Tim Pawlenty’s Neoconservative Spring

By |June 28th, 2011|

It's like the ghost of George W. Bush, but with smoother segues. ...and so it begins: Now is not the time to retreat from freedom's rise. [...] Yet at the same time, we know these revolutions can bring to power forces that are neither democratic nor forward-looking. Just as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, [...]

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Phillippe Reines, Clinton’s Champion

By |June 13th, 2011|

"Patti fired me," Reines recalled, adding with a smirk, "I just sort of ignored it, like George Costanza. I was in the office the next day at 7 a.m." He said that Clinton had known about the profile before it ran and that she decided to keep him on. "Ultimately, the organization was and is [...]

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Flashback Fun for 2012: Newt Gingrich Spinning his Cheating During Clinton Impeachment

By |March 28th, 2011|

Republicans need to take this clown down. Mitt Romney should rhetorically nuke Newt. But even as Chris Wallace zeroed in on Gingrich, watching Wallace squirm while doing it was telling. The Fox News anchor obviously conflicted about cornering a Republican. Having gone through impeachment and written in Clinton's defense at the time, the unwinding of [...]

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Israeli – Palestinian Tensions Rise, as Film Tries to Personalize Conflict

By |March 25th, 2011|

"Is this the face of a terrorist?" asks the American poster for Julian Schnabel's new film, Miral, about a young Palestinian woman of the same name. Dressed as a schoolgirl, looking ten years younger than her actual age of 26, Freida Pinto stares back, the sullenness in her eyes a residue of shouldering the twin [...]

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Rachel Maddow Did Her Best But…

By |March 22nd, 2011|

Sarkozy's stamp on the conflict has been unmistakable. Cable news in the U.S. on Monday featured the celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, an unexpected Sarkozy ally, barking praise for the French president at a CNN anchor and elated Libyan opposition fighters shouting, "Merci, Sarkozy." And Sarkozy was indeed a central force in goading the world to [...]

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International Women’s Day Question: When Will U.S. Catch Up with Liberia?

By |March 8th, 2011|

It's the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. It's a good day to ponder when the United States will catch up with countries like Liberia. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected the 24th President of Liberia, but we are still contemplating the all boys' club on the Left, while the Right ignites with an anti-feminist, anti-women [...]

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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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Picture of the Week Represents Rolling World Events

By |February 18th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Oddly enough, the union battle in Wisconsin, which has the added element of Pres. Obama and the DNC entering, adds a U.S. labor element to workers rising up from Tunisia to Egypt to Bahrain and even Libya. Col Muammar Gaddafi is the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. Protests are not allowed in Libya, [...]

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Sect. Clinton’s Speech on Internet Freedom

By |February 15th, 2011|

**UPDATED** ... In an awkward bit of timing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to deliver a major speech on Internet freedom in Washington on Tuesday just hours after Justice Department lawyers are scheduled to be in federal court a few miles away in the first public courtroom showdown over the probe into WikiLeaks and [...]

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Egyptian Revolution Inspired by Liberalism

By |February 13th, 2011|

"He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: 'We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East,'" Ben-Eliezer said. "'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and [...]

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