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Sen. Joe Lieberman told Fox News that he would be hesitant to support the new nuclear treaty with Russia if President Barack Obama doesn’t commit to modernizing the nuclear arsenal. He also perpetuated fears of Iran.

As for the wire services, the Associated Press reports the government’s broadband funds are stimulating controversy.

An Israeli order paves the way for West Bank deportations, according to a new report highlighted by AFP.

And analysts say the risk of Japan going totally bankrupt is real.

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Free speech attorney Marjorie Heins told me in a fascinating exclusive interview that Obama “probably won’t have the courage” to rebuild the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.

With Justice John Paul Stevens retiring soon Republican Senator John Kyl threatened to filibuster if Obama’s choice to replace him is too ideological, for example if he or she stands up “for the little guy.”

And on a totally unrelated note, neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol told Fox News Sunday he believes “it would be better” for the US to attack Iran before Israel does. A reader posted a link to my story on a powerful Guardian article today called The Soldiers’ Burden.

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Forgetting Dr. King’s dream of justice by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

NPR’s ombudsman asks ‘Where are the women?’

Looting Main Street by Matt Taibbi

The Fed in hot water from Talking Points Memo

The push to legalize marijuana is real from The Atlantic

New journalism centers for public media from Save the News

TSA concedes body scanners store and record images from EPIC

Mountaintop removal crackdown could mean more than offshore drilling

Everything you need to know about Obama’s new fuel-economy rules from Grist

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Plagued by bad memories? Call Death Bear

TOP STORIES

Letter sent to alleged drug kingpin details DEA surveillance

CPB’s new local journalism centers initiative from New Public Media

FCC removes gender from advertising nondiscrimination rules

Victim-blaming is alive in the school paper at American University

HEALTH REFORM

Ten things you didn’t know were in the health bill by Emily Badger

David Frum on health reform: ‘Repeal is literally impossible’

Insurers find loophole in health bill, say they don’t have to cover sick kids

The strange tale of ‘black liquor’ and $25B from The Takeaway

CLIMATE AWARENESS

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change, says James Lovelock

Landmarks went dark worldwide to mark fourth annual Earth Hour

The Yes Men trick the world from Campus Progress

Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood promises bicyclists will finally have a voice

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

Nader on Attention deficit democracy from Common Dreams

Obama is ‘delivering, but for financial institutions’ says Chomsky

CNN claims only Dems want to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Watchdog files complaint against ‘deceptive and illegal’ Hannity concerts

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Democrats include $250m for abstinence-only education in health bill

The Secular Coalition for America, a national advocacy organization representing secular Americans, expressed its deep disapproval over this reversal.

“2009 marked the first year in nearly three decades that federal birth control funding was focused unequivocally on science-based sex education. No federal funds were spent on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs–programs not supported by scientific consensus. We are greatly disappointed that health care reform was used as a vehicle for extending this theocratically-motivated program which ignores science,” said Executive Director Sean Faircloth.

Blogger Michael Petrelis, a gay rights activist, is curious how certain progressive cabinet officials feel about this aspect of health reform, but isn’t holding his breath waiting for a response:

I’d sure like to hear from gay White House staffers Brian Bond, the gay liaison, and Jeff Crowley, the head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, about the supposed benefits behind allocating so much money for abstinence programs long-debunked by scientific research. Anyone care to wager that Bond and Crowley don’t say a thing about this outrageous waste of money?

Mississippi Governor: Media gave health bill ‘longest wet kiss’ in history

Sen. Schumer: A vote for health bill will be ‘asset’ in November elections

Wannabe Senator willing to ‘work across the aisle’ for GOP ideas only

Obama’s surprise 1st Kabul visit since ordering surge (Note my photo)

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CA legalization battle heats up

Ahead of state-wide vote, marijuana legalization battle heats up in CA

TOP STORIES

Did the CIA use Bybee memo for protection? from Firedoglake

The health bill is a bonanza for insurance industry by Bill Moyers

Key differences between progressive & liberal thinking by David Sirota

Germany to expand nuclear plant phase-out by 28 years from Al-Jazeera

WAR ZONES

McChrystal admits Afghan atrocities, press yawns by Allison Kilkenny

US casualties double in Afghanistan from Press TV

Obama declares Afghan war ‘absolutely essential’

Did Iraq just elect a mass-murderer? by Joshua Holland

BROADCASTING

Internet radio station makes leap to airwaves

WORT outreach coordinator directs a symphony of volunteers

Is there too much marijuana on prime time TV? from NORML

Planning a new station or relocation? FCC clarifies transmitter site rules

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No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK

No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK from True/Slant

TOP STORIES

Van Jones: ‘I feel like I’m just getting started’ from Grist

Civil rights & media justice from Prometheus Radio

Ian Tomlinson family waits for answers one year after G20 protests

Indebted UC students: Put down the soy lattes by Allison Kilkenny

FREE PRESS

The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters by Glenn Greenwald

Wikipedia to undergo fundamental changes in April

1 in 4 kids aged 8-12 on Facebook despite age restrictions

Google goes it alone in China censorship fight

GEEKY TECH

Digital divide will ensure a broadband ghetto from GigaOm

Blair Levin: Reclaiming spectrum puts FCC on ‘right side’ of history

New RFID tag could mean the end of bar codes from Wired

Why isn’t my house out-thinking my dog yet? from Wired

TRULY GREEN

Conservation icon Stewart Udall dies from New West

Climate bill could face threats from the left from The Hill

Sen. Tom Udall’s goal: ’10 Republicans on the climate bill’ from Grist

Van Jones: Clean energy ‘will be increasingly safe political ground for both parties’

HEALTHY THINKING

Not feeling well? Perhaps you’re marijuana deficient by Paul Armentano

In drug war, failed old ideas never die by Bernd Debusmann

Ask Umbra chews the fat with Moby about his new book Gristle

Celebrities climb Kilimanjaro to awaken world to water crisis from Treehugger

POLITICS USA

Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups

The horrible prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein

Tea Party harbors a dwindling, confused demographic by Allison Kilkenny

Will Greenwald be labeled a ‘terrorist’ and assassinated? from Antiwar Radio

RIGHT WING

How a visionary author became a target of right-wing conspiracy theory

The banishment of David Frum: The revolution devours its children

Where were all these ‘freedom-loving’ right wingers during the Bush years?

Michael Chertoff joins defense firm that defrauded the US government

CORPORATE POWER

Clear Channel spent $1.6M lobbying Congress & FCC in 2nd half of 2009

Chomsky: Popular outrage not challenging corporate power from In These Times

Viva la student revolution: Part of reform corporations couldn’t buy

Afghanistan spy contract goes sour for Pentagon from CorpWatch

MIDDLE EAST

US intent on dragging Israel to negotiating table from Electronic Intifada

Chomsky: Obama spat over Netanyahu’s ‘insulting manner, not settlements’

NPR misleads and misinforms on East Jerusalem from Mondo Weiss

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes per month by John Byrne

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Video proves Kanye West was right about George W. Bush

OBAMA

President signs health care bill, with a flourish by NY Times

Obama Inc. triumphs: Kucinich folds his hands on health care

Obama advances nuclear resurgence with US loan guarantees from CS Monitor

Obama: Inside man for the greatest heist in history from Black Agenda Report

Should Obama control the Internet? from Mother Jones

BROADBAND

Who will defend the rights of people of color on the Internet? by Malkia Cyril

Race, immigration & the fight for an Open Internet from Making Contact

Broadband plan’s price tag: $20M from The Hill

House passes cyber security from NY Times

Why ‘TV Everywhere’ will fail from PBS Media Shift

JOURNALISM

The collapse of journalism, the journalism of collapse by Robert Jensen

Corporation for Public Broadcasting launches new local journalism initiative

How is Seattle P-I doing, one year later? from Poynter

An e-model for journalism in Seattle, the P-I celebrates 1 year online-only

New media ventures blossom in Seattle

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Fred Nowak

UN torture expert criticizes Obama for not investigating previous administration

TOP HEADLINES

Why is Barack Obama writing GOP talking points? by John Nichols

Granny D dies at 100: She walked across the USA for campaign finance reform

Why the oppressed must tell their own story from Toward Freedom

Top US home-school texts dismiss evolution

THE TORTURE ARCHITECTS

George W Bush & Dick Cheney pulled the torture strings from The Progressive

Federal judge says Donald Rumsfeld can’t duck trial from Chicago Reader

The reason why torture memos resemble Clarence Thomas’ way of thinking

Reporter: Karl Rove’s book nearly made me choke on a pretzel

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Rep. Dennis Kucinich forces Congress to debate Afghanistan

Kucinich & 16 other members of Congress start bipartisan War debate

House defeats Kucinich resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan

Sen. Levin to block Blackwater’s $1B Afghanistan contract

THE GAYS

Virginia Attorney General orders colleges to stop protecting gays

Sen. Lieberman, Sen. Levin take lead on measure to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Republican State Sen. with staunch record against gay rights comes out

Glenn Beck apologizes to viewers for interview with Rep. Eric Massa

US NOT POST-RACIAL YET

Study finds median wealth for single black women is $5

Justice roars: Local outrage at New Orleans music mag’s cover

Less stimulus money is going to American minorities

Could immigration split the Tea Party? from The Rachel Maddow Show

HEALTH CARE DEBATE

Obama’s rhetoric against single-payer is reprehensible from The Progressive

Daily Kos founder says Kucinich deserves (impossible) primary challenge

Mitt Romney’s lies, lies & staggering health care hypocrisy by Sahil Kapur

Reconciliation: Obsessed or ignorant, pick one by Jonathan Chait

ECONOMIC OUTRAGE

Rowdy protesters target funding cuts at US campuses from Michael Moore

Goldman Sachs authors a Greek tragedy by Jim Hightower

US lawmakers launch new push to reveal NAFTA

RNC finance director exposed: Manipulating donors with fear, crude caricatures

ODDS & ENDS

‘Carpuccino’ infuriates car lovers, coffee lovers, pun lovers from Gizmodo

Meth war’s money matters raise questions from Boise Weekly

A snitch in your pocket by Michael Isikoff

Medical marijuana’s lost man: Bryan Epis from NORML

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Obama plan: $50M for US-friendly media in Pakistan

Republican House Whip: We need ‘to get more people uninsured’

House Speaker Pelosi: GOP ‘orchestrated’ some tea parties

McCain on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: ‘I believe that it’s working’

Sen. Kyl defends ‘tough sh*t’ unemployment benefits block

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Rainy season looming, photo by Ansel Herz

Secure shelters scarce in Port-Au-Prince as rainy season looms

NEWS STORIES FOR THE WEEKEND

Blackwater used shell company to defraud US government

Dubya: Jimmy Carter’s torture accusations ‘made my life miserable’

Riot erupts at UC-Berkeley over tuition hikes, budget cuts

GOP senator blocks unemployment benefits extension: ‘Tough s**t’

Police escort student out of class for refusing to pledge allegiance

‘Zombies’ have free speech rights too, US court rules

Keith Olbermann: ‘My father asked me to kill him’

Obama reminds McCain: ‘The election is over’

Crazy Glenn Beck & Alex Jones teaming up to take down candidate

Rep. Trent Franks implies blacks better off as slaves by Muriel Kane

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THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM

Rethinking independent voters from Truthout

80% surveyed say Congress serves special interests

George Lakoff: ‘Rational reason’ doesn’t work in US politics

The US political system ‘sucks’ says John Podesta, Center for American Progress

ELECTIONS 2010

Will US Senate races be driven by money or issues?

1 in 10 Republicans calling it quits in November by Daniel Tencer

Is Gov. Crist, who joined Schwarzenegger in endorsing stimulus, about to switch?

Do Republicans really want to win in 2010? from Salon

REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY

Republican of the people from Texas Observer

GOP’s path to the future runs through the past from Salon

The Tea Party takes aim at Ron Paul, ironically

The Tea Party’s radicalism by EJ Dionne Jr.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LABOR UNIONS

Unions bash Dems, warn of political fallout from Politico

Sanders: Obama is ‘wrong’ on the public option by Sam Stein

If Michael Moore would run for president by Robert Naiman

Colorado Supreme Court tosses Amendment 54 from Law Week

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Republicans help US Senate pass jobs bill from The Hill

TOP STORIES

Docs show Congress knew more about CIA rendition, secret detention & torture

Will someone please arrest Bush, Cheney as they meet for 1st time on Friday?

The flailing falsehoods of America’s war criminals by Glenn Greenwald

Why so little attention to Vernon Hunter, the man killed by Austin terrorist?

POINT COUNTERPOINT

Estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic by Leonard Pitts Jr.

ACORN: We’re still here, it is not true that we’re ‘closed for business’

Does Justice Clarence Thomas’ silence thwart advocacy?

The NYT on its ‘kill more civilians’ op-ed writer by Glenn Greenwald

ECOLOGICAL HEADLINES

The truth would kill a return of nuclear power … by Alec Baldwin?

Cracking down on fracking by Amy Goodman

Okanagan Indians fight for watershed providing an alternate image of BC

Sen. Kerry says climate bill is not dead yet from Mother Jones

FROM DEMOCRACY NOW

Anti-nuclear activists mobilize to oppose Obama’s new nuke plants

Malcolm X: ‘By any means necessary’

Phyllis Bennis on ending the US war in Afghanistan

Welfare recipients forced to sell food stamps to buy basic necessities

FROM DAILY KOS

Senate takes up Unemployment Insurance and COBRA extensions this week

Litmus test: The people, or insurance companies? by Darcy Burner

Republicans furious over Sen. Scott Brown’s jobs vote

Shenanigans to come? Live at Senate EPA budget hearing

CHECKING IN WITH OTHER LIBERAL BLOGS

Lies, politicians and those damned bloggers from Hullabaloo

Comedy gold: Breitbart shouts ‘innuendo’ at Blumenthal during CPAC

Rep. Waxman’s letter: Toyota study is horrible whitewash from FDL

The torture memo author you’ve never heard of from TPM Muckraker

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New 'Vehicle-to-Grid' hybrid

Get paid $30/hr to drive new ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ hybrid car

TOP STORIES

Bible classes for public schools in Kentucky from Raw Story

Wall Street’s bailout hustle by Matt Taibbi

Powell rebukes Cheney, America is not ‘less safe’ because of Obama

ACLU calls on UN human rights official to stop teen’s torture in prison

INVESTIGATIVE NEWS

Congress launches investigation into gas drilling practices from ProPublica

Secret history of hostage crisis, Iraqi invasion goes with Haig to the grave

Yoo said Bush could slaughter civilians by Jason Leopold

Rep. Conyers responds: Hearings on torture lawyers coming soon

SPIN THE GLOBE

Dutch government totally collapses over Afghan military mission

Mud torrent kills at least 40 islanders in Portugal

Greece hires Goldman banker as debt chief from Business Week

Israel aims to restore holy sites in occupied West Bank

MEDIA ANALYSIS

In defense of cigarette marketing from True Slant

NBC, ABC reports on new nuclear facility leave key questions unasked from FAIR

AWOL on Comcast/NBC merger: Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz

Air America lessons: Benefactors differ by David Sirota

JAMES ‘CONSERVATIVE PIMP’ O’KEEFE

ACORN story a ‘punking’ of America from Hullabaloo

O’Keefe and the myth of the ACORN pimp from Media Matters

NYT editor ‘stands behind’ contested ‘pimp’ reporting from Brad Blog

O’Keefe given rock star treatment ‘like Chuck Norris’ at CPAC

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Obama unveils plans to build new nuclear power plants

UN exec. secretary on climate change resigning this summer

Gibbs won’t discuss waterboarding policy on camera from Raw Story

The US has been torturing. Case closed. Literally by Harry Shearer

John Yoo’s lies about Obama from The Public Record

Feds won’t pursue 2006 NYPD shooting of Sean Bell

Bob’s Red Mill now employee-owned from Natural Products Marketplace

Women & minorities shortchanged by stimulus by Leigh Ann Caldwell

Obama seeks to ‘synchronize and integrate’ state & federal military forces

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Laura Flanders: Lifting the veil on US troops in Pakistan

CIA drones and Bob Gates’ visit to Pakistan from Extraordinary Edition

Republican stimulus foes happy to lobby for pork projects

How much will nuclear cost US citizens? from Grist

2 ex-employees say Blackwater billed US govt for prostitute

Blackwater contractors ordered out of Iraq from CS Monitor

Idaho Education Network under fire for cronyism, waste from New West

Advocating transparency by fighting transparency by Allison Kilkenny

US expanding weapons stockpile inside Israel from Truthout

How Obama ended up where FDR began from TomDispatch.com

Details of British resident’s brutal CIA torture by Andy Worthington

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"Energy, Budget Cuts, Tax, Lift American Spirits"

Palin reads cheat notes from her palm on Tea Party stage

SNL mocks Fox News on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Iran arrests 7 ‘spies’ tied to US-funded radio station

In response to this story, one Raw commenter insisted the site was covering-up the following news stories:

Iran accepts third party enrichment deal terms from Antiwar.com

Iranian scientist assassinated as US steps up war threats

Obama spreads war flames in Middle East from Global Research

I regularly link to news from Antiwar.com on Raw Story, and found both of these Global Research pieces to be thought-provoking. If only the commenter wasn’t anonymous, I could let them know Raw only schedules me once a week, making it difficult for me to conspire to cover anything up, or cover much of anything for that matter…

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Jon Stewart skewers headlines of lefty blogs

TOP STORIES
5 ways the Tea Party could fail from National Journal
DEMOCRACY & CAMPAIGN CASH
FOREIGN POLICY & TERRORISM
Bush, Cheney and the great espace by William Rivers Pitt
The lynch mob mentality by Glenn Greenwald
MEDIA POLITICS
JOURNALISM & THE FREE PRESS
TECHNOLOGY & PRIVACY

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TOP STORIES
Jerk or genius, TV’s Stephen Colbert boosts US

Remembering ‘Kvetcher in the Rye’ JD Salinger by Greg Palast

ACORN mounts campaign to ‘sting the stinger’ by Daniel Tencer

Rahm Emanuel will really, really not like hosting this mental disabilities panel

CORPORATE POWER
How corporations secretly move millions to fund political ads by Brad Jacobson

Dems consider constitutional amendment to combat campaign finance decision

ACLU may reverse course on campaign finance limits from NY Sun

The end of the corporate zombie? from Huffington Post

BEHIND THE CONSERVATIVE VEIL
Rumsfeld sent Wall St Journal op-ed dismissing torture allegations to Dubya

Report: SarahPAC spent thousands buying copies of Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’

Insurance companies ‘used Tea Party’ to try and kill bill by Sahil Kapur

Glenn Beck update: The backpedaling begins by Arianna Huffington

MIDDLE EAST POWER STRUGGLES
Obama’s silent war shocks Pakistan from Guardian UK

Onward Christian soldiers, again from Antiwar.com

Raze illegal buildings, unless they are Jewish settlements

Israeli commander: ‘We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza’ from The Independent

BROADCAST POLITICS
FCC gives Native American tribes priority to obtain radio licenses

Obama wants you to create the next YouTube by Megan Tady

Countdown begins for end of Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Obama is obligated to sue Rush Limbaugh for demotion from True/Slant

JOURNALISM & PRESS FREEDOM
McChesney & Nichols on ‘Death & Life of American Journalism’ from DN!

Novaya Gazeta, publisher of assassinated journo, site back online after attack

College journalists included in proposed amendment to Maryland shield law

Anti-Govt protest covered by bloggers, ignored by Russian media

THE LATEST WATERGATE
What if the Landrieu phone plot perpetrators were liberal or Muslim?

High jinks to handcuffs for Landrieu provocateur from NY Times

Landrieu phone plot: Men arrested have links to intelligence community

Is this the same Stan Dai arrested for trying to bug Landrieu’s office?

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CINEMA
Wal-Mart, Target put squeeze on Redbox from Business Week

Movie Gallery files bankruptcy, closing 760 stores

Hollywood loses key battle over illegal downloads

Surveying video art and alternative media 1968-1980 from Cineaste

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Jon Stewart: Fox saw Obama’s Q&A as ‘against the narrative’

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Blair lied to public and misled parliament in build-up to Iraq War

NPR finds right-wing crank to spit on Zinn’s grave from FAIR

The creed of objectivity killed the news by Chris Hedges

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio from 10th Amendment Center

POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS

Supreme Court decision does not lift restrictions on nonprofits

Has the Democratic Party traded principles for power? from NOW

Dem ad slams GOP candidate as ‘architect of voter suppression’

What libertarians & the left have in common from Antiwar Radio

O BA MA

Obama doing another Q&A, with Senate Democrats Wed AM

Obama ignores another of his own pledges, increases drug war budget

Defying China, Obama to meet with Dalai Lama from AFP

Large percentage of GOP thinks president is racist, socialist, non-citizen

WORLD WIDE WEB

Short on cash, Wikileaks suspends operations from CNET

Everybody forgets readers when bashing news aggregators

Celebrity doppelganger Facebook photos could violate terms

Reuters pulls ‘backdoor’ tax hikes story from Raw Story

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