as long as you’re aiming high, why not just change the name to New Finland and leave?

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tdhstrategies.com

Bush Scoffs at Subpoenas

The president is sick and tired of those Democrats and their pesky checks and balances and will not allow his aides to testify, as summoned, before the Senate. Bush and his legal team are relying on executive privilege—the notion that what happens in the White House stays in the White House. But Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy isn’t buying it.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


The Things That Come Out of Her Mouth

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Michael Moore on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart and Michael Moore dish about healthcare, Paris Hilton as a canary in the coal mine, and the solution to America’s problems: Invade Canada.

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Egypt Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation, known euphemistically as “female circumcision,” has been banned completely in Egypt following the death of a girl. Although a soft ban has been in place for 10 years, some studies estimate that 90 percent of Egyptian women have had the procedure. Government and religious leaders have joined in condemning the practice.

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Immigration Bill Sinks in Senate

After attempting to collaborate on a workable immigration bill, President Bush and the Senate couldn’t see eye to eye on the issue.  The vote count fell 14 short of the 60 required to pass the bill Thursday.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Abde Raouf

Can Drag Queens and Hired Guns Save Darfur?

Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle—without the necessary funds or mandate—to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

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Centrists Finally Face Reality on Iraq

Sen. Richard Lugar, the Indiana Republican who has long served as his party’s voice of moderation on foreign affairs, is better known for judiciousness than courage. As the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has certainly taken his time assessing the catastrophic war in Iraq.

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The Way-Paver Makes Waves

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman left on the Supreme Court, has been forced to watch as a pack of ideologues undoes her life’s work. Once dismissed as a moderate, Ginsburg is ready for a fight.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Watch ‘Sicko’ and Call Your Congressman in the Morning

The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the political class, will intuitively understand and likely appreciate Michael Moore’s new film, “Sicko.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Pennybags
theonion.com

Buffett Questions Tax Gaps

The vast economic rift between the top and bottom tax brackets is a major cause for concern,  and it’s not just those at the lower end of the income spectrum who are paying attention. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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overgaard.dk

The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Edwards Strikes Back

Ann Coulter fielded a call-in by Elizabeth Edwards on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Tuesday night as Coulter sat with host Chris Matthews in front of a gaggle of young voters to discuss the ‘08 campaign.  Needless to say, Mrs. Edwards was none too thrilled with Coulter’s recent (and past) comments about her husband and family.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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The Inescapable Sex Appeal of Dennis Kucinich

A group of bloggers and activists dedicated to raising awareness about Dennis Kucinich is celebrating his sexiness.  They spoke out in response to a slur by Glenn Beck (above) in which the commentator said the candidate physically appeals to his wife only because he drugs her.  The idea behind the new video may seem weird, but the bit actually is very funny.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Gas Riots in Iran

You wouldn’t think one of the world’s biggest oil producers would have gasoline shortages, but Iran simply lacks the refining capacity to meet demand. A new rationing system meant to keep costs down has sparked riots. Under the new rules, prices have soared to 38 cents a gallon.

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Jack and the Branches of Government

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Subpoenas Out for VP’s Office, White House

The Senate Judiciary Committee is going big-game hunting with a slew of subpoenas related to the Bush administration’s controversial eavesdropping program.  Chairman Patrick Leahy has signed subpoenas for Dick Cheney’s office, the White House, the Justice Department and the National Security Council.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


More Young Americans Lean Left

A new poll finds that more young Americans (ages 17 to 29) are favoring liberal politics and Democratic candidates than ever before. The percentage of young Americans who support issues such as abortion, the legalization of gay marriage, and universal healthcare is significantly higher than the figure for the general public, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Rumsfeld Cashing In With Iraq Memoir?

What’s a former secretary of defense to do now that he’s out of a job?  Well, the answer for Donald Rumsfeld is apparently to write a (controlled) memoir arguing in defense of his military maneuvers in Iraq—for a sweet chunk of change. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Blair
news.bbc.co.uk

Blair Takes Mideast Job

According to the Irish prime minister, Tony Blair has agreed to serve the quartet—the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia—as a special envoy to the Mideast. Earlier reports suggested that Blair bristled at the limited scope of the position, but an aide says the outgoing British prime minister was eager to take the job and continue to work on the world stage.

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news.bbc.co.uk

‘Find of Century’ in Egypt

Egyptologists have discovered what they believe to be the 3,000-year-old remains of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler, Hatshepsut. The original wicked stepmother, Hatshepsut usurped the throne from her stepson, who probably retaliated after her reign by trying to obliterate any record of her.

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A ‘Dignified End’

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stance on the death penalty issue raises some serious questions, according to actor, author and activist Mike Farrell, who poses several of his own in this fiery piece.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Ann Coulter Still Hates John Edwards

What is Ann Coulter’s beef with John Edwards? The human scandal factory who once referred to the candidate as a “faggot” has re-emerged from hate radio silence to suggest that she should have said she hoped Edwards would be killed by terrorists. We already know nothing she says should be taken seriously, so why is “Good Morning America” giving her a soapbox?

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Military Chiefs Have ‘Surge’ Doubts

At the core of the “surge” strategy is the notion that once U.S. troops clear a particularly hostile patch of Iraq, the Iraqi army and police will move in to maintain order. But senior American officers are now raising serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to take over.

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President’s Best Friend

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Prince of Darkness

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The CIA Flashes Its ‘Family Jewels’

On Tuesday, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden made good on his pledge to declassify nearly 700 pages of documents about some of the agency’s dirtiest laundry from the past—its “family jewels”—including details about assassination plots, wiretapping and other alarming activities.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE



AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

The Banality of Greed

War profiteering is hardly a new phenomenon, but it’s happening on unprecedented levels in Iraq, thanks to hefty contracts between the U.S. government and companies like Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR.  KBR’s bookkeeping has recently come under scrutiny as American taxpayers continue to subsidize its wartime projects.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn’t faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: “Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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