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Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Stands Firm on Environment

The president has confirmed that his gutting of the Endangered Species Act is part of a broader plan to phase out the environment entirely by the time he leaves office.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr Cuts a Deal

Moqtada al-Sadr, after reaching an agreement with several Iraqi officials, has ordered his followers to stop fighting. Basra has reportedly quieted, but fighting continued in Baghdad despite the announcement. Underscoring Iran’s influence over the affairs of its neighbor, the deal was apparently brokered by the head of Iran’s Quds force, which the U.S. Congress has branded a terrorist organization.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


?A Little Fit? in the Polls

A couple of recent polls have indicated that Clinton and Obama supporters would be so devastated by their candidate’s loss they would throw their support to McCain. Bill Maher asked Dan Savage to investigate the claim, and Savage concluded that voters were “having a little fit now, because they’re not going to have that little fit in November.”

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Fighting Rages for Fifth Day in Iraq Offensive

American and British troops joined forces with Iraqi government troops battling the Mahdi Army in Basra and Sadr City on Saturday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s offensive, launched Tuesday, passed the fifth day with little sign of reprieve and a great deal riding on its outcome.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


Basra fighting
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Oh, Right, There’s That Whole ‘War’ Thing

OK, John McCain, still “fine” with the U.S. staying in Iraq for another 100 years? And as for the Democratic presidential hopefuls, how does the whole troop withdrawal scenario change in light of the outbreak of heavy fighting in Basra this week? These are just a couple of the questions that couldn’t be more timely—or pressing—on the campaign trail this weekend.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


Doomsday Fears Over Strange Matter

Could a scientific experiment 14 years and $8 billion in the making produce a tiny black hole that could eat the Earth? Or reduce the planet to a dead mass of “strange matter”? Two critics say yes and have sued in federal court to stop the Large Hadron Collider from smashing protons together this summer.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Reed Saxon

The Decriminalization of Corporate Crime

With our economic and financial crises deepening, government insiders reportedly are debating whether we need to restore some regulation—or not. Given the state of things, we can expect further woes and no regulation.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Fred Branfman on Tom Brokaw’s ‘Boom!’

What kind of look back to the ‘60s manages to almost entirely ignore or miss the point of the Vietnam War?

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Alarcon y Mapplethorpe
AP photo / Jorge Rey

Calling All Cubans: Cell Phones, Gays OK!

Be it through changes in cell phone restrictions or proposed legislation recognizing same-sex unions and transgender rights, Cuba’s political future is looking up for many of its citizens.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Highway 443
nytimes.com

You Take the High, Palestinians Take the Low

An interim decision by the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday marked the beginning of what could become a two-tiered road system in the West Bank. With two separate legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis already in operation, critics fear segregated roads would lead toward further institutionalization of apartheid in the occupied territories.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Guilty by Observation

Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, it was Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on the chin—but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended up nursing a sore jaw and wondering what it was that hit her.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Is Wright Right About Racism?

Since the 1960s, bigotry has undergone an aesthetic makeover. Today, the most pernicious racists do not wear pointy hoods, scream epithets and anonymously burn crosses from behind masks. They don starched suits, recite sententious bromides and stage political lynchings before television cameras.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Economy Takes Center Stage

The three presidential contenders had a bit of a showdown Thursday over the economy. Barack Obama gave a major address in New York, while Hillary Clinton spoke in North Carolina. They criticized each other, as well as John McCain, who barked back.

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Romney and McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain and Romney Yuk It Up

Former rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney looked like fast friends as Romney joined McCain in Utah and Colorado for a little campaigning Thursday. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful ticket? 

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

The Case of the Moldy Ammunition

The United States’ chief supplier of ammunition to Afghan forces is under investigation for a number of potential violations that give the unfortunate impression that America is less than fully committed to its fight against the Taliban.

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Dutch Lawmaker’s Anti-Islam Film Hits the Web

Conservative Dutch politician Geert Wilders certainly isn’t helping resolve religious and cultural tensions within his country with the release of his short film “Fitna” (running time 17 minutes), which portrays Islam in an extremely negative light. According to the BBC, the Dutch government “has distanced itself” from Wilders’ views. Good idea.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy in London

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Hillary’s Hostage

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It’s the Economy, John

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave major economic policy speeches Thursday, outlining specific proposals and highlighting John McCain’s relative weakness on the subject. Obama called for a boost in regulation and an additional $30 billion in stimulus while Clinton proposed a job retraining program.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Protest in Sadr City
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Iraq Exploding as Shiite Fights Shiite

A new civil war may be looming in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces battle Shiite militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


?Earth Hour?

Actor Jeremy Piven wants you to turn your lights off. Especially you, Atlanta. It’s part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Andy Wong

Foreign Journalists Enter Tibet

China has allowed a group of foreign journalists an escorted visit to Tibet. News reports from non-state sources are coming out of Lhasa for the first time since protests and riots began two weeks ago. One described part of the city as a “war zone.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Slap Down ‘Free Market’ Pirates

For years, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has warned that the nexus of capitalism and criminality poses a serious threat to America.  With Bear Stearns now in ruins, maybe we will listen to him.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Nixon?s Heir

Some days, there’s just no forgetting that Dick Cheney is still the vice president. We’ve had a few of these recently, with Cheney traveling to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East on what might be called a goodwill mission, if the person making the trip were not Dick Cheney.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain?s Age Is No Joke

At the end of two terms, a President McCain would be 80. Should voters care about that? The question is an important one that shouldn’t be avoided just because it’s uncomfortable.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


?The H-Bomb? in Bosnia

Hillary Clinton has admitted that she misspoke about her trip to Bosnia, but if she hadn’t, it might have looked something like this. Or not.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Dan Abrams

Rush Runs Onto Shaky Ground

Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” is meant to throw the Democrats into disarray by keeping their primary race close, but according to MSNBC’s Dan Abrams, it just might be illegal.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Harry Reid
wikipedia.org

Harry Reid: ?It Will Be Done?

In a cryptic conversation with a Las Vegas paper, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democratic nomination would be resolved before the convention: “It will be done.” “Magically?” the reporter asked. “No, it will be done,” Reid repeated. “I had a conversation with Governor Dean today. Things are being done.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Time for an Update

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Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Body of War

We just passed the grim milestone of 4,000 U.S. military members killed in Iraq since the invasion five years ago. Still, the death toll climbs.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Nicolas Sarkozy
Newsday

Sarkozy Cozies Up to Britain

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in London Wednesday to declare his readiness to send additional troops to Afghanistan. The move, seen by some as an effort to strengthen ties with his chums across the Channel, was well received by British lawmakers who believe an increase of NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan would best prevent a Taliban resurgence.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright
thepage.time.com

Rev. Wright Can’t Catch a Break

Lost in the discussion of the Rev. Wright controversy and its impact on the Obama campaign is the fallout for the minister himself. Wright’s first public events since his sermons went YouTube, a revival in Tampa and a series of sermons in Houston, have been canceled. A third event, where he is supposed to be honored, has been downgraded to “pending.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Commando in Chief

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Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


America Loves Pants

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Robertson
AP photo / Jamie-Andrea Yanak

War of the Word

Would God ever damn America? Is there anything we have done or could do as a nation that might court such severe judgment from an almighty, or is there a peculiar American exemption from God’s wrath? The prediction of God’s damnation for bad behavior is made in both black and white churches.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Katie Couric
businessweek.com

Up for Debate

With 20 debates between the Democratic candidates already in the books, and another scheduled before the Pennsylvania primary, it’s a little hard to believe that CBS News hasn’t yet had the opportunity to ask a few gotcha questions of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Katie Couric may just get the chance.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Ice Shelf
news.bbc.co.uk

The Ice Is Falling

A prominent Antarctic scientist says a large ice shelf is disintegrating much faster than he predicted. In fact, it’s “hanging by a thread,” according to David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. The concern over melting ice shelves has to do with the tremendous amount of water they store. The more they melt, the more sea level rises.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton

Clinton Comments on Rev. Wright

Hillary Clinton says she would have left her church, were she in Barack Obama’s position, because “We have a choice when it comes to our pastors.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama's taxes
barackobama.com

Obama Releases Taxes

Barack Obama posted his tax returns for the last seven years on his Web site Tuesday. It’s a direct challenge to his opponent, who has indicated that she will release hers about three days before the Pennsylvania primary in late April.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show in Berkeley

‘Daily Show’: Marines Need Not Apply in Berkeley

When the Marines decided to set up a recruiting office in Berkeley, they didn’t realize what they were up against. Or maybe they did. Either way, “Daily Show” correspondent (and former Marine) Rob Riggle confronts his deep-seated hippie rage to get the story.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Basra offensive
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Iraqi Troops Step Up Fighting in Basra

Iraqi forces on Tuesday launched an offensive targeting Shiite militia groups in the southern city of Basra, where at least 30 deaths are reported to have occurred in the operation, as well as in other regions of the country.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Miss Bimbo
missbimbo.com

The Miseducation of ‘Miss Bimbo’

Things were already mighty grim for girls in terms of media-generated role models, but the online game “Miss Bimbo” represents a new low. Based on a script concocted by “lads,” Miss Bimbo challenges girl gamers to master the art of bodily manipulation via dieting and plastic surgery to—what else?—hook a man.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


text messaging
tastyblogsnack.com

Step Away From the Blackberry

There’s a new kind of addiction out there, to which many of us are currently vulnerable, and from which some of us may be suffering right this moment: According to one Dr. Jerald Block, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, excessive e-mailing and text messaging could be a form of mental illness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


Conservatives Beware

What’s the matter with conservatism? Its problems start with the failure of George W. Bush’s presidency but they don’t end there.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Greed Is Not Good

The housing crisis brings to mind Gordon Gekko, that fictitious ambassador of Wall Street whose words, then and now, remind us why uninhibited capitalism just doesn’t work.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


The Next 4,000

Four thousand. When U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit a round number, as happened Sunday, there’s usually a week or so of intense focus on the war—its bogus rationale, its nebulous aims, its awful consequences for the families of the dead. Not likely this time, though.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. troops in Iraq
AP photo / Sgt. Armando Monroig, U.S. Army

U.S. Troop Levels Likely to Stay Level in Iraq

Americans serving in Iraq will have to wait until the next president takes office before they can expect any substantial changes in troop numbers, if Bush follows the latest recommended plan from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in Bosnia

The Bosnia Brouhaha

The all-seeing eye of YouTube has once again asserted itself, catching Hillary Clinton in an exaggeration of her White House-era visit to Bosnia—a trip that was a bit less harrowing than we were led to believe.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


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chinadaily.cn

China Cries Foul Over Tibet Coverage

China has accused international media outlets of showing bias in news reports of the riots in Tibet. However, the media, too, have a gripe: Beijing has prevented foreign media from entering Tibet and neighboring provinces and has limited domestic access to foreign media reports.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


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