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62 Arrested at White House in Guantanamo Demonstration
62 Americans, dressed in the orange jumpsuits and black hoods that have become the symbol of Guantanamo detainees, were arrested in front of the White House in a nonviolent demonstration this afternoon. The demonstrators each had the name of a detainee stenciled on the back of the jumpsuit. 55 of...
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You'd Think It Would Be Hard To Argue With That
The U.S. House has finally passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, aka the Matthew Shepard Act, an expanded hate crimes bill to protect gay victims. It passed 249-175 over the objections of – surprise! – conservatives. "No members of society – none – deserve to be victims of a...
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Our Fondest Would Be That You Just Go Away, Please
In an innovative rebranding move oddly reminiscent of Blackwater becoming Xe, the GOP, formerly known as the party of 'no,' is launching the National Council for a New America. Promising "a wide open policy debate," the bold new outreach effort will feature bold new faces like John McCain, Jeb Bush...
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For, Lo, Thine Enemies Make A Tumult
Angry shareholders ousted Kenneth Lewis as chairman of Bank of America, but narrowly voted to keep him on as chief executive. During a four-hour meeting, speakers blasted Lewis for his ill-advised purchase of Merrill Lynch, questioned the bank's billions in bonuses and bailouts, cited Psalm 83, and...
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Again, Spain Leads The Way
Waffling American officials would do well to heed the lead of Judge Baltasar Garzon, Spain's activist judge, who will investigate the Bush administration's "systematic" torture at Guantanamo and its "perpetrators, instigators, necessary collaborators and accomplices." What part of "wrong" do they...
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Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore, But Your Plate Might
Trust Florida, home of the infamous hanging chad, to come up with a Jesus license plate. The new plate is causing some controversy among Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, anarchists, Darwinists, Satan-lovers and everyone else who isn't sure the place for the son of God is out in the sun,...
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The Other 364 Days
Progressives are calling out Democratic lawmakers for giving up lobbyist and PAC money only one night, during a June fundraiser with President Obama. The rest of the year, they charge in a Stop Fake Reform petition, members of Congress are free to "dial for dollars from Wall Street lobbyists who...
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I Guess That Depends On Your Definition of "Reasonable People"
Every time we think right-wing priorities can't get any loonier, there they go again. Now 28 groups representing millions of so-called sportsmen are protesting Rush Limbaugh's support of...umm...the Humane Society. Limbaugh has done a couple of radio ads against dogfighting and other animal-cruelty...
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In Mexico
A statue in Mexico City. The outbreak of multi-strain swine flu has killed up to 60 people in Mexico and has 'pandemic potential', said the head of the World Health Organization. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images.
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Whoah, Not So Fast There
We're with Vermont's Sen. Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who wants more torture memos released and a truth commission to study how it came to this. "I want to know who was it who made the decisions that we will violate our own laws," he said. "I know some people say, 'Let's turn...
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