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AFTERNOON UPDATES

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."


TUESDAY’s TOPS

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."

Great detail in story of Jet Blue flight attendant who made escape — took 2 beers with him as he headed for the chute.

My latest piece: shocking story on press censorship & how truth about Nagasaki bombing was censored 65 years ago.

A discouraging word: Why, in this view, Elizabeth Warren won’t get that job.

Family fears former Senator Ted Stevens is on downed plane in Alaska.

A candidate for the Wisconsin Legislature wants to describe herself on the ballot as "NOT the ‘white man’s b—-," but a federal judge has dismissed her appeal.

OBAMA  VS. OBAMA ON AFHANISTAN    Great new video mashup by Ben Craw of Huff Post, the master:

 

BARACK B-BALL  In case you’re getting bored with the real news, the Washington Post has put together President Obama’s best basketball moments.

RANDY YOUTH  GQ quotes (anonymous) woman who claims being kidnapped by Rand Paul in college, ordered to take bong hits, etc. He denies.

COVERUP CONTINUES  L.A. sheriff refuses to release records regarding 1970 death of L.A. Times columnist killed at anti-war rally.

BYTES & PIECES  New spinal-fluid test predicts Alzheimer’s with– get this– 100% accuracy. …  Faked Alaska: Levi Johnston to run for mayor Wasilla–as part of reality show ….  A map of journalists killed in line of duty… Double hit:  Global warming heats up nuclear power industry.

STUCK  ON NEUTRAL?  New Google-Verizon plan on Web access hit, as it provides loopholes for cell phones and some new services.

McCAIN JACKS OPPONENT  John McCain released a new ad attacking former Rep. J.D. Hayworth for his links to the Jack Abramoff scandal.

TODAY’s LAFF

Reddit is compiling the funniest moments ever on the Internet and here’s one of its candidates — an early classic viral vid depicting (sort of) the end of the world via nuke attacks.

 

 TODAY’s MUSIC

If you’ve missed the news, long-buried film of Springsteen recording Darkness on the Edge of Town album in 1977 has surfaced and will air soon on HBO after a film fest run. Here’s "Badlands" from the lp quite a few years later.