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Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one thing that every liberal must read today:

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH: 'GOODBYE FROM THE WORLD'S BIGGEST POLLUTER'
by Robert Winnett, The Telegraph

The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change, ended a private meeting with the words: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock.

The John McCain Comedy Jaunt

A little look into our recent John McCain themed Laughing Liberally Show, with Cliff Schecter author of "The Real McCain" and Paul Waldman author of "Free Ride".

Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one thing that every liberal must read today:

Bush's Secret Army of Snoops and Snitches
by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

Matthew Rothschild discusses "a new class of everyday spies, from paramedics to utility workers, are being recruited to be 'terrorism liason officers'." This program, he says, may be the real legacy of Bush's "assault on our civil liberties.

Reading Liberally: A Review of John Anderson's Follow the Money

In an election year, it's difficult to concentrate on anything but the future. And that makes sense: right now our focus should be on what Obama and McCain have to offer us. But we're also coming to the end of the eight-year stretch of the worst presidential administration in history and the damage that George W. Bush and cohorts have inflicted on this country is, unfortunately, all-too-relevant to our daily lives.

Which is why it's so interesting to read John Anderson's 2007 expose of the Bush administration Follow the Money: How George W. Bush and the Texas Republicans Hog-Tied America now, in GWB's twilight years. Anderson, born and raised in Texas, presents his painstakingly researched arguments with the narrative rigor of a historian and what emerges is a startling picture of the interconnected world of the Texas republicans. "Early on," Anderson writes in his acknowledgments, "I began by amassing voluminous files, both printed and electronic, labeled 'Delay' and 'Abramoff.' At a certain point in time, I realized just how overlapping their stories were. What I had before me, I realized, was a vast web of intrigue."

Web of intrigue, indeed. Anyone who, in the face of the new election, has begun to feel the sting of Bush's legacy fade would do well to read this book and remember how orchestrated, how purposeful and how incestuous the policies of this administration were.

Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one article every liberal must read today:

WORLD LEADERS ENJOY 18-COURSE BANQUET AS THEY DISCUSS HOW TO SOLVE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
by James Chapman, The Daily Mail


Whaaaaaaaaaa????????????!!!!!!!!!!!

Blogging Liberally: News to Ruin Your Day

1. Naomi Woolf on how Gitmo and Abu Ghraib became institutionalized sex crime rings.

2. Check out Open Left's piece about why Obama shouldn't be afraid of being called a flip-flopper. No, wait! Actually, don't!

3. Slate wonders if Al Franken's history of "racy" jokes will harm his Senate campaign; meanwhile, Sasha Baron Cohen inspires hope for the future, dread of his inevitable new catchphrase (Niiice!)

4. It seems that some Iraq vets have been drinking a little too...liberally? Sorry, we know that's kind of offensive but we just can't stop punning off of our own name...liberally!

5. Former President Bush is the best high school civics teacher ever! Except he's not functionally literate and is always trying to waterboard you during detention.

6. We Made This linked to this Flickr set of the new series of Penguin Great Ideas book covers.

Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one post that every liberal must read today:

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD: MCCAIN'S STUPID ECONOMY
by Ian Welsh, firedoglake


Ian Welsh gives us an in-depth analysis of John McCain's brand new economic plan and why, like many of McCain's plans, it won't work for the average American. The MSM might not subject this plan to the scrutiny it deserves, but as liberals, it's our job to make sure that the facts get out there.

Blogging Liberally: How to recover from your patriotic hangover

1. Matt Yglesias shows what John McCain's economic proposals can do for you... if you are a big oil company. He also liked Hancock. We did too, more on that later.

2. Salon covers Sebelius's VP prospects. A female Mike Bloomberg?

3. The bible belt really eats liberally.

4. Conservatives "Ready to Battle" McCain thus proving that the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

5. Obama will accept the nomination in a 75,000 seat football stadium on the 45th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech". Chills. 'Twill be awesome.

6. Need another reason not to attack Iran?

7. Amy Goodman tackles Obama's centrism.

8. It seems that the Iraqi government may set a timetable for withdrawal.

9. Ever wondered why my.barackobama is so much like Facebook?

10. California and New York (in 2010) are requiring new cars to display a "Global Warming Score", showing how "green" the vehicle really is. Apparently this is so people can throw things at cars with low scores.

Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one report that every liberal must read today

MEDIA CONTINUE TO FALSELY CLAIM CLARK CRITICIZED MCCAIN'S SERVICE
by Media Matters


Media Matters reminds us that General Clark did not criticize McCain. The mainstream media has picked up on and is trying to legitimize the McCain Campaign's talking points. As a liberal, you need to make sure the truth gets out there. Keep 'em honest.

Reading Liberally: Read of the Day

The one post that every Liberal needs to read today:

HUMANITY IS THE DEVIL
by Spencer Ackerman, Attackerman


Spencer Ackerman respond Christopher Hitchens's waterboarding for Vanity Fair. In his post, Ackerman attacks Bush's torture policies as anti-American. He also describes, in vivid detail, the disgusting process of water boarding, one that defies our patriotism and our humanity.