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Pentagon Curbs YouTube, MySpace

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Citing too much “recreational traffic” and an “operational security challenge,” The Pentagon is blocking sites such as YouTube and MySpace from its network, reports the New York Times. The decision inevitably will spark criticism that the military is trying to limit individual soldiers’ voices, as it did last month when it revised the military’s blogging policy.

Spin Cycle: Salon looks at how political operatives have taken advantage of the Web, dropping in opposition research to websites that normally would not merit mainstream media stories. Cited are John McCain’s singing “Bomb Iran” and, of course, John Edwards’ $400 haircuts.

Geldof Grouses: “Live Aid” and “Live 8” organizer Bob Geldof created a few waves over the weekend when he took aim at Live Earth, the July 7, 2007 concerts being set up to combat global warming. “I hope they’re a success,” De Volkskrant newspaper quoted Geldof as saying in an interview.

“But why is (Gore)
actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect?
Everybody’s known about that problem for years. We are all (expletive)
conscious of global warming,” he said.

Could there be some backstage politics at play? Geldof also said that the name sounds too much like Live 8 and “we’re getting lots of responses from people who think we are organizing it.”

Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch, newly converted to the global warming movement, has bought a hybrid car.

“Brokeback” Suit: A 12-year-old girl and her grandparents are suing the Chicago Board of Education after a substitute teacher showed “Brokeback Mountain” in class.

Bernard Gordon Dies:  Blacklisted writer Bernard Gordon,  who led the 1999 protest against  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honorary award to Elia Kazan,  died Friday at age 88. His credits included “The Thin Red Line” and “Battle of the Bulge,” but he wrote under an alias in the 1950s on such movies as “Hellcats of the Navy.”

Clinton Plus Two: Bill Clinton’s more active role in his wife’s campaign includes a recently released video, below..

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