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Home Prices Plummet

If you’re caught up financially in the housing bubble (who isn’t these days?), you might want to skip this item. Home prices have fallen by 3.2 percent—the sharpest drop in 20 years, while the median price for homes has gone down for the 12th consecutive month—another record. That’s not good news for a market eager to return to the good ol’ days of easy loans and overpriced homes.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Axis of Evil ... Where Have We Heard This?

President Bush has once again accused Iran of supplying militants in Iraq, colorfully referring to “Tehran’s murderous activities” in a speech Tuesday. The heated rhetoric, including references to Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions and mysterious evidence of unsavory behavior, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the administration’s push for war with Iraq.

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Why Gonzales Is Resigning

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Abu Ghraib: One of Al’s Claims to Fame

It was among the worst nightmares of U.S. history, and it sprang from the brutal thinking that Attorney General Gonzales trafficked in.

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Larry Craig

Sen. Craig: ‘I Am Not Gay’

The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay.” For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

A Legacy of Legitimizing Torture

President Bush lamented Alberto Gonzales’ resignation and insisted that the “good name” of the attorney general had been besmirched for partisan purposes. Good name? Robert Scheer reviews the highlights (or, rather, the low points) of Gonzales’ tenure and looks at the troubling legacy he leaves behind.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Surf Conditions: Extra Frothy

The word “seafoam” might call to mind a posh shade of light green that would color, say, select Restoration Hardware or J. Crew products.  However, for seaside dwellers along a stretch of Australian coastline in New South Wales, the term quite literally describes the frothy substance that completely covered their beaches after a nearby storm stirred up the Pacific.

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Larry Craig
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Denial Is Not a River in Idaho

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is working hard to disabuse the press and public of the notion that he has solicited or engaged in sexual activity with men, either at the Minneapolis airport or on other rumored occasions.  Regardless of the veracity of said rumors, Editor & Publisher wonders how the media missed the news of his Minnesota arrest almost three months ago.

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You Say Chaos, I Say Accountability

The GOP spin machine is revving up with the news of Alberto Gonzales’ departure. Some Republicans are suggesting that tracking down wrongdoing in Gonzales’ Justice Department would bring not peace but extreme disruption. In other words: Can’t we all be buddies and forget these trivialities?

 

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Incompetent, Corrupt or Worse

With Alberto Gonzales’ resignation, the president has lost not only a buddy willing to humiliate himself before Congress but a loyal agent who, whether knowingly or not, helped co-opt the federal government.

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Gonzales
nytimes.com

Gone, but Not Forgotten

Alberto Gonzales is stepping down, but he and the White House may still have to face the music. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed no sign of backing down following the resignation announcement: “Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.”

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Gonzales Resigns

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Alberto Gonzales’ Farewell Speech

Not to kick a man when he’s down, but there’s something to be said for a resignation speech that at least mentions why the person is resigning, even if it’s the pitifully transparent “to spend more time with my family.” After Gonzales concluded his farewell remarks, at least one reporter shouted, “Why are you leaving?”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


poppies
guardian.co.uk

Drug Trade Blooms in Afghanistan

More than 93 percent of the world’s opiates are now grown in Afghanistan, with an opium crop that has doubled in the last two years. According to the executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, “No other country beside China in the 19th Century ever had such a large amount of land dedicated to illegal activities.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


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timeinc.net

Depleted Uranium to Blame for Iraq’s Cancer Problem?

Is it just a coincidence that an unusually large number of American troops and Iraqi civilians are suffering from what appears to be a cancer epidemic? Iraq’s environment minister and a growing number of victims, scientists and even politicians say the widespread use of depleted uranium in U.S. munitions is to blame.

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Al Gore
businessinnovationinsider.com

Ad Agencies Vie for Gore’s Green Campaign

Signaling a sea change in the advertising business, four top-tier ad agencies are lining up to pitch to former Vice President Al Gore in hopes of landing the account for his Alliance for Climate Protection and helping Gore design a multimedia global warming campaign with a whopping $100-million annual budget.  The takeaway, according to AdAge:  Global warming is hot on Madison Avenue.

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Gonzales resigns
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Hasta Luego, Alberto

After months of intense scrutiny from the press, public and the Senate Judiciary Committee, beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has followed in Karl Rove’s footsteps, becoming the second major member of President Bush’s inner circle to resign in this last phase of Bush’s presidency.  Gonzales called it quits on Monday, sparking a flurry of reactions on Capitol Hill.

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Nancy Reagan and Merv Griffin
AP Photo / Craig Molenhouse

Merv Griffin’s Bodyguard of Lies

The not-so-secret gay sex life of Merv Griffin has once again raised the specter of the obituary outing, not to mention the power of prejudice to intimidate even the rich and famous.

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Statue and fire
AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

Greek Firestorm Closes In on Olympia

Wildfires are threatening Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics and home to some of Greece’s most precious archaeological treasures, including relics from the Temple of Zeus. Authorities are battling fires throughout the country, and dozens of people have been killed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Quagmire Quiz

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Bill Maher on Bargain Karma

The “Real Time” host takes on Mother Teresa’s doubts, Obama’s “blackness” and the high cost of low morals in our bargain-crazed culture: “Let’s have a war and cut taxes, what could go wrong? Let’s give mortgages to the homeless. Sounds like a plan! Let’s buy toys from a communist police state, you just know they’ll put in a little extra love.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Put an Asterisk Next to Rove’s Name

The satirist opines that the Bush adviser had some help from steroids in setting records as a divider and dirty trickster.

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British Troops Begin Basra Pullout

About 60 Britons withdrew from an Iraqi police base in Basra this weekend, marking the first step in British troops’ exodus from the city.  The BBC reports that the troops’ overnight departure caused some confusion as to who assumed control of the base, and British and Iraqi officials are denying reports that militant members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army took over the outpost following the British pullout.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
mtv.com

Maliki Hits Back at Congressional Critics

Responding to recent comments by top American politicians—Sens. Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin in particular—calling for his replacement, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki voiced some critical words of his own.

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Pakistan Sends Up a New Cruise Missile

Pakistan has put on another act in the ongoing show of military prowess between the South Asian nation and its neighbor India by successfully testing a new cruise missile, the Hatf VIII (aka Raad, or thunder in Arabic), which is designed to carry an array of different nuclear warheads. 

Posted on Aug 25, 2007 READ MORE


Recycled Rhetoric

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French Jail Awaits Noriega?

Once he’s released in September from a Miami prison, where he’s been serving time for the last 15 years, former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega faces yet another jail term, either in his homeland or, more likely, in France.  On Friday, a U.S. federal judge refused to block Noriega’s extradition to France, where he may endure yet another stint in a foreign prison.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Castro
Associated Press / Jose Goitia

Cuban Official Denies Castro Rumors

Though he’s been laying low for the last year after undergoing intestinal surgery,  Cuban leader Fidel Castro (pictured) is still well enough to remain in charge of his country, according to Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, despite rumors that his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


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No End in Sight

Take a look back at the Iraq debacle with the trailer for the Sundance award-winning “No End in Sight,” by first-time filmmaker Charles Ferguson. According to Time, it’s “the most important movie you are likely to see this year.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Peter Pace
latimes.com

Joint Chiefs Chairman Likely to Back Big Cut in Troops

It looks as though Gen. Peter Pace, whose term as Joint Chiefs chairman and the president’s top military adviser is about to expire, may go out with a bang. While Gen. David Petraeus is expected to back the White House’s push for an extended surge, Gen. Pace is likely to call for a major reduction—by almost half—of U.S. forces in Iraq in order to address the long-term needs of an overextended military.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats
AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Bridging the Democratic Divide

If a Democrat wins the next presidential election, she or he will have to tackle battles abroad—and, no less significantly, at home.  Boyarsky predicts that, after ending the Iraq war, a Democratic president would “immediately be confronted with domestic issues that have no Democratic consensus, issues in which debate is charged with deep feelings about national, ethnic and racial identity.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi family
nytimes.comiraq

Iraqis Flee Despite Surge

According to two humanitarian organizations, Iraqis are fleeing their homes in record numbers, despite the much touted (if difficult to demonstrate) accomplishments of the “surge.” Iraqis are increasingly separating themselves into sectarian groups, according to the data.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki Doesn’t Deserve All the Blame

Maybe the Iraqi prime minister should just enter our primaries next year and Americans could vote up or down on whether he should remain in office.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Intelligence Test

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Bill Maher’s Summer Vacation

The “Real Time” host returns with a look back on the summer, full of the usual barbs like this gem about the Democrats’ FISA capitulation: “Yes the Democrats in Congress took advantage of a deeply unpopular lame duck president by caving into his every whim and agreeing to allow the attorney general to spy on Americans without a warrant.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Big Brother Update With National Intel Director

J. Michael McConnell, the director of national intelligence, has in part explained Congress’ hurry to revise domestic surveillance law. It seems that the FISA court, established three decades ago to keep the government from abusively spying on American citizens, decided that the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was illegal—and that just wouldn’t do.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Those Sexy Seniors

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week reports that American men and women are enjoying active sex lives well into their autumn years.  If the article is indeed an accurate indication, well over half of the country’s seniors (at least up to age 85, given the study’s parameters) are doing their job to challenge some stereotypical views of sex at an advanced age.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Nawaz Sharif
AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

The Return of Nawaz Sharif

Here’s a bit of news that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf no doubt finds unwelcome:  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (pictured), whom Musharraf overthrew in a 1999 coup, is coming out of exile and plans to return to Pakistan to challenge Musharraf’s position.                                                                             

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Malaysian Groups Rankled by Jesus Cartoon

The Malaysian newspaper Makkal Osai is apologizing for running a cartoon image of Jesus Christ enjoying a beer and a cigarette on its front page, claiming it was a mistake made by an editor who had downloaded the image from the Web.  However, Makkal Osai’s efforts to quell the controversy may not be sufficient for some religious groups, judging by last year’s flap over the infamous Muhammad cartoons.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Reality: America Isn’t Conservative

As Karl Rove exits stage right with his ruined dreams of rightist hegemony, all the political signs and portents tell us that America is turning the other way.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Only the Little People Pay Taxes

The Democratic candidates have paid much attention to the president’s horrendous foreign policy, but what of his tax cuts, which have crippled the treasury for the sake of the yachting class?

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Year for Women

The columnist honors the anniversary of women’s suffrage by recognizing those who have done their worst to turn back the clock on women’s rights.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Under New Management

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Troops Still Waiting for Armored Vehicles

Throughout the war, getting the troops the equipment they need to stay alive has been more of a goal than a reality. The latest example is the expected delivery shortfall of MRAPs—the specially designed armored vehicles that have proved particularly resistant to roadside bombs. The Pentagon had hoped to deliver 3,500 of the vehicles to Iraq, but it looks as if only 1,500 or so will make it there by year’s end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’ in Iraq: Just Like Home

“The Daily Show,” on the scene in Iraq, goes to town on the ridiculous yet timelessly entertaining assertion of Rep. Mike Pence that a particularly deadly Baghdad market he visited was “like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Maliki
clinton.senate.gov

Clinton Wants Iraqi PM Canned

Hillary Clinton has added her voice to a growing chorus blaming the lack of progress in Iraq on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Uninspired by President Bush’s expression of renewed confidence in the embattled PM, Clinton said she hopes the Iraqi parliament will oust Maliki when it returns from its vacation.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


Administration Plays Hide and Seek With Missing E-Mails

In an apparent effort to keep the estimated 5 million missing White House e-mails missing, the Justice Department is claiming that the White House Office of Administration, which handles IT support for the executive branch, is not covered by freedom-of-information law. Press-freedom advocate Lucy Dalglish notices a trend: “When they don’t want to comply with the law, they just shamelessly argue they are not subject to the law.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


fox attacks iran

Fox News Sets Sights on Iran

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald has put together an alarming new short film, “Fox Attacks:  Iran,” in which he compares footage featuring Fox News anchors and pundits talking about Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion with the network’s more recent coverage about Iran.  The similarities are striking.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Handy Guide to Gagging Pesky Protesters

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained a “sensitive” handbook,  the “Presidential Advance Manual,” which details the Bush administration’s favored tactics for clearing the president’s path (and line of sight) of demonstrators who may disagree with his leadership policies.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Bush Pulls Back on Criticism of Iraqi PM

President Bush attempted to exercise spin control to smooth over his relationship with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday, emphasizing the Iraqi people’s claim on their own government after his comments a day before seemed to signal his displeasure with Maliki’s leadership.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


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