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Citizen McCain PDF Print E-mail

By MICHAEL I. MEYERSON
Baltimore

ARTICLE II of the Constitution declares that "No person except a natural-born citizen ... shall be eligible to the office of president." This undemocratic provision could prevent voters from selecting their top choice, be it Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born governor of California, or Jennifer Granholm, the Canadian-born governor of Michigan.

We cannot just wish away inconvenient constitutional language. Clearly, a child born in a foreign country to two non-American parents cannot ascend to the nation's highest office. But does the Constitution also prohibit John McCain — who was born to two Americans in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, while his father served in the Navy — from becoming president?
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Comedian Andy Dick arrested in drug, sex case PDF Print E-mail

AP, MURRIETA, Calif. - Comedian Andy Dick has been arrested in Riverside County for investigation of drug use and sexual battery.

The Sheriff's Department says Dick, 42, was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot near the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in Murrieta. Details were not released.

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May We Mock, Barack? PDF Print E-mail

By MAUREEN DOWD

WASHINGTON

When I interviewed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for Rolling Stone a couple years ago, I wondered what Barack Obama would mean for them.

"It seems like a President Obama would be harder to make fun of than these guys," I said.
 
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So Popular and So Spineless PDF Print E-mail

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Much ink has been spilled lately decrying the decline in American popularity around the world under President Bush. Polls tell us how China is now more popular in Asia than America and how few Europeans say they identify with the United States. I am sure there is truth to these polls.

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The Luxurious Growth PDF Print E-mail

By DAVID BROOKS

We all know the story of Dr. Frankenstein, the scientist so caught up in his own research that he arrogantly tried to create new life and a new man. Today, if you look at people who study how genetics shape human behavior, you find a collection of anti-Frankensteins. As the research moves along, the scientists grow more modest about what we are close to knowing and achieving.

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North Korea's Stacked Deck PDF Print E-mail

By ART BROWN
Vienna, Va.

CHINA'S announcement on Saturday that negotiators have agreed on a blueprint for verifying North Korea's nuclear disarmament is being seen as the latest in a string of hopeful signs. For a while, the drumbeat in Washington has been that the so-called six-party talks are going well and the North Korean nuclear program is well on its way to being contained. If only that were true.
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A Pakistani call to the donors PDF Print E-mail

By Shahid Javed Burki

FOR a variety of reasons, Pakistan's policymakers have either not fully realised where the potential of the economy lies or were forced into taking decisions that were not in the economy's long-term interest.

They did not make use of the impressive endowments of the country to develop an economy that would have grown rapidly without interruptions and could have become a vibrant part of the global system.
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Fannie, Freddie and You PDF Print E-mail

By PAUL KRUGMAN

And now we've reached the next stage of our seemingly never-ending financial crisis. This time Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in the headlines, with dire warnings of imminent collapse. How worried should we be?

Well, I'm going to take a contrarian position: the storm over these particular lenders is overblown. Fannie and Freddie probably will need a government rescue. But since it's already clear that that rescue will take place, their problems won't take down the economy.
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My Plan for Iraq PDF Print E-mail

By BARACK OBAMA

CHICAGO — The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States.

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A Korean Killing With Terrible Timing PDF Print E-mail

TIME MAGAZINE

Park Wang ja, a 53 year old housewife from Seoul, had gotten up extra early to see the sunrise on Friday morning. She was strolling on the beach near the Mt. Geumgang tourist resort in North Korea, and she was not alone. Five other tourists had also gotten up early to catch the sunrise from the beach at Mt Geumgang — for South Koreans, a special vantage point from which to welcome the day: it lies just about 21 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, which has divided the two Koreas for more than 50 years. Park was one of the roughly 200,000 thousand South Korean annual visitors to the Mt Geumgang tourist area, which Hyundai opened in 1998-one of the first, tangible symbols of what came to be known as the South's "Sunshine" diplomacy with its archenemy in Pyongyang.

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Education scene in South Asia PDF Print E-mail

By Dr Shahid Siddiqui

THE tradition of human development reports is not very old in South Asia. The UNDP report that was launched in 1990 explored some new aspects of development, i.e. education, health and, after the Beijing conference on women, gender empowerment.

This was followed by the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre (MHHDC) report in 1997. In both these pioneer reports, Dr Mahbub ul Haq's contribution was pivotal.
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The Real-Life '24' of Summer 2008 PDF Print E-mail

By FRANK RICH

WE know what a criminal White House looks like from "The Final Days," Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's classic account of Richard Nixon's unraveling. The cauldron of lies, paranoia and illegal surveillance boiled over, until it was finally every man for himself as desperate courtiers scrambled to save their reputations and, in a few patriotic instances, their country.

"The Final Days" was published in 1976, two years after Nixon abdicated in disgrace. With the Bush presidency, no journalist (or turncoat White House memoirist) is waiting for the corpse to be carted away.
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Drowning in Riches PDF Print E-mail

By KENNETH M. POLLACK

Washington

YOU might think that $140 per barrel oil would be good for at least one part of the world, the Middle East. It's too soon to tell for certain, but the region may well turn out to be the part of the world that suffers the most.

As painful as the current (or coming) oil-driven recession will be for Americans, it does seem to be convincing us to make the sacrifices necessary to diminish our reliance on oil.
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On a green bike PDF Print E-mail

By Claudia Ciobanu

A GROUP of young people from several European countries are taking a cycling tour from Bulgaria to Turkey to show the world that travelling and a good life are possible without much energy consumption.

Fifteen people — from Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia, Spain, Portugal and a few other countries — started the 2008 Ecotopia Biketour Jul. 4 in Bulgarian capital Sofia.

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G8's credibility problem PDF Print E-mail

By Shadaba Islam

AS summits go, the annual Group of Eight (G8) extravaganza, bringing together the leaders of the world's richest nations, is arguably the most extravagant, lavish — and frustratingly futile — of events.

Having covered a great many of such global gatherings over the last quarter decade, I can safely say that most summits are more about photo opportunities and media hype than a serious attempt to tackle world problems.
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Talking Down and Stepping Up PDF Print E-mail

By CHARLES M. BLOW

The Rev. Jesse Jackson wants to do what to Barack Obama? Ouch!

And why? Because he thinks Mr. Obama's speeches on fatherhood have been too hard on black men and not hard enough on The Man? I'm sorry, Mr. Jackson, but that's just ... what's another word for crazy?

It must be hard to have worked so long to change the rules only to have this young guy swoop in and change the game, but come on. Let's not be crass. It'll be O.K. You're still somebody.
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Feeling No Pain PDF Print E-mail

By BOB HERBERT

A pro basketball player named Micheal (yes, that's the way he spells it) Ray Richardson once famously said of the New York Knicks franchise: "The ship be sinking."

When a reporter asked him how far it could sink, Richardson reportedly replied: "Sky's the limit."

Something similar might be said about today's economy, although Phil Gramm, a remarkably out-of-touch former senator from Micheal Ray's home state of Texas, would beg to differ.
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Sarkozy's 'Club Med' PDF Print E-mail

By Simon Tisdall

THOSE who believe that Nicolas Sarkozy is a bit of a show-off may have their suspicions confirmed this weekend when the French president welcomes about 40 heads of government, including all the EU's leaders, to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for the extravagant launch of his pet project, the so-called "Union for the Mediterranean".

The idea is to create a permanent institutional link between Europe and all countries with Mediterranean coastlines, including such odd bedfellows as Israel, Palestine, Syria and Libya. The hope is that the union will boost economic and security cooperation.
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The Justice Department, Blind to Slavery comments PDF Print E-mail

By JOHN R. MILLER

Washington

PRESIDENT BUSH has won support abroad and bipartisan praise at home for his efforts to combat human trafficking, the slavery of our time. But now that work is imperiled by his own Department of Justice.

At the United Nations in 2003, Mr. Bush denounced the sex trafficking of women and girls around the world. A little more than two years later, he signed into law a bill that included a broad array of measures to reduce the domestic demand for sex trafficking.
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Kennedy's Big Day PDF Print E-mail

By PAUL KRUGMAN

It was the worst of days, it was the best of days. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats capitulated to the Bush administration on wiretapping — with Barack Obama joining the coalition of the craven

Later that day, however, those same Senate Democrats won a huge victory on Medicare.

News reports stressed the cinematic quality of the event: Ted Kennedy, who is fighting a brain tumor, made a dramatic appearance on the Senate floor, casting the decisive vote amid cheers from his colleagues. (Only one senator was absent: John McCain.)
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The Pain of the G-8's Big Shrug PDF Print E-mail

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Is genocide really that bad?

As President Bush and the Group of 8 leaders who are meeting in Japan again shun their responsibilities in Darfur, there is a serious argument to be made that genocide is overrated as an international concern. The G-8 leaders implicitly accept that argument, which goes like this:

Genocide is regrettable, but don't lose perspective. It is simply one of many tragedies in the world today — and a fairly modest one in terms of lives lost.
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