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Sooner Rather Than Later
Iraqi response to the Obama plan to "end" American involvement there but leave what would essentially be an occupation force of 50,000 was apparently, understandably mixed. In Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, Sunni government worker Hazim Ali Hamid questioned Obama's praise of US military forces...
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Do Something Useful Today: Send Karl Rove to Jail
CREDO Action is circulating a petition urging A.G. Eric Holder and the Obama administration to compel Karl Rove to testify before the House Judiciary Committee – which despite subpoenas he has refused to do – about his activities in the Bush White House. To get at the truth or make him pay the...
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Uh, Thanks: Too Big to Fail, But Now That It Has It's Ours
In what analysts are calling a bold move to save one of the country's biggest, floundering banks, the Treasury Department is upping its stake in Citigroup from 8 to 36 percent. That means taxpayers, who have given them $45 billion in bailout money, will now be Citigroup's largest shareholder. And...
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The Cost of War, Made Plain
In a reversal of a policy that for too long hid the true cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of the coffins of America’s war dead returning to the U.S., with final say on the issue left to soldiers' families. This is good, if hard news. Too...
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The World Has High Hopes...
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With Winners Like These, Who Needs Losers?
Republicans firing up for new electoral triumphs at a Conservative Political Action Conference starting today have assembled an impressive roster of speakers. They include Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, former U.N. Ambassador John "There is no such thing as the...
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To The Women Of Gaza
In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day, CODEPINK is highlighting the plight of women in Gaza and seeking donations to an international delegation's delivery of humanitarian aid there. For as little as $10 per person, they will be giving out packages of everything from food and first-aid...
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Still Watching in Afghanistan
With the Obama administration evidently inclined, still and all, toward escalation in Afghanistan, we hope someone sends them a new study of public opinion in seven Muslim nations and the Palestinian territories showing a widespread backlash to U.S. efforts to fight terrorism with an expanded...
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Taking Charge of Our Future, But Listening To Our Past
Obama's speech last night was, as we have gladly, improbably come to expect of our president, elegant, thoughtful, and pitch-perfect in its mix of toughness with optimism. Duly noting the economic crisis engulfing us, he said the "day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our...
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Yay Naomi!
The Canadian Globe & Mail is reporting : Naomi Klein has won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing . Klein won for her much-praised lefty tome The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Picador). Chair judge China Mieville called it "a brilliant, provocative, outstandingly written...
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