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The Thrilla in Vanilla, round 3: Jennifer Aniston strikes back  at Bill O’Reilly.
List of White House reporters  at Obama lunch boycotted by NYT because off-the-record.
Matt Taibbi comments on  LA Times article about how the new financial regulations won't make a significant impact on Goldman Sachs.
Atlas shrugs, drops globe : Man scrawls world's biggest message, visible from space; "Read Ayn Rand."
Eliz Warren, "The New Sheriff": RC Productions has produced  a new western-themed music video hailing Warren as "the new sheriff" of Wall Street.
T.G.I. FRIDAY ON THE LINKS
Massive NYT editorial  on Afghan war tough-minded but mainly just wants better explanations from Obama. While same paper in news section : Showcase Afghan Army Mission Turns Into Debacle. Meanwhile, Army report on suicides reveals AWOLs up 234% since 2004.
Dr. Laura drops "N-word" a few times and suggests  some people shouldn't marry outside their race.
Lawrence Lessig latest to smack  Robert Gibbs for "professional Left vs. Obama" crack. Lessig says it's not that Obama is failing as a lefty--but as Obama. Warmed over "Clintonism" not enough.
Colbert tweets: "I was shocked Fox News had such old viewers considering all their young, hip ads for walk-in bathtubs and mesothelioma lawyers."
Glenn Greenwald hits  James Fallows for defending Jeffrey Goldberg piece on Israel attacking Iran.
My latest piece here on the Great Hiroshima Film Cover Up -- how U.S. suppressed for decades  the key footage shot in the atomic cities by our own military crews.
NYT declines  Obama's off-the-record lunch invitation. A dozen reporters attended Thursday's session.
TIME OFF? Questions  from feminist group about author’s vested interests & accuracy of that Time cover story on Afghan women. Writer's husband has business ties in Afghanistan, and more.
DEATH MOSQUE? Bryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the American Family Association. Tells TPM  that, "every single mosque is a potential terror training center or recruitment center for jihad," so therefore "you cannot claim first amendment protections if your religious organization is engaged in subversive activities."
THUMBS UP Roger Ebert on Hitchens , cancer, death and God. As pastor puts $1 million bounty on the soul of Hitchens.
PALIN JOKE Rep. Timothy Horrigan resigns  from New Hampshire's House of Representatives due to joking remarks about Sarah Palin's death he made on Facebook.
NO BIG LOSS The usual: play by the rules and use your head --and suffer. NYT reports  one of the great "paradoxes" of the recession: the more you borrowed foolishly the less likely you'll have to pay off much of it.
BYTES & PIECES Dan Ellsberg testifies  at Iraq war protestor's trial.... Jonathan Franzen on cover  of TIME this week, first living author in nearly a decade... Some doctors in Mass., to promote health and cut obesity, are handing patients coupons  good to get apples at local farmers or orchards.
Hey, they've made big Hollywood flick about the founding of Facebook--and nothing on Twitter? This takes care of it:
Arcade Fire, a surprising #1 on the charts, visits The Daily Show with "Ready to Start," as the show sent off a second tune from their album.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Arcade Fire - Ready to Start |