Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’
Jul21

Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — not a slouch — has just published a progress report on “Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act” — “an overview of Obamacare’s first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.” Talking Points Memo (TPM) says: The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law’s implementation but presented...

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White House press secretary criticizes anonymous sources, yet scheduled anonymous chat
Jul21

White House press secretary criticizes anonymous sources, yet scheduled anonymous chat

If you live in a glass house … be careful of the stones you throw .@PressSec condemns anonymous sources. Just arriving in email: White House invitation to reporters for call with anonymous admin officials. — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 21, 2014 In the daily briefing Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized a story that relied on anonymous critics of the Administration. An unnamed female reporter...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)
Jul19

The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)

ROBERT STEIN AND HELEN HAYES (UNDATED) The New York Times, celebrates late TMV contributor Robert Stein’s career. The Times says he helped expand the scope of women’s magazines in the early stages of the modern women’s movement, published articles about race and politics and introduced readers to the nascent writings of feminist leaders like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Much more here. EDITOR’S UPDATE: Many...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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CNN reassigns reporter from Israel over “scum” tweet
Jul18

CNN reassigns reporter from Israel over “scum” tweet

Those who work as newsgatherers in the news media and those who’ve worked in the news media know the problem: if you have a bad experience with someone you’re covering and your reaction looks too personal there’s a chance you’ll be pulled from that assignment if a)there is a major furor over you showing your ire (covert anger is safer than overt anger) b)your news organization fears that your future reporting...

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Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Jul18

Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Should Russia continue to back seperatists in eastern Ukraine, particulary after they appear to have shot down a civilian aircraft killing all 298 people aboard? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov insists that the rebel war in Ukraine is Russia’s war as well, and criticizes Russian ‘elites’ who consider the rebels a nuisance who undermine Russian interests. After taking a fellow columnist to task...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul14

ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

How much responsibility does Saudi Arabia have for the chaos cause to Syria, Iraq and the entire region by the now-infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, noted columnist Kharroubi Habib writes that in an effort to displace al-Qaeda, which seeks the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, Saudi ‘strategists’ decided to back a new group – ISIL. The only trouble is that...

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You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)
Jul14

You Have Never Been Right About Anything (Up Dated)

This was good to see. Rick Santelli is CNBC’s equivalent of Sarah Palin so I really enjoyed seeing his fellow CNBC corespondents taking him on. If you’re at all familiar with CNBC’s Rick Santelli, you know he almost never appears on the network without a shoutfest ensuing. The financial commentator — long considered the godfather of the tea party movement for his 2009 remarks — tends to battle with his colleague Steve Liesman...

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Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)
Jul12

Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)

Is Hillary Clinton positioning herself to win the ‘Dick Cheney’ vote? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, if Republicans nominate a candidate with more isolationist tendencies like Rand Paul, is likely to result in significant neocon-Republican support for the former first lady. For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin begins by examining the devisive...

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America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)
Jul10

America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

Germans are now having a conversation among themselves that, unless Washington tactically retreats on its policy of unrestrained mass surveillance, is sure to end badly for both countries. For the Frankfurter Rundschau, columnist Christian Schluter argues that Germans must begin putting relations with American into a completely different context which features prominently the word: ‘hostility.’ He also calls for asylum for...

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ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)
Jul09

ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)

How are we to judge the plans and motivations of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka/the Islamic State led by ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi? In this interview, Le Figaro’s senior international reporter Renaud Girard puts the group into context and compares its movement with previous political manias like the Third Reich and Communism. For Le Figaro, in an interview conducted by reporter Alexandre Devecchio,...

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Idiocracy Think Obama Visited a Mosque on July 4
Jul09

Idiocracy Think Obama Visited a Mosque on July 4

Idiocracy Think Obama Visited a Mosque on July 4 By Dick Polman It’s always fun to punk the trolls. Our saga begins on July 2, when a satirical website, National Report, posted this deadpan dispatch: “White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced today that President Obama will be visiting a Washington D.C. area Mosque on the morning of July 4 as a good will gesture to Muslim Americans….According to Earnst,...

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The BBC and science reporting: avoid “false balance”
Jul08

The BBC and science reporting: avoid “false balance”

Update 2: 10:55 am Pacific, 8 July 2014 BBC admonished for giving climate change deniers equal air time BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes Stop Giving Airtime to Crackpots BBC to Censor Scientists that Question Global Warming BBC’s “Crank-less” Science Policies May Lead To Censorship BBC strives for better science reporting by refusing airtime to climate deniers Monday’s headlines...

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The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Jul07

The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Ironically, the widely held belief that America is manipulating events in the Middle East appears to be making the region’s political leaders complacent about the threat posed by ISIS [aka/ISIL]. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Scarlett Haddad writes that political authorities in Lebanon, Jordan, and other countries, are so certain that ISIL is a tool of the United States and that it will ‘leave the...

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American Apparel Apologizes For Posting Challenger Disaster Photo On Tumblr
Jul06

American Apparel Apologizes For Posting Challenger Disaster Photo On Tumblr

American Apparel Apologizes For Posting Challenger Disaster Photo On...

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Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)
Jul05

Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)

How much of a threat does ISIS pose to Iran – and is that part of the agenda of Washington and its Western allies? In another twist on the theory that the United States has not only fostered ISIS, but is using it as a foreign policy tool to alter the map of the Middle East, columnist Kader Abdolah of Belgium’s De Morgen starts with a visceral history of why Shiites hate Sunnis: Omar, the second caliph and successor to the...

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Racist ‘Opie & Anthony’ Shock Jock Fired After Violent Twitter Rant
Jul05

Racist ‘Opie & Anthony’ Shock Jock Fired After Violent Twitter Rant

Racist ‘Opie & Anthony’ Shock Jock Fired After Violent Twitter...

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