Double Take: Fox News Online Poll Shows 71% View Anti-Gay Marriage Proposition 8 as Unconstitutional

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Is it possible that even the center-right tilting viewing audience of Fox news programs is also open to significant upgrades of gay civil rights? That is what a surprising new, unscientific survey of a Fox web audience seems to be showing. With pleasure, I direct you to this interesting Fox News online poll in which at the time of this posting 300,499 votes had been cast. The poll poses the following issue and question: A federal judge ruled on Wednesday…

Bravo: Fareed Zakaria’s Ethical Stand on Mosque

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CNN show host and Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria has returned $10,000 and an award he was presented by the Anti-Defamation League in 2005 after ADL’s opposition to a mosque at the rebuilt World Trade Center site in New York. This is exceptional leadership on an important moral issue that I want to salute. We don’t see people of Fareed Zakaria’s stature taking stands that often as they tend to run from risk rather than embrace it. This from a…

Back to the Future: An Internationalism Some Republicans and Democrats Can Agree On

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Some Republicans and Democrats can get their heads together now and then. When I had the privilege of working for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) in the US Senate, I had just moved over from serving as founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center for Peace & Freedom, later renamed (thankfully) “The Nixon Center“. Senator Bingaman at the time, along with his chief of staff Patrick Von Bargen, were asking key questions about the structure of international trade and finance and…

News You Can’t Use: Tokyo’s Oldest Man Died Three Decades Ago

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This just in from my friends at UPI: ‘Oldest’ man actually died 32 years ago TOKYO, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A man thought to be Tokyo’s oldest resident at 111 years old actually died more than 30 years ago and was left to mummify in the family home, a report said. Officials discovered the body of Sogen Kato in a room in an apartment in the city’s Adachi Ward and believe his family may have kept his death quiet so…

Germany to Try Alleged Israeli Agent in Dubai Hamas Assassination

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(collection of photos from passports of individuals suspected in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh) This just in from CNN: — Alleged Israeli agent to be tried in Germany over charges relating to the murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai. G. John Ikenberry has written some of the most impressive work I have seen on how world powers — no matter how powerful — can see their power “bounded” by others in the international system. This seems to be happening…

White House Should Reverse Pentagon Ban on Michael Hastings Embeds

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While I’m not surprised that the Pentagon has barred Michael Hastings from a previously approved “embed”, they are not handling this well and are messing up again. The President and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates should intervene and order the Pentagon to invite Michael Hastings back into the embed fold. This from Mike Allen’s Playbook in Politico this morning: BULLETIN — Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone contributing editor who wrote “The Runaway General,” tells Mika [Brzezinski]: “Unfortunately, I recently received…

Mutual Assured Cuteness in US-Japan Relations (or the Pentagon has REALLY Gotten Too Big)

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America and Japan: the cutest military alliance in the whole world. Occasional blogger Gen Kanai sent me this fascinating note referencing a CNNGo post by Matt Alt about manga cartoon love and the US-Japan security relationship. From Gen Kanai: This is pretty amazing. For years, foreigners have tittered over the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ cuddly mascot character, Prince Pickles. But now the United States military has upped the ante by producing an entire manga-style comic book celebrating the strategic relationship between…

The Prop 8 Strike Down Explained

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The Bilerico Players have put together this slightly odd — but highly informative — animated exchange between a mocked-up Judge Vaughn Walker and a legal counsel supporting the anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8, which was Judge Walker struck down. Worth the seven minutes. — Steve Clemons