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nytimes.com

Bridge Protest Leaves U.S. Team Vulnerable

The bridge world is in an absolute tizzy over a protest by the world champion U.S. women’s team, which held up a sign during its victory celebration in Shanghai last month that read: “We did not vote for Bush.” Some bridge fans have accused the group of treason, and the United States Bridge Federation—whatever the hell that is—has decided that its authority trumps free speech, a value some people vaguely remember associating with America.

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Musharraf and Bush
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Stands by His Dictator

“The war on terror” made me do it. That’s the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on the rule of law, from arbitrary arrest to torture. So why not try some war-on-terror obfuscation to bail out his president-dictator buddy over in Pakistan?

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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newsmax.com

Hollywood Copes Without Writers

Though Ellen DeGeneres has taken her show across the picket line and some reality TV has improvised along, Hollywood is increasingly worried about its wordless future. Late night talk shows went to reruns immediately and the scripted shows are nearly tapped out of fresh episodes. The writers, meanwhile, show no sign of ending their strike any time soon.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Regan
nytimes.com

Ex-Publisher Accuses News Corp. of Protecting Giuliani

Judith Regan, the HarperCollins publisher who was fired after her O.J. Simpson book project fell apart, has accused an unnamed executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of telling her to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani.

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dems
cbsnews.com

Dead Heat in Iowa

Hillary Clinton’s lead in Iowa is statistically nonexistent, leaving in a virtual tie the top three Democrats running in the nation’s first electoral test, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee has sprinted past Rudy Giuliani to be within striking distance of Mitt Romney.

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Pakistan protest

Bhutto and Musharraf Clash in Pakistan

As the democratic crisis in Pakistan continues, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has broken with Musharraf and called for the president’s resignation, while Musharraf argues that “so-called democracy” would threaten the nation’s survival.

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Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

One of the 20th century’s greatest journalists, interviewers and storytellers is alive and working at age 95: Studs Terkel offers both the wisdom of age and keen insight into the issues of today.

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Back-Scratching

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Ibero-American Summit

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Putin
robertamsterdam.com

Putin: I’m Not Going Anywhere

Although term limits require Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down in May, many, including chess wizard and opposition leader Garry Kasparov, have speculated that he will find some way to maintain his influence. Putin, it seems, agrees, saying that if his party wins the next election, he will have the “moral right to hold those in the Duma and the Cabinet responsible for the implementation” of   his policies.

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Take the Cost of the War and Double It

According to the calculations of congressional Democrats, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost about $1.5 trillion. That’s nearly double the (already staggering) $804 billion that’s been appropriated or requested. Lawmakers arrived at the revised estimate by considering larger economic factors, including interest on debt and health care costs for wounded veterans.

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Paying More and Dying Sooner

Not only are Rudy Giuliani’s figures about prostate cancer survival rates in the United States and Britain wildly misleading, but he’s also wrong on his general point: that a single-payer system, of the kind that Republicans call “socialized” medicine, inevitably would deliver inferior care.

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Who Said Politics Was Fair?

Democrats in Congress are discovering what it’s like to live in the worst of all possible worlds. They are condemned for selling out to President Bush, and for failing to make compromises aimed at getting things done.

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It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

Sometime before the average price of gas topped the $3-a-gallon mark,  an inevitable moment arrived. The economy beat Iraq as the issue of most concern to Americans.

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UFO???
news.bbc.co.uk

Time to Take UFOs Seriously?

Since shortly after Project Blue Book was ordered closed in 1969, the U.S. government has officially ignored claims of UFO sightings, but an international group of former military officers and government officials says it’s time to take the potential national security threat seriously.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
guardian.co.uk

Gore Puts Venture Money Where His Mouth Is

Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has teamed up with venture capital heavyweight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to try to close the “significant gap between the capital needed and the capital currently deployed to create enduring solutions to the climate crisis.” The alliance will have a global focus and will seek to multiply by “many times” the $200 million already invested by KPCB in green projects.

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Pakistan protest
news.bbc.co.uk

Commonwealth Gives Musharraf an Ultimatum

The Commonwealth, a kind of shadow U.N. for the former British empire, has threatened to suspend Pakistan’s membership unless President Pervez Musharraf puts an end to his emergency rule within 10 days. Pakistan was banned from the organization between 1999 and 2004 after Musharraf came to power through a coup.

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Kott
AP photo / Al Grillo

Corruption Scandal Rocks Alaska Politics

The federal corruption probe that first blew the lid off the Alaskan political scene a year ago with the discovery of $32,200 in cash stashed away in the home of Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives, has since spread like an oil slick, leaving precious few prominent lawmakers unstained.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Casey
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

In the Hands of the Military

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.

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Safe Dad

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Monopoly Money

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Border Patrol, Protesters Clash at Mexican Border

About 30 demonstrators taking part in a three-day, bi-national “No Borders Camp” protest were attacked Sunday by about 100 Border Patrol officers at the end of the last day, The San Diego Independent Media Center charged.  The media center said that the officers used pepper gas, tazers and batons, beating two or three demonstrators severely and detaining three.

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A Dictator Gets Tips From an Old Pro

Bush, citing his own years of expertise, flies to Islamabad to offer wisdom on how to eliminate democracy.

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king and queen

Oil Is King

The Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates who is benefiting from record oil prices and whether there’s more to the Saudi king’s European tour than meets the eye.

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Hashim
news.bbc.co.uk

U.S. Delaying Iraqi Executions?

For the first time in George W. Bush’s political life, a Bush government is trying not to have someone executed, or so it seems. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused the U.S. of stalling the executions of three prominent prisoners, one of whom might have been in cahoots with the CIA during Saddam Hussein’s reign.

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Spain’s King Tells Chavez to ‘Shut Up’

King Juan Carlos of Spain had apparently had enough of Hugo Chavez when he said to the Venezuelan president: “Why don’t you shut up?” The public scolding took place at the 22-nation Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile, and was precipitated by Chavez’s attempts to paint former Spanish prime minister and Bush supporter Jose Maria Aznar as a fascist, which is a touchy term to use in front of the man who ended nearly four decades of fascist rule.

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Bush Stands by Musharraf

As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf faces an ongoing crisis in his volatile country, President Bush and members of his inner circle are signaling their overall support of Musharraf while criticizing some of his choices in recent days.  Meanwhile, Musharraf’s apparent alliance with Benazir Bhutto has sparked concern among those skeptical of her motives and leadership abilities.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Norman Mailer
AP photo / Kathy Willens

Norman Mailer Dead at 84

News of the loss of one of America’s most unique voices, Norman Mailer, rippled through the literary community Saturday after Mailer’s biographer announced that the author of “The Armies of the Night” and “The Naked and the Dead” had expired at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

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San Francisco Bay
AP photo / Eric Risberg

Emergency in San Francisco Bay

On Friday, a full two days after a container ship rammed into San Francisco’s Bay Bridge and began spilling oil into the bay, Coast Guard authorities were doing damage control on their own behalf as the slick continued to spread.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich

Kucinich:  We’re Losing Our Democracy

This week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich drummed up support within the House to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.  Here, he discusses his motivations on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” TV/radio show.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


vet in physical therapy
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Bush Visits Wounded Vets

It’s really hard to look at these photos of President Bush meeting with severely wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio without just saying “wow” over and over.  We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy

The Mukasey Debate

If you can’t say it any better than Ted Kennedy, why try? We certainly won’t. Here, the former Truthdigger of the Week speaks for us all as he lays out the case against Mukasey.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Mukasey
nytimes.com

Your New Attorney General

Michael Mukasey has been sworn in as U.S. attorney general, a day after 53 senators decided that a man who doesn’t know what torture is should have the job. But the real blame—for anyone who objects to the confirmation, that is—should be reserved for Democrats Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, who made Bush’s day when they gave Mukasey the green light.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Kerik
nytimes.com

Giuliani Protégé Indicted

Bernard Kerik, the man Rudy Giuliani mentored, appointed as police commissioner of New York and recommended to head the Department of Homeland Security, has been indicted on corruption charges. For Giuliani, it’s not just a problem of unsavory association, but that he championed Kerik when the cat was seemingly already out of the bag.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Mark Sarvas on ‘The Hot Zone’

As the first Internet reporter for Yahoo News, Kevin Sites spent a year of living dangerously covering 20 wars all over the world. Is Web journalism the wave of the future? Mark Sarvas, a pioneer of literary blogging, takes a close look.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Now Is the Winter of Voters’ Discontent

The Democratic surge that began in 2006 continued in elections around the country on Tuesday. But how the Democrats won provides a cautionary tale for the national party.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Driving the Masses Mad

Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to sputtering rage than any other president since opinion polling began, with the possible exception of Nixon.

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Profiles in Courage: Women Journalists Speak Out

This year’s winners of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards are truly remarkable journalists who uphold the highest standards of the profession—and, as they reveal in their speeches, risk paying the highest price for their perseverance and dedication.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


california traffic
news.bbc.co.uk

California Sues the EPA

California is sick of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to block two-year-old legislation that would cut auto emissions in the state well beyond federal guidelines, and the state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the agency, which under the Bush administration has failed utterly in its principal mandate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton
jfklibrary.org

Bill Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

While Hillary’s out on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton may be offering his diplomatic expertise to help bring a resolution to the Writers Guild of America strike, which has halted several productions in Hollywood and New York.

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Clinton Plays the Rescuer Card

Politicians almost always exploit gender.  What Sen. Clinton is doing now is auditioning for the role of rescuer on a feminist frontier.

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Imaginary Friend

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Fallout From the Strike

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Blackwater’s Pattern of Violence

More than seven months before Blackwater’s September killing spree, one of the company’s snipers shot and killed three Iraqi guards, who, witnesses said, never opened fire. A brief “investigation” by the State Department, which included no Iraqi witnesses or visits to the scene of the crime, found that the incident “fell within approved rules governing the use of force.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


giuliani and robertson
nytimes.com

Robertson Backs Giuliani

Conservative Christian blowhard Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president, possibly giving the candidate a boost with fundamentalist voters. Robertson came to the decision because, as only he could possibly put it: “The overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the blood lust of Islamic terrorists.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


A Phony Social Security Debate

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar over Social Security, their argument has shed little light on America’s most successful domestic program but has instead revealed unattractive aspects of both candidates.

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Standing Up for Torture, at Home and Abroad

Sheldon Whitehouse, new to the Senate, was searching for what he called a “moment of moral clarity.” Seated alongside the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in its crowded hearing room, the Rhode Island Democrat was looking in precisely the wrong place.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Gender Trap

Can anybody tell me what a gender card is anyway and where you buy one? After last week, I’m beginning to think that none of us is playing with a full deck.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Cadet Chapel
usafa.af.mil

The Cancer From Within

Retired Air Force Col. David Antoon investigates the evangelical Christian takeover of the military, where proselytizing has become institutionalized and religious ideology threatens to supersede the values of the Constitution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


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