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The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

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Raising the Bar

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‘Daily Show’ on Wolfowitz

Jon Stewart swings away at the Wolfowitz scandal: “Last week it was disclosed Wolfowitz had used his influence to get a promotion and a raise for his longtime paramour, World Bank employee Shaha Ali Riza—considered to be a foremost expert on the Middle East. Which means—you know what they say—opposites attract.”

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Double Standard

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New Fear at Virginia Tech

Just 48 hours after Monday’s tragedy, Virginia Tech students and faculty were jolted Wednesday morning by another scare.  The AP reported that a police SWAT team descended upon an administrative building on campus to investigate a potential bomb threat linked to gunman Cho Seung-Hui, who killed himself Monday.

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Mass Casualties in Baghdad Blasts

Updated: Wednesday brought further tragic evidence that the surge isn’t working to secure Iraq:  As many as 200 people were killed in a series of explosions in Baghdad. The worst of the bombings took place at a crowded market in the Sadriya district that was being reconstructed after a blast in February that claimed 130 lives.

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Top Court’s Choice Not Pro-Choice

In a ruling that supports President Bush’s abortion politics, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions that Bush pushed and Congress approved in 2003.  The Court’s move struck some pro-choice proponents as the (further) politicization of a woman’s personal, and medical, decision.

 

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cellphones.techfresh.net

BlackBerry Addicts Get the Night Sweats

There’s a reason why it’s nicknamed CrackBerry.  North American BlackBerry users were dismayed Tuesday night by an overnight shutdown of the company’s wireless e-mail service that left them bereft of their fix—and forced them to communicate in passé ways.

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Chinese Transit Revs Up

Mass transit is speeding up in China with the introduction of high-speed trains, a welcome development in a country that carried “25% of the world’s passengers and freight” last year and has been struggling to accommodate commuters, according to the BBC.

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The Dark Side of Ethanol

A new study out of Stanford University says ethanol could worsen smog problems, as the alternative fuel may produce dirtier air than gasoline. Ethanol has already been something of a mixed bag for environmentalists, who are desperate for politically viable alternative fuels but troubled by the high cost of corn-based ethanol.

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Last-Minute Tax Woes

A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was “absolutely amazing” how many people had waited until the last possible moment.

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Virginia Shooter Had No Difficulty Buying Guns

As more details emerge from the massacre at Virginia Tech, it has become tragically clear that the least remarkable aspect of the crime was the purchase of the weapons that killed 33 people. An investigation has found that Cho Seung-Hui bought two pistols quickly, affordably and, for the most part, legally.

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Heck of a Job, Wolfie

Paul Wolfowitz, the former deputy secretary of defense who helped sell a stupid war, now finds himself in a bit of trouble. As head of the World Bank, he secured a cushy pay raise for his girlfriend, lied about it and alienated his staff in the process. Not to worry—President Bush still thinks he’s doing a bang-up job.

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Patriot’s Day: Stop the Violence

Historian Howard Zinn tells us that patriotism “is about dissent.” Americans should see the wisdom of his words in a time when some equate patriotism with supporting the war. As the U.S. mourns the loss of innocent college students, let’s not blindly accept the horror that has destroyed thousands of young Iraqis.

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UK Forces Climate Talks at U.N.

Over the objections of other members, the UK has brought the climate change debate to the U.N. Security Council. Russia, China and Pakistan said it was the wrong venue for the issue, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett pointed out that rising sea levels, mass migration and economic catastrophe would almost certainly impact global security.

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John Sheehan
wikipedia.org

Why I Declined to Serve

John J. Sheehan, the retired Marine Corps general who declined the White House’s invitation to serve as “war czar,” explains his decision and warns that the administration’s strategic “shortcomings” will not benefit from the creation of such a position.

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Beck

Don Imus Was the Tip of the Iceberg

If Don Imus’ Rutgers smear marks the boundary for what is considered indecent on radio, conservative pundits beware. Here is a sampling of the racism, sexism, homophobia and hate pumped out by talk radio every day.

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Afghan Civilian Death Toll Climbs

Human Rights Watch issued the sobering news Monday that 2006 was the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.  Almost 700 deaths are linked to insurgent groups—and of that number about two-thirds resulted from suicide bombings—while 230 more have been chalked up to NATO-led troops.

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Stewart Tracks the ‘Amazing Erase’

Jon Stewart covers the shenanigans of the Bush administration as some of its key members attempt to (mis)lead the press as it follows the crumb trail in search of those pesky missing e-mails.

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Slur Suit DOA at Top Court

The Supreme Court dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Robert Jordan, an African-American former employee of IBM in Maryland who said he was fired a month after protesting to higher-ups about a racist comment made by a white co-worker in 2002.

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AP

Virginia Tech Gunman ID’d

A day after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 33 people, police have released the identity of the gunman.  He was 23-year-old senior Cho Seung-Hui, a “loner,” according to a campus official, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea 14 years ago.

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Right Move, Wrong Reasons:  Inside the EMI/Apple Deal

Media analyst, scholar and musician Aram Sinnreich takes a close look at tech giant Apple’s joint venture with major recording label EMI to offer music that is free of the restrictions imposed on consumers by “digital rights management.”  Sounds like music to our ears, and those of the iPod-toting masses, but the author detects a hidden agenda behind the deal.

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Tobacco Marketing Leaves Women Seeing Red

We’ve come a long way from seeing ourselves as oh-so-sexy holding a slim cigarette—all the way to seeing red. Red, the color of angry outrage, could be just the thing to blot out Big Tobacco’s latest campaign to hook young women on cigarettes by dressing up death in fuchsia and teal.

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The Imus Distraction

Truthdig’s resident analyst of racial politics argues that the firing of Don Imus will not alleviate the more pressing problems plaguing the black community.

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Olbermann Debunks White House E-Mail Claims

Keith Olbermann interviews a computer forensics expert, who explains various ways the White House might uncover those pesky missing e-mails. All in all, the chances that up to 5 million e-mails have completely disappeared are very slim.

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Pelosi and Bush
inthesetimes.com

Poll Finds Democrats Favored as Managers of War

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of Americans trust congressional Democrats to do a better job of setting policy for the Iraq war than the president. An overwhelming majority, however, disapprove of the job both branches of government have done so far.

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Jim Lehrer

Shortchanging Veterans

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

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Sudan Signals Acceptance of U.N. Peacekeepers

The Sudanese government has indicated to the United Nations Security Council that it will allow a second phase of U.N. peacekeepers to deploy, retreating from the long-held position that such a force would compromise its sovereignty. However, Khartoum has a history of reneging on promises to the U.N.

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French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

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AP

Hollywood, Bollywood in Culture Clash

Who’d have ever imagined that serene Buddhist actor and do-gooder Richard Gere would be burned in effigy by angry Hindu throngs all over India?  The outcry erupted Sunday after Gere dipped Indian starlet Shilpa Shetty and kissed her face multiple times at an AIDS-awareness event—and we’ve got the clip.

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4president.us

Kerry Plays It Coy

Sen. John Kerry hinted that he may once again set his sights on the White House, perhaps even joining the lineup of ‘08 campaigners, while in Denver promoting a new book he co-wrote with wife.

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city-data.com

Massacre at Virginia Tech

Students were under lockdown at Virginia Tech on Monday after a gunman opened fire in two buildings on the Blacksburg campus, killing at least 32 people (according to the Associated Press) and wounding at least 15 others before he shot himself.

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Brits Nix ‘War on Terror’

The British government has officially quit using the term “war on terror,” arguing that Bush’s slogan has backfired and, instead of weakening the world’s polyglot bands of terrorists, has in fact strengthened them.

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Gore Vidal
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Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire

The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: He’s out to destroy the American empire.

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Gore Vidal on the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads from his essay, “Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire.” The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: he’s out to destroy the American empire.

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Maher

Bill Maher: Bring Back Elitism

The “Real Time” host argues that many of America’s problems aren’t caused by the liberal, Washington, Hollywood or media elite, but by the prevalence of unqualified “hayseeds” in George W. Bush’s government. Take Monica Goodling, who, in her early 30s and with no prosecutorial experience, oversaw the U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


St. Petersburg Showdown

Russian riot police clashed with about 500 demonstrators Sunday in St. Petersburg.  The situation escalated when the time the government had allowed for the rally expired but protesters continued to call for President Vladimir Putin to step down.

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


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if.com.au

Moore’s Cuban Tour

For his next documentary, “Sicko,” provocateur Michael Moore apparently invited a group of 9/11 responders to accompany him to Cuba and sample the country’s socialized healthcare system.  Harmful stunt or good medicine? 

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


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salon.com

Iraq’s ‘Hidden War’

Private U.S. contractors roam the battle zones of Iraq with impunity, and the Bush administration doesn’t even know if the actions of these hired guns are governed by any code of law.

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A Study in Contradictions

What a difference a year makes!  Let’s review:  Here’s what Paul Wolfowitz said about ending corruption at the World Bank in early 2006, about 14 months before news of his very own corruption scandal broke.

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time.com

Abstinence Classes a Bust

So much for just saying no as a sex education policy:  A large-scale congressional study of the effects of costly abstinence education programs in American schools concluded that one or two years of classroom indoctrination had no significant impact on if and when teens have sex.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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All Nancy, All the Time

“The Daily Show” takes a trip back in time to chart CNN legal pundit Nancy Grace’s relentless coverage of the Duke lacrosse case, sampling from her various contradictory, hyperbolic, graphic and biased reports over the last year.  Make sure to catch what happened on her show the day the charges were dropped.

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Bombing Surge

As we enter the third month of the U.S. military buildup, the devastating suicide attacks on two bridges in Baghdad and a bloody assault on a holy city undermine the Bush administration’s claims of progress in Iraq.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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streamingfaith.com

Disneyland for Creationists

Welcome to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where vegetarian dinosaurs play with human children and 60 million years in their evolutionary age just disappears.

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Rove Loses His Grip

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Counting the Days

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‘Daily Show’ on the ‘War Czar’

Jon Stewart and John Oliver riff on the administration’s plan to empower a war czar. Oliver explains that the position will occupy the gap between commander in chief, secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In other words: the blame.

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Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Bush Redefines Progress

George W. Bush is upset with the Democrats for wanting to withdraw from Iraq just when we’ve finally started to make progress. Just starting? The president has been citing “progress” in Iraq for years now, and Jon Stewart has the clips to prove it.

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Putin Puts Kasparov in Check

Vladimir Putin’s regime, with the aid of 9,000 police officers, attempted to prevent a rally in Moscow by arresting opposition leader Garry Kasparov along with dozens of other protesters and even some journalists. The chess phenom has accused Putin of trampling on democracy.

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Imus Moves to Al-Qaida Network

The satirist says the embattled shock jock has found the perfect venue for his hate-filled rhetoric.

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