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Edward Murray: The $200 Million Hive Mind of Bachmann, Beck, Rush, and Imus

President Obama’s recent visit to India was a symbolic gesture to cultivate an atmosphere of goodwill as well as to celebrate the announcement of business deals that will create over 50,000 American jobs. However, Obama’s tour to solidify quality relations with what could become America’s closest financial and industrial ally in the 21st century was immediately met with a smear campaign of misinformation from the conservative media machine. Now, I know this is not too surprising, but bear with me while I explain how this event is a symptom of a greater problem. The rhetorical shenanigans on Obama’s trip reached
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Andrew Sum: Those Recent Payroll Job Figures and the Continued Blue Collar Depression in America

The recent release of the October 2010 job figures by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the national economy was generating net new jobs (151,000) for the first time in recent months, with the private sector responsible for all of the net job growth. A careful look at the breakout of the job growth figures by major industrial sector revealed a very high concentration of growth in just four sectors: temporary help services, retail trade, fast food and other eating/drinking places, and health care/social services. Employment in the nation’s goods producing industries (mining, construction, and manufacturing) as well
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Unapologetic Bush tries to rewrite history

An emotional but unapologetic George W. Bush opened up about his tumultuous presidency Tuesday as he released memoirs in which he defiantly defends the Iraq invasion and the use of waterboarding. “I felt so strongly about the decisions I was making and I felt that history would understand,” Bush, who left office deeply unpopular at home and abroad, said during an hour-long interview with US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The former president, who dubbed himself “the decider” during his eight years in the White House, takes readers of his 500-page “Decision Points” on a backstage tour of his administration
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Bush’s memoir: Does anybody really give a damn?

President George W. Bush may hope his memoir will help shape his legacy, but after the glow of being on Oprah and the media blitz wears off, few Americans who buy “Decision Points” are likely to read it, experts say. “Most people do not read presidential memoirs because they get bored,” said Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. “People just like to have the presidential memoir sitting on the coffee table.” Readers are wary of such memoirs, Gelb said, noting the most honest accounts typically come from journalists or aides, not from the official account. He
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Obama: ‘Indonesia is a part of me’

Declaring that “Indonesia is part of me,” President Barack Obama issued a strikingly personal appeal to the Muslim world to join the West in an unrelenting battle to defeat al-Qaida and violent extremism. After his speech in Jakarta, Obama flew to South Korea and a meeting of the Group of 20 major economic powers in Seoul. In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, a place where he spent several years as a boy, Obama on Wednesday acknowledged the fraying that remains in U.S.-Islamic relations despite his best efforts at repair. He urged both sides to look beyond “suspicion and
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More and more Americans lack health insurance

Nearly 59 million Americans went without health insurance coverage for at least part of 2010, many of them with conditions or diseases that needed treatment, federal health officials said on Tuesday. They said 4 million more Americans went without insurance in the first part of 2010 than during the same time in 2008. “Both adults and kids lost private coverage over the past decade,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news briefing. The findings have implications for U.S. healthcare reform efforts. A bill passed in March promises to get health insurance
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Advice to newbies: Details, details, details

Be work horses, not show horses. Choose details over drama. The small stuff? Sweat it. And do it fast. Republicans retaking control of the House in January are getting lessons from veterans of the past two transitions of power on Capitol Hill — 1994, when the GOP last took control of Congress, and 2006, when Democrats grabbed it back. Lesson No. 1: They have a short window to convince the public they’re serious about changing the way Washington works. “If we look like we’re doing business as usual,” says Rep.-elect Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., “then obviously the American people will say,
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Robert Scheer: The Life and Times of Bush the Clueless

It takes a Harvard MBA to raze an economy. Perhaps that is too narrow a judgment given that a law degree from that institution or from Yale University seems to serve as well. But the Harvard MBA is the degree that George W. Bush and his last treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, had in common, and their shared ignorance as they presided over the collapse of the U.S. economy is on full display in the former president’s newly published memoir. Bush makes clear that the economic crisis came late to his attention and that it was not until March of 2008,
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Robert Scheer: The Life and Times of Bush the Clueless

It takes a Harvard MBA to raze an economy. Perhaps that is too narrow a judgment given that a law degree from that institution or from Yale University seems to serve as well. But the Harvard MBA is the degree that George W. Bush and his last treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, had in common, and their shared ignorance as they presided over the collapse of the U.S. economy is on full display in the former president’s newly published memoir. Bush makes clear that the economic crisis came late to his attention and that it was not until March of 2008,
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AP: U.S. Reviewing Afghan War Plan To Assess Withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has begun its review of whether the administration’s Afghan war strategy is working well enough to start withdrawing U.S. forces in July, an official said Tuesday. The review is being conducted so the White House can measure whether Obama’s 2009 order to commit 30,000 more troops has resulted in progress in the decade-old conflict. It will be presented to the president in mid- to late-December, said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations. From The Huffington Post
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