Bonds brings 'em out

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Guardian staffer Ben Hopfer checked out Barry Bonds pre-MLB All Star bout soiree at Roe Restaurant and Lounge on July 9. Where was Jay-Z? Who knows where the Jigga goes - anyhoo here's what Hopfer saw on the red carpet.

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The man of the hour and soon-to-be-world-record-holder for most home runs: Barry Bonds. Read more »

Summer interneat megamixxx - the octuple up

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By Robert Bergin

Summer is for trains, cowboys, Rock the Bells, the Simpsons Movie, Daft Punk at the Greek, getting dirty, Slint at Bimbo’s, children’s programming, and soccer. Read more »

Ed Jew's lawyer goes into ironic attack dog mode

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By Sarah Phelan

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In what could be the most ironic moment of the Ed Jew saga so far, Jew's attorney Steven Gruel is accusing the City Attorney's response to a recent public records disclosure request of being "woefully incomplete."

This from the attorney of the "D4" Supervisor, who still hasn't been able to prove that he actually lives in the district that he is supposed to be representing at City Hall.

Gruel's ironic accusation followed Jew's July 11 request that the City Attorney's off Read more »

This campaign money bill is nasty

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By Tim Redmond

Update on the :campaign-finance bill I mentioned a few days ago

This thing is pretty bad, and it's winging its way through Sacramento with very little opposition. Read more »

Storm the barricades with Rupa and the April Fishes

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By Todd Lavoie

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Last night I had the most peculiar dream. There I was, in Paris of all places, glug-glugging champagne from the boot of a Moulin Rouge can-can showgirl while a pair of elephants bejeweled with emeralds and rubies swaggered a slow bolero to the one-two-three/one-two-three of a rowdy accordionist grinding out hot-pepper triplets from the razor edge of a tightrope hung above. Read more »

CNN Vs. 'Sicko': Fact-checking Michael Moore is not a healthy thing to do on the air

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

CNN, whose correspondents have been lobbying softball questions to Bush administration spokespeople since the Iraq War began, decided to do a "fact check" of Moore's film 'Sicko' and then ask him some pointed questions when he appeared on CNN's Situation Room on July 9.

Moore was up to the test, and then turned the tables on Wolf Blitzer and Dr. Read more »

Migden: Clear Channel paid for the billboards

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By Tim Redmond

State Sen. Carole Migden just called me to answer the question I've been posing to her for a couple of weeks: Who paid for all those pro-Migden billboards?

Migden says it wasn't a secret donor; as far as she knows, Clear Channel, which owns the billboards, donated them, through the efforts of Michael Colbruno, a local Clear Channel exec who is a former Migden aide and remains close to the senator.

"My campaign paid for the printing," she said. Read more »

An attempt to wipe out local clean-money laws?

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By Tim Redmond

Calitics has this interesting report on a state bill (backed by both political parties) that could eviscertate loical campaign-finance laws.

No suprise, but still noteworthy

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By Tim Redmond

I'm impressed that Dr. Richard Carmona actually came out and said what everyone in Wsshington knew was going on -- that even doctors couldn't provide accurate and true information to the pubilc if it interfered with the Bush Administration's political agenda. The details are pretty stunning:

Carmona said he also ran afoul of politics on teen pregnancy prevention. Read more »

Harsh medicine

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By Tim Redmond

It hasn't gotten much press, but talk about harsh: China just executed the head of its food and drug agency for approving unsafe medicine. And over here, we can't even seem to put Scooter Libby in jail ....