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Speaker Pelosi, Put Afghanistan Drawdown on Record With McGovern-Obey

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Pelosi is in a unique position to weigh in, since the House could put the Afghanistan drawdown in writing when it considers the war supplemental, by approving an amendment introduced by Reps. McGovern and Obey.

From McChrystal to Petraeus: From Fry Pan To Fire?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

If getting American troops out of Afghanistan in the shortest feasible time is still the president's aim, I don't think he can expect much support from the new man he's put in charge there, Gen. David Petraeus.

Jonathan Alter's Obama Bio 'The Promise' Celebrated in Brentwood

Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It was a busy night for book lovers as fans and friends hopped between two Westside author events. Celebrated novelist Jennifer Egan was at the trend...

Politics as Usual or a Crime? The Lesson of Joe Sestak

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

If this is the wheeling and dealing that goes on in the white-hot media glare of national politics imagine what goes on in local political circles in your state.

Jonathan Alter On Colbert: FDR Had It Easier Than Obama (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jonathan Alter got the "Colbert bump" last night when he appeared on "The Colbert Report" to talk about his new book "The Promise," a detailed account...

Paul Volcker Blackballed By Obama Adminstration In 2008

The Big Money | Jonathan Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At 81, Volcker wasn't under any illusions about his age. He noticed that people called everyone else by their first name or last name, but only he, an...

'The Promise': Jonathan Alter's Look At Obama's First Year Impresses Critics, Though The Story Is Left Unfinished

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's retrospective on Barack Obama's first year in office titled "The Promise," came out this Tuesday, May 18, and is a...

Details From Jonathan Alter's Book, 'The Promise,' Leak: Obama On Teabaggers, Rahm's Fits, Summers vs. Orszag

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Democrats prepare to vote on the historic health-care legislation this weekend, a new look inside the White House is emerging from an upcoming book...

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you missed the weekend's big book reviews, no need to fear: you can catch up with the highlights below! "Innocent," Scott Turow The New York Times...

Borowitz: GOP Just Like the Sex Pistols

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit The Republican Party is a lot like the Sex Pistols, according to Andy Borowtiz. No, ...

Andy Borowitz and Friends Take the Y

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Erica Abeel

No small competition to run up against the State of the Union address, but Andy Borowitz and friends managed to fill New York's 92nd Street Y Wednesday night to the rafters.

Ed Schultz Takes On Jonathan Alter Over Health Bill, Public Option (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Ed Show's Ed Schultz took on President Obama Tuesday for not showing support for the public option. Schultz pointed to an email sent out by Organi...

Jason Linkins

Newsweek's Alter Accuses the "Angry" Left Of Forsaking The "Moral Core" Of Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today, on MSNBC, the notion of "moral obligation" was offered both as a central driving principle behind reform -- and as a brickbat against the "angry" left, and their pursuit of a public option.

Jonathan Alter: Our Heath-Care System Is Just Fine As Is! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Go ahead, shoot me. I like the status quo on health care in the United States. I've got health insurance and I don't give a damn about the 47 million ...

Jonathan Alter Joins the Teacher-Scapegoating Chorus: I'm Calling BS

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Obsessive focus on cleaning house and demanding expecting superhuman performance misses a larger point.

Why Do So Many Republicans Hate America?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I say that Cheney and Gingrich don't love America because they don't seem to care about American values as they have traditionally been viewed.

Media Torture

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Defending torture -- and the torturers -- is now a long accepted practice in American journalism, one that brings you much acclaim and access to power, bylines, headlines, and lucrative contracts.

Jason Linkins

Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Alter Discuss Obama's "First Fourteen Mondays" (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Stephen Colbert suitably lampooned the media's obsession with the First 100 Days by examining the Obama administration through the lens of the "First ...

Time to Think About Torture and the Media

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

When it comes to America's torturing, none of us are blameless in our actions, our ignorance or our acquiescence.

Jim Cramer Declares Depression Over; Millions Panic

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Just moments after Mr. Cramer delivered his upbeat prediction, stock prices went into an epic free-fall unprecedented in the annals of modern trading as millions of investors rushed for the exits.

My April Fool's Prank on NPR

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

On NPR yesterday, I revealed that the U.S. Treasury is also running an elaborate Ponzi scheme, selling worthless pieces of paper called "U.S. Treasuries" to unsuspecting investors.

Obama Opens Chevy Dealership on White House Lawn

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that all Cabinet members were taking turns running the dealership, and that Vice-President Joe Biden was manning the customer service hotline.

CIA Following Bin Laden on Twitter

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Borowitz

The decision to track Mr. bin Laden's movements, moods, and musical tastes came late last week after the agency discovered he was using the popular social networking utility.

White House Replaces 'War on Terror' with Symbol

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The White House announced today that it would no longer use the phrase "war on terror" and would instead replace it with a cryptic symbol once used by the funk rocker known as Prince.

Madoff to Help U.S. Sell Bad Assets

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"Desperate times call for desperate measures," White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN last night. "If anyone can convince investors to buy a worthless piece of paper, it's Bernie Madoff."