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More Obama Talk From the Nobel Jury

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All but one of the five judges who picked President Barack Obama as the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize sounded off on Tuesday about their decision, noting Obama's less-than-jubilant initial reaction to the announcement and shedding more light on the reasons behind their choice, which one judge reported was unanimous.

Sean Penn Talks Politics at Cannes
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Actor Sean Penn has already made waves at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's leading this year's jury, by weighing in about the presidential race back home -- and by pointedly bucking the local smoking ban. Suffice it to say that Penn won't be joining Oprah on one of her pep rallies for Barack Obama anytime soon.

Dr. Al-Arian's Third Strike

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The Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, imprisoned for five years despite a jury's failure to return a single guilty verdict against him, has gone on a hunger strike in a Virginia jail.

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Enron Trial Jurors
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Truthdig salutes the 12 jurors who sacrificed four months of their lives to sift through the lies of former Enron chiefs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, convicting them on 25 counts of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. Interviewed after the case, jurors were incredulous that the two former titans were unaware of the crimes at their company. "Skilling was supposed to be a hands-on individual," one juror told a newspaper. "It's hard to believe a hands-on individual wouldn't know what was going on."

A Verdict on an Era?

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That's what the N Times calls the conviction of Enron honchos Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling But Truthdig contributing cartoonist Mr Fish has a different perspective (click here to see the full cartoon)

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