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Politeia

The Trouble With Lieberman

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over 4 years ago

In 2006 incumbent Connecticut Senator—and former Vice Presidential candidate—Joe Lieberman lost in the Democratic primaries to Ned Lamont, a relative unknown who had challenged Lieberman's support of the Patriot Act and the Iraq war. Unwilling to accept the results, Lieberman ran in the general ...

Strange Maps

420 - The Afro-Latinosaurus Rex

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over 4 years ago

Is there a name for the obscure, but strangely alluring hobby of spotting animal shapes in geographic features*? Previously discussed examples on this blog of the as yet unnamed pastime are the Animals on the Underground (#119) and the Ontario Elephant (#340). Here is one that I would like to ...

Waq al-Waq

Women of Yemen

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over 4 years ago

This afternoon's installment on Sada al-Malahim will be a bit shorter than earlier versions, as there is much in the article that I will be publishing later in a different format and Waq al-waq likes to test the patience of our readers. What can I say: we're inscrutable that way. This article ...

Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: The God Generator

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over 4 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 6 For those who accept the premises of the cosmological fine-tuning argument - that the physical laws of the universe could have been different, and that there's only a small prior probability they would have taken on the values to produce intelligent beings ...

IdeaFeed

House Ethics

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over 4 years ago

“House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July,” reports The Washington ...

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Filibuster Fireworks

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over 4 years ago

Democrats should not be disappointed by Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster Obama’s healthcare reform bill, writes The Salon’s Joe Conason. Like Senator Evan Bayh, who too plans to filibuster against the reforms, Lieberman’s wife has profited from the healthcare industry. “The Lieberman family's ...

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Doctor Whoops!

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over 4 years ago

“1958: In the basement laboratory of an Ohio hospital, a cardiologist accidentally injects a large amount of dye into the small vessels of a patient’s heart during a routine imaging test. To the doctor’s great surprise — and relief — the dye doesn’t send the heart into a fatal spasm, and this happy ...

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Honduras Agreement

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over 4 years ago

The political crisis in Honduras could be nearing its end after the government agreed a deal that would allow deposed president Manuel Zelaya to return to office. The de facto government of Roberto Micheletti had previously refused to let Zelaya return. But in what US Secretary of State Hillary ...

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Economic Tide

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over 4 years ago

“The new economic statistics put growth at a healthy 3.5% for the third quarter. We should be dancing in the streets. No one is, because no one has any faith in these numbers. Waves of money are sloshing through the system, creating a false rising tide that lifts all boats for the moment. The tide ...