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Spielberg Backs Hillary

In the latest round of “Divvying Up (Democratic) Hollywood,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton emerges triumphant, having landed a very big fish indeed: überdirector Steven Spielberg.  A campaign information source for Clinton, HillaryHub.com, confirmed Spielberg’s choice on the website on Wednesday.

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Hitchens Bros. Clash Over Belief

Writer Christopher Hitchens is drawing widespread attention with his latest provocative oeuvre, “God Is Not Great:  How Religion Poisons Everything.” But one person close to him questions the integrity of his atheist stance:  brother Peter Hitchens, who told the British paper The Independent (irking Christopher in the process) that he wonders if Christopher protests too much about his lack of belief.

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Colbert on Bushmania in Albania

Americans need to catch up with Albanians in terms of showing President Bush some serious love, according to pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert, who laments that Albanians have renamed a street after our commander in chief and dedicated stamps to him; in fact, he’s so popular over there that “gypsies actually put money in his pockets” during his Albanian love-in.

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Pelosi, Reid:  ‘Surge’ Has Failed

Top congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sent President Bush a pre-emptive strike in the form of a letter Wednesday, prior to a meeting with him later in the day, declaring that the “surge” strategy in Iraq was a failure on several fronts.  Reid and Pelosi’s challenge came on the same day as news broke about an “indefinite” curfew imposed in Baghdad.

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Red State Update: Bush and the Pope

Red State Update weighs in on the president’s recent papal visit, the difficulties of brush clearing while wearing a fancy ring, and Papa Bush’s newfound softness.

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Friend or Foe?

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Lowering the Bar

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Baghdad a Long Way from Meeting Benchmarks

The Iraqi government appears unlikely to pass three key proposals that the U.S. has laid out as benchmarks for continuing support. Even so, it seems unlikely that redistributing Iraq’s oil wealth, as one proposal mandates, or giving more power to the Iraqi president would do much to bring security and opportunity to the Iraqi people.

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Shiite Shrine Bombed in Samarra

One of the holiest of Shiite Muslim shrines has been bombed in the Sunni-dominated Iraqi city of Samarra north of Baghdad. Explosions reportedly caused the collapse of the shrine’s two minarets. The 2006 bombing of the golden dome at the same shrine sparked the rampant sectarian strife in Iraq that continues today.

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White House Blasted Justice Officials for Revealing Rove Cronyism

An e-mail contained in a batch of documents released to the Senate on Tuesday exposed a searing rebuke from then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor, who criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for revealing that a U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a Karl Rove protege, not because of performance.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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‘President’ Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

What would have happened if, by some twist of political fate, Sen. Joe Lieberman had assumed the U.S.‘s highest office instead of George W. Bush?  Judging by his hawkish leanings of late, particularly vis-à-vis Iran, the man who ran alongside Al Gore in 2000 proves the point that not every (once) Democratic candidate would have been better than Bush.

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Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

The Lose-Lose War

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi joins Robert Scheer and James Harris to discuss the past, present and future of the Iraq war. Wasfi, who has twice visited Iraq during the occupation, says it is only a matter of time and casualties before the U.S. leaves: “It’s really simple: You bring the troops home, they stop dying there.”

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Intelligence Chief to Revise Spy Rules

National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, with the blessing of the White House, will rewrite the Reagan-era executive order that defines the function of the United States’ many spy agencies and prohibits espionage against Americans. While critics concede that the order is out of date, they worry that an administration with a fondness for spying on its own might seize the opportunity to trample on a few civil liberties.

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War and Censorship at Wilton High

Students at Wilton High School in Connecticut weren’t allowed to discuss the war, unless it was with a military recruiter, so they wrote a play about it. “Voices in Conflict,” which was quickly banned by the school, has made it to New York where it brought the audience to tears.

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katrina-hurricane.biz

Hurricane Season:  The Readiness Is All

Despite the lessons of Katrina, the U.S. is still incredibly vulnerable this hurricane season and looking toward a future—and still lacking in vision—that could spell serious trouble for previously pummeled targets like New Orleans, as well as some unexpected areas of the country.

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geography4kids.com

Microsoft’s Global Warming Game Contest

College-age video game enthusiasts can now claim their gaming habits may help save the world.  Microsoft is launching a contest this summer, the Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge, offering cash and other prizes to whiz kids who dedicate their game design skills to the cause of global warming

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Chances are your elementary school education about how the federal government works (or doesn’t) wasn’t much like the schooling of these L.A.-area public school students.  Perhaps some big players on Capitol Hill might want to drum up their own hip-hop-inflected response to the key issues addressed here in “Showdown in the Senate.” 

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Blair Likens Media to a ‘Feral Beast’

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ought to know a thing or two about the topic, says the relationship between the media and public figures of various stripes has deteriorated of late, owing in part to the proliferation of broadcast, online and print outlets, the decline of the newspaper industry, and an insatiable need to create “impact” at all costs.

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U.S. in Shootout With Afghan Police

Afghan police say U.S.-led troops opened fire on a security post, killing seven police officers. The U.S. military has acknowledged the skirmish, but said it was responding to an attack and did not confirm the Afghan casualties. The Red Cross has described worsening security in Afghanistan as “a very worrying situation.”

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Stop Blaming the System

We have become political hypochondriacs. We seem eager to declare that “the system” has come down with some dread disease, to proclaim that an ideological “center” blessed by the heavens no longer exists, and woe unto us. An imperfect immigration bill is pulled from the Senate floor and you’d think the Capitol dome had caved in.

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He’ll Always Have Albania

George W. Bush, Hero of Albania! At least there’s one place in the world where they show the Decider some love.

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It Can Happen Here

Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for—missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?

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slate.com

No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales Stalls in Senate

Senate Republicans successfully blocked a symbolic vote of no-confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday, although none defended his performance. A handful of Republicans, including some who have called for Gonzales’ resignation, voted with the Democrats, while Joe Lieberman voted against the measure.

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Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

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Michael Moore, Oprah and ‘Sicko’

Documentarian Michael Moore takes clips from his latest to Oprah for a discussion of the healthcare crisis and why even Republicans are responding warmly to the film: “I don’t want this to be a political issue. ... When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

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whpsocal.blogspot.com

‘Don?t Stop ? ’ —David Chase?s Maddening ‘Sopranos’ Finale

Of all the endings that “Sopranos” aficionados may have anticipated, Sunday night’s series finale probably defied almost of all their expectations, for better or for worse.  Judging by the fans’ reactions on the HBO site that night, “for worse” may be the majority opinion.  Contributor Sheerly Avni weighs in on the controversial send-off of Tony and his famigliaWarning:  Spoiler alert.

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Federal Court Demands Release of ‘Enemy Combatant’

In a move that sets limits on the Bush administration’s power to detain suspected “enemy combatants” without going through customary channels of the criminal justice system, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz called for the release of Quatari citizen Ali al-Marri, held since his arrest in December 2001.

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Bush Adamant About Gonzales, Immigration

President Bush had a break from U.S. politics during his G-8 summit sojourn over the last week, but as he geared up for his return on Monday, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Democrats in Congress on their votes against Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and pledging to push his immigration bill through the legislative process despite resistance.

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Iraq Bridge Blast Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers

A group of U.S. troops were posted at a checkpoint on a bridge near Baghdad Sunday when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb from below, killing three American soldiers and wounding six others.  The BBC reports that this latest attack brings the death toll of U.S. troops to at least 28 already this month.

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Sony vs. the Church of England

Sony Computer Entertainment is in hot water with the Church of England because of a popular video game that simulates a shootout in the Manchester Cathedral. Among other concerns, the church is appalled that Sony would “encourage people to have gun battles” in a city known for gun crime.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

And Bush Fiddles While the Icecaps Melt

Cullen Murphy joins Stephen Colbert to compare and contrast the American and Roman empires. For all the old empire’s glory, its rampant poverty, disease and corruption, combined with endless war, make for an unwelcome comparison.

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The Great American Disconnect

If the Bush administration is only now considering the possibility of a South Korea-style military presence in Iraq, then why has it been building permanent bases since the start of the occupation?

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nndb.com

Colin Powell: Close Guantanamo Immediately

Colin Powell has come out against Guantanamo Bay: “Guantanamo has become a major, major problem ... in the way the world perceives America and if it were up to me I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow but this afternoon.” The former secretary of state has been eager to rehabilitate his image in recent years after a disastrous WMD sales pitch at the U.N.

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AP Photo / Fernando Llano

In Venezuela, Reality TV

Imagine if a U.S. television station not only aired programs criticizing the federal government but went so far as to stage a coup to overthrow the administration.  That scenario may be difficult for Americans to imagine, but Venezuelan opposition station RCTV did just that in 2002.  Cuban journalist Elizalde takes a look at the Venezuelan media landscape in the aftermath of RCTV’s officially mandated shutdown.

Posted on Jun 9, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Moore Takes ‘Sicko’ to Sacramento

Director Michael Moore will use his new documentary “Sicko” as an advocacy tool for healthcare reform on June 12, when he will testify before the California State Legislature in Sacramento about his film—a scathing critique of the U.S. healthcare system.  Moore will also join nurses’ and doctors’ activist groups, as well as state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, for a rally at the state Capitol.

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Report: Secret CIA Prisons in Poland, Romania

A new report from the Council of Europe accuses Poland and Romania of housing secret CIA prisons, and also blames Germany and Italy for blocking investigation into the matter. The report’s author says his sources are limited, but “well placed” and even “implicated” in abuses. The CIA said the document was “distorted” but did not categorically deny its accusations.

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One-Hand Clapper

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Why Pardon When You Can Paris?

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No Debate on Gays in the Military

Whatever happened to that Republican spirit of individual liberty? During the recent GOP debate, none of the candidates came out against the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuals.  According to John McCain, “the policy is working,” despite frequent reports that the “Don’t ask” requirement is often ignored.

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The Ghost of Pardon Past

The argument among Republicans over whether President Bush should grant Scooter Libby a quick pardon amounts to a battle between the past and the future.

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Paris Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Warning: This is a column about Paris Hilton. Those who are trying to ignore the travails of the famous-for-being-famous hotel heiress might want to avert their eyes. The rest of you, join me in honorable surrender. We have no choice but to pay attention.

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Jefferson Insists He’s Innocent

Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, flatly denied bribery charges accusing him of attempting, through various means, to illegally drum up over $500,000 from African business deals.  Jefferson declared Friday that he will fight to save his reputation, already besmirched by the mysterious $90,000 in cash found stuffed in a freezer during a 2005 raid on his Washington, D.C. home.

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White House Boots Joint Chiefs Chairman

The Bush administration has announced plans to oust Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace and Vice Chairman Adm. Ed Giambastiani. Pace was involved with the planning and execution of the Iraq war from the beginning, and his reappointment would likely spark a debate and raise uncomfortable questions in the Senate during his reconfirmation.

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news.yahoo.com

War Czar Admits Doubts About ‘Surge’

Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that he had “concerns” over the military “surge” in Iraq during its planning and development. He said the operation would “likely have only temporary and localized effects” unless it was matched by efforts from the Iraqi government and American civilian authorities.

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James Holsinger

Another Classic Appointment From George W. Bush

Meet the president’s pick for our next surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, a man who once wrote that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy: “When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur.” Injuries? Can’t we just do without a surgeon general for a couple of years?

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Reaganite Rudy’s Faulty Memory

The only way for Rudolph Giuliani to protect his status as the Republican Party’s leading presidential aspirant is to distract his party’s primary voters from the long list of issues that divide them from him.

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Improvisational Justice

Now we’ve bungled our own kangaroo courts. Two military judges, acting separately in the cases of two alleged terrorists, have dismissed war crimes charges against both. The legal reasoning is technical. But this breakdown is no technicality—it is farce.

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