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Obama "Can No More Disown (McChrystal) Than I Can My White Grandmother"

Posted June 22, 2010 | 13:41:29 (EST)

The more I learn about the insubordination America's top commander in Afghanistan displayed in full view of a Rolling Stone writer, the more I think any American president would fire him. But the more I think about Gen. Stanley McChrystal's motives and President Obama's approach to power and people, the more...

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Why Doesn't Ken Auletta Want My Money? (the Case for Selling Books by the Chapter)

Posted April 25, 2010 | 21:00:02 (EST)

There came a time last night when I stopped hearing the magic voice inside my Kindle. The Kindle was fine. The volume was fine. The magic text-to-speech voice kept droning. But I couldn't hear. I couldn't hear because I was distracted. I was distracted because Ken Auletta had stopped making...

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Contingency Plans For Revised Edition of "A Happier History of America" by Rudy Giuliani

Posted January 10, 2010 | 04:48:46 (EST)

MEMORANDUM

FROM: Rudy Giuliani, NYC mayor on 9/11/01

TO: Revisionist & Sons Publishing Co.

RE: contingency plans for revised second edition of my forthcoming textbook, A Happier History of America

Dear Sirs:

As we continue to lock in pre-orders from school districts all across the country for the first edition...

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Tiger Woods = Enron (Frank Rich Fights Flimflam With Flimflam)

Posted December 21, 2009 | 15:28:29 (EST)

If you go on Twitter and type "Frank Rich" into the search box, you will learn that Rich's latest column deserves a Pulitzer. It's today's "MUST READ." Quite simply, it's "gold."

I see it differently.

In "Tiger Woods, Person of the Year," Rich's prose bounds from notion to notion...

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Part Exposé, Part Cover-Up: 1968's My Lai Massacre Photos Have Big Lessons For Citizen Journalists

Posted November 24, 2009 | 05:03:43 (EST)

The front page of last Friday's edition of The Cleveland Plain Dealer included a story headlined "Photographer destroyed photos of soldiers in the act of killing." Before I type even one sentence more, I want to make clear that I have never ever done anything brave enough...

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Malcolm Gladwell and the Case For Endless Self-Googling

Posted November 16, 2009 | 05:22:59 (EST)

I piled cringe upon cringe Friday -- first because I read Steven Pinker's vivisection of Malcolm Gladwell's new essay collection, second because of what I found when I Googled a flub Pinker wielded against Gladwell.

Reviewing What The Dog Saw for the New York Times, Pinker slapped Gladwell like...

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Basic Truths in Hoh Resignation Letter Were True When He Took His Job

Posted October 29, 2009 | 15:38:27 (EST)

I'm pretty pissed off right now.

It makes less than zero sense to me that Matthew Hoh's resignation as "the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province" seems to be swaying sensible people from Christopher Buckley to Garrison Keillor to Andrew Sullivan. We all, naturally, have heard of...

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After the Peace Prize, Give War a Chance

Posted October 9, 2009 | 19:14:55 (EST)

Today, in the wake of his Nobel peace surprise, President Barack Obama should call Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and ask if he really needs tens of thousands more troops in Afghanistan. Then, in the truest spirit of his new status as a peace laureate, Obama should ask McChrystal what America...

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Abolish the Nazi-Commie Nightmare of Public Firefighting

Posted August 18, 2009 | 05:21:23 (EST)

The patriots who have killed off this so-called "public option" for so-called "healthcare reform" need to learn from the mistakes the first President Bush made way back in 1991 when he chickened out and blew his chance to march all the way to Baghdad and dethrone Saddam Hussein.

Unlike...

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A Vote for President Schwarzenegger Is a Vote Against the "Birthers"

Posted July 28, 2009 | 21:22:20 (EST)

Even at my most drunk and grandiose, I would not attempt to convince anyone that I'd make a better president than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arianna Huffington, Mel Martinez, Jennifer Granholm, Henry Kissinger, Andrew Sullivan, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, or Anh Cao.

None of those people can be your president. I can.

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Pitchforks, Torches and Tivos (A Conniption Over Harsh Words About A Captive U.S. Soldier)

Posted July 22, 2009 | 05:10:33 (EST)

Let's start with the Fox News analyst's harsh words about Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier that Taliban forces are holding captive.

Because however bizarre, however stupefyingly premature the Fox pundit's words are, they are something other than what they have become in the re-telling. The faulty re-telling shows how...

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How Abraham Lincoln's "Hot Letters" Can Keep You From Going All Alice Hoffman

Posted July 2, 2009 | 18:25:17 (EST)

Today, just when I found myself musing that we can turn to Abraham Lincoln's exemplary life and leadership to guide us through any dicey situation, I spotted a story headlined "Naked Airline Passenger 'Remembers Nothing'."

We all have our limits. Lincoln's limit is that he left behind...

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Netanyahu v. Obama (Judge Judy Presiding)

Posted June 4, 2009 | 18:48:41 (EST)

Senior Israeli officials accused President Obama on Wednesday of failing to acknowledge what they called clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed Israel to build West Bank settlement housing within certain guidelines while still publicly claiming to honor a settlement "freeze."

(source: New York Times, 6/3/09)

JUDGE JUDY:...

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Cheney Should Remember -- Really Remember -- Our Fallen Troops

Posted May 25, 2009 | 15:06:59 (EST)

If today were any day other than Memorial Day, I wouldn't make it to the end of this sentence without flinging some heartfelt insult at Dick Cheney.

But this day isn't about Dick Cheney, and it sure as hell isn't about my pampered civilian ass. This day is about Americans...

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Opining While Intoxicated (A Field Sobriety Test For Broder's Torture Column)

Posted April 26, 2009 | 06:46:51 (EST)

In the first newsroom where I worked, the bosses posted a sign that read "Good writing is clear thinking made visible."

By this measure, David Broder's Sunday column in the Washington Post is not good writing. The column does make something visible, but it's not clear thinking. Broder's thoughts...

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Don't Let Cheney Pick the Battlefield

Posted April 23, 2009 | 05:00:42 (EST)

My posts sometimes go on a bit.

Tonight will be different. My point is simple: We cannot let Dick Cheney set the terms of America's debate about torture.

The former vice president is calling on President Obama to release more secret documents. Cheney claims Obama is hiding proof that...

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Legalistic Sociopaths and the Torture Apologists Who Love Them

Posted April 17, 2009 | 16:36:52 (EST)

History will judge who's more loathesome: the legalistic sociopaths who wrote the torture memos made public Thursday or the apologists and trivializers rising to their defense.

Among this morning's many new inductees into the Hall of Infamy, I hope everyone gets a chance to marvel at David B....

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Yes We Can (Waste Our Day Being #Teaparty Trolls)

Posted April 15, 2009 | 17:58:29 (EST)

This post by HuffPost's own Jason Linkins got me thinking today about the single most potent force in American politics.

I'm speaking of course of trolls, the Internet's very own peanut gallery.

Trolls, of course, are the reason why Barack Obama lost so decisively to President McCain back in...

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Fiasco Author: Obama's Iraq Optimism "Sounds a Lot Like Bush"

Posted April 10, 2009 | 06:42:10 (EST)

The Pulitzer-winning journalist whose 2006 book so thoroughly debunked the "Mission Accomplished" myth of the Iraq war came to my town a few hours ago and asked his audience to face some nasty new diagnoses about Iraq.

Being so fresh from hearing Fiasco author Thomas Ricks speak...

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A Chance For You To Squander Your Time on Earth Like I Just Did

Posted March 25, 2009 | 03:51:18 (EST)

I just posted a comment on The Anonymous Liberal's blog.

I was responding to a blog post responding to a blog post responding to a newspaper piece. If I'd just written the previous sentence before I started on this whole thing, I could have saved myself some time. Never...

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