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The Kidnapped <i>NY Times</i> Reporters on their Ordeal

The entire piece is interesting to read, but here are a few excerpts that jumped out at me (Mohammed was their driver at the time of their capture by Libyan troops): From the pickup, Lynsey saw a body outstretched next to our car, one arm outstretched. We still don’t know whether that was Mohammed. We fear it was, though his body has yet to be found. If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man died because of us, because of wrong choices that we made, for an article that was never worth dying for. No article is, but we were too blind to admit that. I would like to read more about what mistakes they think they made. And then there's this: In hindsight, … Read entire article »

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Sri Lankan Muslims Beat Effigy of President Obama

How soon until MSDNC reports these Muslims are a splinter tea-party group? Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteSri Lankan Muslims Beat Effigy of President Obama … Read entire article »

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Bret Baier Sits Down with Jon Stewart

Good stuff. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteBret Baier Sits Down with Jon Stewart … Read entire article »

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The Spring Break War Room

Via AFP, captioned: "Answering the call: the president is briefed on Libya during his visit to Rio de Janeiro" This always cracks me up. "Hey, let's talk about the life or death of our soldiers, but make sure the photographer gets a picture of me on the phone looking serious." Note: I've said on Twitter before I think it's inane for any president, Bush included, to release photos or allow photos of himself talking on the phone as a show of engagement with an issue. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteThe Spring Break War Room … Read entire article »

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David Shuster Now Working For Media Matters

A little excerpt from the Washington Post piece on how Media Matters is training liberal wonks to go on television: On the last day, trainees donned their best clothes to appear at IMG studios, south of Dupont Circle. Pendleton complimented the color of dresses and the sharpness of suits. Brenner wore a powder-blue power tie. His hair was freshly trimmed. As Matthew White, the program assistant, helped him and a handful of other participants mold their very own puttylike “interruptible feedback” earpieces, former MSNBC anchor David Shuster was revealed as the special guest who would now put the participants through a real-world simulation. You need training to yell over the other person when they're talking? My four-year-old could teach them that. I also hope David Shuster explained how using words like "pimped," as … Read entire article »

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Jackie Walorski Wants a Rematch; Will Joe Donnelly Want One Too?

Jackie Walorski wants a rematch: After losing a photo-finish to incumbent Joe Donnelly just months ago, Republican Jackie Walorski is looking for a rematch in Indiana's 2nd district congressional race. Walorski first made the announcement on 16 Morning News. "We are going to run again for the 2nd district of the U.S. Congress," said Walorski. "We're excited about getting our hat back in the ring." Indiana will undergo a congressional redistricting process this year based on recent census results. The 2nd district could be re-drawn to favor the GOP, but Walorski says that didn't play into her decision. "I really want to be out before those numbers are out because I am committed, really committed to fighting for this district, for jobs and to bring the debt down in this country." The former state representative lost … Read entire article »

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President Obama, Keeping His Focus on the Big Issues

The president's official schedule for today: 9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office Closed Press 10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors Oval Office Closed Press 4:35PM THE PRESIDENT hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day East Room Pooled Press (Pre-set 3:30PM – Final Gather 4:15PM – North Doors of the Palm Room) No public statements on Libya. We'll presume the senior advisor meeting at 10:30 deals with that. No public statements on the uprising in Syria. Nothing on hundreds gathering in Amman to protest the Jordanian government. Nothing on President Saleh stepping down in Yemen, a potential loss of a key ally in the war against al-Qaeda. Nothing about new shelling from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Nothing on the continuing worries about radiation in Japan. No public statements on jobs or the economy. No statements on the … Read entire article »

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Obama: No U.S. Forces on the Ground in Libya . . . Except for Those Guys.

NPR: "President Obama said Wednesday it was 'absolutely' out of the question that U.S. ground forces would be used in Libya." How would the president describe the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit? There is no such thing as a purely air-based combat mission; planes have problems and pilots end up on the ground, and then U.S. forces have to end up on the ground, hopefully briefly, to rescue them and bring them home safely. Ask Scott O'Grady how much time you can spend on the ground while patrolling a no-fly zone. Details on the recent rescue: The Kearsarge then sent up two MV-22 Ospreys carrying Marine rescue teams. As they were en route, the Harriers dropped two laser-guided bombs near the crash site, apparently to keep Libyans on the ground from approaching the pilot. With … Read entire article »

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The Deployment of the Dreaded 'Box' Metaphor

Indiana Democratic congressman Joe Donnelly, who narrowly avoided defeat in 2010, assesses our actions in Libya: ""What we're trying to do is simply put Col. Gaddafi in a box, make sure that the people of Libya are protected, and hopefully this will not take very long." Sadly, that box is not a pine one, according to the Department of Defense. I seem to recall a great deal of discussion about whether Saddam Hussein was securely in his "box" throughout the 1990s and until the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteThe Deployment of the Dreaded 'Box' Metaphor … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 17

 1992—By order of a trial court, the sponsors of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston are required to allow the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston to participate in their parade. In 1994, in an error of judicial passivism, the Massachusetts supreme court rules that the parade is not an exercise of First Amendment rights and that compelling the parade organizers to comply with state law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation did not raise any significant First Amendment issue. In 1995, in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay Group of Boston, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reverses: “The selection of contingents to make a parade is entitled to [First Amendment] protection.”  2009—President Obama makes his first federal appellate nomination as he selects district judge David F. … Read entire article »

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Re: Linda Greenhouse’s Surprise

Speaking of “topsy-turvy”: On the Weekly Standard’s blog, Adam White pokes fun at the fact that Linda Greenhouse will be the keynote speaker at the DC Courts’ upcoming conference on the theme “Implicit Bias: Recognizing It and Dismantling It.” Ed Whelan … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 24

 1997—By a vote of 4 to 3, the Ohio supreme court rules in DeRolph v. State that Ohio’s existing system of financing its public-school system violates the state constitution’s declaration that the General Assembly “make such provisions, by taxation or otherwise, as will secure a thorough and efficient system of common schools throughout the state.”  The court orders the General Assembly to “create an entirely new school financing system.”  (How a school system can ever be “thorough and efficient” so long as self-serving teachers unions have clout is a mystery that the court did not explore.) 2009—Reviewing yet another Ninth Circuit grant of habeas relief on a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, the Supreme Court (in Knowles v. Mirzayance) again unanimously reverses the Ninth Circuit.  Perhaps it is not surprising … Read entire article »

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People's Daily Touts Daley, High-Speed Rail

China's scandal-plagued high-speed rail  promoters are hooking up with Chicago pols. What could possibly go wrong? Chicago is on track to become the first American city to introduce China's high-speed railway system. Chinese companies are also expected to fund this billion-dollar project. That's the word from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. He's on a two-week visit in China at the invitation of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Daley boarded the bullet train for a ride from the Chinese capital Beijing to neighboring Tianjin municipality. The 100-kilometer trip takes only about 20 minutes. Chicago wants to build a similar high-speed railway to link its O'Hare International Airport with its downtown areas. And the mayor is looking to Chinese companies for funding. … Read entire article »

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'Nothing Worse Than High Oil Prices'

So says the chief economist at Moody's: Greg Pollowitz Read more Complete'Nothing Worse Than High Oil Prices' … Read entire article »

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Ad Hominem Alert: “Foamy Chancre On the Ass of Subhumanity”

It’s getting to be a full-time job monitoring AOL/Huffington Post for the ad hominem attacks they want to avoid, but we don’t mind helping for the public good. From the Daily Caller: Jason Linkins, Banned from HuffPo Front Page! Today, Huffington Post’s Mario Ruiz announced a new policy–that someone who engages in an “ad hominem” attack (even if […] … Read entire article »

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Ad Hominem Alert: “Jew People Cookies”

In keeping with our commitment to provide assistance to AOL/Huffington Post’s pledge to be ad hominem-free, we at Big Journalism discovered yet another case of “ad hominem attacks” on the website. AOL/HuffPo contributor Roseanne Barr was featured on the cover of Heeb Magazine (and as Che on cover of her book) dressed as Hitler with a […] … Read entire article »

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It’s Official: Dissent Is Now ‘Unpatriotic’

Uh, oh, don’t tell Hillary Clinton. Will dissent become patriotic again if Obama loses reelection in 2012? … Read entire article »

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UI: Water Bearers

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Big Journalism Pledges to Help AOL/HuffPo Enforce No ‘Ad Hominem Attacks’ Rule

Early yesterday morning, the Daily Caller published an interview with Andrew Breitbart where the Big Journalism publisher had some choice words on Color of Change founder, former Green Jobs Czar, and HuffPo blogger Van Jones. “Van Jones is a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak. And a commie. And an eco-fraudster,” Breitbart said. […] … Read entire article »

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AOL/HuffPo Writer Romanticizes History of Admitted Marxist and Cop Killer Supporter

Robert Borosage takes heavy poetic license with both history and reality in the posting of an ad hominem attack on those who dare to identify Van Jones by the words and actions with which he identifies himself. Contrast that to the right-wing smear merchants, the modern day McCarthyites, that have gone into high gear to slime […] … Read entire article »

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