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When Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and their media friends slander Justice Department attorneys as the "al-Qaida 7" and malign the "Department of Jihad," they are engaging in the smear tactics that became synonymous with Joseph McCarthy.

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Foreign Policy magazine has identified the 10 worst predictions of the year William Kristol, who seems to get it wrong more often than right, tops the list with this doozy: "If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary I’ll predict that right now".

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Even though the American mainstream media pronounced Friday's presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain a draw, the UK's Guardian newspaper tallied up some poll results and found that Obama has gained an edge over McCain as the candidates head into their final month of campaigning.

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There was so much excitement last week between the bailout showdown and the debate that many people didn't get a chance to see Sarah Palin's tailspin interview with Katie Couric CBS, it turns out, has even more in store The network will air at least two more embarrassing clips before Thursday's VP debate.

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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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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.

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The New York Times made it onto Keith Olbermann's "worst person" list with the news that the paper had hired William Kristol: "You guys at the Times can hire any conservative columnist you want, but why did you pick the really dumb one?"

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The hawks have taken to the Sunday morning air to beat the war drums over Iran, while those who oppose them, including former President Jimmy Carter, try to prevent a disaster worse than Iraq. TPM TV has this roundup.

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Right-wing ideologues Bill O'Reilly and William Kristol are on a campaign to marginalize the "netroots," but on issues such as the war, Rupert Murdoch's pet pundits are the ones barking from the fringe.

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