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Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic recently got to Havana and is relating his tales of hanging out with Fidel all week. This lighthearted installment reveals Castro's lunching, a trip to a dolphin show, and meeting Che's daughter -- a vet at the aquarium. Fidel also kisses a Jewish leader and makes jokes about Iran.
The Atlantic site puts together extracts from some top writers who proposed ways to "re-think Afghanistan."
Rep. John Boehner on Good Morning America today proposes a non-starter: two-year freeze on all tax rates, cut in government spending to 2008 levels.
Surprise: Jimmy Carter's White House diary to be released this month...
New Yorker slide show: Letters from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to his family in Pakistan:
Part II of my interview with Lawrence Wright on his HBO film, torture, and what to do about Afghanistan.
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Imam behind "ground zero mosque" writes NYT op-ed saying he's going ahead with it and pleads for end to "vitriol." He'll be doing a big CNN interview tonight, and promises to reveal financial backers... 9/11 widow writes: "The media duped us" on the so-called Ground Zero "mosque."
Mayor Daley suddenly announces he's not running for re-election in Chicago. Liberal bloggers immediately clamor for Rahm Emanual to run -- to get him out of the White House. Other wags suggest Blago. Election is in February. Run Rahm run.
Scooter Libby breaks silence in surprise 1st interview on Fox's O'Reilly last night, criticizes Obama a bit, says he won't "whine" about getting full pardon. Guest host was Monica Crowley who knows something about bad guys seeking pardons--having worked as Nixon's assistant in his later years.
Mike Calderone: How will media cover Iraq in end-of-combat era -- and will they even acknowledge it's not the end of combat? ... Juan Cole: 2 Americans Killed, 9 wounded by Iraqi Soldier -- after volleyball game....Lengthy Alternet discussion between Andrew Bacevich and Terrence McNally carries this headline: "America's Empire and Endless Wars Are Destroying the World and Ruining Our Great Country."
ARIANNA IN VANGUARD? Lawrence Lessig hails Huffington's new book and reviews arrival of the "Neo-Progressive Movement." He concludes: "Mainstream parties have lost the credibility for reform. As in 1912, only a breakaway, trans-party movement, possibly with no single leader, could have an effect in 2012. "
GOP DAMN? Nate Silver's latest model gives GOP a one-in-four chance of regaining the U.S. Senate ..... Dems panic too soon? Gallup had GOP leading in generic congressional races by 10 points last week. Now back to zero. It's as if Beck gets a lot of coverage, pushing undecideds away from Obama, and then they realize what an idiot Beck is, and they scamper back. Or, more likely, just another poll anomaly.
INSURING PROFITS Remember how the Dems' health care reform was going to save us some money? Naturally, health insurance companies now planning to hike rates in response to the overhaul.
THE RIGHT STUFFED NYT covers upcoming rightwing documentary by rare Hollywood conservative vs. Obamacare to be released in theaters. Trailer (below) is a hit on YouTube. Also, here's a very professional, but witless, Harry Reid animated video that takes off on "The Office."
MEGHAN & SARAH Meghan McCain: I cried when dad picked "time bomb" Palin. Note: But we didn't, knowing it sealed his doom.
OR ELIOT MESS? Name for new Kathleen Parker-Eliot Spitzer show on CNN announced: Yes, it's Parker Spitzer.
BY THE TIME HE GETS TO PHOENIX Roger Ebert reviews new Joaquin Phoenix "what a train wreck" movie and seems to think it is not one big put-on.
BITS & PIECES Kidnapped Japanese reporter tweeted secretly from Afghan captivity... My new piece, an interview with author Lawrence Wright about his HBO film that aired last night -- al-Qaeda, 9/11, and U.S. torture.... Tony Blair cancels another book signing in London due to antiwar protestors.
Stephen Colbert's salute to troops tonightand Thursday will feature Joe Biden, Jim Webb, Ray Odierno and...John Legend. Last night he mocked the Beck rally while responding to online calls (it was the top Google trend yesterday) for him to stage his own Restoring Truthiness gathering.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
It's back to school day across the USA, and you might think we'd favor Chuck Berry's "School Days" but actually here's Joan Jett and the Runaways with their, ahem, much different idea: