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She had already enjoyed success on the stage by the time she became an even bigger star in midlife, thanks to ground-breaking television roles in "Maude" and "The Golden Girls." Following the news of her death on Saturday, Bea Arthur was remembered for her distinctive style, her talent and her game-changing performances on stage and screen.

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Of all the endings that "Sopranos" aficionados may have anticipated, Sunday night's series finale probably defied almost of all their expectations, for better or for worse. Judging by the fans' reactions on the HBO site that night, "for worse" may be the majority opinion. Contributor Sheerly Avni weighs in on the controversial send-off of Tony and his famiglia. Warning: Spoiler alert.

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told aides that he will step down as the leader of his party on May 31, 2007, and resign as prime minister on July 26, according to the British tabloid The Sun. He had already announced he would not seek a fourth term in office, but this is the first news of a specific resignation date.

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The White House spokesman claimed that people wouldn't forget that Hezbollah sent rockets into people's living rooms. Stewart countered: "Tony, we were the ones putting rockets in their living rooms. We sold them to Israel and they were the ones who shot 'em."

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Responding to Monday's "open mike" incident in Russia, The Guardian said Blair "all but offers to carry [Condoleezza Rice's] bags" to the Middle East (Bush denied him), revealing Blair's subservient role in the relationship. (article, British press reactions)

  • Not to mention the fact that Bush carried on the conversation about one of the most dangerous powder kegs in the world while chewing with an open mouth and barely looking at Blair.
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    "The Daily Show" host was just being playful last night when he joked that President Bush could have been caught on the open mike talking about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "camel toe" (a lewd sexual reference). But in light of the just-publicized unsolicited massage Bush gave to Merkel, Stewart is looking prophetic all of a sudden.

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    "Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion," said a prominent religious left leader in an article about religious progressives trying to regain the political ground they lost after the MLK Jr era (h/t: Huff Po)

  • The mixing of religion and politics is a bad idea regardless of the ideological slant But until Sam Harris wins that argument (more)
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    Ava Lowery, a home-schooled teenager from Alabama, has made over 70 antiwar animations, gaining her national attention in The New York Times, on CNN and in the progressive blogosphere. Check out her response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's "it's a number" comment about U.S. deaths in Iraq.

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