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AP photo / Erik Perel

Krugman Blasts Giuliani for Prostate Prevarications

Rudy Giuliani’s factually challenged claims about how he probably would have fared in his battle against prostate cancer had he sought treatment in Britain instead of America might have raised only a small stir, but, for his part, columnist Paul Krugman thinks it should have been a much bigger deal.

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Colbert

Colbert’s Campaign Hits a Snag

All those hand-wringers out there who’ve been vexed and perplexed by Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign might be heartened to hear that the South Carolina Democratic Party—“a shadowy organization whose rituals are shrouded in mystery,” says Colbert—has thrown a major wrench into the works.

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America’s Largest Nuclear Plant Put on Lockdown

A contract worker who was apparently attempting to bring a small explosive device onto the grounds of Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station on Friday was stopped and detained, according to the Associated Press, and officials would not let anyone enter or leave the plant after the incident.

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Mukasey and Bush
nytimes.com

Bush: You Get Mukasey or No One at All

President Bush issued an ultimatum of sorts on Thursday over his embattled nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, who refuses to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture. Bush said if the Democrats block the nomination, it “would guarantee that America would have no attorney general during this time of war.”

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Dems Tread Lightly on Immigration

More significant than Clinton’s supposed gaffe in the Philadelphia debate is the subject around which she tiptoed so delicately: Immigration is the issue Democrats fear because it could leave them with a set of no-win political choices.

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Giuliani’s Health Care Cherry-Picking

In slamming Clinton-style reforms, “America’s mayor” uses data in a way that shows disregard for the truth.  Does that remind you of any other famous politician?  Maybe the one in the Oval Office?

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nytimes.com

Todd Gitlin on ‘The Terror Dream’

Was the Bush administration’s fevered response to 9/11 made easier by primal American myths of victimization and fear, as Susan Faludi argues in her provocative new book?

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‘From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld’

The Washington Post has obtained a number of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes,” curt memos fired off at a rate of up to 60 a day. The documents offer rare, unpolished insight into one of the principal architects of the Iraq war, who “argued that Muslims avoid ‘physical labor’ and wrote of the need to ‘keep elevating the threat,’ ‘link Iraq to Iran’ and develop ‘bumper sticker statements’ to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.”

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Bush on Code Pink

Bush: Code Pink, MoveOn.org Distracting Congress

Judging by these words of warning from President Bush to certain members of Congress, left-leaning activist groups like MoveOn.org and Code Pink are dangerously diverting lawmakers’ attentions away from important national concerns like Osama bin Laden’s continuing threat against America.

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Student Protesters Clash With Police at Venezuelan Rally

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez projects a certain confidence in his leadership prowess to the rest of the world, but this video of a student rally in Caracas indicates that not everyone in Chavez country is on board with his program. 

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AP photo / Richard Drew

Shades of ‘29?

Thursday was not a good day on Wall Street, with the Dow dropping over 362 points to close at 13,567.87.  Meanwhile, the S&P 500, like the Dow, fell 2.6 percent, and the Nasdaq also took a hit, dipping 2.25 percent by day’s end.

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Selective Charity

The Onion targets religious hypocrisy with this satirical interview with the head of a mock Christian charity that provides relief to heterosexual Africans: “As long as you’re not gay, we welcome you with open arms.”

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Don Imus
culturekitchen.com

The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

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Tibbet
atomicarchive.com

Enola Gay Pilot Dies at 92

Paul Warfield Tibbits Jr., the man who flew the Enola Gay to drop the “Little Boy” A-bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at 92 in Columbus, Ohio.  Tibbits, who named his B-29 after his mother, requested that his grave be unmarked to thwart potential protesters.

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Clinton Camp Regroups After Debate Onslaught

Judging by the rallying call for support that two key members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff made to supporters following Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia, Team Hillary is well aware that she has had better debating moments—and that her rivals will continue to pile on in coming weeks.

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I’m Talking to the Ass in the Mirror

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Caucus Fatigue

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Giuliani’s Secret 9/11 Testimony

In Rudolph Giuliani’s narrative of his own life, as confided to rapt Republican voters along the presidential primary trail, he has been fighting the lonely twilight struggle against “Islamic terrorism” since sometime in the 1970s.

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Cyborg Parents From Hell

Pretty soon, we’re going have to amend the favorite mom and dad moniker of the moment. Those much vaunted helicopter parents are turning into black-helicopter parents. The image of parents hovering over their kids is morphing into the darker image of parents spying on their kids.

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Racist, Distorted and Effective

A contemporary Willie Horton has turned up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so far he is winning. No such person sat in the Drexel University auditorium during the Democrats’ debate on Tuesday night. But the candidates, especially the unprepared front-runner, Hillary Clinton, should long ago have recognized that Republicans and a shrill conservative chorus intend to make Hispanic illegal immigrants the Willie Hortons of 2008.

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Giuliani in drag

Top 5 Political Costumes

In the spirit of Halloween and the idea of dressing up as something you’re not, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the five best political poses from the other 364 days of the year.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Church demonstrator
airamerica.com

Homophobic Church Ordered to Pay $10.9M for Picketing Funeral

A Maryland court has ordered leaders of Kansas’ fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church to pay almost $11 million in damages to Albert Snyder, the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.  Snyder sued the controversial church after members picketed his son’s funeral in March 2006.

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Supreme Court Puts Executions on Hold

The Supreme Court has placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty while it considers the legality of lethal injection, which should take months. Justices Scalia and Alito dissented from the opinion, which spared prisoner Earl Wesley Berry only minutes before he was to be killed.

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Democratic debate

Relive the Magic: The Democratic Debate in Philly

In case you missed it (or are simply, and understandably, a bit maxed out on the whole debate thing), The Largest Minority’s John Harrison has done his civic duty in lining up complete footage of the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia on Tuesday.  This way, you can fast-forward through the boring bits!

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


Debate at Drexel
AP photo / Rusty Kennedy

Obama Takes Clinton to Task

No doubt aware of his need to snap into clearer focus as a candidate after months of relatively hazy public performances, Barack Obama issued a sharp critique of rival Hillary Clinton following Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia.

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Valerie Plame Wilson

‘Daily Show’:  Valerie Plame Wilson’s Covert Bosom

Say what you want about the serious news function of satirical shows like “The Daily Show” in today’s treacherous media landscape, but only those, like Jon Stewart, operating in the Comedy Central orbit can get away with asking ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson if her breasts “are still working for the CIA.” 

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Monks Venture Out in Burma

Despite a military crackdown that led to the death and capture of countless civilians, Buddhist monks are once again protesting in Burma, though in much smaller numbers than before. Still, human rights and democracy advocates consider it a promising development.

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Bush Cronies Defend Torture

CIA Chief Michael Hayden has issued a passionate defense of extraordinary rendition, claiming that the practice, which so often involves abduction and torture, is justified by the “irreplaceable” intelligence it produces. Meanwhile, President Bush’s preferred successor to loyal henchman Alberto Gonzales refuses to call torture by its name, though he claims to find it “repugnant.”

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AP photo / Junji Kurokawa

Cashing In on Terror

Not to stoke any of the inane conspiracy theories running wild on the Internet, but if Osama bin Laden wasn’t on the payroll of Lockheed-Martin or some other large defense contractor, he deserves to have been. What a boondoggle 9/11 has been for the merchants of war, who this week announced yet another quarter of whopping profits made possible by George Bush’s pretending to fight terrorism by throwing money at outdated Cold War-style weapons systems.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon building

Imaginary Weapons

Truthdig speaks with Sharon Weinberger, whose book “Imaginary Weapons” looks into why the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars on fantastical weapons programs, some of which defy the laws of physics.

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For Whom the Bell’s Palsy Tolls

Bell’s palsy. It hit suddenly a month ago. I had just stepped off a plane in New York, and my friend noticed the telltale sagging lip. It felt like Novocain. I raced to the emergency room. The doctors prescribed a weeklong course of steroids and antivirals. The following day it got worse. I had to make a decision: Do I host “Democracy Now!,” our daily news broadcast, on Monday?

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


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America Is Watching You

The “Last Days of Democracy” author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

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O'Donnell

Team O’Reilly Grills O’Donnell About 9/11

Bill O’Reilly—or rather, a couple of his employees—took the opportunity to descend upon Rosie O’Donnell at her recent book signing in Huntington, N.Y., and corner her about her supposed belief (which she says O’Reilly incorrectly characterized) that 9/11 was an inside job. 

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Stewart

‘Daily Show’:  Did Al-Qaida Infiltrate Fox News?

Funny how, in the wake of any national disaster these days, news analysts set about explaining the latest disaster according to their pet political interests.  Take the recent California wildfires, for example, and watch what Jon Stewart discovers about different stations’ diverse interpretations of what the fires really mean.

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Clinton
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

Clinton Under Fire

Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is battening down the hatches in preparation for Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia and launching a pre-emptive strike to offset a potential pile-on from certain other presidential hopefuls who’ve been zinging her of late.  Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has also joined the fray.

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Bush Chides Congress for ‘Wasting Time’

Perhaps this could be a diversionary tactic:  On Tuesday, President Bush criticized the House and Senate for, it would seem, holding his administration accountable for its actions at home and overseas and looking for ways to bring our troops home.

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Kinky Friedman
AP photo / Rick Vasquez

Kinky Friedman’s Ten Commandments

The always entertaining Kinky Friedman, author most recently of “You Can Lead a Politician to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics,” tells Truthdig why the Internet is the work of Satan, why politicians are “stuck on stupid” and why even God couldn’t beat the Republicans in Texas.

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Giuliani’s Pandering Backfires

The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.

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Public Relations Disaster Management

Though time will certainly tell, the Bush administration so far has not yet surpassed that of Richard Nixon’s in its contempt for a free press and its unrelenting war on the truth.

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The Rise and Fall of Stan O’Neal

It’s not surprising in the cutthroat world of Wall Street to see a big-time CEO such as Stanley O’Neal float out of the boardroom with a golden parachute. What is significant is that this grandson of a slave managed to become one of the “Masters of the Universe” in the first place.

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AP photo / Jason DeCrow

Facebook Triumph for Colbert

Regardless of Americans’ varying opinions about Comedy Central court jester Stephen Colbert’s satirical (or is it?) play for the White House, one thing’s for sure—the man’s getting results.  While Barack Obama’s bid to build a loyal network of young’uns on Facebook grew slowly, Colbert’s followers almost crashed the ultra-popular site’s servers in mere days.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Lowers the Discourse

Historians may one day debate Rudy Giuliani’s recent preposterous comments at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. “Did he mean it?” they might ask. “Or was he just dehydrated?” While addressing voters, the candidate said that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were debating whether to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden to their inaugurations. But wait, there’s more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
journalism.wlu.edu

Clinton, Obama Neck and Neck in Iowa Poll

Granted, every time a candidate sneezes it seems to occasion a change in the polls these days, but it’s of potential interest that, after recent weeks’ reports seemed to suggest that Hillary Clinton on a national basis was far ahead of her nearest presidential competitor, Barack Obama, he trails her by just two points in a new University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll surveying Iowa caucus-goers.

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U.N. Report

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The Same Attitude

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BBC front page from 9/11
news.bbc.co.uk

Where Were You When ...

If you’re a Truthdig reader, chances are you’re also a BBC News reader. For 10 years now, the BBC has done an excellent job of bringing online news to the world. To celebrate, it has pulled together important online front pages from that period, ranging from the Clinton impeachment to 9/11 to the hanging of Saddam.

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Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


mercenaries
chinadaily.com.cn

State Dept. Gave Blackwater Shooters Immunity

Three senior law enforcement officials have revealed to the Associated Press that the State Department gave all of the Blackwater guards involved in the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.

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Chomsky

Chomsky Disputes 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Probably fielding this type of question for the millionth time, Noam Chomsky explains in this video clip, apparently taken from an overseas panel discussion, why he doesn’t believe that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were an inside job.  “Did the Bush administration gain from Sept. 11th?  Answer:  Yes.  Does that tell you anything?  No,” Chomsky opined.

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Sarkozy
breitbart.tv

Sarkozy Ditches ‘60 Minutes’ Interview in a Huff

Sacre bleu!  French President Nicolas Sarkozy abruptly shut down an interview with Leslie Stahl for “60 Minutes,” took his microphone off and walked out of the tête-à-tête, which CBS aired as part of the show’s “Sarko L’Americain” segment Sunday night.

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