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Poll: Israel and Iran Have Mostly Negative Influence

Most people believe Israel and Iran have a substantially negative impact on the world, according to a BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries. Canada and Japan rated highest among nations that were seen to have a largely positive influence.

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Winning the War of Words

When it comes to ending the war in Iraq, Democrats have a tougher fight than many had expected. If recent battles on the Hill and in the press are any indication, it’s likelier to be a long hard slog than a quick rout.

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Countdown

Olbermann Catches Conservatives Shaming Themselves

Keith Olbermann takes aim at Newt Gingrich for blaming residents of New Orleans for the devastation of Katrina, “comedian” Rush Limbaugh for suggesting that Barack Obama could own Al Sharpton because of their ancestry, and, of course, Ann “Coultergeist” for calling John Edwards “that name.”

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Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

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nuclear
bbc.co.uk

Oxford Think Tank: A Strike on Iran Could Backfire

Nuclear experts from the Oxford Research Group have some words of advice for world leaders about their future dealings with Iran.  Scientist Frank Barnaby,  who co-authored the think tank’s report, warned that pre-emptive military action “could speed Iran’s progress to a nuclear bomb.” 

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Civilian Casualties Claimed in Afghanistan Bombing

An American air raid on Monday is said to have killed nine civilians in Afghanistan, a day after gunfire in the country’s Nangarhar region caused more than 10 civilian deaths. 

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Home Foreclosures on the Rise

As interest rates continue to spiral out of control for many high-risk borrowers, the number of home foreclosures around the country is steadily going up. There isn’t much good news for the opportunistic lenders either—more than 20 mortgage companies have already gone bankrupt.

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Generals
vanityfair.com

Revisiting the ‘Insurgent’ Generals

Vanity Fair has an interesting profile of six retired generals—all of whom voted for George W. Bush—who famously and courageously condemned the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. Find out why they went against years of military tradition to speak out, and how they feel about the current state of affairs.

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Nouri al-Maliki
theyoungturks.com

Evidence of Torture at Iraqi Intelligence Agency

British and Iraqi forces raided a National Iraqi Intelligence Agency detention center on Sunday and discovered 30 prisoners, including two children, “many of whom showed signs of torture and abuse.” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the raid as an “illegal and irresponsible act” and has ordered an investigation.

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Mike Farrell

Podcast: ‘M*A*S*H’ Star Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

Actor, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

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Actor Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

“M*A*S*H” star, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / IRNA

What Would You Do if You Were Iran?

There’s a clear lesson to be learned from George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” approach to foreign policy: Get a bomb or get invaded. The administration’s thinking can produce nothing but unprecedented nuclear proliferation.

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Can Congress End the War?

The courts aren’t likely to be of any help in stopping the Iraq war. And this White House seems incapable of rational thought on the subject. Clearly, the legislative branch is the way to go.  But what exactly can it do?

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

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Women’s Rights Protesters Arrested in Iran

More than 32 Iranian women were arrested Sunday for picketing near a Tehran courthouse in which five female activists were on trial for planning a women’s rights demonstration last June.  The unfortunate irony of this situation became more pronounced when protesters suggested that police were using intimidation to discourage rallies on March 8, International Women’s Day.

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The War at Home

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The Not So Silent Majority

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Afghan Highway Battle Kills 16 Civilians

An American convoy suffered a militant ambush on a crowded Afghan highway Sunday, after which U.S. forces opened fire. Up to 16 civilians were killed and as many as 34 wounded in the chaos that followed. The U.S. military says it is possible that militants were responsible for the deaths, but one witness said U.S. soldiers fired on his car after he had pulled over to let them through.

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Supreme Court Gives Gore’s Oscar to Bush

The satirist reports that the justices have applied their electoral wisdom to the Academy Awards.

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Cherokees Oust Slave Descendants

The Cherokee nation has voted against recognizing the descendants of former slaves, despite a tribal supreme court ruling to the contrary last year. Of the estimated 250,000 to 270,000 members, 8,700 took part in the election. Defenders of the decision say they have a right to determine the nation’s makeup without interference from the U.S. government or others.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


family
washingtonpost.com

Married With Children in the Minority

Fewer than a quarter of American households contain a married couple with children, down from half in 1960. While the numbers are lower across the board, the nuclear family appears to have become a luxury, with wealthier people far more likely to marry before having children.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


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chinadaily.com.cn

Ahmadinejad and King Abdullah Talk War and Peace

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got some face time for the first time with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Saturday.  The Mideast leaders discussed how to curb sectarian violence in the region, the Iraq war and Iran’s developing nuclear program, among other weighty topics.

Posted on Mar 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Coulter Calls Edwards a ‘Faggot’ at Right-Wing Meeting

Ann Coulter tried out some reliably juvenile new material at Friday’s Conservative Political Action Conference.  “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards,” she cracked, “but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word faggot, so I ... can’t really talk about Edwards.” 

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Deadly Week, Deadly Weekend in Iraq

The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday.  Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi.  Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdiggers of the Week: Dana Priest and Anne Hull

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Dana Priest and Anne Hull, the Washington Post reporters who revealed the shameful treatment of wounded military veterans and shoddy conditions at Washington’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


H-Bomb
ucar.edu

Having Your Bomb and Eating It Too

For the first time in two decades, the United States will produce a new design of the hydrogen bomb. The weapon is meant to ease insecurities caused by the aging of America’s nuclear arsenal but probably will be a mortal blow to the administration’s credibility as it attempts to deter other countries from building nuclear weapons.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Official Nabbed in Pakistan?

A raid in the Pakistani city of Quetta early this week reportedly resulted in the capture of Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Obaidullah Akhund and other suspects.  Officials said the arrest occurred as Vice President Dick Cheney was passing through the country’s southwestern region.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Newsweek

Plame Ready for Close-Up

Variety reported Friday that Warner Bros. has bought the “life rights” (a somewhat alarming term) of former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and plans to make a movie about their lives. In addition to using secondhand accounts of Plame’s outing by big players in the Bush administration, WB scribes may pull from her memoir, “if the CIA permits her to publish it.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


abe
theepochtimes.com

Japanese PM Doth Protest Too Much

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dabbling in revisionist history. Despite the historical evidence, and a 1993 apology by a government official, Abe now denies any Japanese military involvement in forcing thousands of women into brothels throughout Asia in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Colbert Report

Colbert on Journalistic Ethics and the Anna Nicole Story

“The Colbert Report” eats the press alive for its treatment of the Anna Nicole Smith story and total failure when it comes to covering, well, just about anything that actually matters, especially the Iraq war. 

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Remembering Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The historian, who died this week, disdained utopianism but lived in hope with a lifelong belief in the power and persistence of liberalism in American politics. 

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Mr. Fish: Setting Aside Differences

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Powell: We’ve Got ‘Em by the Tail

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Arthur Schlesinger
planetpoint.com

Famed Historian Schlesinger Dead at 89

Arthur M. Schlesinger died Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 89. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy White House fixture, Schlesinger wrote or edited more than 25 books and once referred to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 policy as “a ghastly mess.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
gwu.edu

Cheney’s Twisted Logic

Vice President Dick Cheney has once again confused supporting the troops with supporting a surge of troops into Iraq. “Anyone can say they support the troops ... . But the proof will come when it’s time to provide the money and the support,” Cheney said, referring to a bill that would fund the escalation.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


90 Percent of Guard Units ‘Not Ready’

An independent commission established by Congress has found that the Defense Department is not adequately equipping and funding the National Guard. Roughly 90 percent of U.S. National Guard units are designated “not ready.” The commission determined that the Guard is ill-prepared to meet its obligation to defend the homeland and respond rapidly and effectively in a crisis.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
news.bbc.co.uk

U.N. Leader: Climate Crisis as Dangerous as War

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned Thursday that the danger posed by war “is at least matched by the climate crisis,” and urged the U.S., which produces roughly 25 percent of all greenhouse emissions, to take a leading role in addressing global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Issue First Subpoenas

As expected, the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas Thursday as part of an investigation into the Justice Department’s alleged partisan abuse of U.S. attorneys. The decision marks the first time Democrats have exercised their reclaimed subpoena power. Chairwoman Linda Sánchez called the move a “last resort.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck Propositions Female Guest

While discussing the Internet’s racy photos of “American Idol” contestant Antonella Barba, CNN “Headline News” host Glenn Beck abruptly said to his guest, US Weekly’s Dina Sansing, “Dina, I’ve got some time and a camera. Why don’t you stop by?” After a few seconds of stunned silence, Beck said “No? OK.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


amaechi
cnn.com

Amaechi Opens Up Online

John Amaechi chatted with fans and readers on washingtonpost.com
today, fielding questions about his NBA experiences, his buzz-magnet memoir, “Man in the Middle,” and his decision to come out after leaving pro basketball. 

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


hicks
fairgofordavid.org

Australian Held at Gitmo Will Be Tried in U.S. Court

An Australian imprisoned at Guatanamo Bay for the last five years will be the first Gitmo prisoner to be tried under a new U.S. law authorizing special military trials of alleged enemy combatants.  An initial hearing will be held within the month for 31-year-old David Hicks, accused of helping the Taliban combat American troops in Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Head of Walter Reed Relieved of Duties

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman was relieved of his duties Wednesday after a series of reports exposed poor living conditions and bureaucratic gridlock at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Kim Yong Nam
washtimes.com

North Korea Renews Disarmament Pledge

A top North Korean leader on Thursday reaffirmed his nation’s intention to disarm, calling a nuclear-free Korean peninsula the “dying wish” of former dictator Kim Il Sung. Kim Yong Nam, the North’s second-in-command, said his regime “will make efforts to realize” that wish.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


John Conyers
bradblog.com

Break Out the Subpoenas

Members of the House Judiciary Committee have said they will dust off that discarded tool of congressional inquiry, the subpoena. The committee is investigating the Justice Department’s allegedly partisan hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Supporting the Troops

ABC’s News’ Bob Woodruff, who narrowly escaped death while reporting from the Iraq war, visits with a young Marine who also sustained a major brain injury. Although rehabilitation is vital to the Marine’s recovery, the VA has refused treatment for half of the critical first year.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Last Throes of Cheney’s Credibility

While Americans grow increasingly frustrated with the Democrats for failing to end the Iraq fiasco (after a whopping two months), the vice president, one of the war’s chief architects, spent the week doing away with the last shred of a possibility that he either knows what he’s talking about or is telling the truth.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Lost in the Lobbying

Merck raised suspicions about its cancer-fighting HPV vaccine with a cluelessly aggressive lobbying campaign, but a lifesaving drug is still a lifesaving drug.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Greed by Any Other Name

Opponents of a new law that would make it easier to form unions, including the president and some Republicans in Congress, have found a clever if shameless method of concealing their loyalty to corporate greed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Ramadi Blast Details Diverge

The proliferation of conflicting, even contradictory, media accounts of Tuesday’s explosion in Ramadi is reaching head-spinning proportions.  The mystery deepened Wednesday, a full day after the BBC and other news outlets originally reported that 18 children were killed and 20 others injured by a car bomb as they gathered to play football in the western Iraqi city.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Big Blue Bus
you-are-here.com

Santa Monica Drops ‘Top Model’ Ads

Santa Monica has removed advertisements for the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” from city buses because some residents complained the images were disrespectful to women. The ads featured host Tyra Banks and a group of women wearing swimsuits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


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