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McAuliffe

Colbert on McAuliffe’s Mortal Mixup

Stephen Colbert rips Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe, who recently told Tim Russert that his father, Big Russ, was probably looking down from heaven cheering Hillary Clinton on. One problem: Big Russ is alive.

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Woe Is Me

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Shadow Boxing

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The Tortured Law on Torture

Ah, yes, those torture confessions have proved so useful. That, at least, was the claim of our president in justifying one of the most egregious assaults ever on this nation’s commitment to the rule of law. But now comes news that charges have been dropped against the so-called Sept. 11 attacks’ 20th hijacker, one of dozens so identified, because the “evidence” he supplied under torture and later recanted is not credible enough to go to trial.

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commons.wikimedia.org

U.K. Releases UFO Records

Britain’s Ministry of Defense is making public secret documents related to unidentified flying objects and alleged contacts with aliens. The records, collected between 1978 and 1987, include observations from the public as well as military personnel.

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Hillary Clinton
Flickr / seiu_international

Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton

What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? Update: Clinton won by a whopping 41 points.

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ER closing
AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

Campaign ‘08: Giving U.S. Health Care a Checkup

On May 5, the day before Barack Obama all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, I visited Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., because I was sick—sick of stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his most famous parishioner and of television close-ups of Obama drinking beer and Hillary Clinton belting straight shots in efforts to show their inner blue collars. 

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Douglas Feith Defends Bush on ‘Daily Show’

Is some of what we now consider common knowledge about the run-up to the Iraq war wrong—for example, that we were deceived about the U.S.‘s reasons for invading Iraq? Former Pentagon official Douglas Feith, who has been harshly criticized for his involvement in that process, thinks so—and he has a new book to make his point. Here he faces Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” audience to talk about it all.

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China Quake Survivors Sought as Toll Tops 12,000

May has already been a particularly brutal month for natural disasters, with the Burma cyclone, tornadoes in the U.S. and, most recently, the devastating earthquake in China, which seismologists say registered at magnitude 7.9. Rescue efforts near the epicenter have been hindered by rain and aftershocks, but with thousands still trapped in the wreckage every minute counts.

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Flickr / throwthedamnthing

Obama Ignores West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia are widely expected to hand Hillary Clinton a huge, if moot, victory on Tuesday. Barack Obama will deal with the predicted hiccup by avoiding it altogether. The presumptive Democratic nominee will not be in the state and he will not give a speech, hoping that superdelegates either don’t notice or don’t care.

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O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly: The Proto-Bully Years

This early footage of Bill O’Reilly from his previous gig at “Inside Edition” captures the future Fox pundit letting fly with a few F-bombs when he doesn’t approve of—or understand—the copy written for him to read during the show’s final moments. Hey Bill, there’s no “I” in ... oh, never mind. Updated.

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Hillary Has a Choice

The senator still has a lot to win this year, but not the presidency and not the vice presidency.

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A Farewell to the ‘Hillary Nutcracker’ and Other Obscenities

What is more frustrating? The sexism Hillary Clinton had to endure, or that so many were oblivious to it?

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GodTube Cashes In

A European hedge fund just invested $30 million in a Christian-oriented video sharing site. The vast majority of Americans identify as Christian, and while the economy may be taking a nose dive, there’s still money to be made on Jesus.

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Barr
commons.wikimedia.org

Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

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Flickr / midnightcomm

The Thorn in McCain’s Side

Ron Paul has framed his campaign as a long-term fight for the soul of his party. To that end, Paul has continued to campaign against John McCain, even though he has no shot at the nomination, and his supporters are planning to publicly upstage the nominee at the Republican convention in September.

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White House / Eric Draper

On the Wrong Track

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 82 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The same survey recorded a record-low approval rating for President Bush. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, a group that still favors the president, take a negative view of the country’s direction.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Massive Earthquake Shakes China

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake in southwestern China has killed more than 8,500 people, a number that could rise as authorities continue to assess the damage. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that rescue workers had difficulty reaching the epicenter because of obstructed roads.

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Flickr / LHOON

The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

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Wikimedia Commons / AllyUnion

Taking a Stand Against War

The Chicago City Council is debating a resolution urging the Illinois congressional delegation to oppose a war with Iran. Scott Ritter, who has been called as an expert witness on the matter, explains why the resolution should be supported—and not just by the citizens of Chicago.

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commons.wikimedia.org

Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

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Baghdad power lines
AP photo / Samir Mizban

Baghdad’s Other Power Struggle

As one U.S. soldier tells Truthdig foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen, it’s not entirely a bad sign that residents of Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood are complaining about their meager daily power allotment: A year earlier they were concerned about just staying alive.

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ltscotland.org.uk

The Defining Moment for Climate Change

Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start—even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.

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Poehler as Clinton

Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This ‘SNL’ Sketch

You just can’t catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all “hip” and “endearingly self-deprecating” by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you’re actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

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Huffington and Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Arianna Huffington on McCain’s ‘Viagra’

Stephen Colbert is a feisty one, but he might have met his match in Huffington Post editrix Arianna Huffington, who came to his Thursday show sassy in lace and camera-ready with quips like, “You know what it’s like for John McCain to be endorsing torture? It’s like you becoming the president of the Grizzly Bear Fan Club.” In the nick of time, Colbert stole the show back from Huffington with his comeback to her best McCain zinger.

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Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

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Jamie Leigh Jones
abcnews.com

Halliburton Now Facing Rape Lawsuit Trial

For some time, it looked like former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones, who claims she was gang-raped by co-workers over two years ago in Baghdad’s Green Zone, would be forced by KBR into private arbitration proceedings (read: no public record, corporation often has upper hand).

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Ickes and Clinton
msek.com/pollchicksonline.com

Team Clinton Hints at Party Unity Effort, Denies VP Talk

After seemingly endless months of campaign-trail tension, Hillary Clinton gave indications Saturday that lines of communication were open between her camp and Barack Obama’s about how to unify the Democratic Party once the nomination question is finally settled—but, as she reminded Clinton-supporting superdelegates during a conference call, it ain’t over yet.

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More Tornadoes Hit the Heartland

Yet another round of ferocious weather pounded parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, with tornadoes that reportedly killed at least 18 people just a week after deadly storms hit Arkansas.

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Blackwater helicopter
flickr.com

Blackwater Bounces Back

Over the last year, Blackwater Worldwide has been under fire from critics at home and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped the private security firm. In fact, the State Department has just re-upped Blackwater’s Iraq contract, thanks in part to the magic of lobbying. Also, State Department officials don’t seem to think they have much choice.

 

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AP photo / Bob Bird

Clinton Supporters Press On in W.Va.

Despite the doomsday tones that some in the blogosphere and in more traditional media circles took in their assessment of Hillary Clinton’s chances of nabbing the Democratic nomination after last Tuesday’s primaries, supporters have flocked to West Virginia. They are working hard there to keep their favorite candidate in the running, even if it means dealing with heckling from some locals who don’t share their mission.

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Pico Iyer and Open Road
sikhtimes.com/worldhum.com

Pico Iyer on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama

As opening day of the Beijing Olympics approaches, the Chinese government and official media have intensified their attacks on the Dalai Lama, blaming him for the recent violent demonstrations in Tibet. Pico Iyer, whose new book is “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,” talks with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about this intercultural conflict and about the Dalai Lama himself.

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Mugabe Rival Ready for Round Two

Whatever else might be said about Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change, it’s definitely fair to say that the man is tenacious. After weeks of confusion following his bid to oust longtime leader Robert Mugabe from the presidency, Tsvangirai says he’s now gearing up for an electoral rematch.

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Mommy and Daddy Are Fighting

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Mosaic Report: Israelis Celebrate, Palestinians Demonstrate

Celebrations are under way this week to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. While world leaders added their congratulations and support to heighten the festivities, over 20,000 Palestians (most of whom, as this Mosaic Intelligence Report points out, are Israeli citizens) marked the occasion with a protest march at the abandoned Palestinian village of Safouria.

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Barker ranch
AP photo / Gary Kazanjian

Search Is On for More Manson Victims

When a Southern California TV station recently ran a story about the possibility of authorities finding more victims of Charles Manson and his followers in Death Valley, it seemed like just another unseemly attempt to trump up a slow news night. Perhaps it was, but the story has now gotten a boost from the BBC, which reports that excavations aimed at finding bodies at Barker Ranch will start in 10 days.

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Obama on Capitol Hill
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Obama Pulls Ahead in Superdelegate Count

The aftereffects of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana are registering in the ongoing contest for superdelegate supporters: By late Friday, Barack Obama’s “super” group was just 166 short of the 2,025 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

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Business Stirs in a Walled Neighborhood

In this first installment in her series of stories from Iraq for Truthdig, veteran foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen reports about the civilian costs of war, life under occupation and the precarious state of a Baghdad burger joint.

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Ryan Maseth
post-gazette.com

Warning Fails to Prevent Electrocution of U.S. Soldiers

More than a dozen American soldiers have died or received severe electrical shocks in Iraq, reportedly as a result of faulty electrical work often done by ill-trained Iraqis and Afghans under the supervision of Houston-based contractor KBR.

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Burma Cyclone Aftermath
Agence France-Presse

U.N. to Resume Burma Aid

The U.N. has announced it will resume aid to Burma after conflicts over how food and equipment were to be distributed grounded relief flights. Cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,000 Burmese, and the ruling junta has been categorically criticized for its ineptitude in dealing with the disaster.

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Morales y Garcia Linera
AP photo / Joao Padua

Opposition Calls for Referendum on Bolivia’s Morales

Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, will face a confidence vote in the next 90 days as opposition groups continue their push to remove him from power. The vote comes on the tail of last week’s unofficial and meaningless referendum for autonomy in which the wealthy state of Santa Cruz voted for greater independence from the federal government.

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Weinstein
gawker.com

Movie Mogul Weinstein Reportedly Pressured Pelosi

Studio honcho Harvey Weinstein is a force to be reckoned with—it was no coincidence that Disney subsidiary Miramax became a major player in the film industry under his watch—and recently he reportedly attempted to use his powers of persuasion to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to follow his plan for a Democratic primary revote in Florida and Michigan ... or else.

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft on ‘Muqtada’

In this first-ever biography of the religious leader many predict will take over Iraq after the Americans leave, Patrick Cockburn, one of the most respected correspondents in the Middle East, provides a dramatic look at a man Paul Bremer denounced as a “Bolshevik Islamist.”

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A Slap in the Face

Hillary Clinton has campaigned as if the Democratic nomination were hers by divine right. That’s why she is falling short—and that’s why she should be persuaded to quit now, before her majestic sense of entitlement splits the party along racial lines.

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Obama’s Weather Balloon

The first important election result for the senator in May—coming before his North Carolina victory—was the outcome of a little-noticed U.S. House contest in Louisiana.

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Acknowledging the Race Chasm

American politics is as polarized as a red and blue election map. On one side are those who try to distract from the issue; on the other side are those who work to sensationalize it. What unifies both is bigotry.

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11 Million Reasons to Stay in the Race

Hillary Clinton is under immense pressure to exit the campaign, but thanks in part to one of her rivals, she would be saying goodbye to more than the presidency. Because of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, Clinton has until the convention in August to recoup her loans. After that, she could be out more than $11 million.

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