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Karl Rove, Whistleblower
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame.
Digby: Oh, and be sure to check out this extension of that theme from today's Wall Street Journal: Karl Rove, Whistleblower.
Tbogg: Take the Wall Street Journal challenge — Using the GOP talking points, the WSJ editorial page claims that Karl Rove is...
Hunter @DailyKos: Wall Street Journal Supports Outing of CIA Agent — The Wall Street Journal editorial page sucks down the RNC talking points and regurgitates them whole.
Billmon: And since the bean counters at Dow Jones have wisely concluded that nobody in their right mind would actually pay for...
Rob @Wizbang: Thank You Karl Rove — This is exactly the point I've been trying to make for days now.
Ed Driscoll: Maybe there is a story in the Wall Street Journal or the New York Post, but barely anything in the Washington Post, New York Times, network news et al.
Also: Von @ObsidianWings, Joe Gandelman, S.Z., Medium Lobster, Stephen Green, PGL, Andrew Sullivan, Scott @PowerLine, Josh Marshall, K. J. Lopez

Rehnquist Hospitalized for Fever in Va.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, ailing with cancer, is in the hospital with a fever, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Rehnquist was taken by ambulance to an Arlington, Va., hospital Tuesday night and was admitted for observation and tests, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
Ann Althouse: I see the Chief Justice has been hospitalized. Much as I'd like to see more turnover on the Court, I'm sorry to see anyone ailing, and I wish him the best.
James Joyner: AP updates: Rehnquist Hospitalized for Fever in Va. "Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, ailing with cancer, is in the hospital with a fever, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Jeralyn Merritt: Chief Justice Rehnquist Hospitalized With Fever — Chief Justice William Rehnquist has been hospitalized with a fever.
Zoe Kentucky: There are several things that could kill it, for instance: 1) Bush's Supreme Court Nominee announcement pushes it off...
Joe Gandelman: Rehnquist In Hospital Due To Fever — Each day, it seems, we are closer and closer to getting an annoucement about a...
John @AmericaBlog: Rehnquist in the hospital — I had a feeling he wasn't doing well, and that, I think, is why the rumors swirled last Friday about him imminently stepping down.
Also: Dr. Steven Taylor, Michelle Malkin

Rove's Role in Spy Inquiry Reverberates Throughout Capital
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
July 13 (Bloomberg) — Karl Rove planned to become more visible in President George W. Bush's second term, though not as a subject in the first criminal investigation of the Bush presidency.
Susie Madrak: 5) If Rove was simply trying to be helpful to a reporter, why did he (and the White House) lie about his part for the past two years?
Atrios: Ari — Could be in's the meat, from bloomberg: People familiar with the inquiry say Fitzgerald also...
Laura Rozen: Via Atrios, Bloomberg has this amusing lead into its latest Rove piece: "Karl Rove planned to become more visible in...
Steve Soto: As did the forgotten man, Ari Fleischer, whose previous testimony according to Bloomberg just now is also being looked at closely by special counsel Fitzgerald.
Chris Bowers: Bush Has Been Questioned in Leak Case — Up, up and away we go (emphasis mine): [snipped quote] Damn, we have to win the House in 2006.

Santorum resolute on Boston rebuke
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, refused yesterday to back off on his earlier statements connecting Boston's ''liberalism" with the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal, saying that the city's ''sexual license" and ''sexual freedom" nurtured an environment where sexual abuse would occur.
Pennywit @Wizbang: From The Boston Globe: WASHINGTON — Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate,...
Mark Leon Goldberg: Hat tip to reader Z.C. for flagging this brilliant article in The Boston Globe on Rick Santorum's refusal to back off...
Steve Bainbridge: Sanotrum — [snipped quote] Lord only knows what he'd make of San Francisco!
Michelle Pilecki: Michelle Pilecki: Rick Doesn't Back Down — Given a chance to take his foot out of his mouth over his hyperbolic link of...
Chris @AmericaBlog: "Man on dog" Santorum back at it — Apparently believing that Pennsylvania is chock full of Christian wingnuts, Ricky...
LeanLeft: Santorum: When "Asshole" is an Election Strategy
Also: Susie Madrak, Andrew Sullivan

Sharp Rise in Tax Revenue to Pare U.S. Deficit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - For the first time since President Bush took office, an unexpected leap in tax revenue is about to shrink the federal budget deficit this year, by nearly $100 billion.
Captain Ed: Within hours of hearing the leading Democratic presidential candidate excoriate President Bush for following their lead,...
John Cole: The Deficit — The budget deficit will be slightly smaller than expected: [snipped quote] Of course there are tsome on...
Don: A CAREER-LIMITING MOVE — Neal Phenes thinks that the New York Times' Edmund Andrews has set himself up to be fired for...
James Joyner: Sharp Increase in Tax Revenue Will Pare U.S. Deficit (NYT | RSS) [snipped quote] The article also notes that part of the...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: Sharp Rise in Tax Revenue to Pare U.S. Deficit: From the NYTimes (via Drudge): [snipped quote] Me: Boom!
Glenn Reynolds: And so is the budget deficit: "Based on revenue and spending data through June, the budget deficit for the first nine...

Are You an Originalist?
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
President Bush's promise to appoint originalist justices like Scalia and Thomas invites the question: What is this peculiar creature, the originalist?
The term "originalism" identifies the traditional, common-sense principle that the meaning of various...
LeanLeft: As a joke, it's lame, and as an argument, it's a joke. It's so hard to tell the difference at National Review Online.
Eugene Oregon: Ed Whelan asks Are You an Originalist? and gives us a simple quiz to help us find out [snipped quote] I choose "D."
Betsy Newmark: Edward Whelan has a clever multiple choice test to determine if you are an originalist.
Orrin Judd: JUST READ THE TEXT: Are You an Originalist? : Take this simple test and find out.
JoelL @SouthernAppeal: Read his article here.

Bus firm takes car sharers to court
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution.
Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition".
Jan Haugland: And therein lies the rub: the bus company is now suing the women and their employer for "an act of unfair and parasitical competition".
Eugene Volokh: "Bus Firm Takes Car Sharers to Court": The Guardian (UK) reports: [snipped quote] Thanks to John Chalmers for the pointer.
Clayton Cramer: I Couldn't Make Up A Story Like This — It sounds like a French joke, or something out of a Ayn Rand novel about the...

No Alberto
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
THOUGH HE DEFENDED Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against conservative critics, President Bush now appears highly unlikely to nominate Gonzales to replace retiring Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Ann Althouse: Fred Barnes is providing more anti-Gonzales argumentation, raking in links — but there's nothing engaging there, really.
Feddie @SouthernAppeal: "No Alberto—President Bush is leaning away from nominating Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court": So sayeth Fred Barnes.
Steve M.: UPDATE: For whatever it's worth, Fred Barnes said this morning in The Weekly Standard that President Bush now...
Ramesh Ponnuru: GONZALES WATCH — Fred Barnes writes that it is "highly unlikely" that Bush will nominate Alberto Gonzales to replace...

'Scarborough Country' for July 12
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Tonight's top headline: questions of whether one of the suspects confessed in the Natalee Holloway case.
Welcome to SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY, no passport required, only common sense allowed.
Armando @DailyKos: GOP Definition of "Guts": Lying to the American People — In what has to be one of the most disgusting examples of the...
Scared Monkeys: From Aruba Today; Kalpoe Brothers, J. v/d Sloot Appear in Court Also the transcripts from last nights (7/12/05)...
David Sirota: King went on to then say "maybe Karl Rove was not perfect [but] we live in an imperfect world, and I give him credit for having the guts."
Atrios: Rep. King: Members of Media Should be Shot — On Scarborough: And Joe Wilson has no right to complain.

Senators Advise Bush on Picking a Court Nominee
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - In their first meeting with President Bush over the Supreme Court vacancy, Democrats went so far Tuesday as to offer names for consideration while senators of both parties encouraged the president to look beyond the federal judiciary for candidates.
Norbizness: I think our friends at Alas, A Blog may have part of the answer: Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America,...
Echidne: The Democrats want a moderate, the wingnuts want Attila the Hun: "While Democrats were clamoring for a nominee who...
Steve M.: I know President Bush met with senators from both parties yesterday to discuss his Supreme Court pick, but I didn't know...
Andrew Sullivan: So why did the White House call Falwell for input on a judicial nominee for the Supreme Court? Just asking.

Second thoughts on leak case
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
LAST WEEK in this space, I implied that the special counsel in the Valerie Plame leak case, Patrick Fitzgerald, might be protecting the Bush administration. It made no sense, I argued, that New York Times reporter Judith Miller was going to jail for protecting...
Susie Madrak: The Public Interest Robert Kuttner retracts his previous column: After a week's reporting and reflection, I also...
Barbara O'Brien: This week, Kuttner has second thoughts. "Here's what we've learned: First, Fitzgerald is playing it straight.
Andrew Sullivan: One of the first casualties of the impulse to jump to conclusions is Bob Kuttner. (I can't believe I beat Mickey to this.
Zoe Kentucky: Rove and others seem to be carving out a defense with the repeated use of a very carefully worded phrase.
Jim Romenesko: Kuttner apologizes to Fitzgerald for column "I really booted" — Boston Globe Robert Kuttner implied last week that...
John Podhoretz: WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE — Robert Kuttner has actually published a column apologizing for his appalling, idiotic and...

Rove Case May Test Bush's Loyalty to His Closest Aides
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - Loyalty has long been the most hallowed virtue in the Bush White House, but rarely has it been tested the way it has this week.
No one has been closer to the president longer, or bailed him out of more tight spots, than Karl Rove, his chief political adviser.
Ted @CrookedTimber: [1] This assertion is no longer operative since Rove's lawyer admitted that he was a source, and Gibson is misleading at best when he makes it.
Joe Gandelman: There's little sign that the controversy swirling over President George Bush's political right-hand-man Karl Rove and...
Jack Balkin: The Rove Scandal and the Twenty Second Amendment JB There's a structural issue lurking behind the developing scandal over Karl Rove.
Matthew Yglesias: It seems that Karl Rove really will be reaching for the semantics defense: [snipped quote] It's time to put a stop to this silliness.
Mike Rappaport: And for the prosecution, the Grey Lady — The New York Times runs a piece, entitled "Rove Case May Test Bush's Loyalty...
Steve Clemons: From David Sanger's piece in the New York Times today: [snipped quote] Clearly, parsing words is back in style in the White House.
Also: Michael @AmericaBlog, Taegan Goddard, Attaturk, Tom Maguire, Gregory Djerejian, Tom Tomorrow, Atrios

Uproar Has Roots in Rove's Vast Reach
  LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush once said he would fire any White House staffer who had leaked the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. But if that source turns out to be Karl Rove, the president's longtime political guru, a firing would be a devastating blow to the White House.
Steve Soto: And given how close these two are politically, the only way that happens is if Bush himself is implicated.
Jeralyn Merritt: The LA Times today provides some illumination: "Rove has duties beyond his official role of working on foreign and domestic policy development.
Jim Romenesko: Claim: Rove has "great credibility" with journos he deals with — Los Angeles Times Karl Rove maintains contacts at...
Laura Rozen: Karl Rove and the press, and his history with the Bush family: "[George W. Bush and Rove] came together during young...
Pudentilla: attack poodles at the l.a. times comfort karl in his darkest hour "uproar has roots in rove's vast reach - the architect...
Orrin Judd: KARL THE BUILDER: Uproar Has Roots in Rove's Vast Reach: The architect of Bush's success, known for detail work, has kept close ties to the media.

Car bomb kills 24 children as they mob US patrol offering candy
  AFP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Twenty-four Iraqi children were killed by a suicide car bomber targetting US soldiers as they handed out chocolates in a Baghdad neighbourhood they had entered to warn of a possible attack.

"Children gathered round the Americans who were handing out sweets.
Joe Katzman: Trent Telenko passes this on, noting that our enemies reveal themselves in their actions, and show what they are:...
Donald Sensing: Mass murderers — Words are beggared for this.

The Jews
  NRO   —   Permalink 
War and a sickness.
It was widely noted, most passionately by the Iraqi blogger Hammorabi, that when Tony Blair reminded the House of Commons that many countries had been scourged by the terrorists in recent years, he omitted Iraq from the list.
Brendan Nyhan: Update 7/13: Matthew Yglesias links to this post on Tapped, but says that I "missed the best of the lot" — a Michael...
Roger L. Simon: Are Iraqis the New Jews? Only my pal Michael would posit something so outrageous. [He does court controversy.-ed.
Matthew Yglesias: He misses, however, the best of the lot where Michael Ledeen expressly calls (it's at the end) for enhanced censorship,...

Standing With Ganji
  New York Sun   —   Permalink 
One evening not many years ago, we fell into a conversation about the heroes of the Cold War with Stephen S. Rosenfeld, who had recently retired as editorial page editor of the Washington Post. When we proffered the name of President Reagan, Mr. Rosenfeld cocked an eye and offered in return the name of Sakharov.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "STANDING WITH GANJI" — It is good to see that the Bush Administration appears ready to make a public case about the plight of Akbar Ganji.
K. J. Lopez: PRESIDENTIAL SUPPORT — President Bush on Akbar Ganj, who is nearing death on a hunger strike in an Iranian prison.

Chertoff Restructuring Homeland Security Department
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 13 - Saying that the nation must "maximize our security, but not security at any price," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today that he is restructuring the sprawling two-year-old department so that it is better able to prevent - or at least respond to - the next terrorist attack.
Kim Lane Scheppele: Perhaps coincidentally, US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff proposed just today that the United States...
Will Baude: I recommend them to readers who are meta-Supreme-Court nerds who don't already read BTQ. 2: Michael Chertoff has promising plans to overhaul the Department of Homeland Security.

Bush Says He Might Consider Newcomers for High Court
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 13 - President Bush said today that his nominee for the Supreme Court may be someone who has never sat on the bench before.
"Would I be willing to consider people who had never been a judge?" Mr. Bush said. "And the answer is, 'You bet.'
John Cole: SCOTUS Update — These remarks from Bush are going to cause a veritable s***-storm: "President Bush said today that his...
John Podhoretz: BUSH SAYS... ...he'd consider appointing someone who'd never been on a court before, according to the New York Times.

Bush honesty rating drops to lowest point
  By / MSNBC   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The last two weeks certainly have been eventful ones in America and across the globe: President Bush gave a prime-time speech on Iraq and attended a G-8 summit in Scotland; Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the Supreme Court (with...
Attaturk: So much for the "Bump" of fear — After all the past events of the past two weeks, especially the bombing that punditry...
Joe @AmericaBlog: NBC poll has Bush tanking — NBC/Wall Street Journal shows Bush disapproval at 49%, approval at 46%.

Politeness in the photocopier queue is why we're losing the War on Terror
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
I'M FURIOUS. According to the Associated Press and an assorted mixture of internet nutters, the Israelis were tipped off about the London attacks moments before they happened. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was able to change his plans to visit a hotel directly above one of the blast sites.
Jim Henley: Hence, these two articles go together: Lindsay Beyerstein on "Nice Guys" and their complaints about lack of nookie, and...
James Joyner: Politeness in the photocopier queue is why we're losing the War on Terror (Times of London) [snipped quote] Norm Geras...
Norm Geras: Reasons of displacement — Daniel Finkelstein in today's Times: [snipped quote] No, but also yes.
Harry @HarrysPlace: The BBC and the 'T word' — Gene's expose of the BBC's removal of the word 'terrorist' from its online reports has...
Jason Van Steenwyk: Snubbed — The international Zionist cabal of Jewish financiers has apparently snubbed Daniel Finkelstein.

Bush Won't Comment on Rove During Probe
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Wednesday that he will withhold judgment about top aide Karl Rove's involvement in leaking the identity of a CIA agent until a federal criminal investigation into the matter is complete.
Steve Soto: As Cooper Testifies This Morning, Bush Clams Up — As Matt Cooper testifies to the Grand Jury now, Bush says he will say nothing until the investigation is complete.
Rice Grad: Instead he said that he won't "prejudge the investigation based on media reports."
Joe @AmericaBlog: Update: AP claims Bush was supposed to show support for Rove, but didn't, hmmm: "Bush's statement was a surprise for...

We rock the boat
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
If I'm asked about 7/7, I - a Yorkshire lad, born and bred - will respond first by giving an out-clause to being labelled a terrorist lover. I think what happened in London was a sad day and not the way to express your political anger.
Then there's the "but".
Norm Geras: The first voices, so far as I know, were those of the SWP and George Galloway, but it wasn't very long - indeed it was...
Ed Driscoll: Somehow though, unlike England's Guardian newspaper, I don't think he'd be writing about "sassy" suicide bombers, as...
Scott Burgess: 'Sassy' Suicide Bombers — Today's Guardian gives space to Dilpazier Aslam, a "Guardian trainee journalist" who suggests...

Saddam and al Qaeda
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
President Bush has given some good speeches lately, including his talk June 29 at Fort Bragg, N.C., in which he stressed some of the reasons for going into Iraq, and his address this past Monday at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., in which he talked about the...
Steve M.: And now we have this in a Wall Street Journal column by Claudia Rossett, which almost takes your breath away: ...there's another speech Mr. Bush still needs to give.
Dean Esmay: In today's Wall Street Journal, Claudia Rosette discusses the new evidence unearthed in Saddam's government record which...
Scott @PowerLine: Claudia Rosett picks up the theme at OpinionJournal this morning: "Saddam and al Qaeda." I spoke briefly with Hayes yesterday.
Hugh Hewitt: Also in the OpinionJournal this morning, Claudia Rosett on the ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda.
Lorie Byrd: Memo To Chris Matthews And Ron Reagan — Claudia Rosett discusses the evidence of a Saddam - al Qaeda link in a way that...
Jan Haugland: The Saddam - al-Qaeda connections — Claudia Rosett has some facts on the many links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.
Also: Glenn Reynolds, TheAnchoress, K. J. Lopez, Fontana Labs

A Few Thoughts on Karl Rove
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Far be it for us to denounce leaks. Newspapers have relied on countless government officials to divulge vital information that their bosses want to be kept secret. There is even value in the sanctioned leak, such as when the White House, say, lets out information that it wants known but does not want to announce.
John @PowerLine: We rarely read the New York Times' editorials except for their occasional humor value; today's editorial on the Valerie Plame affair is a case in point.
Tom Maguire: How About A Few Facts With That Coffee? The Times promotes the story of Rove and the Plame leak with another long story lacking in new developments.
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Or, as the New York Times suggests in an editorial this morning, "Mr. Rove could clear all this up quickly.
Roger L. Simon: John Hinderaker does a brilliant job of deconstructing the Orwellian New York Times editorial on the Plame Affair.

Children die in Baghdad car bomb
  BBC   —   Permalink 
At least 26 Iraqis, almost all of them children, have been killed by a suicide car bombing in south-eastern Baghdad.
A US soldier is also said to have died in the blast. Another three US soldiers are reported to have been injured.
Talking Dog: I realize many of you may disagree with me on this, but I consider the blood of dozens of Iraqi children today who were...
Natalie Solent: Another day, another horror. Suicide bomber massacres children in Iraq.

Bush Deflects Questions on Rove
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush deflected questions today about the alleged role of one of his top advisers in leaking the identity of a CIA agent, saying he would not discuss the matter until an investigation is complete.
Lambert @Corrente: Frogmarch watch: Bush to let surrogates do the dirty work, as usual — Mush from the wimp: [snipped quote] Asked for a comment, Bush said [snipped quote] Really?!
Billmon: The Hired Hand — [snipped quote] "bushrove.jpg"

Islamophobia blamed for attack
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
A Muslim man has been beaten to death outside a corner shop by a gang of youths who shouted anti-Islamic abuse at him, the Guardian has learned.
Kamal Raza Butt, 48, from Pakistan, was visiting Britain to see friends and family.
TheAnchoress: Muslims were not attacked on the street. no one was beaten to death. Americans are constantly being told they need to learn from their betters in Europe, though.
Clayton Cramer: I Guess That I'm Not Surprised — But I don't want to hear any whining from liberals about how narrow-minded and...
Damian Penny: Hate Crime — Regardless of your feelings about the Islamic faith and the London bombings, there is absolutely no excuse...

Rehnquist Enters Hospital Again
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (search) was hospitalized overnight Tuesday for fever, a spokeswoman said.
Rehnquist was taken to the hospital Tuesday night and "was admitted for observation and tests," Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
Feddie @SouthernAppeal: Pray for the Chief: As Verity noted earlier today, Chief Justice Rehnquist has been hospitalized, and it is my understanding that the outlook is fairly bleak.
Orrin Judd: CRANK UP THE APOCALYPTICON: Rehnquist Enters Hospital Again (Fox News, July 13, 2005) "Chief Justice William H...

Ebbers Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for $11 Billion Fraud
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Bernard J. Ebbers, the founder and former chief executive of WorldCom, was sentenced to 25 years in prison today for his role in an $11 billion accounting fraud that brought down the telecommunications company in 2002.
Shawn @LiquidList: Good news: Bernie Sanders just got 25 years in jail. That's a tough sentence for a bad guy, and hopefully it will make other would-be corporate criminals think twice.
DavidNYC @DailyKos: Ex-WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers Gets 25 Years — Wow, some of these white-collar criminal sentences handed down lately...
Jeralyn Merritt: Bernie Ebbers: 25 Years, a Life Sentence — WorldCom former exec Bernie Ebbers, 63 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fraud.

Pizzeria Owner Jailed for Refusing to Serve French, German Tourists in Iraq Protest
  AP   —   Permalink 
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A Danish pizzeria owner was jailed Tuesday for refusing to serve French and German tourists in protesting their countries' opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
A Danish court found Aage Bjerre guilty of discrimination and fined him $900.
Pennywit @Wizbang: Pizza with a Sprinkling of Nuts — Michelle Malkin passes on the story of a Danish pizzeria owner, Aage Bjerre, who got in trouble with the law.
Michelle Malkin: MEET AMERICA'S FRIEND: AAGE BJERRE — In case you missed it yesterday, you should read this story about a pro-American...
Jesse Taylor: Aage Bjerre is a Danish pizza maker who refuses to serve anyone from Germany or France because of their governments' lack of support for the Iraq war.

Straight from the heart
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Caught in the spotlight of history, set on the stage of a very public event, Marie Fatayi-Williams, the mother of Anthony Fatayi-Williams, 26 and missing since Thursday, appeals for news of her son.
TheAnchoress: I weep for and with this mother, whose son appears to have died in the terrorism attack of 7/7. Her grief is palpable.
Andrew Stuttaford: A MOTHER'S LAMENT — Just read this.
Andrew Sullivan: A MOTHER ASKS: One Marie Fatayi-Williams, the immigrant Nigerian mother of a London-born son, Anthony, stood in...

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — who once held hearings chastising Hollywood studios for producing R- rated films and marketing them to teens — is now playing a part in one!
Opening this weekend, WEDDING CRASHERS, a movie packed with raunchy moments and bare-breasted beauties bedding down with the guys.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: According the Drudge, John McCain's total number of cool points just hit an all-time high in my book.
James Joyner: Developing... Update (1028): As is often the case with Drudge exclusives, there's not much to this one: [snipped quote] Ho hum.
K. J. Lopez: SENATOR BEGS — John McCain just wanted to be called a "boob." Don't give me a hard time. JPod wanted short. That took zero effort.

27 People, Many Children, Killed by Bomber in Baghdad
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 13 - Twenty-seven people, many of them children, were killed by a suicide truck bomb today as the children gathered around an Army vehicle where troops were handing out chocolates and other gifts.
The blast was so powerful it set a nearby house on fire.
Tarek @LiquidList: I see something like today's bombing which killed many children, and I wonder at what point do the people of Iraq turn against this insurgency.
Armando @DailyKos: More Violence in Iraq — Wednesday morning in Baghdad: "Twenty-seven people, many of them children, were killed by a...
Andrew Sullivan: I can't get past this story in the New York Times this morning: [snipped quote] One thing we need to remember: the...

Bolton May Accept Recess Appointment
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations was the hottest issue in Congress a few months ago. But it has virtually evaporated this summer, eclipsed by speculation over a Supreme Court nominee and the fate of the president's top political adviser.
Captain Ed: Despite his initial reluctance to do so, Bolton apparently has indicated that he will accept a recess appointment from...
Steve Soto: Go Ahead George, Make My Day: Do A Recess Appointment Of Bolton — Sure, Bush can go ahead and make a recess appointment...
James Joyner: Bolton May Accept Recess Appointment — Embattled UN Ambassador nominee John Bolton may take a recess appointment after all.
Steve Clemons: The Washington Post's Charles Babington and Dafna Linzer now report that Bolton, who previously had misgivings about...
Joe Gandelman: It sounds like John Bolton is indeed destined to be a recess appointment after all: "John R. Bolton's nomination to be...
Jeralyn Merritt: Bush May Give Bolton a Recess Appointment — Another executive fiat is on the way....the Washington Post reports that John Bolton will accept a recess appointment.
Also: Orrin Judd, John Cole, Echidne, Ken Masugi

New Stem-Cell Bill Gains Support
  By / Wired News   —   Permalink 
A new bill proposing research into obtaining "morally acceptable" embryonic stem cells could give anti-abortion senators the out they've been hoping for.
Conservative senators like Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) have supported efforts to...
John Cole: The Specter of Angry Arlen Specter — The Instapundit touches on why Arlen Specter may be a little 'uncooperative'...
Glenn Reynolds: STEM CELL UPDATE: People wondering why Arlen Specter has been less-than-helpful to the Bush Administration on judicial...

Homeland Security To Be Restructured
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will announce a major restructuring of his 180,000-employee department today, changing how the two-year-old agency handles intelligence, sets policy and manages key law enforcement operations in response to criticism that domestic security remains unfocused and poorly coordinated.
Michelle Malkin: James Jay Carafano, senior research fellow for defense and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation: "This is the last, best chance to get it right."
Mark Krikorian: The Department of Homeland Security, which took over immigration and many other responsibilities when it was created in...
James Joyner: Update (0948): Homeland Security To Be Restructured (WaPo, A1) "Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will...

Leak? What Leak?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
From the moment the Karl Rove story exploded over the weekend, I've been intensely curious as to what tack the conservatives would take.
This is a big political embarrassment, no question about it, and while Scott McClellan could try the old...
Jeff A. Taylor: Rovian Atmosphere — Howie Kurtz does the heavy lifting with an update on the goings-on in the Rove-Plame matter.
Joe Gandelman: If you want to keep tabs on what's happening, you must read Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post's devastating piece detailing GOP response to this controversy.

GOP on Offense in Defense of Rove
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Republicans mounted an aggressive and coordinated defense of Karl Rove yesterday, contending that the White House's top political adviser did nothing improper or illegal when he discussed a covert CIA official with a reporter.
Barbara O'Brien: Via Dan Froomkin, more GOP strategy: [quote] Jim VandeHei writes in The Washington Post: "The emerging GOP strategy —...[end quote]
Taegan Goddard: Meanwhile, the Washington Post notes Republicans "mounted an aggressive and coordinated defense" of Rove.
Roger Ailes: The Washington Post, today: [quote] "No one has asked him what he told the grand jury.[end quote]
Avedon Carol: The Republican talking points include the idea that Democrats are trying to "smear" Rove by telling the truth about him.
Tom Maguire: Push Back Points — Here are the Republican push-back points on the Rove debacle; the WaPo has a story as well.

Karl Rove, Whistleblower
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame.
Eric Boehlert: This morning's lead editorial, typed right from RNC talking points, rushes to Karl Rove's defense.
Jim Romenesko: WSJ: Press ought to be grateful to Rove for telling the truth — Wall Street Journal "Media chants aside, there's no...

Classic Rove
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Now Karl Rove has become "fair game."
That was the term that the president's consigliere applied to Valerie Plame, according to Newsweek, in a conversation with MSNBC's Chris Matthews immediately after the publication of Robert D. Novak's column that identified Plame as a CIA operative.
Barbara O'Brien: See also "Classic Rove" by Harold Meyerson in today's Washington Post. | bar.jpg
Jim Romenesko: > "McClellan was one beleaguered boychik on Monday as he sought to duck questions on how to square his previous...

Bomb suspect's family 'shattered'
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The uncle of one of the suspected London suicide bombers said his family had been "left shattered" by the news.
Bashir Ahmed, 65, said the family of Shehzad Tanweer, who recently studied religion in Pakistan, could not accept he was capable of the bombings.
James Joyner: Bomb suspect's family 'shattered' (BBC) [quote] The uncle of one of the suspected London suicide bombers said his family had been "left shattered" by the news.[end quote]
Stanley Kurtz: PAKISTAN ENTERS THE PICTURE — New information now on one of the London suicide bombers. (See my earlier posts for the big picture.)

Editors at Time Inc. Offer Reassurances to Reporters
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It was meant to be a balm for upset journalists, or at least a start.
On Monday, the top editors of Time Inc. shuttled between New York and Washington to address the discontent simmering among Time magazine's staff members in both cities, the result of...
Garrett M. Graff: Also Time's editors met with a furious reception earlier this week in a gathering of the D.C. bureau.
Jim Romenesko: Time staffers had "a full and frank discussion" with editors — New York Times The Time correspondents who met with top...

The Anonymity Trap
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
It's been open season on Norm Pearlstine since the Time Inc. editor in chief decided to turn over Matthew Cooper's notes to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. In the New York Times, Frank Rich accused Pearlstine of elevating corporate interests over press freedom.
Jim Romenesko: (NY Observer) > "There's a strong argument that journalists at Time and elsewhere should not just cough up the names of...
Betsy Newmark: Jacob Weisberg argues that Judith Miller should give up her source and is not doing anything particularly noble about hiding that source.

Rucksack gang filmed at King's Cross 'looked like the infantry going to war'
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
The critical breakthrough in the hunt for the London bombers came on Monday night in a police video viewing suite.
Detectives involved in watching thousands of hours of film for glimpses of the terrorists had been given a "profile" based on a simple question posed for their guidance by senior officers.
David Cohen: BEING ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH — Rucksack gang filmed at King's Cross 'looked like the infantry going to war' (John...
Stanley Kurtz: EYES ON TERROR — I'm not particularly happy about this, but it looks as though Britain's omnipresent surveillance videos had a critical role in cracking the terror case.

Who's really open?
  By /   —   Permalink 
Where I work (in network TV) and live (on the Upper West Side of Manhattan), people say "conservative" the way they say "child molester." It's the worst thing to be called. Everyone here agrees: Conservatives are repressive, while liberals are open-minded and think it's important to hear a diverse range of voices.
S.Z.: Ultimate Wingnut Challenge: the TownHall Team Talent Show On today's edition of "Ultimate Wingnut Challenge," we...
Jesse Taylor: Stosselized — John Stossel, a man who occupies a spot in the mainstream media that nobody else does, the only openly...

Imperfect martyr
  Salon   —   Permalink 
"New York Times reporter Judith Miller is sent to jail for contempt of court, but not for writing months of front-page fiction about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," a reader in California recently wrote to Salon. "Al Capone did time in prison for tax evasion, but not for murder.
Digby: One of the things missed in all the paeans to Judy's martyrdom to the confidential source is that the Jeanne D'arc of...
Jim Romenesko: (E&P) > "Judy Miller might be the Skokie case of press-freedom issues" (Salon)
Susie Madrak: And this is what the writers at Salon and the Beltway press corpse don't seem to get: Judy Miller actively collaborated with her sources to make this war seem inevitable.
Atrios: Salon Sucks — It's late, but f**king hell this is the crappiest Judy Martyr Miller article written yet.

How 'reality' shapes reality
  By /   —   Permalink 
This September, the Sundance Channel will air a "groundbreaking" new "reality" show entitled "TransGeneration." The show follows "four unique individuals, two male-to-females and two female-to-males as they struggle to transition from one gender to the other in the midst of a grueling school year.
Amanda Marcotte: When I saw the title of Ben Shapiro's column today, "How 'reality' shapes reality", I was almost positive it was going...
Tbogg: Next week Ben discovers that people laugh at him and not with him The naif gets an earful: The irony of the situation is that reality television is a hoax.
S.Z.: His talent number consists of some whining about how the TV forces him to watch programs about transsexuals — it's a...
Roger Ailes: In other news, the Deviant Ben lashes out at the producers of Average Joe, who so cruelly dashed his last, best hope for happiness.

Sharp Increase in Tax Revenue Will Pare U.S. Deficit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - For the first time since President Bush took office, an unexpected leap in tax revenue is about to shrink the federal budget deficit this year, by nearly $100 billion.
Steve Soto: Bush Gravy-Trainers Will Trumpet Today's Deficit News, But ... Yes, it has already started that anonymous posters here...
TheAnchoress: Good economic news Hmmm…tax revenues up - a lot. We see a 25% drop in the deficit.
Ace: Cry: NYT Forced To Report Deficit, Not Sky, Is Falling — Bush's plan to cut the deficit in half by 2009 might actually happen by next year.
Acidman: How can this be true? Just two days ago, Hillary Clinton was railing against Bush for bankrupting the American economy by giving "tax cuts to the rich."
Alexander K. McClure: Deficit — The projected deficit for 2005 was: 427 billion dollars With the economy doing better than expected thanks to...
Orrin Judd: SOUNDS LIKE REASON ENOUGH TO CUT TAXES: Sharp Increase in Tax Revenue Will Pare U.S. Deficit (EDMUND L. ANDREWS,...

A Homegrown Threat
  LAT   —   Permalink 
LEEDS, England — He was British-born, the son of a Pakistani merchant who had made good in that most British of endeavors: the fish-and-chip business.
But at some point, Shahzad Tanweer, named Tuesday as a suspected suicide bomber in a blast that tore...
Orrin Judd: A Homegrown Threat: A merchant's son linked to last week's carnage may have been part of a generation of extremists rising in England's immigrant enclaves.
Kevin Roderick: London back on A1 — Today's L.A. Times fronts two staff stories about the London bombings. See below.

What was Judith Miller Up To?
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
From Frank Rich in the New York Times to Michael Kinsley in the Los Angeles Times, opinions were expressed across a wide spectrum in the days following the decision by federal district court Judge Frank Hogan to sentence Judith Miller to jail and let Matt...
Jim Romenesko: > Was Miller a "carrier" of the rumor about Plame's real identity? (E&P) > "Judy Miller might be the Skokie case of press-freedom issues" (Salon)
Steve Antler: From the O My Prophetic Soul desk... Latest state of the art speculation regarding Rove, etc., now appears to be...

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Left
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
HILLARY CLINTON made headlines earlier this week when she compared President George W. Bush to Mad magazine's Alfred E. Neuman, the gap-toothed, freckle-faced mascot whose signature statement is "What, me worry?"
Captain Ed: My first column, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Left", reviews Hillary Clinton's Aspen speech in which she compared George Bush to Alfred E. Neuman.
Scott @PowerLine: Case in point: Hillary Clinton's Aspen speech: "It's a mad, mad, mad, mad left."
TheAnchoress: Ed Morrissey wonders about Hillary's Alfred E. Neuman crack: SENATOR CLINTON'S SPEECH provides its own Mad magazine moments.

A laughing lad from the chippie and his wild mate
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
IF EVER there were model immigrants, they were the Tanweers. The close-knit family, originally from Pakistan, had made a good life in Britain, running their fish and chip shop and living in a large detached house in the Beeston area of Leeds, with two Mercedes cars parked outside.
Cori Dauber: The Times of London of 13 July describes: [snipped quote] A perfect storm of anti-expectations. Good family. Loving family.
Betsy Newmark: Does anyone else sense a similarity between the stories of the bombers in London and how no one seemed to know that they...
Hugh Hewitt: Another Times story adds: "A cousin said yesterday that Hasib 'went off the rails and his parents were very worried.

Reprimand of Guantanamo Chief Urged, Nixed
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Military investigators wanted the former prison commander at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reprimanded over the treatment of one terror suspect, but a top general rejected their call, according to a congressional aide.
Captain Ed: Only Three Violations Of Rules At Gitmo — An independent investigation into the detention facility at Gunatanamo Bay...
Chris @AmericaBlog: The latest is that despite countless abuses at Gitmo, General Bantz J. Craddock sees no reason to discipline Major...
Norbizness: (6) The lights on the lady in tights / Or the bride with the guy on the side / Or the ball where she gives him her all / That's accountability!

The suicide bomb squad from Leeds
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
FOUR friends from northern England have changed the face of terrorism by carrying out the suicide bombings that brought carnage to London last week.
It emerged last night that, for the first time in Western Europe, suicide bombers have been recruited for attacks.
Jan Haugland: Homegrown terrorism — All four London suicide bombers were young British men of Pakistani origin.
Hugh Hewitt: The Times of London reports that "[i]intelligence agencies say that at least two of the men had recently returned from...
Joe Gandelman: Now The Words Are Being Used: "Suicide Bombers" — It's interesting how in the London bombing case the words "suicide...
Orrin Judd: The suicide bomb squad from Leeds (Michael Evans, Daniel McGrory and Stewart Tendler, 7/13/05, Times of London) "FOUR...
Michelle Malkin: Evening update... A closer look at the terrorist bomb squad: "Three of the men lived in Leeds and the immediate fear is...

Bernie Goldberg gets even
  By /   —   Permalink 
I've made up my mind. I don't like Bernie Goldberg. Matter of fact, I hate him.
Who does this man think he is? I've spent the better part of two decades exposing the outrages of the liberal media, and during most of that time, Bernie Goldberg was earning a comfortable living in that very industry.
S.Z.: He calls his talent number "Bernie Goldberg Gets Even." I've made up my mind. I don't like Bernie Goldberg.
Roger Ailes: el-Brent Bozell Strikes Out Again — [snipped quote] Next time try using a washcloth first, Brent.

Legal Analysts Critical of N.Y. Times Reporter's Stance in Leak Probe
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Tim Russert of NBC, Walter Pincus and Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post and Matthew Cooper of Time were all subpoenaed in the Valerie Plame leak investigation. But only New York Times reporter Judith Miller is in jail today.
Jim Romenesko: Miller is in jail because of a confrontational legal strategy — Washington Post That's what some legal experts tell the...
Atrios: If Miller is a hero for going to jail, what does that make the reporters (cough Tim cough) who didn't?

Lawyer: Cooper "Burned" Karl Rove
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Rove's attorney talks to NRO.
The lawyer for top White House adviser Karl Rove says that Time reporter Matthew Cooper "burned" Rove after a conversation between the two men concerning former ambassador Joseph Wilson's fact-finding mission to Niger and the role Wilson's wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, played in arranging that trip.
Ed Driscoll: Fox News interviews someone like Byron York to show how misleading the original storyline was.
Betsy Newmark: Byron York has a must-read article interviewing Karl Rove's lawyer.
Billmon: On that score, Greg also points to the latest bit of sophism from Rove's mouthpiece, Robert Luskin, who now argues the...
Barbara O'Brien: Pretty good summation. In the Rightie Alternate Universe (RUA RAU), it was Wilson and Plame who burned Karl Rove.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Meanwhile, I must admit to being somewhat interested in how a phone call about welfare reform suddenly lurched to a discussion of Joe Wilson's investigation.
Gregory Djerejian: Meantime, Rove attorney Luskin will work the PR/legal angles and sometimes move the goalposts somewhat (after all, just...
Also: Jeralyn Merritt, Orrin Judd, John Podhoretz, Paul @PowerLine, PGL, Judd @ThinkProgress, Mitch Berg, Attaturk, Laura Rozen, Armando @DailyKos, Andrew Sullivan, Eugene Oregon, Greg Saunders, Josh Marshall, K-Lo

  Sky News   —   Permalink 
The suspected bomber of the London bus attack has been identified as among the 13 who died, according to police sources.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said it was still not clear if the man had been a suicide bomber.
Mitch Berg: Had an invasion of the Japanese home islands been necessary, it's likely we'd have seen more varieties of the suicide...
Andrew Cochran: Sky News: "Highly likely" that one attacker died in bombings and "senior anti-terror police were working on the...
Captain Ed: Today, Sky News reports that the four bombers likely died in the explosions, while the BBC flashes that an arrest has...
Jan Haugland: Sky News now says all four explosions killed the bombers, running somewhat against the common theory that the near-simultanous explosions were the result of timer mechanisms.
Damian Penny: Suicide in London — Sky News says the 7/7 killers were suicide bombers - and that they were all born in Britain: The...
Michelle Malkin: More Sky news on home raids related to the attacks. *** 1135am EST. Sky: All four bombers died in the attacks.
Also: Jeralyn Merritt, Joe Gandelman, John @PowerLine, Smash, Jeff Goldstein, Andrew Sullivan

White House: Bush Has Confidence in Rove
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
President Bush supports Karl Rove, the White House said Tuesday, rebuffing Democratic calls for Bush to fire his top political adviser over his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.
McClellan said that includes Rove.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: (Though yesterday we learned, via poor Scott McClellan, that the President still has confidence in Rove.
Josh Marshall: This from the AP ... [quote] Rove "was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a false premise," said Mehlman.[end quote]
PGL: PlameGate & Rove: the Right Reacts - Part IV — Now that denial and the so what approach is not working, phase III is in full motion - the smear Joseph Wilson approach, that is.
Mark Kleiman: Update McClellan presents a profile in weasel: At a White House briefing afterward, spokesman Scott McClellan was pressed about Rove's future.
Echidne: Nobody knows anything whatsoever, and the White House has complete confidence in Karl Rove: [snipped quote] Second, there...
Jeralyn Merritt: White House Breaks Silence: Has Confidence In Rove — Scott McClellan in today's press conference finally addressed Karl...

CNN's Kyra Phillips: "definitely a major smear campaign going on" against Rove
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
CNN anchor Kyra Philips responded to a call by Democratic senators for President Bush to fire White House senior adviser Karl Rove for his alleged role in the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame by saying: "definitely a major smear campaign going on."
Avedon Carol: That stuff has already been repeated both throughout the right-blogosphere and on CNN.
Chris Bowers: Update: CNN registers with the Republican Party: "BOB FRANKEN (national correspondent): And just a nod from the...
David Sirota: CNN's anchorperson Kyra Philips actually tried to make viewers feel bad for Rove, saying that there's "definitely a major smear campaign going on" against him.
Skippy: watching rove squrim: priceless. addendum: media matters is on the case.
PGL: Phase IV seems to be blame the Democrats and it seems the White House has Kyra Phillips as their CNN stooge.
John @AmericaBlog: Why does CNN's Kyra Phillips hate America? From MediaMatters.
Also: Atrios

Arrest over London bomb attacks
  BBC   —   Permalink 
An arrest has been made in Yorkshire after the identity of the suspected London bus bomber led police to make a series of raids.
Security sources said the bus bomb suspect died in the blast but it is unclear if it was a suicide bombing.
Jan Haugland: Update: Arrests have been made in Yorkshire, where the police raids this morning was conducted.
Jeralyn Merritt: Arrests in London Bomb Attacks — Arrests have been made in last week's London bombings.
Iain Murray: ARRESTS IN LONDON TERROR HUNT — It appears that the investigators have been able to ascertain not only that all four...
Michelle Malkin: WaPo wire here. 1200pm EST: The Economist reports on breakthroughs in the hunt for the bombers.
Joe Gandelman: Man Arrested In London Terrorist Bomb Attack — Events are moving swiftly in the case of last week's terrorist attacks...
James Joyner: London Terrorists All Died in Attacks — All four terrorists who set off bombs in London's subways last week died in the attacks, according to several media sources.

On the Web, Fearlessness Meets Frivolousness
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Every momentous occasion seems to have a moblog (read: mob log). But not every moblog is created equal. In 2004, there was Sorry Everybody (, a Web site where hundreds of people posted pictures of themselves apologizing for the re-election of George W. Bush.
Jan Haugland: The New York Times' Sarah Boxer wrote an article to ridicule them.
Michael J. Totten: Here's one by the now-infamous Sarah Boxer in the New York Times, about, where she pulls decades-old...
Eugene Volokh: Brutish: A New York Times article faults posts on the We're Not Afraid site (created to "Show the world that we're not...
Jeff Jarvis: The NY Times culture writer assigned to the internet — lucky us — now takes it upon herself to formulate a strange...
Mary Katharine Ham: I'm Not Afraid. I'm Big-Boned!!! The NYT is very disappointed in us.
Ann Althouse: The NYT knocks the "We Are Not Afraid" site: [snipped quote] Justified? That "What, me worry?" crack resonants a little too much with the recent Hillary hoo-hah.

U.K. Cops Set Off Blast Amid Raids
  AP   —   Permalink 
LEEDS, England — British troops blasted their way into a home in northern England in what they said was a search for explosives, and police conducted a series of raids linked to last week's London bombings.
Police said 500 people were evacuated from the area and the streets were cordoned off.
Brian Keegan: Homicide Bomber....WUT? Dear Fox, what's a homicide bomber? Why is this a helpful phrase?
Jim Lindgren: Now some of Debka's more unusual ideas are being echoed in a few other stories, though there is still no evidence...
Johnathan Pearce: London's bombings, more developments — Sky News and its sister television channel Fox is reporting, along with Channel...
Baldilocks: Prediction: We Win — The London terrorists were suicide bombers, one possibly detonated early, but the others blew up on purpose (as if it makes any difference).
Andrew Cochran: Fox News report: "The latest development backs the theory that the attacks were carried out by homicide bombers."
Glenn Reynolds: ARRESTS in the London subway bombings — which appear to have been suicide bombings: [snipped quote] Stay tuned.
Also: Jeff Goldstein

What we know so far: police statement on London bombs
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Andy Hayman.
"It is now nearly a week since more than 50 people were murdered and several hundred injured in an appalling terrorist attack here in London.
Cernig: The Times has all the facts, rather than Sky News (the British version of Fox) speculation.
Jim Lindgren: Counterterrorism blog links to the transcript of the Scotland Yard press conference.
Andrew Cochran: Scotland Yard press conference: Transcript posted on London TimesOnline website - Warrants executed today in search for...
Jan Haugland: London bombings: what we know so far — A transcript of the press briefing today (eh, yesterday) by the London police.

At White House, a Day of Silence on Rove's Role in C.I.A. Leak
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 11 - Nearly two years after stating that any administration official found to have been involved in leaking the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer would be fired, and assuring that Karl Rove and other senior aides to President Bush had...
Tom Maguire: The Times, in a pop-up attached to this story says the definitive Bush statement came on Sept 30, 2003: "And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.
Arianna Huffington: Indeed, according to the New York Times, only one person has been prosecuted under the relevant statute — a CIA clerk...
Taegan Goddard: White House Stays Silent on Rove — After stating that "any administration official found to have been involved in...
Michelle Malkin: Read the whole thing. The New York Times provides team coverage of the McClellan briefing.
New Donkey: So Many Chickens Coming Home to Roost — I have an almost superstitious fear of getting too caught up in the unfolding...
Tom Burka: White House Cannot Confirm Ever Having Met Karl Rove — In a press conference yesterday, White House spokesperson Scott...
Also: Baldilocks, Avedon Carol, Digby, Captain Ed, Abel Rabinowitz, Steve Clemons, Bill Diamond, Roger Ailes, Jeralyn Merritt, Brian Stelter, Mark Kleiman, Joe @AmericaBlog, Jim Romenesko, Garrett M. Graff, John @AmericaBlog, John Cole, Laura Rozen

Bomber Kills 3 in Israeli Mall Blast
  AP   —   Permalink 
NETANYA, Israel — A teenage Palestinian bomber killed three Israelis and wounded at least 30 others in front of a crowded shopping mall in this seaside city, the first such attack in nearly five months and a blow to a truce that has revived peace hopes.
Baldilocks: And the terror hasn't stopped in Israel.
James Joyner: Bomber Kills Three in Israeli Mall Blast (Fox) [snipped quote] Terrorists killing Israelis is sufficiently "normal" that it barely makes the news anymore.
Forkum: And after months of relative calm in Israel, FoxNews reports today: Bomber Kills 3 in Israeli Mall Blast.

London bombers 'were all British'
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Detectives now believe the London bombings were carried out by four British-born men in what were possibly the country's first suicide attacks.
Security sources said it was likely at least three of the men, said to be of Pakistani-origin, are dead after their belongings were found at the scenes.
Jim Henley: No comment yet, add yours? » Leads (Leeds) London police are pretty sure the bombers were native Brits of Pakistani descent and are, in at least three cases, dead.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: However: [quote] "The BBC's Frank Gardner said it was unlikely the men - who police believe were all British - acted alone.[end quote]
Charles Paul Freund: British Bombers — The BBC is reporting that at least three of the suspected terrorist bombers in last week's London...

'If we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone.' You reckon so?
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
IT'S BEEN a quite a week for what the historian Brendan Simms once described as "conservative pessimism". If we left everyone else alone, say the conservative pessimists, then they'd leave us alone. It's all this doing stuff in the world that leads to trouble.
Arthur Chrenkoff: A must read of the day, the latest column by David Aaronovitch in the London "Times": "'If we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone.' You reckon so?"
Harry @HarrysPlace: In The Times David Aaronovitch also touches upon the theme.
Damian Penny: Two more outstanding columns from the British media: David Aaronovitch passionately argues against isolationism and...
Andrew Sullivan: Here's more context for those who still believe we would not be targeted if we never retaliated: "What does all this tell us?
Barbara O'Brien: I am not so naive to think, as this London Times article suggests, that "if we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone."
Me @USSNeverdock: Britain - Bombings: What To Do? Earlier I posted about this Times (UK) article warning of the dangers of doing nothing.
Also: Norm Geras, Pejman Yousefzadeh

Durbin's Staff Trying to Silence Critics, Group Says   —   Permalink 
( - A conservative advocacy group says it will not be intimidated by pressure from Sen. Dick Durbin's office.
Move America Forward, a group that supports the U.S. military and wants to eject the United Nations from the United States, is...
James Joyner: Durbin's Staff Trying to Silence Critics, Group Says (CNS -Townhall, July 11) "A conservative advocacy group says it...
John @PowerLine: CNS News reports: [snipped quote] I haven't seen any response from Durbin's office.
Rob @Wizbang: ( - A conservative advocacy group says it will not be intimidated by pressure from Sen. Dick Durbin's office.
John Cole: This, however, is just plain stupid: [snipped quote] Now granted, it was just a flip remark, and the folks at Move...

How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL
  By / Time   —   Permalink 
A crackle in the brush. That's the sound the Afghan herder recalls hearing as he walked alone through a pine forest last month. When he looked up, he saw an American commando, his legs and shoulder bloodied. The commando pointed his gun at the Afghan.
Joe Katzman: Now TIME Magazine does a fine job telling the story of the SEAL who escaped.
Orrin Judd: MORE: How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL: Exclusive: The tale of an Afghan's amazing rescue of a wounded U.S. commando (TIM MCGIRK, 7/11/05, TIME) "A crackle in the brush.
Blackfive: The Shepherd and the Seal — Hennesy sends the link to the Time article about the Afghan Shepherd who saved the wounded...
Bill @INDCJournal: A Sad, Gripping, Inspirational Story — Time: "How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL:" "A crackle in the brush.

Islam does incubate terrorism
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
'There are no Muslim terrorists. There are terrorists," Father Paul Hawkins of St Pancras parish church told his congregation on Sunday. " The people who carried out these attacks are victims of a false religion, be it false Christianity or false Islam."
Brian Micklethwait: And if you liked that, you will also like this by Mark Steyn.)
Me @USSNeverdock: Mark Steyn writes about what we should and should not be doing. The Problem.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: The most beautiful thing I've read in at least 2 weeks: And, of course it's from Mark Steyn — [snipped quote] Me: And on and on.
Ted Belman: Islam does incubate terrorism — By Mark Steyn, The Telegraph (Steyn's insights burn brightly in the firmament like stars.
Ed Driscoll: "Islam Does Incubate Terrorism" — Mark Steyn writes that the political correctness of liberal societies such as England...
Jayson @PoliPundit: Mark Steyn talks about the Islamo-fascist component of Islamo-fascist terrorism, and the deep pool of sheer reality denial into which liberals have plunged.

The War's Realists
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
"We're fighting the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the world so we do not have to face them here at home."
That's what President Bush said in his speech yesterday at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
Barbara O'Brien: E.J. Dionne writes in today's Washington Post: [quote] "We're fighting the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the world so we do not have to face them here at home."[end quote]
Billmon: The Devil's Flypaper — Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne points to this nauseating — but highly revealing —...
Matthew Yglesias: E.J. Dionne corrects my error: [snipped quote] Now to be 100 percent clear this never made any sense at all, either before or after the attacks in London.
Hugh Hewitt: E.J. Dionne joins the list of talking heads who believe Iraq is the new "terrorist breeding ground": "Appearing on 'Fox...
Praktike: Am I the only one who continues to be utterly astonished by the Bush administration's bizarre embrace of what ought to be a completely discredited argument by now?

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Statement on the Partisan Attack on Karl Rove
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 /U.S. Newswire/ — Following is a statement by Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman on the partisan attack on Karl Rove:
"It's disappointing that once again, so many Democrat leaders are taking their political cues from the far-left, Moveon wing of the party.
Chris Bowers: RNC Chair, July 2005: : "The bottom line is Karl Rove was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a...
Hunter @DailyKos: The central argument is this, according to the two-sentence statement by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman: "It's disappointing...
Steve Soto: The RNC and Luskin have coordinated their talking points now around the notion that all Rove was doing...

White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - President Bush was asked today if he planned to fire Karl Rove, a senior aide at the center of an investigation over the unmasking of an undercover C.I.A. officer, and he offered only a stony silence in reply.
Steve Soto: But we should also not be surprised to see Bush clam up and refuse to answer these questions, as he has already done this morning.
Orrin Judd: AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE: White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day (RICHARD W. STEVENSON and DAVID STOUT,...
Armando @DailyKos: The title is the question asked of President Bush, according to NYTimes reporter Richard Stevenson.

White House Still Silent on Rove Evidence
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it misled the public by insisting for two years that presidential adviser Karl Rove wasn't involved in leaking the identity of a female CIA officer.
The president did not respond.
Mark Kleiman: Note today's AP story: President Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would...
Susie Madrak: Stonewall Heh: President Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would fire...
Atrios: Apparently not yet anyway: WASHINGTON Jul 12, 2005 — The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it...
Josh Marshall: AP: "President — "Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would fire Rove —...

Q& A
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Q: Why was New York Times reporter Judith Miller jailed?
Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper were found in civil contempt of court in Octoberfor defying a federal court judge's order to answer questions in a grand jury investigation.
Jeralyn Merritt: Source: The Washington Post, July 7, 2005, p. A13. This sentence appears in the print edition but not the online version.
Cookie Jill: "source: the washington post, july 7, 2005, p. a13. this sentence appears in the print edition but not the online version."

Police beat protesters at protest rally in Iran
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Iranian police beat dozens of protesters with batons on Tuesday at a demonstration to call for the release of Iran's most prominent jailed journalist.
Robert Mayer: Of all people, a Reuters journalist was on the scene and wrote about it with pictures.
Laura Rozen: Reuters is reporting that Iranian police beat up students demonstrating today in front of Tehran university to demand the release of jailed journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji.

Suspect in Dutch filmmaker's murder makes dramatic court room confession
  Yahoo! News   —   Permalink 
The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed to a Dutch court that he acted out of his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free.
"I take complete responsibility for my actions.
Charles Paul Freund: Mohammed Bouyeri, the 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national on trial for the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, confessed...
Paul Musgrave: Update: News of another, but subtly different in motivation, hate crime in Denmark—the assassination of Theo Van Gogh,...
Roger L. Simon: Van Gogh Murderer Confesses - Still No Word from Hollywood — Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh's jihadist killer -...

White House: Bush confident in Rove
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After two days of questions, the White House said Tuesday that President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of the investigation into the leak identifying a female CIA officer.
Talking Dog: Your talking dog is enjoying the mmm mmm goodness of watching the President and his principal advisor Karl Rove twist,...
RJ Eskow: confidence man the white house finally broke its recent silence on plamegate, saying it has "confidence" in karl rove.

  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
While combatants on both sides of the Cuba war have been known to literally kill their opponents in decades past, these days the preferred method is political assassination.
Randy Paul: All Dissent Is Opposition — Courtesy of Marc Cooper, I'd like to point out this article by Ann Bardach in Slate.
Kevin Drum: So yesterday I noticed it when she had an article in Slate about Alberto Coll, a conservative Republican who made a...

Frog-Marching Time for Rove?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The liberal blogosphere is aflame with animosity toward Karl Rove, now that he's been sucked deeper into the Plame probe.
Some folks out there think he should just be thrown in the jail cell next to Judy Miller's, no indictment or trial necessary.
Lambert @Corrente: Keller to blogosphere: Drop dead!
Daniel Drezner: "The liberal blogosphere says yes; Mickey Kaus and Tom Maguire say no; [And what about you?—ed."