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The faith of John Roberts
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been called the stealth nominee for the Supreme Court — a nominee specifically selected because he has few public positions on controversial issues such as abortion. However, in a meeting last week, Roberts briefly lifted the carefully maintained curtain over his personal views.
Dr. Steven Taylor: On "Stealth" Candidates — I have noted a number of references to John Roberts as a "stealth" candidate (for an example, see Jonathan Turley's LAT piece).
Norbizness: Even though I still think that he will be confirmed without any meaningful threat of a filibuster, the nominee and White...
Nate F.: Jonathan Turley's LA Times op-ed, linked below by QD, is a desperate attempt to cast doubt on John Roberts' judicial impartiality.
Patterico: Jonathan Turley Column: Silly — and Wrong Jonathan Turley has an op-ed about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in this morning's Los Angeles Times.
Kriston @BeggingToDiffer: FAITH AND STEALTH — From the LAT (courtesy of Unfogged), an alarming revelation about John Roberts, who has otherwise...
Betsy Newmark: Why is Senator Durbin even raising the question of Judge Roberts faith and what he would do if a question came up that...
Also: Ann Althouse, TheAnchoress, Ramesh Ponnuru, William J. Dyer, Gary Farber, Susie Madrak, Jeffrey Dubner, DavidNYC @DailyKos, Paul @PowerLine, QD @SouthernAppeal

Jane Fonda to Oppose Iraq War on Bus Tour
  AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA FE, N.M. - Actress and activist Jane Fonda says she intends to take a cross-country bus tour to call for an end to U.S. military operations in Iraq.
"I can't go into any detail except to say that it's going to be pretty exciting," she said.
Blackavar: Just when you thought it was safe to scrape the "I'm not Fonda Hanoi Jane" bumpersticker off your F-150... Jane Fonda to take anti-war trip in vegetable oil-powered hippy wagon.
Lorie Byrd: UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has an update including a letter of apology from the Lt. Gov. UPDATE II: Polipundit reader,...
Jeralyn Merritt: She's planning a bus tour to oppose the Iraq War. The bus will be fueled by vegetable oil. Fonda made the announcement in Santa Fe on her book tour.
Avedon Carol: Yes, it's the return of Jane Fonda to anti-war politics! You just know they're breathless. My god this is moronic.
McQ: After having tried to retire her "Hanoi Jane" moniker, Jane Fonda will again embark on a mission to end the war and raise the morale of the troops in combat.
La Shawn Barber: Fonda may be an old fool (I'm just guessing), but she's wise enough to know a trip to an Islamofascist camp may be hazardous to her presently-attached head.
Also: Michelle Malkin, Jayson @PoliPundit

Clinton to Direct Creation of Democrats' Agenda
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Democratic Leadership Council, an organization of influential party moderates, named Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today to direct a new initiative to define a party agenda for the 2006 and 2008 elections.
Lambert @Corrente: "All this suggests that strains could develop between Clinton's desire to write a plan popular with as wide an array of...
Orrin Judd: SUBTRACT '93-'94 AND HE'S BLAIR: Clinton to Direct Creation of Democrats' Agenda (Ronald Brownstein, July 25, 2005, LA...
Steve Bainbridge: Hillary in Waiting — The DLC reportedly has picked Hillary Clinton (you remember her: the First Lady who named folks...

Congress plans to scrutinize Plame-related issues
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress will conduct a series of hearings on national security and espionage issues raised by the CIA-leak controversy surrounding senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, officials said on Monday.
Josh Marshall: And as part of his new exercise in water-carrying he will also investigate Patrick Fitzgerald's criminal probe.
Kos @DailyKos: GOP to investigate Fitzgerald — The story starts off promising enough: [snipped quote] But get to the last paragraph,...

Vandals torch 20 U.S. flags, car
  By / Cincinnati Enquirer   —   Permalink 
FAIRFIELD - American flags, lining the lawn of the mother- and father-in-law of fallen U.S. Army Pfc. Timothy Hines Jr., were heaped in a pile early Saturday and burned under a car parked in front of the home - less than 24 hours after Hines was buried in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery.
Paul @Wizbang: "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."and this:Leftist Vandals Attack...
Jesse Taylor: A Cincinnati family that just buried their son, a soldier who died in Iraq, awoke one morning to find the soldier's...
John Hawkins: "Mark Steyn: Dems Had Their Chance To Pick Justice" "Fred Barnes: Souter-Phobia" "John Fund: It's Time For Term Limits...
Gateway Pundit: The Left in America commits a really ugly crime,... this time in Cincinnati: American flags, lining the lawn of the mother- and father-in-law of fallen U.S. Army Pfc.
Captain Ed: Leftist Vandals Attack Family Of Slain Soldier — The family of a soldier killed in Iraq and just buried less than 24...
Steve Antler: Two laws that may have been broken... Regarding flag burning under mourning families' cars, I have these two points: 1.
Also: McQ, Justin Gardner, Barbara O'Brien, Gerry Daly, Smash

White House May Sidestep Dems on Bolton
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
Frustrated by Senate Democrats, the White House hinted Monday that President Bush may act soon to sidestep Congress and install embattled nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations on a temporary basis.
Steve Clemons: Today, AP's Terence Hunt tells another story and writes that he heard the White House actually hinting that Bolton would possibly get a recess appointment.
John @AmericaBlog: White House threatening recess appointment of Bolton — Good, let him go to the UN as a complete embarassment and...
Armando @DailyKos: Apparently dissatisfied that Dems want answers from Judge Roberts, rather than charging into a full bore battle on the...

Roberts Listed in Federalist Society '97-98 Directory
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. has repeatedly said that he has no memory of belonging to the Federalist Society, but his name appears in the influential, conservative legal organization's 1997-1998 leadership directory.
Joe Gandelman: So What" Test? Has a new twist has emerged in the nomination of John Roberts as Supreme Court Justice?
Ezra Klein: Standing Proud — Seems that Sir Roberts was for the Federalist society before he was against it. Fun.
Brad DeLong: It's hard to forget being on its steering committee: Roberts Listed in Federalist Society '97-98 Directory: By Charles...
Bill Scher: But today's W. Post shows that the White House, once again, was not telling the full story.
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Now the Washington Post reports that, indeed, Roberts was a member of the Federalist Society according to a published copy of a organization's 1997-1998 leadership directory.
Patterico: The Washington Post reports today: Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. has repeatedly said that he has no memory...
Also: V @LeftInTheWest, Susie Madrak, Avedon Carol, Betsy Newmark, Scott @PowerLine, Orin Kerr, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Lambert @Corrente, Dr. Steven Taylor, Chris Bowers, Atrios, Pudentilla, Ann Althouse, Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Drum, Ken Masugi

No butts behind wheel? N.J. moves on smokers
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
TRENTON, N.J. - Ashtrays have been disappearing in cars like fins on Cadillacs, and so could smoking while driving in New Jersey, under a measure introduced in the Legislature.
Gary Farber: NOT QUITE ENOUGH TO GET ME TO SIGN UP FOR THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY, but this is enough to make me ally over this issue, in...
James Joyner: No butts behind wheel? N.J. moves on smokers (AP) [snipped quote] While this measure is considered to have little chance...
Kevin Aylward: [AP/MSNBC]
Jeff Goldstein: Convinced that cracking down on embedded al Qaeda terror cells could get "a little too messy," Jersey lawmakers...
McQ: . Mr. McKeon is one of those types who scares the bejebers out of me.

Cheaper Health Insurance
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Republicans haven't been getting much credit on the health policy front, despite their misguided 2003 drug entitlement masquerading as Medicare "reform." That could change soon.
Ezra Klein: You Try Your Way, I'll Try Mine — Certain Republicans — and Republican outlets — are very excited over Arizona...
Jayson @PoliPundit: The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost control problem of health care, and one of the salient reform measures circulating through your GOP-dominated federal government.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: FASCINATING — I follow the health care debate only tangentially, but this strikes me as a very intriguing idea:...
McQ: Today's WSJ Opinion Journal points out why that would be a good thing: "Right now Americans who aren't lucky enough to...
Steve Antler: I like this idea a lot, but I'd add to it another simple proposal.

The Awakening
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Up Highway 96, sometimes called the State Fair Freeway, past the cliche of wheat fields, the thicket of signs proclaiming a right to life, take a left on 23rd Avenue and you will find a very plain nursing home, where something happened that wasn't supposed to happen.
TheAnchoress: The time to give up on people isânever 20 years ago, Sarah Scantlin was hit by a drunk driver, badly injured,...
Rich Lowry: Here is a tid-bit, but read the entire heart-breaking, moving, amazing story: For four years, Pat cooooooed at Sarah,...
Betsy Newmark: This story of a woman who spoke after being in a car accident twenty years ago and not speaking since will make you cry and give you hope.

Market share
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
ECONOMISTS HAVE LONG been famous (or notorious) for plunging into such seemingly non-economic topics as crime or marriage. Beginning in the 1960s, University of Chicago economist Gary S. Becker brought economic theory to bear on family life, discrimination,...
Steve Bainbridge: Postrel on Economic Sociology — The phenomenon is neither as new nor as little-known as Virginia Postrel's tone...
Tyler Cowen: Virginia Postrel on economic sociology — [snipped quote] Here is the link to the full story.
Virginia Postrel: What's that? you ask. For an introduction, read the resulting article, from yesterday's Boston Globe Ideas section.

CIA-Leak Probe May Cause Bush Long-Term Worry
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Questions about the outcome of a federal probe into the leaking of a CIA agent's identity could linger into the fall, creating a long stretch of uncertainty for President Bush and his team on a sensitive topic.
Jeralyn Merritt: The Wall Street Journal reports today (free article) that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald could extend the term of the grand jury by six months.
Laura Rozen: More on the investigation here and here, via Romenesko.
Jim Romenesko: Fitzgerald feeling pressure to wrap up his CIA leak probe?

What Did the President Know?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Now that special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald is said to have expanded his investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity to encompass a possible White House cover-up, what the president and the vice president knew would appear to be much more relevant.
Barbara O'Brien: Dan Froomkin gets to the heart of Traitorgate: "Fitzgerald's investigation appears to have turned its focus to...
Mcjoan @DailyKos: (From the diaries — Plutonium Page) "What Did the President Know?" Thank you Dan Froomkin, for putting it out there.
Garrett M. Graff: Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing and ABC's The Note have a round-up of all the Plame news today.

Nomination Reopens Debate on Disclosure
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 24 - For at least 34 years, Democrats and Republicans have staked out opposing positions on the question of whether a onetime Justice Department or White House lawyer, like John G. Roberts, should, when nominated to the Supreme Court, open up his government writings and recommendations to public scrutiny.
Armando @DailyKos: SCOTUS: The Roberts Stonewall — It begins: "Senator Patrick J. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who is the ranking minority...
Susie Madrak: Afternoon Roundup Sen. Pat Leahy says uh uh, there is no attorney-client privilege when you work as White House counsel so Roberts really ought to cough up those memos.

Roberts Declines to Explain Group Listing
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts declined Monday to say why he was listed in a leadership directory of the Federalist Society and the White House said he has no recollection of belonging to the conservative group.
Michael @AmericaBlog: We were immediately told Roberts wasn't a member and — taking the White House at its word — numerous media outlets ran corrections.
Armando @DailyKos: Thus: "Supreme Court nominee John Roberts declined Monday to say why he was listed in a leadership directory of the...
Mipe @ThinkProgress: And today, when Roberts was directly "asked by a reporter about the discrepancy," the nominee "smiled but didn't reply."
MJA @SouthernAppeal: I am sad to report that there is some indication that Roberts may have been a member of — or at least had some connection with — The Federalist Society.

Meet Larry Johnson
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
ON SATURDAY, former CIA analyst Larry Johnson gave the Democratic party's weekly radio address and excoriated President Bush for not having fired Karl Rove and others in connection with the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's name to the press.
Paul @PowerLine: Stay tuned for Part II. The second piece is "Meet Larry Johnson" by Gary Schmitt.
Atrios: Dance PNAC Monkey Dance — PNAC Monkey Gary Schmitt today: Well, it's good to see that the former CIA employee is now worried about the war on terror.
Matthew Yglesias: Schmitt Versus Johnson — He can probably speak up for himself, but a few comments seem to be in order in response to...

Imam warns Ottawa to back off Muslims
  By / Globe and Mail   —   Permalink 
A controversial Toronto imam warned Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan at a closed-door meeting to stop "terrorizing" Canadian Muslims.
"If you try to cross the line I can't guarantee what is going to happen.
Ace: Canadian Imam Warns: Stop "Terrorizing" Canadian Muslims Or Young Muslims May Become Uncontrollably Sassy — Ummm...
Jonah Goldberg: BACK OFF CANADA — Or young Muslims will bite. So says an Imam up there. Call me crazy, but something tells me, things won't go swimmingly up there for a while.

Lady Justice Rises
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS) Attorney Andrew Cohen analyzes legal issues for CBS News and
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor refuses to go gently into the night.
Ramesh Ponnuru: I'M NOT SURPRISED that a "CBS legal analyst" takes this position, but I am a little surprised that his rhetoric is so witless and flat-footed.
Paul @PowerLine: This just in from CBS News Court Watch — powerful judges don't like to be criticized. Via NRO's Corner.

The Wisdom of Solomon?
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
Should law schools be allowed to block military recruiters from campus? That's one of the first questions John Roberts will decide as a Supreme Court justice, should the Senate confirm him.
Scott @PowerLine: Last week NRO posted a column on the merits of the lawsuit: "The wisdom of Solomon?"
Todd Zywicki: Polsby and Rosencrantz on Rumsfeld v. FAIR: Dan Polsby, author of the amicus brief in the Rumsfeld case mentioned here...

The Best Army We Can Buy
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
THE United States now has a mercenary army. To be sure, our soldiers are hired from within the citizenry, unlike the hated Hessians whom George III recruited to fight against the American Revolutionaries.
Captain Ed: The Gray Lady Impersonates Kos — The New York Times published a rather offensive opinion piece by Standford history...
Blackfive: The Best Army We Can Buy By DAVID M. KENNEDY Published: July 25, 2005 THE United States now has a mercenary army.
Jonathan Caverley: Stanford history professor David Kennedy tries to get our attention by calling the professional army "mercenaries"
Cori Dauber: Assert Away — Most of the folks in uniform I know would be at least moderately insulted by the following bald assertion: THE United States now has a mercenary army.

Payola Shocker: J-Lo Hits, Others Were 'Bought' by Sony
  By / Fox News   —   Permalink 
I always say when people ask me that the so-called vipers of the movie business would not last a day in the record business. Now Eliot Spitzer's office has decided to prove the point.
"Please be advised that in this week's Jennifer Lopez Top 40 Spin Increase of 236 we bought 63 spins at a cost of $3,600."
Ace: Wondering How Awful Music Gets On The Radio? Payola never went away.
Damian Penny: The least surprising story you'll read all day: Jennifer Lopez's record company paid radio stations to play her music.

Guardian man fired after blog attack
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
The Guardian has terminated a reporter's one-year training contract after a blogger revealed the writer was a member of a extremist Islamist political party and had not declared his interest to the newspaper when he wrote for its comment pages after the July 7 attacks.
Ace: Another Notch On The Blogosphere's Barrel: Jihadi Journalist Dilpazier Alsam Fired — Violated Paper's Ethical Guidelines Regarding "Undo 'Sassiness'" Sassed; Sussed; Sacked.
Glenn Reynolds: SCOTT BURGESS'S DAILY ABLUTION has achieved fame in Britain by putting The Guardian in an embarrassing spot.
Perry de Havilland: The Times picks up on bloggers vs. Guardian story — Although they have come late to this story, The Times has also...

Shots to the Heart of Iraq
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD — Three men in an unmarked sedan pulled up near the headquarters of the national police major crimes unit. The two passengers, wearing traditional Arab dishdasha gowns, stepped from the car.
At the same moment, a U.S. military convoy emerged from an underpass.
Jim Henley: One lonely comment » "I Want to Blow Them All Up" Richard C. Paddock of the LAT looks as closely as possible at the topic of Iraqi civilian deaths at the hands of US troops.
Gary Farber: How to win friends and influence people: "Three men in an unmarked sedan pulled up near the headquarters of the national police major crimes unit.
Matt Welch: Deathtrap — The L.A. Times has a grim front-pager today about the human and political fallout from U.S. forces (and private contractors) shooting unlucky Iraqi civilians.
Pudentilla: freedom — [snipped quote] maybe rummy's so reluctant to measure iraqi fatalities because of financial exposure he'd face...

Guardsman Will Serve 18 Months in Prison
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
FORT KNOX, Ky. — An Indiana national guardsman pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi police officer, a crime he was accused of attempting to cover up by shooting himself in the stomach.
Jim Henley: UPDATE: The Post reports today, coincidentally, that there have been "at least a dozen court-martials of U.S. troops...
TChris: Berg pled guilty to a charge of negligent homicide. He was sentenced today to 18 months in prison.

Housing Market Revs Up Again, Setting Record in June
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The nation's roaring housing market set its second record in three months as sales of existing homes climbed at an annual rate of 4.4 percent in June, to 7.33 million, according to a report released today.
James Joyner: Housing Bubble in D.C. Area Bursting? While still torrid by national standards, the housing market in the D.C. area has cooled off compared to recent years.
Ogged @Unfogged: Well if y'all are barely going to comment, I'm just going to post willy-nilly. This reporter's name is Vikas Bajaj.

The Supreme Challenge: Zero Visuals Times 9
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The John Roberts nomination has revived an age-old dilemma for television news: how to cover nine secluded lawyers in black robes.
"Supreme Court arguments and decisions are fascinating to a few of us and really pretty boring to most," says MSNBC's Dan Abrams.
Harry Shearer: Check out the quotes in Howard Kurtz's media column, in which all three bemoan the lack of pictures as the reason why...
Brian Stelter: Greta Explains Her Aruba Fascination — On Wednesday, the day after Bush's Supreme Court nominee was announced, FNC's...
Garrett M. Graff: In his newspaper column today, Kurtz talks to legal experts (the same ones, mind you, who told us Michael Jackson was...
Jim Romenesko: Covering the Supreme Court is tough for TV journalists — Washington Post CNN's Jeff Toobin tells Howard Kurtz: "The...

Cybermogul has ideal pleasure Craft
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison may have found the perfect mate in romance novelist Melanie Craft.
Craft, who became the fourth Mrs. Ellison in December, appears to be one understanding spouse - assuming that she knows about the lovely ladies the software admiral piped aboard his 192-foot yacht, Ronin, on a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Brendan Nyhan: And did he wear plaid pants? Amid the political hullabaloo surrounding white-bread Supreme Court nominee John Roberts,...
John @AmericaBlog: From the NY Daily News: "Lively court briefs Amid the political hullabaloo surrounding white-bread Supreme Court...
Atrios: I Wonder Who This Was? And did he wear plaid pants?

Teamsters, SEIU Bolt AFL-CIO Federation
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO - The Teamsters and a major service employees union on Monday bolted from the AFL-CIO, a stunning exodus for an embattled movement already struggling to build its ranks and cope with a rapidly changing work environment.
Garance Franke-Ruta: The very same day the Service Employees International Union walked out of the AFL-CIO, centrist Democratic group Third...
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Splitsville — SEIU is out. No surprise. Teamsters out, too. Anyone else?

Early On, Roberts Trained His Wit on the High Court
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
After President Bush announced the nomination of Judge John Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court last week, friends and colleagues rushed forward to gush about the straight-laced former litigator's ample sense of humor.
Gerry Daly: This brings a smile to my face: "Judge Roberts also crafted another rhetorical zinger against the justices, two of whom...
John Podhoretz: I'm starting to love this guy. These nuggets were unearthed by the enterprising Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun.
Scott @PowerLine: And one can only hope that John Roberts at age 50 retains the acerbic view of the Supreme Court of John Roberts at age 28: "Early on, Roberts trained his wit on high court."

Jane Fonda plans anti-war bus tour
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
Will Jude Law's cheated-on fiancee, Sienna Miller, lose her ring — as well as her man?
Familiar titles like "Bewitched," "Batman" and "War of the Worlds" dominate this summer's movies. And they're bringing an army of zombies with them. By Paige Newman
Blackfive: Still A Traitor — Hanoi Jane is planning an anti-war tour next Spring.
Don: LONGING FOR HER SALAD DAYS? From the Associated Press:SANTA FE, N.M.

Four Big Unions Boycott AFL-CIO Convention and May Split Away
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO, July 24 — Four major unions announced Sunday that they will boycott this week's AFL-CIO convention, and union officials said all four are likely to leave the AFL-CIO altogether, fracturing the federation that for 50 years has represented the U.S. labor movement.
Brad Plumer: Now that the split between the AFL-CIO and dissident unions seems all but official, it's time to make a few predictions.
Ezra Klein: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow — It's inches from official — we're almost certainly going to have a Labor split. Good.

Defiantly, they ignore the bombs and queue to join the Iraqi army
  Telegraph   —   Permalink 
The south gate of Muthanna army barracks in Baghdad is one of the most frequently bombed sites in Iraq.
Suicide bombers have killed 198 people here since last year. Almost all were potential recruits to the country's fledgling armed forces.
Captain Ed: 'Army People Are Respected' — The London Telegraph published a fascinating look at the Iraqis who defy the suicide...
Bill Roggio: Strategy Page (July 24, 2005 entry) explains the real nature of the civil war - the resistance of Saddamists to the...

Ricky Martin seeks end to Arab stereotypes
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
AMMAN, Jordan —On his first visit to the Middle East, Ricky Martin declared he will try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West.
"I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf.
Damian Penny: Shake your bomb bomb — On his first visit to the Middle East, Ricky Martin declared he will try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West.
K. J. Lopez: HE BANGS — Ricky Martin has volunteered himself as spokesman for the Arab world. Look out world.

Why we need conservative judges
  By /   —   Permalink 
The characterizations we most commonly hear in contrasting liberal and conservative judges tend to use phrases such as "activism" vs. "restraint," and approaching the Constitution as a "living document" vs. focusing on "original intent."
La Shawn Barber: Listen to Star Parker: [snipped quote] Also see The Supreme Court Nomination Blog.
Sadly, No!: The government of New London, CT is just like Saddam Hussein's was — So sayeth Star "Not Jones" Parker: "Now I fear that our family's legacy is not secure.

Centrist Dems urge military enlargement
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Centrists who contend Democrats cannot retake the White House until voters trust the party to protect them said Sunday the Army should expand by 100,000 soldiers and that colleges should open their campuses to military recruiters.
Montag: Associated Press: Centrist Dems urge military enlargement This issue always brings good ole Federalist #46 to mind: "Let...
Ian Welsh: Al From and the Clue-By-Four — Al From: [snipped quote] Y'know, as Conason pointed out, the majority of American are pro-choice.

Low salary may scare off '06 GOP hopefuls
  Arizona Republic   —   Permalink 
When Gov. Janet Napolitano holds a Cabinet meeting, she's the lowest-paid person in the room.
And she apparently wants to keep it that way, turning down a $65,000 pay raise last year in what could be one of the shrewdest political moves she ever made.
Chris Bowers: Arizona Republicans Horrified By Low Governor's Salary — Hahahahahahahaha: [snipped quote] It is a sad state of affairs...
Taegan Goddard: Low Salary Scaring Off GOP Challengers — Political insiders say Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's (D) decision "to turn...

Rendell to send apology to Marine's family
  By /   —   Permalink 
Written apologies will be sent to a fallen Marine's relatives angered by Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's uninvited appearance at the soldier's funeral and her criticism of the war in Iraq, Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday.
John Hawkins: It's just sounds so creepy and wrong...which is apparently how Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell sees it, since he is going to...
Gerry Daly: Rendell to send apology to Marine's family — The Tribune-Review: [snipped quote] I am of two minds on this.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Iraq - Pennsylvania Doesn't Support the War — That's according to Gov. Ed Rendell.

Two Unions May Leave AFL-CIO Today; Biggest Split in 70 Years
  By / Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
July 25 (Bloomberg) — The Service Employees International Union and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, two of the three largest unions in the AFL-CIO, may leave the labor federation as early as today because of differences over organizing tactics and declining membership, its leaders said.
Alexander K. McClure: AFL-CIO — As Jayson has noted, the AFL-CIO may break up today. It's rather hard for me to analyze this right now, because my eyes are filled with tears.
Taegan Goddard: AFL-CIO May Splinter Today — The SEIU and Teamsters, "two of the three largest unions in the AFL-CIO, may leave the...

A neighbor's view of Valerie Wilson's 'outing'
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
Joe and Valerie Wilson are my next door neighbors in a hilly neighborhood just west of Georgetown. We moved in within months of each other seven years ago, attracted to our respective houses by the view of the Capitol in the distance and the Washington Monument in the foreground.
Jonah Goldberg: GREAT ODIN'S RAVEN — This is an overwrought op-ed by Joe Wilson's lawyer er, neighbor.
Attaturk: But the important thing to remember is just how false the bulls**t is and how basely it is utilized: "On Friday of July...
John @AmericaBlog: Wilson/Plame's lawyer's op ed in USA Today — USA Today: "Two years following the Wilson op-ed and the Novak column, we...

Santorum: Mrs. Roberts' Work Not Relevant
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The fact that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' wife does free legal work for an anti-abortion group should not be relevant to his confirmation hearing, a Senate Republican leader said Monday.
Jesse Taylor: Wifely Ways — I agree with Rick Santorum: what John Roberts' wife believes should have no bearing on whether or not he becomes a Supreme Court Justice.
Susie Madrak: Irrelevant Little Ricky says it's not relevant that SCOTUS nominee John Roberts' wife does legal work for anti-abortion group Feminists for Life.

Roberts Was Ready at Every Turn
  LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Three Republican presidents have shepherded him at the White House. Two powerful federal judges have mentored him in the law. And one of the capital's most prestigious law firms helped make him a millionaire.
Susie Madrak: Ah Yes, A Republican from the Beginning L.A. Times on our new SCOTUS nominee: There was another young John in those...
Orrin Judd: AS CLINTON PREPARED TO BE PRESIDENT...: Roberts Was Ready at Every Turn: High Court Nominee's Fortunes Called Result of...

Information wants to be rude
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Cyberspace, to its early denizens, was supposed to be a prelapsarian world, free from the taint of commerce and other vices of "meatspace" (as the material world is known), full of sweetness and light and universal siblinghood.
Jim Romenesko: Stop e-mailing Kinsley about his Downing Street memos piece — Los Angeles Times For the last few weeks, Michael...
Matt Welch: In a column about how people act all mean on the Internet, and which includes the words "cyberspace" (12 times),...

18 Years Is Long Enough
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
John Roberts is only 50 years old. That means, should he be confirmed, he could be issuing opinions "when my granddaughter is in her 30s . . . and she was born just a year ago," noted liberal and Harvard University law professor Larry Tribe put it recently.
Ann Althouse: John Fund has a Wall Street Journal editorial arguing for term limits for Supreme Court Justices: "A seat on the high...
Michael DeBow: Also, John Fund argues for SCOTUS term limits: "Indeed the life tenure for justices in our nation's highest court is an anomaly.
Dale Franks: The answer is Originalism, not term limits — John Fund argues that time has come to limit the terms of SUpreme Court Justices.

Bush bashing fizzles
  By /   —   Permalink 
This summer, one big story is replaced by another — the London bombings July 7, the speculation that Karl Rove illegally named a covert CIA agent, the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, more London bombings last week.
Barbara O'Brien: It's a small victory, but I'll take it. bananadancer.gif Meanwhile, clearly working from last week's talking points, Michael Barone tries to put a brave face on getting finessed.
Tbogg: Clapping for Tinker Bell — Michael Barone is still working from last weeks talking points This summer, one big story is...
Scott @PowerLine: The thirty years' war — Michael Barone provides a historical overview to the current efforts among the "liberal...
Jonah Goldberg: BARONE ON BUSH — Nice column on the Bush-bashing fizzle.

Letter from Londonistan
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
MYTHS ARE NOT THE STUFF of which sensible policy is made. So it is important to scotch the myth that Britain and America have similar and equally effective responses to the terrorist attacks they have suffered.
Stanley Kurtz: U.K. ROUNDUP — Irwin Stelzer's "Letter from Londonistan" is must reading.
La Shawn Barber: Irwin M. Stelzer, writing for the Weekly Standard, says it's because Britain fails to recognize its condition:...

Senate Panel to Examine Use of Cover by U.S. Spies
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The Senate Intelligence Committee will conduct hearings on American spy agencies' use of cover to protect the identities of intelligence officers, the committee chairman said on Sunday.
Armando @DailyKos: Witness the lying of Senator Pat Roberts, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee: [snipped quote] Senator...
Michael @AmericaBlog: But what really astonished me was the context of his comments: as threader acanadianreader pointed out, Roberts is...
Josh Marshall: But now there will be congressional hearings into whether the CIA does a good enough job at protecting the 'cover' of its agents in its Directorate of Operations.
Shawn @LiquidList: Politics: I, For One, Look Forward To Roberts' Hearing — In the blog world today there rightly has been a great deal of...
John @AmericaBlog: Another Republican Senator for treason — From the NY Times: [snipped quote] See, now this fascinates me.
Orrin Judd: THE COUPLE WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE: Senate Panel to Examine Use of Cover by U.S. Spies (SCOTT SHANE, 7/25/05, NY Times)...

Pain, Agony, Despair: Flying With Children
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It's summertime, which means many people these days are flying with children, an experience that can be enriching and exciting, and is followed by memories that linger even after the shell shock, nightmares and trauma-induced facial tics have faded away.
S.Z.: Yes, it's the head BoBo himself, David Brooks! His latest column is called, "Pain, Agony, Despair: Flying With Children."
Matthew Yglesias: David Brooks. I love family values but hate actual children. David Broder. Prominent lawyers spend too much time lawyering.

Short walk and the No2 bus - a very ordinary journey to death
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
No journey by London bus or tube is quite as mundane these days as it once was and yet, by all accounts, Jean Charles de Menezes saw his own intended journey, last Friday morning, as nothing more than another day at work.
Hooman Majd: Hooman Majd: Shoot To Kill To Protect — Flying into London on the weekend in a half-empty plane (if the first terrorist...
Norm Geras: Israeli comparisons — Since the tragic killing on Friday of an innocent man, Jean Charles de Menezes, there have been...

Suicide Bombings Bring Urgency to Police in U.S.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
SEATTLE, July 22 - Inside a former Starbucks warehouse, this city's bomb squad headquarters, the police chief and 15 captains and sergeants - accompanied by a robot that can extract explosives from packages and pin down a suspect - huddled the other day to tackle a topic suddenly urgent to the police across the nation: suicide bombers.
Michelle Malkin: HEY, TERRORISTS: WE'RE STILL NOT PROFILING — Joe Gandelman points to this NYTimes story today on what police...
Cori Dauber: Preparation — for the Inevitable? Cops in America are working now to prepare to deal with suicide bombers.
Joe Gandelman: U.S. Police Prepare For Suicide Bombings Here — The suicide bombings in London and Egypt this week aren't quite a wake...

Bomber Kills 40 in Baghdad
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber aiming to blow up an Iraqi police station killed 40 people Sunday when his explosives-laden truck detonated as he maneuvered across a highway median in east Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
Juan Cole: Among the dead and wounded were a number of policemen. See also Alissa Rubin in the LA Times.
Pudentilla: last throes — [snipped quote] rummy must be all over the security situation in iraq if insurgents are able to fill...

Bush Aide Learned Early of Leaks Probe
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday that he spoke with White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. immediately after learning that the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.
Eric Boehlert: Eric Boehlert: The Ghost of Ed Meese — So on the night of Sept. 29, 2003, the Justice Department, then run by president...
Arianna Huffington: Arianna Huffington: Fall Into the Gap — For the record, 12 hours comes to 38.9 18 1/2 minute gaps.
Laura Rozen: Frank Rich moved the issue forward in an interesting way overnight. More from the WaPo's Dafna Linzer.
Tom Maguire: From Dusk 'Til Dawn — We are still on the Plame leak case - the WaPo makes a bigger deal than necessary of then-White...
Jo Fish: Shredders in the Night (apologies to old Blue Eyes) That whole "quaint" notion of doing the right thing...something long...
John @AmericaBlog: RoveGate: 12 hour gap is page 2 of the Wash Post on Monday — Good

Democrats to Press Roberts on Issues
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Facing an uphill battle over the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court, Democrats plan to challenge President Bush's nominee on economic, social and regulatory issues, hoping to use the confirmation process to highlight their differences with the Republicans and exploit them for future electoral gains.
Hugh Hewitt: Democrats on Parade — The Washington Post takes a look at the Roberts nomination through the fractured lens of...
Pseudo-Adrienne: Then again, recently the Democrats have suggested that they will challenge Roberts on numerous key issues, that probably...

4 Major Unions Plan to Boycott A.F.L.-C.I.O. Event
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO, July 24 - Leaders of four of the country's largest labor unions announced on Sunday that they would boycott this week's A.F.L. -C.I.O. convention, and officials from two of those unions, the service employees and the Teamsters, said the action was a prelude to their full withdrawal from the federation on Monday.
Tim Lee: Voice of the Workers — What's wrong with this picture?
Kevin Drum: LABOR CRACKUP....Unless I'm misreading this, it looks like a breakup of the AFL-CIO is now a done deal.
Ezra Klein: Workers United Against Workers — Ah yes, because among workers, there's a massive constituency begging for lower pay,...

Supreme Challenge
  CNN   —   Permalink 
HOWARD KURTZ, HOST (voice-over): Supreme challenge. John Roberts in the crossfire. Are journalists giving President Bush's court nominee a fair shake?
Garrett M. Graff: Then yesterday on his CNN show, "Reliable Sources," Kurtz talked with USA Today's Joan Biskupic about how our "instant...
Brian Stelter: SCOTUS: TV Expects Immediate Answers — On Sunday's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz asked USA Today SCOTUS reporter Joan...
Jim Romenesko: "> Why were reporters repeating Supreme Court nominee rumors? (CNN)

Christians face jail for giving treats to children of Muslims
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
THREE Indonesian housewives face up to five years in prison for allegedly trying to lure Muslim children into Christianity at a Sunday School "Happy Week".
Arthur Chrenkoff: Not a "Happy Week" — No candy from strangers in Indonesia: [snipped quote] I actually have problems with trying to...
Marc @USSNeverdock: UPDATE Add this to the list of Muslim violence against Christians, Mona.

Shoring Up the Western Front
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Nov. 9, 1989 and Sept. 11, 2001 each changed the modern world. The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of 75 years of communism, and the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks the beginning of what may be a similar period of global Islamic terrorism.
Stanley Kurtz: Here's Pete Dupont on the big picture in Europe. This is a hinge moment for Britain and the West.
Ed Driscoll: Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Pete Du Pont agrees with that assessment: "Simply put, Old Europe's thinking today...

For Souter, Seizure Ruling May Hit Home
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
WEARE, N.H. , July 24 — Near the foot of an unmarked, dead-end dirt road sits a humble, mud-colored farmhouse more than 200 years old. A sign on the mailbox reads "SOUTER."
Some folks want to make that "Hotel Souter."
Talking Dog: From the poetic justice files comes this Wapo piece detailing the rather deliberate efforts underway in S.Ct.
Betsy Newmark: Apparently, Souter's decision on eminient domain is not playing well in New Hampshire.
Captain Ed: And despite Souter's popularity among his fellow New Hampshire citizens, they have surprisingly looked at Freestar's...

Teamsters, SEIU Decide to Bolt AFL-CIO
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO - Jolting organized labor, the Teamsters and a massive service employees' union decided Sunday to bolt the AFL-CIO, paving way for two other labor groups to sever ties in the movement's biggest schism since the 1930s.
James Joyner: Teamsters, SEIU Decide to Bolt AFL-CIO (AP) [snipped quote] Stephen Green is right: The time for unions is long past.
John @AmericaBlog: Teamsters and SEIU decide to leave the AFL-CIO — Interesting.
Jayson @PoliPundit: The "Party of Unity" — Or not.

Relatives and Friends Remember a Busy, Hopeful Man, and Discover a New Fear
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 24 - He was an electrician. He was 27 years old. He had lived in London for more than three years - legally, a cousin said - and was rattled enough by the first wave of bombs in London to consider forgoing the subway and buying a motorbike.
Richard Bradley: Here, from Sarah Lyall's report in the New York Times, is the ostensible reason Menezes became a suspect: "Having found...
Stephen Green: We Have Met the Enemy... Clear, unbiased reporting from The New York Times on the London Police killing of Jean Charles...

Seebach: How to get some help with math- wiki-wiki
  Rocky Mountain News   —   Permalink 
You meet the nicest people on blogs.
A few weeks ago I wrote a column soliciting advice for Denver's new school superintendent, Michael Bennet, on how to chose his chief academic officer. One of the readers who responded was Catherine Johnson, from New York.
Betsy Newmark: Linda Seebach in the Rocky Mountain News talks about this website, Kitchen Table Math, for those of you who are homeschooling or tutoring kids in math.
Joanne Jacobs: Bliki — Kitchen Table Math is featured in Linda Seebach's column in the Rocky Mountain News. Learn what a "bliki" is.
Warren Bell: The Rocky Mountain News ran an piece on their efforts which mentions "Math Wars" over different curricula, especially an innocuous-sounding one called "Everyday Math."

'Enemies of humanity' quote raises Iraq PR questions
  CNN   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The U.S. military on Sunday said it was looking into how virtually identical quotations ended up in two of its news releases about different insurgent attacks.
Jim Romenesko: US military accused of recycling quotes in news releases — | Romenesko Misc.
Riggsveda @Corrente: Mesopotamiam Max — Meanwhile, In Iraq, there's this one guy who really gets around: [quote] "he U.S. military on Sunday said...[end quote]
Frederick Maryland: The U.S. Military Gets Caught Fabricating Quotes — CNN reported Sunday: "The U.S. military on Sunday said it was...
John @AmericaBlog: US military caught making s**t up? Heavens, no! It just can't be possible. What a world, what a world...

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
Senator Hillary Clinton has confided to associates that she intends to vote FOR Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Unless some unforeseen development occurs around Roberts, Clinton will throw her support behind confirmation, says a top source.
Matthew Yglesias: Likewise, if you're Hillary Clinton and trying to move to the center by allegedly backing Bush's pick, it's useful for...
Brendan Nyhan: Drudge is claiming that she will support John Roberts and has a background quote supposedly bashing Senator...
Orrin Judd: SHE WANTS TO BE BILL, NOT TED: HILLARY CLINTON TO SUPPORT BUSH COURT NOMINEE (Drudge Report, 7/24/05) [snipped quote] She...
Lambert @Corrente: Hillary on Roberts — Well, Sludge, Time's Blogof the Year, and C [cough] BN all came out with the story that Hillary was going to vote for Roberts.
Joshua Claybourn: Political Strategery — Following on the heels of Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) close sources accouncing she would...
PoliPundit: UPDATE: The Beast will vote for Roberts.
Also: Paul @PowerLine, K. J. Lopez

Mark Steyn: Mugged by reality?
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
WITH hindsight, the defining encounter of the age was not between Mohammed Atta's jet and the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, but that between Mohammed Atta and Johnelle Bryant a year earlier.
Barbara O'Brien: Today, Steyn takes on the topic of multiculturalism.
Ace: Mark Steyn: PC Kills — Did you guys ever read about this? I never have: [snipped quote] That's new to me.
Jan Haugland: Tolerance of intolerance is cultural suicide — Mark Steyn sees some signs that the jihad-excusers may have been mugged back into reality.
Betsy Newmark: Mark Steyn thinks that the London bombings have shaken people's firm faith in the blessings of multiculturalism.
TheAnchoress: I never heard of what Mark Steyn talks about here WITH hindsight, the defining encounter of the age was not between...
Arthur Chrenkoff: Don't miss his latest on trendy multiculturalism as societal Stockholm Syndrome: "Anyone can be tolerant of the...
Also: Steve Bainbridge, Marc @USSNeverdock, Glenn Reynolds, Ed Driscoll, Michael DeBow

Armstrong Ends Career With 7th Tour Win
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
PARIS - One last time, "The Star-Spangled Banner" rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honor of Lance Armstrong. One last time, on the podium against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, the cancer survivor who became the greatest cyclist in Tour de France history slipped into the leader's yellow jersey Sunday.
Jim Henley: Simplement Fait-Il — Lance wins number seven. This was in the bag since Thursday afternoon, though there was the remote...
Jack Grant: UPDATE: The AP notes that Armstrong is am athlete who ends his career with a kind of storybook ending: "It was the end...
Patrick Carver: Wonderful! : An American beats the French at their own game for the 7th year in a row.
Bill @INDCJournal: The WaPo has pretty good coverage of Lance Armstrong's seventh and final Tour win, including a stage-by-stage photo gallery.
Jesse Walker: The Roots of Tropical Rage — I've been preoccupied for the last few days, but I've seen enough of the news to know that...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: TOUR DE LANCE — I wonder if people really appreciate just how awesome this accomplishment is: "Lance Armstrong closed...
Also: Scott @PowerLine, Smash, Leopold Stotch, Gerry Daly, K-Lo

Effort here to charge London suspect was blocked
  Seattle Times   —   Permalink 
The Justice Department blocked efforts by its prosecutors in Seattle in 2002 to bring criminal charges against Haroon Aswat, according to federal law-enforcement officials who were involved in the case.
Natasha @PacificViews: The most outrageous story is of course the one about how the Bush administration stopped Seattle prosecutors from...
Avedon Carol: More things to read — Via Atrios, an article in The Seattle Times supplies more evidence that the administration is not interested in stopping terrorism.
Atrios: Can This Administration Do Anything Right? Wow. Just stunning.
TheAnchoress: And yet, I keep readingleft folks complain about this story, which is pretty maddening, I admit - and seeing and all...
Susie Madrak: From today's Seattle Times via Kos: The Justice Department blocked efforts by its prosecutors in Seattle in 2002 to...
Echidne: This deep thought about the Bush administration, courtesy of Philaelethes of the blog Bouphonia, summarized my feelings...
Also: Mcjoan @DailyKos, Richard TPD

Bigger sins than offending
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
By now, many people in America - and likely around the world - are familiar with my statements regarding a possible response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by fundamentalist Islamic terrorists.
John Hawkins: Since then, Tancredo has had ample opportunity to clarify, to change course, to apologize, but instead the Congressman...
Steve Bainbridge: I thought his comments implying we should nuke Mecca in response to an Islamic terrorist nuclear attack were imprudent, at best.
Hugh Hewitt: Tancredo's Crusade and its Costs — Congressman Tom Tancredo takes to the pages of the Denver Post today in an effort to resurrect his reputation.
Justin Gardner: Tancredo Continues To Call For "Mecca" Option — And Hugh Hewitt rips him a new one.

Rich capitalists or dishonest slackers?
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
One of the outcomes of the 2004 election was a change in Democrats' rhetoric about Republicans.
On Nov. 5, Lawrence O'Donnell, an MSNBC senior political analyst, said the following on "The McLaughlin Group":
Betsy Newmark: Meg Kreikemeier has an excellent column in the Chicago Tribune analyzing the rhetoric that Democrats have used against Republicans.
Jesse Taylor: I'd like to thank you for completely, totally missing any point that might have ever existed in the history of ideas.
Scott @PowerLine: Meg's column is "Rich capitalists or dishonest slackers?"
TheAnchoress: Well, take a gander at this piece in the Chicago Tribune, written by "Meg Kreikemeier, a stay-at-home mom and a former analyst for CNA Insurance".
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Meg Kreikemeier explodes the meme and its associated false sub-memes.
Glenn Reynolds: MEG KREIKEMEIER writes in the Chicago Tribune: [snipped quote] — UPDATE: Reader Barry Johnson emails: [snipped quote] It's true that not that many people retire to Massachusetts.

Leak Riddle: Who's Playing Whom?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who now wears a brown and green prison jumpsuit, will soon enter her third week in a jail cell just a few miles from the White House where administration officials suspected of leaking...
Garrett M. Graff: Maybe this is that Faustian bargain that Mark Feldstein was talking about in yesterday's Post.
Kevin Drum: ANONYMOUS SOURCES...In the Washington Post today, Mark Feldstein makes the right point about the overuse of anonymous...
Attaturk: The "four horsemen of the f**kupolypse". All we are getting is the propaganda. EXHIBIT A EXHIBIT B EXHIBIT C
Jim Romenesko: Revealed: Dirty little secret of the Washington press corps — Washington Post It's the conflict of interest that...
Avedon Carol: Also in the WaPo, Mark Feldstein acknowledges that there is something wrong with the arrangement where reporters provide...
Barbara O'Brien: Feldstein illuminates the role of the press in the Rove-Plame leaks: [snipped quote] Remember, Rove and Novak are long-time partners in crime.
Also: Jeralyn Merritt, Susie Madrak

If It's Civil War, Do We Know It?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The first signs that America's top officials in Iraq were revising their thinking about what they might accomplish in Iraq came a year ago. As Iraq resumed its sovereignty after the period of American occupation, the new American team that...
Bill Roggio: John Burns states a civil war is being fought in Iraq, and asks if we know it?
James Wolcott: Here's what was in The Week in Review. "IF IT'S CIVIL WAR, DO WE KNOW IT?
Andrew Sullivan: John Burns' analysis from Iraq makes for even grimmer reading. GUARDIAN MELTDOWN: Clive Davis follows developments.
Billmon: "New York Times If It's Civil War, Do We Know It?"
Laura Rozen: NYT's John Burns: "One measure of the doubts afflicting American officials here has been a hedging in the upbeat...

England suffer huge Lord's defeat
  BBC   —   Permalink 
First Npower Test, Lord's, day four:
Australia won the first Ashes Test by 239 runs after England lost their last five wickets for 22 runs at Lord's.
Rain prevented play until 1545 BST but Glenn McGrath wasted no time removing Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles.
Norm Geras: You wouldn't, however, expect me to pass over in silence the matter of a crushing win for my team - or, otherwise put, a huge defeat for England.
Kieran Healy: Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's your father Kevin Drum is mystified by cricket slang. Me, too.
Kevin Drum: TRANSLATION REQUEST....From BBC Sport, reporting on the lone cricket heroics of Kevin Pietersen in today's Ashes Test against Australia: [snipped quote] He slog-what the who?

Largest Union Decides to Bolt AFL-CIO
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO - The AFL-CIO succumbed to division Sunday, with its largest union deciding to bolt the 50-year-old federation and three others poised to do so in a dispute over how to reverse organized labor's long slide.
Stephen Green: So it's with no small sense of schadenfreude that I read this: [snipped quote] Unions had their time.
Cernig: It looks like the long awaited schism in the American trade union coalition has finally arrived.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Baghdad Police Station
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 24 - A suicide truck bomb exploded at a police station today in the middle of a raging sandstorm in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens of others, Iraqi officials said.
James Wolcott: And then there's this, which came in after the other stories were filed.
Armando @DailyKos: Iraq: At Least 40 Dead in Suicide Bombing — Another horrible day in Iraq.
Susie Madrak: Just Another Day Fighting for freedom: BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 24 - A suicide truck bomb exploded at a police station...
Michael @AmericaBlog: Wait, I'm Getting Confused... When you talk about the latest bombing, are you talking about the latest bombing in...

After London, Tough Questions for Muslims
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The July 7 London bombings did it for me. Perhaps it was because my parents moved us from Cairo to the British capital when I was 7 years old, and so London was my childhood "home." Or maybe it was because our route to work and school every morning crisscrossed those same Underground stations that were targeted.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Islam - Tough Questions for Muslims — One Muslim asks some tough questions of herself and that's refreshing but her answers leave a lot to be desired and are disturbing.
Orrin Judd: 200 YEARS OF DENYING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN LIVES IS ENOUGH: After London, Tough Questions for Muslims (Mona...
Cori Dauber: London Did It for Her — A Post column from a Muslim whose fed up.
Gene @HarrysPlace: A different kind of bigotry — If The Guardian is seeking a replacement for Dilpazier Aslam, it could do worse than hire someone like Mona Eltahawy.
Norm Geras: Refusing excuses — There's an important piece in the Washington Post by Mona Eltahawy: [snipped quote] Read the rest.

Four Unions Agree to Boycott AFL-CIO's Annual Meeting (Update1)
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July 24 (Bloomberg) — Four unions representing about 30 percent of the AFL-CIO's U.S. membership agreed to boycott the labor federation's annual convention, a first step toward one of the biggest splits in the organized labor movement in 70 years.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Bowing Out — Change To Win will not be eating bratwurst this week. Stay tuned, possibly tomorrow, for some real labor upheaval...
Nathan Newman: Four Unions WalkOut of AFL-CIO Convention — From: House of Labor Well, secession is all but official

Infamous Police Commander to be Punished, But Not Fired
  Arutz Sheva   —   Permalink 
( Police commissioner Moshe Karadi decided Sunday evening to hold disciplinary trial for Negev Police Commander Niso Shacham, and that Shacham would be relieved of his command during the implementation of the Disengagement Plan.
IceViking: The conversation was broadcast on Channel Ten on Thursday night." Here's the whole thing.
Joseph Alexander Norland: Police chiefs I know 2005_07_24 - Lavrenti_Beria2.jpg...200 5_07_24 - karadi2.jpg From Arutz 7: [snipped quote] Editor's notes: 1.

Transcript for July 24
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GUESTS: Fred Thompson, Adviser to Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts & former senator, R-TN; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, Assistant Minority Leader, Democratic...
Joe Gandelman: This time highly enthusiastic praise — coupled with info about how he's perceived by many Democratic lawyers...
Justin Gardner: From the transcript: [snipped quote] Yes, much love is being spread around capitol hill for Judge Roberts.

Other Voices: On Editing, Explanations and Perceptions
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I agree that the editors' note on the Op-Ed page falls far short of being a full explanation. A bigger problem, however, is the question of what should be considered standard give-and-take. The changes made by the editor did not "clarify and improve" - the standard set forth by David Shipley, the Op-Ed page editor.
Don: Now in Calame's column today there are six scathing, uncompromising, in-your-face letters from readers blasting the...
Glenn Reynolds: THE NEW YORK TIMES is getting pounded by readers for the liberties taken with Phil Carter's oped, made worse by the rather unpersuasive explanation offered by the Public Editor.

Race for governor
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T he race for Virginia governor is a tossup, according to The Times-Dispatch Poll.
Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has a statistically insignificant lead over former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, according to the survey, which shows Kaine is helped by the broad popularity of the fellow Democrat he hopes to succeed, Gov. Mark R. Warner.
Kos @DailyKos: Perhaps they wnat something more substantive? Mason Dixon. 6/19-21. MoE 4%. (No trend lines.)
Jerome Armstrong: The Mason-Dixon Poll out today shows the Virginia Governor's race has taken a dramatic turn (9/04 numbers in...
Taegan Goddard: Kaine and Kilgore Tied in Virginia — The race for Virginia governor is a tossup, according to a new Richmond Times-Dispatch Poll.

Al Qaeda Leaders Seen in Control
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LONDON, July 23 — The back-to-back nature of the deadly attacks in Egypt and London, as well as similarities in the methods used, suggests that the al Qaeda leadership may have given the orders for both operations and is a clear sign that Osama bin Laden and...
Dan Darling: Indeed, but the examples cited in the article include the following: "Saudi officials said the interrogation of...
Joe Gandelman: If you got a weird sense of deja vu reading about the London terrorist attacks and the carnage in Egypt it probably was...
Cori Dauber: This Post article argues that the recent attacks in London and Egypt prove that, if it can't independently put on...
Brad Plumer: Dan Darling points out something important: The similarities between the London and Sharm al-Shaikh bombings suggests...
Juan Cole: The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock quotes counter-terrorism experts who are beginning to wonder if Usama Bin Laden is...
Jo Fish: Where's Osama? or Preznit'n is Hard Work — Spreadin' democracy is almost as hard a job as findin' Osama, cause you know...

He shot at cops -- don't forget it
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Politicians and media should know better than to point fingers in child's slaying.
A cop's life is grudging with reward and heavy with risk, a state of affairs we accept as we strap on our guns and Kevlar vests and take to the streets.
Kevin Roderick: • Pseudonymous cop "Jack Dunphy" makes his Current section debut, defending the LAPD in the latest shooting controversy.
Patterico: Jack Dunphy in L.A. Times Again In today's L.A. Times, Jack Dunphy explains something that shouldn't require...

Few Have Felt Beat of Roberts's Political Heart
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E. Barrett Prettyman Jr. fondly recalls working with John G. Roberts Jr. at Hogan & Hartson, the blue-chip Washington law firm where Prettyman was a renowned Supreme Court advocate, and Roberts was quickly becoming one.
Patrick Ruffini: John Roberts, Man of Destiny — The Washington Post takes us along for a tour of Judge John Roberts' charmed career path.
Paul @PowerLine: Folks, that's good judging. UPDATE: The Washington Post also has a piece on Roberts.
Avedon Carol: The Washington Post seems to be working hard this morning to convince us that Roberts is a really moderate guy.

Bringing the Hearings to Order
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IT'S been 11 years since the Senate held confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee. With the memory of the proceedings involving Robert H. Bork, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill still fresh in their minds, the American people are eager for a sense of how the hearings for Judge John G. Roberts will play out.
TChris: Questions for Roberts — Sen. Arlen Specter provides a not-very-helpful user's guide to judicial confirmation hearings in today's NY Times.
William J. Dyer: Specter on "superprecedents" — In an op-ed in today's NYT, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary...
Matthew Yglesias: Fraud Caucus Watch — Arlen Specter gives his view of the forthcoming hearings: [snipped quote] This is, shall we say, a...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Now, in the same vein, we have this: IT'S been 11 years since the Senate held confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee.
Ann Althouse: Arlen Specter makes up the term "superprecedent" ... And uses it in a NYT op-ed to hint that Judge Roberts might need to reveal whether he would overrule Roe v. Wade.

All The News That Clicks
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Most auto manufacturers spend lots of time and money figuring out who their customers are and how to reach them. Nissan knows that online is where to find them. Go to, and there's an ad for the Quest minivan. At look for an ad for the Infiniti, Nissan's high-end sedan.
Glenn Reynolds: I'M OBVIOUSLY UNDERVALUING MYSELF: [snipped quote] Hmm. InstaPundit had about a quarter that many visitors (and June isn't even that great a month.)
Jonah Goldberg: RUPERT! OVER HERE! Hmmmm.

Bomber Kills 20 at Baghdad Police Station
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(07-24) 05:35 PDT BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) —
A suicide attacker slammed a truck loaded with explosives into concrete barriers outside a Baghdad police station Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 30, police said.
John Hawkins: Daily News For July 25, 2005 — Foreign "Iraq: Terrorist Bomber Kills 20 at Baghdad Police Station" "Palestinian Terrorists Murder Two Israeli Grandparents.
Chris @AmericaBlog: Suicide bomber kills 20 in Baghdad — Yet another bomber who attacked a police station with deadly results.

Iraq's Child Prisoners
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It was early last October that Kasim Mehaddi Hilas says he witnessed the rape of a boy prisoner aged about 15 in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets," he said in a statement given to investigators probing prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.
Riggsveda @Corrente: Mengele wannabees everywhere cheered, no doubt. _40174325_graner_ap220 In keeping with the spirit of this non-effort at...
Lambert @Corrente: Proof of the widespread arrest and detention of children in Iraq by US and UK forces is contained in an internal Unicef...