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Colbert Wants Into Women’s Club

In the latest Sotomayor reverse discrimination scandal, the Supreme Court nominee is revealed to be part of an all-female professional organization. Stephen demands entrance into the club ... ’cause he’s had it with the sausage fest of a club he’s part of. Check out last night’s “The Word” on “The Colbert Report.”

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A Big Brother World

This week in surveillance: The New York Times revealed that the NSA has been spying on the e-mails of millions of Americans, including ex-President Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, China has backed down from installing mandatory security software, while Iran tries to clamp down on communications, and Britain plans to track every phone call, e-mail and text message in Britain. Yikes!

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Middle East Peace Agreement ‘Within the Year’

According to ex-British prime minister turned Middle East envoy Tony Blair, a Mideast peace deal is possible “within the year.” Following President Obama’s speech in Cairo and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s response in which he finally agreed to the creation of a Palestinian state (under very tight conditions), Blair is confident that with continued discussions and proper mediation Israelis and Palestinians can come to an agreement.

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Health Care and All That Junk

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, President Obama is tackling health care reform. That’s right, America. It’s high time we put down our pancake-wrapped sausage on a stick dipped in baconnaise and start getting healthy. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

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Iran: Tens of Thousands Mourn Protest Victims

Tens of thousands of Iranians gathered around Mir Hossein Mousavi on Thursday to mourn those killed during the election protests. At least eight people have died. On Friday, the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead prayers at the University of Tehran, the scene of a bloody crackdown a few days ago, and is expected to address how the government plans to resolve the crisis.

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Obama’s Financial Plan Fails to Impress

President Obama compares his “sweeping overhaul of the financial regulatory system” to FDR’s crackdown on Wall Street, but New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera isn’t buying it. “Everywhere you look in the plan, you see the same thing,” he writes. “Additional regulation on the margin, but nothing that amounts to a true overhaul.”

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Without an Ass

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Twitter and Iran

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The AMA’s Unhealthy Obsession

The real question is not what the AMA will support or whether the attitudes of the AMA have changed, but why anyone would still heed its policy prescriptions. Very few national organizations have been so wrong for so long about the matters most salient to their own members.

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Tuning a Culture to a ‘Calling’

At the meeting of the American Medical Association, Barack Obama tackled the model “that has taken the pursuit of medicine from a profession—a calling—to a business.”

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The Bipartisanship of Fools

Where did we get the idea that the only good health care bill is a bipartisan bill? Is bipartisanship more important than whether a proposal is practical and effective?

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Why Patch-and-Fill Won’t Do

At the moment, Republicans are gleeful and Democrats glum because of a Congressional Budget Office analysis—based on an incomplete and early draft of what is likely to be the most liberal-leaning health care proposal to emerge from the Senate—that shows the measure just won’t get the job done.

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Sean Penn Bails on 2 Movies

Sean Penn has pulled out of two upcoming film roles and may be taking a year off from acting. No word yet on his politicking schedule. The star had been set to appear in “Cartel” and “The Three Stooges.” Yes, those Three Stooges.

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Bush Gets Ballpark Honor

Some presidents have been so revered that cities were named after them. So far, it’s been slim pickings for George W. Bush, whose list of honors now includes having his name on the owner’s suite at the Texas Rangers’ baseball stadium. It’s a fitting tribute for the man who once co-owned the team and a reminder of how different the world might be if only he’d kept that job.

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Move Over, Drug Mules

Here come the drug sharks. The Mexican navy has discovered more than a ton of cocaine packed into frozen shark carcasses, demonstrating the creativity of smugglers trying to deliver their drugs into the U.S.

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A Victory for Peru’s Amazon Natives

After at least 54 people were killed in a bloody roadblock protest earlier this month, native groups in Peru have won a commitment from the government to revoke laws that opened the Amazon to foreign oil and gas companies to exploit indigenous land for resources.

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Meddle, No; Twitter, Yes

Twitter, the popular microblogging network, has played a significant role in connecting people interested in the popular protests happening in Iran. The service has been so important that the State Department asked Twitter to stay online—and delay its scheduled maintenance—so as to keep Iranian dissent open to the rest of the world.

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Obama’s Economic Misfits Finally Get It

On Monday, two men with considerable responsibility for enabling the banking meltdown confronted the error of their ways. Hopefully Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers’ sudden conversion to common sense indicates the seriousness of the banking regulation plan that their boss, President Obama, will present to Congress today.

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Obama OKs Some Benefits for Gay Federal Workers’ Partners

It would take new legislation to extend full health coverage to the same-sex partners of federal employees, but President Obama, via presidential memorandum, will grant some benefits to them. Update: Progress or pandering?

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Obama Won’t ‘Meddle’ in Iran

President Obama says he is concerned about violence directed at protesters, but does not want “to be seen as meddling in Iranian elections.” He also warns that the “difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised.”

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Congre$$, Heal Thyself

As the Obama administration pushes for a vote on health care reform before Congress recesses in August, has health industry money too thoroughly polluted the process for anything good to come of it?

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The Islamic Republic Is Not in Danger

Few think that the demonstrations in Tehran, and now in other Iranian cities, can produce a change in regime. What is being challenged is the reactionary social and political form the Iranian system has assumed under Ahmadinejad and the most conservative clerics.

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A Strapped L.A. Won’t Pay for Laker Parade

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers brought the NBA championship trophy back to Los Angeles and with it cause for celebration, but how can a city struggling to make ends meet justify the traditional $2 million victory parade? By making the team and private donors pay for it.

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Learning to Live With the Devil We Know

The protests in Iran have captured the imagination of Western media, but the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should come as no surprise. The world needs to move past the controversy of the Iranian elections and, like him or not, find a way to deal with President Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions.

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Iran’s Protest Goes Viral

Iranian officials have cut off key communication conduits within the country and barred access to foreign news broadcasts as election protests rage on. But protesters have found ways to get information by other means: They have turned to social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

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No Big Surprise: Torture Yields Bogus Info

New declassified information reveals that the CIA’s torture programs produced false information. September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted he made up stories under torture, refuting a long-standing and still-used Bush administration argument that harsh interrogation yields highly valuable information. Rachel Maddow provides the details.

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‘Iran Decision 2009’

Jon Stewart reports on the alleged election victory of “Ahmadinejaja” in Iran—“the most stable country in the world”—and on Vice President Joe Biden’s no-comment comment about the situation there. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

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The Lowdown on the Calif. Meltdown

California is still hoping Washington will help out with its Hollywood drama of a budget crisis, but the Obama administration is playing hardball, even though the meltdown of the world’s eighth-biggest economic power could have serious repercussions for U.S. and world financial markets. With public services and the state’s welfare program on the chopping block, something’s gotta give.

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Murder Plot by Kim Jong-il’s Heir Reported

Kim Jong-un, the heir apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, reportedly has been caught in mid assassination attempt. According to South Korean media citing Chinese government sources, the 26-year-old was trying to kill Kim Jong-nam, the first son in the lineage, after first doing away with his older half brother’s top aides.

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Carter Assails Treatment of Gaza Residents

Former President Jimmy Carter visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and denounced the inhumane living conditions of the Palestinians there. People in the enclave are “treated more like animals than human beings,” Carter declared.

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Holocaust Museum Memorial

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Iran to Recount Disputed Votes

Iran’s Guardian Council has announced a recount of disputed votes from last week’s election as massive protests continued in the streets of Tehran. It’s not clear how extensive the recount will be or whether it could threaten to upset the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who flew to Russia on Tuesday for a meeting there.

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Truthdig Wins 3 Journalism Awards

Thanks to the L.A. Press Club for acknowledging the excellent work of our writers with three Southern California Journalism Awards. Congratulations to Chris Hedges, who won Online Journalist of the Year and Best Online Column, and Scott Ritter, who took home an award for Best Online Feature. Continue reading for the full list of 12 Truthdig finalists and links to the winning and nominated articles.

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Guns and the Link We Won’t Admit

There are without a doubt links among the extremists who have opened fire in this spring of slaughter, but we tend to ignore the most obvious point: We have decided to let just about anyone have a gun.

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Iran Election [Revised]

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S. Korea Expected to Seek Official U.S. Nuclear Protection

Shortly after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test, the communist country has reacted by warning of possible nuclear war. As a result, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who is to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, is expected to seek a written commitment of nuclear protection from the U.S.

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Welcome to an Unemployed World

The International Labor Organization opened a summit in Geneva on Monday on the worsening global unemployment crisis. World leaders, including France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Brazil’s Lula da Silva, will meet to discuss what they believe will be some 239 million unemployed worldwide by the end of this year.

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Obama Talks Health Care Reform to the AMA

President Obama spoke to the American Medical Association on Monday, trying to win doctors over to his cause for health care reform. His speech came after the AMA declared that it would reject a government-sponsored insurance plan.

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Shots Fired at Iranian Election Protests

Iranian militiamen opened fire at protesters in Tehran on Monday, allegedly killing one and wounding others. Hundreds of students have been arrested as tens of thousands of people rallied for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has finally called for a review of Friday’s election results at the heart of the unrest.

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The AMA Does Not Represent Us

As the American Medical Association begins its annual convention in Chicago, we want to take this opportunity to make it clear to the American public, to the media, and to the president and members of Congress, that the AMA does not represent us. In fact, the AMA represents less than one-third of America’s physicians, and half of those are retired.

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There Will Be Peace In Israel ... Sort of

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke for the first time of the possibility of a two-state solution, but only under certain conditions: the Palestinian state cannot have a military or control of its borders and airspace and it must recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Palestinian officials aren’t exactly thrilled by these terms.

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The American Empire Is Bankrupt

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

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Obama and the Politics of Short Memories

Business has been on the ropes since last fall’s financial collapse, but the first glimmerings of recovery are calling forth a capitalist counteroffensive.

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Don’t Panic

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Recovery

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Scared of Health Care Reform

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Gays Losing Patience With Team Obama

Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama’s Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he’d like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

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CIA Chief Wonders Whether Cheney Wishes for Terrorist Attack

Leon Panetta responds to the former vice president’s constant sniping in the latest New Yorker: “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue. ... It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”

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Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

The “Real Time” host has some harsh words for the president, who, he says, is caving to insurance companies, banks and polluters: “This is not getting the job done. And this is not what I voted for.”

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