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  Steve @BeggingToDiffer
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Cold Fury
  Mike Hendrix
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  Jonathan H. Adler
  Lambert @Corrente
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Counterspin Central
Crooked Timber
  Kieran Healy
  Ted Barlow
cut on the bias
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Daily Kos
Dan Gillmor's eJournal
  Dan Gillmor
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Dean's World
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Editor and Publisher
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  Ken Layne
Kerry for President Press Room
Kesher Talk
  Judith Weiss
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  Steve Soto
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  Mark Kleiman
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MaxSpeak, You Listen!
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Michael J. Totten
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Not Geniuses
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Off the Kuff
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Oh, That Liberal Media
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One Hand Clapping
  Donald Sensing
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  David Adesnik
  Jesse Taylor
  Ezra Klein
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Peking Duck
  Richard TPD
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  Steve Bainbridge
  Dale Franks
  Jon Henke
  Cori Dauber
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  Jane Sutton
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  Gail Heriot
The Rittenhouse Review
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Sacramento Bee
  Mary Jacoby
  Eric Boehlert
San Francisco Chronicle
  Anna Badkhen
Seeing The Forest
  Dave Johnson
  Thomas Leavitt
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  Fred Kaplan
  Chris Suellentrop
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Southern Appeal
  Michael DeBow
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  Steve Gilliard
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Imperial President
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
The 2004 election is becoming a referendum on your right to hold the president accountable.
That's the upshot of tonight's speeches by Vice President Dick Cheney and Zell Miller, the Republican National Convention's keynote speaker.
Mathew Gross: Imperial President — This has made its way around the blogs today, but it warrants reposting for those who may have missed it.
McQ: I wandered over to Slate for some unearthly reason and ran across this screed by William Saletan.
Tom @Corrente: Wednesday was Disaster Night at the RNC — Boy, oh boy was last night a disaster for the RNC. It's up to Bush to save them.
Gary Farber: See Saletan here, here, here, here, and so on, for instance. All outstanding must-reads, 5 out of 5. More here. Go read it!
Allah: William Saletan of Slate notes the same parts and curiously overlooks Miller's line about questioning Democrats'...
Ezra Klein: I'm Not — Quoth Saletan: "The important thing is that the GOP is trying to quash criticism of the president simply because it's criticism of the president.
Also: Oliver Willis, Kevin Drum, Digby, Howard Kurtz, Michael Froomkin, Ogged @Unfogged, Bird Dog, Kevin Raybould, Atrios, Roger Ailes, James Joyner

'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Sept. 1
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
Guests: Zell Miller, Bob Taft, J.C. Watts, Jon Meacham
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Well, it was a hell of a speech by the vice president of the United States. It gathered speed.
Ann Althouse: And "fallout" is an especially good image if you take Chris Matthews seriously ("[I]t's as if somebody dropped the atom bomb on the Democratic Party").
Tbogg: From Hardball: MEACHAM: You made history tonight, because this was the first presidential—the first presidential...
Will Collier: Echoing a lame defense offered last night by Chris Matthews (and a frankly dishonest column by Slate's Fred Kaplan...
David Adesnik: (Transcript here, video here.) More importantly, TAPPED is probably right that Miller's temper-tantrum was a reaction to his embarrassing interview on Crossfire.
Josh Marshall: After all the grief Howard Dean got way back when, I'll be watching to see how much follow-on there will be after Miller...
Steve M.: You can watch video of the dust-up here or here, or scroll down here to read a transcript. Here are the three things that set Miller off: 1.
Also: Captain Ed, John Hawkins, Natasha @PacificViews, Betsy Newmark, Joe Gandelman

Feminists Compare Bush's 2000 Election Victory to 'Savage Rape'
  By / CNSNews   —   Permalink 
New York ( - A featured performer at a National Organization for Women rally accused President Bush of having "savagely raped " women "over and over" by allegedly stealing the 2000 presidential election.
Donald Sensing: And consider that, "A featured performer at a National Organization for Women rally accused President Bush of having...
Michael Totten: And here is another: "A featured performer at a National Organization for Women rally accused President Bush of having...
Sylvain Galineau: Especially the thoughtful, rational, moderate types. [snipped quote] Pandemic woman ? Catchy stuff. Works with that Lenny Kravitz song.
Baldilocks: What They're Holding — This woman certainly does have an active (and perverted) fantasy life: [snipped quote] Barf!
Vanderleun: Donna made her assertion of normality at a rally in which: Feminists Compare Bush's 2000 Election Victory to 'Savage...
Allah: Zell Miller, hatemonger. More. There's always more.
Also: Glenn Reynolds

Text of speech by Sen. Zell Miller
  Newsday   —   Permalink 
Text of speech by Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia as prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Republican National Convention:
Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren.
Michael Totten: Here is Matt on the speech by Democrat-in-name-only Zell Miller at the Republican National Convention: "I don't believe...
Jon Henke: Opinion seems split on Zell Miller's performance last night. Democrats: " Miller was abrasive, shrill and misleading!"
Joe Gandelman: It was a speech peppered with copious soundbites. You can read the full transcript here. But in the end will it matter?
Jeff Alworth: Zell Miller: "From John Kerry, they get a 'yes-no-maybe' bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Boogey-Zell — This post is for all the kids whose parents forgot to put them to bed before that scary ghost-man came on TV and yelled at everyone.
William J. Dyer: Occupiers versus liberators — During Sen. Zell Miller's keynote address Wednesday night at the Republican National...
Also: Stefan Sharkansky, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Dave Winer, James Joyner, Steve Soto, Jonah Goldberg, Mike Hendrix, Glenn Reynolds

Lies, Damned Lies, and Convention Speeches
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Half-truths and embellishments are one thing; they're common at political conventions, vital flourishes for a theatrical air. Lies are another thing, and last night's Republican convention was soaked in them.
In the case of Sen. Zell Miller's keynote address, "lies" might be too strong a word.
Richard TPD: That's how I felt as I read Fred Kaplan as he deconstructed, line by line, the prevarications and obscene excesses of Zell Miller and Dick Cheney as they spoke last night in NYC.
Jim D: A Gentle Reminder — And if I hear anyone ever impugn Kerry's defense voting record again, I will challenge you to a...
Ted Barlow: Mad as Zell — I've got to give today's MVP in debunking to Fred Kaplan at Slate.
Gary Farber: FRED KAPLAN, QUIT STEALING MY SUBJECT HEADERS. Lies, Damned Lies, and Convention Speeches (September 1st, 2004).
Kevin Drum: Fred Kaplan unspins the spin: [snipped quote] Nobody who makes a charge like this really cares about the facts, but you never know.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: UPDATE: For a substantive review of Kerry's defense record, see Snopes (via Christiana Dominguez) and Fred Kaplan.

GOP backs away from Miller's blast
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
After gauging the harsh reaction from Democrats and Republicans alike to Sen. Zell Miller's keynote address at the Republican National Convention, the Bush campaign — led by the first lady — backed away Thursday from Miller's savage attack on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, insisting that the estranged Democrat was speaking only for himself.
Jeralyn Merritt: After the massive criticism of Miller's attack on Kerry, they have disowned him.
Oliver Willis: GOP backs away from Miller's blast "After gauging the harsh reaction from Democrats and Republicans alike to Sen. Zell...
Steve Gilliard: But, but, mein fuhrer, I did what you asked me to do... GOP backs away from Miller's blast Democrat 'speaking for...
Mathew Gross: Via Oliver Willis comes this MSNBC report: [snipped quote] If you don't share that point of view (as Oliver points out), then why was he selected as the keynote speaker?

Kerry says Bush 'unfit to lead this nation'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
In Ohio, Democrat John Kerry responded strongly to what he called "the anger and distortion of the Republican convention."
"I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by...
Oliver Willis: Kerry To Bush: It's On, Biatch — From now until Nov. 2, don't let up.
Tom @Corrente: Kerry Awakens from his nap — [snipped quote] It's about damned time. Meanwhile, Zell Miller is now radioactive.
Taegan Goddard: The AP and Reuters note Kerry started early by releasing excerpts of a speech he'll give at midnight: "I'm not going to...
Orrin Judd: MORE: Here's a strange glimpse into the future, Kerry says Bush 'unfit to lead this nation' (AP, 9/02/04) "Fighting...

Interview With Senator Zell Miller; Analysis of the Third Night of the Republican National Convention
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Judy, speaking of Zell Miller, he is here with us. Zell Miller, who delivered the keynote speech. We want to talk to you later.
David Adesnik: More importantly, TAPPED is probably right that Miller's temper-tantrum was a reaction to his embarrassing interview on Crossfire.
Ken Layne: On "Crossfire" right now, they're talking about this Zell Miller interview from last night: "JEFF GREENFIELD, CNN...
Tom @Corrente: Zell Miller completely melted down on stage and the implosion continued on CNN and Hardball. It's up to W to save them, folks.
Neil Shah: He then proceeded to get hosed down by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jeff Grienfeld, who humbly and quite efficiently, did him dirty.
Josh Marshall: It's also worth glancing at this CNN interview that they did with Miller just after the speech, in which they pointed...
Atrios: Miller Time — His Burr moment on MSNBC (you can watch and read more about it here). And, CNN doing their job for once.
Also: Natasha @PacificViews

Bush: We fight not for pride, not for power, but because lives are at stake
  By / Independent   —   Permalink 
Portraying himself as a clear-minded and decisive leader, George Bush last night pledged that if elected for a second term, he would continue the fight against terrorists "not for pride, not for power," but to keep America and the world a safe place to live.
Charles Johnson: Back to the Future — Britain's Independent apparently has access to a time machine. (Hat tip: Quodlibetarian.)
Orrin Judd: Bush: We fight not for pride, not for power, but because lives are at stake (Rupert Cornwell, 03 September 2004, The...
Glenn Reynolds: Thanks to the wonder of Laphamization(tm) ABC and the Independent have already covered the event: [snipped quote] So there you are.

George W. Bush's missing year
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — Before there was Karl Rove, Lee Atwater or even James Baker, the Bush family's political guru was a gregarious newspaper owner and campaign consultant from Midland, Texas, named Jimmy Allison.
Skippy: awol's awol year no longer awol thanks to talkleft, we found this great salon piece about awol's missing year: "before...
James Martin Capozzola: QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Linda Allison on George W. Bush Linda Allison, wife of the late Jimmy Allison, the man who gave...
Richard TPD: This article is sure to make some waves through the blogosphere today. You have to watch a commercial, but it's worth the 30 seconds.
Kash: Also, today Salon has a piece based on an interview with a woman who knows a lot about Bush's "missing year" — i.e...
James Joyner: Salon obliges with a rehash of the story as well: George W. Bush's missing year.
Taegan Goddard: Widow's Story Contradicts Bush — Salon talks to an Alabama widow who "contradicts the Bush campaign's assertion that...
Also: Barbara O'Brien, Kevin Drum, Joe Gandelman, Harley, Susan Madrak, Oliver Willis, Josh Marshall, Atrios, Lambert @Corrente, Jeralyn Merritt

Eric Zorn's Notebook
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
Zell Miller's excellent talk-show adventures are here.
The in-box overflows today:
Jennifer C. —Don't you think that there is something uniquely immature about a "Shout-out?"
Kieran Healy: His language becomes high-flown in a way that would be ridiculous in ordinary circumstances; his gestures take on an...
Kevin Drum: ZELL MILLER ROUNDUP...Reaction to Zell Miller's temper tantrum last night has not been pretty: Eric Zorn has...
ArchPundit: The After Zell — Eric Zorn has the transcripts up of Zell's appearances on Hardball and CNN I saw both, the CNN was more damning in many ways.

Query about Freedom of Press Highlights Angry Chris Matthews-Zell Miller Debate
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Probably the most incendiary moment in all of the television coverage of the Republican National Convention so far occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday night, during a Chris Matthews interview with Senator Zell Miller on MSNBC, which started hot and then grew angry after a question about reporters and freedom the press.
Howard Kurtz: Editor & Publisher recounts the blow-by-blow: " 'You're hopeless,' Miller told Matthews, dead serious, speaking over a...
Orrin Judd: Query about Freedom of Press Highlights Angry Chris Matthews-Zell Miller Debate (Editor & Publisher, September 01,...
Joe Gandelman: FOOTNOTE: Miller later had a furious confrontation with MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews (whose ratings have GONE UP LATELY by the way).
John Cole: Is Everyone a Liar? Now the folks at Editor and Publisher are turning into lying sacks of s**t.
Betsy Newmark: Imus just reran the clip from Zell Miller's interview with Chris Matthews. Whoa, boy. That was great. I just loved it.
Judith Weiss: Previous Carnival of the Protestors entries here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. How geeky am I?
Also: Ken Layne, Oliver Willis, Allah

Text of Zell Miller's Speech at RNC
  AP   —   Permalink 
Text of speech by Democratic Sen. Zell Miller (news, bio, voting record) of Georgia as prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Republican National Convention:
Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren.
Clayton Cramer: Maybe I Should Have Watched The Convention Last Night — This speech by U.S. Senator Zell Miller (a Democrat, no less) is powerful even when you read it.
Michelle Malkin: IT'S MILLER TIME — Zell, Zell, Zell! 1) The whole speech. So many stirring lines.
Steve @BeggingToDiffer: ZELL MILLER BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE — If Bill Clinton's speech was the highlight of the DNC Convention, surely Zell...
Will Collier: Fact-Checking Snopes' Ass — Scott Ganz links to a article supposedly debunking John Kerry's votes against...
Deacon: The Vice President's attack was typical low-key Cheney. There's a logic to this approach.

Bush Leading America Into 'Snake Pit of Fascism,' Congressman Says
  By / CNSNews   —   Permalink 
New York ( - U.S. Rep. Major Owens, a New York Democrat, warned a crowd of feminist protesters that the Bush administration is taking America "into a snake pit of fascism."
Owens also said the Bush administration "spits on democracy" and is leading the country down a path reminiscent of "Nazi Germany."
Michael Totten: Here's one for you: "U.S. Rep. Major Owens, a New York Democrat, warned a crowd of feminist protesters that the Bush...
Glenn Reynolds: THEY SAID THAT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION would bring hate-spouting politicians to New York — and I guess they were right!

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
YESTERDAY, in front of the American Legion's Na tional Convention, John Kerry made his most disgraceful speech since he lied about atrocities to Congress three decades ago. By making promises he doesn't mean and can't keep, he tried to buy the votes of American veterans.
Glenn Reynolds: No, I think his measured approach was best. Meanwhile Ralph Peters reviews Kerry's American Legion speech.
McQ: Ralph Peters, in today's NY Post has one.
Stephen Green: The bits I snipped out were chock-full of evidence backing up each insult. Read the rest here.
Charles Johnson: Vets for Sale? I'll just quote the last line of Ralph Peters' new column about John Kerry's speech to the American...

Running Scared
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK—One of the most striking things about watching the Republican National Convention from inside Madison Square Garden has been the lack of enthusiasm among the delegates on the floor.
Captain Ed: That's how I know Chris actually attended the Republican convention; he's a nice guy and chatted us up for a few minutes while we waited.
James Joyner: Referendum on the Challenger? Chris Suellentrop makes a novel argument in his piece "Running Scared." The subtitle, "Guess what?
Ogged @Unfogged: Chris Suellentrop also notes the "my guy's not great, but your guy really sucks" response.
Matt Singer: The Parable of Ahnuld — Chris Suellentrop and Josh Marshall make similar points about the Republican convention.

Fox News Beats Broadcasters in Convention Coverage
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Fox News cable channel made a bit of television history by drawing more viewers than any of the Big Three broadcast networks on the opening night of major coverage of the Republican convention, according to figures issued on Wednesday.
Ace: Fox Ratings Slam — At some point, with FoxNews beating the broadcast networks and CNN now behind even MSNBC, the...
Jeff Jarvis: FoxNews, the home team : It's utterly unsurprising to me that FoxNews beat the big three networks with this coverage of the Republican convention.
Betsy Newmark: Fox News had scored a ratings victory by being the top-watched network for the convention, beating out the big three.
Orrin Judd: THE MAJORITARIAN CONVENTION: Fox News Beats Broadcasters in Convention Coverage (Reuters, 9/01/04) [snipped quote] These...
Glenn Reynolds: THIS seems like a moment of some significance: [snipped quote] I'm not sure exactly what it means, except that the old media folks have no business being complacent.

Remarks by Sen. Miller to the Republican National Convention
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The remarks by Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia at the Republican National Convention:
MILLER: Thank you very much. Thank you.
Since I last stood...
Gene @HarrysPlace: Miller told the Republicans: Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.
David Adesnik: ZELLING OUT: Sen. Miller is pathetic and dishonest.
James Joyner: Update: Transcript: Remarks by Sen. Zell Miller to the Republican National Convention (WaPo) Video: Zell Miller Update...
McQ: As Zell Miller said last night: "Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: Zell Miller, more than any other speaker, embodied this combative side, attacking John Kerry's infamous flip-flops and dovish stances.

Editor of Kuwaiti Daily: 'We are with President Bush'
  MEMRI   —   Permalink 
Today, Ahmad Al-Jarallah, editor of the Kuwaiti Daily Al-Siyassa and the Arab Times wrote an article in support of President Bush. The following is the article:
"We are with President Bush who has said, 'I am the man who makes history.' Who, other than President Bush, can launch a war against terrorism?
Sir George: Arab Times for Bush — The editor of the Arab Times has come out strongly for Bush. [snipped quote] Go read it.
Allah: S**t. Let's get it going tonight with an endorsement for Bush and a rave review of the convention from unlikely sources.

Text: President Bush's Acceptance Speech to the Republican National Convention
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The text of President George Bush's speech at the Republican National Convention:
AUDIENCE: Four more years. Four more years. Four more years.
BUSH: Thank you all.
Kash: I have been particularly interested in his proposals for domestic policy, since the US is currently facing a number of...
Daniel Drezner: With that awesome windup, feel free to comment on the convention and Bush's speech here.

Kerry playing to GOP view of his leadership
  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — Democrats were angered by what was said about their man, John Kerry, at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.
The Republicans dissected Kerry's record in the Senate and stressed a theme that is working for the GOP: Kerry has...
Dale Franks: Bad Politics — John Kass writes that Kerry's inept politics are playing right into the Republicans' hands.
James Joyner: Kerry playing to GOP view of his leadership (John Kass, Chicago Tribune) "Democrats were angered by what was said about...
McQ: As John Kass in the Chicago Trib points out: [snipped quote] And that's precisely the point.
Orrin Judd: LOUD SILENCE: Kerry playing to GOP view of his leadership (John Kass, September 2, 2004, Chicago Tribune) [snipped quote] Pundits keep assuming there is a defense he could make.

Kerry Says Republicans Distorted His Record
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK, Sept. 2 — John F. Kerry came out swinging Thursday night, denouncing the Republican convention for its "anger and distortion" and belittling Vice President Cheney for avoiding the military draft during the Vietnam era.
Joe Gandelman: John Kerry On The Counterattack — The suspense is over: John Kerry has launched a counterattack on the attacks on him made during the GOP convention.
Steve Soto: Kerry will give a withering speech himself attacking Cheney and others for their smears, finally pointing out that Cheney is a combat-dodging punk.

Video: Major Convention Speeches
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — The Grand Old Party's heaviest hitters pulled out all of the stops to make the case for the Bush-Cheney ticket this week in New York.
Now here's your chance to catch some of the biggest speeches from this year's Republican National Convention.
Joe Katzman: So here's the link to the Zell Miller speech on video, and here's a transcript - scroll down, it's past Banagor's...
Greyhawk: (Convention speech videos here. More here, but from Fox News, so they might be unbalanced.) Update 2: Dead tree version here.
Dean Esmay: If you just click right here, you can watch it yourself, unedited and uninterrupted. (Or, again, you can just read it here.)

Alarming Garden security breaches
  By / NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
On the eve of President Bush's address to the nation, the Daily News has uncovered alarming breaches in security at the Republican National Convention.
The News learned yesterday that delegates and guests were freely handing out unused passes.
Charles Johnson: Security Breaches at the Garden — The New York Daily News has a story about security breaches at Madison Square Garden.
Steve Gilliard: Alarming Garden security breaches Republicans in New York BY DAVID EPSTEIN DAILY NEWS WRITER [snipped quote] This...
Tbogg: If they can't secure their own convention, how can they secure the borders of our country?

Mysterious signals from 1000 light years away
  New Scientist   —   Permalink 
In February 2003, astronomers involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) pointed the massive radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, at around 200 sections of the sky.
Ken Layne: Yesterday, New Scientist reported that SETI scientists were excited about a batch of possibly artificial radio signals...
Tyler Cowen: The odds are small, but the expected value of this development is high. Here is more detailed information.
Simon @BOPNews: The SETI Signal images.jpgFor those who haven't caught the news, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has picked up an unusual signal.

Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Declaring that the nation's fundamental security was at stake in the presidential election, Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday that Senator John Kerry had repeatedly "made the wrong call" on critical foreign policy challenges and failed to appreciate the severity of the threat the nation faced after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Bird Dog: The New York Times showed its bias too clearly with this headline: "Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry".
James Joyner: Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry (NYT) "Declaring that the nation's fundamental security was at stake...
Mike Rappaport: With a story that has the following headline:"Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry" Update: The headline blackout continues.
Hindrocket: The lead article is by Adam Nagourney and Robin Toner.
William J. Dyer: Funniest line I've heard today: Scaring the children — From the NYT's coverage of Wednesday night's events at the RNC...

Mr. Bush and the Truth About Terror
  NYT   —   Permalink 
While Republican delegates have been meeting in New York City, terrorist bombs have been exploding in the rest of the world. The horrific pictures of victims on an Israeli bus and slain airplane and subway passengers, as well as of a school held hostage in Russia, are a stark reminder to Americans that terrorism is not all about us.
John Cole: Cohen knows this- the NY Times knows it, and everyone who is not selling their credibility to buy John Kerry an election knows that.
Ann Althouse: The NYT editorial page approves of President Bush's acknowledgement of the complexity in the idea of "winning the war on...

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
LAST night, Dick Che ney said that "Amer ica sees two John Kerry's" and that Kerry's "liveliest disagreement" is with himself. But that's not Kerry's biggest problem. His real conundrum is that his voters disagree with one another on almost every major foreign-policy and terrorism issue.
Wretchard: Form Follows Function — Dick Morris describes the divisions in Democratic Party platforms over national security issues in an NY Post article.
James Joyner: DEMS' DEADLY DIVIDE (Dick Morris, NY Post) [quote] LAST night, Dick Che ney said that "Amer ica sees two John Kerry's" and that Kerry's "liveliest disagreement" is with himself.[end quote]
Orrin Judd: MORE: DEMS' DEADLY DIVIDE (DICK MORRIS, September 2, 2004, NY Post) "In an incredibly striking contrast, Bush voters...

Syria May Face U.N. Resolution
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 — The United States and France introduced a Security Council resolution Wednesday demanding that 20,000 Syrian troops "withdraw without delay" from Lebanon and that Syria stop meddling in the country's November elections.
Gene @HarrysPlace: The Washington Post reports: The resolution reflects mounting frustration by Washington and Paris that Syria is seeking...
Glenn Reynolds: HMM. THIS IS INTERESTING: [snipped quote] Very interesting.
Bird Dog: Dogs and Cats Introducing a Resolution Together — From the Washington Post: [snipped quote] If Iraq were a former...

Guantanamo Farce
  LAT   —   Permalink 
The Bush administration is ignoring, if not defying outright, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that all terror suspects must be able to challenge their imprisonment. The opening round of detainee military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay last week resembled something between a Mel Brooks farce and the kangaroo courts of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
Digby: If he wants to see a circus, he should take a look at this sickening medieval sideshow: "The Bush administration is...
Barbara O'Brien: (LA Times editorial) "The Justice Department on Wednesday assailed its own legal strategy in the case that had brought its first courtroom victory in the war on terror.
Kevin Drum: But the LA Times has a powerful editorial today about the farcical Guantanamo tribunals currently underway by Supreme...

Cutups and Cutthroats
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
I always enjoy hearing about how a teenage Dick Cheney stood off to the side with buckets of water to put out Lynne's flaming batons.
But there was an even better moment during Claire Shipman's two-part "Good Morning America" interview at the Wyoming ranch this week.
Dan Gillmor: Faking It — Maureen Dowd (NY Times): Cutups and Cutthroats. It's always amusing to watch Republicans try to get down.
James Joyner: Cutups and Cutthroats (Maureen Dowd, NYT) "Republicans are political killers.
Susanna Cornett: Go read Seipp. Then go read Dowd today. See what I mean?

It's Miller Time!
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
WIN OR LOSE, one thing is certain about the election: When they debate, Dick Cheney is going to beat the holy heck out of John Edwards.
Even factoring in the high expectations for Cheney, the vice presidential debate will be a blowout.
Allah: Jonathan Last notes that parts of the speech were unfair to Kerry but thinks that the Republicans won't suffer for it because of Miller's nominal party affiliation.
Mike Hendrix: There are lies, and then there are "lies" — Jonathan Last says: [quote] ZELL MILLER, of course, passed "stern" exactly eight...[end quote]
Howard Kurtz: In the Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last relishes the imagined impact on journalists: "The first thought that crosses...
Robert Garcia Tagorda: It was a subtle attack in itself. At large: Jonathan Last described Cheney as "quietly devastating."

And the Madness of Crowds
  Reason   —   Permalink 
Get used to it, baby. Four more years. Oops, no, wrong: twelve. I forgot Cheney/Condi in '08
What—you scared of a decent stemwinder from a righteously angry man?
I'm sure it was much worse than what you would hear outside the building today.
Charles Johnson: Matt Welch: "Militaristic, Niedermeyer-Like" — Zell Miller's "snarling" speech really frightened Matt Welch.
Judith Weiss: Lileks on Miller, Cheney, and much more. Matt says Miller "frightened" him, and gets spanked by his commenters.
Dean Esmay: Then I read from a man I once respected, a Mr. Ken Layne, that this was a "spastic, sputtering speech by the furiously...

Explosions rock school at center of hostage standoff in southern Russia, smoke rises
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(09-02) 04:46 PDT BESLAN, Russia (AP) —
Two explosions rocked the area around a school where heavily armed militants, some strapped with bombs, were holed up for a second day Thursday with about 350 hostages including many children in southern Russia.
James Joyner: Explosions Rock Russian School — Explosions rock school at center of hostage standoff in southern Russia, smoke rises...
Jeff Quinton: Explosions at School in Hostage Standoff AP: "Two explosions rocked the area around a school where heavily armed...

Full text of remarks by Vice President Cheney
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
Mr. Chairman, delegates, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States.
I am honored by your confidence. And tonight I make this pledge: I will give this campaign all that I have, and together we will make George W. Bush president for another four years.
Jeff Alworth: (Dick Cheney: "Even in this post-9/11 period, Senator Kerry doesn't appear to understand how the world has changed.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: The other reason it was clever to have Miller speak at the GOP convention was that by playing the heavy (and Miller was...
Glenn Reynolds: I liked the hair joke. Text here. Ratherbiased has images of the protester who tried to disrupt things.
Joe Gandelman: Nonethess, that controversy faded as Cheney took center stage for a blunt speech which included points such as: "He...
Jonah Goldberg: CHENEY TEXT — Here it is.

The Friendly Spook
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
The world is much changed since Henry Stimson shut down the State Department's cryptanalysis branch and sniffed, "Gentlemen don't read other gentlemen's mail." But what about friends' mail—do we read it, too? That is, do nations spy on their allies?
Chris Nolan: As he well know, sitting in the Senate, military authorizations are up or down, "yes" or "no" votes, they're parceled...
Laura Rozen: . . Update III: Thanks to Slate's Fred Kaplan for the citation.

Floridians Brace for Monster Storm Frances
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
MIAMI (Reuters) - Nearly 1.2 million Floridians were urged to leave their homes on Thursday as massive and powerful Hurricane Frances roared toward the crowded southeast U.S. coast.
Nine Florida counties ordered evacuations from low-lying coastal areas and mobile homes that could be devastated by the storm.
Dan Gillmor: Nature's Worst — Satellite Photo of Hurricane FrancesReuters: Floridians Brace for Monster Storm Frances.
Glenn Reynolds: STILL MORE EVACUATIONS in Florida, ahead of Hurricane Frances. It's up to 1.2 million now.

TV swamps convention with blather
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
As President Bush's acceptance speech tonight closes the Republican convention and sends us full speed into the final electoral push, would it be too much to ask one tiny favor of TV's anchors, analysts and pundits?
Takling head: MSNBC's gabby Chris Matthews takes the phrase to heart.
Glenn Reynolds: INDEED: [snipped quote] Did I already say "Indeed?" UPDATE: Hardball with Harry Caray?
Captain Ed: USA Today Confirms My Matthews Diagnosis — CQ commenter FredRum points us to a USA Today article on the talking-head...

Republicans on a roll
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
THEY ARE skillfully shaping their message, massaging it speaker by energized speaker and transmitting it night by disciplined night. George W. Bush is a decisive leader. America is fighting terrorism post-9/11. The country salutes its troops.
Orrin Judd: THE GLOBE TURNS: Republicans on a roll (Joan Vennochi, September 2, 2004, Boston Globe) [snipped quote] Mr. Kerry is the...
James Joyner: Republicans on a roll (Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe) "Republicans know how to package their politics for mass consumption.

For Bush, a chance to tip the balance
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — George W. Bush stands at a fulcrum as he claims his party's presidential nomination today, with most polls showing he is supported by about half the country while the other half rues his policies on the economy and Iraq.
Hugh Hewitt: The Boston Globe comes close to saying that Bush can put Kerry away tonight, but I doubt it given that 60 days is forever in this era of sudden catastrophe.
Orrin Judd: MORE: For Bush, a chance to tip the balance (Peter S. Canellos, September 2, 2004, Boston Globe) "The polls, which have...

Lineup Change For Bush?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Despite his original intentions and the ridicule of opponents, George W. Bush will address the Republican convention tonight as a foreign policy president personally in charge of the nation's global destiny. His electoral fate depends on convincing voters that he can play that role successfully in a second term.
Lambert @Corrente: "Senator Santorum, the White House on line 1!" And the message is: "Come and get it!"
Aaron @LiquidList: Politics: Reality Check — Columnist Jim Hoagland makes a pretty good point in today's paper regarding uncertainty.

Large Blasts Heard Near Russian School
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
BESLAN, Russia — Two large blasts went off Thursday near a school in southern Russia, where militants were holding children and hundreds of others hostage.
The extremists were heavily armed — some had bombs strapped to their bodies — as they entered the second day of the standoff.
Hugh Hewitt: Democrat spin is that Zell was too "hot" —but against the backdrop of explosions at the Russian school where children...
Cori Dauber: OH DAMN IT — There's no way to tell what this means. But it can't be good.

Dennis Hastert on Dope
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
We live in dangerous times—more dangerous than you might imagine. Terrorists have marked the president of the United States for death. Heart disease has similar designs on the vice president, who's already had four heart attacks and goes into the hospital for angioplasty as frequently as some people take their cars to Jiffy Lube for oil changes.
Charles Kuffner: Thankfully, this Slate piece helped me figure it out - Hastert is apparently a stooge of Lyndon LaRouche.
Josh Marshall: Thank you, Jack. In Slate, Jack Shafer gives a nice run-down of Denny Hastert's low-rent smears of George Soros.
David Allan Pell: For a good example, take a look at the recent charges made by a foamy mouthed Dennis Hastert. Why isn't this guy keynoting?
Hesiod: WHITE PUNK ON DOPE: Jack Shafer picks up on Dennis Hasterts' strange belief in the crackpost theories of Lyndon Larouche.
Eugene Volokh: More on Soros, Hastert, and drugs: I mentioned this controversy in an earlier post; for where things stand now, I quote...

GOP Locks In on Theme, and Opens Fire on Kerry
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — It's the terrorism, stupid.
With their relentless, double-barreled attack on Democratic nominee John F. Kerry on Wednesday night, Vice President Dick Cheney and keynote speaker Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) reduced President Bush's case for...
James Joyner: GOP Locks In on Theme, and Opens Fire on Kerry (Ron Brownstein, LAT) "With their relentless, double-barreled attack on...
Orrin Judd: SADDAM'S TANNED, RESTED AND READY: GOP Locks In on Theme, and Opens Fire on Kerry (Ronald Brownstein, September 2, 2004,...

GOP Party Leaders Tout 'Bush Prosperity'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK, Sept. 1 — Republican Party leaders touted the advent of what they called a period of "Bush prosperity" Wednesday as their national gathering to promote President Bush and Vice President Cheney for a second term reconvened with a brief protest and scuffling on the convention floor.
Hindrocket: They Didn't Like It Either — The Washington Post's evaluation of last night's speeches is by John Harris.
Aaron @LiquidList: Politics: Undignified — I'm so tired of Zell Miller and the rest of the Republicans that I haven't watched any of the...
David Allan Pell: Speak Long and Prosper — Republican Party leaders took their eye off of the terrorism-only motif at the convention and...
James Joyner: Cheney Calls Kerry Unfit (WaPo) "Vice President Cheney reached back decades into John F. Kerry's life Wednesday night,...
Jonathan H. Adler: Senator Edwards said of tonights speeches, "There was a lot of hate coming from that podium tonight."
Steve Soto: Convention Notes: The Usual GOP Liars, Hypocrites, And Flip-Floppers — Here's some convention-related material for you:...

Remarks Made by Senator Zell Miller
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The following is the full text of remarks made by Senator Zell Miller, as prepared for delivery.
Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren.
Hugh Hewitt: Lileks gets it Into that void comes Zell Miller with a detailed take-down of Kerry's Senate record.
Orrin Judd: I GIVE 'EM THE TRUTH, IT ONLY SOUNDS LIKE ZELL: Remarks Made by Senator Zell Miller (9/01/04) "The following is the...
Steve Gilliard: His speech was as anti-democratic a speech as possible without wearing a brown shirt and carrying a Luger.

The Kerry campaign is asleep again
  By / MSNBC   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Here at the Republican National Convention, you can tell with each passing day just how formidable, disciplined and unabashedly deceptive the Bush campaign will be as it wages political war with John Kerry.
Howard Kurtz: Joe Trippi vents about Team Kerry: "As Howard Dean's campaign manager, I saw a front-running Kerry campaign literally...
Taegan Goddard: Trippi Sounds Wake Up Call — Joe Trippi see history repeating itself: "If the Dukakis campaign of 1988 taught Democrats...
Robert Garcia Tagorda: Joe Trippi, for instance, thinks that the Democrats need to "wake the hell up damn it!"
Glenn Reynolds: JOE TRIPPI HAS ADVICE FOR THE KERRY CAMPAIGN: "So wake the hell up, damn it!" I told you they should have hired him.

Krugman's Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
  NRO   —   Permalink 
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says he believes the United States needs a "mega-Watergate" scandal to uncover a far-reaching right-wing conspiracy, going back forty years, to gain control of the U.S. government and roll back civil rights.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: As if that is not bad enough, Paul Krugman is utterly in the Twilight Zone: [snipped quote] I really don't know what to say in response to this X-Files brand of thinking.
Dean Esmay: Mass Psychosis — Sadly, Bush Derangement Syndrome appears to be reaching epidemic proportions.
Ace: The Respectable Media Catches Up With Ace of Spades on Paul Krugman — Finally, someone with Wall Street-cred notices...
McQ: Per Byron York Krugman was at an event last night where he mapped out how all of this business with Bush is just the result of .... are you ready?
Stefan Beck: PostedNRO today landed a very satisfying one-two punch against the New York Times editorial page: a short piece by Byron...
Orrin Judd: DEMOCRATIC DERANGEMENT SYNDROME ACCELERATES: Krugman's Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Times columnist reveals his dark theories.

Rove: Kerry Tarnished Vietnam Veterans
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (AP) - White House strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday that Sen. John Kerry had tarnished the records of fellow Vietnam veterans with his anti-war protests, prompting a blistering response from the Democrat's campaign.
Gary Farber: Amygdala notes the bit other blogs don't. [snipped quote] No wonder he has such a reputation for canniness.
Steve M.: In the AP interview, Rove strongly denied that he is linked to the group. "Those guys ought to stop drinking from the swamp.
Ezra Klein: Nice: "White House strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday that Sen. John Kerry had tarnished the records of fellow Vietnam...
Joe Gandelman: Bush political guru Karl Rove blasted Kerry's anti-war protest record, saying it tarnished Vietnam veterans.
David Allan Pell: Arnold? Meanwhile, Karl Rove questioned whether John Kerry had tarnished the records of his fellow veterans.

No 10's silent support for Kerry
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
John Kerry supporters in America have been told by Peter Hain that Downing Street is hoping the Democratic candidate wins the US presidential election in November.
Mr Hain, who sits in the cabinet as Leader of the Commons, has been in the US on a near-private visit.
Digby: Coalition Of The ... Never Mind — Kos tells me that Blair and his socialist comrades are showing their true colors: [snipped quote] And long overdue it is, my friends.
Kos: Bush loses Blair — Tony Blair helped Bush wage his unecessary war, but that alliance appears to have ended.
DeLong: Of Course He Is: Tony Blair's Not an Idiot — From our friends and allies across the pond: "Guardian Unlimited | US...
Taegan Goddard: Well, if you believe The Guardian, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is one of those foreign leaders that want Sen. John Kerry to win the presidential election.
Mary @LeftCoaster: The party of Tony Blair publishes a magazine that shows they are firmly backing Blair's pal: [snipped quote] According to...
Ken Layne: It's gossip, but it's revealing gossip. I've been wondering about Tony Blair and how his government will recover.
Also: Andrew Sullivan

Transcript: Dick Cheney
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
The following are remarks by Vice President Dick Cheney as prepared for delivery on September 1 at the 2004 Republican National Convention:
Mr. Chairman, delegates, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States.
Steve Bainbridge: John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.Cheney:Senator Kerry...
Allah: UPDATE: Santorum's on now. This is where he wins Sullivan back! UWAU: Not especially rousing applause at the big marriage lines.

Ben Barnes to break silence on "60 Minutes"
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
The campaign battle over Vietnam War records is still raging, but President Bush may soon be the one answering uncomfortable questions about his past service. Ben Barnes, the former lieutenant governor of Texas, will finally break his silence and talk to the...
Kash: His remarks got very little press coverage, but now it appears that he will be featured on 60 Minutes next week, with more to say on the subject.
Joe Gandelman: Bush Is The Next Target Of Personality Politics 2004 — In this, the 1972 Vietnam-era Presidential campaign — I MEAN...
Lambert @Corrente: Bush Courage: So why doesn't Bush play tennis? Sometimes we forget this one: [snipped quote] It really is all about character, isn't it?
Barbara O'Brien: (Eric Boehlert, Salon) Also: Florida hurricane, Russian school in Chechnya still held hostage; Ahmed Chalabi escapes...
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Barnes Storming — The Ben Barnes interview is being covered nicely by other blogs, but I felt like calling...
Kos: Well, the story is about to go big time: [snipped quote] To be sure, this doesn't hurt Bush as much as we may wish, since...
Also: Taegan Goddard, Zoe Kentucky

Cheney, Miller Unleash Rage Against Kerry
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Vice President Dick Cheney unleashed a stinging attack on Sen. John Kerry Wednesday night, ridiculing him as a politician who has made a career out of changing his mind.
Susan Madrak: STAKE 'EM, BUFFY — Dick Cheney did not eat any babies tonight. That's too bad, because that would have been a hell of a show.
Steve Soto: It's just that some of his lies tonight were flat-out reprehensible, like the smear on national TV about the Kevlar vests, which Miller knows isn't true.

Cheney, Miller make case for Bush as protests continue outside convention
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - A Democratic keynoter at a Republican National Convention, Sen. Zell Miller accused leaders of his own party Wednesday of elevating partisan politics over national security and said Sen. John Kerry "wants to re-fight Tuesday's war" at a moment of peril for the country.
Greyhawk: The Miller Times — Military readers will spot the glaring error: "With two months remaining in a close election, and...
Glenn Reynolds: ZELL MILLER HAS BEEN LAPHAMED — his speech has already happened! At least in this story, even though it's time stamped 2:34 this afternoon.

U.S. Seeks to Dismiss Terror Convictions
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON Sept. 1, 2004 — In a dramatic reversal, the Justice Department acknowledges its original prosecution of a suspected terror cell in Detroit was filled with a "pattern of mistakes and oversights" that warrant the dismissal of the convictions.
Eugene Oregon: The Justice Department today "In its best light, the record would show that the prosecution committed a pattern of...
Clayton Cramer: The good news is that the Justice Department is saying this, and asked the judge for a retrial on lesser charges—and is...
William @SouthernAppeal: Government Seeks to Dismiss Terrorism Convictions — According to ABC News, the Justice Department acknowledges its...
Jeralyn Merritt: DOJ Asks for Dismissal of Detroit Terror Convictions — Bump and Update: As anticipated, the Government asked the Court...

Radicals and Squishes, United
  NRO   —   Permalink 
My affection for "moderates" is rekindled.
"And so what you really are seeing here is kind of a bait and switch. It's a bit of a fraud. I mean, I consider it a political cross-dressing of the kind that we haven't seen since J. Edgar Hoover.
Charles Molluzzo: A good article from Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online about Schwarzenegger's speech and uniting moderate and...
Michael DeBow: "Hate America First" Adam Wolfson has a strong column on NRO today: [snipped quote] While you're on NRO, read Jonah Goldberg's review of Gov. Schwarzenegger's speech.
Betsy Newmark: Jonah Goldberg says that the whole idea that the GOP is being dishonest by having moderates talk at their convention is silly.

Keyes takes jabs at his own party
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden, home of many prizefights and hockey brawls, seems a fitting venue for Alan Keyes to be meeting his fellow Republicans.
The candidate for U.S. Senate has miffed many members of the Illinois delegation by spending more time on national talk shows than schmoozing with them.
Joe Gandelman: Quote Of The Day: On Alan Keyes — John McCain: "Campaigning in North Middleton Township, Pa., with President Bush,...
McQ: Alan Keyes managed to destroy any vestage of credibility he had with me with this bit of nonsense: [snipped quote] That's not only stupid, but offensive.
Lucia @Amptoons: The Chicago Tribune describes this recent encounter between Illinois GOP party chairwoman Judy Barr Topinka and Alan...
Gary Farber: KEYES WATCH. Man, it's fun watching this loon bounce off the walls.
Max B. Sawicky: ON THE SPICE [blogging from home] I think all men of good will, and their womenfolk too, can agree that what we need, what we want at the RNC convention is more Alan Keyes.
Andrew Sullivan: KEYES VERSUS MARY: Alan Keyes calls Mary Cheney a "selfish hedonist" because she is a lesbian.

Remarks to the 86th Annual American Legion Convention
  Kerry for President Press Room   —   Permalink 
Nashville, TN - Eighty-five years ago, the American Legion was founded by and for our nation's veterans. As one of those veterans who benefited from your advocacy and as one of your members, I am honored to accept your invitation to be here today and proud of what the American Legion does every day to advance the ideals of America.
Steve M.: (Kerry really, really needs to do an ad about Bush flip-flops; his best defense against the attacks on his record is to...
Donald Sensing: I'd evaluate the speech (as-prepared text here) on delivery and content, recognizing that I only heard, not saw and heard.
Pie: Open thread — And the text of Kerry's speech today.
Gregory Djerejian: Fair and Valid Criticism; or a Case of 20-20 Hindsight? [snipped quote] — John Kerry, speaking yesterday. More soon.
Lambert @Corrente: Kerry: The case for the prosecution — Buried in Coronation hoopla, but I'll give Kerry the benefit and say he was practicing out of the limelight.
Oliver Willis: Here's John Kerry's speech: "So when the president says we have the same position on Iraq, I have to respectfully disagree.
Also: Mark Kleiman, Greg Ransom

Hundreds Held in Russian School; 8 Killed
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BELSAN, Russia (AP) - More than a dozen militants wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a southern Russian school in a region bordering Chechnya on Wednesday, taking hostage about 400 people - half of them children - and threatening to blow up the building if police storm it.
Orrin Judd: The Dick Cheney who spoke tonight is precisely the kind of guy who, if the terrorists took over the school your kid was...
Cori Dauber: The terrorists? ABC also notes that responsibility was taken by a group on a militant Muslim web site.
Joe Gandelman: The details, from the AP: "More than a dozen militants wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a southern Russian school in a...
Ace: Chechnyen Terrorists Threaten to Kill 200 Kids, 200 Adults at Russian School — An absolutely horrible situation with no good solution.

Deaths in Russia school attack
  CNN   —   Permalink 
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Four people were killed as armed attackers stormed a school in southern Russia and took at least 100 people hostage, Russian media said.
Children, parents and teachers were herded into the school as they gathered for a ceremony marking the first day of class.
Charles Johnson: CBS News calls them "militants" and "hostage takers." calls them a "group" of "attackers."
Gail Heriot: When I managed to get myself out of bed, I checked the CNN report, which also seems to studiously avoid using the term...
SK Bubba: Russia — While we're joking around and having a big political party to talk tough about terrorists, there is some seriously bad terrorism going on right now over in Russia.

Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
PHILADELPHIA - For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot.
The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city — probably atop lampposts.
Joe Gandelman: This real proposal means now everyone can get daily emails saying they need an "enlargement" (How did they KNOW that when they sent it to me?)
Jonah Goldberg: Philly is considering making the entire city a wireless hotspot. Brilliant.
Mathew Gross: Hot Philly Spot — Wow. [snipped quote] Now that's good government. And $10 milion is peanuts. And it'd be all Atrios, all the time, no?
Steve Gilliard: Philly may go wifi — Wireless card Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press...
Ace: Philadelphia Considers "Free Porn For All" — Ambitious City-Wide Free Wireless Broadband Internet System Promises to...
Ann Althouse: I see (via Drudge) that Philadelphia is considering making the whole city a WiFi zone. What an effective use of tax money.

Schwarzenegger is driven to succeed
  Sacramento Bee   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES — Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't old enough to drink liquor or vote.
But he already knew what he wanted to do and what it would take to become the world's best-known bodybuilder, a wealthy businessman and one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
James Joyner: Update (1934): The SacBee story cited by kos and Atrios gets the facts wrong, too. "Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't old enough to drink liquor or vote.
Kos: But he has been using the debate line everywhere else. Like here, and also here.
Atrios: But, the problem is that Arnold keeps telling this story. But, in any case, it's no surprise he and Bush get along.

Al-Jazeera TV brings GOP to the Arab world
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
New York — Out of a busy basement office across the street from the Republican National Convention center, an Arabic-language news channel helps shape the views of millions of people in the region that plays a key role in the presidential race: the volatile Middle East.
Glenn Reynolds: TROUBLING: [snipped quote] On the other hand, even if Americans aren't seeing much of the convention, at least a lot of Arabs will have seen Arnold's speech.
Bird Dog: Update: Al Jazeera covers the convention: "This week, its 16 reporters and staff will air 13 hours of broadcasts from...
Ed Cone: No peeking. Pencils down. Answers: Fake Real (via Romenesko)

Swift Boats and Double Standards
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Think you're getting unbiased, balanced coverage of politics? Or is there a double standard in the way the media treat Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives? My recent visit to the center of a media storm suggests there is. Consider this:
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Double Standard Bearer — Benjamin Ginsberg, the lawyer who resigned from the Bush-Cheney campaign because he...
Smash: Speech Will Out — BENJAMIN L. GINSBERG complains about media bias, in Wednesday's Washington Post.
Mike Hendrix: Fairly unbalanced — Ben Ginsberg has an important question: [snipped quote] Answer: because that won't help unseat George Bush.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: Benjamin Ginsberg Strikes Back — The prominent lawyer, who resigned last week from the Bush campaign, lays the wood to the media.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: DOUBLE STANDARDS INDEED — This article, by Ben Ginsburg, would evoke shame in the professional press corps, but I fear...
McQ: Secondly, those like McKay and the rest of the media insist they've done their job and found the Swift Boat Vets story...
Also: Greyhawk, Donald Sensing, The Big Trunk, Betsy Newmark, Stephen Green

Judgment Day
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one hell of a speech tonight. It's the best speech I've seen at either of this year's conventions. I bet he persuaded a lot of people who share some Republican attitudes but feel uncomfortable with the party's hard core—people like me—to think seriously about voting for President Bush.
Matt Singer: And the thing that gets me, and I'd love for someone to show me where I'm wrong, is that I'm angry at George W. Bush for...
Gary Farber: William Saletan has a sage response to Arnold's rhetoric. RTRS: 3.5 out of 5.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics/Media: Hanging From Their Own Rhetoric — William Saletan has another great piece on Slate this morning, after yesterday's Bush-as-coward smackdown.
Mark Kleiman: Read the whole thing.
Andrew Sullivan: SALETAN ON ARNOLD: I don't agree with his assessment of the Iraq war, but I do agree that Arnold's pitch to conservatives like me was insufficient.
Howard Kurtz: 'And that's what the Democrats should have called their convention.'" Slate's William Saletan is impressed, but only to...
Also: David Allan Pell

Godzilla vs. the 'Blogosphere'
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
With accredited bloggers at both conventions, this can fairly be called the first presidential election to be blogged. And that just might matter — though if it does, it will be as much because of big-media vices as it is of bloggers' virtues.
Ed Driscoll: Ed Makes The Wall Street Journal — A very big thanks to Glenn Reynolds, who mentioned me in his Wall Street Journal...
Ed Cone: Instapundit in the WSJ: Godzilla vs. the 'Blogosphere' Remember, the software is non-partisan and non-ideological, it can be used to cut in any direction.
Hindrocket: Boydot Hits the Big Time — Poor Jim Boyd is in the Wall Street Journal this morning.
Bruce Sanborn: Glenn has a variation of his article in the Wall St. Journal today. Mr. Boyd makes a cameo appearance.
Libertarian: BIASED BLOGGERS I suppose the impact of blogs on politics is an interesting subject to ponder, but why must InstaGlenn continue to blast big media bias?
McQ: Politically driven nonsense. UPDATE: Glen Reynolds also covers this in his WSJ article today.

Columbus swift boat vet angry about letter
  By / Billings Gazette   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS - Swift boat veteran Bob Anderson of Columbus is ticked.
It bothers him that Sen. John Kerry's swift boat history has become such a political hot potato. But he's even more irritated that his name was included - without his permission - on a letter used to discredit Kerry.
DeLong: "Columbus swift boat vet angry about letter - Swift boat veteran Bob Anderson of Columbus is ticked.
Jesse Taylor: You may want to knock one off the list, because he didn't actually sign the letter...or agree with its contents.
Susan Madrak: Looks like some of the names on that list attacking Kerry were added without their permission: "COLUMBUS - Swift boat veteran Bob Anderson of Columbus is ticked.
Thomas Leavitt: Thomas] Columbus swift boat vet angry about letter ...
Atrios: Swift Boat Liars — These are the people that George Bush, Sr. and Bob Dole support. What losers.

Schwarzenegger: No country more welcoming than the USA
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NEW YORK (CNN) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an immigrant, Tuesday night addressed the Republican National Convention where he spoke of the greatness of America. Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, is a former actor and body builder.
Max B. Sawicky: It's hard to recall a comparably superlative piece of right-wing demagoguery.
Bill Hobbs: An amazing speech from Arnold that reminds us all just how incredible America in providing opportunity to immigrants and hope and freedom to the oppressed around the world.
Jon Henke: Arnold said that it was his exposure to Nixon in the 1968 race with Hubert Humphrey that convinced him to be a Republican.
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Schwarzenegger transcript, here. ANOTHER UPDATE: Roger Simon didn't like any of it, even Arnold, but he reports...

Giuliani Charges Lack Context
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani made a number of specific attacks based on statements allegedly made by Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry in his speech to the Republican National Convention Monday night. But Giuliani's description of those comments often lacked context.
Steve M.: Via Atrios, I see that The Washington Post has found a few untruths among Rudy Giuliani's attacks on John Kerry Monday night.
Steve Gilliard: He's no better than Patrick Dorismond Giuliani Charges Lack Context By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer...
Atrios: WaPo: Giuliani Big liar — Cool. A bit of fact-checking.
Jeralyn Merritt: Giuliani: Out of Context — Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post analyzes Guliani's peech and its attacks on Kerry and finds them misleading because they were taken out of context.
Oliver @LiquidList: But I'm posting part of it anyway. Go check out all the damned lies here. Rudy's speech is just the horror that keeps on horrifying.
Rice Grad: This could have been written by the DNC as a press release: The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler analyzes Guiliani's charges that Kerry flipflops.

At Least 900 Arrested in City as Protesters Clash With Police
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A series of demonstrations rippled across Manhattan last night when protesters tried to converge on the Republican National Convention, as a day of planned civil disobedience erupted into clashes with police officers and led to the arrest of more than 900 people.
Brian Montopoli: At the New York Public Library, after one of two women who had tried to hang a protest banner was pinned to the ground,...
Steve M.: So I'm reading the New York Times story on yesterday's demonstrations in New York, and I'm listening to the local NPR...
Charles Johnson: Peace Activists Get Violent in NY — At Least 900 Arrested in City as Protesters Clash With Police.
Greyhawk: A First? New York: 900 protest-related arrests in NYC bring total to 1,460.

They knew how to win. Does John Kerry?
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Back before the Watergate break-in, Republican operatives had a name for their unique brand of below-the-belt campaign attacks: "rat f**king." Part character assassination, part collegiate pranks, the dirty tricks — conducted in utmost secrecy — were designed to throw Democrats off balance, create confusion, and tarnish reputations.
John Rosenberg: Francis Turner has a nice analysis of a rather astounding Salon article arguing that the way it has covered the Swiftees...
Oliver Willis: This is getting annoying. They knew how to win. Does John Kerry?
Dave Johnson: Salon, in They knew how to win.