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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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‘Mentally F’ed Up’ in Baghdad

In this episode of the outstanding Web documentary series “Hometown Baghdad,” Adel interviews his young brother and cousin, both of whom had just witnessed a gruesome killing. He is convinced the two young Iraqis already show signs of the psychological trauma that comes from growing up in a war zone.

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siliconbeat.com

Cash In on Global Warming

Why worry about preventing the climate crisis when you can profit from it? An online gambling site received more than 3,000 bets in three days on whether or when major U.S. landmarks will be flooded. Most are banking on Manhattan being underwater by 2011.

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militaryphotos.net

Another Iraq War

The Bush administration finds itself in a difficult position as tensions between two regional allies threaten to escalate to war. The Turkish military is fed up with Kurdish rebels it says have safe harbor in northern Iraq, and now wants to mount an assault across the border. One of Iraq’s Kurdish leaders has said such an attack would trigger retaliation.

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msnbc.com

No Shortage of Messages, or Bloodshed

Iraq’s parliament convened for a special meeting Friday to send a “clear message” of its strength and solidarity to insurgent groups after Thursday’s fatal bombing in a government cafeteria. 

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russiablog.org

Kremlin Condemns Exile’s Revolutionary Plot

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood suspense thriller, but exiled Russian multimillionaire Boris Berezovsky seems quite serious about his scheme to oust President Vladimir Putin’s Moscow government in a “violent overthrow.” 

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Wolfowitz Caught in the Act

As head of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz cut off funding to nations he deemed corrupt—but then corruptly rewarded his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, with a plum job.  Now he’s feeling pressure to resign from higher-ups within the organization.

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They’re Democrats, Not Idiots

Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind Fox News, publicly fumed when the Democratic presidential candidates refused to participate in his network’s debates, but can he really blame Obama, Clinton and Edwards for avoiding a conservative ambush?

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The Final Act of Submission

The former weapons inspector who foretold the Iraq disaster argues that the newly empowered Democrats have allowed the Israel lobby to subvert America’s foreign policy by tacitly endorsing war with Iran.

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A Sense of History

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Horse’s Ass

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tpmmuckraker.com

White House Plays Hide-and-Seek With RNC E-Mails

Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the White House’s suggestion that several e-mails related to the U.S. attorneys scandal have been deleted. As many as 50 White House employees have used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts, possibly to conceal communications.

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Los Angeles Battles Chicago for Olympic Glory

Two of America’s great cities are going head to head for the opportunity to host the 2016 Olympic Games. With radically different cultures, Chicago hopes its work ethic and business savvy will impress the U.S. Olympic Committee, while L.A. is banking on experience and Hollywood-caliber glitz.

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John Oliver

‘Daily Show’ on Israel

John Oliver delivers this hysterical report on the nation of Israel. At one point the “Daily Show” reporter gives the Israeli ambassador a chance to clear the air: “There is a nasty conspiracy theory going around that your country is run by Jews—a cabal of Jews who set the domestic agenda and run the media. Would you like to put that to rest now?”

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cnn.com

Have Your Hummer and Hug It Too

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make the environmental movement sexy. Why get rid of Hummers, California’s governor argued Wednesday, when you can make them run on biofuel and hydrogen, like his? Schwarzenegger has a warning for politicians who stand in the way of environmental progress: “Your political base will melt away as surely as the polar ice caps. ... ”

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wsno1450.net

CBS Cans Imus

Amid the furor over radio host Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last week, and following MSNBC’s decision to stop simulcasting his program on that network, CBS has decided to give him the boot from his show.

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Algerian Attacks Raise al-Qaida Fears

Is al-Qaida active in North Africa?  That’s the worry in Algeria, after two explosions set off by suicide bombers Wednesday killed at least 24 people. The attacks targeted the prime minister’s office building in Algiers and a suburban police station.

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msnbc.msn.com

Welcome to the Boys’ Club

Shocking behavior from a shock jock is by definition unremarkable.  But what bothers Bill Boyarsky about Don Imus, besides his latest racist outburst, is how some mainstream journalists have become his cronies—and his defenders—in order to bask in his spotlight.

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foei.org

Wolfowitz Sorry for Payroll Scandal

Paul Wolfowitz has a girlfriend?  Sorry, the real news story here is what she is being paid and whether she was improperly advanced at the World Bank, headed by Wolfowitz.  The questions arise in the midst of an anti-corruption campaign launched by Wolfowitz at the World Bank.

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For Civilian Casualties, America Pays Cash

The American Civil Liberties Union obtained 500 claims for compensation filed by civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. The claim descriptions paint a picture of the confusion, chaos, and the seeming randomness of violence which has shaped life and death in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last four years.

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Bridge, Parliament Bombings Rock Baghdad

A bomb killed two Iraqi government officials and six other people and injured at least 23 when it exploded in the Iraqi parliament building’s cafeteria inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. This first bombing of the government building came just after the speaker of parliament condemned the bombing of Baghdad’s Sarafiya bridge, which partially collapsed into the Tigris River on Thursday, killing at least eight people. So much for the “surge.”

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Kurt Vonnegut Dead at 84

The iconic writer, who challenged conventional wisdom through 14 novels and numerous essays, died Wednesday from a brain injury. Vonnegut survived a nearly lifelong smoking habit only to succumb to a recent fall in his apartment. He once joked that he would prefer to die in a plane crash on Kilimanjaro and said he would avoid suicide “so as not to set a bad example for my children.”

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Meet the Candidates

MoveOn.org recently held a virtual town hall giving every Democrat running for president a chance to sound off on the biggest issue of day: the Iraq war. Here are the highlights.

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Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

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Rudy Giuliani’s Dubious Leadership

The Republican front-runner prides himself on his leadership but has an unfortunate history of valuing loyalty over wisdom and stubbornly pursuing ill-conceived policies against the better judgment of experts. Sound familiar?

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msnbc.com

MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

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Stretched Military Extends Tours to Keep Surge Going

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is likely to extend the tours of duty of some 100,000 soldiers currently deployed in Iraq by three months. The new policy would enable the surge to last for a year.

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McCain Resorts to Scare Tactics and Smears

John McCain characterized antiwar Democrats as shortsighted political opportunists Wednesday during a speech at the Virginia Military Institute in which he repeatedly invoked the specter of “another 9/11.” With unimpressive fundraising and disappointing polling, the senator has made Iraq his signature issue in an effort to appeal to Republican primary voters.

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Abducted Iranian’s Injuries Confirmed

Did the CIA torture an Iranian diplomat?  The Red Cross head in Tehran says he saw wounds on Jalal Sharafi’s body—and after the Bush administration’s defense of torture, anything is possible.

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Nation Editor Back for Seconds on ‘Colbert’

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation’s editor and publisher, Tuesday night braved a second appearance on “The Colbert Report,” where she was congratulated by Stephen Colbert for her “courage to come back, since I handed you your ass last time.”

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army-technology.com

Bloody Tuesday in Baghdad

Imagine if helicopters were firing on civilians in downtown Omaha or Manhattan, and that might come close to the scene in a busy section of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, when Black Hawk and Apache helicopters zoomed in and battled insurgent forces.

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Iraqi Government on Shaky Ground

Baghdad’s government could fall over demands from key Iraqi Cabinet ministers to end the U.S. occupation of their country.  The ministers support Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, the driving force behind this week’s huge anti-American rallies in Iraq.

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Imus Strikes Again

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Red Cross: Iraqis Face ‘Unbearable and Unacceptable’ Suffering

A new report from the Red Cross says living conditions in Iraq, from healthcare to general safety, continue to worsen. One woman interviewed by the ICRC said it would be helpful if someone removed the bodies piling up in front of her house so her children wouldn’t have to look at them on the way to school.

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John McCain

McCain Tries to Dislodge Foot From Mouth

If you missed John McCain’s recent damage control session on “60 Minutes,” here are the highlights. The senator tried to blame his ill-conceived springtime-in-Baghdad campaign on his shoot-from-the-hip style. The straight-talk express, with nonstop service to a concession speech.

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Obama Laughs It Up With Letterman

Barack Obama recently sat down with David Letterman and managed to hold his own with the humor. When asked why his campaign needed so much money, the candidate said evenly: “We’ve got to advertise on the Letterman show.” According to Amy Goodman, that’s no joke.

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Bringing the Troops Home

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Iraqis Finally Unite—Against the U.S.

Iraqis want Americans out of their country more than ever, as indicated by the recent mass protest in Najaf. But if you ask Joe Lieberman, the sight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans and tearing apart our flag was just proof that the “surge” is working.

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In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

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Congress Will Investigate Misinformation on Tillman, Lynch

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will investigate the Pentagon’s handling of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch to determine “why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable.”

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NAB-bing the Election

As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don’t talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks.

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boston.com

Subpoena Time for Gonzales

Updated: The AP is reporting that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee, requiring him to turn over documents detailing the recent firings of several U.S. attorneys.

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Serbs Jailed for 1995 Killings

Four Serbian men charged with killing six Bosnian Muslims during 1995’s Srebrenica massacre have been convicted by Serbia’s war crimes court.  The four, members of a paramilitary group called the Scorpions, were given jail sentences ranging from five to 20 years.

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Congress Beats Bush in Approval Ratings

Forty percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest AP poll. That may not seem like much, but it’s up from 25 percent just before the last election and higher than Bush’s mid-30s. A word of warning to candidates who are still fleshing out their Iraq positions: The same poll suggests voters, especially those coveted independents, are really sick of this war.

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jesusrodeadonkey-thebook.com

Truthdig Podcast: ‘Jesus Rode a Donkey’ Author

Linda Seger explains why Jesus’ teachings have more in common with Democrats than Republicans, how Christians have been manipulated into compromising their values and what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

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‘Jesus Rode a Donkey’ Author

Linda Seger explains why Jesus had more in common with Democrats than Republicans, how Christians have been manipulated into compromising their values and what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

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Arianna Debunks Smear Against Progressive Blogs

Arrianna Huffington responds to the suggestion that progressives on the Internet are disproportionately hostile and nasty.

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