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342 items by Julian Brookes

  • VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Paul Ryan's 'Private Savings' Plan

    VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Paul Ryan's 'Private Savings' Plan | BLOG ENTRY

    On last night's show, Stewart took aim at Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicaid-slashing, Medicare-ending budget plan ("So the medicine is taking the form of... you can no longer afford medicine."), which, funnily enough, is everything Republicans hated...

    April 13, 2011 10:36 AM ET
  • Daily Threat Assessment

    Daily Threat Assessment | BLOG ENTRY

    Retail therapy, Gulf Coast-style; the corn-based roots of social unrest; the tsunami taketh and the tsunami giveth back; and more: It's your Daily Threat Assessment.    

    April 12, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • Matt Taibbi on Mitt Romney, the 'Huckster'

    Matt Taibbi on Mitt Romney, the 'Huckster' | BLOG ENTRY

    Mitt Romney, the current favorite to nab the top spot on the GOP presidential ticket, took a step toward joining the 2012 race yesterday when he let it be known he was "exploring" a run. Want...

    April 12, 2011 12:22 PM ET
  • Stanley McChrystal, the Runaway General, is Back

    Stanley McChrystal, the Runaway General, is Back | BLOG ENTRY

    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was fired from his job as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan after a Rolling Stone profile quoted his aides talking trash about civilian leaders, is back, the New York...

    April 11, 2011 9:35 AM ET
  • Threat Assessment: The good, the bad, and the scary

    Threat Assessment: The good, the bad, and the scary | BLOG ENTRY

    The Ozone hole is back, noise pollution is killing you, Paul Ryan wants to kill Medicare. On the plus side, traffic deaths are down and Glenn Beck is not letting the door hit him on the way...

    April 8, 2011 5:30 PM ET
  • Bill Maher on Paul Ryan's Budget BS

    Bill Maher on Paul Ryan's Budget BS | BLOG ENTRY

    Coming up in the new issue of Rolling Stone: an interview with the great Bill Maher, who opens up on politics, patriotism, and pot (and much more) with contributing editor Tim Dickinson. Given the budget shenanigans going...

    April 8, 2011 2:04 PM ET
  • VIDEO: Jon Stewart on the Government Shutdown Showdown

    VIDEO: Jon Stewart on the Government Shutdown Showdown | BLOG ENTRY

    In which the GOP's extra-constitutional budget plan gives a Republican a chance to be sane "and Democrats a chance to be dicks." Plus: Extremism! Socialism! And, yes, "the Rug of Liberty"!

    April 6, 2011 1:42 PM ET
  • Republicans Gunning For 'Progressive' EPA

    Republicans Gunning For 'Progressive' EPA | BLOG ENTRY

    Republicans in the House (and even some Democrats) are hell-bent on undermining Obama's environmental agenda. Which explains why this week they're working to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas...

    April 6, 2011 1:06 PM ET
  • VIDEO: Kill Team: Donald Rumsfeld's 'Worse Than Abu Ghraib' Tour

    VIDEO: Kill Team: Donald Rumsfeld's 'Worse Than Abu Ghraib' Tour | BLOG ENTRY

    Are the grisly photos showing U.S. soldiers grinning over the corpses of murdered civilians -- published last week by Rolling Stone -- "worse" than the images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib? Does it matter?...

    April 6, 2011 11:50 AM ET
  • From the Archive: Profile of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship

    From the Archive: Profile of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship | BLOG ENTRY

    A year ago today, 29 men were killed in an explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Big Upper Branch mine in West Virginia. A soon-to-be-published report on the causes of the blast -- the worst U.S. coal field...

    April 5, 2011 3:48 PM ET
  • VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Obama's Top Secret Transparency Award

    VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Obama's Top Secret Transparency Award | BLOG ENTRY

    On last night's Daily Show, Stewart mocked Obama's big reelection announcement ("He's not breaking up with us!"), and ran a clip from the inadvertently hilarious rollout video in which supporters make the case for four...

    April 5, 2011 12:04 PM ET
  • Is Petraeus Headed for the CIA? (and Other Questions of the Day)

    Is Petraeus Headed for the CIA? (and Other Questions of the Day) | BLOG ENTRY

    Is Yemen the new Afghanistan?U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations are on hold in the midst of a popular uprising, giving Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch to operate more freely and increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and America,...

    April 5, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Can Obama Recapture the Magic in 2012? (and Other Questions of the Day)

    Can Obama Recapture the Magic in 2012? (and Other Questions of the Day) | BLOG ENTRY

    Can Obama recapture the magic for 2012?The president officially kicked off his reelection bid this morning. What are his chances? Going for him: an improving economy, fundraising prowess (his campaign's expected to raise a record $1...

    April 4, 2011 10:23 AM ET
  • The Radical Islamist Atheists Are Coming (and Other Quotes of the Week)

    The Radical Islamist Atheists Are Coming (and Other Quotes of the Week) | BLOG ENTRY

    Radical atheist Islamists are taking over; only babies can save Social Security; 'Big Abortion' is an actual thing -- what a week in politics for the saying of stupid things! Indeed, we know it can be hard...

    April 1, 2011 12:16 PM ET
  • Pentagon Apologizes for 'Kill Team' Photos

    Pentagon Apologizes for 'Kill Team' Photos | BLOG ENTRY

    This week's Rolling Stone report on how American soldiers in Afghanistan killed civilians for sport, which included graphic photos the Pentagon tried to censor, prompted this response from the Department of Defense: Statement by the...

    March 31, 2011 3:44 PM ET
  • Rumsfeld: 'Kill Team' Photos 'Much Worse' Than Abu Ghraib

    Rumsfeld: 'Kill Team' Photos 'Much Worse' Than Abu Ghraib | BLOG ENTRY

    A reporter from the Washington Times grabbed a moment with Donald Rumsfeld yesterday to ask what the former defense secretary thought of the 'Kill Team' photos published this week by Rolling Stone. Rumsfeld, who infamously presided over...

    March 31, 2011 10:22 AM ET
  • Glenn Beck's Insane Rolling Stone Conspiracy Theory

    Glenn Beck's Insane Rolling Stone Conspiracy Theory | BLOG ENTRY

    Man, you can't get anything past Glenn Beck. It took him no time to sniff out the conspiracy behind the revelations, reported this week by Rolling Stone, that a 'kill team' of U.S. soldiers in...

    March 31, 2011 9:22 AM ET
  • Dylan Ratigan Tackles the 'Kill Team' Report: 'Just Wanton Murder'

    Dylan Ratigan Tackles the 'Kill Team' Report: 'Just Wanton Murder' | BLOG ENTRY

    More 'Kill Team coverage,' this time from MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show. Ratigan's guests, an ex-soldier and a former national security advisor, react to Rolling Stone's report that U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians, mutilated...

    March 30, 2011 4:51 PM ET
  • Rolling Stone Editor on the Afghanistan Kill Team Story

    Rolling Stone Editor on the Afghanistan Kill Team Story | BLOG ENTRY

    Executive Editor Eric Bates was on Morning Joe on Monday to talk about Rolling Stone's latest investigation, a special report about how U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians for sport while their officers looked the...

    March 30, 2011 4:00 PM ET
  • President Hamid Karzai Condemns 'Kill Team' War Crimes

    President Hamid Karzai Condemns 'Kill Team' War Crimes | BLOG ENTRY

    AFP reports: In his first public reaction to the scandal, Hamid Karzai said he wanted to ensure ordinary Americans knew about an alleged rogue army unit “kill team” accused of murdering Afghan civilians and mutilating their corpses.

    March 30, 2011 2:06 PM ET
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