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T.G.I. FRIDAY ON OUR MIND
New Krugman column: progressives rightly "disillusioned" with Obama. He’s "ignoring" and "insulting" them. For example: Why the delay in naming Elizabeth Warren to post?
USA Today: Probe finds surging Army suicides tied to rising alcohol/drug use, crime and refusal to get help — and also out-to-lunch commanders, some who don’t even know about suicides until weeks later.
The Guardian with valuable video on toll in Afghan….. U.S. death toll there in July hits monthly high….. And (below) an incredible new video, based on WikiLeaks’ leaks. of IED blasts and toll in Afghan since 2004.
My response to TIME cover with mutilated Afghan girl here. Jezebel comments on the TIME cover: "It’s not the image, which demands that apathetic readers confront religiously-sanctioned violence against women without looking away. It’s the headline."
Andy Borowitz: "Interestingly, Snooki doesn’t know who Obama is either."
Cluster bomb "ban" takes effect with — naturally — the U.S. and Israel not going along with it.
NOTE: I am (finally) going away for a weekend so no afternoon updates today, no Weekend editions either, sorry.
PALIN AROUND WITH PANELS Palin’s "death panel" charge during the health plan debate, ridiculed and apparently destroyed, actually still embraced by large number of Americans, poll finds.
TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT The Onion nails it: Unemployment High Because People Keep Blowing Their Job Interviews.
NOT THE ONION: William Shatner interviews one of the D.C. snipers (and makes some news).
EPA / BP CONSPIRACY? Three decades ago, in articles and in a book, I wrote a good deal about EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman, mainly in relation to Love Canal and other toxic waste sites. He’s still at it, this time on Countdown exposing what he called an EPA / BP conspiracy to cover up some of the Gulf oil leak hazards, including the threat from the dispersant.