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Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Wyclef Jean Will Not Be Haiti’s Next President

This is news that will come as a relief to some (ahem, Sean Penn): Former Fugee and wannabe Haitian president Wyclef Jean has conceded that he’s not in the running to become his homeland’s next leader and has officially withdrawn from the race.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

Surprise: Fraud Alleged in Afghan Elections

On Monday, just two days after the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, reports that the polling process was corrupted by incidents of voting fraud had sparked an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


A Back-to-School Pep Talk From President Obama

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since President Obama’s last back-to-school speech—the one that got certain detractors in a tizzy about his purported plans to brainwash America’s youth with dangerous socialist messages.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Maliki: Iraq Is Now ‘Independent’

Iraq is now “sovereign and independent,” according to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made this optimistic pronouncement on Tuesday, the official end day of the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from his war-ravaged country.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service

When Dmitry Met Bono

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took some time away from the Kremlin on Tuesday to chill at his resort home by the Black Sea, sip tea and talk saving the world and whatnot with U2’s do-gooder frontman Bono.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

They Go or Obama Goes

Barack Obama and the Democrats he led to a stunning victory two years ago are going down hard in the face of an economic crisis that he did nothing to create but which he has failed to solve.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Joshua Greenfield

General Says Obama’s Plan Helps the Enemy

Gen. James Conway, the head Marine in charge, says of the president’s promise to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by next summer: “In some ways, we think right now it’s probably giving our enemy sustenance.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

Wyclef Claims ‘Trickery’ Blocked His Presidential Bid

It’s not looking likely that Fugee alumnus and Haitian presidential wannabe Wyclef Jean will be successful in his quest to become his homeland’s next head of state. But that doesn’t mean he’s going down without a fight.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Light Dims on Jean’s Bid for Haitian Presidency

According to an unnamed member of Haiti’s provisional electoral council, Fugee founder and hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has been deemed ineligible to run for his country’s presidency. Jean, who no longer lives in Haiti, had announced his intent to run last month, stirring excitement among the country’s disillusioned youth.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Obama in Clintonville
AP / Ty Wright

Obama: ‘The Economy Is Getting Stronger’

President Barack Obama mustered up some fine rhetoric Wednesday to give the good people of Greater Columbus, Ohio, a sense of security in these, our shaky times. And he did so in, literally, a local family’s backyard.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Jean in ‘Hiding’ While Awaiting Presidential Run

Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is making the most of his professed intent to become president of his native Haiti. Since announcing his bid for Haiti’s highest office, he’s met some resistance, including from an irked Sean Penn ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Meet Colombia’s New President

Colombia has a new president, Juan Manuel Santos, who was sworn in on Saturday and will immediately face a fractured diplomatic state—Venezuela and Ecuador have severed ties with the country—along with continuing drug violence and a long-festering rebel insurgency.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / ISNA, Saman Aghvami

Iranian Gov’t: It Was Only a Firecracker

Something went off with a bang near Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s motorcade as it passed through the city of Hamadan on Wednesday, but the exact nature of the popping object was disputed in reports throughout the day.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


putin
AP / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky

Time for Another Putin Presidency?

This won’t come as a surprise to some, but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin might just find himself assuming the familiar presidential position in less than two years, if his recent reinvention as media-friendly superhero ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Declares Victory in Financial Reform Fight

In yet another sweeping gesture that surely turned the stomachs of many of his opponents, President Barack Obama signed financial reform legislation on Wednesday, standing afterward with a similarly triumphant-looking Joe Biden and declaring ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama

Obama Slams GOP for Obstructing Economic Progress

President Obama came out swinging in his weekly address on Saturday, claiming that his administration has been pushing to help small businesses grow and strengthen the economy and blaming Republican leaders for thwarting his efforts.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Edwards
Flickr / SEIU International

Aaron Sorkin to Shoot Film About Fallen ‘Politician’ John Edwards

Aaron Sorkin made his name as a writer and producer of “The West Wing,” so he clearly knows a thing or two about political drama. Turns out he also really wants to direct movies, and he’s gearing up to make quite a debut with his big-screen adaptation of ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Palin

Palin’s Pitch: From Pit Bulls to ‘Mama Grizzlies’

Gone are the lipstick-wearing canines of Sarah Palin’s lyrical past—2010 is the year of the “mama grizzly” for the Alaskan She-publican and her female followers. If you haven’t seen this ad already, you can catch a glimpse of things to come ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Castro
AP / Jose Goitia

Castro Emerges for Talk Show Stint

Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro hasn’t exactly been courting the limelight in recent years, owing to his ailing health and subsequent transfer of power to his brother Raul, but he rallied and made a rare cameo appearance Monday on a Cuban talk show.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



Jose Ibanez / "South of the Border"

Oliver Stone Responds to New York Times Attack

“Larry Rohter attacks our film, ‘South of the Border,’ for ‘mistakes, misstatements and missing details.’ But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Tarek Fawzy

ElBaradei Joins Sit-In, Egyptian Politics

Former U.N. nuclear watchdog head, Nobel laureate and likely candidate for his country’s presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei has continued to position himself as a leading political figure in Egypt by taking part in a large-scale protest Friday over the death of a man at the hands of plainclothes policemen.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Medvedev and Jobs
AP / RIA-Novosti, Dmtiry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service

iPhone Diplomacy With Dmitry Medvedev

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has enjoyed a couple of down-home American traditions on his visit to the States this week, involving such time-honored rituals as the consumption of unnecessary gadgetry and hamburger meat.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

General Discharge

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


Komorowski
Wikimedia Commons / Komitet Wyborczy Bronislawa Komorowskiego

Polish Presidential Contenders Get Ready for Runoff

Poland’s acting President Bronislaw Komorowski is holding strong in the run-up to the runoff election to replace the late President Lech Kaczynski on July 4, but it looks as if Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


Kaczynska
AP / Alik Keplicz

Poles Head to the Polls

Poland’s presidential election is finally under way following the death of the country’s last president, Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash two months ago. Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski was the favorite going in, expected to defeat the late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


A Green ‘New Deal’ Now

Clearly the president understands what is at stake. And he apparently senses renewed opportunity in the wake of the Gulf catastrophe, which illustrates the problems of oil dependency with harrowing urgency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


Palin

Palin Gets Energetic About Obama’s Speech

Sarah Palin was at the ready, all coiffed and skeptical, after President Obama addressed the nation about the oil spill catastrophe Tuesday night. And guess what? She’s not buyin’ what he’s sellin’.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / IBRRC (CC-BY)

Senate Protester Gives Herself the Pelican Treatment

Maybe oil companies like BP are careless with safety standards because, after devastating the tourist and fishing industries (not to mention the environment) of the Gulf, they’re on the hook for about one day’s oil profits in economic damages. In protest of that liability cap and one of the senators who wants to keep it ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Holds Forth About Risky Oil Spill Business

President Barack Obama wants Americans to know he’s officially on BP’s case about this oil spill business, but also that “we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth.” Indeed there are.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Colombians Head to the Polls

It’s an exciting day in Colombia as citizens head to the polls to vote for a new president. The two front-runners are former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos and former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus of the Green Party.

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE


onyango

Obama’s African Aunt Granted Asylum in U.S.

The third time was the charm for Barack Obama’s African aunt, Zeituni Onyango, when it came to her quest for U.S. political asylum. While some cynical types might sniff about special treatment ... (continued)

Posted on May 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Karzai and Clinton
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Team Obama Handles Karzai With Kid Gloves

Relations between the U.S. and Afghan administrations have been less than cozy in recent months, but President Obama’s crew, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempted to warm things up this week by giving visiting President Hamid Karzai the royal treatment in Washington.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


umaru
AP / George Osodi

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Dies at 58

Speculation about the health of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua ended Wednesday with the announcement of his death at age 58. Late last year, Yar’Adua’s position was assumed by his second-in-command, acting President Goodluck Jonathan, but not without controversy.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


credit cards
Flickr / The Truth About Credit Cards

Poll Indicates Americans Are Ready for Financial Overhaul

President Obama and his allies won’t have an easy time as they attempt to do some major renovations of our financial system, but according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, they at least have the support of the majority of Americans.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Decision Points
gawker.com

Get Ready for George W. Bush’s Memoir

Actually, it may not be possible to fully get ready for this sort of thing, but George W. Bush is gearing up to release his memoir, “Decision Points,” which apparently needs no subtitle to complicate matters. We’re talkin’ ’bout the Decider, people! And now, let the jokes begin.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


It’s Time for Term Limits for U.S. Justices

Term limits could be a big improvement for the Supreme Court. Life tenure is a relic of a time when life was a lot shorter. 

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
Wikimedia Commons / Simon Wedege

Bolivian President Says Frankenfood Threatens Men’s Manhood

Bolivian President Evo Morales sure has some fanciful notions about nutrition. While it’s certainly possible that, say, hormone-laced chicken might cause certain side effects, Morales declared with scientific certainty ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


Wawel Cathedral
Wikimedia Commons / Gryffindor

Poland Considers June Vote, President’s Burial Site

It’s looking like the Polish people will vote for the replacement of their late President Lech Kaczynski, lost in last weekend’s plane crash in Russia, on June 20, giving the grieving nation a little extra time to gear up for the election.  (continued)

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Kaczynska
AP / Alik Keplicz

Polish Mourners Gather to Honor President and First Lady

Throngs of Polish mourners gathered to pay their respects to their late President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria Kaczynska, whose bodies lay in closed coffins in Warsaw’s presidential palace Tuesday as the investigation into the plane crash that killed them and 94 others in Smolensk, Russia, continued.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Andy Stern
Wikimedia Commons / Joi

SEIU President to Step Down

After 14 years of leading the Service Employees International Union through some major changes and growth spurts, and after months of courting unfriendly fire from right-wing ranks by paying frequent visits to the White House, SEIU President Andy Stern is preparing to step down from his powerful post.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Poland’s President, Top Leaders Die in Russian Plane Crash

Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and nearly half of the country’s top leadership perished in a Saturday morning plane crash in foggy western Russia.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
bbc.co.uk

Obama Hails New Start for U.S. and Russia

President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, met in Prague on Thursday to sign the New START Treaty, effectively replacing the now-expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991. Obama said the new measure was ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
youtube.com

Karzai’s Rep Says Afghan President Never Threatened to Join Taliban

So, about that whole joining-the-Taliban quip that Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai supposedly made last weekend? Didn’t happen, according to Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar, who had apparently shifted into backpedaling mode on Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


Kyrzyg uprising
youtube.com

Kyrgyzstan in State of Emergency as Protesters Storm the Capital (Update)

Kyrgyzstan was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after clashes between protesters and police killed at least 17 people, according to The New York Times, and caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital of Bishkek.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Gibbs: Team Obama ‘Frustrated’ With Karzai’s Remarks

Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan were further strained over the weekend after the White House caught wind of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s musings that he might join the Taliban as a reaction to pressure from the West to make some changes in his country.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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