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New York City’s transit agency approved a bus ad of a plane flying toward the World Trade Center’s towers as they burn across from a depiction of the proposed mosque near ground zero. The ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, who sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority demanding that they accept it.
Brand new trailer for important upcoming doc on Pat Tillman and "coverup."
Robert Gates says the Pentagon will cut thousands of military jobs including dismantling the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which employs about 2,800 military and civilian personnel as well as 3,300 contractors.
The Onion gives a foreign policy update: "Hilary Clinton Drags Taliban Leader’s Body Through Streets of Kabul."
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs slams "professionional Left" for criticizing Obama and Afghan war. Should be "drug-tested" for comparing him to Bush at times. "They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” Amateur Left still safe? Glenn Greenwald lists people Gibbs might want to "drug test." UPDATE: Gibbs "clarifies," calls remarks "inartful."
Bob Herbert calls the current unemployment numbers "The Horror Show." Concludes: "We’re not heading toward the danger zone. We’re there. The U.S. will not remain a stable society if this great employment crisis is not addressed head-on — and soon. You cannot allow joblessness on this scale to fester. It’s wrong, and the blowback will be as destructive and intolerable as it is inevitable."