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Geithner: Book bears ‘no resemblance’ to reality

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Monday that claims made in a new books “bear no resemblance” to what actually happened in the Obama administration. In “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, a picture of tension is painted between the president…

‘Birther’ authors sue Esquire magazine over parody

Joseph Farah, the editor of WorldNetDaily.com, and Jerome Corsi, author of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President, have filed a defamation lawsuit against Hearst, Esquire magazine and writer Mark Warren over a satirical article. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday, claims that an…

Religious satire wins big at the Tony awards

NEW YORK — Satirical musical “The Book of Mormon” and spectacular production “War Horse” were among big winners at an annual Tony Awards ceremony celebrating the best of American theater. “The Book of Mormon”, a satire about two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in Uganda, scooped nine…

Facebook refuses to run ‘Marijuana is Safer’ book advertisement

The social networking website Facebook has refused to run an advertisement for a book that compares the harms and legal status of marijuana and alcohol. The publisher of “Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?” hoped to use a Facebook ad to promote a special price…

French academic faces backlash after his satire compares Papa Smurf to Josef Stalin

PARIS – Just in time for Global Smurfs Day and a Smurfs movie in 3-D comes a little blue book from a French academic that has some fans of the sock-topped comic book characters seeing red. Antoine Bueno, who lectures at the high-brow Paris Institute of Political Studies, thought he…

US judge rejects deal for Google digital book plan

NEW YORK (AFP) – A US judge dealt a major setback to Google’s plans for a vast digital library and online bookstore, rejecting a settlement hammered out by the Internet giant with authors and publishers. US District Court Judge Denny Chin on Tuesday said in a ruling 13 months after…

US growth ‘modest to moderate’: Fed

WASHINGTON — The US economy expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” in the first months of this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, as it sounded a cautious tone on inflation and the housing market. As it gears up for a key policy meeting later this month, the Fed…

Issa fires spokesman for allegedly leaking reporter e-mails

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Tuesday fired a top spokesman who allegedly shared secret e-mail conversations with a reporter. Kurt Bardella is thought to have given New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, who was writing about book about Washington’s political culture, e-mails from his exchanges…

US book chain Borders files for bankruptcy

WASHINGTON — US bookstore chain Borders announced Wednesday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors so that it can reorganize and re-emerge as “a stronger and more vibrant book seller.” “It has become increasingly clear that in light of the environment of curtailed customer spending, our ongoing…

Anti-Assange book sparks WikiLeaks war of words

BERLIN – A war of words erupted on Thursday between WikiLeaks and a disgruntled former employee who published a tell-all book dishing the dirt on the whistle-blowing website and its founder Julian Assange. “Inside WikiLeaks” is billed as an account of Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s time as programmer and media spokesman for…

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