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Scott Roeder: A Terrorist Worth Waterboarding?

(17) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 11:17 AM

For years now, pro-torture advocates have given us the same scenario to justify enhanced interrogation: What if a terrorist had information of more violence, murder, and attacks on Americans to come? Wouldn't torture be justified to get that information and save lives? It's the ticking time bomb plot, that scene...

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When Will Obama Swing Back?

(133) Comments | Posted March 10, 2008 | 7:44 PM

While Clinton and Obama flacks debate the word "monster" all weekend, we might take a moment to look at a much more offensive comment ex-Obama advisor Samantha Powers made to The Scotsman. Said Ms. Powers of Senator Clinton, "You just look at her and think, 'Ergh'. But if you are...

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I'm Holier Than Thou, Larry Craig

(10) Comments | Posted August 30, 2007 | 2:10 PM

I'll say it, I'm Holier Than Thou, Senator Craig. Most of us not behind bars, lying under oath to congress, or appearing on To Catch a Predator can safely say that. And yet, few Republicans seem to want to go there. The "m" word they won't say is morality.

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Paris During Wartime

(18) Comments | Posted June 8, 2007 | 12:54 AM

News that Paris Hilton walked yesterday was met with a sigh of relief in my house. In fear of Beverly Hills rioting over her jail stay, I've been stocking up on water, canned foods, and paying my Direct TV bills on time for a change (disconnects truly blow when in...

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Peggy Noonan Sees How the Other 72% Lives

(19) Comments | Posted June 4, 2007 | 6:28 PM

In her Wall Street Journal column on Friday, author and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan writes an open letter to the disaffected conservative base of the GOP. That is, the 28 per cent that actually still supports President Bush. The base right now looks like an Alka-Seltzer tablet in...

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Rudy, America's Victim

(29) Comments | Posted May 20, 2007 | 4:01 PM

At the South Carolina GOP debate the other night, Rudy Giuliani's shrill response to Texas Congressman Ron Paul over the war in Iraq made me wonder if America's Mayor wasn't going to break down and cry right there. He's got this rep as the can-do guy who'll know what to...

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Boris Who?

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2007 | 7:45 PM

From the AP obituary of Boris Yeltsin:

MOSCOW Apr 23, 2007 (AP)-- Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.

That first sentence made me...

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Day 400 of the War on Imus

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2007 | 3:21 PM

Now that he's gone, it felt safe to watch MSNBC again. I won't miss Imus, whose show was on from 3-6 AM here in LA, hours even my TiVo won't get up to cover. I used to like MSNBC because it was the equivalent of a political flash card test:...

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Last Liar Standing

(26) Comments | Posted March 26, 2007 | 6:42 PM

News today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' top aide Monica Goodling will take the 5th Amendment to avoid answering Senate questions on the US Attorney firings is more bad news for the White House and hopefully good for me.

This follows revelations on Friday of Gonzales' own vacation...

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Our Man in Little Havana

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2007 | 6:42 PM

Congratulations are in order to John McCain, who finally found an issue he probably won't have to flip-flop on for weeks. At yesterday's Little Havana gathering of the veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, McCain boldly came out against socialism, yes the Red Menace itself, and 24 hours...

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Patrick Fitzgerald: The 47-Year-Old Virgin

(36) Comments | Posted March 13, 2007 | 3:25 PM

I'd like to jump out ahead of a story, if I may, and demand an apology from Hardball host Chris Matthews. Last week, when the Lewis "Scooter" Libby guilty verdict was announced, he repeatedly referred to Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald as "virginal." "Doesn't he know how the game is played?"...

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