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<i>NYT</i>: We Didn't Mean to Bury Goldstone Retraction

From the Public Editor’s blog: In my column on Sunday April 10, I described the complex, fast-moving environment in which The Times’s foreign desk reports developments online and in print. A further challenge to journalists on the desk is deciding how to prioritize the news, especially given the volume and urgency of news in the current climate. While one might argue that in the digital medium there is unlimited space for news, in print the situation is different. The recent case of the retraction of a key assertion by Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist who led a panel investigating Israel’s invasion of Gaza two years ago, is a case in point. The Times published its story on the retraction on page A10 of its late editions on Sunday April 3. Numerous … Read entire article »

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'Happiness Has Been Consumed By Capitalism'

So says Nina Power in the Guardian:  In recent years, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago Martha Nussbaum (alongside economist Amartya Sen) has taken up the Aristotelian idea that the goal of philosophy is human flourishing and applied it to immediate questions of global social justice. We are all possessed of certain “capabilities”, she argues, ways of doing and being that we value, and she says public policy should prioritise and enable these, rather than obsessing over GNP per capita as a mark of a country’s “success” (states can be technically very rich, but extremely socially unjust – Nussbaum points to South Africa as an example). While I of course agree about South Africa, doesn’t Prof. Nussbaum think that things like “GNP” and other “numbers” might be, I don’t know, … Read entire article »

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Why the MSM Ignores Obama's Flip-Flops

Because he’s a “nuanced thinker,” argues Alana Goodman at Commentary. Read more CompleteWhy the MSM Ignores Obama's Flip-Flops … Read entire article »

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Is David Cameron Actually A Tory At All?

It’s an important question that Stephen Glover asks in a very good column in the Daily Mail. If nothing else, it looks like Cameron’s been taking some tips from Obama on foreign policy: Twice in the past week David Cameron has opened his mouth and said things which would have appalled me had they come from a diehard socialist leader. Could a true Tory really have spoken in this way? When he was in Pakistan he appeared to say that Britain was responsible for ‘so many of the world’s problems’. Sensible Tories are proud rather than ashamed of the British Empire, though of course bad things happened. It is also an established convention that prime ministers do not run down this country while abroad. Then, earlier this week, Mr Cameron let fly at … Read entire article »

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Arianna Talks About the Blogger Lawsuit

Here. Read more CompleteArianna Talks About the Blogger Lawsuit … Read entire article »

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More Friedman Hypocrisy

From his column today: The primary ingredient of a democracy — real pluralism where people feel a common destiny, act as citizens and don’t believe their minority has to be in power to be safe or to thrive — is in low supply in all these societies. It can emerge, as Iraq shows. But it takes time. And also: Make no mistake where my heart lies. I still believe this Arab democracy movement was inevitable, necessary and built on a deep and authentic human quest for freedom, dignity and justice. Of course, you’re not going to find any real pluralism or democracy in a country like China, but that’s fine, because they like electric cars n’ stuff: One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, … Read entire article »

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Words I Never Thought I Would Write: Trump Leads GOP 2012 Poll

Er… you’re hired?  Donald Trump is now tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, according to a new national poll. But while a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that the real estate mogul and reality TV star has nearly doubled his support since mid-March, it doesn’t mean he has smooth sailing ahead. “More than four in ten Republicans say they would not like to see Trump toss his hat in the ring,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. What is this? A genuine desire to see a real estate developer in the White House? A gut-level appreciation for his blunt talk? A sign that name ID counts for everything at this point? Read more CompleteWords I Never Thought I Would … Read entire article »

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Redistricting Hits Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly

Indiana Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly is thinking of running for Senate or governor. The Indiana state legislature may help him along with that decision: A redistricting plan proposed by Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature would shift several GOP-leaning areas into the northern Indiana congressional district narrowly won last year by Democrat Joe Donnelly. The congressional map puts all of Elkhart County and most of Kosciusko (Koss-ee-OSS’-koh) County into Donnelly’s current district and removes part of Democratic-leaning LaPorte County and all of Kokomo… The map also shifts what has been a swing district won last year by Republican Todd Young further north, giving it all of heavily GOP Johnson County just south of Indianapolis. Republican Jackie Walorski already announced she wants a rematch. The margin of victory in that House race was 1.3 percent, the … Read entire article »

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Mitt Is In! Well, the Exploratory Phase, At Least.

Earlier today, one of my regular sources asked if I had heard anything about Romney announcing his presidential campaign soon. Apparently it’s very soon. Moments ago: “I am announcing my Exploratory Committee for President of the United States. Join us at http://www.mittromney.com #Mitt2012.” It’s a big day for Romney. And good thing it’s not the anniversary of anything like, er, the big issue he’s going to have to overcome in the primaries or anything. I suppose the announcement might preempt some of the five-year anniversary stories. UPDATE: The announcement video: (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   A couple of quick thoughts… 1) Hitting Obama on job creation is probably going to be Romney’s best move. Obama defenders tell themselves that he’ll be fine, because the unemployment rate is going down. Of course, it’s rather revealing that they expect … Read entire article »

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More Coffee for the Vice President This Morning?

Today’s Jolt features plenty of Obama deficit-speech reaction and Rick Santorum kicking his presidential aspirations into a higher gear, but for now, the lighter topic, one that might make it tough to keep your eyes open this morning . . . Obama Speech Inspires Biden to Pursue Deep Meditation Falling asleep during an Obama speech is classic Joe Biden: he looks silly, unprofessional, mentally disengaged . . . and yet there’s something very honest about it (God knows how many presidential audiences over the years have fought off the urge) and there’s something endearing about his brief snooze. He is, indeed, our national crazy uncle. Lori Ziganto: “I really can’t blame him. I mean, Obama’s shtick really is super tiresome. The Greatest Orator Of All Time ™ is actually full of snooze. ABC’s … Read entire article »

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Obama, Spending Three Times as Fast as Bush, Blames Bush

Seven quick thoughts on the Most Important Speech of Obama’s Presidency Since the Last One . . . 1. The prepared text begins, “This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page, more than just cutting and spending.  It’s about the kind of future we want.” I read that and hear, ‘I cannot get the numbers to add up.” Or, perhaps, “It was my understanding there would be no math involved in this debate.” 2. There is a lot of blaming Bush in this speech. Quick perspective: Using numbers from the U.S. Treasury, we see that the debt during Bush’s eight years in office increased from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion, or $4.9 trillion over eight years. That’s bad; that’s basically $610 billion per year. But in the less … Read entire article »

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I Foresee a Lot of 'Anyone But' Sites This Cycle

Boston-based radio talk show host Michael Graham isn’t vague about his preferences for the 2012 Republican presidential primary: he just launched “AnyoneButMitt.com.” I guess this means everybody from Sarah Palin to Mitch Daniels to Ron Paul to Donald Trump can argue they’ve been endorsed by Michael, huh? Read more CompleteI Foresee a Lot of 'Anyone But' Sites This Cycle … Read entire article »

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Donald Trump on Running As An Independent, Past Campaign Donations and More

Earlier I interviewed Donald Trump on my show and asked him about the President’s remarks this afternoon on the deficit, the birther issue, his past donations to Democrats such as Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Anthony Weiner, and his comments about running as an independent should he lose the GOP nomination. … Read entire article »

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2012 Preview: Who Will Fact-Check the Corrupt MSM’s Cherished PolitiFact?

When 2012 comes around, the number-one job of the MSM will be to keep the focus off of President Obama. He’s a failed president and recent polling that shows him unable to hit 50% against every potential GOP challenger proves the people only need an acceptable alternative as a reason to fire him. Everyone on […] … Read entire article »

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Huffington, Should Bloggers Get Paid?

Interesting “goings on” within the blog world. Yesterday a class action lawsuit, was filed by labor activist and former Huffington Post blogger Jonathan Tasini. He seeks at least $105 million in damages from the Huffington Post and AOL for approximately the 9,000 bloggers who wrote for Huffpo but […] … Read entire article »

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Are Obama Advisors Worried About Trump’s MSM-Birther Circus?

This weekend, President Obama’s senior advisor David Plouffe stepped into the Donald Trump MSM-birther fray, dissing – what he termed – Trump’s “sideshow” public appearances. “There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s (Trump’s birther remarks) a sideshow,” said Plouffe. “Birther,” is, of course, the media’s pejorative […] … Read entire article »

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NewsBusted: Who’s Ready for a Trade-In?

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American Journalists Rub Elbows with Terror-Friendly Middle East Dictatorship

From Accuracy in Media‘s Cliff Kincaid: Media figures David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” David Brooks of The New York Times, Fareed Zakaria of CNN’s “GPS,” Margaret Warner of PBS’s “Newshour,” and Riz Khan of Al-Jazeera English are among the speakers at the eighth Annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum in […] … Read entire article »

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UPDATE: California Teachers Union Pulls Back Protest Plans

The militant “community organizers” who run the California Teachers Association union have been forced to pull back on some elements of their controversial plan for a Wisconsin-type takeover of the state capitol after it was exposed here on BigGovernment.com. The Sacramento Bee reports that once the news media and the public got to see just how […] Read more CompleteUPDATE: California Teachers Union Pulls Back Protest Plans … Read entire article »

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47 Ways to Say ‘IRS’…What Do Those Initials Really Stand For?

The “Internal Revenue Service” is such a bland name for an agency that stirs so much passion. With Tax Day just around the corner, the time is right to figure out what the initials “IRS” really stand for. WARNING: Immature Subject Matter. Viewer discretion is advised. Approximately 1.40 minutes Produced by Ted Balaker. Written by Balaker, Meredith Bragg, […] Read more Complete47 Ways to Say ‘IRS’…What Do Those Initials Really Stand For? … Read entire article »

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