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  • Huckabee Hides His Full Gospel?

    12/13/2007 9:29:41 AM PST · by Grig · 76 replies · 959+ views ^ | December 10 , 2007 | David Corn and Jonathan Stein
    Now that he has his moment in the political spotlight, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee does not want his days at the pulpit to be scrutinized. As Huckabee has surged to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa, his religious views have drawn media and voter attention. After all, Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, has been campaigning as a "Christian leader." But he has vacillated on how far to interject faith into politics. At an early debate, he indicated he does not believe in evolution, but at a more recent debate, when he was asked by Wolf Blitzer if...
  • Hillary's Prayer: Hillary Clinton's Religion and Politics

    09/07/2007 7:50:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies · 895+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 01 , 2007 | Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet
    For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith? It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal? After a glancing shot at Republican "pharisees," Clinton explained that, of course, her "very serious" grounding in faith had helped...
  • Gay By Choice? The Science of Sexual Identity

    08/29/2007 9:24:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,203+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | August 27, 2007 | Gary Greenberg
    when he leaves his tidy apartment in an ocean-side city somewhere in America, Aaron turns on the radio to a light rock station. "For the cat," he explains, "so she won't get lonely." He's short and balding and dressed mostly in black, and right before I turn on the recorder, he asks me for the dozenth time to guarantee that I won't reveal his name or anything else that might identify him. "I don't want to be a target for gay activists," he says as we head out into the misty day. "Harassment like that I just don't need." Aaron...
  • The Mayor, the Martyr, and the Pomegranate Trees

    08/20/2007 4:54:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 273+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2007 Issue | Nir Rosen
    Lebanon has recently opened a museum commemorating last summer's "divine victory" over Israel. Mother Jones reported from the town of Aita al Shaab, where the war was won and almost everything else was lost. ___ By the third week of august, Beirut's trendy Gemmayzeh Cafe was once more full of revelers. It was the first time live music had been back since the war, and as the beers were poured and narghiles lit, an oud player finished tuning his instrument and began strumming. "God be with you, oh steadfast south," he wailed in a low voice, and the crowd of...
  • Off-Road Rules

    07/08/2007 7:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 1,219+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | June 30, 2007 | Christopher Ketcham
    For Kiley Miller and John Rzeczycki, owners of 160 acres of wild desert outside Moab, Utah, Easter brings jeeps. Hummers, too, and modified pickups, and stripped-down rock crawlers—by the tens of thousands they descend on Moab for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, one of the nation's largest off-road-vehicle events. The jeeps whine through gears on a windswept uplift named Black Ridge near the couple's property, leaving a spoor of beer cans and brake fluid. Once, a group of jeepers left a message on one of the Private Property signs Miller and Rzeczyckihad put up—a noose, as carefully knotted as a...
  • Meet the New Bosses (bloggers)

    07/06/2007 8:11:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 617+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | June 20, 2007 | Daniel Schulman
    After crashing the gate of the political establishment, bloggers are looking more like the next gatekeepers. __ Last June, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, former soldier, one-time Reagan Republican, and proprietor of the wildly successful liberal blog Daily Kos, sent an email to an invitation-only listserv known as Townhouse. Consisting of some 300 liberal bloggers, journalists, activists, and consultants, the list was an outgrowth of weekly strategy sessions held at a D.C. bar—a forum for brainstorming on issues and tactics, and a means of creating a "unified message," as Moulitsas later put it. Its members were bound by one main rule: Nothing...
  • The Armitage Red Herring (... the scandal lives on !)

    09/06/2006 9:54:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies · 1,450+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2006 | Daniel Schulman
    f you believe the Wall Street Journal's op-ed page, the conservative wing of the blogosphere, or any number of right-wing commentators, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame has amounted to a non-scandal, a conspiracy theory drummed up for political ends by the left. This owes to the recent disclosure in Newsweek that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the initial and primary source for the now infamous column by Robert Novak that touched off the controversy. Plugging “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War,” a soon-to-be-released book co-authored by Newsweek's...
  • The Progressive Challenge to Nancy Pelosi [“I’m running to impeach Bush”]

    09/04/2006 12:28:59 PM PDT · by johnny7 · 48 replies · 2,034+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2006 | By Paige Austin
    Krissy Keefer's chances of unseating the House Minority Leader are essentially nil, but her quixotic run in San Francisco has tapped into real liberal disillusion -- on Iraq above all.On a recent Sunday in Washington Square Park, in the heart of ultra-liberal San Francisco, Krissy Keefer roamed among the knots of people seated on the grass with the ease of a practiced socialite mingling with old friends. Balancing a to-go coffee cup in one hand, the 60-something dancer with an unruly mane of long, dark, gray-streaked hair would sidle up to elderly couples and young parents, offer them one of...
  • Air America Network in Turmoil: Mike Malloy and Lyndon LaRouche

    08/31/2006 12:37:35 PM PDT · by rface · 102 replies · 4,429+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Aug 31, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    Liberal Air America radio host Mike Malloy had his show abruptly “terminated” on Wednesday, allegedly for financial reasons. The network is failing but there could be another factor behind the Malloy debacle. There is still fallout from Malloy’s recent decision to turn over two-and-a-half hours of his three hour show to a former associate of ex-con Lyndon LaRouche, a perennial candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who campaigns against what he views as British and Zionist control of the U.S. political system. The LaRouche organization is frequently labeled as a cult. The former high-level LaRouche associate, Webster Griffin Tarpley, was...
  • A New Frontier of Jihadi Islam?

    08/20/2006 8:48:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July 26, 2006 | Najum Mushtaq
    Somalia today is very much like Afghanistan was in 1996. In the wake of years of civil war, chaotic rule by warlords, and the death and displacement of countless Muslims, a ragtag Islamic militia has moved in to take control of much of Somalia. After running off some prominent warlords from their entrenched strongholds, the Islamic militia has sought to establish and expand its writ and has threatened to dislodge an internationally backed transitional government made up of veteran warlords with limited authority. Businessmen, clan leaders, and the general public, having tired of seemingly interminable factional violence and lawlessness, have...
  • Nevada Conservatives Against the War on Drugs

    08/15/2006 5:24:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 50 replies · 1,770+ views
    mother jones ^ | 08.11.06 | Sasha Abramsky
    Voters have been losing their taste for the war on drugs lately; in the past few years, states from Arizona and Alaska to California and Hawaii have moved toward making marijuana, in particular, a low priority for law enforcement, with first-offense possession cases often dismissed with small-time fines and medical-marijuana measures on the books in several states. But the initiative voters in Nevada will be considering this fall goes much further: The “tax and regulate” measure, whose supporters got it on the ballot by collecting 86,000 signatures, would allow anyone over 21 to possess up to one ounce for personal...
  • Our Endangered Values (Direct from the Traitor's Mouth)

    06/03/2006 10:53:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies · 1,054+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 06/02/06 | Jimmy Carter & Jeff Fleischer
    Jimmy Carter is without doubt one of the most active and influential ex-presidents in American history. After leaving office, he established the nonprofit Carter Center, tasked with advancing human rights around the world. Through his and the center’s work, Carter has helped monitor more than 60 democratic elections, worked with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to develop sustainable agriculture, negotiated for peaceful conflict resolution in various countries, and worked to eradicate diseases such as Guinea worm and river blindness. For these and other efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Carter–whose presidency was highlighted by achievements in international...
  • What Does the Public Want on Immigration?

    04/12/2006 6:31:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 818+ views
    MOTHER JONES ^ | April 11 , 2006 | Ruy Teixeira
    Normally, there’s a modest stream of public opinion data on the immigration issue, much of it confusing. Now, suddenly, there’s a great deal of data on this issue . . . and it’s still confusing. Time to try to sort it out. Here are some basic findings on the issue that may help in interpreting the current political debate. 1.The public believes immigration is a serious problem and levels of concern appear to be growing. For example, in the most recent Time magazine poll, 68 percent said illegal immigration was a very or extremely serious problem and, in a just-released...
  • Among the Allies

    02/20/2006 3:34:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2006 Issue | Nir Rosen
    In the madrasas and on the streets of Pakistan, students learn to hate in the name of love, and whoever has a gun is a warlord. ___ Around Pakistan’s Independence Day, last August 14, billboards sprang up on roundabouts in the city of Karachi offering three different Kentucky Fried Chicken meals. Against the green and white flag of Pakistan, they bore the words “A free nation free to choose.” That morning in the Abdul Baqi madrasa, or religious seminary, 350 students were gathered for a special Independence Day assembly. Fifteen-year-old Rafi Udin spoke to the rows of boys, all wearing...
  • Cold War, Holy Warrior

    02/20/2006 3:41:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 172+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | January/February 2006 Issue | Robert Dreyfuss
    Ike was president. Washington was desperate for Arab allies. Enter an Islamist ideologue with an invitation to the White House and a plan for global jihad. ___ In the fall of 1953, the Oval Office was the stage for a peculiar encounter between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a young Middle-Eastern firebrand. In the muted black-and-white photograph recording the event, the grandfatherly, balding Ike, then 62, stands gray-suited, erect, his elbows bent and his fists clenched as if to add muscle to some forceful point. To his left is an olive-skinned Egyptian in a dark suit with a neatly trimmed...
  • How the Democrats took Paul Hackett out. (Dems "Swiftboated" Hackett?)

    02/19/2006 10:04:49 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies · 992+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 2/16/06 | David Goodman
    Democratic Senate candidate and Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett is accustomed to waging quixotic battles and taking his hits. He just didn’t expect the lowest—and fatal—blows to come from his own party. In an announcement that stunned many in Washington and even some in his campaign staff, Hackett declared on February 13, 2006, that he was dropping his bid for U.S. Senate in Ohio, ending his 11 month political career. “I made this decision reluctantly, only after repeated requests by party leaders, as well as behind-the-scenes machinations, that were intended to hurt my campaign,” he said, only hinting at what...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-17-06 ("How The Democrats Took Paul Hackett Out - Mother Jones")

    02/17/2006 5:06:09 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 1,329+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 17, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Get the scene. A veteran Marine candidate who is wildly popular among the DUmmies gets ready to launch a senatorial campaign after being given assurances of support from the bigwig Democrats. But then a vicious whispering campaign begins accusing this candidate of committing war crimes in Iraq. So who were the devious perpetrators of this dastardly deed? It must be the the EVIL Republicans, right? Wrong. It turns out that it was the Democrats themselves. Surely this MUST be some sort of rightwing disinformation campaign to DEMORALIZE the supporters of Ohio senatorial candidate Paul Hackett? Wrong again. The SOURCE...
  • 2006 State of the Union Drinking Game

    01/31/2006 8:17:33 AM PST · by toddlintown · 7 replies · 459+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 1-30-06 | Will Durst
    What you need: A group of four taxpayers: including 1 white guy wearing a Suit. 2 people wearing jeans, one in a Work Shirt, the other in a Dark Shirt, and 1 person wearing Rags. Stitched together wash cloths are nice. Four are grouped around cocktail table within sight of television. Newspapers on floor in front of television.
  • Critical Condition

    12/23/2005 10:37:06 AM PST · by ConvienentCharade · 27 replies · 666+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 12/23/05 | MJ
    Hippocrates said: “First, do no harm.” The first rule of Wall Street, however, is: Make money. Critical Condition, by the investigative team of Barlett and Steele, is a story about how health care in modern America has become a racket: A few profit handsomely while doing the rest of us significant harm. The United States, the authors write, took a fateful turn during the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s, when faith in the free markets ushered in policies that transformed not-for-profit hospitals, HMOs, and nursing homes into money-making operations. The marketplace was supposed to make America healthier by delivering preventive...
  • Kill Saddam! U.S. journalists agree: If you can't beat him, assassinate him. (1997 of course)

    08/29/2005 6:21:35 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 90 replies · 4,095+ views
    Mother ^ | 25 November 1997 | Eric Umansky Kill Saddam! U.S. journalists agree: If you can't beat him, assassinate him. Eric Umansky November 25 , 1997 The latest saber-rattling with Iraq has an odd twist: As the United States government shows restraint and revives the lost art of diplomacy, this time it's the U.S. press that's howling for blood -- the blood of Saddam Hussein personally. The press, of course, has the distinct advantage that nobody really follows their policy suggestions anyway, so their advice doesn't have to be diplomatic, or even legal: The law: Prohibition on Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of...