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Major news on talks  heating up to end Afghan war, with NATO troops even escorting Taliban out of sanctuaries to Kabul. New country could be called Afghanistandown?.... US soldier in custody  after death of Afghan prisoner.... NYT shocker: CIA warned about bombing at Afghan base, did nothing.
Clarence Thomas's wife leaves voice mail asking Anita Hill for an apology, then suggests she is only reaching out, trying to heal. At 7:30 am. Hill thought it was a prank, at first, alerted authorities. Thomas still harassing Hill, all these years later.... Sparked by this, Wash Post finds new source backing up Hill's portrait of bad Clarence Thomas.
Christine O'Donnell asks , Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state? The mind boggles.
President Obama to make surprise  pre-rally appearance on The Daily Show next Wednesday, his first since taking office. Warm-up act?... Stephen Colbert mocks  Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg by storming off the set of The View (VIDEO).
Terrific Robert Reich posting  here on The Perfect Storm: "An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top; a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy; and a public becoming increasingly angry and cynical about a government that’s raising its taxes, reducing its services, and unable to get it back to work. We’re losing our democracy to a different system. It’s called plutocracy."
David Cameron: Great Britain will slash  defense budget. Hint, hint.
Maureen Dowd on Marilyn Monroe vs. Sarah Palin : Guess which one was brighter?
CABAL NEWS Secret confab for giant GOP donors  revealed, coming in January, led by Koch Industries, the rightwing juggernaut. Invitation says they will "develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity."
I DREAMED I SAW JOE STIGLITZ Famed economist on Democracy Now!  today. While banks make profits, 1 in 6 cannot get full-time job.
RANDY MAN OUT Now it looks certain: Tribune CEO Randy "Show Me Your Boobs" Michaels to resign  this week:
LONG SHOT Chris Hayes tweets: "Barry Bonds being honored at SF stadium. Looking forward to John Edwards keynote at 2012 DNC."
BITS & PIECES The Guardian: In Rachel Corrie case  Israeli soldier to testify anonymously.... Fun Jerry Brown  ad uses Daily Show type video mashup.... Will Olbermann try to interview Dubya at Yankees playoffgame? And then declare "MIssion Accomplished."... Michael Gerson in thinly veiled column  on Obama the snob.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, BILL MOYERS? Major FAIR Exposé of PBS : Taking the 'Public' Out of Public TV.
Read about Sharron Angle in Nevada mistaking Hispanic kids for Asians and the falsely claiming she is part Asian herself? Second City presents her new ad:
John McCain's opponent in Senate race is so far back he is invoking Lynyrd Skynrd, in this spot. Well, a plane crash is far worse.