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Inquiry will back intelligence that Iraq sought uranium
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
A UK government inquiry into the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq is expected to conclude that Britain's spies were correct to say that Saddam Hussein's regime sought to buy uranium from Niger.
The Big Trunk: Not fit to print — Last week the Financial Times reported that a key part of Great Britain's intelligence on Saddam...
James Joyner: Saddam, Niger, and British Intelligence — Financial Times - Inquiry will back intelligence that Iraq sought uranium
Tom Maguire: A Sneak Peek At The Butler Report — Via Glenn, we see that the FT is standing by their earlier story.
Hugh Hewitt: Huge news from the Financial Times: The official inquiry in the United Kingdom will confirm that Saddam did try to buy uranium from Niger.
Captain Ed: Financial Times: Iraq Tried To Get Uranium From Niger — In a further repudiation of the "Bush Lied!" meme, the...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: RIGHT AFTER ALL — So how long do you expect it will take for Joseph Wilson, et. al to acknowledge and address this?
Also: Glenn Reynolds, Jon Henke, Holden

July Surprise?
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Late last month, President Bush lost his greatest advantage in his bid for reelection. A poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post discovered that challenger John Kerry was running even with the president on the critical question of whom voters trust to handle the war on terrorism.
Hugh Hewitt: The center-left at the New Republic, and the conspiracy-driven left represented by Joshua Micah Marshall are now...
Oliver Willis: GOP Fighting Terror — When Convenient — July Surprise This public pressure would be appropriate, even laudable, had it...
The Poor Man: "... This public pressure would be appropriate, even laudable, had it not been accompanied by an unseemly private..."
Taegan Goddard: Earlier this spring, the Bush administration "significantly increased its pressure on Pakistan to kill or capture Osama...
Attaturk: As Josh Marshall and New Republic make clear, Chimpy McFlightsuit wants Pakistan to save his sorry ass from the ignominity of abandoning Al Qaeda for his Iraq s**thead adventure.
Matthew Yglesias: Honor And Integrity — Well, I'm just sure that the Bush administration would never be using national security as a...
Also: Josh Marshall

With Spidey, less is Moore
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Has "Spider-Man 2" pushed "Fahrenheit 9/11" director Michael Moore out of the limelight?
And is Moore having trouble coping with his predictable drop from the top spot?
Robert Cox: TIVO THIS Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics: Edward Kennedy NewsHour: Bill Clinton 60 Minutes: Sean Penn Dennis...
Jeff Goldstein: Wow. I guess he really can spin a web any size. Or at least the size of rhino-hipped faux populist **** Story
C. D. Harris: Awwww! "The director [Michael Moore] hastily wrapped things up and wandered away dejectedly."
Betsy Newmark: Cheers for Kid Rock.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: PATHETIC — Can Michael Moore sink any lower? [snipped quote] I almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost.
Ace: Michael Moore Underwhelms Spider-Fans — The husky huckster walks away "dejectedly" as his sweaty self-promotion efforts fail to impress moviegoers.
Also: Michael DeBow, Jonah Goldberg, Glenn Reynolds

Kerry Gains Campaign Ace, Risking Anti-Lawyer Anger
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 6 - Tapping Senator John Edwards for the Democratic presidential ticket gives John Kerry an energetic campaign partner and will allow Mr. Kerry to solidify the support of wealthy lawyers who can contribute millions to the campaign and the...
TChris: Edwards Under Attack — The President and his fellow country-bangers don't like trial lawyers, and they figure voters don't like them much either.
Dwight Meredith: "The New York Times remembers that attacking trial lawyers is part of the Karl Rove playbook.
Von @ObsidianWings: Show that you ain't beholden to your class action pals, John, and ease the fears of big business. Good politics and, yes, good policy too.
Steve Bainbridge: Even the NY Times gets it (after all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day):Mr. Edwards's background as a trial...

Why the French Act Isn't Funny Anymore
  Time   —   Permalink 
It is easy to make fun of the French and their pompous pretense to the grandeur they shed a half-century ago when their loss of honor under Vichy, and then their loss of empire, relegated them to the rank of second-class power. But the fun is over.
Deacon: The future that doesn't work — Charles Krauthammer on French obstructionism.
Steve Bainbridge: France — The case for treating France as a strategic competitor rather than an ally has rarely been made more...
Dale Franks: Pouty Pundit Pans Parisian Posturing — Charles Krauthammer writes that France's act isn't funny any more.
James Joyner: Chirac: Obstructionist or Appeaser — Charles Krauthammer has a column in TIME called, "Why the French Act Isn't Funny Anymore."
Betsy Newmark: Charles Krauthammer nails it. [snipped quote] Read the rest. Krauthammer is as brilliant as ever.

  The Hill   —   Permalink 
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), rapping at a Rainbow/PUSH labor breakfast in Chicago as he introduced the Democratic Senate candidate
Even though Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has been criticized for a dearth of minorities among the top advisers to his...
James Panero: And who else is penning the preface but a certain John F. Kerry. (Here is the listing on Barnes and Noble's web site—don't look for it on Amazon; it's not yet there).
John Cole: Say, or example, just letting the American people know where Kerry's campaign slogan came from: [snipped quote] That ought to be a big hit at the VFW.
Glenn Reynolds: LET AMERICA BE AMERICA: "Guys, you gotta vet the poets you quote."

Prepare for jumbo shrimp prices
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Shrimp, the most popular seafood in America, may become more expensive soon as a result of new tariffs that the U.S. government is considering on imports from some countries in a move to bolster domestic shrimp production and prevent dumping, or sales at artificially low prices.
Matthew Yglesias: My Shrimp Are Too Cheap — Thank God the president took care of that little problem.
DeLong: "Free" Trade — The Bush administration decides to make China and Vietnam a little bit poorer: "Prepare for jumbo...
Jeff A. Taylor: Netting an Election — Hmmm, the very day the Democrats evince some intention to push for votes from the South, the Bush...
PGL: But the trade protectionists rule the Bush White House: "Shrimp, the most popular seafood in America, may become more...
Max B. Sawicky: CHICKEN OF THE SEA — Bush's free trade policy is all wet.

Gruesome Discovery
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
A 14-year-old boy was arrested today in connection with the discovery of three bodies at a New Mexico ranch owned by ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, authorities said.
The bodies were found Tuesday on Donaldson's remote ranch north of Hondo, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said.
James Joyner: Bodies Found at Sam Donaldson's Ranch — ABC News - Teen Arrested After Three Bodies Found at Sam Donaldson's Ranch [snipped quote] How bizarre—and tragic.
Susanna Cornett: Death on the Donaldson spread — Three bodies have been found on newsman Sam Donaldson's ranch: "Three bodies were...
Robert Cox: Sam Donaldson Unearths Murder Case ABC News A 14-year-old boy was arrested today in connection with the discovery of...

Rockefeller Republicans Take Manhattan
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The lineup of primetime speakers at the Republican Convention predictably reflects its New York location by giving prominent spots to the hosts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki. But those enjoying the coveted spotlight also pay tribute to New York's former Governor Nelson Rockefeller.
Kos: In short, the GOoPers are hiding their conservatives from public consumption.
Kevin Drum: Today he links to Kate O'Beirne in National Review wondering why the Republican party is so desperate to hide its true...
John Hawkins: No, The Rockerfeller Republicans Aren't On The Comeback Trail — Andrew Sullivan & Kate O'Beirne are wondering whether...
Andrew Sullivan: Kate O'Beirne wants to know where the real leaders of today's GOP are: Rick Santorum, Tom DeLay, Bill Frist. She's right.

Turning Success Into Failure
  NYT   —   Permalink 
There are, in theory, three workweeks left for Congress before lawmakers race off to the presidential campaign season. But taxpayers should not hold their breath for anything substantive to happen.
Christopher Kanis: WHAT A DIFFERENCE 8 YEARS CAN MAKE — Stuart Buck does the legwork and looks at what the New York Times said about Welfare reform 8 years ago, versus what they say today.
Stuart Buck: The New York Times on Welfare Reform — The New York Times, today: "[N]one of the shortcomings of the G.O.P.-controlled...
Glenn Reynolds: STUART BUCK NOTES historical revisionism at The New York Times where welfare reform is concerned.

Iranian Intel Officers Captured in Iraq
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — American and Iraqi joint patrols, along with U.S. Special Operations (search) teams, captured two men with explosives in Baghdad on Monday who identified themselves as Iranian (search) intelligence officers, FOX News has confirmed.
Jeff Goldstein: Somebody come find me if we go to war with Iran or anything. Otherwise, be back later today. **** More. And more.
Ace: I'm sure everyone knows this, but this is one of those stories that's too big not to blog: Iranian intelligence agents...
Jan Haugland: Iranian agents caught with explosives in Baghdad — An American-Iraqi joint patrol has captured two Iranian intelligence officers in Baghdad.
Patrick Belton: AND SOME SO-CALLED 'REALISTS' STILL SAY WE OUGHT TO BE COUSINING UP TO THESE GUYS: [snipped quote] These, please note,...
Bird Dog: Iranian Belligerence — Yesterday, two Iranian intelligence officers were caught with explosives in Baghdad, FoxNews reported.
Hugh Hewitt: Captain Ed tipped me to this FoxNews story reporting the capture in Baghdad of two Iranian intelligence agents carrying explosives.
Also: Clayton Cramer, Attaturk, Joe Gandelman, Blackfive, Dean Esmay, Dale Franks, Hindrocket, Andrew Sullivan, Glenn Reynolds, Captain Ed

Sources: Lay Indicted in Enron's Collapse
  AP   —   Permalink 
HOUSTON (AP) — The three-year investigation of Enron Corp.'s scandalous collapse has reached the top of the energy company, with the criminal indictment of founder and former chief executive Kenneth Lay, sources told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Tbogg: This happened: Former Enron Corp. chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay has been indicted on criminal charges related to the...
Holden: Kennyboy To Do the Perp Walk — It's About Time [snipped quote] Lest we forget.
Jon Henke: Unless you go to jail — and does anyone think any of our modern malefactors of great wealth will actually do time?..."...

In North Carolina, Bush Takes a Swipe at Edwards
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 7 — President Bush campaigned today in North Carolina, where he criticized Democrats for blocking some of his judicial nominees and took a back-handed swipe at Senator John Edwards, the state's freshman Democratic senator and now Senator John Kerry's choice for running mate.
Dale Franks: The campaign takes shape — I got a Kick out ofthis paragraph in the New York Times, about the President campaigning in North Carolina.
John J. Miller: Breaking news: "When a questioner noted that Mr. Edwards had been described as charming and a 'nimble campaigner' and...
Steve Soto: After the White House said yesterday that the president wanted to stay above the fray, Mr. Bush dispensed with that...

John Edwards, Esq.
  By / Washington Monthly   —   Permalink 
On August 5th, NBC's Meet the Press featured someone and something we're likely to see much more of in years to come: Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) squaring off against a nervous representative of the Bush administration.
Angry Bear: AB UPDATE: Slacktivist brings us this episode — surely just one of many — of John Edwards shamelessly prostrating...
Kash: (See for example this story, via Atrios.) On the other hand, Cheney was running a major corporation, presiding over that company's misdeeds.
Atrios: This is the kind of trial lawyer John Edwards was: The defining case in Edwards' legal career wrapped up that same year.
Rivka: The Last Blogger On Earth To Post About Edwards — I'm quite pleased with Kerry's choice of John Edwards for VP, which...
Steve Gilliard: But the reason the GOP hates Edwards is not so much the man, as it was with Clinton, few question his character, but his success as a lawyer suing large corporations.

U.S. Removed Radioactive Materials From Iraq Facility
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced yesterday that almost two tons of low-enriched uranium and about 1,000 radioactive samples used for research had been removed from Iraq's Tuwaitha Nuclear Center and brought to the United States for security reasons.
Cori Dauber: Is this really that unimportant of a story? What's really striking here is this: broadcast news picks up stories from the Times and Post all the time.
James Joyner: U.S. Removed Radioactive Materials From Iraq Facility — WaPo - U.S. Removed Radioactive Materials From Iraq Facility [snipped quote] Interesting.
Steven Taylor: Interesting: Nuclear Materials Removed from Iraq — U.S. Removed Radioactive Materials From Iraq Facility.

The Best Choice
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
When you hear Republicans disparage Sen. John Edwards's lack of experience, remember the words of Sen. Orrin Hatch, spoken to George W. Bush at a debate on Dec. 6, 1999.
"You've been a great governor," Hatch declared of his rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
Steve Soto: But as E. J. Dionne noted today in the Post, if Kerry had picked Gephardt, the White House line would have been that Kerry was too insecure to pick someone like Edwards.
McQ: Checking the Media's reaction to Edwards — Some interesting takes on the Edwards pick: EJ Dionne think it was "The Best...
Matthew Yglesias: The ever-reliable E.J. Dionne, however, steps into the breach and points out the obvious: [snipped quote] As a political argument, that's good enough for me.
Kos: We'll, E.J. Dionne shares this moment from 2000: [snipped quote] And checkmate.
Holden: Count on E. J. Dionne to provide the anecdotal antidote: [snipped quote] Update: Rude Pundit provides an historic perspective.
Michael Froomkin: Now look at E.J. Dionne's column on why Edwards is The Right Choice and the Gep would have been a mistake: Republicans...

Body Politic Will Reject 'Charisma Transplant'
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Senator John Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, were born in the same hospital in the small town of Seneca, S.C., within two years of each other.
Noam Scheiber: Bill Safire sounds like he's making a distinction without a difference: [snipped quote] Maybe I'm a little quaint when...
Steve M.: William Safire, conservative columnist for The New York Times In campaign terms, Cheney brought almost nothing.
Ed Cone: Underestimate Edwards at your own peril. I'm hearing a lot of whistling past the graveyard from Republicans, but I suspect they know this is not good news for their guy.
Hugh Hewitt: Bill Safire in the New York Times pours water on the idea that Edwards helps in the south —not with the National Journal's rating as the fourth most liberal member of the Senate.
Ezra Klein: In the hack trunks we've got William Safire with a column berating Kerry for being less confident in his vice-presidential pick than Bush was.
Michael Froomkin: Talking Points Can Go Stale Very Quickly — For a good laugh, compare today's effort by William Safire, Body Politic...

Arthur: On the Rocks
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Forget Camelot. Forget Merlin the wizard and the Sword in the Stone. Forget the Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fay, and Guinevere getting moist over Robert Goulet. Forget all the fancy fairy tales that have come down to us from Mallory, Tennyson, T.H. White, Lerner and Lowe, John Boorman, and Monty Python.
Eugene Volokh: Pun of the day: "Woad trip," as a throwaway caption in Slate's review of Arthur.
Arthur Chrenkoff: By the sounds of it, the new film version is still somewhat off the mark: the new Arthur , according to Slate's David...

Talk Down
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
It was, I think, the right decision. John Edwards will make a great running mate for Kerry. But missed in the natural brouhaha is the actual speech John Kerry gave announcing his choice. It's perhaps the first national stump speech given by Kerry now that the primaries are long over and the national campaign is beginning.
Betsy Newmark: Andrew Sullivan fisks John Kerry's speech yesterday and finds it vapid and vacuous. Not a rave review.
Andrew Sullivan: If this is Kerry's message, Bush will continue to be one of the luckiest politicians alive. I fisk away here.
Stefan Sharkansky: Kerry's "flatulently vapid" rallying cry — Andrew Sullivan fisks John Kerry's speech introducing John Edwards as his running mate.

Europe Reluctantly Deciding It Has Less Time for Time Off
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
FRANKFURT, July 6 — For Michael Stahl, a technician at a cordless telephone factory in the town of Bocholt, summer is usually a carefree season of long evenings in his garden and even longer vacations.
James Joyner: Europeans Working More Hours — NYT - Europe Reluctantly Deciding It Has Less Time for Time Off [RSS]
Susanna Cornett: It's a tragedy.
Kash: Labor Versus Leisure in the US and Europe — Today's NY Times has a story about the amount of time off that people in Europe enjoy.

Primer For a Revolution
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
ISTANBUL — How do you make a peaceful democratic revolution? That's the big issue these days for political activists from Cairo to Hong Kong. I put the question to the past year's most successful revolutionary, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Gregory Djerejian: TPM approvingly and uncritically links to this Dave Ignatius op-ed.
Josh Marshall: For our text, let's use the column by David Ignatius in Tuesday's Washington Post.
Matthew Yglesias: I made these points at greater length in the May Prospect and Josh Kurlantzick made some of them at around the same time in TNR and Josh Marshall has a post on it today.

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
JOHN Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his vice presidential candidate is getting predictable but sincere applause from Democrats, relieved that some charisma will enliven their presidential ticket.
Michael DeBow: Dick Morris predicts that John Edwards's success in fund-raising among high-rolling plaintiffs' lawyers will come back to haunt him.
Stephen Green: Follow the Money — This could get interesting: [snipped quote] I have the feeling we'll find out.

Kerry's Blue-Collar Bet
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Senator John Edwards is America's best natural politician since Bill Clinton, and he'll help with the Democrats' most crucial task: reconnecting the party to Middle American voters.
When Republicans charge that Democrats are out of touch with the "real America," they actually have a point.
Jeanne D'Arc: Class — Once again Nicholas Kristof has managed to say something I agree with on the whole in a way that annoys me.
Ezra Klein: In the worthwhile trunks we have Kristof sending in a good column on Edwards and a remarkable effort on Sudan.
McQ: NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof sees Edwards as Kerry's "Blue Collar Bet": "Senator John Edwards is America's best...

Ex-GOP Senator Suggests Bush Dump Cheney
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
ALBANY, N.Y. - President Bush should consider dumping Vice President Dick Cheney from the Republican ticket this year, an influential former GOP senator said Wednesday.
Alfonse D'Amato said Bush should consider putting Secretary of State Colin Powell or Sen. John McCain of Arizona on the GOP ticket.
Steven Taylor: Alex, I'll Take "People Not to Take Advice From" for $300 — Ex-GOP Senator Suggests Bush Dump Cheney [snipped quote] A)...
Steve Soto: Pothole Al has come out and called for Bush to dump Cheney and replace him with either Colin Powell (not going to happen) or John McCain (also not going to happen).

Choice Is Pragmatic, Undramatic
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — With the selection of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Sen. John F. Kerry tapped a running mate who combines obvious strengths with subtle risks.
In many key respects, Kerry's choice of Edwards — his most effective rival for the Democratic presidential nomination last winter — was the safe pick.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: Experience: Vintage 2004 — [snipped quote] says Democratic advisor Richard C. Holbrooke in the Los Angeles Times.
Howard Kurtz: Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times sees "a running mate who combines obvious strengths with subtle risks.
McQ: Ronald Brownstein of the LA Times finds the selection of Edwards as "pragmatic" and "undramatic".

Democratic Ticket Is All in the Neighborhood
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
They share a first name, an occupation, a party affiliation and a lofty income bracket. But only in Washington, where everyone claims to represent the common man, would a presidential candidate need to look no farther than his own neighborhood to pick a running mate.
Betsy Newmark: James Joyner links to some sad news. James Doohan, who played Scotty on Star Trek is suffering from Alzheimer's.
James Joyner: Star Trek's James Doohan has Alzheimer's — WaPo's Reliable Source has this sad news: "Sadly, James M. Doohan, known as...

  By / New York Press   —   Permalink 
As the July 12 date nears for a vote on the federal marriage amendment, an outing panic has gripped Washington's political and media circles. Some gay activists have vowed to expose those closeted members of Congress who are supporting the amendment, as well as the closeted gay staffers of any member backing it.
Jonah Goldberg: MICKEY'S ALL MAN — Signorile outs Barbara Mikulski. I guess leftwing gays get to decide who's authentic or not based upon how they vote.
Ace: A Woman's Private Sexual Practices Are Her Own Business... Until She Angers the Gay Lobby — I don't know if I should be linking this.

Claude Allen & His Enemies
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
In April 2003, President Bush announced his intention to nominate Claude Alexander Allen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which reaches from Virginia to South Carolina.
Deacon: Boyden Gray, also in NRO, demonstrates how far some liberals have gone in imposing a securlarist (and anti-traditional Christian) litmus test for judicial nominees.
Steve Dillard: Claude Allen & His Enemies: Understanding the judge fights: C. Boyden Gray has an excellent opinion piece on Allen over at NRO today.

Kerry could spurn public cash
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
Some Democratic strategists and fundraisers say Sen. John Kerry should seriously consider opting out of public funding in his bid to defeat President Bush this fall.
Jerome Armstrong: On The Hill (via Political Wire) there's finally chatter about Kerry opting out of taking the public financing in the...
Taegan Goddard: Kerry Urged To Spurn Public Funds — "Some Democratic strategists and fundraisers say Sen. John Kerry should seriously...

President Bush Meets with N. Carolina/Michigan Judicial Nominees
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. It's good to be in the great state of North Carolina. I just met with three judicial nominees from this state — Judge Terry Boyle, Bob Conrad, Jim Dever. These are men with broad experience, good character.
Brian Montopoli: Spin Buster — Putting Words in the Candidate's Mouth President Bush made himself available for a few questions from...
Holden: From the Mouths of Preznits... Bush in North Carolina, today: "Q Mr. President, does this John Edwards selection force...

Blair Says Illicit Weapons May Never Be Found, but 'We Know' Hussein Had Them
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 6 — Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, America's closest ally in Iraq, said Tuesday that the unconventional weapons cited as the justification for the war against Saddam Hussein might never be found.
Kash: At least that's the only thing regarding the benefits of invading Iraq that they were wrong about. Kash
Cori Dauber: Ironically, that's right across from the story on Tony Blair's plaintive admission (which I did see covered on one of the networks last night) that we might never find the WMD.

The blogging cover-up
  By /   —   Permalink 
Web logs have done more to spark opinion-sharing than anything since the creation of the Internet. But is this new vehicle of unconstrained expression fated to come under the thumb of the powers that be?
Jay Rosen: Kos links to this strangely alarmist piece by Charles Cooper, senior editor of C-NET: "The last thing the respective handlers want is to invite a wild card.
Kos: And then there's the handwringing about blog purity or other such nonesense.
Steve Gilliard: The blogging cover-up July 2, 2004, 4:00 AM PT By Charles Cooper [snipped quote] Let me add this: I make no secret of...

GOP quick to ridicule selection
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
President Bush's re-election campaign moved swiftly yesterday to define Sen. John Edwards as a liberal lightweight who was chosen to be Sen. John Kerry's Democratic running mate only after a Republican, Sen. John McCain, refused.
Noam Scheiber: BILL SAMMON IS STILL TALKING SENSE: In keeping with my newfound interest in everything Bill Sammon writes, I thought I'd pass along my favorite paragraph from his piece today.
Hugh Hewitt: And the Washington Times Bill Sammon provides a nice summary of yesterday's GOP response.

Cheney Had No New Data on Saddam, Al Qaeda-Panel
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no evidence of collaborative links between Iraq and al Qaeda, said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney had no more information than commission investigators to support his later assertions to the contrary.
Robert Cox: The 9/11 Commission is taking a look at Cheney's comments to Gloria Borger on Capital Report.
Bob Harris: 9-11 Commission: Dick Cheney Is A F***ing Liar (Note: this entry posted by Bob Harris) Granted, I'm paraphasing slightly.
Jack Balkin: 9/11 Commission: Cheney Off In La La Land JB Reuters reports: "The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no evidence of...
Steve M.: The vice president's office had no immediate comment... —Reuters You remember: "Asked if he knows information that the...
Joe Gandelman: More Bad News For Dick Cheney — If this drip-drip-drip keeps up predictions (see below) that he may not be on the final Bush ticket may come true sooner than anyone thinks.
Mathew Gross: 7) The 9/11 Commission calls Dick Cheney a liar.
Also: Oliver Willis, Attaturk, The Poor Man

New religious hate laws unveiled
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Inciting religious hatred is to be made a criminal offence under plans unveiled by Home Secretary David Blunkett.
The government failed to get laws introducing the offence passed by Parliament in the wake of the US terror attacks in 2001.
David Carr: However, that task (and my sort-of job) could be about to become a degree of magnitude more difficult: [snipped quote] As...
Charles Johnson: Blunkett Wants "Religious Hate" Laws — Britain's Home Secretary is trying to institute "thought crime" laws...

Two on Democratic Ticket Have Similar Records
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Their political résumés vary greatly in length, they hail from regions that consider one another foreign, and their personalities could hardly be confused.
When it comes to public policy, however, there is limited daylight between John F. Kerry and his running mate, John Edwards.
Jeanne D'Arc: The two Johns have pretty much identical records on that issue, as on most issues.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: Twin Killing — The Washington Post reports that John Kerry and John Edwards agree on "most major issues," but I think that it misses the real story.

Just your average Democrat donors
  By /   —   Permalink 
The self-proclaimed Party of the Little People is rolling in cash, and Democrats are positively gloating. "The strength of the small donor has helped level the financial playing field with the Bush campaign," Mary Beth Cahill, Sen. John Kerry's campaign manager, crowed last week.
SLZoll: Michelle Malkin Michelle tells about four donors to the Democratic party to make the point that Democratic donors are all rich communist/socialite/non-caucas ians.
Glenn Reynolds: Class warfare, man!" Indeed. (But they're backed by the little guy!)
The Big Trunk: A bankroll that looks like America — Michelle Malkin takes a look at the list of donors to the Democratic Party...
Michelle Malkin: PARTY OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE — Column's up: Just your average Democrat donors Excerpt: "So, let us hail the diversity of everyday Democrat donors: The pardon-pushing socialite.

Edwards brings no gravitas to the ticket
  By / Newsday   —   Permalink 
Four years ago, when Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush selected Richard Cheney as his running mate, the word among political pundits was Cheney brought much-needed gravitas to the ticket.
Betsy Newmark: Lyn Nofziger wonders where the gravitas is in the Edwards pick.
McQ: Lyn Nofziger of Newday, however, isn't so sure.

Doubts and Duty Tug at Marines
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
AL ASAD, Iraq — Grumbling is a storied part of Marine Corps life, the oil that keeps the Green Machine from seizing up. There is no morale crisis among Marines here, but threads of doubt are beginning to weave into conversations.
Mitch Berg: Brief Spark, then Darkness — As Jason Van Steenwyck reports, sometimes the media comes perilously close to...
Jason Van Steenwyk: LA Times at the Edge of Insight — LA Times staff writer comes tantalizingly close to figuring it out in this piece:...
Cori Dauber: Is this because of their reporting? Don't be silly. It's the X-files. They found someone to say it, so it's good enough for them.

Mr. Kerry's Choice
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
AS A MATTER of political strategy, Sen. John F. Kerry's choice of running mate is a smart move. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, to put it bluntly, is strong in areas where Mr. Kerry is weakest.
Hugh Hewitt: That's the Washington Post, delivering the sobering news to the Democratic Party establishment that while it may yet...
Matthew Yglesias: The RNC's oppo memo on John Edwards seems to have infected news analysis and editorializing alike, as both outlets raise...

It's Edwards!
  By /   —   Permalink 
With four months to go before the presidential elections, no sensible person should make even an educated guess of the winner. We don't know much more today than we did a year and a half ago.
Tbogg: One man's trash is another man's President — Tony Blankley: When the cameras turn off, the two wives will go to their...
SLZoll: Tony Blankley Tony is bored to booze by Kerry's choice of running mate.

Kerry Selects a Partner With Contrasts That Complement
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 6 — In John Edwards, Senator John Kerry selected a running mate who embodies the very attributes that some Democrats worry that Mr. Kerry lacks: a vigorous campaign presence, an engaging personal manner and a crisp message that stirred Democrats from Iowa to New Hampshire.
Howard Kurtz: Adam Nagourney of the New York Times says the new running mate "who embodies the very attributes that some Democrats...
Athenae: Department of That Didn't Take Long — Sigh. Here we go.

NBC: Lehman considered top prospect to head CIA
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is seriously considering nominating John Lehman, businessman, former Navy secretary and current 9/11 commissioner, to replace George Tenet as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, NBC News has learned from multiple sources at the White House, the State Department and on Capitol Hill.
James Joyner: MSNBC - Lehman considered top prospect to head CIA [snipped quote] I remember Lehman from his days as Reagan's SecNav,...
Josh Marshall: NBC is reporting that the former Navy Secretary John Lehman is now the lead contender to replace George Tenet as DCI.

Reflections on 'The Ivory Tower of Babel'   —   Permalink 
Dear Dr. Adams:
I am writing this letter in a state of frustration and disenchantment, but also, I believe, in a state of enlightenment. Friday evening I was preparing for a weekend vacation, and I was trying to decide what reading material I would take with me.
Jesse Taylor: Question: if you're going to substitute a bulls**t fan letter for your normal bulls**t column, wouldn't it at least make...
Tbogg: Advertisements for myself... Mike Adams takes a break from writing endlessly tedious stories about his petty squabbling...
SLZoll: Townhall 7/7: The Number of the Conservative Beast Mike Adams Mike writes a letter to himself, telling him how much he likes his new book.

Inquiry Confirms Top Medicare Official Threatened Actuary Over Cost of Drug Benefits
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 6 - An internal investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the top Medicare official threatened to fire the program's chief actuary if he told Congress that drug benefits would probably cost much more than the White House acknowledged.
Ronald Bailey: says Representative Pete Stark (D-Calif) in the New York Times.
MB Williams: This morning's NYTimes reported a stunning follow-up on last Spring's jaw-dropper that Medicare's chief actuary's job...

It's all about winning
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — First things first.
That is what John F. Kerry must have said to himself when he chose John Edwards as his running mate over alternatives with far more experience in government and far better credentials to take over as president on a moment's notice.
McQ: While David Broder agrees with others that "Its All About Winning": "In picking Edwards, the first-term senator from...
Betsy Newmark: David Broder sums the Edwards pick up by saying "It is all about winning." Well, that's what politicians do.

Look for the dirty laundry in Edwards's closet
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
The cheering that surrounds John Kerry's choice of John Edwards for vice president may fade quickly if the Bush campaign's negative researchers are on the ball.
Edwards has a real vulnerability in the way he raised campaign money during his abortive presidential bid.
Betsy Newmark: Dick Morris may be whistling past the graveyard, but he points to how Edwards raised so much money from trial lawyers...
Joe Gandelman: Political Consultant Dick Morris is already suggesting that a trial lawyer like Edwards could have LOTS of dirty laundry lurking out there and this choice could boomerang on Kerry.
McQ: Dick Morris, of course, is in the "dirty laundry" business and thinks there's plenty to be found as concerns Edwards

Don't know much biology
  By /   —   Permalink 
In the heart of the heartland, in a hardworking Mississippi River town, in a state that Al Gore carried in 2000 by only 4,144 votes, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts gave the good people a lesson in biology and religion.
SLZoll: Terence Jeffrey Kerry's statement that he believes that life begins at conception really ticks off Terence, because...
Betsy Newmark: Terence Jeffrey ponders Kerry's remark that he "believes" that life begins at conception.

Kerry's fateful choice
  By /   —   Permalink 
Good for John Kerry. By picking John Edwards he has given the voters a real choice. The conventional wisdom in Washington held that Kerry would be smart to pick someone who underscored his national security credentials.
SLZoll: Jonah Goldberg Because Kerry chose Edwards, a non-hawk, for his running mate, this proves that he isn't serious about terrorism.
Ted Belman: Kerry's fateful choice — Jonah Goldberg takes Kerry and Edwards to task Good for John Kerry.

A Road Map for Our Inquiry
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
The multibillion-dollar Oil-for-Food Program of the United Nations, in operation from 1996 to 2003, was designed to provide humanitarian assistance to an Iraqi population suffering grievously under the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Cori Dauber: But I don't see him mentioning, still that he's been given supoena power. Still stunning silence from the mainstream media.
Dean Esmay: I noticed that Paul Volcker has an interesting piece on the U.N. Oil for Food scandal and the inquiry committee that he's part of which is investigating it.

9/11 Panelists Rebut Cheney on Information
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 6 - The leaders of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on Tuesday disputed Vice President Dick Cheney's suggestion that he probably had access to more intelligence than the commission did about possible ties between the Qaeda terrorist network and Iraq.
Hindrocket: The Disgrace of the Sept. 11 Commission...deepened a bit yesterday as its Chairman and Vice-Chairman engaged in a...
Steve Soto: So, according to tomorrow's Post and the Times, the commission is reiterating that no evidence has been found of such a...

Bush Loses Support Among Hispanics
  By / Gallup   —   Permalink 
2. If Massachusetts Senator John Kerry were the Democratic Party's candidate and George W. Bush were the Republican Party's candidate, who would you be more likely to vote for — [ROTATED: John Kerry, the Democrat (or) George W. Bush, the Republican]?
Hugh Hewitt: According to Gallup, President Bush's approval rating has rebounded to 53% —up there with Clinton's, Reagan's, and...
Ace: Gallup Buries Lede: Bush's Job Approval at 53% Which is a number you can easily win with.
Taegan Goddard: Bush Losing Hispanic Vote — A new Gallup poll has finds a "major racial/ethnic divide" among American voters.
Charles Kuffner: Good but not great news from Gallup — The numbers in this Gallup poll, which deliberately oversampled blacks and...
Oliver Willis: Bush + Hispanics = No Love — Bush Loses Support Among Hispanics In the past year, Bush's job approval rating among...

Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high
  By / BBC   —   Permalink 
A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years.
Scientists based at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich used ice cores from Greenland to construct a picture of our star's activity in the past.
Susanna Cornett: A flareup of warmth — Sunspots have been spiking up more in past 60 years than at any time in the previous 1,150 years,...
Robert Clayton Dean: Laugh or cry — I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the Beeb's latest gaseous emanation regarding global warming.

A Crucial Look at Torture Law
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Among the Justice Department memos released recently by the Bush administration, the one that generated the most criticism, dated Aug. 1, 2002, considered the definition of torture under federal criminal laws.
Mike Rappaport: One is written by Yoo himself, in the LA Times. The other, unfortunately not online except for subscribers, by Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule, mirrors my views exactly.
Jonathan H. Adler: YOO ON THE TORTURE MEMOS — UCal Berkely law professor John Yoo defends the infamous torture memos in today's LA Times.

A Very, Very Dirty Word
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
The following anecdote appears in one of Niall Ferguson's absorbing studies of the British Empire. On the eve of independence for the colony of South Yemen, the last British governor hosted a dinner party attended by Denis Healey, then the minister for defense.
Jeff Jarvis: [quote]But the same Hollywood says the government can't say that Howard Stern can't say the F word, because that's censorship and inappropriate." [end quote]
Andrew Sullivan: OFF WE F**K, THEN: Some intransitive permutations of a transitive verb.

Economy set for best growth in 20 years
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON —The economy appears headed for a banner year despite a springtime spike in energy prices and a recent increase in interest rates.
In fact, many analysts are forecasting that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow by 4.6 percent or better this year, the fastest in two decades.
Captain Ed: Economy Poised To Be Best In 20 Years: AP — In a major boost to George Bush's re-election bid, the AP's Martin...
Edward Driscoll: MORNING IN AMERICA UPDATE: The economy is set for its best growth in 20 years, according to (believe it or not) AP.
Jonah Goldberg: KRUGMAN VERSUS THE AP — Krugman says worst economy ever. The Associated Press says pretty much the opposite.

Onwards and Edwards
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Jonathan Cohn 1:20 p.m.
Jonathan Chait 12:50 p.m.
Franklin Foer 12:45 p.m.
David Adesnik: It just goes to show that Joe Trippi was right when he said that [snipped quote] Then again, it is usually male voters that the Democrats need to work for.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: For other comments, see the New Republic, Steven Taylor, Dan Drezner, James Joyner, Joe Gandelman, Hugh Hewitt, Jacob Levy, and Jesse Taylor.
Josh Chafetz: TNR IS HOSTING A GREAT DISCUSSION about the Edwards Veep selection. Just start at the bottom and read your way up.
Gregory Djerejian: For more on Edwards see TNR's lively discussion re: Kerry's pick. In particular, don't miss Jonathan Chait's take: "It's obvious he's not Kerry's idea of a great pick.
Jeralyn Merritt: Update: Joe Trippi weighs in.
Kevin Drum: THE VEEP SELECTION....Over at the New Republic they've got a bloglike roundtable going on about Kerry's choice of John Edwards for vice president.
Also: Matthew Yglesias, Joe Gandelman, Andrew Sullivan, James Joyner, Glenn Reynolds, Pejman Yousefzadeh

GODZILLA / *1/2 (Not rated)
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
Regaled for 50 years by the stupendous idiocy of the American version of "Godzilla," audiences can now see the original Japanese version, which is equally idiotic, but, properly decoded, was the "Fahrenheit 9/11" of its time.
Edward Driscoll: PARSE THIS OUT: Roger Ebert calls Godzilla "The Fahrenheit 9/11 of its time". No, really! The original Godzilla with Raymond Burr!
Jeff A. Taylor: "The Fahrenheit 9/11 of its time" — Which re-released and restored classic could Roger Ebert possibly be talking about?

Instant Analysis: Kerry-Edwards Ticket
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sen. John F. Kerry has selected Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate.
Washington Post Associate Editor Robert G. Kaiser discussed Sen. Edwards, what Kerry's choice means for the campaign and the 2004 election.
Patterico: A Little Insight into the Mind of a Washington Post Editor — Armed Liberal passes along this transcript of an online...
Daniel Drezner: LAST UPDATE: Robert G. Kaiser led an interesting online disacussion on on the Edwards pick that's worth checking out.

Bye-Bye, Bush Boom
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
When does optimism — the Bush campaign's favorite word these days — become an inability to face facts? On Friday, President Bush insisted that a seriously disappointing jobs report, which fell far short of the pre-announcement hype, was good news: "We're witnessing steady growth, steady growth.
Ruy Teixeira: If I didn't quite convince you, Paul Krugman's column today, "Bye-Bye, Bush Boom" should.
Holden: Have You Seen My Bush Boom? Neither has Krugman.
Hindrocket: Just the Facts, Ma'am — May 1995 job growth, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: -9,000 June 2004 job...

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
John Kerry has chosen Rep. Richard Gephardt, the veteran congressman from Missouri, to be his running mate, The Post has learned.
Gephardt, 63, a 28-year veteran of the House of Representatives, could be named by the presumptive Democratic nominee as the party's vice-presidential candidate as soon as today.
Gary Farber: From here, many of the following links surely do make amusing reading: "KERRY PICKS GEPHARDT New York Post — Posted 11 hours ago —
Jon Henke: They will make a formidable campaign team. UPDATE: So, the New York Post, huh? Snort. Either a reporter or a source....somebody's going to be burned.
Taegan Goddard: Nonetheless, the New York Post ran a front page story this morning saying Kerry would choose Rep. Dick Gephardt.
Jan Haugland: Kerry picks... oops... Edwards it was — The New York Post had an exclusive "Kerry picks Gephardt" article here, but I was not fast enough to catch it before it was yanked.
The Big Trunk: This morning the New York Post reports that John Kerry has selected Richard Gephardt: "Kerry picks Gephardt."
Ezra Klein: Update: CNN just said it's Edwards. If so, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Update 2: Hah, that'll show the Post.
Also: James Joyner, Captain Ed, Will Collier, Betsy Newmark, KJL, Michelle Malkin, Tim Blair, So was I, Edward Driscoll, Tacitus

Kerry Picks Edwards to Be Running Mate
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards to be his running mate, telling supporters he couldn't wait to see the freshman North Carolina senator going "toe-to-toe with Dick Cheney ."
Joe Gandelman: When We'll Know Whether John Kerry Made A Good Choice In John Edwards — Here's our take on when you'll REALLY know...
Charles Johnson: Men of the People — Trial lawyer John Edwards will be John F. Kerry's running mate, producing what must be the wealthiest presidential ticket in history.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: I thought that he would be the Vice Presidential pick, and he ends up being passed over for John Edwards.
Thomas Lang: Sure enough, Fournier's less-than-flattering introduction this morning was replaced with the kinder, gentler "smooth-talking Southern populist" narrative.
McQ: Thoughts on the Edwards pick — First thought? Smart move. Edwards brings youth and vigor to a rather mundane and stodgy campaign.
Athenae: Preznit & Vice Preznit — AP says it's Edwards. Hmm. I wonder if he likes turkee.
Also: Steve M., Captain Ed, Nick Gillespie, Yuval Rubinstein, Will Collier, Michelle Malkin, Robert Garcia Tagorda

Business Elite Vows To Take On Kerry If He Taps Edwards
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
Tom Donohue, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has made a public vow: If John Edwards is chosen as John Kerry's running mate, the chamber will abandon its traditional stance of neutrality in the presidential race and work feverishly to defeat the Democratic ticket.
Steve Bainbridge: Picking John Edwards as running mate will put the kibosh on any successful outreach to business, as the WSJ article Joyner cites explains:Mr. Edwards is a trial lawyer.
Captain Ed: Business To Battle Kerry-Edwards Ticket — Even before John Kerry announced John Edwards as his running mate for this...
Kos: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already promised to lead the fight against the Democratic ticket, laughingly claiming it will drop its "traditional neutrality".
Edward Driscoll: INTERESTING ANGLE: James Taranto writes: [snipped quote] Taranto's got lots of other Edwards and Kerry links, incidentally.
James Joyner: UPDATE: WSJ — Business Elite Vows To Take On Kerry If He Taps Edwards "Tom Donohue, head of the U.S. Chamber of...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: A FIFTH UPDATE: Of course you realize this means war: "Tom Donohue, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has made a...
Also: Jeff Jarvis, Daniel Drezner

Sources: Kerry picks Edwards as running mate
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — After months of speculation and a highly secretive selection process, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, has chosen his colleague Sen. John Edwards as his running mate for the 2004 presidential election, sources close to the campaign say.
Jan Haugland: Understandably, as John Kerry really picked John Edwards. My first thought is that this should be a very good choice.
Vanderleun: I must confess that when the underwhelming news of Kerry selecting Edwards filled me with inertia this morning, my...
Jacob T. Levy: VP: Not Gephardt.
Steve Bainbridge: John Edwards — With Kerry picking John Edwards for Veep, I thought I might flag a few of my old posts on Edwards for...
Jeralyn Merritt: Kerry Picks Edwards: Open Thread — It's official. John Kerry has chosen John Edwards as his running mate. We're ecstatic.
Gene @HarrysPlace: It's Edwards — John Kerry has chosen John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate. A good choice, I think.
Also: Charles Kuffner, Steve M., Brian Linse, Taegan Goddard, James Joyner

Kerry Embraces Former Rival, Citing 'Courage and Conviction'
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
PITTSBURGH, July 6 — Senator John Kerry today chose Senator John Edwards to be his running mate, turning to the North Carolina Democrat whose strong campaign skills and engaging personality made him the top choice of many Democratic leaders.
Thomas Lang: Sen. John Edwards' victory in the veepstakes came at an inopportune moment in the news cycle and most outlets, aside...
Dan Gillmor: Kerry's Pick — John Kerry's naming of John Edwards as his preferred running mate makes sense. It's the safe choice.
Hugh Hewitt: So it is John Edwards, Senator Lightweight.
David Allan Pell: It's the Optimism, Stupid — In Pittsburgh (home to neither man) and without a certain someone by his side, John Kerry announced that John Edwards would be his running mate.
Jeff Goldstein: Purported also-rans for the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination, 2004* Gorgonzola cheese Jaguar XK8 convertible...
Matthew Yglesias: I think John Kerry made the right choice, both politically and substantively, by picking John Edwards to be his Vice...
Also: James Joyner

Kerry Taps Edwards for Running Mate
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sen. John F. Kerry has selected Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate, a Democratic source said early today.
Kerry informed Edwards of the decision in brief telephone call this morning and will make the public announcement at a rally in downtown Pittsburgh later this morning.
Noam Scheiber: Oh wait, a reasonably competent e-mail program actually did pull it off.
James Martin Capozzola: Sen. John F. Kerry has selected his running mate: Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as his running mate. But you knew that already.
Von @ObsidianWings: Get Smart. Kerry picked Edwards as his running mate. Quite* smart, I think.
Smash: Kerry Picks Edwards — A SAFE CHOICE — Edwards won't help Kerry much — but he won't hurt him, either.
Aaron @LiquidList: Politics: Kerry-Edwards — Kerry has chosen John Edwards, his chief primary rival and rock start-status Senator from North Carolina, as his vice-presidential running mate.
Steve M.: AP says it's Edwards. New York Times and Washington Post and CNN and NPR confirm. Good news.
Also: Brian Linse, James Joyner, Daniel Drezner

Parties to Allow Bloggers to Cover Conventions for First Time
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
More than 15,000 people will converge on Boston later this month to cover the Democratic National Convention — including, for the first time, bloggers.
The Democratic Party plans to give media credentials to a select group of bloggers who want to cover...
Robert Cox: Bloggers Going to Party Conventions The Washington Post/Yahoo More than 15,000 people will converge on Boston later...
Jan Haugland: Bloggers to cover conventions — For the first time, selected bloggers will be accredited to cover the party...
Jesse Taylor: The Washington Post runs a story today about bloggers at the Democratic Convention (I'm going, by hook or by crook!) .
Jay Rosen: It's fascinating to me that journalists will still make this observation today, at least twenty years after its SELL BY...
Matthew Yglesias: Convention Blogging — A mighty silly article in the Washington Post breathlessly reports that so-called "bloggers" will...
Captain Ed: WaPo: We Still Don't Understand Blogs — The Washington Post reports today on the official inclusion of bloggers at the...
Also: Jon Henke, Michelle Malkin, Tacitus, Patrick Belton

Formal Announcement Is Scheduled for This Morning
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Senator John Kerry today chose Senator John Edwards to be his running-mate, turning to the North Carolina Democrat whose strong campaign skills and engaging personality made him the top choice of many Democratic leaders, Mr. Kerry's aides said this morning.
Susanna Cornett: Kerry picks Edwards — From, well, all kinds of places this morning (but specifically this article): "Senator John...
Brian Linse: New York Times WaPo UPDATE: For those not on the Kerry mailing list, here is the e-mail that arrived at 8:39am Eastern: [snipped quote] Just heard the annoucement on NPR.
Taegan Goddard: It's Edwards — Sen. John Kerry has chosen Sen. John Edwards as his running mate for the 2004 election, CNN reports.
Jon Henke: Edwards — It's Kerry/Edwards '04.
Trapper John: Kerry-Edwards '04 — John Kerry's mama didn't raise no fool — he picked the people's choice. Kerry-Edwards '04. Discuss.

Another 9/11?
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The awful response that we dare not speak about.
Almost daily we are assured that another attack on the homeland, commensurate with 9/11, is inevitable. What a scary mood of fatalism we are in! Where will it happen? The Olympics? The party conventions this summer?
Tom Smith: Here's the nub (NRO via SA): Thus on 9/12 we saw Middle East governments like the Saudis (whose 15 citizens spearheaded...
James Joyner: Victor Davis Hanson "While we speculate idly about the nature of the attack to come, and the inability of our...
Mike Hendrix: A wisdom born of fear — VDH makes another of his inevitably excellent points: [snipped quote] Culpability and guilt over...
Michael DeBow: Victor Davis Hanson argues we would be better served talking about this sooner rather than later.
Charles Johnson: Another 9/11? An excellent new Victor Davis Hanson piece on what our response must be if there is another 9/11.

C.I.A. Held Back Iraqi Arms Data, U.S. Officials Say
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 5 — The Central Intelligence Agency was told by relatives of Iraqi scientists before the war that Baghdad's programs to develop unconventional weapons had been abandoned, but the C.I.A. failed to give that information to President Bush, even...
Matthew Yglesias: James Risen reports that the poor dears in the White House didn't hype the Iraq WMD intelligence at all.
Bird Dog: A Failure to Communicate — From the New York Times: [snipped quote] It makes me wonder what other relevant information...
Michael Froomkin: Intelligence: the Raw and the Cooked — It makes a great headline, C.I.A. Held Back Iraqi Arms Data, U.S. Officials Say,...
Tim Dunlop: It's the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, and it is given a bit of a preview in the paper today.
Josh Marshall: This is the ironic and tragic tale told by James Risen in Tuesday's New York Times.
Steve M.: PLACATING DR. EVIL — The Central Intelligence Agency was told by relatives of Iraqi scientists before the war that...
Also: David Adesnik, Roger Ailes

Iraqi Group Threatens to Kill Zarqawi
  AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A group of armed, masked Iraqi men threatened Tuesday to kill Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search) if he did not immediately leave the country, accusing him of murdering innocent Iraqis and defiling the Muslim religion.
Jane Galt: Hey, maybe that spontaneous order stuff works after all: "A group of armed, masked Iraqi men threatened Tuesday to kill...
Glenn Reynolds: THE BITER, BIT: "BAGHDAD, Iraq — A group of armed, masked Iraqi men threatened Tuesday to kill Jordanian militant Abu...
James Joyner: Hat tip: Memeorandum UPDATE: Fox News has a version of the AP report with the headline Iraqi Group Threatens to Kill Zarqawi and the relevant material at the top of the story.
Charles Paul Freund: Iraq's "Salvation Movement" — Al-Arabiya is reportedly running a video from an Iraqi group that is threatening to kill...

Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Television Ad Featuring John McCain
  Bush-Cheney 2004 News Room   —   Permalink 
ARLINGTON, VA— Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest television advertisement which features John Kerry's first choice for a vice presidential running mate, United States Senator John McCain.
Charles Kuffner: Here are a couple of images for you: via Brian Linse via Jack O'Toole I see that the Bush-Cheney team have their McCain ad up.
Taegan Goddard: Bush Campaign Says McCain Was First Choice — With the Bush-Cheney campaign arguing in a new ad that Sen. John McCain...
Jesse Taylor: Here it is, in all its incompetent glory. It's supposed to be a dig at Kerry's failure to get McCain on the ticket...but all it does is show McCain endorsing Bush.

Will It Be a Match Made in a Political Foxhole? A Cradle Robbing? A Twin?
  NYT   —   Permalink 
In John Kerry's eyes, Richard A. Gephardt is a peer in Congress, a trustworthy ideological compatriot, a foxhole buddy from their primary battle against Howard Dean. Mr. Kerry lights up when he sees Mr. Gephardt and would gladly have supported him for president had he been knocked from the race himself.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Consider all of the news reports discussing the strong amount of personal chemistry between Kerry and Gephardt.
James Joyner: NYT (July 2) - Will It Be a Match Made in a Political Foxhole? A Cradle Robbing? A Twin?

C.I.A. Held Back Iraqi Arms Data, Officials Say
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WASHINGTON, July 5 — The Central Intelligence Agency was told by relatives of Iraqi scientists before the war that Baghdad's programs to develop unconventional weapons had been abandoned, but the C.I.A. failed to give that information to President Bush, even...
Tgirsch: According to a report in today's New York Times, the CIA had credible intelligence that Baghdad had abandoned its WMD...
Clayton Cramer: The New York Times says the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is blaming the CIA for the Iraqi WMD intelligence...
DeLong: Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?

The Making Of John Kerry
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If you were looking to capture the essence of John Kerry's relationship with his father, it's hard to beat the story of how he learned to sail. Forget about going out on the waters off Cape Cod and having fun and bonding.
Brian Montopoli: Well, maybe not all guys: Time's long and mind-numbingly boring portrait of John Kerry in his youth paints him as a...
Hugh Hewitt: Spooky stuff: "The Making of John Kerry."