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The Most Touching Thing To Ever Happen On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology

Sometimes, just sometimes, social media can truly help you connect with the world, instead of taking you out of it. When Guardian editor Spencer Ac...

What's the Definition of a Crazy Question?

John V. Santore | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

Within the context of illogic and paranoia that has at times defined Barack Obama's opponents, it is tempting to write off those who make the most strident claims against him. But we shouldn't be afraid to ask big, fundamental questions about the conduct of the administration and its officials.

Criticism of Federal Courts for Terrorism Trials Once Again Falls Flat

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The military is simply not in a position to conduct the sort of complex criminal investigations that are the FBI's specialty. Soldiers are trained to fight battles in a war zone; the FBI is trained to collect, preserve and analyze evidence in a crime scene.

Afghanistan: Hearts and Minds and Blood and Anger

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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...

Pakistan: Diplomacy vs Giving It All Away

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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...

What's worse: Steele's Afghanistan comments or the reaction?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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...

Fresh Talking Point: Poor Afghanistan, They're Rich!

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

The Afghan minerals report isn't some everyday propaganda trying pitifully to sell a trillion dollar debt-war to a nation of unemployed. This is a very specific talking point explicitly targeting the foreign policy community

Humanity Missing From Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.

Jason Linkins

Spencer Ackerman's Self-Correction: This Is How Stories Should Be Retracted

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Spencer Ackerman is a friend of mine and a reporter whose expertise and ecumenical fairness are resources I've come to trust. He's also demonstrated ...

Jason Linkins

Flight 253 Threat: Spencer Ackerman, Pat Buchanan Duel Over Law Enforcement Reaction

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On today's edition of "Morning Joe", Washington Independent reporter Spencer Ackerman took on MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan over the law enforcement response to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's crotchfire terror attack on NWA Flight 253.

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow, Spencer Ackerman Provide Rare Moment Of Clarity In The Afghanistan Escalation Debate (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The more I hear about the troop level increases that are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to win in Afghanistan, the more and more I feel detached from any sense ...

Jason Linkins

Joe Scarborough, Pelosi Critic, Now Laments Unfair Criticism Of Pelosi

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Scarborough's now lamenting that Nancy Pelosi, "a friend of mine from Congress" has "caught a lot of grief" for that criticism. The big takeaway? Starbucks apparently has a Rohypnol Frappuccino.

Live From Glamorous Washington DC!

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The celebrities who have descended on the town provide a sharp contrast to the old, stodgy (and let's face it, overly white) days of being overrun by the helmet heads of the GOP.

Jason Linkins

What Joe The Plumber Should Know Before He Heads To A War Zone

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No matter how the whole "war correspondent" thing goes, Joe The Plumber will have his chance to test his mettle in the shtetl.

Jason Linkins

Bush Shoe Thrower: Press Asserts al-Zaidi Had Saddam, Baathist Connections

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to be emerging as an accepted fact that the reporter who threw both his shoes at Bush this weekend had specific ideological connections to Saddam Hussein and/or the Ba'ath Party.

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich Scandal Celebrated In Song: 'Dey Know (Blago)'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As we've documented, the Rod Blagojevich scandal has been such an amazing source of creative inspiration. So we're excited that Spencer Ackerman, of ...

Jason Linkins

Rod Blagojevich's Place In The Gangster Pantheon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I think that Blago's place in the Pantheon of Thug Life might be a bit overblown, borne aloft on the strength of Mamet-knockoff dialogue, but one thing's for sure, the man had balls the size of churchbells.

Harvey & the Joker: Can There Be a Tie at the Oscars?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Clemons

Can both Sean Penn and Heath Ledger win? Can we have one Oscar for the Dark Side? and one for the, well, Good Side?

Jason Linkins

Annals Of Unfortunate Headlines

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Spencer Ackerman reports on news that you probably already know: namely, that Jay Nordlinger and his crew at the National Review should spend some mor...

Jason Linkins

Counterterrorism After Bush: Towards A Progressive Approach

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Washington Independent, Spencer Ackerman has taken the pulse of a number of self-described "progressives" on their opinions for a new path...

Jason Linkins

Afghan Wolves: The Case For Palin's Foreign Policy Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Washington Independent blogger Spencer Ackerman is reporting this week from Afghanistan, where he has made his way from Kabul to Forward Operating Base Salerno in the province of Khost.

Jason Linkins

Supposedly Pro-American Iraq Groups Termed 'Enemies With Benefits'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman, one of the internet's trusted sources of real talk on Iraq, today promotes a great new way of terming ongoing relationships with the...

Jason Linkins

Rice Adviser: Iraq Invasion Was 'F*cking Stupid'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Washington Independent, Spencer Ackerman continues his enlightening "Rise of the Counterinsurgents" series with "A Counterinsurgency Guide...

Al Qaeda Goes Viral

Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Ackerman

This document has been advocating moving Al Qaeda from a terrorist network into a global movement of self-starters would make it impervious to U.S. and allied counterterrorism efforts.