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Christopher Hitchens returns–with smackdown of Mel Gibson as religious righty.
Excellent Frontline video for the giant Wash Post "Top Secret America" series here…. Coming up in that series: “Tuesday’s article describes the government’s dependence on private contractors. Wednesday’s is a portrait of one Top Secret America community.” It has its own Twitter feed @PostTSA … In rare move, NYT urges its readers to check out the Post.…. Good collection of links to blog reactions here.
Despite the Top Secret attention #1 most read story at Post site today–the flap over Palin’s pathetic coining word "refudiate" and then she had to nerve to compare herself to Shakespeare. One wag comments: "To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous liberals / or to quit halfterm, and by opposing, rake in speaking fees."
Democracy Corps polling publishes Special Report on the Tea Party Movement … Mad hatter or hater? Rep. Michele Bachmann’s proposal to create a Tea Party caucus in the House has been officially approved.
Fox rejects Vote Vets ads… BBC: Halliburton, despite oil leak and other woes, reports 83% gain in profits over last year.