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Incredible NYT story: Afghan women who set themselves on fire as a "way out." Yes, the rate seems to be increasing. And strong video here… Also from NYT: Are we getting accurate reports on progress in Afghan—or just Gen. Petraeus’s improved "spin"?
Keith Olbermann suspension lifted by MSNBC as of Tuesday, president of network announces late Sunday—after a weekend of reaction, and protests (including a quarter-million signing a petition to bring him back). See my updated full story here. David Carr column here… NYT happened to interview Olbermann last week. He tweaked the Stewart-Colbert rally and revealed that Joe Biden had asked him for advice on channeling anger.
For family of slain activist Rachel Corrie—no end in sight in legal fight in Israel.
This week’s upcoming New Yorker cover: Obama extends hand to Boehner—who offers in return a clenched fist. By illustrator who brought us the infamous Barack-Michelle "fist bump" cover.
NYT op-ed by the late Tony Judt on "My Endless New York."
Big Bush memoir rollout today—so far it appears that he is still telling lie about Iraq, and getting away with it… Andy Borowitz: "The best part of Bush’s new book is the fold-out ‘Where’s Waldo?’ section with the WMDs."
I will be on GRIT TV with Laura Flanders later today.
THE GEEZER VOTE Poll shows that Dems didn’t lose so much because young failed to turn out but because seniors did—and gave GOP a whopping 22 percent margin.