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O’Neill to Bremer to Clarke

Friday, April 30, 2004

Some email from listeners today:

On blacking out Ted Koppel tonight:

“… when the clean up of the Trade Center was celebrated, part of the ceremony was a reading of all the names of the dead, complete with flags waving and tears. No one objected to that.”

On the ...

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Saudi Flights Reading

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Read an excerpt from the 9/11 commission Staff Statement regarding the evacuation of Saudi Flights in the days after the September 11 attacks.

Read Craig Unger's piece about the flights from Vanity Fair

Email us your comments

(This relates to Friday's interview with author Craig Unger and Thursday's interview with Newsweek's Mark Hosenball)

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Zbig News

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Now two prominent guests in the last few weeks have said that the “war on terrorism” is misnamed. 9/11 Commission member Bob Kerrey said it should be the “war on Islamic extremism”. Today former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said terrorism is a military tactic. ...

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Our Pledge To You:

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

From this day forth, we will only scrutinize Republicans. We were convinced by a flood of e-mails during this morning’s segment with the three Boston Globe reporters who’ve been covering John Kerry for 20 years and wrote a political biography of him. Here’s a typical ...

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Saudis Go, Kerry No Show

Monday, April 26, 2004

We’ll make this mostly a guest blog entry today from Jack in Short Hills, who emailed us after the show. He was responding to a caller who attended The March For Women’s Lives yesterday, who objected strongly to John Kerry sending his daughter to represent him. What ...

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The Official High Fructose Corn Syrup of New York City

Friday, April 23, 2004

Maybe the politically androgynous Michael Bloomberg is a Republican after all! The New York Times poll today finds half of NY Republicans approve of the job he’s doing, but only a third of NY Democrats do. And his Department of Education policies, the centerpiece of his administration ...

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The Joan Baez of Smoking

Thursday, April 22, 2004

It’s amazing. No issue splits progressive listeners – and those who toil in the nightlife biz - like the smoking ban in bars. It’s either a workers rights issue or a symbol of creeping fascism, depending who you ask. It raises passions so much that rock and blues artist

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Getting Drafty?

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Here’s what I think about Sen. Chuck Hagel’s idea for reviving the draft, which we had a call-in about today:

I love the idea because it’s the only equitable way to distribute military risk in our society.

I hate the idea because the government should never force ...

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The Searchers

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

NPR’s Rick Karr covered more than one search engine in his five-part series The Search Engine Wars but when he was on the show today our listeners wanted to talk Google and Gmail.

In the last few weeks the company has found themselves embroiled in ...

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Pottery Barn Rules

Monday, April 19, 2004

I've been wondering why John Kerry chose yesterday to go on Meet The Press. He must have known that the Bob Woodward book would suck all the air out of the weekend news cycles, right into today. Maybe he didn’t actually want the publicity for some reason. ...

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The Commish Part 2

Friday, April 16, 2004

9-11 Commissioner Slade Gorton says he doesn’t like to draw conclusions about the Commission's hearings. But on today’s show, the former Republican Senator seemed eager to opine:

-he dubbed Attorney General John Ashcroft’s comments about Commissioner Jamie Gorelick heightening the wall (between intelligence and law ...

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Politics for Fun and Profit

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Rheingold Beer is trying to make a comeback in New York with an ad campaign that lays into Mayor Bloomberg. One spot targets the smoking ban, another the cabaret laws, and another the mayor’s alleged ticket blitz.

My somewhat sarcastic interview of Rheingold CEO Tom Benheim ...

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Is he George W. Kerry? Ariel Sharon Kerry?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

For all the criticism by the presumed Democratic presidential nominee of the current resident of the White House, it was hard to find differences between them today on the defining issues of Israel and what to do next in Iraq. At least, that was the case judging by ...

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Reno Supports The Patriot Act…

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

While the pols on the 9/11 Commission jockey for impact, keep your eye on the staff reports. The one released today skewers the FBI on numerous fronts. Worst of all, it says the FBI under Louis Freeh failed to establish an effective counter-terrorism operation despite it ...

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Ashcroft To Ashes…

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Idle speculation: As bad as the FBI is coming out of this, I wonder if Ashcroft may wind up the ultimate 9/11 fall guy, with Rudy riding to the rescue as the new AG just as Kerry rolls out his veep.

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Promotion Commotion

Monday, April 12, 2004

Using a number 2 pencil, mark the answer that most reflects reality:

1.Social Promotion harms kids by not holding them accountable.
2.Leaving kids back harms kids by making them feel old and useless.

Well, if studies of Chicago’s end to social promotion are any indication, the correct answer ...

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The Commish

Friday, April 09, 2004

While the news media were trying to figure out whether to continue spinning Condi's testimony or focus on the very scary news coming out of Iraq yesterday, Bill Clinton met for about four hours in secret with the 9/11 Commission. The day's papers contained little information on the meeting. Fortunately, ...

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A Lot of Chatter About Chatter

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Forget about Richard Clarke vs. Condoleeza Rice. Bob Kerrey vs. Rice was much more interesting. In Dr. Rice’s testimony today, Kerrey said the attacks could have been prevented, if only the intelligence would have been better circulated about a lot of Arab men taking flying lessons. ...

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Historical Document

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Attention White House Press Corps: follow up on this. It came out that the August 6th, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief was about Bin Laden’s “determination” to attack the United States. Rice said it was not a warning but a “historical" document requested by the President. It’s still a classified document. ...

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Bullets over Baghdad

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

If our conversation on today’s show with Newsweek’s Richard Wolfe is any indication, it looks like Bush and Kerry are trading issues. It used to be that the limp job market favored the Democrat, while going to Iraq favored Bush. But, jobs are coming back (at least ...

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