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The daunting problems Bush’s successor has inherited may prove all but insurmountable as he makes his way through a thicket of difficulties -- the nuclear ambitions of authoritarian regimes, the quagmire of Mesopotamia and the persistent bloodletting in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to name only the most prominent. A recent book by David E. Sanger, a longtime foreign affairs correspondent for The New York Times, offers a close-up look at the world Obama confronts.

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While MSNBC reshuffles its anchor chairs, thanks in part to criticism from rival media outlets and a certain presidential candidate, Fox News continues to be a loudmouth right-wing spin factory. Is it a case of the boy who cried "terrorist," or is there a double standard for Murdoch's media empire? Truthdig contributor Elliot Cohen has more.

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It's not enough for George W. Bush's government to eavesdrop on phone calls, monitor financial transactions and sneak a peek at other people's e-mails. Now the administration says it needs to monitor all Internet activity in the United States. That means you and everything you do online.

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The "Last Days of Democracy" author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

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With the Sacha Baron Cohen movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings" hitting screens Nov 3, Americans will be treated to a brand of Jew-bashing not often seen in Hollywood films (In one scene, Borat becomes convinced his Jewish innkeepers have turned themselves into cockroaches and throws money at the bugs)

  • The kicker: Cohen is an observant Jew
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    The movie trailer is out for Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Watch an American rodeo crowd roar in approval (and then disgust) as Cohen's Borat mocks America's "war of terror" and arrogance.

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