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Not Good Enough
Critics and rights groups – including the ACLU, Center For Constitutional Rights and Human Rights Watch – have praised parts of the Obama national security speech but sharply criticized a couple of key elements – the plan to maintain military commissions and, most disturbingly, indefinite detention...
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Missing in Minnesota
Happy Birthday to Al Franken. As Garrison Keillor noted on NPR this morning, Franken had an illustrious career as writer and comic before going to Minnesota to run for Senator, after which "he was never heard from again."
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Grief to Hope
Izzeldin Abuelaish, learning of his daughters' death Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – Palestinian doctor, friend to Israeli colleagues, Harvard-trained son of a laborer who grew up in Gaza's largest refugee camp, widower and once father to eight, now five – is, somehow, not bitter. Having lost three...
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First Terrorists, Now Nazis
Furthering the cause of reducing our political discourse to inflammatory, wildly inaccurate rhetoric, GOP Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana today blasted a measure in a clean energy bill to create a federal building efficiency code – which would save millions in heating bills, create green jobs and...
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Insane, Idiotic and Offensive to All Our Ancestors, Too
Can the fear-mongering and hysteria over the threat posed by Guantanamo detainees on, gasp, American soil get ratcheted up any higher? From Harry Reid to FBI head Robert Mueller, the scary guys just keep getting scarier. (Speaking of which: can anyone truly argue that our Super-Max prisons aren't...
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Cashing In
Almost one in three former Bush Cabinet members have landed jobs consulting, lobbying or working for industries they once regulated, leading to charges they are "cashing in on their public service." They include former A.G. John Ashcroft, whose firm's clients include software giant Oracle, subject...
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Yet Another WTF? Moment
Handing gun owners a victory that eluded them under Bush, Congress and President Obama are poised to approve a law allowing visitors to national parks to carry loaded and concealed weapons. The measure is expected to reassure those worried about running into former Guantanamo detainees who have...
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Mastercard-istan: Ex-Bush Henchman Wants to be "CEO of Afghanistan" (Literally)
This story that is developing with the big oil-Bush buddy Zalmay Khalilzad is amazing in how crude it is. Khalilzad of course was one of Bush’s top diplomatic henchmen in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere and an original signer of the Project for a New American Century, whose global conquest agenda...
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Unconscionable, Still
Three British medics on a humanitarian mission to set up a cardiac surgery unit in Gaza have begun a hunger strike at the Egyptian border after weeks of having been denied access to the beleaguered area. Working with Palestine International Medical Aid, the medics also planned to train medical...
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Looking Forward – To Ronald Reagan
In a speech today to state party chairmen, the inestimable Michael Steele says the GOP has "turned the corner" – it's admittedly not clear which one – and is "emerging once again...to turn our timeless principles into new solutions for the future." He said Republicans will fight Obama in a way...
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