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Culture of Misogyny

There is a link between the horrific violence committed against the women of the captive Austrian family and the apparent abuse of teenage girls in Texas, and it is the same unbroken chord that connects them tangentially—but significantly—to Hannah Montana’s fall from grace.

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Wright Up Your Alley

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Jeff Madrick on ‘High Wire,’ Peter Gosselin’s Look at the Economic Meltdown

A star reporter for the Los Angeles Times has written a clear, even elegant anatomy of an economy that is much worse than you probably think.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Doan Resigns
vassar.edu

The Gravy Train Stops Here

It’s the end of an era for the friends of General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan, who resigned from her post Tuesday following years of allegations of corruption and other inappropriate uses of power. Doan’s reign over the government’s chief contracting agency was riddled with contract handouts and examples of using her appointed position for political (read Republican) purposes.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Belittling the Campaign

This is supposed to be a big election, but it has given every sign in recent weeks of becoming a small one. As a result, the public and the media are showing signs of exhaustion with what had once been an exhilarating contest.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Matthews vs. McNulty

If television is the nation’s mirror, then no two TV characters reflect the intensifying “two Americas” gap better than Chris Matthews and “The Wire’s” Jimmy McNulty.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Benedict’s Discomforting Message

The pope came to the U.S. as a quiet but forceful critic of “an increasingly secular and materialistic culture.” Almost any American who paid attention to his sermon Thursday had to be uncomfortable because all of us are shaped by the very forces he was criticizing.

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Clinton Camp Denies ‘Screw ‘Em’ Comment

Still railing against Barack Obama’s “elitist” comments, Hillary Clinton has found some of her own alleged words about the working class coming back to haunt her. The candidate’s campaign has denied that she said the following about blue-collar voters, as reported by the Huffington Post: “Screw ‘em. ... You don’t owe them a thing, Bill. They’re doing nothing for you; you don’t have to do anything for them.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Blame It on the Media

With the so-called scandal over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment, the media have once again abandoned impartiality and become active participants in the race for the White House.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


Seven Years of Scandal

The latest plot twists are stunners, even as they unfold against the scandalous backdrop of the Bush administration’s sorry regulatory record.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The real John McCain is re-emerging: a politician who rakes in big bucks by being a hired gun for the corporations.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE



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New York Times Up for Grabs?

There was the Jason Blair scandal, the Judith Miller WMD fiasco, the John McCain (yawn) brouhaha and the appointment of neocon “never-get-it-right” William Kristol as an Op-Ed columnist, to mention a few New York Times blunders. All that and a shareholders’ assault make the Sulzbergers’ lock on ownership of The New York Times seem not entirely impregnable, explains Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


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A Submarine to Fight al-Qaida?s Navy

A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there, and soon you’re talking real money. But when it comes to reporting on what the Bush war legacy has cost American taxpayers, the media have been shockingly indifferent to the highest run-up in military spending since World War II.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


The Clinton Backlash

Even Obama has said his rival should stay in the race, but how will she campaign? Negativity has hurt the once-mighty Clinton brand.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


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N.Y.‘s New Governor Admits to Affair

Before the media barracuda had time to really start swarming, Eliot Spitzer’s successor, Gov. David Paterson, preempted scurrilous investigations into his skeleton closet by tossing a big one out for all to see.  As Paterson told the New York Daily News on Monday, he had a long-standing affair years ago during a rocky period in his marriage.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Stand By Your Cad

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Mark Dowie on Michael Shnayerson’s ‘Coal River’

How a few brave Americans took on a powerful company and the federal government to save the land they love.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


The Silver Lining

Now that the aggressive Eliot Spitzer has resigned in disgrace, New York state reformers are hoping that a progressive agenda will be preserved by a man with a very different style, David Paterson.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


The Wronged Political Wives Club

To think that I had never focused blame on this particular part of the male anatomy. But there was anthropologist Helen Fisher on the “Today” show explaining that Client 9’s destiny was in his eyebrows. And his cheekbones.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Spitzer’s Mistress

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‘Mad Money’ Host Tears Over Spitzer

Jim Cramer is best known as the host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” show, but he’s also a personal friend of Eliot Spitzer. Here, Cramer becomes emotional as he describes losing the “ammo” to take on Spitzer’s Wall Street critics.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


A Cause Bigger Than Any Scandal

The women of New York had a champion in Eliot Spitzer. The good news in the wake of the governor’s resignation is that his successor, David Paterson, and the state’s activists are ready to keep up the fight.

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Spitzer resigns
cnn.com

Spitzer Steps Down

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn’t say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he “will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good.”

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Spitzer’s Shame Is Wall Street’s Gain

Tell me again: Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex? Will it bring back to life the eight U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq that same day in a war that makes no sense and has cost this nation trillions in future debt?

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


A Story With Legs

It seems odd, but for John McCain it was a blessing to have the chance to bury questions about his dealings with lobbyists beneath an alleged sex scandal.

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What a Difference a Scandal Makes

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Huck’s Heart

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NYT Runs Controversial McCain Story, Spat Ensues

Did unwanted attention from a New Republic scribe prod The New York Times into printing its long-awaited story about certain alleged snags in Sen. John McCain’s moral fabric?  McCain’s camp apparently thinks so, but regardless, the Arizona senator’s team is switching into battle mode to counter the paper’s “smear campaign.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

U.S. Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Case

The disgrace brought on the U.S. by members of the military who participated in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will likely linger for some time, but one of the key Army figures involved in the case, Lt. Col. Steven Jordan (pictured), has been cleared of any serious charges from the 2003 scandal.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 READ MORE


Sensational Strategy

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McCain Denies ‘Special Treatment’ Story

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has been picking up momentum, but now the candidate finds himself in a war of words with the Drudge Report. On Thursday, McCain vehemently denied that, as was posted on Drudge, he once gave “special treatment” to a lobbyist and has been trying to pressure The New York Times to kill the story.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Flynt
AP

Flynt Confirms He’s Investigating Sen. Lott

Sen. Trent Lott’s sudden resignation announcement on Monday sparked speculation, starting on the Web site Big Head DC, that Lott decided to step down in order to avoid an exposé about his personal life by porn baron and political provocateur Larry Flynt, who confirms that an investigation is under way. 

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
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Clinton and Obama in ‘Scandal’ Feud

Conservative columnist Robert Novak initiated a scuffle between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over the weekend by reporting that “agents” of Hillary Clinton claimed to possess “scandalous” information about Barack Obama. Obama promptly accused the Clinton campaign of trying to “Swift-boat” him and demanded that the front-runner come clean.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Driving the Masses Mad

Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to sputtering rage than any other president since opinion polling began, with the possible exception of Nixon.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Pandering Backfires

The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


The Senate’s Strange Double Standard

For an object lesson in the distorted values of the Senate, contrast how it is handling the Larry Craig case with how it is handling the Ted Stevens case.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
cnn.com

Hall of Infamy

Sen. Larry Craig has joined that elite group of Idahoans who make up the Idaho Hall of Fame. Yes, there really is an Idaho Hall of Fame, and the country’s most famous bathroom visitor is now really a member.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Oral Roberts University
granneman.com

Scandal at Oral Roberts U.

Televangelists and scandals seem to go together, and now some members of Oral Roberts’ family may be about to rise a few ranks on the faith-based-and-disgraced list that includes Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart.  This time, Roberts’ son, Richard, and Richard’s wife are apparently at the heart of the hullabaloo, and the wife’s penchant for texting underage fellows in the wee hours isn’t even the half of it.

Posted on Oct 6, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
washingtonpost.com

Craig Plans to Finish Senate Term

Comedians can now let out that sigh of relief: Disgraced Sen. Larry Craig isn’t going anywhere. While he says he won’t run again, Craig now plans to finish his term in the Senate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Rather Bites the Hand That Stabbed Him

Some might dismiss Dan Rather’s $70 million lawsuit against CBS as an attempt to repair his legacy, but it is also a much-needed (and knowledgeable) indictment of the danger of corporate media.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Privatizing Murder

There is no set piece more emblematic of the tragic farce that is the American involvement in Iraq than the grotesque episode of Blackwater USA and the killing of civilians in Baghdad—at least nine and as many as 28—on Sunday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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ices.utexas.edu

Not Exactly the Happiest Place on Earth

The Minnesota airport men’s room where Sen. Larry Craig tapped toes with an undercover policeman has become a tourist attraction, complete with gawking visitors—including women—posing for photos in front of the infamous stall.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Shinzo Abe
AP Photo / David Guttenfelder

Japanese PM Resigns

Japan’s unpopular prime minister, Shinzo Abe, abruptly announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down.  While Abe’s resignation sounds like it should be welcome news, given his lack of public and official support, it looks like even his exit strategy has caused controversy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Bigger Bathroom Picture

Whether or not Larry Craig manages to save his Senate career, the circumstances of his arrest bear exploring. Isn’t there a better way to secure an airport bathroom than the institutionalized entrapment and humiliation of gay men?

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
AP Photo / Troy Maben

And Then Again, Maybe Not

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is apparently not absolutely certain he will resign on Sept. 30 following the discovery of, and ensuing media blitzkrieg about, his June arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  According to Craig’s camp, the embattled senator is considering his options, including the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Craig
cnn.com

Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvell

Yes, it’s hypocritical when a member of the “family values” party gets caught stepping out on his spouse or tapping toes in a restroom, but politicians of all stripes should be allowed to destroy their marriages in peace.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


Craig Goes Down the Tubes

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Why Gonzales Is Resigning

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