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Anderson Cooper in terrific interview asks cancer victim Christopher Hitchens if he’s praying: "No, that’s all meaningless to me."  Watch here.

My "Hiroshima in America"  co-author Robert Jay Lifton on Democracy Now re: Hiroshima and US sending envoy for first time… My new piece here on how Truman delivered the news about the atomic bombing 65 years ago—and launched the "coverup."

My other new piece on 65th anniversary of Hiroshima attack today—with US sending an envoy to peace ceremony for first time. And did you know the U.S. still has a "first use" nuclear policy?… Great NYT op-ed by Nobel Prize writer Kenzaburo Oe on Hiroshima & his guilt at being unable to write novel about it… WSJ writer—who hailed Curtis "Bomb Them Back to the Stone Age" LeMay in bookdecries Obama sending envoy to Hiroshima today. 

LIFE magazine posts sad, stunning never-before-seen photos from Hiroshima and Nagasaki taken just after the bombing, some by Alfred Eisenstadt. 

Matt Taibbi with long Rolling Stone piece on what’s good, bad, & still ugly in the financial reform bill. See you at the next crisis. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

Krugman hits Rep. Paul Ryan and his economic "ideas"—and also blames media for often falling for the "charlatans" of the right.  "As long as someone on the right claims to have bold new proposals, he’s hailed as an innovative thinker. And nobody checks his arithmetic."

Good Jon Stewart segment on Prop 8 overturn or "Californigaytion." 

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Elena Kagan’s 63-37 confirmation vote is one of the lowest total “yes” votes for a nominee during the past three presidencies and its the lowest number of confirmation votes ever for a justice picked by a Democrat.

Ousted at Wash Post, Dave Weigel launches new blog at Slate today.

INGLIS SPOKEN HERE  GOP Rep. Inglis talks to CNN about wacko right-wingers who ousted him (VIDEO)… NYT unloads devastating probe of Sen. Bennett / Wall Street rip-off of Denver public schools.  

WHAT, THE FUGEE?  Sean Penn "very suspicious" of Wyclef Jean’s candidacy for president of Haiti, where Sean has done much relief work.

LATEST MASSACRE  Gunman who killed 8 in CT left 911 call, just released, near end of rampage detailing claims of racism etc. 

PEGGY, OH!  Peggy Noonan in WSJ: "America Is A Risk of Bolilng Over," but she’s not talking about hot summer suggesting global warming.  It’s the fault of "out-of-touch" political and media leaders–not her though!

BYTES & PIECES  Senators desperate to get WikiLeaks unshielder in federal journalist Shield Law… New Onion report: "Verizon Introduces New Charge-You-At-Whim Plan"… That  New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled on Thursday.


Because it’s never a mistake to recall "Wag the Dog." War—it’s a pageant!  But "why Albania"? Belushi brothers? No, "We just found out they have The Bomb."



Marking 65th anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima: Bob Dylan, live 1964 performance of "Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall."