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I’m discussing my new book, Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, all week at TPM Cafe. Others taking part in the conversation are Stephen Walt, professor of International Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, Sam Loewenberg, a freelance journalist specializing in the intersection of business and public policy, Ted Goldman, senior editor at Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation, and Jonathan Taplin, a seasoned blogger and professor at USC Annenberg, School for Communication. You can check it out here.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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