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Is the Iranian regime taking a page from North Korea with its recent, potentially provocative displays of missile-launching power? Or are those preplanned exercises (nothing to see here, move along, folks)? Or, as White House press wrangler Robert Gibbs suggests, a little bit of both?

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Two can play this game, Joe Wilson. While the South Carolina congressman's heckle heard ’round the country triggered dismay from his opponents and enthusiasm from his supporters, Rep. Wilson's "You lie!" war cry to Obama provided humor fodder for David Letterman's Thursday night show.

Hillary Clinton Does Not Endorse This 'SNL' Sketch
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You just can't catch a break as a politician these days. Right when you think you look all "hip" and "endearingly self-deprecating" by allowing yourself to be skewered by certain late-night comedians (bonus points if you're actually on the show while this gentle, aide-approved ribbing is happening), those same wise asses up and turn on you.

Under the Shroud: Women and the Taliban
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The Feminist Majority's Lorraine Sheinberg created the 1999 documentary that first focused attention on the Taliban's brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan. It's worth another look now.

Afghan Autopsy
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America began its so-called war on terror with the intention of driving the Taliban from power in Afghanistan Five years later, the Taliban is back, Osama bin Laden is still alive, and insurgent fighters cite the US presence in the country as their main wellspring of rage How did it come to this? Truthdig contributor Christian Parenti, just back from Afghanistan, reportsThe Taliban is back in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden is still alive, and insurgent fighters cite U How did it come to this? .

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