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Can YOU Spend $3 Trillion Better Than Bush?

We’ve all heard of Publishers Clearing House, but this is a whole new ballgame, people. Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films team has come up with a game that offers each player the fictional (sigh) amount of $3 trillion, the same amount the Iraq war is projected to cost the U.S., and a whole virtual mall’s worth of fun “shopping” items to buy.

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Davis
wikimedia.org

Congressman Apologizes to Obama

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky has asked Barack Obama’s forgiveness for a racially charged comment about the candidate’s readiness to handle national security. Davis told a group of fellow Republicans Saturday, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

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Ratzinger
AP photo / Gregorio Borgia

Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

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Obama Poster
Flickr / Steve Rhodes

Hope Fatigue in Pennsylvania?

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton way out ahead in Pennsylvania, thanks in part to the 23 percent of respondents who said Barack Obama’s saturation advertising is turning them off. The Obama campaign is currently spending more per week on ads in Pennsylvania than any other candidate ever has spent.

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Berlusconi
White House / Sheahlah Craighead

Another Round for Silvio

With the concession of his main rival, conservative media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is set to take up a third term as Italy’s prime minister. Although a divisive and controversial figure, Berlusconi offered “An affectionate kiss to all Italians” over the news.

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Maher

Bill Maher vs. the Pope

The “Real Time” host uses the recent raid on a polygamist compound to point a finger at the Vatican, which he calls “the Bear Sterns of organized pedophilia—too big to fail.” This wasn’t one of Maher’s more applauded closing numbers, but it’s not one you should miss.

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Margin of Error

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Basic Training

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Jimmy Carter
AP photo / Walter Petruska

Carter Feels ‘Quite at Ease’ With Hamas Meeting

The State Department says it has twice asked Jimmy Carter not to meet with Hamas leaders, but the former president says he feels “quite at ease” in going ahead with a scheduled meeting because “Hamas will have to be included” if there is to be peace in the region.

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Obama

Obama: ?Shame on Her?

In another response to the controversy over his “bitter” comments, Barack Obama ridicules rival Hillary Clinton. He says “it sounds like there’s some politics being played,” and he goes on to jab at Clinton’s recent attempt to portray herself as pro-gun: “She’s running around talking about ... how she values the Second Amendment, she’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley! Hillary Clinton’s out there like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, she’s packin’ a six-shooter! C’mon! She knows better.”

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Webby awards
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Truthdig in Running for 2008 Webby Award

Truthdig has once again been nominated for a Webby award. This year, we’re up for a Webby in the Politics category, facing fierce (and prestigious) competition for the People’s Voice award from the likes of NPR.org Political, FactCheck.org, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and MAPLight.org.

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Iraqi refugees

Mosaic: What Petraeus Didn’t Tell Us

The latest “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes a look at the “massive humanitarian crisis” that Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker failed to address in their update meetings with Congress about the Iraq war.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Shiraz mosque bombing
AP photo

Mosque Blast Kills 9, Injures Scores in Iran

A homemade bomb was reportedly the cause of a deadly explosion Saturday at a mosque in Shiraz, about 560 miles south of Iran’s capital city, Tehran.  According to Iran’s Fars news agency, nine people were killed and 105 wounded by the blast.

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Sadr
swissinfo.org

Sadr: U.S. Will Always Be Enemy

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr maintained his defiant stance against the U.S. as intense fighting in Sadr City and Najaf claimed more lives this weekend, including that of a Sadr relative and supporter, Riyad al-Nuri.

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Obama
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Obama Volleys Back at Clinton, McCain for ‘Bitter’ Remarks

Barack Obama has apparently decided to stand by his observation, first delivered in San Francisco on April 6, that some Americans in small-town Pennsylvania are “bitter” about the lack of available jobs. After Hillary Clinton and John McCain criticized his views as elitist and condescending, Obama repeated, and elaborated upon, his original statement Friday. Updated

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Semantics Can’t Mask Bush’s Chicanery

The president’s twisting of words in an attempt to justify continuing the war has become sickening.

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Clinton

Clinton Slams Obama, CNN Slams Clinton

CNN’s political panel takes Hillary Clinton to task over what Jeffrey Toobin calls her “ridiculous” and “embarrassing” attack on Barack Obama’s comment that some Americans are bitter about federal mishandling of the economy. And when John McCain’s criticism of the Obama comment comes up, Jack Cafferty nearly blows a gasket.

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Daily Show

A ‘Daily Show’ Tribute to Fox News

It’s hard to believe, but Fox News is already 12!  As the Murdochian news channel faces the inevitable growing pains of its ‘tween age, working hard to define President Bush’s legacy before he leaves office and displaying as many American flags as screen space will allow, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver salutes Fox with his own special tribute.

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Clinton
AP photo / Michael Conroy

Hillary to Bill: Shush, You

Just when Hillary Clinton thought the flap over her 1995 trip to Bosnia had passed, her husband revived the topic—prompting her to issue him a gag order. Bill Clinton, campaigning Thursday in Indiana, brought up the media’s treatment of Hillary after she mischaracterized the scene and later acknowledged her mistake, but he apparently muddled a few facts himself.

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Cheney
AP photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Cheney, Other Top Officials Authorized Waterboarding

Bush administration officials Vice President Dick Cheney, current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft were among those who deliberated over, and eventually approved, the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” (which some would call torture) at meetings following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Austrian exhibit
AP photo / Lilli Strauss

Outrage Over Last Supper Orgy Image Rattles Vienna Museum

A Catholic Church-affiliated museum in Vienna was shaken up this week by a controversy that erupted over the display of an unconventional rendering of Jesus and his disciples sharing the Last Supper—and then some—in an exhibit called “Religion, Flesh and Power.”

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Berlusconi With Hands
abcnews.com

Berlusconi Wants More

Silvio Berlusconi, billionaire, media mogul and former prime minister of Italy, is calling for voters to give him a substantial majority of parliament seats as he vies a third time for the country’s most powerful office. The elections, to be held Sunday and Monday, will decide whether the country is led by a center-left coalition or Berlusconi’s right-wing “Freedom Folks.”

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Mexico Food Protest
treehugger.com

G-7, IMF and World Bank Leaders to Meet

Following the string of economic crises across the globe, financial elites are planning to meet in Washington this weekend to address how to resolve the problems of global capitalism. Notably missing from the proceedings is any representative from the developing world.

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Steve Wasserman on Fidel Castro

What will history say about the implacable anti-imperialist and unrepentant revolutionary who has held power in Cuba for nearly 50 years? The publication of Fidel Castro’s and Ignacio Ramonet’s “My Life: A Spoken Autobiography” helps us understand the man and his myth.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush?s Parallel Universe

No, it’s not your imagination: The “debate” about Iraq, and I use the word loosely, becomes ever more surreal as the occupation drags on.

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The Long, Sorrowful Ludlow Legacy

A straight line can be drawn between the 1914 labor massacre in Colorado and today’s killing fields in Colombia. And one of the villains in both cases is the U.S. government.

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Road to Nowhere

The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things.

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Petraeus
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sinking Into the Quagmire

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s congressional check-in about Iraq this week didn’t offer much hope for America’s overseas entanglements, and as coverage of the overseas wars wanes, the media isn’t holding politicians’ feet to the fire—or telling the real story about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Petraeus
Staff Sgt D. Myles Cullen, U.S. Air Force

Petraeus: ‘There Are Risks Beyond Iraq’

Gen. David Petraeus tells NBC‘s Brian Williams that if ordered by the president to get out of Iraq, he could: “Absolutely. ... I firmly believe whoever it is that is elected in the fall will sit down and look at the various interests, try to figure out the competing risks, because there are risks beyond Iraq.”

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Colbert

Colbert and the Anti-Penny Crusader

You may not have given the penny much thought, but it turns out that the least of our currency is essentially worthless and wastes Americans a surprising amount of money and time. Anti-penny advocate Jeff Gore would like to do away with the coin altogether—and he has a plan.

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McCain in MoveOn ad

?Six Months at a Time?

MoveOn has a new ad that ties John McCain to the Bush administration’s “victory is just around the corner” approach to selling the Iraq war. Will that tired line still work five years later? We’ll find out in November.

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SF Tibet protest
AP photo / Noah Berger

Olympic Official Warns of Athlete Ban for Pro-Tibet ‘Propaganda’

Athletes participating in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing could be expelled if they fly the Tibetan flag or express political opinions that constitute “propaganda” in official ceremonies and spaces, according to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, but questions abound as to the precise definition of that term.

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Powell
abcnews.go.com

Powell Salutes Obama, Worries About Wars

Gen. Colin Powell won’t say who will get his vote this November, but on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” the former secretary of state put in a good word for all three front-runners, praised Obama’s Rev. Wright speech and worried that the U.S. armed forces are becoming “very, very stretched” by the protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Ritalin
reversespins.com

Study: Scientists Taking Brain-Boosting Drugs

Call them the steroids of the scientific set: A British journal found that drugs like Ritalin and Provigil are popular among some scientists, mostly under 35, to enhance focus and ward off fatigue. A full 80 percent of the 1,258 respondents in the Nature survey believed “healthy humans” had the right to use performance-boosting drugs to give them an edge in their work.

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Bush in Texas
AP photo / Duane A. Laverty

Bush Backs Petraeus’ Pause Plan

Despite some congressional resistance, it seems Gen. David Petraeus’  recommended “pause” in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq will take effect after July. On Thursday, President Bush (whose approval ratings have plummeted to a new low) essentially deferred the withdrawal issue to his successor.

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Made in China

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The USS Economy

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Dalai Lama
www.buddhismus.at

Dalai Lama Shows Support for Olympics

Speaking from Japan, the Dalai Lama told reporters that he has supported the Beijing Olympics “right from the beginning,” but that protesters have a right to voice themselves. His government in exile, however, released a statement in opposition to the demonstrations that have followed the Olympic torch.

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Failing the Troops

The same kinds of mismanagement and dysfunction that are at work in Iraq continue to plague veterans when they seek medical care at home.

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Are We Closer to ?Victory??

Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the American forces in Iraq, is more candid than his publicity agents. Unlike the senators and editorial writers who claim that the glorious “surge” should be hailed as one of the most successful military campaigns in history, he warns that the escalation’s achievements are mixed at best.

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In Utero Inc.

Renting the wombs of poor women in foreign countries has become a business, but is it a good business?

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Obama
Flickr / realjameso16

Obama May Backtrack on Public Financing

Barack Obama’s fundraising machine has exceeded expectations and broken records, so it’s no wonder that he has hinted at retreating from public financing, a move his rivals are already trying to exploit. But Taegan Goddard argues that this “flip-flop story” could work to Obama’s advantage.

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Couric
nwitimes.com

Journal: Couric Likely to Leave CBS

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS News is likely to part ways with its evening news anchor, Katie Couric, who earns about $15 million a year. Consistently in last place among the networks, CBS has been under pressure to right the ship, and was even reported to have considered outsourcing some news operations to CNN. CBS says no such plan is in the works.

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Hillary Clinton and Sam Walton

The Wal-Mart Videos

Hillary Clinton has, for obvious reasons, tried to distance herself from her time on the board of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas company that, for many Democratic voters, emblematizes globalization and all those jobs that were shipped overseas that the candidates keep talking about.

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A Torture Debate Among Healers

The American Psychological Association is in the midst of its own heated presidential campaign. The central issue is whether APA members should be banned from participating in “harsh interrogations.”

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Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

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CNN Iraq hearing

CNN Reporter: Iraq Update ‘Frighteningly Disappointing’

The questions leveled by Senate members at Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus during Tuesday’s update session about Iraq failed to make the grade for Michael Ware, CNN’s “Situation Room” correspondent. Ware declared the session “frighteningly disappointing,” telling host Wolf Blitzer, “I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

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¿Zapping Zapata?

Mexican President Felipe Calderon released his plans Wednesday to give greater autonomy to the country’s nationalized oil monopoly PEMEX, a move criticized as privatizing the industry that constitutes 40 percent of federal income. With domestic oil production falling for the past six years, Calderon has had to negotiate his pro-business politics amid steadfast public opinion against denationalization.

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ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Bloomberg.com

It Ain’t Argentina This Time

The International Monetary Fund, the darling lending institution of neoliberal capitalists, believes that the U.S.‘s current mortgage crisis is dragging down the world economy. The IMF is predicting at least a two-year global economic downturn, led by the U.S. credit crunch, that also has a gambling chance of turning into a “global recession.”

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Lewis Black

‘Back in Black’: Some Votes Are More Glamorous

“The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black probes the soft underbelly of the celebrity endorsement, from the guy who played Kumar to the “political juggernaut that is Dick Van Patten.” And if you think Oprah is excited about Barack Obama, just wait until you see how she reacts to the cast of “Desperate Housewives.”

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