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Eye on the Tiger

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Axis of Dixie

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Baghdad
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The Five Iraqs

From Hillary Clinton to Mitt Romney, the candidates have no shortage of solutions for the Iraq mess, but their shallow rhetoric reveals an ignorance of the increasingly fractured and disastrous reality.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bilawal Bhutto
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Bhutto’s Son Inherits Her Party

Benazir Bhutto’s teenage son has been named the chairman of her Pakistan People’s Party, although her husband will run the PPP until Bilawal finishes college. Asif Ali Zardari refused to allow his wife to be autopsied but has asked the U.N. and Britain to investigate her assassination.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007 READ MORE


Sensational Strategy

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Posted on Dec 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Hindsight

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Posted on Dec 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Footage of Bhutto Attack Released

Well, let’s just say that this video footage of the fatal attack on Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto doesn’t help much when it comes to sorting out exactly what happened as her motorcade passed through the crowd at Ravalpindi on Thursday, but judge for yourself.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul

Paul: U.S. Should Keep Its Nose Out of Pakistan

When point-blanked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about how he would handle the current situation in Pakistan, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul blasted U.S. alignment with “military dictator” Pervez Musharraf and accused Washington of fostering unrest among anti-U.S. factions in Pakistan by setting up a “puppet government.”  Rep. Paul was on Thursday’s “Situation Room.”

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Baghdad Bombers Target Familiar Market

The same Tayaran Square market in Baghdad that has witnessed so much bloodshed over the last few years has once again been bombed, injuring dozens and killing at least 14. The attack, which occurred after Friday prayers when the market was crowded, took place just across the Tigris from the Green Zone.

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Nepalese Monarchy Ousted in Vote

Nepal’s long-standing monarchy is about to become obsolete, after more than two-thirds of the country’s provisional parliament voted to amend the constitution and give the government the power to abolish the monarchy and establish a “federal democratic republican state” instead.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
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Obama Wants to Go Live

After Hillary Clinton announced she will buy two minutes of air time on every evening newscast in Iowa,  Barack Obama wants to go even further with either a two- or five-minute live campaign commercial, to be aired simultaneously on all the networks. The stunt, which “West Wing” viewers will recognize from the show’s last season, has station managers scratching their heads.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


Benazir Bhutto
AP photo / Mohammed Javed

Who Killed Benazir Bhutto?

As Benazir Bhutto’s body was laid to rest Friday, the mystery about her murder remained unresolved, and outbursts of violence rippled throughout Pakistan in reaction to her death.  Members of her political party said security lapses made her an easy target, while an official of Pervez Musharraf’s government claimed she sustained a fatal wound when she struck her head as she ducked inside her armored vehicle.  Of course, al-Qaida is on the short list of suspects in Bhutto’s assassination.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Carla Kaplan on ‘The Mitfords’

A new collection of letters between the fascinating Mitford sisters offers unparalleled insight into one of the 20th century’s most famous families.

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What’s at Stake in Iowa

The Bhutto assassination came as a brutal reminder of the gravity of the decision Iowa’s voters will make Thursday. Its impact may be felt most powerfully by Democrats who have been thinking less about issues than about the candidates’ styles and leadership qualities.

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The Path to a National Popular Vote

Now, a handful of states have disproportionate power to determine our national path in presidential elections. But a remedy is available.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Terror Talk With Rudy ‘Tough Guy’ Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani’s just the guy to come out swinging against “the Muslims,” according to boosters at a New Hampshire love-in shown on this clip from the Guardian.  Notes one staunch supporter, “These people are very dedicated ... very smart in their own way,” and it takes America’s Mayor to win what Giuliani calls the “Islamic terrorist war” at hand.

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U.S. Candidates React to Bhutto Assassination

American presidential contenders from both sides of the aisle sounded off on Thursday about the suicide attack that claimed the life of erstwhile Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as she was campaigning for a comeback following years of self-imposed exile from her homeland.

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Benazir Bhutto
AP photo / Mohammed Javed

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

Pakistan is in a state of turmoil following a suicide attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least 20 others in Rawalpindi on Thursday.  Bhutto had appeared at a rally to drum up support for Pakistan’s upcoming elections on Jan. 8 when a gunman shot her and blew himself up, sparking protests and more deadly clashes around the country.

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Hoover’s Secret Plan to Jail ‘Dangerous’ Americans

According to recently declassified documents, infamous FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover presented President Harry Truman with a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 people, mostly Americans, of whom he disapproved. The year was 1950 and the occasion was the start of the Korean War, but Hoover had apparently been building his list of the “potentially dangerous” for years.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


Peace With the Earth

Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore’s very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


New Orleans
english.people.com.cn

NRA Targets New Orleans

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation are suing the mayor and police superintendent of New Orleans because, they say, the city unconstitutionally seized some 1,000 guns during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Police say they took only stolen or abandoned weapons.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton in Iowa
AP photo / M. Spencer Green

The Iowa Caucus Con

Political reporters are not widely embraced, but in Iowa, they are eagerly welcomed when they show up to cover the state’s unique system of selecting presidential nominees.  The reason is simple: The media is a co-conspirator in a con, the Iowa caucuses.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


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It’s the End of the World and Bush Feels Fine

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more appropriate karaoke singer for this cover of the R.E.M. classic.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Landslides Hit Indonesia on Anniversary of Tsunami

A combination of rainfall and rising tides, as well as the possible effects of deforestation, sparked landslides that buried homes and killed at least 80 people in central Indonesia on Wednesday.  Thousands were forced to evacuate the Java region, and officials say the death toll may still rise.

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philadelphiaweekly.com

Pope Goes Green for Christmas

During his midnight Christmas mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI paid special attention to what he called the “ill-treated world” and our “selfish and reckless exploitation” of energy. He’s not just all talk: it turns out the Vatican bought carbon credits this holiday season to offset emissions. It’s just a little present to the world from the biggest little city in Italy.

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An Enabling Virtue

Hope is an overused word and an underrated virtue. We “hope” for all kinds of things, from the trivial to the profound. But hope is both a habit and a discipline. It is an orientation toward the future based on the conviction that we live in an ultimately trustworthy universe.

Posted on Dec 24, 2007 READ MORE


The FCC’s Christmas Gift to Big Media

On Dec. 18, the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission met in Washington, D.C., and, by a 3 to 2 vote, passed new regulations that would allow more media consolidation. This, despite the U.S. public’s increasing concern over the nation’s media being controlled by a few giant corporations.

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Blessed Are the S’mores

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The Evangelical Rebellion

Mike Huckabee represents a new and potent force in American politics, and the neocons and corporate elite, who once viewed the yahoos of the Christian right as the useful idiots, are now confronted with the fact that they themselves are the ones who have been taken for a ride.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Banking on Grass Roots in Iowa

In these final days before the Iowa caucuses, John Edwards’ chance for the presidency comes down to people like Jim Clifford, trudging up an icy driveway to persuade Leo Oswald, a shipping clerk at the Georgia Pacific plant in Dubuque, to turn out and support Edwards.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Ron Paul Doesn’t Accept Evolution

The one and only anti-war Republican presidential candidate didn’t raise his hand when asked who doesn’t believe in evolution, but it turns out he may have wanted to. In this clip, Paul responds to a question about the incident by saying that it was an “inappropriate question,” but that “I think it’s a theory—theory of evolution—and I don’t accept it.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


The Race for Name-Caller in Chief

According to satirist Borowitz, Clinton has exposed some dirty linen and Obama is plenty P-O’d about the accusation.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


The Middle East in 2007

It’s been a rough year for the Middle East, from Saddam’s hanging to mass killings in Iraq and the war of words over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. The Mosaic Intelligence Report takes a look back and asks whether there is hope for the future.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Kean
AP photo / Haraz N. Ganbari

CIA Says It Gave Probers What They Asked For

Tapes?  Oh, those tapes!  CIA officials are justifying their failure to hand over videotapes of “severe interrogation” methods by saying they were not specifically asked for them.  The officials were reacting to criticism by former 9/11 Commission members.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert
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Colbert and Stewart on the Comeback Track

If Comedy Central headliners Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert indeed return to television Jan. 7—the eve of the New Hampshire primary, as fate (or whatever capricious force controls networks’ holiday scheduling practices) would have it—they’ll probably have to stage their comebacks without their trusty and witty writing teams.

Posted on Dec 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Zachary Karabell on Mark Lilla’s ‘The Stillborn God’

With religious passions inflaming and complicating politics worldwide, the very project of a secular future is threatened.  In “The Stillborn God,” Mark Lilla reveals the roots of the age-old quest to bring political life under God’s authority.  He also explores how modern Western thinkers found a way to free politics from theological power and build barriers against destructive religious fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Which Clinton for President?

Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she’s eager to take charge as president on “day one.” Apparently, though, so is Bill.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Fear, Loathing and the Crisis of Confidence

A recent study found that one-third of Americans “believe in a broad smorgasbord of conspiracy theories,” which really isn’t that surprising considering we have a government that has gone out of its way to undermine the rule of law and public accountability.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee the Rebel

The rise of the Baptist minister—an “evangelical populist”—has put the fear of God into the Republican establishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
White House photo / Tina Hager

Mr. Bush Goes to Israel

For the first time during his presidency, in the final year of his final term, George W. Bush is headed to Israel and the West Bank. Given that he’s even less popular in the Mideast than he is at home, massive security preparations are under way.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Huckabee

Huckabee Denies Subliminal Cross

Mike Huckabee tells MSNBC that the prominent floating cross in his Christmas ad was pure coincidence, although he immediately loses credibility points with a series of canned jokes.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


McCain
rawstory.com

McCain Denies ‘Special Treatment’ Story

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has been picking up momentum, but now the candidate finds himself in a war of words with the Drudge Report. On Thursday, McCain vehemently denied that, as was posted on Drudge, he once gave “special treatment” to a lobbyist and has been trying to pressure The New York Times to kill the story.

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abcnews.com

Clinton Targets Obama on the Web

The Hillary Clinton campaign has secured two domain names for Web sites that will be devoted to attacking Barack Obama. A Clinton representative says negative sites are nothing new, but the Obama campaign says Clinton’s latest Internet efforts are “politically motivated attacks in the eleventh hour of a closely contested campaign.”

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For Veterans With PTSD, Location Is Everything

Of the 750,000 or so veterans who have been discharged from the “war on terror,” roughly one-quarter have been recognized by the VA as mentally or physically injured. One of the leading debilitating injuries suffered by those men and women is PTSD, but how much they’re compensated by the government depends a great deal on where they live, according to an investigation by McClatchy’s Washington bureau.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Obama in Iowa
AP photo / Kevin Sanders

Iowa ‘08:  Barack Obama Live

In his first dispatch from the scene of the upcoming caucuses, Boyarsky gets a look at Barack Obama in action as the Democratic presidential hopeful delivers a speech in Des Moines touching on foreign policy and the issue of experience in office.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Scott Ritter
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Scott Ritter on War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Slowed? Maybe ... Stopped? No Way.

Sen. Clinton has had some campaign setbacks, but the notion that she’s in a tailspin is baloney.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Eek! It’s a Wrinkle!

News flash: Hillary Clinton has crow’s-feet.  Now let’s all thank Rush Limbaugh for giving us another clear view of the double standard on the campaign highway.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


Reid
cnn.com

House Approves War Funds

The House has followed in the wake of the Senate, saying yes to $70 billion in funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anti-war Democrats have had little success overcoming Republican filibusters and a publicity blitz meant to sell the “surge.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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