In his new book, “State of Denial,” Bob Woodward reports that Iraqi insurgents attack our troops over 100 times per day—far more than what Bush has disclosed publicly. Also: Key intelligence predicts the situation will deteriorate in 2007 before getting better. (“60 Minutes” will air a Woodward interview this Sunday.) Yes, we know Woodward frequently acts as a White House stenographer, but he also surfaces real game-changing news.
That’s the premise of “Man of the Year,” a movie starring Robin Williams as a Jon Stewart-type who successfully runs for the Oval Office. The trailer makes it look kind of cheesy and predictable, but, as a cultural moment, it’s interesting: the hunger for a truth-teller of fake news to lead the country.
Want to know why near-death experiences frequently feature tunnels of white, euphoric light? The L.A. Times Book Review recommends picking up a copy of Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler’s new book “West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief” to find out.
Also: the Village Voice gives “West of Jesus” a rave.
“The Daily Show” host drops rhetorical bomb after bomb on Ramesh Ponnuru, whose book “The Party of Death” argues against abortion rights. Our favorite: Stewarts’ comparison of collateral damage in Iraq and in abortions.
After the vice president’s daughter called him a “son of a bitch” for mentioning her sexuality during a 2004 debate, John Kerry retorts that Mary Cheney “flacked for the most anti-gay administration in history.” Amen.