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Stewart: NPR brought a tote bag to a knife fight with Fox

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is in Washington DC for the week leading up to his “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” But Monday night’s broadcast was overshadowed by the recent news that longtime analyst Juan Williams was fired by NPR for comments he made on Fox News about Muslims.…

US ups Pakistani military aid by $2 billion

US announces $2 billion in new military aid to Pakistan, urges stepped-up anti-terror fight The Obama administration on Friday laid out a five-year, $2 billion military aid package for Pakistan as it pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan. Secretary of…

Scared Romanian lawmakers let ‘witches’ win tax fight

Abracadabra, we’ll turn all of you into toads! That’s what Romanian senators may have been fearing when they rejected a proposal to tax witches and fortune tellers. Lawmakers Alin Popoviciu and Cristi Dugulescu of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party drafted a law where witches and fortune tellers would have to…

Petraeus: ‘Fight hard’ in Afghanistan but ‘be a good guest’

WASHINGTON — A new set of Afghan counterinsurgency guidelines issued by General David Petraeus includes the instruction to “be a good guest” but urges troops to “fight hard” and get tough on corruption. The three-page manifesto, dated July 27 and issued in Kabul, is a blueprint for the behavior of…

Obama to progressives: ‘Keep up the fight’

LAS VEGAS – President Barack Obama appeared in a surprise videotaped message at the Netroots Nation conference to thank the slew of progressive media and activists for helping advance a new agenda and urged them to “keep up the fight” ahead of the November elections. “Thanks,” he told the crowd…

Stewart: Networks preparing ‘summertime erection’ over Supreme Court fight

Stewart mocks Olbermann with over-the-top ‘special comment’

Update: Olbermann gives Stewart B- for smackdown The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took on MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Thursday night for what he dubbed as a devolution into petty name-calling — and offered his viewers a special comment of his own — replete with a dozen or so comical spectacles. “For…

Banks already finding ways around Obama financial reforms

‘If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have’: Obama On the same day that President Barack Obama announced an ambitious plan to reform the US financial system, bankers at the largest Wall Street institutions indicated that they are already finding ways around the proposed changes.…

Specter: ‘I am not persuaded’ to back Afghan escalation

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who defected to the Democratic Party earlier this year, released a statement Tuesday night opposing a troop increase in Afghanistan — in contrast to his former Republican allies, who embrace a surge. Here is the full text of Specter’s statement via Talking Points Memo. “I oppose…

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