Tina Brown’s Newsweek Features Sect. Clinton in First Issue

By |March 6th, 2011|

**bumped** In the era of Jon Meacham, all he could muster were marketing covers pushing Sarah Palin, never thinking of a larger mission for the magazine. Tina Brown proves in her first cover why she's indomitable. (She turned out to be right when she did her tease about Jon Huntsman, with her marketing hire of [...]

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Obama Administration ‘Senior Official’: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan ‘special interest and pet project… pet rocks in our rucksack’

By |March 6th, 2011|

"Nobody wants to abandon the women of Afghanistan, but most Americans don't want to keep fighting there for years and years," the official said. "The grim reality is that, despite all of the talk about promoting women's rights, things are going to have to give." - In Afghanistan, U.S. shifts strategy on women's rights as [...]

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Sect. Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera ‘Real News’

By |March 3rd, 2011|

"Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it's real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news [...]

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Afghanistan for Dummies

By |February 24th, 2011|

From Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings: Under duress, Holmes and his team provided Caldwell with background assessments on the visiting senators, and helped prep the general for his high-profile encounters. But according to members of his unit, Holmes did his best to resist the orders. Holmes believed that using his team to target American civilians violated [...]

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Arafat’s Ghost

By |February 17th, 2011|

From Foreign Policy's Colum Lynch on "Turtle Bay": The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity," a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the [...]

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Lost in Translation, Mubarak Edition

By |February 10th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Egypt Ambassador to the U.S. Sameh Shoukray speaking on CNN says that Pres. Mubarak has no actual power and that "Suleiman is now the de-facto President of Egypt." Mubarak has "delegated the authority of the presidency to the vice president," according to Amb. Shoukray. He said this has been "verified to him that this [...]

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Mubarak Reportedly Handing Power to Suleiman, Admin Sources ‘Need to See it Happen’

By |February 10th, 2011|

**UPDATED** CNN and MSNBC are reporting that a "senior U.S. official" says Pres. Mubarak is about to hand over Egypt's government to V.P. Omar Suleiman, solidifying yet another military dictatorship, this time under the C.I.A.'s man on rendition. C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta weighed into this news, saying it's a "strong likelihood," via a congressional hearing. [...]

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Obama Gets Pwned by GOP on Econ Talking Points

By |February 9th, 2011|

It's nothing but a snapshot in time, but it does tell a significant story. Even as the perception of Obama's presidency takes a positive jump, mainly due to how he's being covered by traditional and new media, Gallup's numbers tell another story. This should once again teach Pres. Obama, the Blue Dogs and the rest [...]

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An Interruption for a Reality Update

By |February 7th, 2011|

Finding out Pres. Obama's special envoy to Egypt, Frank Wisner, has economic conflicts is causing a flurry of understandable rhetorical indignation and all around sputtering. Mr. Wisner's conflict of interest on Egypt and his Mubarak message doesn't forward the theme of Pres. Obama's "orderly transition" beginning now. However, given how the old guard has responded [...]

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Bated Breath Alert: Sarah Palin Weighs in on Egypt

By |February 6th, 2011|

I guess if you want to make broad pronouncements about Egypt without being asked follow up questions the place to go is David Brody. Former governor Sarah Palin decided to weigh in with a quip, that Pres. Obama got his 3:00 a.m. phone call and "it seems that that call went right to um the [...]

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