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Chicago Sun Times
  Thomas H. Lipscomb
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  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chris C Mooney
  Chris Mooney
Christian Science Monitor
  Daniel B. Wood
The Claremont Institute
  Richard Reeb
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  Jonathan H. Adler
  Rich Lowry
  K. J. Lopez
  Shannen Coffin
  Tim Graham
  Jack Fowler
  John Podhoretz
  Riggsveda @Corrente
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The Counterterrorism Blog
  Andrew Cochran
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  Will Baude
Crooked Timber
  Ted @CrookedTimber
cut on the bias
  Susanna Cornett
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  Kos @DailyKos
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  Gerry @DalyThoughts
  Daniel Drezner
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  Steve Antler
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Ezra Klein
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  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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  Bill @INDCJournal
The Indepundit
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  Scott Elliott
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  David HaLevi
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  Garrett M. Graff
Michelle Malkin
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The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
National Review
  Randy Barnett
  Heather Mac Donald
New York Review of Books
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New York Sun
  Jacob Gershman
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  Clifford Krauss
  David D. Kirkpatrick
  Neil Macfarquhar
  David Brooks
  Thom Shanker
  Andrew C. Revkin
  Verne Gay
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  Steve M.
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  Tracey Lomrantz
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  Von @ObsidianWings
Oh, That Liberal Media
  Jim Miller
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  Oliver Willis
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  Peggy Noonan
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  James Joyner
  Jesse Taylor
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  Jayson @PoliPundit
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  Dale Franks
  Cori Dauber
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  Sadly, No!
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  Jan Haugland
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  Matthew Yglesias
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  Faiz @ThinkProgress
  Judd @ThinkProgress
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  Larry Elder
  Michelle Malkin
Unqualified Offerings
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  Marc @USSNeverdock
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  Orin Kerr
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  Laura Rozen
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  Lisa De Moraes
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Senate Approves Pryor for Appeals Court
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday approved former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor and Michigan nominees David McKeague and Richard Griffin for seats on the U.S. Appeals Court, completing an unprecedented run of long-delayed judicial confirmations.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: The Democratic rant against Judge Pryor went on further.
Scott Elliott: William Pryor has now been confirmed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jeralyn Merritt: William Pryor Confirmed as 11th Circuit Judge — The Senate today confirmed William Pryor as a Judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Captain Ed: William Pryor, who had already started serving on the court due to a recess appointment, won confirmation by a 53-45...
James Joyner: Senate Approves Pryor for Appeals Court (AP) [snipped quote] While this was a foregone conclusion after the Gang of 14's deal, it's a good outcome.
Steve Soto: Senate Confirms Pryor To Appeals Court — Well, the vote was a little closer this time, but this afternoon the Senate...
Also: Michael DeBow

A Fitting Place at Ground Zero
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Robert Bove - Brooklyn, N.Y.
My suggestion for Mr. Tofel and his supporters is to show some real courage and build their "International Freedom Center" in Damascus or Teheran. The effort might help him define freedom—and pronto.
Aaron Ammerman - Arlington, Va.
Forkum: In A Fitting Place at Ground Zero, Richard J. Tofel throws around a lot of quotes from Bush to Lincoln about "freedom"...
Barbara O'Brien: In a nutshell: The majority chose to build an International Freedom Center (IFC) to complement the memorial and serve as...
Charles Johnson: IFC Responds to Ground Zero Memorial Outrage — The president of the International Freedom Center, Richard Tofel, tries...
Jeff Jarvis: Using the innocents, continued : Following Debra Burlingame's devastating attack on the International Freedom Center's...
Kevin Aylward: Today the president of the International Freedom Center, Richard Tofel, responds.A year ago tomorrow, a new institution...
Michelle Malkin: BATTLE AT GROUND ZERO: THE IFC RESPONDS — Dick Tofel, president of the International Freedom Center, has a smooth piece...
Also: Steve Bainbridge

The Ninth Circuit's Revenge
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
The Ninth Circuit finally got its revenge on the Supreme Court justices who seemed to delight in reversing it. In Gonzales v. Raich, it gave the conservatives a choice: Uphold the Ninth Circuit's ruling favoring individuals engaged in the wholly intrastate...
Orin Kerr: Justice Kennedy's Vote in Raich: In his National Review piece on Raich, co-blogger Randy suggests that Justice Kennedy's...
Ann Althouse: Here's Randy Barnett's piece on the medical marijuana case.
Jan Haugland: Randy Barnett, who argued the medical marijuana case to the Supreme Court, praises Justices O'Connor and Thomas, and chides Justice Scalia as a "fair-weather federalist."
Randy Barnett: My column on Gonzales v. Raich, The Ninth Circuit's Revenge, is now up on National Review Online.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Professor Barnett has a Raich roundup article here that you should check out. Key passage: [snipped quote] Good questions.
Glenn Reynolds: RANDY BARNETT ON THE RAICH CASE: [snipped quote] As I've written elsewhere, stuff like this is why it's hard for me to...

Did Kerry really release Navy records?
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
A front page story in the Boston Globe claimed that: "Senator John F. Kerry, ending at least two years of refusal, has waived privacy restrictions and authorized the release of his full military and medical records." In another Globe story Kerry had promised "The truth in its entirety will come out."
Tom Maguire: Thomas Lipscomb of the Chicago Sun-Times digs into what ought not to be a mystery - just how did Kerry fill out his Form 180, and what records were released?
Dr. Steven Taylor: From the Chicago Sun-Times: Did Kerry really release Navy records? [quote] "There is nothing magic about signing a SF 180," said former Naval Judge Advocate General Mark Sullivan.[end quote]
JD @SouthernAppeal: Seems he signed his SF 180, but it's not like he's throwing open the records for all to see.
Captain Ed: Lipscomb reminds his readers that the SF-180 is not a magic bullet, and that the scope of release depends on how the...
Charles Johnson: Thomas Lipscomb looks at John F. Kerry's much-ballyhooed release of records—and discovers that like so much to do...
Joe Gandelman: So isn't it time to stop beating a dead donkey? And, hey you: has anyone told you yet that the primaries are over?
Also: Scott @PowerLine, PoliPundit

Canadian Court Chips Away at National Health Care
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TORONTO, June 9 - The Canadian Supreme Court struck down a Quebec law banning private medical insurance today, dealing an acute blow to the publicly financed national health care system.
Ezra Klein: So here's my chance. The Quebec courts were right to strike the law banning all forms of private insurance in the country.
James Joyner: Canadian Court Chips Away at National Health Care — Canadian Court Chips Away at National Health Care (NYT | RSS) [snipped quote] Interesting.
Matthew Yglesias: When I read that "Canadian Court Chips Away at National Health Care" I started getting pretty nervous and thanked my...
Jonathan H. Adler: I don't know much about the Canadian legal system (or health care policy), but this report makes it sound like a big deal.

Taft's office told in October about $225 million loss; e-mail from Conrad said firm overleveraged account
  By / Toledo Blade   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft's office learned seven months ago — not this week — that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had lost $225 million in a high-risk investment.
Ted @CrookedTimber: Then, when I saw that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had agreed to turn their long-bond fund into a...
Atrios: Resign — I don't know if the state of Ohio has an mechanism to remove a sitting governor, but I think it's about time for him to resign.
The Poorman: The power of positive thinking — Ted Barlow is guest-blogging here today, in the sense that I'm just stealing his whole post: The Party of YES!
Attaturk: For reknowned coin-investor, GOP-Money Man, Thomas Noe: They used to tell me I was building a dream Or so I read on the...
Jesse Taylor: He's a walking sack. [snipped quote] I suppose it's possible that he still maintained neuter status, and he just never read the e-mail, as his office contends.
Cookie Jill: "- toledo blade" but the gov claims he didn't find out about it until he read the newspaper...and he won't talk to anyone.

Analysts missed Chinese buildup
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
A highly classified intelligence report produced for the new director of national intelligence concludes that U.S. spy agencies failed to recognize several key military developments in China in the past decade, The Washington Times has learned.
John @PowerLine: They were talking about Bill Gertz's article in the Washington Times this morning about a classified intelligence report...
Orrin Judd: WHERE'S THE YELLOWCAKE (via Luciferous): Analysts missed Chinese buildup (Bill Gertz, June 9, 2005, THE WASHINGTON...
Larry Kudlow: Another Intel Failure — From the always excellent Bill Gertz of the Washington Times: according to a new report, US...
Glenn Reynolds: MORE INTELLIGENCE PROBLEMS: [snipped quote] "Excessive secrecy" on China's part?

Latest Confirmed Nominee Sees Slavery in Liberalism
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 8 - Janice Rogers Brown, the African-American daughter of Alabama sharecroppers who was confirmed Wednesday to the federal appeals court here, often invokes slavery in describing what she sees as the perils of liberalism.
Jesse Taylor: Reading the belated Janice Rogers Brown profile in today's New York Times, and this passage struck me: "Her family was...
Barbara O'Brien: , David Kirkpatrick writes in the New York Times, "Latest Confirmed Nominee Sees Slavery in Liberalism.
Orrin Judd: ORDINARY EXTREMIST: Latest Confirmed Nominee Sees Slavery in Liberalism (DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, 6/09/05, NY Times)
Steve M.: And we learn that whereas Howard Dean apparently went beyond the pale when he called the GOP "pretty much a white...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Janice Rogers Brown — The NYT has a write-up of newly confirmed Appeals Court Judge, Janice Rogers Brown: Latest Confirmed Nominee Sees Slavery in Liberalism.
Mike Rappaport: Janice Rogers Brown — The New York Times attacks Janice Rogers Brown in a portrait of her judging and life, but the article just makes me like her all the more.
Also: Lindsay Beyerstein

Senate Confirms William Pryor
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
For the third time in 15 days, the Senate confirmed a conservative appellate court nominee who had long been stymied by Democratic filibusters, giving President Bush another victory today from a bipartisan accord that averted a partisan showdown.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Pryor's confirmation although certain as ordained by the previous filibuster compromise (agreed to by the 7 dwarves x 2)...
Nathan Hallford: MSM Coverage: You can read about Judge Pryor's confirmation in both the Washington Post and New York Times.
Paul @PowerLine: This one is sweet too — The Senate has confirmed William Pryor by a vote of 53-45. Three Republicans defected — Senators Collins, Snowe, and Chafee.

Whose Asian Century?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
China prepares to head a great manufacturing empire. But empires unravel, usually from within. The forces that will determine which nations will dominate the 21st century may yet favor India's emerging reach for global power status more than China's determined grasp for that prize.
DJ Drummond: Mr. Hoagland's article, titled "Whose Asian Century?", examines the race between China and India for economic dominance in Asia.
Dale Franks: But, as Jim Hoagland writes in the Washington Post today, some of our assumptions about the Asian Century may be wrong.
Ezra Klein: Anyway, read the op-ed, it's thought provoking stuff.
Rich Lowry: INDIA, NOT CHINA... ....might be Asia's rising power, according to Jim Hoagland.

Bush lied about war? Nope, no news there!
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Halfway through Sunday's "Meet the Press," host Tim Russert, interviewing Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, asked about a secret, top-level British government memorandum.
Norbizness: Damn not-straight: "The fact that it took five weeks for more than a handful of Washington reporters to focus on the...
Atrios: Famous — This is pretty stunning: The memo was leaked this year to the Times of London, which printed it on May 1.
Jeralyn Merritt: Eric Boehlert asks what took so long in bringing the Downing Street Memo to the media's attention? [snipped quote] [link via Atrios.
Billmon: Downing Street Redux — Eric Boehlert at Salon does a more thorough and concise job than I did of flaying the corporate...
Echidne: More on the Downing Street Memo — The Salon has a good article on the idiotic situation we find ourselves in right now...

DoD assumes responsibility for releasing recruiting stats
  By / Army Times   —   Permalink 
The Army and Marine Corps, as they struggle with recruiting shortfalls, will no longer announce their monthly recruiting numbers at the beginning of each month.
Instead, the Defense Department will approve the release of recruiting statistics for all four services.
Von @ObsidianWings: Fortunately, the Department of Defense has a solution: It's going to stop releasing recruitment figures.
Kos @DailyKos: You stop reporting them until the Pentagon can massage the numbers.
John Cole: Last night, it was reported that the Army is going to miss its recruiting goals for the fourth month in a row, this time...
Zoe Kentucky: I Feel a Draft — This is not good. [snipped quote] That's the answer to the problem of too-low recruitment numbers— be able to sit on the numbers or just stop talking about them.

Reid: No documents, no Bolton
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Democrats will not allow a vote on President Bush's choice for U.N. ambassador unless the White House hands over records of communications intercepts Bolton sought from the secretive National Security Agency, Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
Avian @DailyKos: CNN is reporting that Minority Senate Leader Harry Reid has issued an ultimatum to President Bush: Produce the documents we requested, or no Bolton.
Taegan Goddard: The ball is in his court," Reid, told CNN. "If they want John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, give us this information.

No to Hillary
  By /   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES — Back east, well-placed Democrats have agreed that the party's 2008 nomination is all wrapped up better than three years in advance. They say that the prize is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's for the asking, and that she is sure to ask.
Betsy Newmark: Robert Novak says that there are those Democrats on the west coast who oppose the seeming coronation of Hillary Clinton as the 2008 nominee.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: An Excerpt from Novak: [snipped quote] While all this sounds good, I think that when push comes to shove, these Californians will be waving the Hillary banner long and hard.
Orrin Judd: THE NORTH ATLANTIC PARTY: No to Hillary (Robert Novak, June 9, 2005, Townhall) [snipped quote] And John McCain could certainly beat her in CA.
TheAnchoress: UPDATE: Bob Novak takes a random sampling and suggests Hillary does not have it all sewn up in Collyfornia.
Michelle Malkin: NOVAK: THE HILLARY '08 EXPRESS HITS A BUMP IN THE ROAD — Bob Novak visits California and finds "surprising and...

Democratic leaders stand up for Dean
  Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A round of criticism from fellow Democrats and major donors about Howard Dean's four-month tenure as Democratic National Committee chairman has prompted Senate leaders to rise to his defense at a public event planned for today.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Now it appears that because the division is beginning to occur in a public way, The Democratic Party is going to show a pseudo show of unity that frankly no one is buying.
Barbara O'Brien: I 'spect the Dems might find out the Beast has lost some teeth. Update: "Democratic Leaders Stand Up for Dean."
Orrin Judd: DOCTOR DEMENTO ROCKS ON: Democratic leaders stand up for Dean: Anti-GOP rhetoric brought criticism (Nina J. Easton and...
Hugh Hewitt: From the Boston Globe's reporting: "Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, blasted Dean for the same remark in a speech on the Senate floor.
Avedon Carol: Democratic leaders stand up for Dean: A round of criticism from fellow Democrats and major donors about Howard Dean's...
Taegan Goddard: Democratic Leaders Will Stand Up for Dean — The recent round of criticism from fellow Democrats "about Howard Dean's...
Also: Chris Andersen, Pudentilla, Kathryn Jean Lopez

Nerds make better lovers
  By / NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Ready for a real relationship? Ditch the pretty boys and grab yourself a geek
Christina Aguilera recently traded in piercings for petticoats, apparently making the usual Marilyn Monroe morph.
You see, Aguilera's fiance, like Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, is kind of a geek.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: HOPE — This is the most delightful thing that I have read in a long time. For obvious reasons: [snipped quote] Have I mentioned that I am a tremendous geek?
Glenn Reynolds: NERDS MAKE BETTER LOVERS? Well, duh.

US arrests renew terror concerns
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES - The arrest this week of two rural California men, after one acknowledged he attended an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan to "learn to kill Americans," has revived questions about the hidden presence of potential terrorists on the home front.
Joe Gandelman: As The Christian Science Monitor puts it: "The arrest this week of two rural California men, after one acknowledged he...
Smash: This is the question that every American should be asking, the day after five men were detained and questioned as part...

Militants Display Pictures of Torn Qurans
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
JERUSALEM - The militant Islamic Jihad on Wednesday presented pictures of torn copies of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, claimed they were taken inside an Israeli prison and said soldiers were responsible for the desecration.
They show two Qurans with torn pages.
John @PowerLine: It worked for the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, so now Palestinian prisoners are claiming that Israeli soldiers...
Christopher Kanis: Israel accused of desecrating Korans — Militants Display Pictures of Torn Qurans "The militant Islamic Jihad on...
K. J. Lopez: THE LIKES OF HAMAS have definitely made it hard for me to get too outraged over this.
Jan Haugland: Terrorists allege Israeli 'Quran abuse' — The US media's self-flagellation over alleged "Quran abuse" has given terrorists a brand new propaganda weapon against Israel.
Steve Antler: Yet another Israeli atrocity... This was done just before the prisoners' blood was drained so they could make matzos for next Passover.

Transcript: President Bush on 'Your World'
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," June 8, 2005, that was edited for clarity.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Mr. President, welcome to FOX. It's great to have you.
Ace: Here's the entire exchange from his interview with Cavuto: [Additional comments by Dave at Garfield Ridge] "CAVUTO:...
Jeffrey Dubner: Here's what Bush said: [snipped quote] It takes some pretty wishful thinking to turn this into the headline, "Bush considers closing Guantanamo prison."
Cookie Jill: quote of the day — [snipped quote] - george bush to neil cavuto on faux news.
Michelle Malkin: Here is the full transcript. This is the relevant portion (with a few of my comments in brackets): [snipped quote] Ugh.
Andrew Sullivan: BUSH SUCK-UP WATCH: Neil Cavuto seems to have conducted this interview with knee-pads on.

Dean focusing on Democrats' agenda despite flap over comments
  AFP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former presidential contender Howard Dean insisted he is focused on advancing his Democratic Party's political agenda, despite a firestorm over his recent incendiary, anti-Republican comments.
That is the business of these senators and that's what I'm here to help.
Kevin Aylward: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defending DNC Chairman Howard Dean moments after disassociating herself from his recent dimwittery.
Ace: Pelosi on Dean [John from WuzzaDem] Let me start by apologizing for that mental image.. Moving on: According to to House...

The boyo bellows on
  Steyn Online   —   Permalink 
Tom Jones turned 65 on June 7th 2005 and there were celebrations across Wales and beyond. Here's what I wrote in The Sunday Telegraph and The National Post about old indestructible pants for his 60th birthday - and amazingly, five years on, Tom's pretty much carrying on as usual:
Michael DeBow: Tom Jones turned 65 this week, prompting Mark Steyn to post the column he wrote in 2000 on the occasion of the singer's 60th birthday.
LeanLeft: Mark Steyn has a hilarious piece (recycled from the same occasion 5 years ago) on Tom Jones's 65th (!) birthday, this week.

The Media's False Modesty
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
You gotta admire the liberal media's modesty. For the last three years, it has been promoting the story that the Bush administration has a policy of torturing terror detainees.
Ed Driscoll: Today, Heather MacDonald explains how that echo chamber works: [snipped quote] Read the rest; MacDonald believes the...
Glenn Reynolds: FALSE MODESTY? Well, the real kind is out of the question.

CNN's Designated Sitter: Bob Costas To Be Larry King's Regular Guest Host
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Bob Costas will become the regular substitute host on CNN's "Larry King Live," the cable news network announced yesterday.
Expect to see Costas filling in about 20 times a year on the prime-time show; his first appearance is scheduled for Sunday.
Hugh Hewitt: CNN announced today that it had inked Costas today as Larry King's regular replacement. Great choice for CNN, another missed opportunity for CBS.
Brian Stelter: Bob Costas On Larry King: Sunday — Making Bob Costas a regular guest host for Larry King was HBO's idea, CNN/U.S. prez Jon Klein tells Lisa de Moraes.
Chris Lawrence: Finally, a reason to watch CNN again — Today's Washington Post reports that Bob Costas will be Larry King's permanent...
Jim Romenesko: Costas to fill in for CNN's King about 20 times a year — Washington Post Both Bob Costas and CNN/U.S. chief Jonathan...

2005 EPpy Award Winners Announced in New Orleans
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW ORLEANS The 2005 EPpy Award winners are:
Finalists:, Get Out!
Winner: (WTOP Radio, Washington, D.C.)
Kevin Roderick: • The Orange County Register won an EPpy Award from Editor & Publisher for the best Internet community service effort by a media outlet with less than one million circulation.
Jim Romenesko: Check out the winners of the 2005 EPpy Awards — Editor & Publisher won for Best Overall...

Deficit Is Arriving Under Forecasts
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
The White House, which hasn't had much good news since President Bush's second term began, is about to start spreading some: This year's deficit is coming in lower than anticipated, thanks to the economic recovery and higher-than-expected tax receipts.
Daniel Drezner: That moment came to my head when I read this Jackie Calmes report in the Wall Street Journal that this year's budget...
Orrin Judd: BRING THE TROOPS HOME AND WE HEAD BACK INTO SURPLUS: Deficit Is Arriving Under Forecasts Good News for White House...
Ezra Klein: The Incredible Shrinking Deficit — On the subject of government revenues, it looks like this year's deficit won't be as...

President Discusses Patriot Act
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Thank you. Please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome. It's great to be back in Columbus, Ohio. I remind people that my grandfather was raised here in Columbus, Ohio.
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Bush Hyping Patriot Act Claims — Today, President Bush took to the stump to call for the renewal of the Patriot Act.
David Corn: Appearing before the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy today, George W. Bush gave a speech lauding the Patriot Act and calling for its extension and expansion.

Dean takes fire from Republicans, won't back down
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Party boss Howard Dean, under fire for blunt comments about Republicans, refused to back down on Wednesday and said Republican critics were trying to divert attention from their own failures.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Dean has decided to defend himself against against Republicans by saying, "Republican critics were trying to divert attention from their own failures."
Riggsveda @Corrente: Elsewhere, Howard Dean defends himself yet again from charges that he's being outrageous, after having made the absurd...
Echidne: This is because Dean called the Republican party a party for white Christians. He was using euphemisms, of course.

Lawmaker's Book Warns of Iran
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), whose flair for drama has included lugging around a replica of a suitcase-size nuclear bomb, alleges in a new book that Iran is hiding Osama bin Laden, is preparing terrorist attacks against the United States, has a crash program to...
Laura Rozen: As you may have read today in the Washington Post, Congressman Curt Weldon (R-Pa) has a new book out on the Iranian...
Taegan Goddard: Congressman's Book Warns About Iran — Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) "alleges in a new book that Iran is hiding Osama bin...
Ezra Klein: Congressman Curt Wheldon, who just published a book alleging that Iran is hiding Osama bin-Laden, building a nuke, and directing the insurgency in Iraq, is one of these.

Was It Worth It?
  By / Newsweek   —   Permalink 
June 8 - I'm sitting here with a gloomy letter from Iraq, written by a high-ranking officer I cannot name in a branch of service I cannot name in a part of the country I cannot name. But trust me, because I trust him.
John Cole: The War On The Media — Hugh Hewitt, self-annointed Minister of Information, is back at it today: "Howard Fineman's...
Hugh Hewitt: Howard Fineman's MSNBC column, "Was It Worth It?", underscores how difficult it is for the United States to succeed in...
Dirty Harry: More Wishful Thinking From Newsweek — Newsweek's Howard Fineman (which he is not): [snipped quote] What do you know,...

The Secret Way to War
  By / New York Review of Books   —   Permalink 
It was October 16, 2002, and the United States Congress had just voted to authorize the President to go to war against Iraq. When George W. Bush came before members of his Cabinet and Congress gathered in the East Room of the White House and addressed the...
Zoe Kentucky: Thanks to the New York Review of Books, we now have any idea of what Downing Street Memo talking points should sound like.
Tim Dunlop: But this needs a bit of spelling out and Mark Danner does a very good job of explaining what the memo reveals: "What...

Poll: Support Seen for Patriot Act Extension
  By / ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
June 9, 2005 — Against a backdrop of heightened public concern about government intrusions, six in 10 Americans favor extending the Patriot Act, but majorities oppose expanding it by adding new FBI powers to issue subpoenas and access U.S. mail.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Poll: Support Seen for Patriot Act Extension — ABC News just released a few of the questions and results from their recent poll that had been held for future release.
Shannen Coffin: An ABC-Washington Post poll shows that a near filibuster proof majority of Americans (59%) favor extending the PATRIOT...

Front-Runner for Public Broadcast Agency Job Is Former GOP Chair
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A former co-chairman of the Republican National Committee is the leading candidate to take over the agency that funds public broadcasting, sparking new concerns among broadcasters about conservative influence over National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Service programming.
Joe Gandelman: Depoliticizing Public Broadcasting By Politicizing It — It looks like the White House is getting ready to throw down...
Jim Romenesko: Ex-GOP chair considered for public broadcasting's top job — Washington Post Former Republican National Committee...
Tim Graham: 3. Paul Farhi again writes up PBS insider heartburn over a top CPB job going to former RNC co-chair Patricia Harrison.

Helms mea culpa on AIDS, not integration
  AP   —   Permalink 
RALEIGH, N.C. - In his upcoming memoir, former Sen. Jesse Helms acknowledges he was wrong about the AIDS epidemic but believes integration was forced before its time by "outside agitators who had their own agendas."
Oliver Willis: Helms mea culpa on AIDS, not integration "We will never know how integration might have been achieved in neighborhoods...
Captain Ed: Now Helms will publish his memoirs, "Here's Where I Stand," intending on setting the record straight.

Special report: The Churchill files The charge: Misrepresentation
  By / Rocky Mountain News   —   Permalink 
Eleven-year-old Joshua Tyner was hiding in a tree near his family's backwoods Georgia home when marauding Indians shot him and he fell dead to the ground.
That's how the old family legend goes.
So much for old family legends.
Clayton Cramer: This article in the Rocky Mountain News does a spectacular job of demonstrating that Churchill's claims about being...
Glenn Reynolds: MORE ON WARD CHURCHILL from the Rocky Mountain News.

Will Canada's socialized medicine kill a hero?
  By / Jewish World Review   —   Permalink 
Baruch Tegegne, the man credited with rescuing hundreds if not thousands of his fellow Ethiopian Jews from famine and death, is now in a fight for his own life.
Cookie Jill: the article the right is all abuzz about they label this story a cautionary tale of "hillary care" but the cautionary...
Scott @PowerLine: Saving Baruch Tegegne — The editor in chief of Jewish World Review draws our attention to a story that ends with a St. Paul twist: "Will Canada's socialized medicine kill a hero?"
Michelle Malkin: THE NIGHTMARE OF HILLARYCARE — Two cautionary tales: -David HaLevi on the Canadian health care system's deadly...

Seeing Red
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
I don't know that Democrats understand how Republicans experience the attacks Democratic leaders make on them. I'm not sure they know how they sound to us.
In America there is a lot of political integration. Democrats and Republicans are friends.
Steve M.: In today's column, Peggy Noonan chides Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton by gathering some of the things they've said and...
PoliPundit: Democrat Rhetoric — Yes, Virginia, Democrats are the mean party: "Close your eyes and imagine this.
Dale Franks: Rhetorical Excesses — Peggy Noonan wonders about the way Democrats speak about Republicans, and what it means.
TheAnchoress: Noonan holds a mirror to Clinton and Dean Peggy Noonan is asking the Democrats a simple question: How would you feel if someone talked like this about you?.

Rangel in 'Holocaust' firestorm
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Powerful lawmaker Charlie Rangel has provoked the ire of the Anti-Defamation League by likening U.S. military action in Iraq to the Holocaust of World War II.
The Iraq war "is the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country.
McQ: UPDATE [Jon Henke]—(via Polipundit and Malkin) Charlie "perspective" Rangel: [quote] The Iraq war "is the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country.[end quote]
Michelle Malkin: And the New York Daily News' Lloyd Grove adds more details and reax from the ADL: "Yesterday, after [WWRL-AM morning...

New Terror Camp?
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
June 8 - An FBI investigation into a suspected Islamic jihad group in California has produced sensitive new evidence that Al Qaeda may have reconstituted a major terrorist training camp inside Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks—a subject that the U.S. government has been reluctant to publicly talk about.
Dan Darling: I notice that some people have found the idea that there's still a bonafide al-Qaeda camp operating in Pakistan as...
Andrew Cochran: Walid Phares was on Fox News and ABC Radio this morning; Evan Kohlmann is quoted in this week's "Terror Watch" column in...

New Dems search for new ideas
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
The New Democrat Coalition huddled for three hours Tuesday to plot strategy, determine which issues it will champion and try to generate new ideas for the Democratic Party.
Betsy Newmark: The New Democrats, a caucus of self-identified centrists in Congress, are meeting to try to craft a message to sell...
Orrin Judd: EVERYTHING NEW DEMOCRAT IS OLD AGAIN: New Dems search for new ideas (Josephine Hearn, 6/09/05, The Hill)

The Real Intelligent Designers
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
The evolution vs. creation debate will never stop. But that endless wrangle is destined to take some new turns. How so? Because the evolution side of the debate, which is to say, the science side, is about to beget some serious creationism of its own — that is, creations by human scientists.
Bill @INDCJournal: Today's Must Read — Pinkerton on Intelligent Design: "And while religion is at the core of ID, its proponents generate lots of science-y arguments.
Glenn Reynolds: JAMES PINKERTON has thoughts on Intelligent Design.

Reformers in Saudi Arabia: Seeking Rights, Paying a Price
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi writer Turki al-Hamad wants to shake the younger generation attracted by militant Islam. His new novel, a thinly disguised sketch of four Sept. 11 hijackers, seeks to warn those weighing suicide missions.
Cori Dauber: A superb article on the efforts of reformers in Saudi Arabia. It's hard to get much done if free speech and free press don't come first.
Orrin Judd: PUSH FOR GLASNOST AND ALL ELSE FOLLOWS: Reformers in Saudi Arabia: Seeking Rights, Paying a Price (NEIL MacFARQUHAR,...

A New Yorker Kind of Guy
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
If you wanted to see the perfect example of the ethical and moral collapse of the Mainstream Media, you could not do better than a long article in the New Yorker of May 23, 2005. The article is entitled, "The Spy Who Loved Us."
Jim Miller: The Ethical And Moral Collapse Of The Mainstream Media — Ben Stein thinks he has found the perfect example.
Scott @PowerLine: Loving our enemies — Just after midnight last night the Spectator posted Ben Stein's indignant column: "A New Yorker kind of guy."

Ties to Terror Camps Probed
  LAT   —   Permalink 
LODI, Calif. — Immigration officials in Sacramento detained a fifth person Wednesday as part of what authorities described as a widening investigation of a group of Pakistani Americans and recent immigrants, some of whom allegedly attended terrorist training camps.
Hugh Hewitt: Or perhaps a close inspection of the latest story on the terror network, which has Sacramento FBI chief Keith Slotter...
Scott @PowerLine: The Los Angeles Times brings the story up to date in "Ties to terror camps probed" as the story expands beyond Lodi.

Tobacco Witnesses Were Told To Ease Up
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Government lawyers asked two of their own witnesses to soften recommendations about sanctions that should be imposed on the tobacco industry if it lost a landmark civil racketeering case, one of the witnesses and sources familiar with the case said yesterday.
Norbizness: This recalcitrance actually led to government witnesses being told to soften their recommendations by government...
Rickheller @Centerfield: Tobacco vs. Marijuana — At the same time that the Justice Department is successfully seeking to override state laws to...
Steve Soto: As for what he did to tank the settlement amount in this racketeering case, which has now caused the judge involved (who...
Oliver Willis: Witness Tampering — Big tobacco says jump, and the Bush administration says "which witnesses should we tamper with?"

In Africa, Life After AIDS
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Bobwalla is a black woman born in Cape Town and raised under apartheid. She lived in a shack with her husband, who drank and beat her for the first nine years of their marriage. Then she tested positive for H.I.V., and cried for days. It was a death sentence.
Laura Rozen: Brooks takes a page from the examples of Nick Kristof and Anthony Lewis and others who have used their bully pulpit on the Times' oped page to try to help others.
Attaturk: Today's Bobo — Thank Goodness for the Economic Opportunities of H.I.V. Yes, a deadly disease, but a blessing for the victims.

The I-word
  Salon   —   Permalink 
I know something about the Constitution, not much about intelligence operations. So, I don't want to engage the factual claims about the meaning of the Downing Street memo.
Eugene Oregon: And now Salon has brought together four constitutional scholars to discuss the feasibility of this idea - and they all oppose it.
Stirling Newberry: Impeachment — It is clear that impeachment as a full process is, at the moment, deadletter in the house of representatives.
Avedon Carol: Salon has a round-table on impeachment. Mark Tushnet says the idea just has no legs, although he doesn't disagree that it might have been appropriate.
Matt Singer: Ralph Nader Still Can't Count Votes — [snipped quote] — Cass Sunstein, writing for

Bush's stubbornness may be hindering him
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
President Bush is a stubborn man.
He said so himself in March, when he vowed to continue pressing for changes to Social Security despite the qualms of Congress and the public. "I'm going to be stubborn on this issue," he said in Iowa.
Jayson @PoliPundit: On the other hand, this is how "America's Newspaper" is emoting over their interpretation of the lay of the political land.
Oliver Willis: Stubborn George's Lame Duck Agenda — USA Today is just coming around to realize that Bush is a stubborn so-and-so with a stillborn second term agenda.
Taegan Goddard: Bush's Stubborness Becoming a Liability — President Bush's "stubbornness has served him well in the past," USA Today reports.

Rumsfeld Says Guantánamo Isn't Being Considered for Closing
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
STAVANGER, Norway, June 8 - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday that the Bush administration was not considering shutting down the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and he defended the treatment of its prisoners by their American military guards and interrogators as humane.
Michelle Malkin: W. STANDS FOR WAFFLE — At his May 31st press conference, President Bush's response to reckless claims about Guantanamo Bay was inadequate and superficial at best.
Michael Froomkin: Rumsfeld Says Guantánamo Isn't Being Considered for Closing My money is on #3.

Dr. Dean, the shrink is in
  By /   —   Permalink 
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Dean also blamed Republicans for the unhappy occasion when California voters recalled their Democratic...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Larry Elder, Amateur Psychologist — Via Baldilocks, an interesting theory from Larry Elder: [quote] So Howard Dean says he "hates Republicans," although his dad was one.[end quote]
Baldilocks: UPDATE: Amateur shrink time: Larry Elder thinks that Dean—whose father was a conservative Republican—is playing out his family issues for the public.

House Panel Votes to Cut U.S. Dues to U.N.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ignoring the Bush administration's pleas, a GOP-controlled House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would withhold one-half of U.S. dues to the United Nations unless it made specific changes.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., was approved 25-22.
Suzanne Nossel: DeJa Vu on UN Dues — Yesterday the House International Relations Committee approved Rep. Henry Hyde's UN Reform Act of 2005.
In-Cog-Nito @ChicagoBoyz: Propaganda of the Day — [snipped quote] Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation Uh... no. Witholding...

When Marine recruiters go way beyond the call
  By / Seattle Post-Intelligencer   —   Permalink 
For mom Marcia Cobb and her teenage son Axel, the white letters USMC on their caller ID soon spelled, "Don't answer the phone!"
Marine recruiters began a relentless barrage of calls to Axel as soon as the mellow, compliant Sedro-Woolley High School grad had cut his 17th birthday cake.
Blackfive: Here it is: When Marine recruiters go way beyond the call Wednesday, June 8, 2005 By SUSAN PAYNTER SEATTLE...
Kos @DailyKos: Can you believe Marine Corps recruiters kidnapped a 18-year-old and wore him down to the point he signed enlistment papers?
Arthur Silber: Now: [quote] For mom Marcia Cobb and her teenage son Axel, the white letters USMC on their caller ID soon spelled, "Don't answer the phone!"[end quote]
John Cole: "In February it fell 27 percent short; in March the gap was 31 percent, and in April it was 42 percent" And in case you...

Religious hatred bill is unveiled
  BBC   —   Permalink 
A new bill that would make incitement to religious hatred illegal is being unveiled by the government.
The legislation is an attempt to end extremist bigotry, but there are concerns it may stifle religious debate and even constrain comedians.
Harry @HarrysPlace: Line in the sand — There have been a lot of stupid things said about the religious hatred legislation but these...
Marc @USSNeverdock: Britain - Religious hatred bill — Here we go again, pandering to Muslims.
Charles Johnson: Religious Thoughtcrime Law Unveiled in UK — The Islamist front groups of Britain are pushing hard to get thoughtcrime legislation passed: Religious hatred bill published.
Julian Sanchez: How Comforting — From the end of a BBC story about new U.K. legislation that would ban speech or actions likely to stir...

U.S. Overvalued Everglades Land Rights by $80 Mln, Report Says
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
June 8 (Bloomberg) — The Bush administration's offer in 2002 to overpay a prominent Florida family for oil and gas rights on Everglades land by as much as $80 million was ''at best, foolish and, at worst, complicit,'' the Interior Department's inspector general said today.
Avedon Carol: Life and politics — From Rachel Maddow's weblog: A report by the Inspector General's office found that Bush agreed to...
TChris: If a presidential lie about a private moment deserves impeachment, what does this story merit?

Bob Costas to fill in for Larry King
  By / Newsday   —   Permalink 
In easily the most intriguing TV news talent move of the year, Bob Costas has joined CNN as a fill-in on "Larry King Live." And because the words "fill-in" have never been appended to Costas' name during his long career, the question on everyone's mind in TV news is obvious: Is Bob the future Larry?
Brian Stelter: I know I'll enjoy it and they made it so that I can fit it in very nicely with my existing schedule," he tells Newsday.
Jim Romenesko: > Gay on Costas' deal: "This is a big move and here's why" (Newsday)

Gallic genius will save France says Villepin
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
France's new prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, refused yesterday to push the country down the road towards free-market reform, saying "Gallic genius" would help put back on its feet a "suffering, impatient and angry" nation that has failed to adapt fully to a changing world.
Charles Johnson: Gallic Genius! Dominique de Villepin (who is a man) says Gallic genius will save France. (Hat tip: NC.)
Orrin Judd: HE HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST GIGGLED: Gallic genius will save France says Villepin (Jon Henley, June 9, 2005, The Guardian)...

Rangel: Bush Iraq 'Fraud' as Bad as Holocaust   —   Permalink 
Top House Democrat Charles Rangel complained on Monday that the Bush administration's decision to concoct a "fraudulent" war in Iraq was as bad as "the Holocaust."
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country," Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter.
McQ: But setting a new high (or low, depending on how you look at it) today is Charles Rangel in remarks made on a radio show interview.
John Podhoretz: "You can read about it here. You can throw up here.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Hysteria of Charles Rangel — The rhetorical horse once again bolts and runs away from the Dems: "Top House Democrat...
Paul @PowerLine: Mo' Mo' Better Metaphors — Charles Rangel compares the decision to go to war with Iraq to the Holocaust. Via Chrenkoff.
Lorie Byrd: On Steve Malzberg's radio show Monday, Charles Rangel compared U.S. actions in Iraq to the Holocaust .
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE MIND BOGGLES — I see that Charles Rangel is determined to give Howard Dean a run in the lunacy department.
Also: Mitch Berg, Jason Van Steenwyk, Orrin Judd, Michelle Malkin

Senate OKs Brown, Ends Pryor Filibuster
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle filled with accusations of racism and sexism and shadowed by a dispute over Democratic blocking tactics.
Jeffrey Dubner: With Janice Rogers Brown's confirmation yesterday and Bill Pryor's imminent confirmation, all the positive, concrete parts of the filibuster compromise are done.
Avedon Carol: Anyone who thought the fabled fourteen deal-makers were going to vote against Janice Rogers Brown as part of that deal...
Steve Soto: Janice Rogers Brown Confirmed By Senate — Janice Rogers Brown was just confirmed to the powerful DC Court of Appeals by...
Hugh Hewitt: Finally, today, there is an account at the Washington Post that surveys the changes coming to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Susanna Cornett: What a wonderful thing for her to be a justice. Go, Justice Brown! UPDATE: She's been confirmed! YEEHAW!
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: From the AP [snipped quote] Musing Minds has details on the Democrats voting. Polipundit agrees that the Supreme Court is a good end point for her.
Also: James Joyner, Michael DeBow, Mark Schmitt, La Shawn Barber, Paul @PowerLine

Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Yesterday, the New York Times reported that a high level White House official had deliberately and methodically altered...
Arianna Huffington: Arianna Huffington: Global Warming Story Heats Up the Blogoshere — Not surprisingly, the blogosphere is all over the...
Chris Mooney: Don't Say I Didn't Warn You — Yesterday two big global warming stories broke: Philip Cooney was caught editing the...
Medium Lobster: Yesterday the New York Times revealed that a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute and current chief of...
Carl Pope: Carl Pope: Better Late Than Never — Yesterday morning's New York Times revealed that Bush administration official...
Cernig: The New York Times reports that a former oil industry lobbyist edited the Bush administration's official policy papers...
Also: Laurie David, Tom Burka, Scott Carter, Steve Soto, Barbara O'Brien, Ronald Bailey, Richard Bradley, Joe Gandelman, Tom Maguire, Tbogg, Rep. Ed Markey, Ezra Klein, Kos @DailyKos, Avedon Carol, Cookie Jill, Ed Cone, Laura Rozen, John Cole, Sam Rosenfeld, Tim Dunlop, Riggsveda @Corrente, Kevin Drum, Larre @LeftCoaster

Revealed: how oil giant influenced Bush
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
President's George Bush's decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto global warming treaty was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries, according to US State Department papers seen by the Guardian.
Arianna Huffington: You can imagine, then, how they must feel about this latest revelation: War and Piece: Talk about executive branch lobbying.
Jim Lampley: Is Fox News Channel ready to designate her the winner?) and that a British newspaper has established a link between the...
Steve Soto: Surprise: ExxonMobil Has More Sway With Bush on Global Warming Than Tony Blair — Given that it took nearly two years...
Barbara O'Brien: Yesterday's Corruption News! This item belongs with yesterday's corruption news, but I missed it yesterday.
Cernig: Meanwhile, across the pond, The Guardian has US Sate Dept. documents obtained by Greenpeace under US freedom of...
Rep. Ed Markey: Based on documents recently procured through a Freedom of Information Act request from Greenpeace, we now know that...
Also: Cookie Jill, Laura Rozen, Josh Marshall, Kevin Drum

Dean defends criticism of Republican party
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday defended his recent harsh criticism of Republicans, including his observation that they are "pretty much a white, Christian party."
Dean noted that he, too, is a white Christian.
Chris Andersen: Read the lead on this Washington Post piece: "Howard Dean's recent spate of verbal zingers has fellow Democrats...
Barbara O'Brien: Billmon writes, "As much as I hate to say it, unless Dean can settle down and get off his gaffe-a-day treadmill, maybe it would be best if he hit the showers.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Dean defended his recent harsh criticism of Republicans, including his observation that they are "pretty much a white, Christian party."
Hugh Hewitt: My column, "A Tale of Two Chairmen," was filed before Howard Dean's latest descent into bigotry had come to light.
Tim Graham: Shailagh Murray's story on the emerging Democratic controversy over Howard Dean only uses half of Dean's gaffe in San...
Keelin McDonell: On the one hand, there's this: "Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday defended his recent harsh criticism...
Also: Gateway Pundit, Billmon, Jesse Taylor, John Hawkins, Michael DeBow

U.S. Muslims desecrate American flag
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
A group of American Muslims produced a video that shows its members on a city street corner declaring Islam's dominance over America as they tread on a U.S. flag and then rip it apart.
Jan Haugland: In other news, American extremist Muslims desecrate an American flag. But what is new?
Tom Paine: I wonder what tomorrow's edition of "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio will have to say about this...
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Muslims desecrate American flag — World Net Daily reports "A group of American Muslims produced a video that...
Jay Tea: A great deal of the blogosphere is riled up by the recent protest by the Islamic Thinkers Society's rally in New York, where they stomp all over and then tear up an American flag.
La Shawn Barber: Good grief. I can't believe I really had to explain that, but there you Flag desecration? Couldn't care less.
John @PowerLine: World Net Daily has much more on the demonstration and the group that sponsored it. Via Michelle Malkin.
Also: Charles Johnson, Michelle Malkin

Outside Iraq but Deep in the Fight
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
ALEPPO, Syria — When the Americans led the invasion of Iraq, the men of Abu Ibrahim's family gathered in the courtyard of their shared home in the far north of Syria. Ten slips of paper were folded into a plastic bag, and they drew lots.
Gregory Djerejian: But there are clearly too many bad guys getting over the border, as this widely linked WaPo dispatch from Ghaith Abdul-Ahad makes more than clear.
Bill Roggio: The Washington Post has a detailed article on the Syrian involvement in funneling terrorists to Iraq, based on the...
Charles Johnson: WaPo: "Syria Became the Hub" — The Washington Post has a fascinating report about a Syrian jihadi smuggler: Outside Iraq but Deep in the Fight.
Jim Henley: Comments () » June 8, 2005 Gee in Aleppo The article of the (yester) day was clearly Ghaith Abdul-Ahad's...
Colt: TOP TOPICS Outside Iraq, but Deep in the Fight. A long and fascinating look at the trails of jihad leading to Iraq from Syria.
Harry @HarrysPlace: Gene adds: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has a much longer report on the Syrian-Iraqi "resistance" connection in Wednesday's Washington Post.
Also: Jesse Taylor, Hugh Hewitt, Rich Lowry, Glenn Reynolds, K. J. Lopez

Bush Open to Possibly Closing Gitmo Camp
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday left open the possibility that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be shut down following mounting criticism from former President Carter and others.
Ace: [Say Anything] "Bush Open to Possibly Closing Gitmo Camp WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday left open the...
Blackavar: In Memoriam — I agree with President Bush: We should shut down Gitmo, and send the "prisoners of conscience"...
Michelle Malkin: Here is how Bush's comments are being spun: Washington Post: Bush Open to Possibly Closing Gitmo Camp LA Times: Bush Is...
Plutonium Page: Bush on closing Gitmo — Today's award for "most misleading headline" goes to the AP: Bush Open to Possibly Closing...

The desecration of Ground Zero
  By /   —   Permalink 
Most Americans have not been paying attention to the bureaucratic wrangling and political jockeying that has plagued the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. But it's not just New Yorkers and developers and 9/11 families who should care.
Forkum: Other commentary: Jeff Jarvis Charles Johnson Michelle Malkin
Sadly, No!: Because I hate myself, I decided to read Michelle Malkin's latest column. This one's got all the Malkin trademarks: absurd hyperbole, nasty invective and bogus claims.
Oliver Willis: Jarvis Gets Played, Again — Malkin, serial liar and internment apologist, stirs up the pot. Jeff is outraged!
Jeff Jarvis: Michele Malkin is also angry. More blog ire under Burlingame at Technorati. : Roger Simon has a few suggestions.
Roger L. Simon: George Soros has been taking some hits across the blogosphere for the plan for turning the Ground Zero Memorial into an advertisement for post-modern, pseudo-liberal cant.

Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style
  AFP   —   Permalink 
PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say.

"The masculine ideal is being completely modified.
Betsy Newmark: Lileks works himself up into a fine rant over this article about how the masculine style is out and the creative man in touch with his inner wimp is in.
Tom Karako: The following AFP article now made near common knowledge by Drudge would seem to suggest this: The New Continental Man
Ace: It's Official: France Declares Male Heterosexuality Dead — Don't sweat it, though.
Blackfive: Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: And, here's the adjoining article, via Drudge, reinforcing the law of the universe that states that the French are unbelievably weird.
Mitch Berg: Boys Will Be...? According to "industry insiders", the man of the future looks like this.
Also: K. J. Lopez

2 Men Held in Links to Terror
  LAT   —   Permalink 
LODI, Calif. — FBI agents have arrested a man and his father after the son allegedly admitted attending Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan that taught participants "how to kill Americans," federal authorities said Tuesday.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Two Arrested in CA for Alleged AL Qaeda Ties — Via the LAT: 2 Men Held in Links to Terror "FBI agents have arrested a...
Michelle Malkin: See update below. ] The Los Angeles Times has best coverage so far.
Dan Darling: What is particularly interesting to me is the nature of the training that Hamid Hayat confessed to taking part in, and...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: The arrests were made just after the son was discovered aboard a San Francisco-bound plane even though his name appeared on a "No Fly" list of suspected extremists.

The War Against the Torture Masters
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Will any Western leader proclaim the Iranian elections a fraud?
The cheerless creatures who rule the Islamic republic of Iran have developed a particularly wicked use of torture.
Captain Ed: In the meantime, we have Michael Ledeen to remind us that the same mullahs who fear the passions of the soccer riots...
John @PowerLine: Michael Ledeen writes: [snipped quote] Nor from Amnesty International, too busy with its grandstanding fund-raising...
Marc @USSNeverdock: That's not how Michael Ledeen sees it. "The cheerless creatures who rule the Islamic republic of Iran have developed a particularly wicked use of torture.
Glenn Reynolds: MICHAEL LEDEEN is condemning the silence on Iran's use of torture. Meanwhile, there are numerous reports of unrest in Iran.

High on the Commerce Clause
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
We've never supported drug legalization, even in its "medical marijuana" drag. Still, we can't help but feel uneasy about the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision Monday in Gonzales v. Raich, which held that the federal government can trump state laws permitting the possession and cultivation of small quantities of cannabis for purely personal use.
McQ: The New Deal Legacy within the Supreme Court — The WSJ today points to the history of the beginning of the Supreme...
Ann Althouse: UPDATE: Here's the Wall Street Journal's contribution to the genre.
Radley Balko: Advocates think they're at 160 votes at the moment. They need 218. The Wall Street Journal is critical, too.
Glenn Reynolds: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL is rather hard on the Raich decision. As it should be.

Amnesty's Amnesia
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A few years ago I spent several days sitting in the back of a library in London, reading through newsletters, pamphlets and other accounts of Soviet prison conditions published in the 1970s and '80s by Amnesty International.
Dean Esmay: Anyway, Applebaum probably has a remembrrance of what Amnesty International once was, and how much damage it's done to itself in recent years.
Von @ObsidianWings: The Things We Throw Away — Anne Applebaum remembers what Amnesty International used to be, and laments what it has...
Avedon Carol: And I think Anne Applebaum is talking smack when she charges them with anti-Americanism.
Roger Kimball: This outrageous piece of anti-American rhetoric has been receiving some of the obloquy it deserves, including this...
Glenn Reynolds: ANNE APPLEBAUM: "I don't know when Amnesty ceased to be politically neutral or at what point its leaders' views morphed into ordinary anti-Americanism.
Jack Fowler: "GULAG" — The Washington Post's Anne Applebaum has a great column today on the Gulag, Gitmo, and that once upon a time...
Also: Norm Geras

W backs way off on Soc Sec plan
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - President Bush has all but conceded his plan for private accounts for Social Security is dead, admitting privatization won't save the federal retirement system.
"You can solve the solvency issue without personal accounts," Bush said in an interview with the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Josh Marshall: Yesterday a number of blogs seized on an article by Ken Bazinet in the Daily News as an example that President Bush was...
Brendan Nyhan: Still, for unknown reasons he has refused to want to walk away from it until now: President Bush has all but conceded...
Ezra Klein: Ding-Dong, The Plan is Dead — Looks like Social Security is safe: [snipped quote] According to the article, Bush is...
Atrios: Shift — Link: WASHINGTON - President Bush has all but conceded his plan for private accounts for Social Security is...

Soldiers' divorce rates up sharply
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
The number of active-duty soldiers getting divorced has been rising sharply with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The trend is severest among officers. For enlisted personnel, the 7,152 divorces last year were 28% more than in 2003 and up 53% from 2000.
James Joyner: Soldiers' divorce rates up sharply (USA Today) [snipped quote] Quite so.
Jason Van Steenwyk: The USA Today reports on one of the prices of Optempo: The destruction of the military family.
Paul Rieckhoff: The Army has no comparable data for past wars." Read the rest of the article here. My primary duty in the Army is as an aviation maintenance officer.
Kos @DailyKos: Year-long deployments in Iraq is tearing apart their families. [snipped quote] But somehow, keeping our men and women in this foresaken war is "supporting the troops".

Seldom-Discussed Elephant Moves Into Public's View
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Yesterday's East Room meeting of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair was worth a cool $1,000 to Steve Holland, Reuters' chief White House correspondent, if he cares to collect it.
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Downing Street: Not the First Time Secret British Memos Were Ignored — The always-entertaining Dana Milbank over at the...
Kevin Aylward: Even The Washington Post has signed the certificate of expiration on the manufactured controversy.But his query [Steve...
Avedon Carol: If I hadn't lived through the last five years, I would probably be stunned by the unbelievable bollocks some people will...
Garrett M. Graff: (WP's Dana Milbank appears to be incorrect that Holland was eligible for the full reward—Milbank probably didn't read...
Billmon: As Dana Milbank (and he's one of the good ones) suggests in today's Washington Post: "In part, the memo never gained...

US judge queries reason behind tobacco remedy cut
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge in the racketeering case against cigarette makers on Wednesday questioned whether "additional influences" prompted the government to drastically reduce a sanction it is seeking against the industry.
David Sirota: And now the federal judge overseeing the case seems to be thinking the same thing.
Judd @ThinkProgress: According to recent Reuters article, the judge presiding over the case, Gladys Kessler, expressed her skepticism
Oliver Willis: US judge queries reason behind tobacco remedy cut The judge in the racketeering case against cigarette makers on...

Bush opens door to possible closing of Guantanamo
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush left the door open to an eventual closing of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday amid mounting complaints and calls for it to be shut down, including a broadside from former president and human rights champion Jimmy Carter.
Jack Balkin: Closing down Gitmo JB Apparently President Bush has not ruled out closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, according to Reuters.
TChris: Apparently President Bush didn't get the memo.

Less skin is back in for young Americans
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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Hip-hugging jeans and tight-fitting tiny tops are out. Less skin is back in for the young American.
U.S. fashion experts say a trend toward modesty is evident in new fall styles for clothing aimed at girls in their early teens, and will become more common with spring 2006 designs.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Via Reuters: Less skin is back in for young Americans [snipped quote] Clearly this is a positive development-it has gotten a big out of hand in the last several years.
K. J. Lopez: TEENS MUST BE getting cold.
Orrin Judd: THANK GOODNESS: Less skin is back in for young Americans (Linda Thomas, Jun 8, 2005, Reuters) [snipped quote] Why when...

Islamic leaders, 2 others held in California terror probe
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Federal agents searched the homes of two Islamic leaders in Lodi, California, and have made four arrests since Sunday, part of an ongoing terrorism investigation, according to the FBI and witnesses.
Michelle Malkin: JIHADI ARRESTS IN LODI — Very big story out of Lodi, Calif., this morning: "Federal agents searched the homes of two...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Another Arrest in the War on Terror — A father and son are arrested in Lodi, CA this morning and charged with "making...

Does The Truth About Hillary borrow too heavily from The Clinton Wars?
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
A Vanity Fair excerpt of Edward Klein's forthcoming The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President (Sentinel, June 2005) contains several paragraphs that appear to have been borrowed from, or at least closely based on, Sidney Blumenthal's The Clinton Wars.
Skippy: let's open up the ol' skippy mailbag... as mrs. skippy can attest to, skippy's got some huge bags, especially today:...
Atrios: It looks like he's cribbed big chunks of it from Sidney Blumenthal, and in the Vanity Fair excerpt at least without attribution.
Oliver Willis: Does The Truth About Hillary borrow too heavily from The Clinton Wars?

Female orgasm all in the genes
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?
Women who fail to orgasm during sex may be genetically programmed to weed out unreliable men who are a flop between the sheets, according to new research.
Andrew Sullivan: Like these constant demonstrations. EVEN FAILED ORGASMS ...: ... turn out to be genetically determined.
Orrin Judd: AND THAT'S HOW THE LADIES GOT THEIR G-SPOTS (via Eugene S): Female orgasm all in the genes: As one study ponders...
Ann Althouse: Here's more of the usual highly speculative sociobiology, but it's spicy and it's drawing the bloggy links, so let's...
Peter Burnet: But talk about trade-offs!
Jan Haugland: She might just have 'good' genes! "Perhaps women who had orgasms too easily weren't very good selectors," Professor Spector said.

Professor Who Belittled Believers Drops Bid To Head Up a Department
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
A Brooklyn College professor who described religious people as "moral retards" said he is dropping his bid to become chairman of the department of sociology after the college's president expressed outrage over his views.
Scott Sala: Technorati Tags: Dean+racist Howard+Dean Dean+scream Dean+white+Christian — Brooklyn College Prof Retreats Professor...
Steve Bainbridge: Apparently Brooklyn College agrees: [snipped quote] Apparently the professor in question, however, thinks he should be...
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: From the New York Sun: [snipped quote] Timothy, if I dare, can I give you some advice.
Michelle Malkin: THE "MORAL RETARDS" PROF STEPS DOWN — The professor who called religious people "moral retards" has dropped his bid to...

Senate confirms Brown to federal judicial post
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle filled with accusations of racism and sexism and shadowed by a dispute over Democratic blocking tactics.
Will Baude: Janice Rogers Brown is now going to be a federal judge.
Orin Kerr: Janice Rogers Brown has been confirmed by a vote of 56-43.

Unknown J.S. Bach Composition Found
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BERLIN - A previously unknown work by Johann Sebastian Bach has been discovered in a crate of 18th-century birthday cards removed from a German library shortly before it was devastated by fire, researchers said Wednesday.
James Joyner: Unknown J.S. Bach Composition Found — Unknown J.S. Bach Composition Found (AP) [snipped quote] Interesting.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Novo Bach — Via ABC News: Unknown J.S. Bach Composition Found [snipped quote] Kewl.

Calif. Men Arrested for Alleged Terror Links
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A father and a son are among four men who have been detained in a terrorism investigation in Northern California.
The son allegedly received terrorist training and funding from the father, an ice cream truck driver, so he could carry out attacks on hospitals and large food stores in the United States.
Jeff Goldstein: From FOXNews: [snipped quote] Evidently, one of those arrested had been using photographs of President Bush for target...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: He's referring to this story: [snipped quote] Apparently, the affidavit includes a confession or two. Kudos to the feds!
Red @ScaredMonkeys: As per Fox News, the son admitted to receiving terrorist training.

Liberals Rethinking Senate Filibuster Deal
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Democrats generally cheered, and Republicans groused, when a bipartisan group of senators crafted a compromise on judicial nominations last month. But with the Senate now confirming several conservative nominees whom Democrats had blocked for years, some liberals are questioning the wisdom of the deal and fretting about what comes next.
Richard Reeb: Today's Washington Post reports that D.C. delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes of the Black (Liberal) Caucus indicates...
Captain Ed: Irrationality The Norm From The Left On Janice Rogers Brown — The Washington Post reported today that after the...

Hold the quiche: Manly men are back
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Women want the "man" back in "manly," a Harris Interactive survey shows. The rough-and-ready attitude is in, women say, while the manicured "metrosexual" look is on the way out.
K. J. Lopez: GET THEE TO HOME DEPOT — Women don't have the "Why not put on a pink-flowered shirt and try out a partner-swapping club?" attitude toward men according to this poll.
Betsy Newmark: Manliness is in. Being a metrosexual is out. Actually, I don't think manliness was ever out.