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Big Ed's Learning Curve: I Think I Can, I Think I Can
The newly named chairman of General Motors, Edward Whitacre Jr., freely admits, "I don't know anything about cars." A 6-foot-4-inch Texan nicknamed "Big Ed," he used to run AT&T. "A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars."
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Waterboarding Pot Dealers?
An investigation into U.K. police conduct alleges that officers waterboarded drug suspects, as well as fabricated evidence against them and stole their property. The charges have led to the abandonment of a trial stemming from a November drug raid and the suspension of several officers.
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Where Does It Stop?
The Wichita clinic of Dr. George Tiller, murdered for providing late-term abortions, will be closed , his family says. Responding to the news, anti-abortion extremist Randall Terry said, "Good riddance." Dr. Warren Hern, one of the few doctors in the country who perform the procedure – and who...
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Veritasiness, and A Good Question
From the landing in Iraq, where he's pummeled with shoes, to the camouflage suit and Veritasiness crest, to the goofy but pointed gags – "It must be nice here in Iraq 'cause some of you keep coming back again and again" – you have to give Stephen Colbert credit for taking his show, "Yikes" sign and...
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What Lean Times Look Like
Hint: Today is that precipitous blue line diving toward the depths.
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Boycott, Divest, Sanction
In a victory for the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, a French company is withdrawing from a controversial light rail project that would connect Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land to Jerusalem. Veolia is reportedly respondng to political pressure at home,...
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Ghetto Loans
The city of Baltimore is suing Wells Fargo Bank for targeting black residents for high-interest subprime mortgages in the first documented case of a bank's deliberate racial steering into the troubled subprime loans. Two former loan officers say the bank saw blacks eager to be homeowners as the...
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Scamming Gazans: How Low Can You Go?
Advertised as good investments for ordinary Gazans, the tunnels to Egypt that began as smuggling routes and became a lifeline for a people under siege have now cost them up to hundreds of millions of dollars in a massive scam. Sometimes, one despairs for the species. "The tunnels are the worst...
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Let's Get Our Stereotypes Straight, Please
It's possible that, to the right wing, all people of color look alike. Still, the new cover of the National Review, featuring the Hispanic Sonia Sotomayor as an Asian Buddhist, is...strange.
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Coal-Fired Blessings: Broke, Unschooled and Toothless
With West Virginia getting more electricity from coal than any other state, it's fitting that Gov. Joe Manchin yesterday declared coal the official state rock . Coal, it turns out, has given the state much more to celebrate: the country's lowest ranking median income, education, social and mental...
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