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Bono: 'I've Grown Very Fond' of George W. Bush

Bono: 'I've Grown Very Fond' of George W. Bush

Sixteen years ago, Bono paid a visit to the White House with the goal of getting then-president George W. Bush on board with the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS. The U2 frontman’s powers of persuasion worked: Bush launched the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) the following year, and the program has gone on to bring lifesaving drugs to many millions of people (though not without running into some controversy along the way). Tomorrow, December 1st, is World AIDS Day, and Bono stopped by The Today Show to reminisce about that partnership. The interview was conducted by...

October 17, 2019
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Russiagate Trump, Putin, Mueller and Targeting Dissent

Russiagate Trump, Putin, Mueller and Targeting Dissent

Putin loves you; therefore, you love Putin. The enemy re-tweets you, therefore, you’re in league with the enemy. We’re at war with them, therefore we’re at war with you.One of the first rules of a shunning campaign is that it doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to be what everyone’s saying. Since most Americans went to high school, we tend to be instinctively familiar with the concept.The crazy inverse logic of the new national blacklist was on full display after special prosecutor in February. In the wake of this foreign meddling charge, CNN reporter Drew Griffin of an elderly female...

March 7, 2018
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Protester Storms Stage, Grabs Mic From Kamala Harris at Event

Protester Storms Stage, Grabs Mic From Kamala Harris at Event

An interview of at the MoveOn “Big Ideas Forum” was interrupted by a protester who jumped onstage and wrested the microphone from Harris before being removed.While Harris was discussing, of all things, the gender pay gap, the male animal rights protester, Aidan Cook, stormed the stage and grabbed the mic out of Harris’s hand. (Not a good look, bro.) Before security could reach the stage, Karine Jean-Pierre, MoveOn’s Chief Public Affairs Officer, bravely put herself between Harris and Cook.“I’m asking for your attention for a much bigger idea than…” Cook said into the microphone before it...

June 2, 2019
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How America Lost the War on Drugs

How America Lost the War on Drugs

n the day of his death, December 2nd, 1993, the Colombian billionaire drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was on the run and living in a small, tiled-roof house in a middle-class neighborhood of Medellín, close to the soccer stadium. He died, theatrically, ridiculously, gunned down by a Colombian police manhunt squad while he tried to flee across the barrio’s rooftops, a fat, bearded man who had kicked off his flip-flops to try to outrun the bullets. The first thing the American drug agents who arrived on the scene wanted to do was to make sure that the corpse was actually Escobar’s. The second...

June 10, 2017
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Can We Be Saved From the Social Media Giant?

Can We Be Saved From the Social Media Giant?

We shouldn’t be asking to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism.We’ve reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little...

April 7, 2018
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DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency

DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency

The Department of Justice has secretly asked Congress for the ability to detain arrested people “indefinitely” in addition to other powers that one expert called “terrifying” The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally-protected rights during coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan. While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratically-controlled House of...

March 21, 2020
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What Does Russiagate Look Like to Russians?

What Does Russiagate Look Like to Russians?

Last Wednesday, former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton Paul Begala stepped out of his usual milquetoast centrist costume and made a chest-thumping pronouncement on CNN.“We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power,” . “We should be debating how many sanctions we should place on , or whether we should blow up the KGB.”Begala’s is the latest in a string of comments from prominent pols and pundits  we are (or should be) in a state of war with nuclear-armed Russia.Former DNC chair Donna Brazile  this week, “The Communists are dictating the terms of the debate” – and not bothering...

July 27, 2017
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Trump Wore a Mask. Sadly This Is News

Trump Wore a Mask. Sadly This Is News

The president of the United States finally decided to act like an adult on Saturday and wore a face mask during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.This marks the first time the president has been seen in public wearing a facial covering that his own health officials and departments have for months recommended all citizens use to prevent spreading COVID-19.“I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a...

July 12, 2020
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Trump Is Treating Michigan the Way He Treated Ukraine. Well Done, Senate Republicans

Trump Is Treating Michigan the Way He Treated Ukraine. Well Done, Senate Republicans

A few weeks before President Trump was impeached last December for attempting to blackmail Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan warned the House Judiciary Committee of a future in which the president used similar tactics on his own country:“Imagine living in a part of Louisiana or Texas that’s prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding. What would you think if you lived there and your governor asked for a meeting with the president to discuss getting disaster aid that Congress has provided for? What would you think if that president said, ‘I would...

May 20, 2020
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Watch Trump Advisor Admit ‘It Is Scary to Go to Work’

Watch Trump Advisor Admit ‘It Is Scary to Go to Work’

“It is scary to go to work,” White House economic adviser said while discussing admiration staff members testing positive for .Hassett made the admission during an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation. Host Margaret Brennan asked President Trump’s economic adviser about wearing a mask at the White House now that two members of the staff — Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller and one of the president’s personal valets — tested positive for the virus.“I’ve got a mask right here. And the fact is that I practice aggressive social distancing. I’ll wear a mask when I feel...

May 10, 2020
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