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A Headline You're Not Reading: Iran Ready to Work with US on Iraq

(64) Comments | Posted October 1, 2007 | 4:57 PM

The Financial Times reported over the weekend that the Islamic nation would help the U.S. stabilize Iraq if Washington presents a timetable for a withdrawal of its troops. The story was picked up by China's news agency Xinhua, Reuters India, Polish news site Onet.pl, and the New Zealand Herald,...

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Jason Bourne: An Anti-Cheney American Hero?

(10) Comments | Posted July 31, 2007 | 5:50 PM

A stinging rebuke against Cheney-esque black ops and torture tactics, Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum is more than just a heart-stopping international espionage thriller: It is Hollywood's most direct attack against the Bush Regime since George Clooney's one-two punch of Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana. If those more...

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Who Killed A Mighty Heart?

(43) Comments | Posted July 18, 2007 | 5:43 PM

A Mighty Heart, British director Michael Winterbottom's superb political thriller about the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, is losing its beat with audiences. Last weekend, the movie made a measly $193,281 (with per-screen averages of $1,098, compared with SiCKO, for instance, which had averages of $3,444).

Box-office...

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A Message from Sam Brownback

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2007 | 6:50 PM

I recently received a campaign message from Kansas Senator Sam Brownback.

Below, please find the email [accompanied by my interpretation of what it's really saying].

Dear friend [with the exception of Jews, Muslims, atheists, homosexuals, and liberals],

In January, in my home state of Kansas, I announced my candidacy...

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Can Abu Ghraib Torture Docs Make a Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2007 | 4:42 PM

What was just as shocking as the images of prisoner abuse from Abu Ghraib was their lack of political impact. George Bush was re-elected. No one in higher office was held accountable. And by all accounts, torture persists in the U.S. military and the C.I.A., not to mention U.S.-operated "rendition"...

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Why Wasn't the Headline "Bombers Not Smart Enough to Bomb JFK"?

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 10:19 PM

Why didn't the headlines read "Bombers Not Smart Enough to Bomb JFK" or "Plot to Blow-up JFK Unfeasible"? No, as is often the case in our post-9/11 paranoid universe, media hype and authoritarian fear-mongering conspire to freak us out.

On Saturday night, local New York news stations -- in flashy...

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I Dare Rush Limbaugh to See Sicko And Not Shed A Tear

(79) Comments | Posted May 26, 2007 | 1:18 PM

I can't remember who said it to me during the whirlwind of the Cannes Film Festival last week, but it went something like this: "Sicko will definitely play to Michael Moore converts, but it could also woo people who hate Michael Moore, too." If "Michael Moore Hates America," as certain...

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