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American Prospect
From AmericanProspect.org

Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

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Virginity Pledgers Often Dishonest About Their Past

Yet more evidence that the abstinence-until-marriage crowd is deluding itself into believing that virginity pledges have any real value. (Above, virginity pledgers and their fathers at a so-called purity ball.)

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Claim: Bush Doesn’t Give a S—t About Gay Marriage

Newsweek anonymously quotes a friend of the president’s as saying, “I think it was purely political. I don’t think he gives a s—t about” gay marriage.

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Stephen Colbert delivers a commencement address
From Knox.edu

Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

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Best Kiss: Brokeback Mountain

Jake Gyllenhaal’s kiss with Heath Ledger beat out real-life couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s kiss for the “Best Kiss” award at the MTV Movie Awards. Gyllenhaal also won best actor on the awards program, where viewers vote for winners.  The program airs on June 8th.

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Militia With Fatah Ties Deploys in West Bank

Fatah has links to the milita forces in the West Bank while Hamas has forces on the ground in Gaza. Tensions between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Hamas (click here for profiles) continue to mount in the small and economically devastated Palestinian territories.

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Wal-Mart Goes Organic

Organic food is about to go mainstream. Michael Pollan explores what the globalization of organic food means, and finds it hard to separate the good from the bad.  Also, see our interview with Pollan.

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Will Racism Bring Violence to World Cup?

Soccer fans mocked with monkey noises and spit on Nigerian forward Adebowale Ogungbure as he left a soccer field in Germany in late March. It sounds like a story from another decade, but this type of violent racism might just destroy this year’s World Cup. The NYT offers a must-read piece about the recent surge in racist sentiment among European soccer fans.

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Iran Turns Down Direct Talks Offer

Iran has rejected an offer by America and five other world powers to extend a series of rewards in exchange for Iran’s abandonment of its nuclear program.

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Gay Rights in the Middle East Still Nascent

CNN features a rare interview: a homosexual Lebanese man who is unafraid of going public about his sexuality.

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How Cynical Can You Get?

President Bush, having alienated the country on almost every other possible issue, has now resumed his push for a gay marriage ban, in the hopes that his base will rally once again.

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Andy Borowitz: Iran Trying to Obtain Paris Hilton’s Album

The political satirist quotes U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as saying: “This is the most serious threat to world peace since North Korea obtained an early DVD of ‘Gigli.’ ”

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Wen Ho Lee
AP

Victory For Wen Ho Lee

The five media heavies who shamelessly promoted the government’s lies about the Los Alamos scientist chose to settle today rather than reveal their government sources.
Lee was savaged by a media fueled by government rumors that he was spying for China, an accusation he was never officially charged with. Lee was imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months in 1999-2000 and ultimately received an apology from the judge who heard his case. Truthdig says: The media was not defending freedom of the press but their own right to operate as a megaphone for government agents with an agenda to slander an American citizen. The media went to bat for government agents who broke the law.  When will those agents be held accountable?

  • Read Robert Scheer’s extensive coverage of the Wen Ho Lee case.

  • Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Jobs Report Indicates Economic Cool Down

    Weak employment gains in May (only 75,000 net new jobs) may be a sign of a faltering economy. According to NYT: “Anything below about 150,000 net new jobs a month is regarded as too slow to keep up with population growth, so in effect, workers are losing ground.” (story | job report)

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    Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran and the Dixie Chicks
    Mike Luckovich

    Iran Deal: Good Faith or Another Charade?

    Even though the U.S. and five other countries have offered Iran a series of rewards for giving up its nuclear program, Bush and Cheney have given the world ample reason to be skeptical that the White House has any intention of settling this issue diplomatically. (And we’re not alone in this sentiment.)

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    John Bolton

    U.N.‘s Bolton Rattles the Macho, Cliched Saber on Iran

    U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said that military action against Iran is “on the table,” and ?This is put up or shut up time for Iran.?

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    FEC: Frist Violated Election Law in 2000

    The Federal Election Commission, acting on a report by a watchdog group, found that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan that made it appear as though he had significantly more money than he did.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Bush Worst President Since WWII

    In the Quinnipiac Poll, Bush garnered twice as many “worst of” votes as Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan was picked as the best.

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    BBC tape
    From the BBC

    Videotape May Show New U.S. Massacre of Iraqi Civilians

    The U.S. military has said that four people died during a military operation in the town of Ishaq in March, but this tape may prove that U.S. forces in fact deliberately killed 11 innocent Iraqis.
    This comes in the wake of the separate alleged U.S. massacre of 24 civilians in Haditha in November.

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    Iraqi Leader Accuses U.S. of ‘Daily’ Attacks Against Civilians

    The Iraqi prime minister issued the sharply worded criticism in the wake of rising outrage over the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.

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    Gene Gerard: Abstaining from Sex Education Politics

    New Truthdig contributor Gene Gerard, a longtime college professor of history, religion and ethics, examines the efforts of conservative legislators to stifle discussion of contraceptives in public schools—in favor of abstinence-only education.   

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    Sunsara Taylor: Drive Out the Bush Regime

    Sunsara Taylor, author of the widely debated BattleCry columns, sets forth in this manifesto a case for driving President Bush and his administration from office—anchored by an Oct. 5 boycott of work and schools nationwide.

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    Luckovich - Iran’s Dixie Chick Deal Breaker

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    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    The End of the Electoral College as We Know it?

    The California Assembly passed a measure to pledge the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote (as opposed to giving its Electoral College votes to the winner of the California popular vote).
    This would come into effect only if enough other states passed similar measures. But if it happens, it will mean the end of the electoral college as we know it.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Gore on global warming

    Gore on Climate Skeptics: Some Still Debating ?Whether the Moon Landing Was Staged?

    That’s what the man-on-a-mission has to say about those who claim that the evidence isn’t in on global warming.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Paper May Take Legal Action Against Bush Aide

    Bush’s top domestic policy aide, Karl Zinsmeister, changed his quotes in a Syracuse newspaper’s profile on him and then re-posted the article on his website. One of the quotes he changed was originally published as: “People in Washington are morally repugnant, cheating, shifty human beings.” The editor of the paper says she is consulting a lawyer.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Carbon emissions
    From TreeHugger.com

    Blog Trades Carbon Offsets for Links

    A progressive-minded blog called DeepMarket.com is teaming up with CarbonFund.org to offset one ton of carbon emissions for every blog that links to it. (h/t: Tree Hugger)
    Hey, blogosphere: Link up! It doesn’t cost you anything.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Feds Cut Anti-Terror Funding in NYC, D.C.

    The Department of Homeland Security slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York in favor of cities like Jacksonville and Sacramento. Stunner: “A DHS risk scorecard for the city asserted that the home of the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge has ‘zero’ national monuments or icons.”

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Batwoman as a Lesbian
    From DC Comics

    Batwoman Returns as a Lesbian

    “We decided to give her a different point of view,” said a DC Comics exec. “We wanted to make her a more unique personality than others in the Bat-family. That’s one of the reasons we went in this direction.”

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Was Bush’s Offer to Iran Designed to Fail?

    That’s the provocative question posed by this N.Y. Times article. “It became obvious to Mr. Bush that he could not ... consider military strikes on Iranian nuclear sites unless he first showed a willingness to engage Iran’s leadership directly over its nuclear program and exhaust every nonmilitary option.”
    Has a decision to hit Iran already been made? Are we seeing a charade like the one before the Iraq war?

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Sept. 11 ‘Ended on a Relatively Humorous Note’

    In a 2003 interview with Ladies Home Journal, Bush told Peggy Noonan that during the late-night hours of Sept. 11, he and wife Laura were hustled around the White House in their bedtime clothes because it was thought a jet was going to crash into the building. “[T]he day ended on a relatively humorous note,” he said. “We got a laugh out of it.”
    “Bad taste” doesn’t really seem to do this justice.
    (h/t: Daou Report. Also: full-text interview.)

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: The Private Lives of Bill and Hillary

    “Of all possible explanations for the mainstream media’s preoccupation with the Clinton marriage, the most innocuous is nostalgia for a better time, when we were able to worry less about war, corruption, catastrophe and incompetence, and more about sex.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Iran Badge Fabricator Goes to Washington

    Amir Taheri wrote the bogus Op-Ed claiming that Iran has a law requiring Jews to wear yellow badges. But on Tuesday, he was invited to the White House along with other “experts” to give Bush their “honest opinions.” With advice like that, our war in Iran will be a slam-dunk.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Living with global warming
    From U.S. News & World Report

    Global Warming? Better Figure Out How to Live With It

    Many climate scientists now see global warming as inevitable (to a certain extent), and are now focusing on the controversial idea of figuring out how to live with it. U.S. News & World Report serves up the surprising details.

  • Also, check out U.S. News’ Q & A with Al Gore, and U.S. News’ story on the insurance industry cashing in on the global warming problem.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


  • X-Men 3: The Last Stand

    X-Men to World: We Don’t Need Curing

    NPR looks at how “mutantism” in the movie “X-Men 3: The Last Stand” functions as a stand-in for all kinds of real-life abnormalities: like homosexuality, dwarfism and deafness, and how some people, like the X-Men, feel that abnormalities don’t need to be “cured.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards as wingmen in a bar
    From solarnavigator.net

    A ‘Wingman’ for the Wooing Wars

    The Washington Post explores the rules and etiquette of functioning as a good “wingman”—“the guy who accompanies his buddy to a bar to help him pick up babes.” (Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards demonstrate the technique above in a scene from “Top Gun.”)

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Gay Quotient
    From kirksnyder.com

    New Book: Gay Bosses Outperforming Their Straight Counterparts

    That’s the conclusion of a career development expert with a new book about gay leadership in the workplace. He found “job engagement, job satisfaction and workplace morale among employees reporting to white-collar gay men to be upwards of 35% higher than nationally reported statistics.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Kabul Riot
    AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

    USA Today: Afghanistan Resembling Iraq

    In the wake of a massive anti-U.S. riot in the streets of Kabul, the paper’s editorial board writes that Afghanistan is starting to look like Iraq.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    AP Photo / Mehr News, Sajjad Safari

    U.S. Prepared to Join Direct Talks With Iran

    Sec. of State Rice said America will join Europe in direct talks if Iran suspends its programs to enrich uranium and reprocess spent nuclear fuel. It’s a dramatic about-face, and comes a mere three weeks after the Iranian president sent a personal letter to Bush—the first direct communication between the two countries in over 20 years.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Redford
    From CNN

    Robert Redford: Americans Ready to Kick the Oil Habit

    “Today the American people are way out in front of our leaders,” says the actor and noted environmental activist. “I believe America is ready to kick the oil habit and launch a new movement for real solutions and a better future.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Karl Zinsmeister
    From aei.org

    Bush’s New Policy Advisor Wished ‘Explosion’ on Reporters in Iraq

    Karl Zinsmeister, Bush’s new chief domestic policy advisor, said this in 2003 about journalists in Iraq: “A significant number are whiny and appallingly soft. ? I almost wished there would be a very loud explosion very nearby just to shut up their rattling.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE



    From Talk2action.org

    The Purpose-Driven Life Takers

    Christian fundamentalist Tim LaHaye’s series of “Left Behind” books has been made into a Grand Theft Auto-style video game. Preview: The main character says “Praise the Lord” after blowing away a heathen. (Talk2action has more.)
    Let’s see: We’ve got a deputy undersecretary of defense who sees the war on terror as a fight between Judeo-Christians and Satan; a president who has called the war on terror a “crusade” and, now, video game makers encouraging preteens to kill heathens. If those are the people being saved, Leave Me Behind.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador to America, Samir al-Sumaidaie

    Iraqi Ambassador to America: Marines Killed My Cousin

    Watch the exchange on CNN in which Al-Sumaidaie makes the startling accusation.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Dead Iraqi civilians
    From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

    Military Report: Evidence Points to Marine Massacre in Haditha

    A military investigator reportedly has evidence that the Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha last November were the victims of bullet wounds, not a roadside bomb, as the Marines implicated in the crime had claimed.

  • Earlier: Rep. Murtha alleges military coverup on massacre.
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    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Lamont Seen as ‘Serious’ Challenger to Lieberman

    A key Democratic Party opinion-maker says this about Ned Lamont, who is challenging Joe Lieberman for a Conn. Senate seat: “He’s intelligent. He’s accomplished. There are no personal warts. He teaches in the Bridgeport public schools. How many people of his pedigree and background go do that?”

  • Earlier: See Lamont’s Truthdig interview.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


  • A Critique of the New Religious Left

    In the tradition of Sam Harris, Truthdig introduces secularist radio show host and author Barry Seidman, who argues in this essay that the new religious left could prove to be just as dangerous and divisive to the country as the religious right, because the admonitions of Abrahamic religious texts can never be reconciled with democracy.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Marcy Winograd
    From winogradforcongress.com

    Stanley Sheinbaum: Support Winograd for Congress

    The internationally renowned diplomat, peace activist and Democratic Party salon ringmaster is urging people to support Marcy Winograd, a peace candidate running against Jane Harman in California’s 36th Congressional
    District. 

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush Links Energized Enron

    The Bush family consistently acted to put Enron and its longtime CEO, Ken Lay, into a position to rip off investors and taxpayers. Why is the mass media ignoring that fact now that Lay has been convicted in arguably the most egregious example of white-collar fraud in U.S. history?

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador
    From Americablog

    Iraqi Ambassador to U.S.: Marines Killed My Cousin

    The new Iraqi ambassador to America, fresh after meeting Bush in Washington for the first time, told CNN that U.S. Marines killed his cousin in cold blood in Haditha five months before the November massacre there. (h/t: The Dan Report)
    This is huge: The ambassador of a newly minted “friendly” country went on national TV to accuse the U.S. of murdering a relative. Diplomatically speaking, it’s a violent smack across Bush’s face.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


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