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Kennedy Recovering From Seizure

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is recuperating at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a seizure Saturday at his Cape Cod home. Kennedy, 76, was reportedly in good spirits later that day, spending time with family members and watching a Red Sox game on television.

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Huckabee

Huckabee’s Major Misfire

Good thing Mike Huckabee isn’t in the running for the presidency anymore—he’d be hard-pressed to spin his way out of the truly horrific crack he made Friday at an NRA event in Louisville, Ky. That’s hardly important, considering the troubling implications of his failed joke, which called up the image of Democratic candidate Barack Obama being targeted by a gun-wielding assailant.

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O'Reilly remix

Bill O’Reilly Off the Hook: The Dance Remix

Although several clips showing Fox’s top bloviator, Bill O’Reilly, coming unhinged on his former job at “Inside Edition” have been pulled after ricocheting their way around the Web, this amazing remix of O’Reilly’s now-infamous meltdown proves that video magic like this just can’t be stopped ... but it can be set to a slammin’ beat. Long live the Internet.

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Colbert

Somebody Get the Man a Jet Ski

Well, as you’ve probably noticed by now, John Edwards has publicly backed Barack Obama as his candidate of choice. There’s just one problem, as Stephen Colbert reminds us: Edwards previously said on Colbert’s show that he’d support the candidate who pledged to do the most for the nation’s poor—and the one who supplied him with a jet ski. But he hasn’t gotten that jet ski yet, has he now, Mr. Obama?

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Washington Post
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Newsroom Carnage Continues at The Washington Post

This just in: The Washington Post is the latest major newspaper to undergo the apparently inevitable newsroom downsizing process, clearing out 100 more journalists with a “blunt instrument,” as former Post (and former New York Times) writer Sharon Waxman reports in her WaxWord blog. “The Washington Post as I know it has jumped the shark,” Waxman laments.

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Cyclone Nargis Car
telegraph.co.uk

Burma Death Toll Now at 78,000

As the official death toll climbs in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the Burmese government remains recalcitrant while survivors and aid workers continue to be frustrated by the slow movement of supplies to the country’s worst-hit areas.

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Communist Party (Get it?)
porpoiserecords.com

A Rough Day for Reactionaries

In an act that may further infuriate reactionaries across the country, the California Senate voted Thursday to remove membership in the Communist Party as a fireable offense for public employees. The measure now goes to the state Assembly.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence at 28-Year Low

A survey released Friday showed that U.S. consumer confidence has fallen to the lowest point since the “stagflation” of the early 1980s. According to the survey, lower-income households, citing rising food and fuel prices, were the main source of the drop in confidence.

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Chiroux
breitbart.tv

U.S. Sergeant Refuses to Serve in ‘Illegal’ War

On Thursday, a group of U.S. soldiers spoke before members of Congress about the failings of the Iraq war and the immeasurable toll it has taken on Iraqis and American troops. Afterward, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux announced that he is refusing to serve in Iraq.

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Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres: ‘I’m Getting Married!’

Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres announced during a taping of her TV show on Thursday that she plans to marry girlfriend Portia de Rossi, now that the California Supreme Court has laid the groundwork for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. 

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‘A Walk to Beautiful’

PBS has made the film “A Walk to Beautiful” available online. It’s the extraordinary story of women who suffer for years from a preventable and treatable injury simply because they are poor.

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Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Punditry and Douchery

Hey, Chris Matthews, what’s the French word for shower? Jon Stewart takes stock of the media coverage from last week’s West Virginia Democratic primary, wherein it was established that Barack Obama may not be the Mountain State’s “kind of guy,” and pits Matthews against Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe in a good ol’ fashioned “Douche Off.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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press.princeton.edu

Chalmers Johnson on Our ‘Managed Democracy’

Sheldon Wolin’s new book offers a controversial but ultimately convincing diagnosis of how America’s democracy has succumbed to an unacknowledged totalitarian temptation.

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I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help

The Reagan era in American politics is about to end, and we have George W. Bush to thank for its demise.

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Toward a New Washington Consensus

What passes for smart economic policy is actually a set of right-wing globalization measures that destabilizes the world economy. For the sake of Americans and others, our politicians need to wise up.

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A Lesson for Republicans

Panic has taken hold of the party following its loss in a ruby-red district, and some Republicans are warning of disaster for the GOP unless it revamps its stale “brand.”

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State of the Race

Earlier this week, Truthdig editors Robert and Peter Scheer stopped by the Michael Jackson radio show for a free-ranging discussion on politics, disaster in Burma and more.

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The Yanks Are Coming

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Best Foot Forward

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Penn in Cannes
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Sean Penn Talks Politics at Cannes

Actor Sean Penn has already made waves at the Cannes Film Festival, where he’s leading this year’s jury, by weighing in about the presidential race back home—and by pointedly bucking the local smoking ban. Suffice it to say that Penn won’t be joining Oprah on one of her pep rallies for Barack Obama anytime soon.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
commons.wikimedia.org

Democrats Condemn Bush’s ‘Appeaser’ Comment

While addressing the Israeli Knesset, President Bush referred to the willingness of “some” to speak with unsavory leaders such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he went on to compare them to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set aside their differences on diplomacy long enough to take objection to that statement.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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startribune.com

Christian Group Slams New Starbucks Logo

File this one under “Choose Your Battles”: The Resistance, a national Christian group based in San Diego, has a problem with Starbucks’ new, slightly-more-sexed-up cup design, featuring a bustier version of the familiar siren depicted on the coffee company’s logo. Resistance founder Mark Dice pointed to the label’s “naked woman ... with her legs spread like a prostitute” and said Starbucks “might as well call themselves”—wait for it—“Slutbucks.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / exfordy

Are Republicans Running Scared?

The GOP was already bracing for a tough political year, but losses in three special elections prompted Rep. Tom Davis to send a panicked note to Republican leaders: “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost thirty seats.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / bobster1985

California Court Ends Gay Marriage Ban

The California Supreme Court has ruled that gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Chief Justice Ronald M. George aptly explained the landmark 4-3 decision: “Even the most familiar ... traditions often mask an unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


boy and soldier
AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

Trading Spaces, Iraq Edition

Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.

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AP photo / Ng Han Guan

50,000 Feared Dead From Quake

Chinese state media are reporting that more than 50,000 people could be found dead as a result of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday. That’s substantially higher than earlier estimates. The government has already confirmed close to 20,000 deaths.

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Flickr / feverblue

Polar Bears ‘Threatened’

The plight of the polar bear has come to represent the real-world impact of the climate crisis, so it is only fitting that the Bush administration had to be ordered by a court to make a decision on the endangered status of the species. After years of delay, the Interior Department finally classified the animal as threatened, but also promised to fight any meaningful protection.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain Flaunts Her Privilege

Double standards are endemic in American journalism. But Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, displayed poor taste in flaunting her family’s special immunity from press scrutiny.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Destroying a Village of Pedophilia

As the dust settles from the recent roundup of allegedly abused children from a fundamentalist retreat, some are asking whether saving these kids is worth the human cost.

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The Face of Torture

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, if we were to seek a portrait that is emblematic of the way the U.S. has tried—and failed—to bring those responsible for the heinous plot to justice, we would have to produce a photograph of Mohammed al-Qahtani.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards

Edwards Shares the Love

Although John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, he had plenty of nice things to say about “my friend and your friend, Sen. Hillary Clinton.” In fact, he began his endorsement speech with a plea for unity: “When this nomination battle is over—and it will be over soon—brothers and sisters, we must come together as Democrats.”

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton

Clinton Regrets ‘White Americans’ Remark

Hillary Clinton tells Wolf Blitzer that Rep. Charles Rangel was “probably right” about her recent comment to USA Today. Clinton had argued that white voters seemed to prefer her lately. Rangel called that statement “the dumbest thing.”

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Whistle-Blower Points to Target List in U.S. Attack on Hotel

A veteran of Army intelligence has shed new light on the military’s 2003 shelling of the Palestine Hotel, a Baghdad home to many journalists, including two who were killed by that attack.

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Obama and Edwards
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Edwards Backs Obama

John Edwards announced his endorsement of Barack Obama on Wednesday. Edwards’ support has long been coveted by both Democratic candidates, particularly because of his populist appeal. Indeed, he won about 7 percent of the vote in West Virginia, despite having dropped out of the race at the end of January.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


The Universe
nasa.gov

We May Not Be Alone, Says Vatican

The pope’s chief astronomer has written an article in the Vatican newspaper that argues that intelligent beings “created by God could exist in outer space.” The article, “Aliens Are My Brother,” is likely a move by the Vatican to strengthen its scientific credentials, bringing science and religion closer while maintaining papal control over the entire universe.

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McCain Forest Photo-Op
AP photo / Dean Rutz

McCain Warms Up to the Environment

John McCain pranced through a Washington forest with reporters Tuesday, speaking of his historical support for the environment and his plan to slow global warming. The move is seen as an effort to differentiate McCain’s brand of Republicanism from Bush, who ritually regarded global warming as a “theory.”

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MySpace.com
publishing2.com

MySpace Spammers Fined $230 Million

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered two Internet spammers to pay a record-breaking $230 million in fines after they sent more than 700,000 unsolicited advertisements to MySpace users. The amount is almost half what Rupert Murdoch spent to buy the social networking site in 2005.

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Iraq’s Mosul a ‘Ghost City’

Mosul looks like a city of the dead. American and Iraqi troops have launched an attack aimed at crushing the last bastion of al-Qa’ida in Iraq and in doing so have turned the country’s northern capital into a ghost town.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Reporting From Burma: A Thriller

BBC reporter Paul Danahar had to go to great lengths in order to report from Burma. A secret identity was just one method for avoiding the military intelligence agents who scoured the country looking for the journalist who dared to report on the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, which struck May 3.

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Bush
commons.wikimedia.org

Bush’s Sacrifice for the Troops

George W. Bush gave an interview to The Politico and Yahoo News on Tuesday, the result of which is a must-read study of obtuseness. Among other gems, the president insisted that a withdrawal from Iraq would lead to another terrorist attack against the U.S. He also revealed that in order to honor the soldiers his foreign policy has killed or maimed, he has given up golf.

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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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Guantanamo detainees
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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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purported ufo
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. 

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


feith

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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Obama
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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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