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Latest Violence in Mexico: Just in Time for Spring Break

America’s college kids are keeping it classy once again, taking recent reports about violence in Mexico as their cue to perform keg stands in other sunny locales for this year’s spring break festivities. Florida, you’ve been warned.

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White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama to Pitch Health Care Reform on Fox News

As part of his eleventh-hour push to win Americans over on the touchy topic of health care reform, President Barack Obama is throwing himself into the lion’s den. That’s right, the president is going willingly to Fox News to get the “fair and balanced” treatment from Bret Baier on Wednesday.

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Honda Recalls 410,000 Cars

It’s not quite the 8 million vehicles that Toyota has had to swallow, but the next-biggest Japanese automaker announced a recall of its own. Honda is calling 410,000 Odyssey and Element vehicles sold in the U.S. back to the farm to address brake issues.

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U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv / Matty Stern

U.S. Peace Negotiator Cancels Trip Over Tensions With Israel

U.S.-Israel relations have taken another frosty turn since the announcement of 1,600 new Israeli housing units in East Jerusalem. The special American envoy to the region, George Mitchell, has indefinitely delayed a visit and the beginning of new negotiations while the U.S. waits for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demonstrate a commitment to the peace process. But Hillary Clinton ... (continued)

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‘Avatar’ Gets Earth Day DVD Release

Fans of James Cameron’s “Avatar” who are anxiously waiting to watch, pause for commentary and perhaps act out the film in the comfort of their own homes now have a date, and an auspicious one, when they can make that magic happen: April 22. Twentieth Century Fox is giving “Avatar” ... (continued)

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AP / Charlie Riedel

Tiger Woods to Tee Off at Masters

Tiger Woods’ intermission is coming to a close. On Tuesday, Woods confirmed reports that he would be hitting the green again at next month’s Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga.

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Mega Media Edition

Hop on past the jump to find out who owns the media, how Gen. David Petraeus wants to handle Israel and why a 13-year-old genius is suing his school.

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The Americans Who Can’t Wait for a Better Bill

The lines at health care centers in working class communities around the country start forming when other Americans are going to bed, and they’re getting longer.

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Katrina’s Toxic Trailers Are No Bargain

FEMA is selling more than 100,000 contaminated trailers and mobile homes that are toxic enough to make people very sick.

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The ‘Runaway Prius’ That Quite Possibly Wasn’t

Toyota might have cause to breathe a little easier after a couple bumpy months, as last week’s runaway-Prius story is looking like it could represent less of a PR disaster for the automaker than it originally appeared to be.

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FCC Sets Ambitious Goals for America’s Networked Future

Congress asked the FCC to develop a national broadband plan, and the agency is running with it. Among the FCC’s just announced long-term goals: for every American to have access to affordable broadband, for at least 100 million Americans to have access to 100-mbps download speeds and for the U.S. to have the broadest and fastest wireless networks in the world.

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3-D White House
White House / Pete Souza

Everything’s Coming Up 3-D

Although 3-D technology has been around so long that it almost seems quaint, it’s still the Next Big Thing, in a sense, in the entertainment industry, as even television manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. What’s more, “Avatar” director and technological innovator James Cameron is ... (continued)

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Glenn Beck
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Glenn Beck Brings the Drama to Fox News

Glenn Beck has certainly drawn bigger audience numbers with his unique, and often baffling, brand of showmanship since he switched from CNN to Fox News in early 2009. But, as The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz notes, his act hasn’t always scored with network bigwigs or with fellow heavies from the right-wing media world.

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AP / Alex Brandon

Pelosi: Dems Ready to ‘Kick Through This Door’ to Pass Health Care Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked tough on Monday on the subject of health care reform, which is no surprise. What is more interesting is the plan she outlined for how she and her fightin’ Dems will “kick through this door” and pass the legislation in a fashion that many people will find somewhat confusing.

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Rielle Hunter Talks About ‘Johnny’ Edwards

He was once counted among the Democratic Party’s lineup of top presidential hopefuls for 2008, but then John Edwards met Rielle Hunter on the campaign trail, and his ensuing relationship with her (not to mention the inexhaustible efforts of the National Enquirer) changed the course of Edwards’ life.

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Spies Gone Wild: Afghanistan

A Defense Department official may have diverted millions from a Pentagon-funded research website to hire a rogue band of spies he reportedly called “my Jason Bournes” (as in the Matt Damon super assassin). These Jason Bournes, The New York Times reports, allegedly spent time running around both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border looking for militants to have killed.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Looks for Votes, Support in Ohio

President Obama flew to Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s neck of the woods Monday to rally support for his health care reform package. Kucinich, who has said he would oppose the bill, flew with the president. House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Sunday that Obama didn’t yet have enough votes in his chamber.

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot

The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel.

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Chavez’s Latest Nemesis: The Internet

Can we bring George W. Bush out of retirement so Venezuela’s president has something more appropriate to rant about? A reportedly pissed Hugo Chavez said Saturday, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.” Someone tell @shitmydadsays.

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Dewey Beats Truman—Again?

Could Prime Minister Gordon Brown pull off the biggest political upset since 1948? Britain’s Conservatives are ascendant, but there’s reason for Brown to hope.

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All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men

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We the Ticklish

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Rising Health Care Costs

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Beck’s Jeebus Boo-Boo

Glenn Beck has managed to piss off religious folk by ordering his listeners to “run as fast as you can” from churches that talk about “social justice and economic justice.” That doesn’t sit too well with Catholics, people who like to quote that justice-loving hippie Jesus and even Beck’s own Mormon church. (Audio after the jump).

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David Axelrod

Axe Has Choice Words for Israel

How would David Axelrod of White House fame describe Israel’s poorly timed announcement of housing expansion in East Jerusalem? “Destructive,” “needlessly provocative,” “an insult and an affront” and “inappropriate.”

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Americans to Lose One Hour to Daylight Saving and the Rest to Facebook, Twitter

Due to the extraordinary amount of time the average American spends on the two popular social networking sites, he or she is expected to waste 48 hours this weekend out of a possible 47.

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Russian Tanks in South Ossetia
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Georgia Wags the Dog

Call it reckless and/or call it propaganda: A Georgian newscast used footage of Russian troops crossing Georgia’s borders in 2008 to present a “simulation” of possible events, including Russian tanks en route to the capital and the killing of the nation’s president.

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Israel Extends West Bank Lockdown

Israel has extended its lockdown on the occupied West Bank amid high tension between Palestinians and Israelis stemming from Israel’s announcement that it would construct 1,600 more homes on Palestinian land. The lockdown had been scheduled to end Saturday night.

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AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexican Reporters Run for Cover

Violence in the Mexican border town of Reynosa has endangered both the lives of its citizens as well as the quality of its journalism. Fearing violent reprisal, many journalists have left, while others are admittedly censoring themselves after being threatened by the drug cartels.

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AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Afghanistan Leans Away From Censorship

The Afghan government has stepped away from a total ban on the broadcasting of “disturbing images” that was implemented earlier this month. The move had set off howls among media and rights groups.

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Rewriting History Texas-Style

Texas’ Board of Education has approved a new social studies curriculum with a conservative seal of approval. After three days of debate the board voted to change the curriculum to explicitly present Republican philosophies and conservative leaders in a more positive light.

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Changing No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama’s administration has called for an overhaul of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law, mitigating the ridiculous focus on standardized tests with an approach that takes into consideration student attendance and classrooms’ learning climates.

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Internet Fraud Losses Doubled in 2009

From Nigerian “millionaire” plans to “FBI agent” schemes, millions of dollars have been lost to scams on the Internet. Last year saw reported losses from Internet fraud more than double, rising from $264.6 million in 2008 to $559.7 million in 2009.

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Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google May Close Virtual Doors in China

Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.”

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Flickr / Miron Podgorean

France’s ‘Pink Tide’

French voters are turning against the right-wing policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy in what many are calling the “pink tide,” a leftward shift in French politics that is putting Socialists and Greens in many legislative seats around the country.

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Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

Getting a Read on the Middle East

The greatest problem of writing historically about the Middle East is that the story has not ended. The war goes on. And both “sides”—actually, there are rather a lot of sides—produce conflicting narratives.

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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Church Sex Abuse Scandal Reaches Pope’s Circles

One of Pope Benedict XVI’s past decisions as head of an archdiocese in Germany has come back around in relation to a priest accused of molesting boys three decades ago, according to The New York Times.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Big Push; Is Financial Reform Next?

President Barack Obama postponed his Asia trip to make a final push on health care. Will it really come to a vote within 10 days? Will the shocking report on Lehman Brothers’ financial manipulations hasten financial regulation reform? “Left, Right & Center” mainstays Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller take a crack at these questions on this week’s show.

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Associated Press

Civil Rights Activist Found Dead

Juanita Goggins, a trailblazing civil rights activist and the first black woman elected to South Carolina’s state Legislature, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C., home last week after dying there sometime last month. 

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Howell Raines: Why Don’t Real Journalists Take Fox News to Task?

Howell Raines, the New York Times’ erstwhile executive editor, sounds downright alarmed in a Washington Post Op-Ed article about the lack of journalistic standards and blatant displays of “disinformation” he sees on Fox News. What’s more, he doesn’t think that “honest” journalists ... (continued)

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Clinton Calls Netanyahu Out on Settlement Expansion Project

Just days after Vice President Joe Biden’s good-will trip to Israel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a stern warning about Israel’s announcement, which unfortunately coincided with Biden’s visit, that it will build 1,600 more housing units in East Jerusalem.

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Cornel West on ‘Fault Lines’

On the most recent episode of Avi Lewis’ “Fault Lines,” Princeton professor Cornel West talks race, class, foreign policy, the global recession, and the current political pressure that is being put upon Barack Obama.

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The Costs of a World Cup

The World Cup is coming and South Africa has overhauled its athletic infrastructure in preparation. But while only four games will be played in the city of Nelspruit, the government has spent $137 million on a new stadium there while many of its denizens live without electricity.

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AP / Petros Giannakouris

Bailing Out Greece

In an effort to save the Greek economy, and by extension the euro itself, eurozone countries—the 16 European Union states that use the common currency—have agreed on a multibillion-euro bailout that also will impose financial austerity measures on Greece.

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AP / Jack Plunkett

The Difference Between a Terrorist and Someone Who Flies a Plane Into a Building

There seems to be some confusion about who are the real terrorists these days. Allow me to shed some light on the issue.

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El Monstruo

Scott Sherman on John Ross’ Mexico City

The irascible poet, journalist and all-around troublemaker’s take on his love affair with the city called El Monstruo, through centuries of rapine and revolution.

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The Terrorists Newt Gingrich Wouldn’t Stop

It took the case of “JihadJane” to illuminate what should have been obvious by now: Anyone who claims to be able to identify a potential terrorist by appearance or nationality is delusional. There’s a reason why all of us have to take our shoes off at the airport.

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The Tax War Goes Online

Amazon has sent a message to states buckling under budget deficits: If you make us play by the same tax rules as other businesses, we’ll punish you.

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