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Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

The F Word: Funding War, Choosing Sides

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The House approved $33 billion for a 30,000-troop escalation in Afghanistan this week and in doing so took money away from other places it was desperately needed: public schools, green energy and job creation.

More Biden, Please

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Biden's not president himself, he is much more free to put things in explicitly partisan terms than his boss. And he seems to be doing a rip-snorting good job of doing so.

IEDS: Remember This Claim

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Some military analysts agreed with a U.S. Army General's promise that there will be a decline in casualties from IEDs. The public should keep an eye on what happens to determine how much credence to put in Army claims.

Friday Talking Points [130] -- Who Is This "They" Obama Speaks Of?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we took last week off to write something patriotic for Independence Day weekend, we've got two weeks to cover today. Fortunately, every other w...

Don't Take Away Lindsay's Pills! (All at Once, That Is)

Joshua Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Lyon

My biggest fear for Lindsay is that the drugs get taken away immediately. This is a terrible and dangerous idea. She needs to be slowly and carefully weaned off of painkillers.

North Carolina: Afghanistan Destroys Another Candidate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This isn't about insider partisan purges and who has beltway money, It's very clear, and it's very mainstream. If you take the outsider, radical position and support the war in Afghanistan, you're toast.

Good News From Iraq

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

At the same time that Senate Republicans are voicing disagreement over withdrawal timetables when it comes to Afghanistan, we are about to meet a big milestone in our withdrawal timetable for Iraq -- and it doesn't even rate a mention.

Understanding the Placebo Effect

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

My first foray into the nebulous world of antidepressants was in 1985 when I was put on Sinequan. It gave me severe cotton mouth, didn't do much for my mood.

Jason Linkins

Petraeus Supports July 2011 Timetable, Sends Faint Signal On Strategy Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Michael Hastings's report on the war in Afghanistan and General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone magazine, the reporter brought to light a signi...

Jason Linkins

Petraeus: Afghanistan Withdrawal Would Be Conditions-Based

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Petraeus reiterated that the July 2011 date will not be a moment when U.S. forces "head for the exit and turn out the lights," as U.S. assistance will be required in Afghanistan for "a number of years."

How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Five Reasons to Withdraw From Afghanistan Sooner Rather Than Later

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

McChrystal's dirty laundry is the least of President Obama's problems. In the face of rapidly rising violence throughout the country, Obama needs to decide how quickly to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

2010 Midterms: Jobs vs. Wars in California

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Mull

At some point up in Sacramento, the people's representatives got together and decided, "Sorry guys, we just don't have room for healthy families anymore."

Afghanistan: Has Hamid Karzai Already Joined the Taliban?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Does an Afghanistan Exit Strategy Hurt Our Allies?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

A timetable for withdrawal is a good thing. Ignore the partisan myth-making and keep pressuring your representatives to hold Obama accountable and bring this war to an end.

Don't Trust Your Banks: They Are Still Cheating

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

This letter underscores for me, and millions of other bank customers, that nothing with the banks has changed, and that past deceptive practices are still in force.

US-Pakistan Negotiations Leave Out Pakistani People

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

The whole Strategic Dialogue is a farce. We're not accomplishing any of our national security goals in the AfPak region, we're actually making our problems worse!

Regaining Control of the Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

We are forced into an unfair position of being for or against a successful war in Afghanistan. It's never a good thing to be against something successful, so clearly the only rational choice is to you're for it.

Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

Iraq Milestones

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the first time since the war began, there are fewer than 100,000 American troops in Iraq.

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

Communicating With An Addict: Hitting The Pause Button

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

When you stay neutral, you turn the decision over to the addict; you are empowering them with their own choice, and at the same time empowering yourself with a commitment to neutrality.

AA: The Magic Of Bill Wilson

Jeff Witzeman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Witzeman

Many know Bill Wilson as the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, but few realize his brilliance as it relates to healing the human condition, alcoholic or not.