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No Exit: The Baker Commission and the Trap of Reality

As Washington waits with bated bipartisan breath to unwrap the shiny Christmas present known as “the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group,” it becomes more and more obvious that the newly empowered Democrats are walking into a trap.

But it’s not an artful contrivance prepared for their demise by the infinitely devious Karl Rove — the “political genius” who, since his appearance on the national stage, has managed to lose two elections (2000 and 2004) and eke out very narrow, dubious victories in two others. (And it

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Insane Clown Posse: Right Back After This Word From Our Sponsors

Matt Taibbi — whose prose I used to edit, lightly, at the Moscow Times — provides his usual calm, measured, Broderian analysis of the late elections in this election-night diary: The Worst Show on Television. An excerpt:

McCain appears on CNN, broadcasting live from his Arizona office. He’s got American flags on either side of him and you can almost see his boner straining against his pants. His smile
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Cell of the Century: Bushists Face War Crimes Charges

Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse (Time)

What will come of this? Not much, probably. And of course it leave out the primary culprits: Bush, Cheney and Blair. But it is still sweet to see, sweet to watch these goobers sweat a bit, sweet to think they’ll have to shell out some of their blood money to lawyer up against this action.

Excerpts: Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement
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Gates of Hell: Another Constitution-Betraying Bushist in the Pentagon

Could anyone be worse than Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary? Well, how about an old Bush Family factotum who was hip-deep in the Iran-Contra arms-drugs-terror scam, who doctored, spun and manipulated intelligence for partisan purposes and also steered secret U.S. military intelligence to help Saddam Hussein launch WMD attacks?  Oh, plus someone who has no experience whatsoever of the military? Sounds like a dream candidate; and of course our Dear

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Election 2006: Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me

Ordinarily, the elevation of a gaggle of corporate bagmen, spine-free time-servers and craven accomplices of tyranny and aggression to the control of Congress would not be a cause for rejoicing. With a few notable exceptions, the Democratic Party has displayed nothing but cowardice and cluelessness over the past five years, betraying the interests of the American people at every single gut-check point in the long march to the self-proclaimed “Unitary Executive” dictatorship of George W. Bush.

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A Beacon of Hope and Unity in the Middle East

Jews and Muslims unite against homosexuals (Daily Telegraph; plus an update below.)

Who says there is no hope for peace in the Middle East? Here’s a very heartening development, as bitter enemies reach across the divide to join hands in a common cause. Surely such faith-filled cooperation between the “People of the Book,” the “Children of Abraham,” the “Fanatical Devotees of a Bronze Age Sky-God Cult” will be the way forward from the current hell of war

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Sandinista! How Will Bush Make Nicaragua Pay for its Disobedience?

Ortega back in power, early poll results show

From the Guardian: The Sandinista leader and former Marxist revolutionary Daniel Ortega appeared to have mounted a spectacular political comeback last night after preliminary results showed he had won Nicaragua’s presidential election in the first round. Mr Ortega led by a margin which seemed wide enough to avoid a run-off and to deliver a stinging rebuke to Washington, which had openly campaigned against
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