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Red Cross Condemns Torture Bill

The International Committee of the Red Cross will contact the White House to address concerns over U.S. torture policy’s compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bush O'Reilly

Bush Dodges O’Reilly on Torture

The president refuses to answer Bill O’Reilly straight when the talk comes to torture. The biggest guffaw: Bush speaks about engaging in a grand “intellectual debate” on terrorism.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Vernon Robinson

Colmes Destroys GOP Candidate

Vernon Robinson, the congressional candidate in North Carolina responsible for this disgraceful ad, self-destructs under the questioning of Alan Colmes. Watch it.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Conrad

Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire

Check out this documentary on legendary editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, who won three Pulitzers, earned a spot on Nixon’s enemies list and tackled every major political issue in America over the span of his 50-year career.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

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Egyptian Demonstrators
AP / Mohamed Al-Sehety

Chris Hedges—Inside Egypt

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief spends 10 days living with a lower-middle-class Egyptian family to expose the side of Egypt off-limits to most tourists—one made desperate by poverty and kept fearful by the omnipresent threat of state security officials.

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Mr. Fish - 300 Millionth Baby

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Mr. Fish - Toy Soldiers

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Halloween
From N.Y. Times

Why do Good Girls Go Bad, For a Day?

Why is it that Halloween has become, as comedian Carlos Mencia jokes, “Dress-Like-a-Whore Day”? The N.Y. Times plumbs the sociological issues at the question’s root.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Clueless in D.C.
Composite: Blair Golson

Can You Tell a Sunni from a Shiite?

Many of the elected officials and law enforcement heads playing leading roles in America’s counter-terrorism fight still don’t know the difference between Iraq’s two main religious groups.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Tables Turned
From the N.Y. Times

‘Stay the Course’ Backfiring for GOP’ers

In stark contrast to the 2002 and 2004 campaigns, Democrats in races all over the country are now pummeling their GOP opponents for advocating a “stay the course” stance in the failed Iraq war. Karl Rove’s strategy of trying to turn a weakness into a strength is backfiring big-time.

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John Ashcroft

Let the Eagle Soar

Former attorney general and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


David Kuo

Faith-Based Whistle-Blower

Stephen Colbert interviews David Kuo, whose new book, “Tempting Faith,” exposes the Bush administration’s cynical exploitation of religion.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Origin of the Species
loc.gov

Digital Darwin

Cambridge University is making Charles Darwin’s complete works freely available online, including the notebook the legendary scientist wrote in during the voyage of the Beagle.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Conflation of Church and State

The equation between “values voters” and conservative evangelical Christians has become so automatic that no one even noticed that the Values Voters Summit was held on Rosh Hashanah, a high holy day on the Jewish calendar.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Colin Powell’s Complicity

A new biography makes you long for an act of conscience that is so out of style it seems quaint: the principled resignation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Self Service, Not Public Service, in Congress

Rep. Curt Weldon is emblematic of the cancer eating away at Washington.

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Molly Ivins: Don’t Count the Republicans Out

I’m sorry to say it, but even with the Iraq war, Katrina, the disgust over Foleygate and Abramoff, the Democrats could still end up the minority party after Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Attacks Kill 10 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Today was one of the deadliest days this year for American forces in Iraq, where on average three soldiers are killed every day. So much for the administration’s claims that the presence of the U.S. military is bringing stability to the region.

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Luckovich - A Black Eye for Uncle Sam

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Poll graphic
From the N.Y. Times

A Historical Surge Among Young Democrats

Under Bush II, the percentage of Americans 18 to 24 years old who describe themselves as Democrats has risen to its highest point in generations, according to Pew poll data.

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Bridge to Nowhere
From sensesofcinema.com

‘Bridge to Nowhere’ Still Planned

Remember that $223-million bridge to Gravina, Alaska (pop. 50)? It’s in the current federal highway bill. Just a friendly reminder of the priorities of Alaska GOP Rep. Donald Young.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Marks His Territory in Space

Bush’s new space policy, the first major overhaul in 10 years, reserves the right to prevent access to space to anyone “hostile to U.S. interests.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
Norma Jean Roy

Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Informative as Broadcast News

It has often been said that “The Daily Show” is the major source of news for many Americans, but a recent study found the comedy program to be just as informative as nightly news broadcasts.  The only difference: While Jon Stewart and Co. dilute the news with humor, the networks fill their broadcasts with hype.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Richard Dawkins

The Science of Atheism

Biologist Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” debates Stephen Colbert on the irrationality of religion, the misrepresentation of evolution and the idiocy of intelligent design.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


655,000 Iraq War Deaths

A doctor with Physicians for Social Responsibility reports on the attempts of ideological critics to slander the good science behind a shocking new report on the death tally of the Iraq war.

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Donald H. Rumsfeld
AP / Evan Vucci

Reflecting on Rumsfeld

Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, describes how two main tenets of the so-called Rumsfeld Doctrine—the reduction of all things military into “metrics” and an obsession with perception management—have left America inured to the human cost of the Iraq war.

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Robert Scheer: The Killing Fields of Iraq

A top medical journal’s report that the killing of innocents in Iraq is 10 times higher than a year ago completely contradicts Bush & Co. contentions that U.S. troops are stabilizing the country.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Learn About ‘Clean’ Elections

California residents: Check out this fact-sheet to educate yourself about Prop. 89, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, which provides “clean money” financing to qualified candidates.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


America Is Doing Such a Good Job in Iraq That…

The Iraqi president says Syria and Iran need to pitch in to stabilize the country.

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DeForest Soaries
AP

Bush’s Former Elections Chair: E-Voting Ripe for Fraud

The Rev. DeForest Soaries, former head of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, blasted the White House and Congress for its lack of dedication to stamping out electronic voting fraud potential, branding their efforts “a charade” and “a travesty.” BradBlog has the details.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
From CNN

Hillary Equivocates on Torture

Despite public statements to the contrary, Hillary Clinton now says she is amenable to the idea of the government using torture in some circumstances. The N.Y. Daily News’ Ben Smith has the details.

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The End of the World as We Know it

Mohamed El Baradei cautioned on Monday that as many as 30 nations could rapidly develop nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency chief warned that countries are “hedging their bets” by developing peaceful nuclear programs that could provide the necessary technology and material for weaponization.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Baker and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Baker Panel to Urge Change

The panel of advisors tasked with investigating solutions to the quagmire in Iraq is set to recommend a major shift in policy.  The group, headed by former Secretary of State James Baker, is likely to advocate troop withdrawals, and might even suggest inviting Iran and Syria to assist in Iraq’s security.

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Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Dissects Ney Plea

Jon Stewart digests the latest Abramoff developments, including Bob Ney’s abuse of the “drinking problem” defense: “If you’re keeping score at home, that now makes alcohol responsible for corruption, anti-Semitism and homosexual pedophilia.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Signs Torture Bill

It’s official. We just got medieval. The Associated Press calls it “tough interrogation.” We call it the indefinite-detainment, unyielding-torture, habeas-corpus-suspending, mortgage America’s bedrock principles upon the altar of anti-terrorism bill.
But different strokes for different folks.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Deep Fried Coke
From charlotte.com

America Embraces its Obesity Epidemic

Fried Coke is all the rage at state fairs this year. Yeah, you heard that right: deep-fried nuggets of Coke-drenched batter, topped with whipped cream and more Coke syrup.
Why not just implant columns of trans fats directly into the arteries?

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Cyrus and Stone

Oliver Stone Teaming With Pro-Bush ‘Path’ Writer

The “World Trade Center” filmmaker is heading a project on the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden—written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, the scribe behind the wildly inaccurate ABC undocu-drama “The Path to 9/11.” 

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Iraq Follows Vietnam Model

Of course Iraq is like Vietnam. The only meaningful difference is that we haven’t yet lost 57,000 American lives.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Marriage, Hip-Hop Style

Who would have thought Snoop Dogg would end up serving as a role model for old-school romance?

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Last Refuge of the Republicans

If Democrats want to roll back Bush’s tax cuts, it’s only because they want to protect Medicare over millionaires.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


Norad
From interet-general.info

NORAD War Room Being Retired

The U.S. government is basically shuttering the NORAD nerve center deep in the Cheyenne Mountains in Colorado.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


Reuters in 'Second Life'
From Reuters

Reuters Opening ‘Second Life’ Virtual Bureau

The news agency becomes the latest corporate brand to set up shop in the virtual online world. It will put out stories about this rapidly growing parallel universe. Amazing stuff.

  • Earlier: a big magazine piece on Second Life
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    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Israeli President Accused of Rape

    Israeli police have found sufficient evidence to charge President Moshe Katsav with multiple acts of rape and sexual harassment.

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    October’s U.S. Iraq Deaths at a Very High Level

    At least 53 American troops have been killed so far this month, an extraordinarily high midmonth tally. October is on track to be the third deadliest month of the entire war for American forces.

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    John Kerry
    From NBC

    Kerry: I’d Deserve a Second Chance in ‘08

    The Mass. senator stopped short of announcing he’s making another presidential run, but said it’s a basic principle that “Americans give people a second chance.”

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Sex and the City
    From HBO

    For First Time, Unmarried Households Reign in U.S.

    Traditional marriage is no longer the norm in the majority of U.S. households, according to recent census data.

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hagel and Warner

    Two Top GOP Senators Want New Iraq Strategy

    Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Warner have added their names to the growing list of Republicans who have broken ranks with Bush on Iraq.
    Of course, this profoundly un-democratic president has proved himself immune to reasoned criticism, so don’t hold your breath for an Iraq course correction.

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


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