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Al Franken for Senate

Franken Announces Senate Run in Minn.

Longtime comedian and “Air America” host Al Franken has made it official: He’s running for the Senate in 2008. In this video he tells Minnesotans they have a right to be skeptical of his candidacy. (AP article here)

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Tony Snow on Iran

Reporters Press Snow to Justify Iran Claims

Remember how the White House used weasel words and half-truths to link Iraq with al-Qaida? This clip shows more of the same, but this time it’s Tony Snow dubiously linking Iraq and Iran—and reporters are having none of it.

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Bush on Iran

Bush Dodges Questions on Iran Intel

Watch Bush avoid a CNN reporter’s questions as to the credibility of White House claims about Iranian interference in Iraq.

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Joel Surnow

‘24’ Creator Surnow is ‘World’s Worst’

Olbermann put Joel Surnow in his hall of shame for ducking a meeting with the head of West Point, who wanted “24” to tone down its constant “torture works” message. Watch the video, and read about the West Point meeting.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Kevin Rudd

Aussie Leader Howard Slammed Over Obama Remarks

Watch Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, get pilloried (by opposition leader Kevin Rudd) for calling Barack Obama al-Qaida’s favored candidate.

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Colbert on Feith

A Feith-Based Initiative

Colbert tees off on Douglas Feith, the Pentagon villain who manipulated intelligence reports to lead the country to war in Iraq.

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Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

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al-Sadr
msnbc.com

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

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Doug Feith
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Before the Invasion, There Was Feith

The lies of Douglas Feith, exposed by the Pentagon’s inspector general, are the key to understanding the greatest intelligence fiasco in American history.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

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Mr. Fish: Leave Your Morals at the Door

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Dick Cheney
iflipflop.com

Cheney Escapes Cross-Examination

The lawyer of alleged perjurer “Scooter” Libby revealed Tuesday that neither his client nor the vice president will testify for the defense. Dick Cheney would have been the first vice president to testify at a criminal trial, open to a range of uncomfortable questions from the prosecution.

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Dog and Pony Show

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Larry Wilmore

Is Obama Too Black, or Not Black Enough?

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, points out that the last thing the senator needs is to be identified as “the black candidate.” Watch it

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


FCC chairman Kevin Martin

Send the FCC Chairman a Valentine

This cute video allows viewers to send a Valentine’s Day message to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin (the guy who may be a lot more interested in bowing to the demands of media conglomerates than in protecting net neutrality).

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Ancient Chimps ‘Used Stone Tools’

“Chimpanzees in West Africa used stone tools to crack nuts 4,300 years ago,” the BBC reports. “The discovery represents the oldest evidence of tool use by our closest evolutionary relative.”

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Many Iraqis Survive by Using Google Earth, Other Web Tools

According to the BBC, sites like the Iraq League site and Internet tools like Google Earth have become important means of survival in Iraq—helping Iraqis avoid death squads, plan escape routes and guard against attacks.

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Sawyer and Ahmadinejad
ABC News

Ahmadinejad Says Iran is ‘Ready to Cooperate’

During a contentious interview with Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country is “ready to cooperate” with regard to its nuclear program “within the framework of regulations.” He also called the Holocaust an “excuse” for the occupation of Palestinian land.

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North Korea Agrees to Disarmament Deal

North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days in exchange for either energy or economic aid. The U.S. has also promised to drop North Korea from a list of terrorist states and normalize relations.

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dolphin
wikipedia.org

A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


High Time for Voting Reform

Instead of handicapping a presidential contest almost two years away, we should focus on improving our handicapped voting machines.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Abortion Shuffle

Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign will put to the test the notion that a Republican candidate must be “pro-life” to attract a mainstream following.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Said and the Unsaid

The most instructive way to interpret Bush’s State of the Union speech is to focus on what he didn’t say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Natalie Maines

Dixie Chicks Honored by ACLU

The Dixie Chicks were honored in December by the ACLU for defending liberty and the right to free speech in the face of overwhelming pressure. Lead vocalist Natalie Maines said she’s proud to be a card-carrying member and “It hasn’t taken courage to stand strong, just a first-grade education.”

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Deal on North Korea Nuclear Disarmament Is Near

The U.S. envoy to the six-party North Korea talks says all parties have reached tentative agreement on a deal, which would, according to previous reports, provide North Korea with energy assistance in exchange for an end to its nuclear program. A final text of the proposal has been distributed for review, and the delegates will meet again Tuesday to consider approving the agreement.

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Bush on Iran

Bush Obfuscates on Iran

You won’t believe (or maybe you will) what the leader of the free world has to say about the public perception that he’s prepping an attack on Iran. (Hint: It’s both intellectually dishonest and grossly inarticulate.) Watch it

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Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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Lost: FBI Laptops and Weapons

You didn’t happen to see, oh ... let’s say, about 160 FBI laptops, did you? They’re really important and some of them have top-secret info inside them. The FBI seems to have lost track of them in the last four years. Oh, also while you’re looking,  keep an eye out for the 160 weapons it just reported missing.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Explosion
news.bbc.co.uk

More Evidence the Surge Isn’t Working

Despite an influx of thousands of U.S. troops, Baghdad continues to experience devastating violence. Four explosions Monday killed at least 76 people.

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Dixie Chicks
cantonrep.com

Dixie Chicks Enjoy Grammy Revenge

The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band’s lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for—five in all—plus a standing ovation.

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Why Chavez Isn’t Just Another Castro

While Hugo Chavez is often presented in the West as the second coming of Fidel Castro, the reality is far more complex. For example, critics who chastise Chavez for silencing a critical television station often fail to mention that the same media outlet promoted and participated in a military coup against the democratically elected Venezuelan president.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Cooper
anthroblogs.org

When It Rains It Pours

Satirist Andy Borowitz riffs on the news networks’ ratings-oriented weather obsession.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Stephen Colbert

Hedges Explores Colbert’s Alternate Reality

Here at Truthdig, we can’t get enough of Chris Hedges and his takedown of the radical Christian right. (See our interview with him.) So here’s the “American Fascists” author (No. 29 at Amazon.com) holding his own against Stephen Colbert’s absurdist onslaught. Jump for videos.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Sami Al-Arian
usamotalarian.no

The Road Map to Despotism

Despite spending an estimated $80 million, the government was unable to prove that Dr. Sami Al-Arian was a terrorist, yet he remains in prison and his sentence will probably be extended. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges warns that the abusive imprisonment of this nonviolent Palestinian dissenter does not bode well for the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


website
bradblog.com

Is the White House Whitewashing History?

Margie Burns, reporting for the Brad Blog, says the White House may be up to some old, unsavory tactics, deleting unfavorable material from its website in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. At issue are briefing references to Jeff Gannon, the faux journalist whose non-questions helped deflect criticism during press briefings.

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

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Robertson
from jwharrison.com

Pat Roberston Diet Shake Leads to Alleged Death Threat

Pat Robertson’s “age-defying” weight loss shake may be more trouble than it’s worth. Phillip Busch, who is suing Robertson for exploiting his image to sell the product on his “700 Club” talk show, says the televangelist walked into court and told him, “I am going to kill you and your family.”
(h/t: Largest Minority)

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Vladimir Puitn
from news.bbc.co.uk

Putin Attacks U.S.

The Russian president, normally a close ally of President Bush, used a security summit this week to lash out at American foreign policy, calling the U.S. “very dangerous.” Vladimir Putin added that the United States has “overstepped its borders” and is “nourishing” a nuclear arms race.

Posted on Feb 10, 2007 READ MORE


US v George Bush

Podcast: Elizabeth de la Vega and the Case for Impeachment

Regular panelists Robert Scheer, James Harris and Joshua Scheer are joined by special guest Elizabeth de la Vega, a federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience and author of the book “United States v. George W. Bush et al.,” which lays out the case against the president.
UPDATE: Full transcript available

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Elizabeth de la Vega and the Case for Impeachment

Regular panelists Robert Scheer, James Harris and Joshua Scheer are joined by special guest Elizabeth de la Vega, a federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience and author of the book “United States v. George W. Bush et al.,” which lays out the case against the president.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Network Head Resigns Over Boston Shenanigans

The head of the Cartoon Network has stepped down because of the recent terror scare in Boston, which was caused by the city’s overreaction to an advertising ploy—nine other cities managed not to descend into hysterics when the Lite-Brite-like advertisements began appearing. Jim Samples shouldn’t have to lose his job because authorities in Boston mistook a blinking cartoon character for an act of terrorism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Thomas Gimble
(AP / Dennis Cook)

Truthdigger of the Week: Thomas Gimble

Truthdig tips its hat this week to the Defense Department watchdog who reported that a top Pentagon official served up “inappropriate” intelligence reports to lead the country into war in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: How America Supports the Troops

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Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


helicopter
aljazeera.net

U.S. Kills Iraqi Soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and six wounded on Friday, Iraqi officials reported, after an American helicopter mistook them for an al-Qaida cell and opened fire. The U.S. military, which says only five were killed, expressed its “deepest sympathies” for the friendly-fire deaths.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a shocking short documentary on the evangelical war on evolution; a bird’s-eye view of perhaps the first ever avatar-attended virtual peace rally; and a troubling home movie of a U.S. Humvee engaging in bumper-car action in Baghdad.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert and the Iraqi troop surge

Colbert’s Iraqi Democracy Formula

Applauding America’s failure to even hold a debate on Bush’s troop escalation, Colbert says, “It seems the only way we can bring democracy there is to silence it here.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Former Interrogator Speaks

The U.S. military insists that Abu Ghraib was an isolated abuse, but at least one soldier suggests a wider system of torture is at work: “I watched as detainees were forced to stand naked all night, shivering in their cold cells and pleading with their captors for help. Others were subjected to long periods of isolation in pitch-black rooms. Food and sleep deprivation were common, along with a variety of physical abuse, including punching and kicking.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Uncompassionate Conservative

The president’s proposed cuts in children’s health insurance are so shameful that even Bush’s treasury secretary appeared to distance himself from them.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Garbage
news.bbc.co.uk

EU Gets Tough on Environmental Crime

The European Union is about to unveil plans to further criminalize anti-environmental behavior, allowing the courts to imprison violators responsible for negligent pollution, among other crimes. The policy change demonstrates the growing power of the European Commission over member states.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


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