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‘Purr-Gate’ Earns British PM David Cameron the Wrong Kind of Hashtag (Video)

British Prime Minister David Cameron was scarcely able to bask in the toasty glow of his empire’s victory after Scotland’s vote to stay in the U.K. before he found himself caught up in a PR disaster involving the queen of said empire, a hot mic and cat noises. Most unfortunate.

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Stephen Colbert Weighs In on Scottish Independence While Wearing the Obligatory Kilt

America’s favorite faux right-wing pundit is taking sides in Scotland’s referendum Thursday on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom. Let’s just say Queen Elizabeth II and the “Colbert Report” host may not see eye to eye on this one.

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A Conversation With Garry Wills

Truthdig talks with the writer/historian about his new book, “Making Make-Believe Real,” which considers Shakespeare and the political power of poetry.

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A Right Royal Whippersnapper: Why Things Will Never Change in Britain

One might be forgiven for believing that the monarchy has been dying a slow yet dignified death. But the announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy promises to renew adoration for the family in the hearts and minds of Brits.

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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

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Hawking: Aliens ‘No Longer Interested’ in Invading Earth

“Assuming that aliens have been monitoring Earth for the past month in preparation for an invasion, they’ve probably figured out it’s no longer worth the trip,” Dr. Hawking said.

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Punk Icon Malcolm McLaren Dies at 64

He had a major hand in the Sex Pistols’ success, serving as the seminal punk band’s manager, but Malcolm McLaren, who died of mesothelioma Thursday at 64, had a few other tricks up his sleeve at his prime.

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Sir Salman’s Knighthood Triggers Backlash

Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy—a position the “Satanic Verses” scribe is familiar with, to say the least.  The decision by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan’s parliament.

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That’s ‘Sir Salman Rushdie’ to You

Eighteen years after the publication of Salman Rushdie’s explosively controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”—which led to widespread criticism by Muslims and a death threat ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini—the Indian-born writer has been singled out for a much more desirable form of official recognition:  Rushdie has been knighted by the queen of England.

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Bush’s Royal Blunder

President Bush managed to commit one of the biggest possible no-nos, taken straight out of the Book of Things Never to Say to Women, when lauding Britain’s visiting Queen Elizabeth II (she’s the one wearing the hat) at the White House on Monday:  He insinuated that the queen is older than her actual age.

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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