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Daily Show

Stewart on Beck’s Botched Interview

Jon Stewart takes on last week’s newsmakers, including Glenn Beck, who recently asked the first Muslim ever elected to Congress to prove he’s not working with our enemies: “Finally a guy who says what people who aren’t thinking are thinking.” Watch it

Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


Feinstein and Obama
Left: senate.gov / Right: law.harvard.edu

A Swamp of Their Own

Democrats in Congress are split over proposed anti-corruption legislation that would limit lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.  Critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to address “earmarks” and campaign finance problems, and argue that an independent watchdog should be formed to enforce the rules.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


archives
dw-world.de

Holocaust Archive Tells a Fuller Story

The International Tracing Service, an arm of the Red Cross that houses 16 miles of floor-to-ceiling files related to the Holocaust, is slowly granting access after half a century of silence.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
news.bbc.co.uk

Blair Backpedals Over Iraq ‘Disaster’ Remark

After Tony Blair agreed with an interviewer that the violence in Iraq since invasion has been a “disaster,” his representatives on Downing Street insisted that the prime minister was simply being polite.

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


Robot Army in the Holy Land

The Israeli army, frustrated over the ineffectiveness of sending “a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist,” is developing futuristic weapons, including a “bionic hornet” capable of photographing and assassinating a target. (h/t: Engadget)

Posted on Nov 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Murtha
firedoglake.com

Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

He may have lost the race for House majority leader, but he still earns our vote for leading the way in calling for an end to the Iraq war.

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our favorite assemblage of videos includes: HBO’s revelatory documentary “Hacking Democracy”; a shocking video of a UCLA student being repeatedly Tasered by campus police; and Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounding off on Joe Lieberman, Bernie Sanders and O.J. Simpson.

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Story Time With Laura

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New Passport Security Chips Easily Crackable

The new microchips slated for use in new U.S. passports are tantamount to “installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat,” in the words of one computer expert who hacked the chips.

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Tasered UCLA Student Plans Lawsuit

The UCLA senior hired a high-profile civil rights lawyer who is accusing campus police of “brutal excessive force,” as well as false arrest. Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, is of Iranian descent but U.S.-born, and had refused the officers’ request to see his campus ID because he thought they were racially profiling him.

  • Good for him. UCLA’s reputation for a decade hangs in the balance of how it responds to this case.
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    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Eric Keroack
    abstinence.net

    Bush Appoints Pro-Abstinence Family Planning Chief

    The Bush administration has selected a doctor, above, who opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to direct the $283-million office that oversees programs for teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.

  • This despite the fact that 80 percent of Americans want contraception taught in sex ed classes.
  • ALSO: If you haven’t vomited yet today, check out Abstinence.net.

    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


  • Triple Cross
    Huffington Post

    ‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

    Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

    Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: House Politics, Traitor Joe, Education and O.J.

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer breaks down the race for speaker, Lieberman’s threats, the reason the education system is broken and O.J.‘s revolting hypothetical.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on House Politics, Traitor Joe, Education and O.J.

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer breaks down the race for speaker, Lieberman’s threats, the reason the education system is broken and O.J.‘s revolting hypothetical.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    The Globe Continues to Warm

    Scientists have noted alarming trends in the arctic that continue to indicate a rise in global temperature, which could ultimately lead to catastrophe: “There have been regional warming periods before. Now we’re seeing arctic-wide changes.”

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Democracy Now!

    Democracy Now! on the L.A. Times Firings

    Amy Goodman interviews L.A. Times reporter Henry Weinstein about the shock waves that have rocked the newspaper since its corporate parent fired the paper’s publisher and editor. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common story these days.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Ed Asner
    nerf-herders-anonymous.net

    ‘A Nation Deceived’: Work in Progress

    Acclaimed actor and progressive activist Ed Asner played the lead in the first reading of a new play that dramatizes the perfidy of the Bush administration’s push for continued war in Iraq. Check out this behind-the-scenes description by writer Jayne Stahl.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    UCLA student tasered

    UCLA Cops Taser Cuffed Student

    University police officers repeatedly stunned a handcuffed UCLA student with a Taser in a library after he could not produce an identification card. The video is sickening. The university is promising an investigation.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Szep - O.J. DNA

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    Friedman
    New York Times

    Conservative Icon Dies

    Conservative economics icon Milton Friedman has died at the age of 94.  Friedman, a rabid free-marketeer and dogged opponent of regulation, inspired generations of conservatives with his theories.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hacking Democracy

    HBO’s ‘Hacking Democracy’

    Watch this full-length documentary that exposes the truly frightening security flaws in America’s voting machines.

  • Earlier: The woman at the heart of this film was recently one of our Truthdiggers of the Week
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    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Dennis Kucinich
    AP / Lee Marriner

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Iraq War Funding

    In a Truthdig interview, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) reacts to Rep. John Murtha’s failed bid for House majority leader, and explains why cutting off funding for the Iraq war is the only way to truly protect American troops.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hoyer Elected House Majority Leader

    The vote is in, and the results are disappointing. Steny Hoyer beat John Murtha by a vote of 149 to 86 in the election for House majority leader.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    oliver twist
    reelmoviecritic.com

    USDA Eliminates ‘Hunger’

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to remove the word “hunger” from its

    annual report assessing Americans’ access to food.  Those among us who sometimes go without food, a group that has grown consistently over the last five years, will now suffer from “very low food security.”

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Thompson and Bush
    theepochtimes.com

    Tommy Thompson Wants a Promotion

    Add former secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to the growing list of likely Republican presidential candidates in ‘08.  Like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani before him, Thompson has announced plans to form an exploratory committee, signaling his intention to run.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Draining the Congressional Swamp

    While the post-election shoving and shuffling on Capitol Hill sounds dull, parochial and petty to the rest of the world, the choices that politicians make among themselves can be telling.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Farewell, Rummy

    There’s been so much in print about how Daddy 41’s people are back in the saddle, I was terrified when I saw a photo of Dan Quayle among the pack.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: The Poster Boy of Self-Hate

    Though Ted Haggard and others find the “sin” of homosexuality repulsive, Americans are slowly becoming more tolerant of themselves and each other.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: A Prescription for Congress

    The Medicare prescription drug program is the single totem that best represents the ugly excesses of the now-defeated Republican-controlled Congress.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    The High Price of Democracy in Cuba

    The Government Accountability Office has found that USAID funds meant to promote democracy in Cuba were improperly used to purchase luxury items including leather coats, crab meat and Godiva chocolates.  A representative of one of the Cuban-American groups charged with distributing the funds defended the purchases: “These people are going hungry. They never get any chocolate there.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    ENTER_ALT_TEXT

    Dean Fights Back

    During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Howard Dean defended his chairmanship of the DNC against James Carville’s recent onslaught: “The truth is, we got six governors. We got nine additional legislative chambers. New Hampshire now has a Democratic House and Senate for the first time in a century.”
    Not to mention, you know, the Congress. Watch it

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary vs. the General

    Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel and Gaza
    news.bbc.co.uk

    The Cycle of Violence

    Because of regular rocket attacks on its territory, Israel has been conducting military incursions into Gaza, including an artillery shelling that killed 19 civilians.  In response to the attack, Palestinian militants fired even more rockets into Israel, killing a woman and prompting Defense Minister Amir Peretz to vow revenge.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Ahmadinejad’s Secret Signs

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    Iran Hangs Gay Man in Public

    A gay Iranian man was hanged in the western city of Kermanshah’s “Freedom Square” on charges of sodomy.

  • A wake-up call: The bigotry of the U.S. Catholic Church toward gays pales in comparison to the homicidal intolerance of other cultures worldwide.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


  • Trent Lott

    Bigot Returns to Senate Leadership

    Sen. Trent Lott was just elected to the No. 2 spot in the GOP Senate leadership. Remember: He was driven out as Senate majority leader in 2002 for apparently praising Sen. Strom Thurmond’s racist, segregationist policies. Read about that, and watch the video.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    S. Africa Parliament OKs Gay Marriage

    South Africa’s National Assembly approved new legislation recognizing gay marriages. So now America is lagging behind the former apartheid state in civil rights.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Gay Closet

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    O.J. Simpson

    Sicko of the Week: O.J. Simpson

    Truthdig is sickened by the former football star and actor, whose new book has a working title of “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened.” For shame, O.J.: If you’re innocent, that title constitutes the apotheosis of poor taste. And if you’re guilty, it shows unbridled malice.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Terrorists Allegedly Bribed on Behalf of Fox News

    Conservative website WorldNetDaily claims someone paid Palestinian terrorist organizations $2 million for the release of two Fox News reporters.  The payment was then allegedly used to buy weapons, meaning—if the claim is accurate—that someone financed terrorists on behalf of Fox News. (h/t: Americablog)

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    fox news memo
    huffingtonpost.com

    Fox News Memo Toes Party Line

    The Huffington Post has obtained an internal memo from Fox News outlining the network’s strategy following the U.S. midterm election: “And let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Vatican Condemns Border Policy

    Days after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed concerns over the proposed (but unfunded) 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, a high-ranking representative of the pope called the measure part of an “inhuman program.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Murtha
    AP Photo / Dennis Cook

    Robert Scheer: Murtha’s No Lefty, But He’s Right

    If they know what’s good for them, the Democrats will heed the call of the voters on Thursday and elect Iraq war critic John Murtha as their leader in the House.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    bishops
    thegully.com

    Catholic Church Still Out of Touch

    The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted overwhelmingly to back the Vatican’s stand against gay sex, marriage and adoption.  The group also renewed its opposition to contraception, though only 4 percent of Catholic Americans abide by the ban.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Lieberman
    wndu.com

    Snake in the Grass

    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Joe Lieberman acknowledged that he might switch parties if the going gets tough with the Democrats.  While characterizing the election as a win for moderates, Lieberman also thanked the 70 percent of Republicans who voted for him for their support.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. - Canada relations
    From CNN

    Barry Golson: Stop U.S.-Canada Immigration Now!

    The editor of ForbesTraveler.com pens a satirical take on U.S.-Mexico border relations, envisioning a scenario in which “Minute Mounties” protect the Canadian border from Americans desperate to fill jobs that our neighbors to the north are too rich to perform.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Delorean
    kollectablekaos.com.au

    Hey, Iran, What’s All the Plutonium For?

    International inspectors have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in an Iranian nuclear waste facility and have asked Tehran for an explanation.

  • We’re guessing that Ahmadinejad isn’t trying to power a time machine, like the one from “Back to the Future” (above).

  • Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Luckovich - Bipartisanship, D.O.A.

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    New RNC Chair’s Lawyer Penned Schiavo Memo

    The White House just tapped Sen. Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.) to replace Ken Mehlman as the new RNC chair. In 2005, Martinez’s general counsel admitted that he wrote the memo outlining the political advantage to Republicans from the Terry Schiavo case. (Martinez fired the lawyer after his authorship became public.)

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart on Bipartisanship

    The “Daily Show” canvasses Bush’s reckoning of the common ground he shares with Democrats like Dick Durbin: Essentially, they both speak English. Watch it

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


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