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Yokio Hatoyama becomes the presumptive prime minister of Japan after leading the opposition Democratic Party to a landslide victory over the Liberal Democratic Party. Hatoyama campaigned on a platform to end American-dominated globalization, to reorient Japan towards Asia and to reconsider American military presence in Japan....stay tuned. ...

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Monday was Independence Day in the Ukraine, celebrating their declaration of independence in 1991 from the Soviet Union. But one year after the war in Georgia, Russia is now rattling is sabers towards Ukraine. Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov claims the Ukraine port city of Sevastopol belongs to Russia and President Dmitri Medvedev denounced Ukrain for anti-Russian policies last month... Stay tuned

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint President Obama's budget director Peter Orszag was the bearer of bad news yesterday when he announced via his agency's website that the projected deficits are even higher than previously forecast. Citing the dire fiscal situation that they inherited, The ten year tab climbed by another two trillion dollars. I don't know about you, but these numbers seem abstract to me. A trillion dollars is a million million. If you laid one dollar bills end to end, you could make a chain that stretches from earth to the moon and back again 200 times. One trillion dollars would stretch nearly from the earth to the sun. It would take a military jet flying ...

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A little over a year ago I blogged about Julia Child being an international spy. Alas, it had no impact on sales of her book. But Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Nora Ephron have managed, in spite of people trying to eat healthier, to put “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child, butter and all, on top of the New York Times Best-Sellers List 48 years after it was first published. Julia & Julia opened in theaters on August 7th.

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Tom Ridge asserts in a new book, due out in September, that in his position as Secretary of Homeland Security, he felt pressure from John Ashcroft and Donald Rumsfeld to raise the national security threat level one week prior to the '04 presidential election, even though no intelligence suggested a new attack and there was no support for that position within his department. Ridge suspected that some within the Bush administration were attempting to politicize the threat level, which he never did raise. He resigned weeks after the election. ...

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Legendary newsman, Don Hewitt has passed away. His accomplishments in news and broadcasting are too numerous to list, most notably, he invented a whole new genre of television when he created the news magazine 60 Minutes. He was 86. ...

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The hard nose, shoe leather, Washington reporter turned right wing political pundit, Robert Novak, has passed away. Love him, or hate him, his reporting skills always made the Evans and Novak column a good read. I always liked the format of the CNN show Crossfire. He had strong beliefs and was willing to stand toe to toe with his opposition in a spirited debate, It stands in contrast to what's become of todays cable news channels where each channel has chosen sides and presents a monolithic point of view. He was 78. ...

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Readers Digest was founded in 1922 and grew into the nations most popular general interest magazine, but Mary Berner, the CEO of the family orientated publishing company, has found a tough row to hoe. Advertising dollars are trending away from print as traditional media is loosing market share. Yesterday the publisher announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For years, the highlight of going to the dentist or doctors office was picking up the Digest in the waiting room to see the C.F. Payne illustrations on the back covers. ...

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