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Tell Her The Truth
In a thoughtul, pain-filled piece, playwright Tony Kushner and writer Alisa Solomon explore the exercise in truth-telling that is "Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza," a controversial new play by Caryl Churchill about the Israeli attacks in Gaza. Like many American Jews appalled by Israel's...
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Holbrooke on Afghanistan
In an informal session with reporters following the Obama announcement on Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, offers a candid look at the need for "a complete rethink" on anti-drug efforts there and the widespread problem of corruption. "We view it as a...
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The Truth Be Told
A former State Department lawyer has admitted that "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the U.S. constituted torture. Vijay Padmanabhan, former chief counsel on Guantanamo litigation, said President Bush panicked following 9/11. "Guantanamo was one of the worst overreactions of the Bush...
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Troops In Afghanistan
With today's announcement of more U.S. forces headed to Afghanistan, get an interactive look at specific areas where troops are now stationed here
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Whoah: We Totally Agree, Though We Might Need To Clarify Some of Your Terms
We know we're ostensibly no longer red states and blue states but the United States; still, it can be tough. Reporting from "enemy lines," the inimitable Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has called for "orderly revolution" to fight off President Obama's "economic Marxism" and save "our very...
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The Enemy As Other
Of all the oddities of the event, surely this stands out: neither group – the Palestinian kids from the refugee camp nor the elderly Holocaust survivors – had ever seen each other up close. A concert by Strings of Freedom for a group of Israelis underlines the distance between people who are at war...
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Wall Street: 'We Want Our Campaign Contributions Back'
Proving that some people still just don't get it, executives at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Finance Conference voiced anger at a Congress that has fallen under a dangerous, positively pinkish spell of populism. “We have no rule of law in this country,” groused one. "We don’t know what...
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Ideological Exclusion
The ACLU went to court today on behalf of Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar denied entry to the U.S., like scores of other writers, artists and activists, for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy under a Bush-era practice of "ideological exclusion." Barring people on the basis of their ideas...
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Entirely Too Busy Actually Doing Something Here
A novel criticism from Republicans: The Obama administration is working way too hard coming up with plans to solve our economic problems, says Don Stewart, spokesperson for GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. Conversely, he says Democrats are not worrying enough about...umm, we're not sure what. “We...
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The Blame Game
A recent poll by mainstream media indicates the historic disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country is alive and well, and working in the Obama administration's favor. Despite all the pundit-level criticisms levelled at Timothy Geithner's handling of AIG bonuses and other issues, the...
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