10:51 AM, February 24th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Feb. 24th

  1. 12 Killed in Quran Protests: At least 12 more people were killed on Friday in Afghanistan as the the outrage over the burning of Qurans by American troops continues.
  2. Maryland Senate Passes Gay Marriage: Gay-marriage proponents celebrated another win in Maryland on Thursday after the state Senate approved a measure that would legalize same-sex unions. Gov. Martin O’Malley has vowed to sign the bill, which will make Maryland the eighth state to adopt gay marriage. 
  3. 'Friends of Syria' Demand Action: Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries, calling themselves the Friends of Syria, are holding their first meeting Friday to demand Syria allow international aid be delivered to civilians as the government continue brutal assaults on the city of Homs.
  4. Santorum Picks Up Women’s Support: Despite fervent anti-contraception rhetoric and a steadfast opposition to abortion, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appears to be doing better with the fairer sex. A new poll has put his popularity among women up 13 points since January. 
  5. Edwards Sex Tape to Be Destroyed: All copies of a sex tape involving former presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter will be destroyed within 30 days, after Hunter won ownership of the video in a court settlement Thursday. 

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Photo: Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear, wakes up after winter hibernation at the Ranua Zoo in Ranua, Finland. (Lehtikuva / Reuters) More photos of the day

9:56 AM, February 22nd, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb 22nd

  1. Super PACs Give Rise to Super-Donors: Super PACs, which can take unlimited donations, have given rise to a new type of political donor that is dominating the GOP primary race. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post lead with the example of Harold C. Simmons, a Texas businessman who has given more than $14 million to Republican super PACs this election. 
  2. Quran Burning Protest Continues: The protests over Qurans burned at Bagram air base in Afghanistan show no signs of abating. At least four people have been killed and 20 injured in the second day of demonstrations. 
  3. Angelina Jolie Joins NewsBeast Summit: Next month, inspiring women leaders and activists from around the globe—including Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, Angelina Jolie, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Meryl Streep, Madeleine Albright, and many more—will convene in New York City for Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit.
  4. Obama to Unveil Corporate Tax Cut: President Obama is preparing to unveil a corporate-tax plan that would cut the rate businesses pay from 35 percent to 28 percent, senior administration officials tell The New York Times.   
  5. Santorum ‘Satan’ Comment Resurfaces: A comment Rick Santorum made four years ago may come back to haunt him during tomorrow night’s GOP debate in Arizona. A headline reading “Santorum’s Satan Warning” posted on the Drudge Report Tuesday morning is making the rounds in the media. “This is the spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you think [he] would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country—the United States of America.” 

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Photo: The Other Havana: Cuba Libre Photography by Michael Dweck (Michael Dweck Studios)

10:25 AM, February 16th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Feb 16th

  1. Congress Reaches Deal on Payroll TaxCongressional negotiators reached a deal on a $150 billion plan that will extend a payroll tax holiday for 10 months and unemployment benefits through the end of the year. 
  2. Karzai: Talks With Taliban Have Begun: “There have been contacts between the U.S. government and the Taliban, there have been contacts between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.
  3. U.N. to Hold Symbolic Syria Vote: A day after the Syrian president promised reform, his troops launched an attack on the cities of Deraa, Hama, injuring an estimated 50 people. The U.N. General Assembly will vote Thursday on the symbolic resolution condeming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown. 
  4. Santorum Releases Tax Documents: He’s no Mitt Romney when it comes to income, but presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been doing OK lately. The former senator from Pennsylvania released four years—more than any other candidate—of tax returns, covering 2007 to 2010. 
  5. OK Senate Passes Personhood Act: Oklahoma legislators moved a step closer to in their attempted to outlaw abortion on Wednesday as the state Senate passed the Personhood Act, 34-8. The bill now moves to the House where pro-life Republicans outnumber democrats two-to-one. 

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Photo: Backstage at Marchesa Fall/Winter 2012 by Kevin Tachman. Our article and more photos from the show.

10:14 AM, December 21st, 2011

Frontpage: Wednesday, Dec. 21

Photo: The National Menorah was lit for the first night of Hanukkah on the National Mall in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee / AP Photo)

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7:02 PM, December 16th, 2011


Picture of the DayClaire Felicie’s series of portraits of Marines before, during and after their tours of duty in Afghanistan are touching and powerful. Above are Jasper, Age 21 and Luke, Age 25. Visit her website to see more of her photography of Marines in Afghanistan, especially her series of portraits of them holding their lucky charms. Also check out the Lens Culture post on this series.


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Reblogged from The Political Notebook
3:25 PM, November 28th, 2011
There is a modern-day Silk Road, a transportation hub, that is coming together in Afghanistan.
Robert Dail, Supreme Group’s U.S.-based president, on the opportunities in Afghanistan for his contracting company. Supreme earned billions supplying food to troops in Afghanistan—but now in a case reminiscent of Halliburton’s Iraq scandal, the contractor is under investigation for overbilling taxpayers.
10:24 AM, August 5th, 2011



Daily Pic: A recent image of Afghanistan by photographer Omar Mullick, from a portfolio that just launched on the Foreign Policy Web site. Mullick is part of a journalistic team called Basetrack, many of whose photos are taken with the iPhone’s Hipstamatic special-effects filters. What’s so interesting in this series is that the filter Mullick chose makes photos of today’s Afghanistan look like images from fifty or even 100 years ago, mixing black and white and a hint of watery color.  I’m not sure you’d get away with such a collapsing of time in almost any other country. What I don’t know, is whether that’s because there’s a fundamental culture in Afghanistan that has stayed basically unchanged, or if we’ve bought into a Rudyard Kipling view of the place that we can’t jettison. Is Afghanistan static, or is it our vision that is? Can we afford any nostalgia in dealing with our mission there?

The Daily Pic, along with more global art news, can also be found on the  Art Beast page at thedailybeast.com.

Hipstamatic + Afghanistan = This. Hauntingly beautiful. 

Reblogged from Newsweek
12:52 PM, June 22nd, 2011
The mistake George W. Bush made was not in invading; any country would and should have retaliated for an act like the 9/11 attacks. The mistake was in doing it on the cheap, with only 12,000 troops to start. One still can’t say this in polite company in Washington without drawing a condescending stare from some oily sycophant of power, but it was obvious even in the fall of 2001 that Bush held back in Afghanistan so he’d have more fire power for Iraq.
Michael Tomasky reviews the U.S.’s history in Afghanistan, ahead of Obama’s speech tonight addressing the drawdown.
9:34 AM, April 25th, 2011
More than 450 prisoners have escaped from the main prison in Kandahar City after Taliban militants dug a tunnel into the compound. The Taliban dug the 1,000-foot long tunnel over five months. The majority of the escapees are Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders.
So incredible.

(Source: Yahoo!)

9:54 AM, March 28th, 2011
5:45 PM, March 24th, 2011
War is brutal, which is why there should be much less of it.
A commenter responds to our story about Jeremy Morlock, who pleaded guilty to murdering three Afghan civilians and faces up to 24 years in prison. The Army specialist was part of a “kill team,” and earlier this week Der Spiegel published a grisly photograph of him showing off a dead Afghan civilian like a hunting trophy.
10:30 AM, March 21st, 2011

The Haunting of Abu Ghraib

Der Spiegel has published three photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the corpses of their alleged victims. The unit calls itself a “kill team,” and twelve of the men are being charged in relation to the murders of three Afghan civilians. Can’t really bear to re-post the photos, whose impact Nato commanders say could be worse than Abu Ghraib.

(Source: Guardian)

1:46 PM, February 8th, 2011

Joao Silva, the 44-year-old New York Times photographer who lost both legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan, is walking again.

“The therapist fitted my legs and asked me if I’d like to walk,” Mr. Silva said. “So off I went. Must have walked up and down that ramp 20 times. Could not get enough of it.”


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