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Why Robot-Human Marriages Are 'Inevitable'

It comes down to human rights, not robot rights: Gary Marchant

(Newser) - Being married to a robot could be pretty sweet: It could care for you, offer companionship, even have sex with you . Are we creeping you out yet? Well, you might as well get used to the idea. "The era of love and sex with robots has begun," writes... More »

Newspaper Calls Obama the 'N-Word' in Headline

WestView News did it ironically, but people still mad

(Newser) - A New York City community newspaper is taking heat today for running the headline "The N***er in the White House," but without the asterisks—with a column that's pro-Obama, the Daily News reports. James Collier's ironically headlined piece in the WestView News attacks what he calls... More »

NYT Rejects Banksy Rant on World Trade Center

Graffiti artist rails against 'vanilla' structure

(Newser) - Banksy's not a fan of One World Trade Center, which he calls "vanilla" and a "non-event" in a piece submitted to—and rejected by—the New York Times. "Remarkably for such a tall structure, One World Trade Center lacks any self-confidence," he notes. "It... More »

McCain: I'll Answer Putin's Op-Ed With Column in Russian Press

Pravda.ru says he 'is welcome' to publish his own opinion piece on its site

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin got to sound off against the US in a New York Times op-ep this week, so now a Russian news site is offering the same opportunity to John McCain. Joking about Putin's op-ed on CNN last week, McCain said, "I would love to have a commentary... More »

Putin's Op-Ed: Joke or Masterstroke?

Russian president's Syria piece riles up Human Rights Watch, others

(Newser) - If nothing else, Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed certainly got people talking. Here's what they're saying about it:
  • Human Rights Watch Associate Director Anna Neistat calls the piece "worrisome," mostly because of what Putin didn't say. He neglected to mention, for example, "
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Obama, Romney Face Off in Dueling CNN Op-Eds

Obama cites Hurricane Sandy, Romney wants 'fiscal sanity'

(Newser) - With just four days to go until the presidential election, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are squaring off one last time—in dueling op-eds on CNN 's website. Of course, at this late stage, neither candidate is revolutionizing their campaigns, but it is one of their last chances to... More »

America Needs to Lose the Fake Outrage

Bill Maher thinks it's time we lighten up and stop apologizing

(Newser) - When David Axelrod called Mitt Romney's Illinois ad push a “Mittzkrieg” this week, the Republican Jewish Coalition angrily demanded that the DNC rebuke him. “Because the message of 'Mittzkrieg' was clear: Kill all the Jews,” quips Bill Maher in a New York Times op-ed. Maher,... More »

Hey, America, Your Time Is Now: Bono

Obama's Nobel is world's way of saying it's ready to swoon

(Newser) - Conservatives sneered at European naivete and even liberals shrugged when Barack Obama won the Nobel, but for U2's Bono, "the virtual Obama is the real Obama, and the man might deserve the hype." The humanitarian rock star lays out the difficult tasks Obama faces, from religious extremism to... More »

Palin Op-Ed a Shallow Ploy for Policy Cred: Ambinder

The former governor does has not done the hard work to become a leading voice on health care

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s got “every right” to write an opinion piece on health care reform. But, plainly, she does not have the right to be an influential voice in the debate, writes Marc Ambinder for the Atlantic. Her piece contains unoriginal ideas—replacing Medicare with vouchers—and smacks of... More »

Biden: Recovery Act Is Working

Critics attacking 'pet programs' have 'misconstrued' the effort

(Newser) - Those who dismiss the Recovery Act as “being spent on pet programs” are wrong, writes the man tasked with administering it. Writing in a New York Times op-ed, VP Joe Biden contends that the stimulus has “brought us back from the precipice.” Two-thirds of it “goes... More »

Dowd Sorry for 'Plagiarizing' Liberal Blog

Says Josh Marshall passage came unattributed from a pal

(Newser) - Fans of Talking Points Memo did a doubletake when they got to a passage in Maureen Dowd's column yesterday on the timing of Bush use of torture; Josh Marshall had written the same thing—short of three words—three days back. Dowd has corrected her column online, and the New ... More »

Obama: Stimulus Critics 'Misguided'

(Newser) - President Obama goes to bat for his stimulus package today in an editorial in the Washington Post, calling it “more than a prescription for short-term spending—it’s a strategy for America’s long-term growth.” He says the criticisms of it are “misguided,” advocating “half-steps... More »

Handicapping the Race for Kristol's Times Slot

Ex-Bush speechwriter Frum heads pack that may include Noonan, Limbaugh

(Newser) - At the New York Times op-ed page, William Kristol is out; that leaves a spot open for another conservative to keep David Brooks company, writes Michael Calderone in Politico. Times editor Andy Rosenthal wouldn’t comment, but Calderone has guesses on a replacement:
  1. David Frum: The former Bush speechwriter and
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Silda Joins Hedge Fund, Eliot Mulls Book

Silda joins hedge fund; Eliot may write book

(Newser) - Silda Wall Spitzer, liberated from the constraints of being a politician's wife, has gone to work for a Manhattan hedge fund, New York magazine reports. A former corporate attorney, Silda will be recruiting investors for Metropolitan Capital Advisors, run by the wife of a long-time Spitzer friend and supporter. Meanwhile,... More »

Times Rejects McCain Op-Ed 'as Currently Written'

Editor wants piece to 'mirror' Obama's, contain new info; GOP sees politics

(Newser) - The New York Times has turned down John McCain's rebuttal to a recent Barack Obama op-ed on Iraq, telling the Republican’s campaign it isn’t “able to accept this piece as currently written.” A campaign insider tells Drudge that the Grey Lady simply doesn’t agree with... More »

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