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  • John McCain's Lasting Anger

    Shushannah Walshe, The Daily Beast | December 22, 2010

    Railing against Don't Ask Don't Tell, shooting down an immigration bill he once sponsored, pushing his own changes to START -- the tougher John McCain who emerged in the primaries may be here to stay...

  • CIA Launches Task Force To Assess Impact of U.S. Cables' Exposure by WikiLeaks

    Greg Miller, The Washington Post | December 22, 2010

    The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks. Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA headquarters, it's mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F. ...

  • Doonesbury and The Art of G.B. Trudeau

    Alan Gardner, The Daily Cartoonist | December 22, 2010
    I buy comic collections for a number of reasons. Pure entertainment, “behind the scenes” information, interesting comic history and love of the art (or humor). A good book satisfies more than one of these justifications. The latest Doonesbury book, Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau by Brian Walker, hits all of them in spades. Think of the book as mashup of a Doonesbury strip collection, a Garry Trudeau biography, and a museum exhibit bound together in 270 pages...

  • Obama Gamble Pays Off With Approval of Arms Pact

    Peter Baker | December 23, 2010

    The final approval of a new arms control treaty with Russia may have been a foregone conclusion by the time senators stepped onto the floor on Wednesday. But that was not the way it looked one afternoon last month when White House officials rushed to the Oval Office to tell President Obama that his treaty might be dead. The president and his team had built their entire strategy for obtaining approval of the treaty on winning over a single Republican senator deputized by his caucus to negotiate an accord — and that Republican, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, had just shocked the White House by pulling the plug on a deal for the year...

  • In Bethlehem, Shepherds Watching Their Flocks By Night Are a Dying Breed

    Ana Carbajosa, The Guardian | December 24, 2010

    If an "angel of the Lord" were to appear in the sky over Bethlehem today, there would scarcely be any shepherds keeping watch over their flocks to witness the scene. Spending nights and days in the fields herding sheep has become an almost impossible task for the fast-diminishing community of shepherds in this biblical Palestinian town. Jewish settlements, Israeli army checkpoints, closed military zones and the West Bank separation barrier have reduced the grazing area to such an extent that a growing number of Bethlehem shephertds have been forced to give up their traditional livelihoods. "I miss the freedom of the wilderness. Everything is different now. We can barely move..."...

  • What WikiLeaks Revealed to the World in 2010

    Glenn Greenwald, Salon | December 24, 2010

    Throughout this year I've devoted substantial attention to WikiLeaks, particularly in the last four weeks as calls for its destruction intensified.  To understand why I've done so, and to see what motivates the increasing devotion of the U.S. Government and those influenced by it to destroying that organization, it's well worth reviewing exactly what WikiLeaks exposed to the world just in the last year:  the breadth of the corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality on the part of the world's most powerful factions...

  • Huge Blizzard Halts Travelers on East Coast

    Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times | December 27, 2010

    A monster two-day blizzard barreled up the coast and invaded the New York region and the Northeast on Sunday with barrages of wind-driven snow that closed airports, disrupted rail and highway travel and transformed a dozen states into enchanted and borderless white dreamscapes...

  • PBS NewsHour: Garry Trudeau Looks Back on 40 Years of 'Doonesbury'

    Jeffrey Brown | December 27, 2010

    It's been 40 years since Garry Trudeau first drew the popular comic strip "Doonesbury." The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist speaks with Jeffrey Brown about a new book chronicling his decades of work...

  • Retailers See Holiday Sales Jump

    Ann Zimmerman, Justin Lahart and Rachel Dodes, The Wall Street Journal | December 28, 2010

    American shoppers expanded their year-end purchases this holiday season by the biggest margin since the boom year of 2005, but retailers still face daunting challenges in the new year, from rising gasoline and cotton prices to an overabundance of stores. U.S. retail sales, excluding automobiles, rose 5.5% between Nov. 5 and Dec. 24 compared with a year ago, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse, a unit of MasterCard Advisors that tracks sales by all types of payment. Last year, sales rose 4.1% during the 50 day period, but those results were easy comparisons against the recession in 2008, when sales fell 6.1%. "To sum up, the holiday season is a joyous one," said Sherif Mityas, a partner in the retail practice of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm...

  • In Russia, an Advocate Is Killed, and an Accuser Tried

    Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times | December 28, 2010

    In a small courtroom in Moscow, friends of Natalya K. Estemirova crowded onto wooden benches, clasping photographs of her. It was 16 months after the murder of Ms. Estemirova, a renowned human rights advocate in the tumultuous region of Chechnya, and now the legal system was taking action. A defendant was on trial, and his interrogators were demanding answers about special operations and assassination plots. But the defendant was not Ms. Estemirova’s suspected killer. It was her colleague Oleg P. Orlov, chairman of Memorial, one of Russia’s foremost human rights organizations...