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Democratic Doom?

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over 4 years ago

President Obama is set to campaign for Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley to replace the late Ted Kennedy and keep control of the Senate. “President Obama, who had no plans to travel to Massachusetts, may be heading there to campaign for a Democrat caught in a surprisingly tough race for a Senate ...

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Mea Culpa

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The Pentagon has placed blame for the Fort Hood shootings on eight Army officers for not relieving Major Nidal Malik Hasan from his post sooner. “The Pentagon gave itself a harsh assessment in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, and could pursue disciplinary action against several officers who ...

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Beneficent Ben

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Senator Ben Nelson has removed the deal he cut from the Senate healthcare bill which exempted Nebraska from future Medicaid payments. “Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is asking Senate leaders to eliminate a controversial Medicaid deal for his state in the health care bill. The moderate Democrat, who ...

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Millionth of a Second

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13 billion years later, experimenters at UC Berkeley have recreated conditions one millionth of a second after the Big Bang when bizarre plasma filled the universe. “The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Physics recently named Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division to lead a nine-institution ...

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Stale Oranges

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Five years after Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, its leader is polling at three percent while the public expects a rigged election between Moscow’s preferred candidates. “Just five years after Ukraine's Orange Revolution, which saw hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians mobilize peacefully to reject ...

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Absent Aid

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A weak internal government and such massive earthquake devastation have left a death toll that could reach 200,000 and little relief aid. “Twisted, draped in dusty rags or piled into mounds, the dead are strewn around the streets of Haiti's ruined capital. Some have nothing covering them, left ...

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Twitter Detractor

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Ricky Gervais closed his Twitter account six weeks after joining to promote the Golden Globes calling the service “pointless” and users “undignified”. “Ricky Gervais has quit Twitter, branding the site ‘pointless’ and the adults who use it ‘undignified’. Leaving the microblogging site after less ...

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Double Team

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The U.S. State Department will file a démarche against China over the hacked gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. “A spokesman said the US would demand an explanation in the coming days. Google this week threatened to pull out of China because of what it said were hacking attacks and ...

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Seven ‘Til

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Scientists and Nobel Laureates have set the Doomsday Clock back by one minute because of positive arms control measures leaving humanity seven minutes from destruction. “The world has inched further away from doom and nuclear disaster, said a group of respected scientists that includes 19 Nobel ...

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Copenhagen Accord

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The top U.S. climate negotiator is reminding the world that countries must follow through on the three-page agreement reached in Copenhagen despite its flaws. “Todd Stern, the chief American climate change negotiator, said Thursday that the flawed and incomplete agreement reached last month in ...

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Why the Left Feels Betrayed

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over 4 years ago

Let's get this straight up front: President Obama has had a remarkable first year in office. He came into office with two wars and a serious financial crisis to deal with. He had to start by getting a stimulus bill—which was nowhere on his campaign agenda—past Congress. As flawed as the bill is ...

As I Please

Send Limbaugh and Robertson to Haiti

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over 4 years ago

I once booked a hire car to drive from Binghamton in New York State to Toronto. As I recall it was a four by four with plenty of space in the back and pretty reliable when it came to gas consumption – or petrol as we call it over here in England. My family were with me, and we were all looking ...

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Playing the Devil's Advocate in Haiti

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over 4 years ago

Some media commentators are aghast that their colleagues would weigh the Haitian earthquake as a political event, but if politics is defined, as it famously was by Harold Lasswell in 1935 as “Who gets what, when and how,” then the Haitian earthquake is certainly political in nature. How the media ...

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Not Joan Didion

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over 4 years ago

It is true: Eat, Pray, Love was not for everyone—although it was for many, many people, over five million people—mainly women. Women went so mad for the novel they not only bought it in droves, they lived it—or tried to. Oprah chose it. Critics were kind. There was a sense that in this book its ...