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  Ann Althouse
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  Jesse J. Holland
  David Espo
  Julhas Alam
  Patrick Condon
  Curt Woodward
  Kristen Gelineau
  Pauline Jelinek
  Daniel Solove
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Begging to Differ
  Greg @BeggingToDiffer
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
Brendan Nyhan
  Brendan Nyhan
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
CBS News
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chronicle of the Conspiracy
The Claremont Institute
  Ken Masugi
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
  Barbara Kiviat
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  Kathryn Jean Lopez
  Rich Lowry
  Tim Graham
Daily Kos
  Armando @DailyKos
  Kos @DailyKos
Daly Thoughts
  Gerry Daly
Democratic Veteran
  Jo Fish
  Justin Gardner
  Ed Driscoll
Editor and Publisher
  Denny Wilkins
Fraters Libertas
  Chad The Elder
Gateway Pundit
  Gateway Pundit
  Greg Ransom
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
The Hill
  Jim Snyder
Hit and Run
  Julian Sanchez
  Kerry Howley
Hugh Hewitt
  Hugh Hewitt
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Ted Belman
Jewish World Review
  Michelle Malkin
  Tom Maguire
Kesher Talk
  Judith Weiss
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
La Shawn Barber’s Corner
  La Shawn Barber
LA Weekly
  Nikki Finke
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
Left in the West
  V @LeftInTheWest
  Matt Singer
The Liquid List
  Tarek @LiquidList
Los Angeles Times
  Warren Vieth
Mark in Mexico
  Garrett M. Graff
  Brian Stelter
Michael J. Totten
  Michael J. Totten
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Scott Shields
New York Magazine
  Jennifer Senior
New York Post
  Deborah Orin
  Leela De Kretser
New York Sun
  Jacob Gershman
New York Times
  Edward Wong
  Eric Lichtblau
  Zev Chafets
  Philip Shenon
Newhouse News
  James Lileks
  Tom Brune
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
  Norm Geras
Obsidian Wings
  Charles Bird
  Sebastian Holsclaw
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
One Hand Clapping
  Donald Sensing
Opinion Journal
  Max Boot
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
Pacific Views
  Natasha @PacificViews
  Magpie @PacificViews
  Amanda Marcotte
  Randall Parker
Patrick Ruffini '05
  Patrick Ruffini
Patterico's Pontifications
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  Lorie Byrd
  Jayson @PoliPundit
Power Line
  John @PowerLine
  Scott @PowerLine
  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
  Jeff Goldstein
  Jon Henke
The Radio Equalizer -Brian Maloney
  Brian Maloney
  Cori Dauber
  Erick @RedState
  Charles Bird
  Adam C
  Nizam Ahmed
  Caren Bohan
  Susan Heavey
The Right Coast
  Gail Heriot
Right Wing News
  John Hawkins
Rising Hegemon
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Jim Romenesko
Sadly, No!
  Sadly, No!
San Francisco Chronicle
Scared Monkeys
  Tom @ScaredMonkeys
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
  David Sirota
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
  RJ Eskow
  Dahlia Lithwick
Southern Appeal
  Justin @SouthernAppeal
Stars & Stripes
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susie Madrak
t a c i t u s
  Bird Dog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
  Sam Rosenfeld
Terry Heaton's Pomo blog
  Terry Heaton
Think Progress
  Nico @ThinkProgress
  Judd @ThinkProgress
  Ben Shapiro
  Michelle Malkin
  John Stossel
  Brent Bozell
  Jason Spitalnick
  Kenneth Baer
USA Today
USS Neverdock
  Marc @USSNeverdock
Village Voice
  Stephen Green
The Volokh Conspiracy
  Orin Kerr
  Dwight Meredith
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Michael D. Shear
  Jim Vandehei
  Richard Cohen
  David Montgomery
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  Edward Morrissey
  Rob @Wizbang

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
PRESIDENT Bill Clinton's team ignored dire warnings that its approach to terrorism was "very dangerous" and could have "deadly results," according to a blistering memo just obtained by The Post.
Then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White wrote the memo as she pleaded...
Charles Bird: Deborah Orin: "Equally troubling is that the 9/11 Commission, charged with tracing the failure to stop 9/11, got...
MarkInMexico: Main Page Wall falls on 9/11 commission The 9/11 commission's credibility is getting buried under a ton of debris as "The Wall" falls on it.
Betsy Newmark: Deborah Orin revisits Mary Jo White's pleadings with Jamie Gorelick in the 1990s to tear down the wall that separated sharing intelligence on terrorists with prosecutors.
John Cole: More on the 'Wall' Deborah Orin has an additional column on Clinton-era policies and terrorism: PRESIDENT Bill...
Cori Dauber: Also today the New York Post (via Memeorandum) gets hold of memos written by the top terrorism prosecutor of the '90s,...
Captain Ed: The Second White Memo — Deborah Orin and the New York Post have the second memo from Mary Jo White to the Department of...
Also: Scott @PowerLine, Ace, Larry Kudlow, Marc @USSNeverdock, Jonah Goldberg

Bombs explode across Bangladesh
  BBC   —   Permalink 
More than 50 people have been injured in a series of simultaneous bomb blasts across Bangladesh.
Police say about 100 explosions took place in some 50 cities and towns across the country including the capital Dhaka and Chittagong.
Jan Haugland: Bomb explosions all across Bangladesh — Today's bomb attacks in Bangladesh must be the largest coordinated terrorist...
Justin Gardner: Thankfully they seem to have rounded up a lot of these terrorists. The BBC has more.
FrancoAlemán: Then it's just natural that there's retribution from the resistance: [snipped quote] Click here to send me an email
Joe Gandelman: Islamic Militants Explode Bombs Across Bangladesh — Grief and terror brought by Islamic militants has struck yet...
Michael J. Totten: 300 Bombs Explode in Bangladesh — Islamist terrorists prove once and for all that they are not primarily motivated by...
Glenn Reynolds: ISLAMIC TERROR BOMBINGS in Bangladesh. UPDATE: Here's a blog report via Global Voices.
Also: James Joyner

Hollywood to Newsosaurs:Drop Dead
  By / LA Weekly   —   Permalink 
In a surprising role reversal, Hollywood is about to deliver bad news to the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times and, to a lesser extent, other big-city dailies around the country.
Hugh Hewitt: The Los Angeles Weekly's Nikki Finke reports that the papers' cash cow herd that are movie ads and listing fees are...
Cookie Jill: hollywood to "the times" twins...."drop dead" it's going to be number crunching time at the la times and nytimes.
Kevin Roderick: The ad drain at the LAT figures to get worse if Nikki Finke is correct in reporting today on the LA Weekly website that...
Jim Romenesko: H'wood isn't interested in "older, elitist" newspaper readers — LA Weekly So the movie studios are pulling their ads, reports Nikki Finke.

Roberts' Ind. Hometown Draws Scrutiny
  AP   —   Permalink 
LONG BEACH, Ind. - Like many towns across America, the exclusive lakefront community where Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. grew up during the racially turbulent 1960s and '70s once banned the sale of homes to nonwhites and Jews.
Patterico: (Oh — So Did John Roberts) The AP reports some blockbuster news: Like many towns across America, the exclusive...
Captain Ed: In their report on John Roberts' upbringing, Tom Coyne and Ashley Heher do everything except paint a white robe and...

Roberts Rated 'Well Qualified' by ABA
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee John Roberts earned a "well qualified" rating from the American Bar Association on Wednesday, clearing one hurdle in his path to joining the high court.
Captain Ed: The AP notes that the man they want to paint as a bigot just got the highest rating from the American Bar Association on...
Orin Kerr: ABA Rates Roberts "Well Qualified": The American Bar Association has announced that they are giving John Roberts a unanimous rating of "Well Qualified," the ABA's highest rating.

No room in Sandy's pants?
  American Thinker   —   Permalink 
A very interesting memo from former US Attorney for Manhattan Mary Jo White apparently escaped being smuggled out of the National Archives in Sandy Burglar's pants.
TheAnchoress: Ace of Spades HQ Betsy Captains Quarters Blog Mark in Mexico Ranting Profs Whizbang American Thinker Powerline Ruffini QandO Austin Bay Strata-sphere
Greg Ransom: More reason to investigate the 9/11 Commission — A U.S. Attorney warned that the Clinton/Gorelick "wall of seperation"...
Ace: At the risk of hearing "That's old".... [snipped quote] Sandy Berger's Pants Are Nicely Packed Update: The American Thinker wonders what's going on "down there."
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Clinton Ignored Terror Warnings — Not only did Clinton ignore the threat of bin Laden, he also ignored the warnings over intelligence gathering and dissemination.

Democrats Feel Heat From Left On Roberts
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Major liberal groups accused Democratic senators yesterday of showing too little stomach for opposing John G. Roberts Jr.'s Supreme Court nomination, saying newly released documents indicate he is much more conservative than many people first thought.
Jason Spitalnick: On Wednesday, the headline read "Democrats Feel Heat From Left On Roberts."
John Cole: The Roberts Conundrum Looks like the base is pissed with reports there will be no vicious confirmation battle: Major...
Avedon Carol: Background noise — Murray Waas in The Village Voice on how the Treasongate investigation became real - Needlenose says,...
Erick @RedState: Liberal Lap Dogs in the Senate In, what I find to be a humorous piece, WaPo shows that the Democrats on the Judicial Committee are lap dogs of the left.
Patterico: After the Washington Post said yesterday that Democrats weren't that interested in fighting John Roberts, the interest groups blew a gasket.
Brendan Nyhan: Democrats appease activists on Roberts — After conceding that Roberts is going to get confirmed, Democrats were accused...

Lott Accuses Frist of 'Personal Betrayal'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott blames his fall from power in 2002 on a "personal betrayal" by an ambitious Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record), his successor, adding in a new book that President Bush, Colin Powell and other GOP associates played roles.
James Joyner: Lott Accuses Frist of 'Personal Betrayal' — Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has written a tell-all book criticizing several of his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
Taegan Goddard: Lott's Last Licks — The AP has more on Sen. Trent Lott's (R-MS) new book, Herding Cats.

The Exploits and Exploitation of Cindy Sheehan
  By / Newhouse News   —   Permalink 
Might as well get it out of the way: This is a cruel, false, chicken-hearted attempt to smear Cindy Sheehan, the protesting mother who lost a son in Iraq.
That's not the intent, but that's how some will respond. Some people think that any time you argue back, you're Stifling Dissent.
Betsy Newmark: Lileks is his usual perceptive self as he addresses the idea that people can't even criticize the things that Cindy...
Lorie Byrd: Lileks On Sheehan — No commentary necessary - just read this from James Lileks. (link via Lucianne)
Ed Driscoll: Lileks On Sheehan — In his syndicated Newhouse column, James Lileks writes: [snipped quote] If the left remembers her three years from now.

String of Car Bombings Kills at Least 43 in Iraqi Capital
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 17 - At least 43 people were killed and 76 were wounded when a series of car bombs exploded at a crowded bus station in central Baghdad today, sending debris and body parts flying across the scene and horrified survivors fleeing on foot, police and hospital officials said.
John Cole: Perhaps I am just looking for positive news, with all the other bad news dominating headlines, but I don't necessarily...
Charles Bird: Our Enemies Know It's Crunch Time for an Iraqi Constitution — Last Saturday, the Washington Post relayed a message from...
Armando @DailyKos: Today: "At least 43 people were killed and 76 were wounded when a series of car bombs exploded at a crowded bus station...
Cookie Jill: this is what "last throes" looks like? iraq. " will be an enormous success story" - dick cheney.

United Nations Bankrolled Latest Anti-israel Propaganda
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.
Rob @Wizbang: UN Paying For Palestinian Propaganda — Good grief.
Scott @PowerLine: Quiet: UN at work — The New York Sun's Jacob Gershman has an excellent story on the one job the United Nations can be...
Ace: UN Funds Palestinian Incitement-Propaganda — As usual: I did not see this one coming: [snipped quote] The UN Let's be...
Jan Haugland: UN bankrolled anti-Israel propaganda — When it isn't oil-for-food, it is something else, but of course it doesn't...
TheAnchoress: The UN did what? United Nations Bankrolled Latest Anti-israel Propaganda.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Because if it is, I will find myself once again in the uncomfortable position of being at a complete loss for words

State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 - State Department analysts warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Osama bin Laden's move to Afghanistan would give him an even more dangerous haven as he sought to expand radical Islam "well beyond the Middle East," but the government chose not to deter the move, newly declassified documents show.
Avedon Carol: Bush: The Good, The Bad, And The Biking In case you have trouble with that "Wag the Dog" link that Atrios messed up, here's a good one for The Story the Times Forgot.
Patrick Ruffini: UPDATE: State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996.
Michael @AmericaBlog: Warned Clinton About Bin Laden In 1996 The second story in as many weeks suggesting it's all Clinton's fault for not killing Bin Laden.
Gateway Pundit: And, to top of the weekly news we hear that the Clinton White House was warned by the State Department...
Cori Dauber: Not one day after an interview with New York magazine comes out in which he makes yet another pass at positioning...
TheAnchoress: 1) State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996, somehow links in my mind to this statement by Bill Clinton in this article.
Also: Paul @Wizbang, Captain Ed, Joe Gandelman, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Marc @USSNeverdock, Kevin Drum, JPod, Pudentilla

Bangladesh Bombings Kill 2, Injure 125
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
DHAKA, Bangladesh - More than 100 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 125.
About 50 people were arrested, a state-run news agency reported.
Gateway Pundit: (Reuters) The bombs that killed two were planted by Islamic militants and injured more than 125: About 50 people were arrested, a state-run news agency reported.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: In Bangladesh: "DHAKA, Bangladesh - More than 100 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded...

Nick Coleman: Ralphie still runs the show at UND
  Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
For a minute there, I was hopeful that the University of North Dakota might do the right thing. Not a chance. Even from beyond the grave, Ralphie is pulling the strings.
Chad The Elder: Today Nick Coleman has a column in the Star Tribune titled, Ralphie still runs the show at UND. Connect the dots people.
Mitch Berg: Nick Coleman indulges in all three in yesterday's column.

Why the 'Chickenhawk' argument is un-American: Part I
  By /   —   Permalink 
Who is qualified to speak on matters of national security? According to the American left, only pacifists, military members who have served in combat and direct relatives of those slain in combat or in acts of terrorism. The rest of us — about 80 percent of voters — must simply sit by silently.
Jo Fish: Virgin Ben, The Chickenhawk Series — Over at Clownhall today, the Virgin Ben has an essay up telling us all why we...
Sadly, No!: Shapiro vs. Shapiro — In one corner, the indefatigable Ben Shapiro: "I'm Ben Shapiro."
Betsy Newmark: Ben Shapiro ably counteracts the "Chickenhawk" argument. [snipped quote] Add in Franklin D. Roosevelt.

'Shoot-to-kill' suspension call
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The family of a man shot dead by police who mistakenly suspected him of being a suicide bomber are calling for the "shoot-to-kill" policy to be suspended.
It comes after leaked documents contradicted previous accounts of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July.
Justin Gardner: And by the way, Jean Charles de Menezes' family has called for an inquiry into the shooting.
Atrios: Noggin — Well, I'm sure glad John Gibson wants to live in a world where if he walks into a subway station, slides his...
John Cole: I then pushed him back on to the seat where he had been previously sitting … I then heard a gun shot very close to...

Vacations out of reach for some French
  AP   —   Permalink 
PARIS, France (AP) — Sunning himself on a bright blue beach towel, Romain Playner looked like any summer vacationer. But the unemployed actor wasn't on vacation. In fact, he hadn't even left Paris.
Don: Now this story from the Associated Press: With unemployment hovering at 10 percent, a growing number of French can no...
Tanker: With unemployment hovering at 10 percent, a growing number of French can no longer afford a traditional August getaway...

Blasts rock Bangladesh cities; one dead, 100 hurt
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
DHAKA (Reuters) - Scores of mysterious bomb blasts, apparently targeting government buildings, rocked cities across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing one person, wounding at least 100 and triggering panic.
Joe Gandelman: Indeed, note this Reuters report: "Bangladesh, which has been hit by a number of unexplained bombings over the past two...
Donald Sensing: Reuters reports one dead and 100 injured, though it's safe to assume both numbers will rise as recovery continues.

'I'd leave here broke'
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
Chutzpah is a Yiddish word meaning brazen arrogance. The cliché example is a man who murders his parents and then begs a judge for mercy because he is an orphan.
The city of New London, Conn., deserves a chutzpah award.
John Cole: I want to see more, and I want to see this verified, and then, if true, stopped. (h/t Captain Ed) More here: The...
Dafydd: UPDATE 16:35 17 August 2005: USA Today now carries an editorial supporting the O'Connell story; but it clearly uses...
Patterico: UPDATE: For those of you who don't trust a story unless you see it in a big paper, the same facts are reported here in USA Today.
Jeff Goldstein: But for my money, the state claiming they can take ownership of your home because you haven't yet gotten around to,...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Outrageous — Via USAT: 'I'd leave here broke' "The city of New London, Conn., deserves a chutzpah award.
Montag: Kelo Madness — Holy Moly. I'm speechless after reading this article and this editorial. Found via Balloon Juice.

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
Two diners on a date at a fancy Jersey Shore restaurant were furious when they saw the check — which listed their table as that of the "Jew Couple."
Brooklynite Elliot Stein says he was shocked that a waitress at the Parkhill's Waterfront Grill in Allenhurst printed the slur...
TheAnchoress: Then check out this story about the fellow who went to supper and had JEW COUPLE show up on his receipt and his credit card bill.
Joe Gandelman: A Little Note On Their Check — Well, it could have been worse: at least she didn't stick them in the oven.
Jeff Jarvis: Your customer service could be worse. At least you aren't calling your customers "bitch dog" or "jew couple."
JPod: WORST RESTAURANT SERVICE STORY OF THE DAY — I wonder what the receipt says if you're black.

Abortion Rights Group in Va. Skips Gubernatorial Endorsement
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
RICHMOND, Aug. 16 — The Virginia chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America said Tuesday that it will not endorse any candidate in this fall's governor's race, citing a lack of support for abortion rights among the two leading candidates.
Oliver Willis: What NARAL Should Have Done Before — NARAL has decided not to endorse anyone in the Virginia Governor's race, because...
Gerry Daly: The Washington Post reports: "The Virginia chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America said Tuesday that it will not endorse...
Tim Graham: The Post is honest enough to report that its source on all this is "Ann O'Hanlon, executive director of the abortion rights group and a former Washington Post reporter."

Iraqi Crossroads
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
That free Iraqis are taking another week to write their new constitution is no great cause for alarm. There were a few glitches 200 years ago in Philadelphia too. The reason to worry is that the talks are stymied on the issue of federalism, which is crucial if Iraq's ethnic factions are going to coexist in a single country for the long run.
John Hawkins: Have a glass of shut-the-hell-up already Pat Buchanan, Andrew Sullivan, and you other third rate, right-wing rejects...
Glenn Reynolds: THE IRAQI OIL TRUST IDEA actually seems to be getting more support now, from a surprising source.

At Least 43 Killed in Baghdad Bombings
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Aug. 17 — Three back-to-back bombings hit near a Baghdad bus station Wednesday and then at the hospital where rescuers rushed the victims, killing at least 43 people and wounding nearly 90, authorities said.
Gene @HarrysPlace: "We cannot afford to be choosy"* watch — From The Washington Post: Three back-to-back bombings hit near a Baghdad bus...
John @AmericaBlog: Car bombs rock central Baghdad, 43 dead — We winning yet?
Cori Dauber: Today in Baghdad, if it isn't enough the suicide bombers are aiming at civilian targets, the third bomb in the sequence...

Pierce Brosnan Out As James Bond, 007
  AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - A single, surprising phone call and it was over. That's how Pierce Brosnan says he learned that his services as James Bond would no longer be required.
"One phone call, that's all it took!" the 52-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Aug. 19 issue.
Joe Gandelman: RIP — but he's not in mourning as the day has finally come: [snipped quote] Indeed, type casting is a problem for actors (and, actually members of families as WELL).
Kathryn Jean Lopez: UNBONDED — Remington Steele is 007 no more.

E Pluribus Unum?
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
The Senate is poised to sanction the creation of a racially exclusive government by and for Native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. The new race-based sovereign that would be summoned into being by the so-called Akaka Bill would operate outside the U.S. Constitution and the nation's most cherished civil rights statutes.
Randall Parker: Former US Senators Slade Gorton of Washington and Hank Brown of Colorado say a racially exclusive government for native Hawaiians would violate the US Constitution.
Gail Heriot: Slate Gorton and Hank Brown on the Akaka Bill — Former Senators Slate Gorton and Hank Brown weigh in against the Akaka...

White House Insider
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Washington Post staff writer Jim VandeHei will be online Wednesday, August 17, at 1 p.m. ET to take your questions on all the latest happenings in the Bush White House.
Wichita, Kan. : There was a recent Time magazine piece that seemed to humanize President Bush.
Oliver Willis: The Out Of Touch Media — Washington Post's Jim VandeHei talks San Francisco, Calif.: Why doesn't the press refuse to...
Jim Romenesko: VandeHei: McClellan "has a lot of credibility with reporters" — Washington Post McClellan Washington Post reporter...

Bad Company
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
NFL fans want to know: Why is Terrell Owens such a jerk? A better question might be: Why are so many talented wide receivers such jerks?
Granted, T.O.'s tomfoolery is starting to reach championship levels.
Steve Bainbridge: NFL Post of the Day — Max Boot poses the question: "Why are so many talented wide receivers such jerks?"
Ed Driscoll: Flankerjerks — As Terrell Owens deigns the Eagles with his presence at training camp today, Max Boot ponders why so...

Twin Towers steel used in construction of USS New York
  Stars & Stripes   —   Permalink 
ARLINGTON, Va. — From rubble to avenging angel: The U.S. Navy is using steel from the World Trade Center in a new ship, according to the Navy.
Ten tons of steel from the World Trade Center's twin towers will be used in the construction of the USS New York, according to a Navy official.
Blackfive: Trade Center Towers' Steel Forged Into The USS NEW YORK — Many people have sent this story from the Stars&Stripes.
Michelle Malkin: U.S. STEEL — A very moving story in Stars & Stripes today: Twin Towers steel used in construction of USS New York.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: The Navy is on a similar wave length: "ARLINGTON, Va. — From rubble to avenging angel: The U.S. Navy is using steel...

Helping Al Franken find a swindler
  By /   —   Permalink 
The Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club has been duped out of a reported $875,000 meant for poor children and elderly Alzheimer's patients. Evan Montvel-Cohen, the former chairman of the much-hyped liberal radio network Air America, is at the center of the erupting scandal.
Avedon Carol: Right-wingers are still blaming Al Franken, an entertainer, for business decisions made in the early days of Air America...
MarkInMexico: Main Page Help find Evan Montvel-Cohen Michelle Malkin has volunteered to help Al Franken and Air America Network find the network's founder and former chairman.
Brian Maloney: Or, as Michelle Malkin puts it in today's syndicated column, why not try to find "the real killer", as OJ Simpson occasionally pretends to do?
Scott @PowerLine: Michelle devotes her column today to the story: "Helping Al Franken find a swindler."
John Hawkins: Israeli Army Urges Evacuation As Hour Nears For Use Of Force (Free WAPO Reg Req)" "Evidence Found Powerful Bombs Being...
TheAnchoress: Malkin offers aid to Franken Michelle Malkin has heard that Al Franken finds the story of Air America's misuse of public funds to be "boring."

Ex-FBI Whistleblower to Join 'Peace Mom'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch.
Captain Ed: Two Minnesota Politicians Flock To Sheehan's Side — Two Minnesota politicians have announced that they will travel to...
James Joyner: Ex-FBI Whistleblower to Join 'Peace Mom' (AP) [snipped quote] Surely, Jesse Jackson can not be far behind.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Voyage to Political Oblivion down in Texas.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: SYNERGY! All the Left's favorite media darlings must be in Crawford. Next up? "FBI Whistleblower" Colleen Rawley.

Library Missing Roberts File
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice...
Nico @ThinkProgress: As the Washington Post stated today, "No duplicates of the folder's contents were made before the lawyers' review."
Tarek @LiquidList: Politics: The Memo in Which John Roberts Unleashes an Unholy Torrent of Vicious Epithets and Other Vile Things — I'm...
Judd @ThinkProgress: If There's Nothing To Hide, Start Naming Names — An important detail in today's Washington Post about Roberts's missing...
La Shawn Barber: According to the Washington Post (still dunces), a file containing information about John Roberts's (Supreme Court...
Susie Madrak: How Convenient! Gee. Remember how the wingnuts squealed about Sandy Bergen? Of course, he's a Democrat: WASHINGTON, D.C.
John @AmericaBlog: Did White House steal Roberts records from Reagan library? How could anyone suggest such a thing?
Also: Joe Gandelman

10 questions for Andrea Mitchell
  By / CNN   —   Permalink 
What Is This?
Armed guards dragged NBC's chief foreign correspondent from a photo-op last month after she asked the President of Sudan a tough question.
Brian Stelter: To promote "Talking Back...To Presidents, Dictators and Assorted Scoundrels," she answers ten questions in this week's Time Magazine.
Garrett M. Graff: Mrs. Alan Greenspan, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, fresh off being manhandled in Africa, answers 10 questions.

The 'serving size' myth
  By /   —   Permalink 
On countless food packages, serving sizes have become a confusing joke.
I bought a frozen "personal pizza." That's what it said on the package, in big letters. From the name (and its size-it's not very big), you would think a "personal pizza" is for one person — say, you.
Tbogg: Someone, and we're not sure who, actually pays John Stoessel for stuff like this: On countless food packages, serving sizes have become a confusing joke.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: I sure has heck can not. [snipped quote] Read the rest. There are so many lies out there that we run into every day.

"The president always knows"
  Salon   —   Permalink 
Last week, Associated Press reporter Pete Yost wrote a relatively aggressive article about potential conversations between Karl Rove and President George W. Bush about Valerie Plame Wilson. But Yost's piece considers only the possibility that Rove lied about his involvement in the leak to Bush after the fact.
Skippy: father knows nothing judd legum and faiz shakir discuss in why it's a mistake for the press to simply not ask...
Susie Madrak: From Salon: So how did the current President Bush react when he learned that Joe Wilson—once a member of his father's...

No Joy in Mudville: Is Journalism Striking Out?
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
My newsroom days are 15 years distant, but I can see that there's not as much joy these days in the newsrooms I visit. That's a direct consequence of the change in motivation from the mission of journalism to the mission of creating shareholder value.
Susie Madrak: Journalism 101 Great piece in Editor & Publisher in which a j-school prof wonders: "Should I tell students what they're up against?"
Jim Romenesko: Prof: Should I tell students the truth about the news biz?

The Interpreter
  Village Voice   —   Permalink 
Fareed Zakaria's career reads like some crazy America fantasy: Neoconservative policy wonk becomes darling of the ultra-liberal Daily Show. Political columnist and editor of Newsweek International is dubbed an "intellectual heartthrob" by Jon Stewart.
Jim Romenesko: Meet the pundit world's answer to the Backstreet Boys — Village Voice That's Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, according to Joy Press.
Kathryn Jean Lopez: STOP ME BEFORE I MAKE AN ANALOGY LIKE THIS ONE — Fareed Zakaria as Backstreet Boy?

Mother knows best
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TEL AVIV People don't ordinarily think of Ariel Sharon as a mama's boy. But he was. And he had some mother, too. Even among the flinty Zionist farmers of the 1920s, she stood out as a hard case, a woman of epic quarrels who carried a grudge and slept with an ax under her bed.
Judith Weiss: Also from Norm, a peek behind the scenes at Sharon's negotiations with Bush. Out of Step Jew was the last miluimnik.
Norm Geras: Here's a piece by Zev Chafets on Ariel Sharon's thinking and his deal with George Bush: "... Bush realized that there were political limits on what Sharon could do.

Don't sell Harris short in '06
  The Hill   —   Permalink 
Last week, GOP Rep. Katherine Harris of Florida kicked off her campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. While this should be a much-ballyhooed quest in Republican circles, too few GOP insiders seem to be excited by Harris's launch. This is a mistake.
John Cole: Katherine Harris in '06 According to the Hill, Katherine Harris is going to win: Last week, GOP Rep. Katherine...
Gerry Daly: Don't sell Harris short in '06 — Republican pollster David Hill makes the case for Katherine Harris (hat tip, bill):...

Officer Says Military Blocked Sharing of Files on Terrorists
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 - A military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.I. in 2000 to warn about the existence of an American-based terrorist cell that included the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a veteran Army intelligence officer who said he had now decided to risk his career by discussing the information publicly.
Ace: Intel Officer Stands By Story: Able Danger Info Blocked — Thrice, as a matter of fact. I love saying that. Thrice.
Stephen Green: Too Late — Able Danger really did have the goods: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing.

New claims emerge over Menezes death
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
The young Brazilian shot dead by police on a London tube train in mistake for a suicide bomber had already been overpowered by a surveillance officer before he was killed, according to secret documents revealed last night.
Justin Gardner: Now, more details are coming out, and they make the police officers on duty look very bad.
Susie Madrak: From the Guardian: It has now emerged that Mr de Menezes: was never properly identified because a police officer was...
Julian Sanchez: Now, commenter Phil points to this story, which if accurate is pretty damning: "But the revelation that will prove most...
John Cole: This is pretty shocking: The young Brazilian shot dead by police on a London tube train in mistake for a suicide...
Avedon Carol: From the coalition of the willing - where life is cheap — It just gets worse: [snipped quote] But we already knew they...
Kevin Drum: From the Guardian: [snipped quote] This is going to be "uncomfortable" for Scotland Yard?

The Omission Commission
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
REPRESENTATIVE CURT WELDON dropped a delayed political bombshell with a special-orders speech last June in which he revealed the existence of a data-mining program at the Pentagon named Able Danger, which he claimed had identified Mohammed Atta and three of the other 9/11 hijackers as al Qaeda operatives over a year before the attacks.
TheAnchoress: Updated and bumped to top: Awright, awright…there's just too much going on here, and it somehow all feels...
Captain Ed: Germans Uncovered Iraqi Spy Ring During 9/11 Planning (Updates & Bump) The Daily Standard has just published my latest...
John @PowerLine: The German Connection — Ed Morrissey has a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard on the arrest of two Iraqi intelligence agents in Germany in February 2001.
Ace: Again: Iraqi Spies In Germany Arrested On Suspicion Of Planning Attacks On US In Concert With "Fundamentalist...

Helping Al Franken find a swindler
  By / Jewish World Review   —   Permalink 
The Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club has been duped out of a reported $875,000 meant for poor children and elderly Alzheimer's patients. Evan Montvel-Cohen, the former chairman of the much-hyped liberal radio network Air America, is at the center of the erupting scandal.
Michelle Malkin: AIR ENRON: AL FRANKEN NEEDS HELP — DarleenClickAAR1.jpg The subject of my latest column: Where in the world is Evan Montvel-Cohen?
Captain Ed: Air America: Show Al The Money — Michelle Malkin wants to help Al Franken in her new column this week.

Cindy Sheehan is her own worst enemy
  The Hill   —   Permalink 
Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq last year, seems distressed that her anti-Bush protest has become a bit, well, political.
"We need to refocus our mission," Sheehan said Monday at Camp Casey, the ragtag staging ground she set up nearly two weeks ago near the president's ranch outside Crawford, Texas.
Captain Ed: UPDATE: Rowley should address her support of statements like this as well: [quote] "Cindy, I was reading some of the essays...[end quote]
Ace: In fact, she tends to say the the same sort of things, including the same sort of things about Israel: [snipped quote] Thanks to Irwin.
John Hawkins: "Jonah Goldberg: Storm Troopers Vs. Cindy Sheehan" "Byron York: Cindy Sheehan Is Her Own Worst Enemy" "The Washington...

Omitting Air America
  By /   —   Permalink 
Which side of the talk radio wars do you suppose our "mainstream" media outlets favor? If you have to ask, then just look at the news coverage of talk radio scandals.
When Rush Limbaugh acknowledged an addiction to painkillers in 2003, the news media couldn't get enough of his misfortune.
Michelle Malkin: Brent Bozell has questions for the MSM. Stay tuned to The Radio Equalizer and this space. We will be bringing you much more.
Brian Maloney: Brent Bozell has some new questions for the media today as well, wondering why Bill O'Reilly was such a target last...

Ohioans Urge U.S. Escalation Or Pullout
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
CLEVELAND, Aug. 16 — The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.
"We feel you either have to fight this war right or get out," said Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder II.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Update: When parents of a Marine from Ohio killed in Iraq call in question President Bush's strategy in Iraq, advocating...
Cori Dauber: Is that somehow the rationale for only giving press coverage to grieving military families who vocally oppose the war in Iraq?

Edwards Says Poverty a Key Democrat Issue
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SEATTLE - Democrats can build the party's national strength by pushing their policies in statehouses around the country, 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards told a group of legislators Tuesday.

"We know what we believe. We know what we stand for.
McQ: Edwards thumps Poverty drum — John Edwards, down but not out, wants to go back to Democratic roots to rebuild the party.
David Sirota: AP Reports on PLAN Kickoff — Exhausted after a long day. Read the Associated Press story for some coverage. More tomorrow.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Self-Parody often speaks for itself. Democrats? Poverty? John Edwards? John - multi-millionaire plaintiff's personal injury lawyer - Edwards???
Matt Singer: The AP also has a wrap-up.

K Street grows and grows
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
The distraction of a presidential campaign behind them and a host of far-reaching legislative initiatives in front, lobbyists appear on pace to set a new record for revenues this year, although some firms reported slight declines at midyear.
Sam Rosenfeld: Finally, Republicans in Congress have long stood for taking on the special interests, excepting all those instances that...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: And now an article about the men and women who really control the country: [snipped quote] Me: Interesting, to say the least.

Officer Says Pentagon Barred Sharing Pre-9/11 Qaeda Data With F.B.I.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 - A military intelligence team repeatedly contacted the F.B.I. in 2000 to warn about the existence of an American-based terrorist cell that included the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a veteran Army intelligence officer who said he had now decided to risk his career by discussing the information publicly.
Bird Dog: Weldon Could Be Right — Now it's been confirmed by the New York Times, and one of the unnamed sources is now named: "A...
Tom Maguire: Able Danger Source Steps Forward — The NY Times interviews Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who has been a key source on the...
TheAnchoress: 2) All of THAT somehow brings me to thinking about all of this Able Danger stuff which, speaking of absolutes, we still can't get a full and clear, absolute read on.
Charles Bird: Able Danger in the New York Times by Charles Now it's been confirmed by the New York Times, and one of the unnamed...
Gateway Pundit: So how far will the MSM go in delving into the story? The New York Times wrote a piece this morning on "Able Danger".
John Hawkins: Many Democrats See Battle as Futile (Free WAPO Reg Req)" "Officer Says Pentagon Barred Sharing Pre-9/11 Qaeda Data With F.B.I.
Also: MarkInMexico, Steve Verdon, Captain Ed, John Podhoretz, Laura Rozen, Jim Henley, Pejman Yousefzadeh, John @PowerLine, Glenn Reynolds, Kevin Drum

Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday shut down computer systems using Microsoft operating software, causing computer systems to crash across the United States and reportedly in Germany and Asia.
Brian Stelter: After all, as notes, Microsoft called it "low impact." (And "at any given time there are thousands of computer worms and viruses in existence.")
Glenn Reynolds: ALONG THE LINES OF THIS POST, I plan, as soon as Angelina Jolie becomes pregnant, to immediately deny responsibility.
James Joyner: Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems (CNN) [snipped quote] As usual, the legacy media are way behind.
John Cole: Worm Looks like a particularly nasty worm is attacking the InterTrons: A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday attacked...
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: There is a worm out there that is infecting these computers causing them to shut down and reboot constantly.
Roger L. Simon: Pajamas Media NOT involved... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Founders Charles Johnson and Roger L. Simon have denied any...
Also: Dr. Steven Taylor

Sheehan plays 'Hardball' with Matthews
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
With Cindy Sheehan's protest outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, in its ninth day on Monday, Hardball's Chris Matthews talked with the California mother who lost a son in Iraq and is demanding to meet with President Bush.
MarkInMexico: Main Page Sebastian Holsclaw tells it righteously Sebastian Holsclaw at Obsidian Wings says to let this do the talking for Cindy Sheehan.
Sebastian Holsclaw: You can look at what she says—it discredits her without anything else needed: [snipped quote] Well, that is rather easy to answer.
Rich Lowry: SHEEHAN: AFGHAN WAR WRONG TOO — This is from Hardball the other night: "MATTHEWS: All right.
Avedon Carol: Transcript of Cindy Sheehan vs. Chris Matthews on Hardball. And Who is this woman?
Michelle Malkin: This is from Mrs. Sheehan's appearance on Hardball (yeah, I know) last night. I will let it speak for itself.

Roberts scoffed at equal-pay theory
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
As an assistant White House counsel in 1984, John Roberts scoffed at the notion that men and women should earn equal pay in jobs of comparable importance, and he belittled three female Republican members of Congress who promoted that idea to the Reagan administration.
Tbogg: From a recently released John Roberts memo from 1984: Roberts said the women's letter "contends that more is required...
Kos @DailyKos: Heck, even NARAL's ad was proven wrong with yesterday's document dump: "One of Monday's documents might undercut the...
Amanda Marcotte: Our genial candidate all but called them Communists for daring to even suggest that women's work should be valued like men's.
MarkInMexico: Main Page MSM lashes out at Roberts The liberal lefty MSM has done it again. Not satisfied with one hatchet job, it is repeated here.
Jo Fish: Now we come to find out that ol'French Fry thinks women are worth 60% of a man. Huh?
Justin Gardner: Recently a memo was discovered that exposed Roberts' views about unequal wages between the sexes. That's right.
Also: Jayson @PoliPundit, Michael @AmericaBlog, Cookie Jill

Bush Salts His Summer With Eclectic Reading List
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
CRAWFORD, Texas — Gas prices are climbing, motorists are fuming and President Bush is at his ranch with a book about the history of salt.
There could be a connection.
Betsy Newmark: Newsday has an article about the books that Bush is reading on his summer vacation.
Ken Masugi: Bush's Books — President Bush's reading during his five-week vacation includes: Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History;...
Clayton Cramer: The article interviewed the author of one of the books, and the arrogance of the Bush-haters just leaps out at you
TheAnchoress: Hee-hee…I don't know why but so many stories are striking my funny bone today. This one cracked me up.
Glenn Reynolds: But if you really want to worry, then you should note what InstaPundit reader Joseph Beaulieu did — a report that one...
Kathryn Jean Lopez: ' " You'd have to be suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome to react like Mark Kurlansky did upon learning the...
Also: Ann Althouse, Tarek @LiquidList

Nominee Roberts, in '84, called equal pay for women 'radical'
  By / Newsday   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — As a Reagan White House attorney in 1984, John G. Roberts criticized three Republican congresswomen for supporting the "radical" idea of "comparable worth" to create pay equality between men and women.
Greg @BeggingToDiffer: ROBERTS IN 1984: EQUAL PAY SOCIALISM "RADICAL" — This Newsday article introduces itself with the following provocative...
MarkInMexico: Not satisfied with one hatchet job, it is repeated here. First, USA Today says that Judge "Roberts scoffed at equal-pay theory".
Steve M.: ... —Newsday This detail is also buried in the middle of a Washington Post story on the latest Roberts document dump.
Natasha @PacificViews: Roberts thought equal pay for women was a "radical" concept, practically socialist: [quote] "I honestly find it troubling that...[end quote]
Susie Madrak: Rolling Over Oh, what's the big honkin' deal, ladies?
Steve Bainbridge: Radical Roberts — Mark in Mexico does a very good job of fisking the news coverage of the memo John Roberts wrote back...
Also: Kevin Drum

Bill Clinton's Plan for World Domination
  By / New York Magazine   —   Permalink 
There's a tangible, almost merciful way that the postpresidency agrees with Bill Clinton. Here in Africa, where he'll be spending the next seven days, he's relaxed, smiling, pink.
Patrick Ruffini: The Big He Fails Up — It's hard to read this drooling, saccharine, 10 jump page look-from-within at Bill Clinton's...
Cori Dauber: Rewriting History — I saw this item on Memorandum, so I went to the New York magazine interview with Bill Clinton and...
Captain Ed: Bill Clinton Rewrites History On Al-Qaeda — Bill Clinton tells New York magazine that he desperately wishes that the...
TheAnchoress: Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996, somehow links in my mind to this statement by Bill Clinton in this article.
Jon Henke: But when Clinton says this... "I desperately wish, that I had been president when the FBI and CIA finally confirmed,...
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: You can read the whole original New York Magazine article by CLICKING HERE. Note the stunning photos on top of Clinton.
Also: John Podhoretz

Crosses vandalized at antiwar mom's Texas camp site
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan tried to calm tensions on Tuesday with area residents upset by her vigil but expressed outrage after a pickup truck driver ran over crosses at her campsite near U.S. President George W. Bush's ranch.
Skippy: reuters tells us mr. northern was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
Michelle Malkin: Some nutball drove his truck through an anti-war display of crosses down at Camp Cindy Sheehan.
V @LeftInTheWest: Ironic, Isn't It — Sheehan says, [snipped quote] I think that she understates the point.
TheAnchoress: This is a very stupid and adolescent thing to do. It is ALWAYS a stupid and adolescent thing to do.

Gaza: Tomorrow's Iraq
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
It is the solemn obligation of a columnist to connect the dots. So let's call one dot Iraq and another the Gaza Strip, and note that while they are far different in history and circumstance, they are both places where Western democracies, the United States and Israel, are being defeated by a common enemy, terrorism.
Callimachus: Optimism — WaPo's Richard Cohen, writing off the American effort in Iraq as a defeat, revives the "Arabs are violent,...
Ted Belman: Terror is winning — Gaza: Tomorrow's Iraq By Richard Cohen, Washington Post It is the solemn obligation of a columnist to connect the dots.
Steve Soto: Richard Cohen's comments today in his column Read how easily Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen dismisses the...

Va. Laptop Sale Turns Into a Stampede
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
RICHMOND, Va. - A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.
Jeff Jarvis: At least they weren't Dells Cheap computers cause the stampede of the stupid: A rush to purchase $50 used laptops...
MarkInMexico: Main Page Steel Cage Match Turns Violent Oh, wait. You say this was not a WWF steel cage match? It was a laptop computer sale?
James Joyner: Va. Laptop Sale Turns Into a Stampede (AP) [snipped quote] Lovely. I don't know who's dumber, the people who organized this event or those who attended.
La Shawn Barber: Human Greed… …rolling all over the pavement. Check out the VIDEO (embarrassing).

A Bad Week For Protesting Mom
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS/AP) Cindy Sheehan — the mother who's camped out near Crawford, Texas, demanding to speak with President Bush about her GI son who died in Iraq — is continuing her vigil but the makeshift memorial erected at her campsite has taken a hit.
Amanda Marcotte: A local veteran is turning over his ranch to the protesters so they don't have to stand in the street anymore.
Skippy: in the meantime, cbs is reporting that camp casey will be moving to a new location, thanks to a friendly landowner...
Joe @AmericaBlog: Here's the coverage from CBS/AP: "Cindy Sheehan — the mother who's camped out near Crawford, Texas, demanding to speak...
Captain Ed: Almost every news service has done the same, including this CBS story which uses it to generate sympathy for Sheehan.
Jonah Goldberg: I'd bet CBS/AP will fix this soon, but the original text of this Sheehan story reads: "Sheehan has vowed to continue...
TChris: An anti-Sheehan protestor drove his pickup truck through the crosses. So much for free speech in Crawford.

Roberts Unlikely To Face Big Fight
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Democrats have decided that unless there is an unexpected development in the weeks ahead, they will not launch a major fight to block the Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts Jr., according to legislators, Senate aides and party strategists.
Jason Spitalnick: On Tuesday, the Washington Post rant a story entitled "Roberts Unlikely To Face Big Fight."
Adam C: According to this morning's Washington Post, Roberts is practically a shoe-in barring any new revelations.
Betsy Newmark: This story in the Washington Post says that their plan is to subject Roberts to tough questions in his nomination...
John Hawkins: Daily News For August 17, 2005 — Domestic "California: Two Men Believed To Have Been Planning September 11, 2005...
Susie Madrak: Meanwhile, the Democrats have signaled their intention to roll over on his nomination (good dogs!) .
John Cole: Roberts Confirmation ALL But Guaranteed The Democrats aren't even going to mount an opposition: Democrats have...
Also: Captain Ed, Nathan Hallford, Joe @AmericaBlog, Jeralyn Merritt, Brendan Nyhan, Justin Gardner, Gerry Daly, Ed Kilgore, Ian Welsh, Taegan Goddard, Pejman Yousefzadeh, David Sirota

Post Drops Plan to Promote Pentagon Event
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Washington Post announced yesterday that it will back out of a controversial co-sponsorship of a Pentagon-organized event next month to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and support the troops in Iraq.
Steve Soto: I wonder if Mr. Cohen raised his voice in protest at the idea his paper was going to sponsor a war rally as just one...
Jim Romenesko: Washington Post drops sponsorship of Pentagon event — Washington Post The Post has told the Defense Department that it...
Attaturk: Somebody got called out — Kudos to a number of progressive bloggers (not me really) for putting the pressure on the...
Garrett M. Graff: Post Drops Walk Sponsorship — In a surprising move (at least, to us), the Post has backed out of its decision to sponsor the Pentagon's upcoming 9/11 memorial walk.
Kerry Howley: Whole freedom about-face here. Freedom Walk registration requirements and prohibited items list here.
John @AmericaBlog: More media sponsors of pro-Bush Pentagon march to abuse memories of 9/11 victims — Washington Post: [snipped quote] Those are local DC media oulets.

Leahy Lambastes Roberts' 'Radical' Stands
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), who will lead the Democratic questioning at John Roberts' confirmation hearings, criticized the Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as an "eager, aggressive advocate" for policies of the Republican far right wing.
Amanda Marcotte: And now there's another story out about Roberts and his affection for freaky anti-choice groups.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Idle Time, Idle Minds — MediaCrat Senator, Pat Leahy, and a few other media drones.
Steve Bainbridge: They're Called Elections — Senator Pat Leahy and People for the American Way - also known as left-liberal types whose...

DeWine challenged by former AK president
  bizjournals   —   Permalink 
Former AK Steel Corp. President John Hritz plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, for the Senate seat he has held for a decade.
Hritz said he has formed an exploratory committee to look into the feasibility of running against DeWine, who is from Cedarville, for the Republican nomination in May 2006 primary election.
Scott Shields: Update: (Chris) Well, DeWine has a challenger now. Wingnut millionaire John Hirtz will challenge him in the primary.
Gerry Daly: The Dayton Business Journal reports, [snipped quote] Hirtz would run to the right of DeWine.
Kos @DailyKos: OH-Sen: DeWine to face primary challenger — Already facing low poll numbers, an ethically challenged Ohio Republican...
Kathryn Jean Lopez: WILL DEALER DEWINE face a serious primary challenge?

Wash. Post drops sponsorship of Pentagon event
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Post dropped its sponsorship on Monday of a walk organized by the Pentagon to remember victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks and to support U.S. troops, saying it was possible the event would become "politicized."
Glenn Reynolds: Like this: [snipped quote] The press views the war as a political story, not a matter of patriotism.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Conundrum of Duplicity — I didn't know whether to laugh or cry upon reading this piece, from Reuters, about Bob...
Susie Madrak: Post Pulls Out You probably already heard this, but WashPo has pulled out of sponsoring the Nuremberg 9/11 rally.

'No-fly list' keeps infants off planes
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the United States because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."
John Hawkins: The Greatest Terrorist Threat: Babies — Satire By Frank J. Some infants have been stopped from boarding planes because...
RJ Eskow: from cnn: [snipped quote] i can see putting their names on the "no-cry list," especially for long flights. and I can...
Daniel Solove: Babies on the No Fly List — Daniel Solove According to the AP: [snipped quote] It would be nice to see some sanity in TSA's security procedures.

Border-control Democrats and President Bush
  Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Democratic hopefuls for 2008 are sensing how vulnerable President Bush is on border control. The latest sign: New Mexico's politically shrewd governor, Bill Richardson, has made a partial about-face on the issue — at least in words — and is throwing money and attention at his state's southern border.
Michelle Malkin: BORDER WARS — A few weeks ago, I spoke to conservatives at the Young America's Foundation annual student conference about immigration and national security.
Clayton Cramer: Democrats Tiptoeing Up To The Border Control Issue — The Washington Times has an editorial pointing out that even an...

Little urgency at ABC, CBS, to name successors
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
ABC announced Monday that it has dropped Peter Jennings' name from World News Tonight, one week after the veteran anchor died of lung cancer at 67.
"Of all people," ABC News president David Westin said in a staff memo, "Peter insisted on accuracy.
Terry Heaton: When the formula doesn't work — Peter Johnson at USAToday tells us that neither ABC nor CBS are in a hurry to replace...
James Joyner: Little urgency at ABC, CBS, to name successors (USA Today) [snipped quote] Bingo. Fox News figured that out years ago.
Brian Stelter: Heyward On CBS Evening News Revamp: "We're Making Good Progress" — Producers at CBS News have been "working on a number...
Jim Romenesko: ABC drops Jennings' name from "World News Tonight" — USA Today ABC News president David Westin says: "Of all people, Peter insisted on accuracy.

U.S. lawmakers call for more American troops in Iraq
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two top U.S. lawmakers on Sunday called for more American troops to be sent to Iraq, but the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that was "very unlikely."
Billmon: For reasons known only to himself, however, Joe Biden is still basing his campaign strategy on the assumption that the...
Susie Madrak: While the entire piece is worth reading, I especially loved this bit: For reasons known only to himself, however, Joe...

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq objects to memorial
  AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA BARBARA - The mother of a Lompoc soldier killed in Iraq is demanding that her son's name be removed from what she considers anti-war memorials on the beach here and outside President Bush's Texas ranch.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Debbie Argel Bastian is another mother who resents her son's name being used in Sheehan's protest: "The mother of a...
MarkInMexico: Main Page The anti-war press strikes again Mother of soldier killed in Iraq objects to memorial.

Young Roberts To King of Pop: Request Denied
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s legal philosophy may be shrouded in ambiguity, but when it comes to the King of Pop, Roberts shows no judicial restraint whatsoever.
Hugh Hewitt: Dana Milbank gets the ball rolling with this piece on young Justice-to-be Roberts' views on Michael Jackson.
Captain Ed: John Roberts To Michael Jackson: Beat It — Hugh Hewitt points out this hilarious Dana Milbank article in today's...
Cookie Jill: [quote]the request came to the attention of roberts, who wrote on Sept. 21 to fielding: "i hate to sound like one of mr...[end quote]
Dr. Steven Taylor: John Roberts Demonstrates Good Judgement (and a Wide-Ranging Vocabulary) Via WaPo, a most amusing glimpse into the mind...

Small town may face big bill from Wiccan
  AP   —   Permalink 
GREAT FALLS, South Carolina (AP) — A small South Carolina town is facing a hefty legal bill after losing a battle over whether it should stop using Jesus Christ's name in prayers before council meetings.
Cernig: Now, via CNN, comes a report of a little bit of precedent that might aid Simpson's lawsuit.
Amanda Marcotte: Sadly, no lessons were learned and the fundies are probably scurrying off to blame witchcraft — Good news through...

Goody Two Shoes
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Listen to this story on NPR's Day to Day.
Listen to the podcast audio version of this story here, or sign up to get Slate's free daily podcasts.
One fun game that Supreme Court reporters like to play when they're out on maternity leave is called "Who...
Ann Althouse: UPDATE: An entry from Dahlia Lithwick: "I am enormously confident, however, that John Roberts has never smoked pot.
Orin Kerr: Lithwick on Thomas: In a Slate piece on John Roberts, Dahlia Lithwick contrasts her vision of Roberts with her vision of...

Agency predicts smaller federal budget deficit
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit picture turned brighter Monday as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released new estimates showing that the level of red ink for the current fiscal year would drop to $331 billion.
Dwight Meredith: The AP story begins: [snipped quote] The CBO report is here (pdf). The report is good news, of course.
Kenneth Baer: Defining Deviancy Down — From: Early Returns In newspapers across the country today, the Bush Administration is being...

Memos reveal Roberts' conservative views
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Washington — As a senior legal adviser to President Ronald Reagan, John Roberts concluded that a controversial memorial service for aborted fetuses, organized by a group of California doctors who opposed Roe vs. Wade, was "an entirely appropriate means of calling attention to the abortion tragedy."
Natasha @PacificViews: There's the fetus memorial service (Emphasis mine in all quoted articles): "... Roberts' memo about the memorial...
Magpie @PacificViews: In a memo to White House counsel Fred Fielding (then his boss), Roberts expressed some pretty neanderthal notions about whether women should receive equal pay for equal work.

Roberts Once Wrote of 'Abortion Tragedy'
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WASHINGTON - As a young lawyer in the Reagan White House, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts concluded that a group's memorial service for aborted fetuses was "an entirely appropriate means of calling attention to the abortion tragedy."
Joe @AmericaBlog: And it sure sounds from his days in the Reagan administration that he is a pretty damn strong opponent of a woman's...
Jayson @PoliPundit: John Roberts. You know, watching the MediaCrats during that upcoming confirmation hearing could turn out to be more fun - in a train wreck sense - than I originally had thought.
Steve Bainbridge: Tragedy — The AP reports: "As a young lawyer in the Reagan White House, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts concluded...

Crosses vandalized at antiwar mom's campsite
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CRAWFORD, Texas - A pickup truck ran over wooden crosses erected at anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan's campsite on Monday night in the latest sign of tension over the peace vigil outside vacationing President Bush's Texas ranch.
Skippy: msnbc: a pickup truck ran over wooden crosses erected at antiwar protester cindy sheehan's campsite on monday night in...
Attaturk: Sweetheart of the Rodeo — Feel the love in the case of the driven over crosses outside Rancho de CooCoo Bananas: "Larry...