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  Ann Althouse
American Spectator
  Patrick Hynes
  Andrew Sullivan
Associated Press
  Sam Hananel
  Elizabeth Lesure
  T.A. Badger
  Kim Curtis
  Genaro Armas
  Emma Ross
  Barry Schweid
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Beautiful Atrocities
  Jeff @BeautifulAtrocities
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Blogging of the President
  Marcy Wheeler
Body and Soul
  Jeanne D'Arc
Boston Globe
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
  David Cohen
  Paul Jaminet
Burnt Orange Report
  Byron LaMasters
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Brian Keegan
Chicago Sun Times
  Carol Marin
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chris C Mooney
  Chris Mooney
CJR Campaign Desk Home
  Brian Montopoli
The Claremont Institute
  Richard Reeb
The Corner
  Rich Lowry
  Jonah Goldberg
  Michael Graham
  Tresy @Corrente
The Daily Ablution
  Scott Burgess
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
  Daniel Drezner
The Decembrist
  Mark Schmitt
  Frederick Maryland
  Arnold P. California
Denver Post
  David Harsanyi
The Diplomad
  Michael Froomkin
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Electablog* U.S. Ambassador to Cyberspace
  David Allan Pell
  Noam Scheiber
Financial Times
  James Harding
Fraters Libertas
  Chad The Elder
  Kriston @GrammarPolice
Gut Rumbles
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
Hit and Run
  Nick Gillespie
  Matt Welch
  Bill Hobbs
  Hugh Hewitt
The Indepundit
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
  Ted Belman
Jerusalem Post
  Margot Dudkevitch
  Tom Maguire
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
The Liquid List
  Oliver @LiquidList
  Tarek @LiquidList
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Long Beach Press-Telegram
  Felix Sanchez
Los Angeles Times
  Van Gordon Sauter
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
The Media Drop
  Tom Biro
Media Matters for America
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
Mudville Gazette
National Review
The New Republic
  Ryan Lizza
New York Post
  Vincent Morris
  Ryan Sager
New York Sun
  Eli Lake
New York Times
  David D. Kirkpatrick
  Bill Carter
  Kate Zernike
  Elisabeth Bumiller
  Alan Cowell
  Katharine Q. Seelye
  Adam Nagourney
  Thomas L. Friedman
  Frank Rich
  New Donkey
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
Not Geniuses
  Joe Drymala
NY Daily News
Obsidian Wings
  Charles Bird
Off the Kuff
  Charles Kuffner
Oh, That Liberal Media
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
One Hand Clapping
  Donald Sensing
Opinion Journal
  Brian C. Anderson
Outside The Beltway
  Robert Tagorda
  James Joyner
  Josh Chafetz
Pacific Views
  Magpie @PacificViews
  Natasha @PacificViews
  Ezra Klein
  Jesse Taylor
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Jayson @PoliPundit
The Poor Man
  The Poor Man
Power Line
  The Big Trunk
  Greg Ransom
  Steve Bainbridge
Questions and Observations Blog
  Dale Franks
  Will Wilkinson
The Right Coast
  Tom Smith
  Maimon Schwarzschild
the road to surfdom
  Tim Dunlop
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
Sacramento Bee
  Brian Micklethwait
San Francisco Chronicle
  Ryan Kim
Seattle Times
  David Postman
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
  Charles P. Pierce
Southern Appeal
  Nathan Hallford
  QD @SouthernAppeal
Stephen Pollard
  Stephen Pollard
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Sam Rosenfeld
  Matthew Yglesias
  Jeffrey Dubner
  Mark Leon Goldberg
  Radley Balko
Tim Blair
  Tim Blair
  Ogged @Unfogged
USA Today
  Jim Drinkard
  H. Darr Beiser
Wall Street Journal
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Dana Priest
  Charles Lane
  Michael Dobbs
  Dan Froomkin
  Charles Krauthammer
  Jonathan Weisman
  Peter Beinart
Washington Times
  Stephen Dinan
White House
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle
  Will Wilkinson
Winds of Change.NET
Wired News
  Adam L. Penenberg
  Paul @Wizbang
World O'Crap

Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director's think tank.
Marcy Wheeler: The CIA's Blind Spots — There's been a fair amount of attention paid to a report published by the National Intelligence...
Matthew Yglesias: Dana Priest reports on a new National Intelligence Council report warning that Iraq is becoming the training ground for...
Laura Rozen: Dewey Clarridge seems to be suggesting as much: [snipped quote] Meantime, former Bush I Secretary of State James Baker is urging Bush to consider drawing down US forces in Iraq.
Avedon Carol: Well, probably not enough to admit what anyone with any sense always knew, that invading Iraq turned it into a terrorist breeding ground.
Tarek @LiquidList: In the latest update from OBVIOUSLY IDIOT-VILLE, Dana Priest tells us that "Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the...
Steve Soto: Guess which country is the next great breeding ground for terrorists?
Also: Ezra Klein

The Heart of the Blues
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Writer Andrew Breitbart, behind the Hollywood scenes.
They're here, they're queer, and they hate George W. Bush, dammit.
Or something along those lines.
Charles Johnson: K-Lo Interviews Breitbart — Kathryn Jean Lopez has a great interview with Andrew Breitbart of the Drudge Report: NRO: Will Ben Affleck wind up running for president?
Glenn Reynolds: HERE'S AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW BREITBART, coauthor of Hollywood, Interrupted, in which, among other things, we learn...
Steve Bainbridge: Andrew Breibert, author of Hollywood Interrupted, tells KJL: "The best documentary this past year wasn't Fahrenheit 9/11 and, understandably, it wasn't nominated.
Ed Driscoll: Hollywood Blues — If you've noticed the "Hollywood, Interrupted" category we created for our posts about, you know,...

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
Thanks for mentioning "Blog-Gate," our piece in the current Columbia Journalism Review about the CBS "Memogate" affair, in The Post ("Dan Gets a Pass," Editorial, Jan. 11).
But the way that The Post described our article distorts its meaning.
McQ: In a letter to the NY post, Michael Hoyt, Executive Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, says the following as...
Roger L. Simon: Consumer Alert - A Special Post for Parents of College Students — When I read (via LGF) this morning's letter to The...
Charles Johnson: I'm not sure which category Executive Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review Michael Hoyt belongs in, but in a letter...
Michelle Malkin: Well, Michael Hoyt, executive editor of CJR, defends the piece and repeats Pein's attack on the "blogworld" in a letter to the New York Post here.

Judge denies atheist's lawsuit to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(01-14) 14:04 PST WASHINGTON (AP) —
An atheist who tried to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance lost a bid Friday to bar the saying of a Christian prayer at President Bush's inauguration.
David Allan Pell: Preacher in Chief — A U.S. district judge has denied Michael Newdow's legal attempt to bar the reciting of a Christian prayer during W's inauguration.
Orrin Judd: THIS PRAYER'S FOR YOU: Judge denies atheist's lawsuit to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration (SAM HANANEL, January 14,...
Joe Gandelman: Judge Nixes Atheists Attempt To Ban Prayer At GWB Inaugration — This ruling against an atheist who wanted to ban George...

The Court Is Open for Discussion
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Leaning forward pugnaciously in his yellow armchair, Justice Antonin Scalia declared his eternal resistance to the arguments of his liberal colleague on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
McQ: Apparently Justices Scalia and Breyer engaged in a debate at American University Washington College of Law about whether...
Ann Althouse: Here's the Washington Post report, from Charles Lane, who's fascinated by the chance to see the two Justices interacting...
Paul Jaminet: UPDATE: The Court Is Open for Discussion (Washington Post, 1/13/2004): [quote] "We don't have the same moral and legal...[end quote]
James Joyner: Scalia and Breyer Debate Use of Foreign Law Precedents — The Court Is Open for Discussion (WaPo, A01) "[A]t the...
Greg Ransom: SCALIA VS. BREYER — should America be ruled by the personal views of foreign judges creating laws out of non-American morals, principles and statutes?
Nathan Hallford: The WaPo Takes A Look at yesterday's discussion between Justices Scalia and Breyer.

Supporter of Abortion Rights Is Choice for Republican Job
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 - Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has asked an Ohio Republican who supports some abortion rights to be his co-chairman, stirring the ire of social conservatives.
Frederick Maryland: When the Shoe's on the Other Foot (RE: Arnold's post about conservative criticism that Joann Davidson of Ohio — who...
Jeffrey Dubner: I was inclined to let this tidbit about a potential RNC co-chair "who supports some abortion rights" slide; the...
KJL: JOANN DAVIDSON — Ken Mehlman's tapped a pro-choice woman from Ohio—big GOP activist type (as they tend to be)—who...
Arnold P. California: Here's what one of the leaders of the Ohio Hate Amendment had to say when a fellow Ohioan "who supports some abortion...

Education Chief Defends Payments to Pundit
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Education Secretary Roderick R. Paige yesterday defended payments to a conservative black commentator to promote the No Child Left Behind law as a standard "outreach effort" to minority groups who stand to benefit most from the Bush administration's showcase education program.
Magpie @PacificViews: It looks pretty clear ... that Armstrong Williams wasn't the only pundit or reporter paid to tout Dubya's policies in their written or on-air work.
Kevin Drum: JUST AN ORDINARY "OUTREACH EFFORT"...Jeez, speaking of the Armstrong Williams scandal, I was gobsmacked to read in the...
Steve Soto: Rod Paige Defends The Armstrong Williams Payola Deal - Which Means There's More Where That Came From — Outgoing...
Sam Rosenfeld: So outgoing secretary of education Rod Paige unapologetically defends the propoganda contract with Armstrong Williams as a "standard 'outreach effort'"?

Anti-Bush Bracelets Say, 'Count Me Blue'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - After spending 10 days in London with friends who were outspoken about their disdain for President Bush 's policies, Berns Rothchild came home wishing she had a way to show the world she didn't vote for him.
Ace: The Sneeching of America — Wearing their liberalism on their sleeves: "NEW YORK - After spending 10 days in London...
KJL: MOVE OVER LANCE ARMSTRONG — Now blue-staters—all over the world—can wear blue bracelets to show they hate Bush.

"No Disclosure" Novak failed to mention that Dean bloggers had disclosed their financial relationship
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
In announcing on the January 14 edition of CNN's Crossfire that former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign had hired two political bloggers "to say positive things about Dr. Dean," co-host Robert D. Novak failed to note — when co-host Paul...
Oliver Willis: I Hope Zephyr Teachout Is Happy — Democrats She opened her big mouth and gave the ethically challenged douchebag Robert Novak a talking point.
Kos @DailyKos: Media Matters takes on Novak for lying about the episode: "In announcing on the January 14 edition of CNN's Crossfire...

Second Thoughts About 'Bring 'em On'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Calling it "a confession, a regret, something," President Bush acknowledged in a round-table interview with regional newspapers yesterday that he has had second thoughts about two of his more swaggering comments from the first term, including his notorious utterance: "Bring 'em on."
Avedon Carol: What should be the stop-press is Froomkin's revelation that Bush admitted he might sorta regret having made all those stupid macho "Dead or alive" and "Bring 'em on" remarks.
Steve M.: The Washington Post reports: Calling it "a confession, a regret, something," President Bush acknowledged in a...
DeLong: George W. Bush ups the number of mistakes he knows that he has made from zero to two: "Second Thoughts About 'Bring...
Jonah Goldberg: BUSH REGRETS... ... saying "Bring 'em on" and that he wanted "Osama dead or alive."

Boeing ends 717 production
  By / Long Beach Press-Telegram   —   Permalink 
LONG BEACH — The Boeing Co. is expected to announce today that it will end production of the 717 the last commercial jetliner built in California and eliminate at least 750 jobs.
Matt Welch: Consider this: Just today, Boeing announced that it is shutting down the last commercial aircraft built in California, the 717 in Long Beach.
Greg Ransom: THE LAST commercial airliner build in California will roll off the production line at the old Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach sometime next year.
Kevin Roderick: End of an era * Boeing 717Felix Sanchez of the Long Beach Press-Telegram got the memo and broke the story that Boeing...

Future of '60 Minutes Wednesday' in Doubt
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
As much as he would like to recover from the blows his reputation has suffered recently, Dan Rather may not have a chance to work very long on the program that he expected would be his next professional address.
Avedon Carol: The right-wing doesn't want to talk much about the fact CBS top-suits recently went to the White House to bend the knee and now the future of the show is "in doubt".
Charles Johnson: Will Rather Be Out of a Job? CBS chairman Les Moonves has cast doubt on the future of 60 Minutes Wednesday.
Captain Ed: Now CBS chairman Les Moonves, the man who supposedly saved Rather, reveals that Rather's next safe haven might wind up...
Joe Gandelman: CBS Dan Rather may face some consequences after all because the CBS bigwigs are seemingly inching towards a neat,...
Jeff Jarvis: Dan Rather: Unemployed after all? - and - The blue-ribbon report backfires : First, the news: The New York Times today...
Deacon: If at first you don't succeed — From the invaluable, via the New York Times, comes a report that "60 Minutes Wednesday" may be facing the axe.
Also: TVNewser, KJL, Greg Ransom

Graner Found Guilty in Iraq Prisoner Abuse
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully abusing prisoners.
Jeralyn Merritt: Charles Graner: Guilty of Iraqi Prisoner Abuse — After five hours of deliberation, a ten member military jury found Abu...
Captain Ed: Graner Convicted — Spc. Charles Graner was convicted in his court martial on all specifications against him, putting...

Social Security Push to Tap the GOP Faithful
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush plans to reactivate his reelection campaign's network of donors and activists to build pressure on lawmakers to allow workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes in the stock market, according to Republican strategists.
Steve M.: Washington Post Reactivate? Has it ever been deactivated? Here's the Bush '04 campaign Web site.
Steve Soto: We have proof in today's Washington Post that in fact Rove and Ken Mehlman at the RNC will roll out a new campaign...
Taegan Goddard: Bush Will Reactivate Campaign Network — President Bush "plans to reactivate his reelection campaign's network of donors...
Matthew Yglesias: Social Security Strategizing — Yesterday on Tapped Sam and I were discussing the need for more demagogic attacks on Bush's plan to eliminate Social Security.
Tim Dunlop: Tomorrow belongs to — The Washington Post has a piece today talking about how the White House intends to tap the same...
Michael Froomkin: Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: Is it troubling at all that this paragraph, the third in a piece...
Also: Ezra Klein, Orrin Judd, Lambert @Corrente, Josh Marshall

Remitting Disaster
  By / Reason   —   Permalink 
How can the United States best help the millions of people who were rocked by the Indian Ocean tsunami? America's generosity has been impressive. The federal government has pledged $350 million; private, voluntary donations from Americans will soon surpass that amount.
Radley Balko: Remittance — Will Wilkinson has a piece at Reason that's sure to piss off all the right people.
Will Wilkinson: Remitting Disaster — I've got a new piece up at Reason Online linking the effectiveness of remittances as development...

Citizen Jordan
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Michael Jordan, a once-famous basketball personage, announced last week that he had teamed up with a Chicago development firm to build a brand-new casino resort about a half-block east of Caesars Palace, just off the Strip, in Las Vegas.
Ogged @Unfogged: Hatin' — I really shouldn't take the bait, but if you can read this article, and tell me what the substantive critique of Michael Jordan is supposed to be, I'll be in your debt.
David Cohen: NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS — Citizen Jordan: A basketball legend's soulless retirement caps his soulless career (Charles P. Pierce, Slate, 1/13/05) "Michael Jordan was a great player.
Daniel Drezner: Charles P. Pierce doesn't like capitalism very much — Pierce — who writes for the Boston Globe Magazine, Esquire. and...

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — One of the most powerful men in America, cancer-stricken Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, looked very, very ill yesterday.
I say that because I unexpectedly came face to face with the 80-year-old, wheelchair-bound Rehnquist as his aides pushed him down an endless series of basement corridors in the Capitol.
Joe Gandelman: A Supreme Court Chief Justice Draws Closer — Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist is apparently rapidly...
James Joyner: Chief Justice Rehnquist's Health Declining Quickly — The New York Post's Vincent Morris has a SHOCKING LOOK AT AILING REHNQUIST [snipped quote] Truly sad.
KJL: NOT LOOKING GOOD — A NYPost writer spots Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Taegan Goddard: Rehnquist Seen — Vincent Norris "came face-to-face" with "cancer-stricken Supreme Court Chief Justice William...
Betsy Newmark: Vincent Morris saw Rehnquist yesterday and describes how he looks. It doesn't sound like he's doing very well, poor thing.

Triangulating the War
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Yesterday's genius, today's fool, tomorrow's what?
Reading the pages of foreign-policy journals, between the long tracts on Bush's "failures" and neoconservative "arrogance," one encounters mostly predictions of defeat and calls for phased withdrawal — always with resounding criticism of the American "botched" occupation.
Greyhawk: Good Company — Victor Davis Hanson in National Review: "There are many constants in all this pessimistic confusion —...
Orrin Judd: WHAT WINNING LOOKS LIKE: Triangulating the War: Yesterday's genius, today's fool, tomorrow's what?
Dale Franks: We are wussies — Victor Davis Hanson pulls no punches in his regular Friday NRO article today.

Rather Biased
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
First comes the crime: Dan Rather's late hit on President Bush's Air National Guard service, featuring what were almost immediately revealed to be forged documents.
Avedon Carol: Right-wing crackpot Charles Krauthammer has finally brought the right-wing bloggers' favorite spin to The Washington Post: Dan Rather is biased.
Captain Ed: Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post also considers their response completely unaccpetable and says so in much...
KJL: CRIME, COVER-UP, TWIST — Charles Krauthammer weighs in on Rathergate this morning, here.
Richard Reeb: It would be charitable and not altogether wrong simply to conclude, as Charles Krauthammer has, that the media are blinded by their left wing partisanship.
The Big Trunk: Dr. Krauthammer's diagnosis — Charles Krauthammer devotes an indignant and entertaining column to the question of bias...
Betsy Newmark: Charles Krauthammer, bless the man, is not impressed with the CBS panel's finding of no political bias.
Also: Roger L. Simon, Greg Ransom, Glenn Reynolds

Former Tulia drug agent found guilty of perjury
  AP   —   Permalink 
LUBBOCK — The lone undercover agent in a sting that sent dozens of black people to prison on bogus drug charges in Tulia was convicted today of one of two perjury counts.
Charles Kuffner: Coleman convicted of perjury — Good. "The lone undercover agent in a sting that sent dozens of black people to prison...
Jeralyn Merritt: Grits for Breakfast has the details. Update: Associated Press here. Houston Chronicle article here.

  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Students at a Palo Alto middle school learned more than school officials ever expected when a recent "career day" speaker extolled the merits of stripping and expounded on the financial benefits of a larger bust.
Charles Bird: Well Chris, scratch Palo Alto from your list of schools: "Students at a Palo Alto middle school learned more than...
KJL: KIDS, STRIP THIS FROM YOUR CAREER GOALS — Eight-graders get an exotic-dancing Career Day presentation.
Captain Ed: God And The ACLU Forbid Any Mention On The Ministry, However — The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a middle-school...
Michelle Malkin: CAREER DAY, BAY AREA-STYLE — In the San Francisco Chronicle today: [snipped quote] When two intrepid parents filed...

Army Reservist's Defense Rests in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
FORT HOOD, Tex., Jan. 13 - Lawyers for the Army reservist accused of being the ringleader of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison abruptly ended his defense on Thursday without putting him on the stand to testify, as they had promised throughout his trial here.
Rich Lowry: But this is how the Times reports it today: "His lawyers have argued that Specialist Graner, a 36-year-old former...
Captain Ed: The New York Times manages to bury the relevant portions of the testimony near the bottom of their report:...

Right on Campus
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Throughout 2003 and into 2004, a surge of protests roiled American campuses. You probably think the kids were agitating against war in Iraq, right? Well, no. Students at UCLA, Michigan and many other schools were sponsoring bake sales to protest . . . affirmative action.
Chad The Elder: As Brian C. Anderson explains at OpinionJournal: Throughout 2003 and into 2004, a surge of protests roiled American campuses.
SLZoll: To drum up interest in the tome, the WSJ has published this article by Mr. Anderson.
Steve Bainbridge: Demographic Destiny? One of my colleagues told me the other day that I shouldn't enjoy the current conservative...
QD @SouthernAppeal: Conservatives on Campus: A longish look at the rise of conservative students on campus.
Maimon Schwarzschild: Campus Rebels — This is in tune with what some of my law students report about their recent college experiences.
Betsy Newmark: Brian Anderson has a long article in City Journal (which the Wall Street Journal also has today) on conservatives on campus.
Also: PoliPundit, Greg Ransom

Bush: Comments had 'unintended consequence'
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush says he now sees that tough talk can have an "unintended consequence."
During a round-table interview with reporters from 14 newspapers, the president, who not long ago declined to identify any mistakes he'd made during...
Captain Ed: Bring It On ... But Don't — CNN reports that George Bush expressed "regret" over his July 2003 response to assertions...
James Joyner: Bush: Tough Talk Has 'Unintended Consequence' — Bush: Comments had 'unintended consequence' (CNN) [snipped quote] While...
Oliver Willis: The Weasel spoke: "During a round-table interview with reporters from 14 newspapers, the president, who not long ago...

Israel suspends all ties with Palestinians
  Haaretz   —   Permalink 
Israel is suspending all contacts with the Palestinian Authority until it completes an investigation into Thursday's deadly attack in the Karni crossing where six Israelis were killed, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman announced on Friday evening.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Does anyone doubt that Thursday's attack at a crossing point between Gaza and Israel— which killed six Israeli...
James Joyner: Israel Suspends all Ties with Palestinians — Israel suspends all ties with Palestinians (Haaretz) [snipped quote] Hardly surprising.

President criticizes Education Dept.'s payout to Williams
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush expressed disapproval Thursday of the Education Department's decision to pay conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the government's education policy. Bush said he wants his Cabinet to prevent a recurrence.
Captain Ed: President Bush Decries Armstrong Williams Arrangements — In a surprising but welcome slap at the rationalization...
Michelle Malkin: Update III: In his comments about the Armstrong Williams pay-for-punditry flap, President Bush tells USA Today that Williams has "made it very clear that he made a mistake."

Howard Dean's Shrill Shill
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
On Tuesday Markos Moulitsas Zúniga of the Daily Kos, the most trafficked blog on the web, attacked me personally and erroneously for having written a column in the Union Leader (Manchester, NH) in which I defended New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary.
Roger Ailes: I once worked, briefly, for a Republican politician. Patrick Hynes would have to work his way up to twat.
Jonah Goldberg: THE DEAN ANGLE — Patrick Hynes weighs in.
PoliPundit: All this is pure manna for our friend Patrick Hynes , who walks all over Kos in this American Spectator piece.
The Big Trunk: UPDATE: Patrick Hynes explores the subject with a feeling in his Spectator Online column "Howard Dean's shrill shill."

Bush: 'This is a chance to work to spread peace'
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: First, I'm looking forward to a second inaugural address.
Q: Are you going to preview it for us, sir?
A: Liberty is powerful, and freedom is peace. And that's about all I'm going to preview. But I'm looking forward to giving it.
Oliver Willis: USA Today on the covert propaganda: [snipped quote] Bush never concedes it was a mistake, and says Williams made the mistake.
Greg Ransom: An interview with President George Bush. There's actually a lot of evidence backing up the President's statement —...

Bush Plans Sharp Cuts in HUD Community Efforts
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The White House will seek to drastically shrink the Department of Housing and Urban Development's $8 billion community branch, purging dozens of economic development projects, scrapping a rural housing program and folding high-profile anti-poverty efforts into the Labor and Commerce departments, administration officials said yesterday.
Sam Rosenfeld: On the subject of George W. Bush's massive deficits finally starting to serve as a handy pretext for serious cuts in...
Orrin Judd: DITCH THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT: Bush Plans Sharp Cuts in HUD Community Efforts (Jonathan Weisman, January 14, 2005,...

Public feud with Mell could come back to bite gov
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
It's too late for Ald. Dick Mell and Gov. Rod Blagojevich to jam the genie back into the bottle.
Though, lord knows, the powerful boss of the 33rd Ward tried his level best Tuesday over at City Hall.
ArchPundit: Trying to Wrap My Head Around the Mell-G-Rod Spat — And I haven't been able to sum up why it is such bad news for...
Taegan Goddard: Update: In a piece filled with details of the feud, Carol Marin notes it's too late for the two politicians to "jam the genie back into the bottle."

Amid Talk of Withdrawal, Pentagon Is Taking Steps For Longer Stay in Iraq
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration drops hints about withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as this year, the Pentagon is building a permanent military communications system that suggests American soldiers will be in Iraq for the foreseeable future.
Laura Rozen: With much speculation about whether the US will start reducing its troop presence in Iraq after the elections later this...
Matthew Yglesias: Time To Get Serious — This blog could use a serious post, so here's an Eli Lake article reporting on the construction...

Dean Campaign Made Payments To Two Bloggers
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
Howard Dean's presidential campaign hired two Internet political "bloggers" as consultants so that they would say positive things about the former governor's campaign in their online journals, according to a former high-profile Dean aide.
Avedon Carol: On the blogbeat: The WSJ did a story that tries to compare Armstrong Williams with Kos and MyDD, and it's such a long stretch that even Michelle Malkin was able to see through it.
Kevin Drum: That said, this manufactured story about Markos and Jerome Armstrong consulting for Howard Dean is pretty idiotic even by conservative hack standards.
Susan Madrak: CAESAR'S WIFE — The Wall St. Journal has a story this morning about Kos and Jerome from MyDD being paid by the Dean campaign.
Brian Montopoli: Alas, William M. Bulkeley and James Bandler, the Wall Street Journal reporters responsible for the latest example of the...
Tom Smith: Bloggers bought — So, the truth comes out. Just to be clear, this blogger will never accept money in return for posting anything on this blog.
Joe Gandelman: Dean Campaign Paid Two Bloggers — Apples & Oranges — The Wall Street Journal reports the Howard Dean campaign paid two...
Also: Jesse Taylor, Michelle Malkin, Damian Penny, Hugh Hewitt, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Roger L. Simon, Kos @DailyKos, Charles Johnson, Jerome Armstrong, Jeff Jarvis, Jeralyn Merritt, Taegan Goddard, Ace, Dean Esmay, Steve Bainbridge, Tom Biro, Jonah Goldberg, Orrin Judd, The Big Trunk, Glenn Reynolds

GOP seeks criminal records
  By / Seattle Times   —   Permalink 
OLYMPIA — Republicans want a copy of the state's criminal-records database to compare it with the names of the nearly 3 million people who voted in the governor's race, as party attorneys search for felons who cast illegal ballots.
PoliPundit: UPDATE: The state GOP is going to check the state's database of 1.2 million criminal records against the list of 3 million people who voted.
Taegan Goddard: Washington Republicans Seek Felons Who Voted — [snipped quote] the Seattle Times reports.

Senators seek review of Williams' education deal
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Two key senators on the Appropriations Committee are demanding that the Education Department turn over records for any public relations contracts it has and that it investigate its contract with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, who was paid to promote President Bush's education policies.
Michelle Malkin: Meanwhile, two Senators are demanding that the Department of Education investigate the matter.
Sam Rosenfeld: Is the Williams contract really "standard" in this administration? Inquiring minds want to know.

Military Has Discharged 26 Gay Linguists
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of Arabic linguists discharged from the military for violating its ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy is higher than previously reported, according to records obtained by a research group.
Steve M.: The military did not break down the discharges by year, but said some, but not all, of the additional 13 discharges of...
Byron LaMasters: Today, that number has been revised to 26 - 20 Arabic and six Farsi translators (between 1998 and 2004).
Oliver Willis: Right Wing is Making America Less Safe — Republicans | Right-Wing Stupidity | Terrorism In an effort to purge...
Susan Madrak: Yeah, I've brought it up before but a reminder of how loony this Bush bunch is never hurts: [snipped quote] God knows, there's plenty more where those came from...

Slip through Schiphol for a quick trip to JFK
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
The White House has come up with a quick way for regular passengers to reach the US: flying from Amsterdam.
As part of a charm offensive in Europe, the US authorities have devised a scheme to speed them through the security checks there.
Scott Burgess: Friday Snippets — In his eagerness to make a petty, gratuitous swipe at the supposed ignorance of the Bush...
Brian Micklethwait: "We ought to apply this on a much broader basis" — The Guardian reports today on an announcement from Tom Ridge, to the...

Fox TV Accused of Stereotyping American Muslims
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Fox television network said on Thursday it will provide its stations with TV spots that portray Muslims in a favorable way after it received complaints for featuring followers of Islam as terrorists on its hit television show "24."
The Poor Man: But I guess someone is watching it, or else we wouldn't have this: "The Fox television network said on Thursday it will...
Jeff @BeautifulAtrocities: GIVE ME A F*CKING BREAK

Rethinking Iowa
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In December 2000, on an obscure Canadian talk show, an obscure Democratic governor attacked the Iowa caucuses. "If you look at the caucuses system," he said, "they are dominated by the special interests in both parties.
Frederick Maryland: Writing in today's Washington Post, Peter Beinart has come up with a few more reasons why Iowa is undeserving of its...
Ezra Klein: Um, did Peter Beinart just endorse Howard Dean for DNC chair? Or did he just need to go contrarian to get a Post op-ed?

The Post-Saddam Boom
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
With the rules of the Middle Eastern political and economic game fundamentally changed since the fall of Saddam Hussein, investors who are not persuaded by media herd behavior are valuing more highly than ever the prospects for regional reforms and future growth.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Glenn Yago and Don McCarthy argue in the "Opinion Journal" that the Middle East is undergoing an economic boom following the liberation of Iraq.
Michael Graham: SHOW ME THE MONEY — Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Glenn Yago and Don McCarthy point out that one key...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: ROOT CAUSES — Those who worry that terrorism is breeded bred [this may be one of the most embarrassing grammatical...
Ted Belman: BY GLENN YAGO AND DON MCCARTHY Opinion Jouranal, WSJ With the rules of the Middle Eastern political and economic game...

Rather should admit he fumbled the ball
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
"The buck stops here." President Harry Truman made those words famous. As boss of the USA, he took the blame as well as the credit for what worked or didn't.
Most bosses subscribe to that policy. But not at CBS.
Captain Ed: Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, calls out CBS for its inaction: "Rather absented himself from the newscast Monday...
Tom Biro: Neuharth: Rather fumbled the ball — USA Today founder Al Neuharth has some things to say about the lack of apology or...
TVNewser: USA Today founder Al Neuharth says "this low point" of Dan Rather's career "likely will haunt him forever,...
Greg Ransom: USATODAY founder Al Neuharth calls on Dan Rather to resign. Maybe Neuharth should have been on that commission.

New-look UN seeks Washington appointee
  Financial Times   —   Permalink 
The move, revealed to the Financial Times on Thursday, is touted as part of a public information revolution within the UN, which began with the recent appointment of Mark Malloch Brown, a former strategic communications professional, as chief of staff to Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general.
Robert Tagorda: Wanted: UN Lobbyist — New-Look UN Seeks Washington Appointee (Financial Times) [snipped quote] It's astonishing that a...
Betsy Newmark: The UN apparently thinks that having an American with political connections to serve in their communications office will help to disguise all their othe problems.
Laura Rozen: The UN is looking for a Washington lobbyist, the FT reports: [snipped quote] It's a good idea, a reflection of Mark Malloch Brown's street smarts.

For President and Close Friend, Forget the Politics
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
When people ask Roland Betts how a New York Democrat can be such a good friend of President Bush, he whips out a ready answer. "Which would you prefer: my being close to him, or some right-wing zealot being close to him?" Mr. Betts said in a recent interview.
Taegan Goddard: First Friend — The New York Times profiles Roland Betts, a New York Democrat and one of President Bush's closest friends.
Josh Chafetz: BFF! The NYT has a puff piece about President Bush and Roland Betts.

A Prince Who Forgot History Angers Many
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, Jan. 13 - Britain's royal family could hardly be described as immune to stumbles and scandals. But even by its standards, Prince Harry - son of Prince Charles and Diana, the Princess of Wales, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, third in line to the throne - has broken new ground.
Diplomad: This report comes from a January 14 piece by Alan Cowell in the New York Times, [snipped quote] Several Diplomads happen...
Jeralyn Merritt: Prince Harry's in the Doghouse — Prince Harry really stepped in it this time.

16 Dems urge Bush to start pullout from Iraq
  San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Washington — Sixteen House Democrats led by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma called on President Bush on Wednesday to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, just as some administration supporters are starting to question the wisdom of staying the course in the war.
Hugh Hewitt: The need to read Norman Podhoretz's "The War Against World War IV" is even more obvious against the backdrop of reports...
Jayson @PoliPundit: 3.67 Percent — Sixteen U.S. House Democrats want to cut and run from Iraq. I see.
Greg Ransom: SAN FRANCISCO Democrats say its time to cut and run.

Hardball 101
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
It is getting increasingly difficult to find any Democrat who backs President Bush's plan for partially privatizing Social Security. Private accounts are now officially out of favor even among New Democrats, the most obvious source of potential administration support.
Avedon Carol: Electrolite points to Ryan Lizza's TNR piece on Hardball 101 and why the Democrats need to fight the Republicans tooth-and-nail on everything.
Orrin Judd: Hardball 101 (Ryan Lizza, 01.13.05, NEW REPUBLIC) [snipped quote] The idea of a New Democrat movement that would see...
Mark Schmitt: The Byrd Rule and Social Security — Ryan Lizza's New Republic Online article about Democrats and Social Security is...
Sam Rosenfeld: Mark Schmitt beats me to the punch in questioning Senate Dems' concern, as reported by Ryan Lizza, that Republicans...
Joe Gandelman: Social Security: Another Failure In Coalition Building — The Democrats are digging in their heels on Social Security,...
DeLong: A Point of Clarification — Ryan Lizza writes: [snipped quote] Ahem. This is not quite correct. It is time to eliminate this line wobble.
Also: Josh Marshall, Kos @DailyKos, Taegan Goddard, Nielsen Hayden, Oliver @LiquidList, Matthew Yglesias

Report Says Iraq Is New Terrorist Training Ground
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In a major new study, the CIA's National Intelligence Council says Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists, officials at the CIA director's intelligence think-tank said today.
Tim Dunlop: It's quite another to have confirmed that Iraq has now become not just the "central front in the war of...
Hugh Hewitt: The Washington Post reports that the CIA's National Intelligence Council says Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of terrorists.
Joe Drymala: More Words Behind Words Fun — The Note leaks more excerpts from tonight's 20/20 broadcast with the Bushes: "On his...
Kriston @GrammarPolice: Something's on the March, Anyway — Dana Priest for the Washington Post: [snipped quote] A miserable failure.
Tresy @Corrente: Looks like the warbloggers picked the wrong metaphor. Try "petri dish".
The Poor Man: Why Does Everybody Who Isn't A Paid Flack For The Bush Campaign Hate America — Stop me if you've heard this one:...
Also: Oliver Willis

What's Ailing CBS News? Let's Make a Not-So-Little List
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
The division's ex-boss decries a lefty bias and lost credibility.
What's the big problem at CBS News?
Well, for one thing, it has no credibility. And no audience, no morale, no long-term emblematic anchorperson and no cohesive management structure.
Jeff Jarvis: UPDATE: Former CBS News pres Van Gordon Sauter says: "What's the big problem at CBS News? Well, for one thing, it has no credibility.
Captain Ed: Van Gordon Sauter, the onetime chief of the Tiffany Network's news division, writes in today's Los Angeles Times that an...
Kevin Roderick: On today's LAT op-ed page, he lists what he thinks is wrong at Rather's network: [snipped quote] He praises CBS boss Les...
Roger L. Simon: UPDATE: Van Gordon Sauter, a blast from CBS' past, blasts the present. (HT: Mark Moore)
Betsy Newmark: Former CBS president, Van Gordon Sauter, admits up front that CBS News has become unwatchably liberal.
KJL: He's got a piece in the LATimes today.
Also: Greg Ransom

FCC member urges Armstrong Williams probe
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A member of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday the agency should investigate whether conservative commentator Armstrong Williams broke the law by failing to disclose that the Bush administration paid him $240,000 to plug its education policies.
Michelle Malkin: Williams himself continues to mischaracterize the contract, telling the Associated Press: "I was not engaged in any public relations in this campaign.
Roger Ailes: Roger Gets Results — Well, not really, but I'll take the credit anyway.
Jeff Jarvis: Now an FCC commissioner says the commission should investigate the case of Armstrong Williams to see whether laws were violated.
Oliver Willis: Payolagate: FCC Commish Says The People Demand An Investigation — Payolagate FCC member urges Armstrong Williams probe...

Dominant Strategist for Democrats Ends Consulting Career
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 - Bob Shrum, one of the dominant Democratic political strategists and speechwriters of the last three decades, said Wednesday that he was ending his formal consulting career and moving to New York, where he would write and teach at New York University as a senior fellow.
Avedon Carol: Here's some good news - Bob Shrum is quitting the business of sabotaging Democratic presidential campaigns.
Taegan Goddard: Shrum Retires — Robert Shrum, "one of the dominant Democratic political strategists and speechwriters of the last three...
Michelle Malkin: FROM THE "THOSE WHO CAN, DO; THOSE WHO CAN'T, TEACH" FILE — Democratic loser Bob Shrum hangs up his consulting hat to...
James Joyner: Bob Shrum Ends Consulting Career — Dominant Strategist for Democrats Ends Consulting Career (NYT) "Bob Shrum, one of...
Joe Gandelman: BIG POLITICAL NEWS: Democrats can start winning again: Bob Shrum is retiring: [snipped quote] You're right: we don't believe it.
Jesse Taylor: Happy New Year! The best new development of 2005: Bob Shrum's retiring.
Also: Chris Bowers, Eugene Oregon, PoliPundit

Vice President Discusses Social Security Reform
  White House   —   Permalink 
Washington, D.C.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, very much. It's good to be with you this afternoon, and I want to especially thank Father O'Connell for hosting this event and for his introduction.
Noam Scheiber: (More on this in the next 6 months—or 40 years, depending on who wins the legislative battle.)
Jayson @PoliPundit: The Vice President Speaks about National Ponzi Scheme reform.
Tom Maguire: Dick Cheney On Social Security — Dick Cheney gave a speech on Social Security today and focused on the positive case for privatization.
Josh Marshall: Two perspectives ... [snipped quote] [A note of thanks to TPM reader BK. ]

Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional
  CNN   —   Permalink 
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, has ruled that a suburban county school district's textbook stickers referring to evolution as "a theory not a fact" are unconstitutional.
Brian Keegan: Judge Bounces Evolution Caveat Stickers — From CNN: Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional I don't like these stickers, or share the motives of the people backing them.
Natasha @PacificViews: Georgia Ousts 'Theory' Stickers — In a victory for science and common sense: [snipped quote] The only conflict, of...
Oliver Willis: Dear American Taliban: Stop Screwing With Our Constitution — Right-Wing Stupidity Judge: Evolution stickers...
Chris Mooney: "Just a Theory" — The current Cobb County ruling also, of course, serves as a rebuke to any creationists who persist in labeling evolution "just a theory."
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Good News On Apes — A judge has barred the Cobb County, GA school board from putting stickers in science text...

Soros in new pledge to leftwing causes
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
A group of billionaire philanthropists are to donate tens of millions more dollars to develop progressive political ideas in the US in an effort to counter the conservative ascendancy.
Jeanne D'Arc: Yesterday I said I thought there was plenty of attention paid — and rightfully so, I think — to how to create (and pay...
McQ: Soros to the rescue — After all, he was so successful the last time: "George Soros, who made his fortune in the hedge...
The Poor Man: Charity Case — Frankly, this is pathetic: [snipped quote] It's great that the nice left-wing billionaires gave us all...

Expert: Malaria Could Kill 100K in Asia
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - Malaria could kill up to 100,000 people in coming months across Indian Ocean communities devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami if authorities do not quickly move to kill mosquitoes, a health expert warned Thursday.
Baldilocks: One Indonesian politician's response to the US embargo, in mid-December before the tidal wave brought American aid en...
Donald Sensing: Details.
McQ: UPDATE: Of course, when this happens, Indonesia will expect us to come back and "fix it".
Greg Ransom: THE NEXT tsunami death threat — malaria. The legacy of Rachel Carson strikes again.

US 'erodes' global human rights
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Violations of human rights by the US are undermining international law and eroding its role on the world stage, a leading campaign group says.
Human Rights Watch says the US can no longer claim to defend human rights abroad if it practises abuses itself.
Andrew Sullivan: I liked this entry too. THE HIGH GROUND: No, we shouldn't take seriously everything that Human Rights Watch says.
KJL: "US 'ERODES' "global human rights "
Magpie @PacificViews: A blogger's work is really easy ... ... when a story tells itself via the headlines and leads of two stories on the same news site.

Moore is in the line of Clint's ire
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Clint Eastwood squinted like Dirty Harry Tuesday night as he took aim at Michael Moore.
"Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common - we both appreciate living in a country where there's free expression," Eastwood told the star-dotted crowd...
Paul @Wizbang: Have I ever mentioned I like Clint Eastwood?
Tim Blair: FAIR WARNING — Quote of the week comes from Clint Eastwood: [quote] "Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common - we...[end quote]
KJL: DIRTY HARRY — I'm ignoring Clint Eastwood's warning to Michael Moore right now and focusing on the breaking news: [snipped quote] There is free expression for movie folks?
Jan Haugland: Clint Eastwood just made my day — I've always been a big fan of Clint Eastwood, and this salvo doesn't change that:...
Smash: Gotta Love Clint — "Go ahead... Make my day" LLOYD GROVE reports from the National Board of Review awards dinner at...
Acidman: quote of the week — Quote of the week comes from Clint Eastwood: [snipped quote] (Shamelessly stolen, in its entirety, from here.)
Also: Roger L. Simon

Kerry to meet with French president
  Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
PARIS — Sen. John Kerry will meet Friday with French President Jacques Chirac, U.S. and French officials said.
The Massachusetts Democrat who lost the November election to incumbent President Bush has relatives in France and speaks French.
Stephen Pollard: Ha! Ha! Ha! I have just experienced a wave of sheer joy when I saw this story: "Kerry to meet with French president."
Roger L. Simon: Mais Ou Sont Les Candidats d'Antan? Ici.
KJL: FROG ALERT — John Kerry is meeting with Chirac tomorrow.

Heartaches of Journalist Bloggers
  By / Wired News   —   Permalink 
After Chris Allbritton returned to New York from Iraqi Kurdistan, he raised $15,000 and headed back to Iraq in 2003 as the first independent journalist-blogger sponsored by his readers. There he risked life and limb covering the war and its messy aftermath, detailing his experiences on his blog, Back-to-Iraq 3.0.
Captain Ed: Wired runs a provocative article today which argues that journalists find it increasingly difficult to maintain blogs along with their reporting.
Ed Cone: Adam Penenberg's column in Wired News is about the tensions facing journalists with weblogs.
Glenn Reynolds: ADAM PENENBERG looks at the problems of journalist bloggers.

Text: Sen. Kennedy on the Future of the Democratic Party
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Following is the full text of Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) speech at the National Press Club on the future of the Democratic party.
KENNEDY: Thank you, Sheila Cherry, for that gracious introduction and thank you to the Press Club for inviting me here today.
Dale Franks: If you're the National Press Club, the answer to that question is, "Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)".
Steve Bainbridge: Ted — After reading Ted Kennedy's speech about the future of the Democrat Party, I would really like an opportunity to...
Greg Ransom: TED "OPEN BORDERS" KENNEDY on how to protect American workers from wage competition from the tidalwave of foreign immigration: [snipped quote] Blah, blah, blah.

Kennedy Warns Democrats Not to Be Republican Clones
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 - Senator Edward M. Kennedy warned Democrats on Wednesday not to become "Republican clones" in response to the party's setbacks in November, declaring that President Bush's victory was narrow and did not provide him with the mandate the White House has claimed.
Tom Maguire: Adam Nagourney covers Ted Kennedy's speech to the National Press Club, and floats a trial balloon: "The senator offered...
Noam Scheiber: I think there's little question that having Ted Kennedy make an impassioned speech about how [snipped quote] comes at a real cost to Democrats' anti-privatization efforts.
New Donkey: Get Back To You Later On That, Teddy — Noam Scheiber at The New Republic's &c blog posted a less-than-friendly comment...

California Insider
  Sacramento Bee   —   Permalink 
Donna Arduin, late of Schwarzenegger's Finance Department, is set to launch a new consulting firm with two other high-powered conservative fiscal experts: Art Laffer and Stephen Moore.
Patterico: Dan Weintraub vs. L.A. Times — Advantage: Weintraub — Dan Weintraub reports: "Legislative Analyst Liz Hill is out with her quick assessment of the governor's budget.
Ezra Klein: Taking Arnold To China — Via Dan Weintraub , it really seems that Arnold is taking steps towards better government in California: [snipped quote] He's right.

Ballots and Boycotts
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
In trying to think through whether we should press ahead with elections in Iraq or not, I have found it useful to go back and dig out my basic rules for Middle East reporting, which I have developed and adapted over 25 years of writing from that region.
John Cole: Friedman's Rules — These make sense: Rule 1-Never lead your story out of Lebanon, Gaza or Iraq with a cease-fire; it...
Damian Penny: The case against postponing the elections — Tom Friedman says the Iraqi elections should go ahead, as scheduled, on...
Ann Althouse: Today's Thomas Friedman column is one of the best-written and best argued pieces I've ever read: [snipped quote] Definitely, a must-read.
Steve Soto: In other words, if Friedman is correct, (which I am not saying he is) somehow after years of not working with each other...
Mark Leon Goldberg: His 8 "rules for Middle East reporting" explain: [snipped quote] On the basis of these universal truths about Middle...
James Joyner: Ballots and Boycotts — Tom Friedman has an interesting piece today called "Ballots and Boycotts." [snipped quote] Sounds about right.

Going El Salvador
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Central America, revisited.
When I was a wee think-tank gnome at the American Enterprise Institute, a scholar there told me a story. An expert on South America, during the 1980s he was often asked to appear on television to defend the Reagan administration's policies in Central America.
ArchPundit: I bring this up as Atrios links to the Alicublog who takes on the most recent bit on the subject by Jonah Goldberg and...
Giblets: Giblets stuck by death squads when they were hot and now he's sticking by them now that they're not, just like his buddies at the National Review.
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Here's more from Jonah Goldberg: [snipped quote] He continues in the same vein, which makes me wonder if making...
Ed Driscoll: La Opción De El Salvador — Jonah Goldberg has some thoughts on "the El Savador option": [snipped quote] Read the rest; watch out for the giant spear in the middle of it.

Baker advises administration to consider a phased withdrawal of troops
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(01-13) 13:23 PST WASHINGTON (AP) —
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, an architect of the U.S. war with Iraq in 1991, is advising the Bush administration to consider a phased withdrawal of some of the 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
Kevin Drum: BAKER JOINS WITHDRAWL FACTION...Bush family major domo James Baker appears to be joining the "declare victory and get...
David Allan Pell: Should We Stay or Should We Go? Take a look at this article on a recent speech given by James Baker.

5 Israelis killed in attack at Karni crossing
  By / Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
A double suicide bomb attack late Thursday night at the Karni commercial crossing in northern Gaza left at least five dead and at least four wounded, three of whom were in critical condition.
According to security officials at least 3 suicide bombers were involved.
Colt: The Middle East A sophisticated attack on the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel has killed five Israelis.
Joseph Alexander Norland: The latest terrorist attack: The time for Jabotinsky's Iron Wall is now — From JPost: At least 5 Israelis killed in bomb attack at Karni crossing

All the President's Newsmen
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
ONE day after the co-host Tucker Carlson made his farewell appearance and two days after the new president of CNN made the admirable announcement that he would soon kill the program altogether, a television news miracle occurred: even as it staggered through...
Steve Soto: Frank Rich today does a bang-up job of spelling out how some of the Beltway media seems to still treat Armstrong...
Oliver @LiquidList: Frank Rich's piece on Armstrong "State-Run" Williams, tax-payer paid shill for many a Bush policy, is a must-read.
Sam Rosenfeld: Frank Rich has a very shrill column touching on Armstrong Williams, the White House's propaganda operations, and the...

Welcome to the media, bloggers
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
Here's some advice on bribery: If you're out to corrupt a journalist, bribe one who doesn't already agree with your position. It's just sinful to squander tax dollars on paying off a supporter. Good press should be free.
The Big Trunk: Harsanyi's thoughtful column is "Welcome to the media, bloggers."
Glenn Reynolds: DAVID HARSANYI: [snipped quote] Indeed. He has some thoughts on RatherGate and blogs, too.
Bill Hobbs: Bloggy Mountain High 2 — Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi likes bloggers.

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
WHILE members of the New York City Council stump endlessly for "affordable housing" and "affordable health care," they're apparently less keen on affordable clothing, toys, electronics, furniture and groceries.
Nick Gillespie: Whole story here. I reported on anti-Wal-Mart activism almost a decade ago and wrote about it for Reason here.
KJL: MORE DEFENDING WAL-MART — An effort to open one in Queens is a hot political issue here. Ryan Sager defends Wal-Mart here.
Jesse Taylor: Would those defending it as some sort of commercial savior of the working class still feel the same way if its prices...

Kennedy: Democrats Need Progressive Agenda
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON Jan 12, 2005 — Sen. Edward Kennedy offered a mild dig at fellow Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign Wednesday, saying Democrats should have done a better job talking about values.
John Cole: The Democrats New Rising Star — Meet the Democrat's new rising star, the junior Senator from Illinois: obama.jpg Osama bin ... Osama ... Obama What a maroon!
KJL: YOU MIGHT WANT TO WORK ON THAT ONE, SENATOR KENNEDY AP: "Kennedy also mangled the name of the Democrats' new star,...

US school in eye of creationist storm
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
The battle over attempts to introduce a version of creationism into the curriculum of American schools has become focused on a small town in Pennsylvania.
Biology teachers at a high school in Dover have rejected the instructions of local officials to read a statement in class today questioning the theory of evolution.
Barbara O'Brien: This is from today's Guardian, in a story about teaching "intelligent design" in biology classes: "The battle over...
Jesse Taylor: Teachers in Dover, PA, defy orders to read "theories aren't facts" warnings before science classes.