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Jerusalem Post
  Tom Maguire
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  Tarek @LiquidList
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  Charles Johnson
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  Mathew Gross
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  Michael J. Totten
Michelle Malkin
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  Jan Haugland
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  Mitch Berg
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  Avedon Carol
Signifying Nothing
  Chris Lawrence
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
  Fred Clark
Slant Point
  Scott Sala
a small victory
  Michele Catalano
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Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
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  Josh Marshall
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  John Hinderaker
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Bush to Nominate Bolton as U.N. Ambassador
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush has chosen Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, a longtime critic of the United Nations and a hard-liner on Taiwan-China relations and arms control, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced today.
Brooke @ThinkProgress: John Bolton: Jesse Helms Protégé [President Bush today named neoconservative, unilateralist hawk John Bolton as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Jon Henke: John Bolton: The Anti-Diplomat — It looks like the President isn't easing off the pressure... "Undersecretary of State...
BobcatJH: Bizarro America: New U.N. ambassador hates the U.N. From the diaries—Chris Today we learn this: "President Bush has...
James Joyner: Other takes: Bush to Nominate Bolton as U.N. Ambassador (WaPo) Hawkish Bolton Nominated as U.N. Ambassador (Reuters)
Christy @ThinkProgress: John Bolton: The Anti-Diplomat [President Bush today named neoconservative, unilateralist hawk John Bolton as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Joe Gandelman: Ambassador To The UN Should Make It Interesting... President Bush has picked a new UN Ambassador...someone who is...
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh, James Martin Capozzola, David Allan Pell, Rich Lowry, Jan Haugland, DavidNYC @DailyKos, Mipe @ThinkProgress

Italians kept U.S. forces in dark
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
ROME — Italian agents likely withheld information from U.S. counterparts about a cash-for-freedom deal with gunmen holding an Italian hostage for fear that Americans might block the trade, Italian news reports said yesterday.
Damian Penny: Why Sgrena was shot — It won't change the mind of anyone who believes the Americans deliberately tried to kill Giuliana...
Jeff Goldstein: More: The Washington Times; Mickey Kaus; The Moderate Voice; Roger Simon, Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, Baldilocks,...
Jan Haugland: PS 2: The Italians may have kept crucial information away from the US forces: Italian agents likely withheld information...
Blackfive: And folks like Katie Couric and the MSM are playing right along... Update: Al of Life With Al notes that LGF pointed to...
Roger L. Simon: The Sgrena Manifesto — Glenn says the recent revelation that Italian intelligence did not notify the Americans that...
Captain Ed: Michelle Malkin has the best round-up of the media coverage today, including multiple reports that the Italians paid...
Also: The Big Trunk, Glenn Reynolds, Charles Johnson, Michelle Malkin, John Hawkins, Joe Gandelman, Orrin Judd

Blogged Down
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
During one especially hectic week in mid-February, the Internet took three scalps in what appeared to be unrelated events. Liberal bloggers forced Talon News White House correspondent James D. Guckert, a k a "Jeff Gannon," to resign after it was revealed that...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "I AM YOUR FATHER'S BROTHER'S NEPHEW'S COUSIN'S FORMER ROOMMATE" — I was going to Fisk this, but I see that Matt Welch has already done so.
Matt Welch: Guerillas in the Midst — If you can get past the alarmist tone, partisan lean, and bizarrely specific unattributed...
Blackfive: Here is The American Prospect report by Garance Franke-Ruta.
Chris Bowers: Of scalps, citizen bloggers, and competing online noise machines — In easily the best article I have ever read on...
Digby: Read This — Garance Franke-Ruta has a wonderful, must read piece up about the ways in which the left and right blogosphere work.
Kevin Drum: THE CONSERVATIVE BLOGOSPHERE...In the Prospect today, Garance Franke-Ruta writes that things are not always what they...
Also: Stirling Newberry

Changes in Mideast blunt Bush's critics
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A dramatic string of positive developments in the Middle East in recent weeks seems to have deflated fierce criticism of the Bush administration's conduct of the war in Iraq.
Roger L. Simon: UPDATE: Et tu, Teddy. I'm telling you - Howard Dean could be next. [And give him the last laugh?-ed. You're right. ]
McQ: More Grudging Credit — This time from a very unlikely person: "Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of the most strident...
Brian Keegan: In Other News, Devil to Buy Ice Skates — Ted Kennedy Praises Bush for Role in Recent Foreign Policy Positives...
Baldilocks: Wind Changes Direction — Read this link, please, and tell me if I cut and pasted the following correctly.
Mitch Berg: Then, on the Sunday talkies, Ted Kennedy and Bill Richardson both credited the President's policies in the Middle East with the explosion of democratic agitation in the region.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: ONE SERVING OF CROW, PLEASE — You can tell when a politician is doing well by just checking to see who is bandwagoning...

A CU prof deserving of sympathy
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
Betsy Hoffman's self-serving and phony warning about "McCarthyism" at CU - in the middle of what should be an impartial investigation of Ward Churchill - was disgraceful.
But if the University of Colorado president needs a genuine case of discrimination at her school, here's one:
Greg Ransom: In related news, one of the best teachers at CU is being fired because he fails to toe the leftist party line of his UC...
Ed Driscoll: Ward Is Merely The Tip of the Iceberg — Betsy Nemark links to a Denver Post story about Phil Mitchell, another professor under siege at Colorado University.
Michelle Malkin: His column today is about a conservative University of Colorado professor, Phil Mitchell, who is being forced out after...
Betsy Newmark: If this story is half as bad as it is represented then Colorado University has much more serious problems than just Ward Churchill.
Jeff Goldstein: Turns out I looked so unlike an Indian that until my hair grew back I took to wearing a Poarch Creek porcupine roach...

Marxism of the Right
  By / The American Conservative   —   Permalink 
Free spirits, the ambitious, ex-socialists, drug users, and sexual eccentrics often find an attractive political philosophy in libertarianism, the idea that individual freedom should be the sole rule of ethics and government.
Tim Cavanaugh: Robert "Rise of the Coloured Empires" Locke shoots back with "Marxism of the Right," a Dr. Zaius-style laundry list...
Dale Franks: Those Shifty Libertarians — Robert Locke offers us his characterization of libertarians in The Amercan Conservative.
Steve Bainbridge: The problem is illustrated by a vociferous attack launched against libertarians in The American Conservative by Robert...
Orrin Judd: NOT THE CHOOSING BUT THE CHOICE MADE: Marxism of the Right (Robert Locke, March 14, 2005, The American Conservative) "[L]ibertarianism is basically the Marxism of the Right.

Shootings by U.S. at Iraq Checkpoints Questioned
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The deadly shooting of an Italian intelligence officer by U.S. troops at a checkpoint near Baghdad on Friday was one of many incidents in which civilians have been killed by mistake at checkpoints in Iraq, including local police officers, women and children, according to military records, U.S. officials and human rights groups.
Scott Sala: And there is new evidence that Italy did not coordinate their rescue with the US, making the likelihood of such a regrettable incident possible.
The Big Trunk: The Washington Post's article contrasts the conflicting accounts of the shooting: "Shootings by U.S. at Iraq checkpoints questioned."
James Joyner: WaPo ("Shootings by U.S. at Iraq Checkpoints Questioned") has more such incidents. There is little doubt that young soldiers can get trigger happy.
Captain Ed: The Washington Post provides a look at why Sgrena's car likely got shot in an otherwise rather hostile article by...
Michelle Malkin: The Washington Post has differing details: "The military has responded that in a time of widespread suicide bombings,...
Cori Dauber: Nonetheless, the incident has raised, once again, the question of civilian deaths at US military checkpoints.

Many Missteps Tied to Delay in Armor for Troops in Iraq
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The war in Iraq was hardly a month old in April 2003 when an Army general in charge of equipping soldiers with protective gear threw the brakes on buying bulletproof vests.
Avedon Carol: Many Missteps Tied to Delay in Armor for Troops in Iraq - you know how furious it makes me that the administration has been so callous about wasting the lives of our troops.
Steve M.: New York Times today ***** (That's just a small detail in a very good story about how the Pentagon botched the...
Riggsveda @Corrente: Supporting the War, Not The Warrior — Piggybacking on Lambert's post from last night on the inability of the Pentagon...
Jon @ThinkProgress: These include pearls of wisdom like, "While we would all like to be faster and more responsive, it was fairly responsive."
Armando @DailyKos: And it is costing us the lives of our soldiers: [snipped quote] For this alone, Rumsfeld should resign. It is inexcusable.
Stirling Newberry: Top down media finally covers logistics problems — Michael Moss of the New York Times talks about supply chain problems in the military.
Also: Susan Madrak

Unity on the right gets rocky
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
A COUPLE of weeks ago, a panel gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of a troubled marriage: the alliance between libertarians and conservatives.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: SAVING THE LIBERTARIAN-CONSERVATIVE MARRIAGE — Cathy Young has an excellent essay on the subject that I concur with and encourage others to read.
Dale Franks: Libertarians and Conservatives — Reason's Cathy Young comments that the loose affiliation between conservatives and libertarians appears tobe fraying, and for good reason.
Steve Bainbridge: On the one hand, self-described "libertarian-conservative " Cathy Young (a contributing editor of the sensible libertrian...

Was Bush right after all?
  By / Independent   —   Permalink 
Trucks carrying Syrian soldiers began to file out of Beirut yesterday. As they departed, Syria's President, Bashar Assad, under intense pressure from the US, promised to withdraw all 14,000 troops to eastern areas of Lebanon by the end of this month.
Michael J. Totten: Winds of Change at Home and Abroad — This image of today's left-wing Independent is just too much fun not to steal from...
Glenn Reynolds: HEH: Article here. Comments here.

The eye doctor never saw it coming
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
I don't suppose Bashar al-Assad has much in common with Eric Clapton - though, come to think of it, "Layla" is a Lebanese name, and there must be a few of them among the smouldering, raven-tressed, black-eyed Beirut babes so fetchingly demanding their nation's freedom on the covers of this week's Economist, Newsweek, Weekly Standard et al.
Stephen Green: More People Power — The writing is on the wall for Baby Assad: [snipped quote] That's from Mark Steyn's latest, and I suggest you read the whole thing.
The Big Trunk: "I shot the Sharif" — Mark Steyn has uncorked a classic column that plays on the Queen's reception honoring the British...

Clinton Vies With Bush For Hawkishness on War
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
Exhibiting a knack for political repositioning that has some Republicans tremulous about 2008, Senator Clinton nearly matched President Bush's hawkishness in her remarks to the Jewish Community Relations Council yesterday morning, hours before she enthusiastically denounced his position on abortion at New York University in the afternoon.
James Joyner: Clinton Vies With Bush For Hawkishness on War — Speaking of Sen. Clinton... Clinton Vies With Bush For Hawkishness on...
Taegan Goddard: Clinton Vies With Bush For Hawkishness — "Exhibiting a knack for political repositioning that has some Republicans...
Mitch Berg: First, it was Hillary Clinton [1], who drew brickbats from the MoveOn crowd for breaking ranks with the far left on the war.
Mathew Gross: Just What We Need! Via Political Wire, Clinton Vies With Bush For Hawkishness on War.

Hezbollah To Protest U.S. Stance On Lebanon
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, March 6 — The leader of Hezbollah, the militant Shiite Muslim movement that for weeks has stood on the sidelines of Lebanon's political upheaval, called Sunday for national demonstrations against what he characterized as foreign influences seeking to expel Syria, a key sponsor of the party, from the country.
Charles Johnson: Hizballah to Protest Tomorrow in Beirut — The Hizballah terror gang and their masters in Tehran are not pleased with events: Hezbollah To Protest U.S. Stance On Lebanon.
Joe Gandelman: Hezbollah Versus Lebanon's People — Forget the demonstrations that toppled the Lebanese government demanding that...
David Adesnik: AN IMPORTANT PREDICTION: The first sentence of this WaPo story on Lebanon reads as follows: "The leader of Hezbollah,...
Daniel Drezner: Scott Wilson explains in the Washington Post about Hezbollah's decision to maintain its support for Syria: "The leader...
Juan Cole: Hizbullah has sided with Syria and Shaikh Nasrallah has called for a big pro-Syrian demonstration by Shiites on Tuesday.
Tarek @LiquidList: Politics: Shaking the Tree — So I'm guessing that nobody in the White House was thinking about how disastrously this whole Lebanon thing could backfire.
Also: Betsy Newmark

'My truth'
  By / CNN   —   Permalink 
I'm still in the dark. Friday was the most dramatic day of my life. I had been in captivity for many days. I had just spoken with my captors. It had been days they were telling me I would be released. I was living in waiting for this moment.
Michelle Malkin: Ok, now click on the link to CNN's translation of Sgrena's article. Notice anything strange?
Jan Haugland: The BBC has an interview with freed communist journalist Giuliana Sgrena, and CNN carries a translation of Sgrena's article about the incident called "My truth."
The Big Trunk: Her truths — CNN has posted the account of the kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena that was published...
Jeff Goldstein: Through the Looking Glass with Giuliana Sgrena, 3 — Today's revelations, courtesy the indefatigable Ms Sgrena...
Captain Ed: Stripped of the dramatics with which she surrounds the narrative, this is Sgrena's recollection of the friendly-fire...
Glenn Reynolds: By her own admission just before it was fired on at the checkpoint the car was going so fast that it nearly lost control.
Also: Joe Gandelman, Charles Johnson

University of Colorado President Resigns
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
DENVER Mar 7, 2005 — University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman announced Monday that she is resigning amid a football recruiting scandal and a national controversy over an activist professor who compared victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to a notorious Nazi.
Charles Johnson: UC President Resigns — The president of the University of Colorado (where Ward "Little Eichmanns" Churchill continues to have a job) is resigning.
Stephen Green: UC Blues — My home state university's scandals have claimed their first victim: [snipped quote] Hoffman's administration...
Michelle Malkin: Related: Hoffman resigns.

CU President Hoffman resigns
  Rocky Mountain News   —   Permalink 
Embattled University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman announced this morning in a letter to the Board of Regents that she will step down from her post effective June 30.
"I have spoken many times about my view of principled leadership.
Greg Ransom: ELIZABETH HOFFMAN is out at CU. Tenured hater Ward Churchill still has his job.
K. J. Lopez: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO'S (HOME OF WARD CHURCHILL) president is resigning.
David Kopel: University of Colorado President Resigns: University of Colorado President Betsy Hoffman has just announced her...

White House Approves Pass for Blogger
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Another signal moment for bloggers is to occur this morning, when Garrett M. Graff, who writes a blog about the news media in Washington, is to be ushered into the White House briefing room to attend the daily press "gaggle."
Patrick Ruffini: But the New York Times misses this key tidbit from Graff's bio: his stint as a communications staffer at Dean for America (Glenn Reynolds is on it).
McQ: Which brings us to the second story, also from the NYTimes, which begins to help answer the title's question: "Another...
Nick Gillespie: Suggest your scenario in the comments. Times' thing here. [Thanks Drudge. ] FishbowlDC site here.
Avedon Carol: White House Approves Pass for Blogger - this story seems to be of interest mainly to the right-blogosphere so far, judging by Memeorandum.
Garrett M. Graff: Off to the White House... whgaggle1.jpgIt's a beautiful (and perhaps even a tiny bit historic) morning here in Washington.
Stephen Green: Beware the Dark Side — One of the blogosphere's own has made it to the big game: [snipped quote] I offer my wholehearted congratulations to Garrett - and a stern warning, too.
Also: Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, Joe Gandelman, Gary Farber, Greg Ransom

Blog Tool Writing Its Own Story of Success
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
The weblog has now reached the point in the cultural life cycle where the word is on everybody's lips, even if most people aren't sure what it is.
Perhaps the best way to illuminate the phenomenon is by introducing Ben and Mena Trott, both 27, respectively the chief technical officer and president of the San Francisco company Six Apart.
Kevin Roderick: Movable Type in the news — Michael Hiltzik's "Golden State" column in today's Times tells the story behind Movable...
Virginia Postrel: Born of the Dot-Com Bust "The key to making an invention useful is turning a technology into a tool," writes the LAT's...

Bush names hardliner as UN envoy
  BBC   —   Permalink 
President George W Bush has named Undersecretary of State John Bolton as his choice to be US ambassador to the United Nations.
Mr Bolton, currently the US top arms control expert, is known to be a harsh critic of the UN.
Dave Johnson: The UN Ambassador — President Bush has nominated "hardliner" John Bolton to be Ambassador to the United Nations.
Cookie Jill: "- the beebs" and he was a good friend of jesse helm's [quote] in january 2001, jesse helms endorsed bolton: "john bolton is...[end quote]

Tax Cuts Lose Spot On GOP Agenda
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush and Republican lawmakers are being forced to temper their anti-tax ambitions, as the party that consolidated power in Washington by promising to shrink government grapples with the high cost of its efforts to expand the Defense Department and the nation's two largest entitlement programs.
Fred Clark: Permanent jump-start — The Washington Post's Jim Vandehei reports today that "Tax Cuts Lose Spot on GOP Agenda": Bush's...
Kevin Drum: Here's the Washington Post on the current mood regarding tax cuts: "To be sure, Bush and most congressional Republicans,...
Noam Scheiber: DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE: I was amused by this graf from Jim VandeHei's piece in today's...
Dwight Meredith: Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the GOP tax cutting agenda may also be in political trouble:...
Steve Soto: Ask Senate Republicans If you don't think deficits matter anymore, take a look at this Page One in Monday's Post by Jim...
Tom Maguire: Read My Lips... Uhh, Hold On A Moment... My dental fillings are tingling as I await a transmission from KR.
Also: Hunter @DailyKos

Jailed 24 years, freed by DNA
  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
JONESBORO, La. — In May 1981, when Michael Williams was 16, a jury here rejected his claim of innocence, deliberating for less than an hour before convicting him of the savage beating and sexual assault of his math tutor.
TChris: Innocent Man to be Released After 24 Years — With the exception of executing the innocent, it doesn't get any worse than this.
David Allan Pell: It took 24 years (during which he was serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Pen, performing hard labor and on...

Greenspan's Warning on Deficit Ignores His Role in Its Growth
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Is he kidding?
That's the only possible reaction to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's conclusion last week that the massive federal budget deficit accumulated under President Bush was "unsustainable."
Atrios: So, it's nice to see him call Greenspan out.
Armando @DailyKos: Brownstein: Greenspan is a Hack — Via Alterman, Ron Brownstein sez Greenspan is a hack: [snipped quote] Good for Brownstein.

Hawkish Bolton Nominated as U.N. Ambassador
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Monday nominated United Nations critic John Bolton to be the new U.S. ambassador to the world body.
"The president and I have asked John to do this work because he knows how to get things done.
Flamingo Jones: It's hard to imagine someone lamer than Michael Bolton, but leave it to George W. Bush to find him….
TChris: Bolton Nominated as UN Ambassador — President Bush today nominated John Bolton, a frequent critic of United Nations policies, to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

On Social Security, Lieberman the Centrist Ruffles Democratic Feathers
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 6 - Just five years ago, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut was praised for his cross-party appeal as the vice presidential candidate on a Democratic ticket that won the popular vote.
Now some in Mr. Lieberman's home state wonder if he qualifies as a Democrat at all.
Kevin Aylward: If you guessed Joe Liebermam, you were right!
Armando @DailyKos: This in its story today on Lieberman is so offbase as to be laughable and makes you wonder if the reporter knows...
Orrin Judd: TIME TO CLIMB ON THE ELEPHANT: On Social Security, Lieberman the Centrist Ruffles Democratic Feathers: Senator Joseph...
Avedon Carol: Right-wing Lieberman sidling up to Bush on Social Security is not the headline the NYT gave this story because they drink Kool-Aid.
Rickheller @Centerfield: Now the New York Times has an article making precisely that observation, and the pressure Joe Lieberman is under to...
Jeralyn Merritt: Joe Lieberman Disappoints Democrats — Joltin' Joe, it may be time for you to go. You've moved from Republican Lite to Bushite.
Also: Betsy Newmark

Pew Finds Surge for Web as Source of Political News, As Newspapers Sink
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK A Pew Center study released today found that using the Internet to get news of politics during the 2004 presidential contest grew sixfold from 1996, while the influence of newspapers sank.
In 1996, only 3% of those surveyed called the Web one of their two leading sources of campaign news.
Daniel Drezner: Anick Jesdanun explains for the Associated Press: [snipped quote] Click here for Editor & Publisher's take on the report.
James Joyner: Pew Finds Surge for Web as Source of Political News, As Newspapers Sink (E&P) "A Pew Center study released today...

Junkie Science
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
In science or in economics, one occasionally comes upon a "natural experiment" — a real-world event or confluence of events that fortuitously allows for the testing of one key variable. In a sense, "natural experiments" occur within the realm of politicized science as well.
Kevin Drum: Chris Mooney provides the answer today: If you're Slick Willie, the president who supposedly had a hidden agenda even for his hidden agendas, you suck it up and tell the truth.
Chris Mooney: Needle Exchange Column is Up — It starts like this: [snipped quote] Read the rest here.

My Felon Americans
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
The Constitution grants states the authority to determine "the Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections," but Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are pushing a Count Every Vote Act that would, among other things, force states to allow voters to register at the polls and declaring Election Day a federal holiday.
Betsy Newmark: John Fund looks at the efforts by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to mandate that states enfranchise felons.
Steve Antler: Check out the headline for dumb-but-funny wordplay... John Fund: In a 2003 study, sociologists Chistopher Uggen and...
Deacon: UPDATE: Here's my conservative cousin from New York's take on the Democrats' felon gambit: [snipped quote] FURTHER UPDATE: Here's John Fund's take on the subject.

Ex-hostage disputes U.S. account of shooting
  CNN   —   Permalink 
ROME, Italy (CNN) — An Italian journalist shot by U.S. forces in Iraq shortly after being freed from her captors disputes a U.S. account of the incident in which she was wounded and a security agent protecting her was killed.
Michelle Malkin: CNN reports: [snipped quote] [Update 2:17pm...Quote has been removed, but you can still see it here.
The Big Trunk: The accompanying CNN report expands on Sgrena's account: "The U.S. military said Sgrena's car rapidly approached a...

Specter's tactics
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WASHINGTON — Conservative misgivings about Sen. Arlen Specter's rise this year to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee were validated last week. Without consulting the Republican leadership, Specter launched a procedure that undercuts party strategy for confirming President Bush's judicial nominees.
Chris Lawrence: Meanwhile, everyone's favorite syphilocon/national securty threat Robert Novak is reduced to complaining about the order...
PoliPundit: The Nuclear Option — Robert Novak has the lowdown on the GOP's strategy for the nuclear option.
Betsy Newmark: Robert Novak has some more on how Specter is using poor strategy, perhaps deliberately, in the judicial nominations battle.

Washed Away By the Preference Cascade?
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
Three years ago, I looked at the phenomenon of "preference cascades" — in which people who have been obliged to conceal their true beliefs by social pressure or sheer force suddenly discover that a lot of other people feel the same way — and wrote:
Ace: Definitely worth reading, although I think the original article (linked in the new article) is better
Glenn Reynolds: PREFERENCE CASCADES AND FOREIGN POLICY: I have some thoughts in my TechCentralStation column.

Gonzo Gone, Rather Going, Watergate Still Here
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TWO weeks ago Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide. Next week Dan Rather commits ritual suicide, leaving the anchor chair at CBS prematurely as penance for his toxic National Guard story.
Jeff Jarvis: I suggest that Dan's successor should be not just an ombudsman but a press critic free to criticize any end of the media...
Chris Mooney: Frank Rich Tells It Like It Is — See here: [snipped quote] That's even tougher than I was....

Opposition holds mass rally in Beirut as Syria prepares for army pullback
  AFP   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT (AFP) - Up to 150,000 opposition supporters rallied in Beirut three weeks after the murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri as Syria prepared for a troop pullback in Lebanon in the face of international pressure.
Roger L. Simon: (Don't you wonder what he's really thinking?) lebanon.jpgBut on the bright and far more important side, democracy...
Charles Johnson: Hundreds of Thousands of Lebanese Protest Syria — Huge demonstrations against Syria continue in Lebanon, while US media obsessively focuses on Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson.

Taming of the Shrews
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Arabs put their women in veils. We put ours in the stocks.
Every culture has its own way of tamping down female power, be it sexual, political or financial. Americans like to see women who wear the pants be beaten up and humiliated.
Stefan Beck: PostedHysterical, paranoid MoDo writes today on one of her favorite delusions: that men are intimidated by her position of "power" and want to destroy her.
Matthew Yglesias: Jim Hoagland. Dissembling about the pre-war arguments for invading Iraq never goes out of style! Maureen Dowd. Two makes a trend!

Huge Space Clouds May Have Caused Mass Extinctions
  By / SPACE   —   Permalink 
Giant space clouds of gas may have changed the climate or atmosphere on Earth and fueled mass extinctions millions of years ago, scientists said Thursday.
In one scenario, the solar system passed through a dense cloud of interstellar material, causing Earth to ice over.
James R. Rummel: Interesting Idea — This news story talks about new theories behind the mass extinctions that have occurred in Earth's past.
Orrin Judd: PHYLOGENY RECAPITULATES EXOGENY (via Robert Schwartz): Huge Space Clouds May Have Caused Mass Extinctions (Robert Roy...

Even Bush, No Movie Buff, Enjoys Getting Big Picture
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The Oscars have come and gone, the mermaid dresses on the actresses have been dissected, Chris Rock has been reviewed. One question related to the White House remains: how does the president of the United States avoid feeling clueless about the national conversation on movies good and bad?
Eugene Oregon: For Crying Out Loud — From Human Rights Watch [snipped quote] The New York Times had a piece today on movies that...
Ann Althouse: Elisabeth Bumiller writes about President Bush's movie watching habits and reveals that, after he saw "Hotel Rwanda," he...

U.S. Checkpoints Raise Ire in Iraq
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 6 - When an Italian journalist was driven up Baghdad's airport road toward an American military checkpoint on Friday night, she was driving into a situation fraught with hazards thousands of Iraqis face every day.
Matthew Yglesias: CHECKPOINT TROUBLE. The killing of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari at an American-manned checkpoint in Iraq...
Tom Tomorrow: But here's the real issue, via Steve Gilliard: [snipped quote] Supporters of this war scoff at parallels with...
James Joyner: Update (1102): A commenter points me to John Burns' piece in today's NYT, "U.S. Checkpoints Raise Ire in Iraq [rss]."
Randall Parker: Writing for the New York Times John Burns (an absolutely first class journalist in my estimation) reports on Iraqis...

A Government of Men
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
ON MARCH 1, 2005, in a case titled Roper v. Simmons, the United States Supreme Court held, by a five to four majority, that the Eighth Amendment's proscription of "cruel and unusual punishments" bars imposition of the death penalty on those aged between 15 and 17 years at the time they commit a capital crime.
Steve Bainbridge: Justice Kennedy — Great critique of Justice Anthony Kennedy's Roper decision in today's Daily Standard by Powerline blogger John Hinderaker.
Greg Ransom: A GOVERNMENT NOT of the people, a government not of law, but instead a government of a handful of men who change their...
Hindrocket: A Government of Men — My article "A Government of Men" has been posted on the Weekly Standard's site.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "A GOVERNMENT OF MEN" — John Hinderaker has a very good dissection of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Roper v. Simmons.
The Big Trunk: Justice Kennedy changes his mind — Thanks to our friends at RealClearPolitics for including Rocket Man's Daily Standard...

CIA Flying Suspects To Torture?
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS) You may not have heard the term "rendition," at least not the way the Central Intelligence Agency uses it. But renditions have become one of the most important secret weapons in the war on terror.
In recent years, well over 100 people have disappeared or been "rendered" all around the world.
Barbara O'Brien: I'm sorry I missed it, but here it is online. [quote] In recent years, well over 100 people have disappeared or been "rendered" all around the world.[end quote]
Susan Madrak: BLOOD ON OUR HANDS "60 Minutes" did a piece last night on extraordinary rendition, better known as "outsourcing...

Wrong from the Beginning
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
WHEN CBS ANNOUNCED THAT IT will smile through the pain of Dan Rather's dying credibility with an hour-long retirement tribute in early March, the network released an image of a young Rather posing in front of the Texas School Book Depository, looking gravely into the distance.
Deacon: Phillip Chalk of the Weekly Standard reminds us that Rather was "just making it up" as early as 1963, when he first...
Ed Driscoll: Gut Job — Philip Chalk says that Dan Rather's career is bookended by falsified stories.
Ace: He began his career as someone only passingly interested in honest reporting: "Rather went on the air with a local...

Four score and two
  By /   —   Permalink 
A friend notes that March 4, 2005, the day on which this is written, is exactly 72 years to the day later than the day on which Franklin Roosevelt took office as president and assured Americans that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
The Big Trunk: In the company of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt — In his column today Michael Barone adds an element of...
Betsy Newmark: Michael Barone reflects on other turning points in our history and wonders if we are at another turning point, albeit a smaller one, right now.

Fury at death on freedom road
  By / The Australian   —   Permalink 
GIULIANA Sgrena thought she was home free. Rescued from her captors after a month held hostage in Iraq, the Italian journalist laughed with joy as Italian secret service agents whisked her to safety on Saturday.
Michelle Malkin: Another estimate pegs the price of Sgrena's freedom at between $10 and $13.4 million.
Charles Johnson: Italy Paid More than $10 Million — The Australian's Natasha Bita fills in another piece of the puzzle, as Giuliana Sgrena reminisces about the halcyon days of her captivity.
Joe Gandelman: The Australian reports:"Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported yesterday that the Italian Government had paid a...

At a Suit's Core: Are Bloggers Reporters, Too?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
In the physical world, being labeled a journalist may confer little prestige and may even evoke some contempt. But being a journalist can also confer certain privileges, like the right to keep sources confidential.
McQ: Two stories today which touch on that question. The first is out of California via the NYTimes.
Jack Balkin: JB Jonathan Glater's article in today's New York Times quotes me for the proposition that the reporter's privilege (the...
Stirling Newberry: NY Times following Apple/blogger suit — Are bloggers journalists? I wouldn't call many journalists journalists.
Michelle Malkin: APPLE VS. BLOGGERS, PART III — Jonathan Glater of the New York Times has a good article about Apple Computer's effort to force three bloggers to reveal confidential sources.
Ed Cone: A blogger gets White House press pass...Garrett Graff blogs for an organization, but it's still progress... ...but progress makes some folks uneasy.

'Thanks for Sowing the Seeds'
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
"Before my arrival in Virginia in August of last year, I had never slept in my own bedroom, attended school with boys, or gone out in public without covering my hair. I never thought I'd come to the USA.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Good news from Afghanistan, 7 March 2005 — Note : Also available from the "Opinion Journal" and Chrenkoff.
Cori Dauber: Not Half Full, Overflowing — Any one of these items in Chrenkoff's latest report from Afghanistan would make a great news story.
FrancoAlemán: ARTHUR CHRENKOFF has another great roundup of good news from Afghanistan. Read it all.

Transcript: Giuliana Sgrena interview
  BBC   —   Permalink 
In an interview with the BBC's World Today programme, freed Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena began by describing the conditions in which she had been held hostage for a month.
Glenn Reynolds: Of course, she also claims that she was fired on by tanks. Amazing that there's anything left. . .
Charles Johnson: Sgrena Begins to Backpedal — The BBC has yet another account from Giuliana Sgrena of the shooting incident at a coalition checkpoint: Transcript: Giuliana Sgrena interview.
Joe Gandelman: There is more: "An Italian Cabinet member urged Sgrena, who writes for a communist newspaper that routinely opposes...

The D.A. And Tom DeLay
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS) EDITOR'S NOTE: On Nov. 22, 2004, reported that, based on evidence that was available at that time, it was unlikely that Tom DeLay would be indicted. Click here for the story.
Ronnie Earle is the local district attorney in Austin, Texas.
Eugene Oregon: Defending the WBA — Last night, "60 Minutes" did a good piece on some of the problems facing the World's Biggest...
Taegan Goddard: Quote of the Day — [snipped quote] — Travis County (TX) District Attorney Ronnie Earle, on 60 Minutes last night.
Charles Kuffner: Still on the TiVo — We were out at dinner with some out-of-town friends last night, so the "60 Minutes" piece on Tom...
TChris: Here's his take: [snipped quote] CBS explores "what's been going on down in Texas" in the linked article.

U.S. Army Struggles to Coax Recruits Amid Iraq War
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Staff Sgt. Richard Guzman is on the front lines of one of the U.S. Army's toughest battles in years, and he's not in Iraq.
He's an Army recruiter trying to coax young men and women into volunteering to serve at a time when U.S. ground forces are engaged in a bloody guerrilla war halfway around the world.
Juan Cole: Susannah Nesmith of Knight Ridder writes: [snipped quote] Reuters reports that "The regular Army is 6 percent behind its...
Andrew Olmsted: Iraq's effects on the Army continue, as recruiters struggle to find recruits willing to sign on the dotted line in a time of war.

  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Give it up, Governor.
All summer long, the story of former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey has danced around the outskirts of the presidential campaign. You'll recall that Casey, a Democrat, was denied a speaking slot at his party's 1992 convention,...
Steve M.: That's why I thank Digby for digging up this 1996 New Republic article by Michael Crowley on the Casey brouhaha.
Digby: This story was settled long ago by Michael Crowley who investigated this a lot closer to the time these events actually happened (1996) and put the story to rest.

Buffett condemns 'force-feeding' of US wealth to the rest of the world
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
Warren Buffett, the world's greatest investor, yesterday launched a vitriolic attack on the US government for failing to take effective action to reduce the country's trade deficit.
Randall Parker: Warren Buffett Warns Again On Size Of US Trade Deficit — I agree with Warren Buffett that the size of the US trade deficit is injurious and an urgent matter.
The Farmer: See: [Warren] "Buffett condemns 'force-feeding' of US wealth to the rest of the world", By Robert Peston - Telegraph...

Buffett deepens dollar worries
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
Warren Buffett has warned that the US trade deficit risks creating a "sharecropper's society" as his letter to shareholders sounded an increasingly bearish tone about the value of the dollar.
Randall Parker: Will America become such a debtor society that many of us will work for foreigners who will own the means of production?
Greg Ransom: WARREN BUFFETT: America isn't becoming an ownership society under George Bush, it's becoming a nation of sharecroppers.

The Most Expensive Album Never Made
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IN the faint red light of the Rainbow Bar and Grill, Tom Zutaut sips at his drink and spills a bit of regret. It's been 19 years since he signed the then-unknown rock band Guns N' Roses to a contract with Geffen Records, where they turned into multiplatinum superstars.
Michele Catalano: Besides, there's a great article in yesterday's New York Times: The Most Expensive Album Never Made.
Ed Cone: NYT's Jeff Leeds on the sad story of Axl Rose and "The Most Expensive Album Never Made."
Ed Driscoll: Slow, Expensive, and Definitely Out of Control — The New York Times looks at Axl Rose (former frontman of the long...

Buffett attacks American spending junkies
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
Warren Buffett, one of the world's most successful investors, has launched his most withering attack to date on the US trade deficit, describing Americans as "rich spending junkies" who could turn into a nation of "sharecroppers".
Randall Parker: Bufffett is afraid of an eventual adjustment in currency rates that becomes so abrupt that a political and financial crisis could ensue.
Greg Ransom: Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway made $1.8 billion shorting the U.S. last year. More on the Buffett story here and here.
Tom Smith: Warren Buffet, please shut up — The problem with low probability events in the world of finance is, they have mouths.

Ex-Hostage Disputes U.S. on Iraq Shooting
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
ROME - Left-wing journalist Giuliana Sgrena claimed American soldiers gave no warning before they opened fire and said Sunday she could not rule out that U.S. forces intentionally shot at the car carrying her to the Baghdad airport, wounding her and killing the Italian agent who had just won her freedom after a month in captivity.
Joe Gandelman: Each statement Sgrena has made has been stronger, more accusatory, and more political as you can see from the updated AP...
TChris: Horrific it was. An Italian intelligence officer was killed, and one or two others were wounded.
Charles Johnson: Here's the latest, almost completely rewritten version of the AP report from Yahoo: Ex-Hostage Disputes U.S. on Iraq Shooting.

What Bush Got Right
  By / Newsweek   —   Permalink 
March 14 issue - Events in the Middle East over the past few weeks have confirmed the theories of that great scholar of the region, Thomas (Tip) O'Neill. The late speaker of the House's most memorable aphorism was "All politics is local." It's true even of the politics of rage.
Jan Haugland: Bush got the big story right — Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek gives credit to George Bush for the recent positive developments in the Middle East.
Juan Cole: Foreign Occupation has Produced Radical Muslim Terrorism — Fareed Zakariya argues that Bush got one thing right.
Deacon: At Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria acknowledges that President Bush "has been right on some big questions."
Howard Kurtz: Speaking of Newsweek, it must have some sociological significance when the magazine and Time carry upbeat reports on Bush's foreign policy acumen.
Mitch Berg: Now, Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, heretofore no friend of the President, says: [snipped quote] We're getting somewhere.
Glenn Reynolds: LOGICALMEME NOTES that there's an outbreak of "Lebanese hotties" on magazine covers. He's right!
Also: Patrick Ruffini, Orrin Judd

What Iraq's checkpoints are like
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
It's a common occurrence in Iraq: A car speeds toward an American checkpoint or foot patrol. They fire warning shots; the car keeps coming. Soldiers then shoot at the car. Sometimes the on-comer is a foiled suicide attacker (see story), but other times, it's an unarmed family.
James Joyner: Understanding Iraq's Checkpoints — What Iraq's checkpoints are like (Annia Ciezadlo, CSM) [also at CST] "Editor's...
Joe Gandelman: In fact, there's an inherent problem with checkpoints in Iraq, according to Annia Ciezadlo of The Christian Science Monitor.
Randall Parker: The short summation is that US checkpoints are poorly marked and Iraqi drivers have been conditioned by Saddam's rule to speed by government buildings and soldiers.
John Hawkins: In this case, we're already starting to hear that the Italians may not have alerted the CIA about the car carrying...
BobJYoung @Centerfield: This very enlightening article on Iraqi checkpoints reinforces that belief.

Transcript for March 6
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
This is a rush transcript provided for the information and convenience of the press. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Digby: Seinfeld Reruns — I missed Press The Meat yesterday because it was interrupted for the LA marathon, so I didn't have...
Josh Marshall: Here's the key exchange ... [snipped quote] Marshall Wittman unequivocally gives the prize to Joe Klein on this one.
Kevin Drum: McConnell was, um, reluctant to answer: [snipped quote] Lotsa laughs there.
Ezra Klein: But lets go to the tape: "MR. ALLEN: Yeah.
Judd @ThinkProgress: Exhibit A: Mitch McConnell this morning on Meet the Press. No matter what question Russert asked, McConnell just repeated his desire for talk and discussion.
Ann Althouse: On "Meet the Press" today, Tim Russert asked Senate Republican whip Mitch McConnell exactly the question that I have about the President's Social Security plan.
Also: Michael @EzraKlein

Outrage as US soldiers kill hostage rescue hero
  By / Observer   —   Permalink 
The Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq arrived back in Rome yesterday as fury and confusion grew over the circumstances in which she was shot and one of her rescuers was killed by American soldiers.
Jan Haugland: Remember that shortly after the shooting, "Sgrena told colleagues the vehicle was not travelling fast."
Baldilocks: But if the Americans knew that it was her in the car and were trying to kill her, one would think that every one in the...
Jay Tea: According to this account in the Guardian, US forces fired "300 to 400 rounds" into the car. This is what I am disgusted about.
Joe Gandelman: Also, the Observer gives some info on reports that a hefty ransom was, in fact, paid to free her:"Italian newspapers...
Captain Ed: The British newspaper The Guardian reports that freed Italian hostage Giuliani Sgrena claims that Americans fired...
Charles Johnson: Al Guardian: 300 to 400 Rounds Fired — Britain's dilettante left Guardian newspaper contains a detail about the...
Also: Michelle Malkin

Italian Journalist Rejects U.S. Account
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
ROME - The Italian journalist wounded by American troops in Iraq after her release by insurgents rejected the U.S. military's account of the shooting and declined Sunday to rule out the possibility she was deliberately targeted.
John Hawkins: Giuliana Sgrena & Occam's Razor — There are a lot of wild claims flying around about American troops firing on the car of rescued journalist Giuliana Sgrena.
The Big Trunk: The AP story on the Italian journalist who was wounded by American troops at a checkpoint in Baghdad is another one that...
Roger L. Simon: The only clue I see so far is this warning from her captors, reported by Sgrena herself in this article by the...

Time for a dose of Dr. No
  By / US News   —   Permalink 
Dr. No, you have achieved superstar status in a very competitive field—negativity and pessimism. How have you achieved that, Doctor?
Browse through an archive of columns by John Leo.
The way I see it, every silver lining contains a new cloud.
Richard Reeb: Dr. No at Home in the Liberal Media — Thanks to Powerline for linking to John Leo's delightful mock interview with Dr. No (aka the liberal media).
Hindrocket: If It Had Ursula Andress, It Would Be a Perfect Column — Don't miss John Leo's hilarious interview of the fictitious Dr. No, the voice of the mainstream media, in U.S. News.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Interview With the Media Vampire — John Leo conducts an interview with the liberal media's proverbial "Dr. No."
Ed Driscoll: Meanwhile, via Power Line, John Leo interviews "Dr. No", the sneering, negative voice of the press, since, well, Hunter S. Thompson's heyday, I'd say.
Cori Dauber: Via Powerline, this John Leo piece is not to be missed. He's absolutely right about the constant use of benchmarking ([snipped quote]) whether those benchmarks make sense or not.

When History Turns A Corner
  By / Time   —   Permalink 
How can you tell when history turns a corner? An assassination in 1914, a sneak attack in 1941, a wall falling in 1989—each came with a bang that was impossible to mistake once it happened, even if no one saw it coming.
Howard Kurtz: Time's Michael Duffy: "Ever since George W. Bush came into office in 2001, he has talked off and on about bringing...
Orrin Judd: When History Turns A Corner: People power is changing the face of the Middle East, but the democracy deal isn't...
Deacon: At Time, Michael Duffy thinks that history has turned a corner in the Middle East, but adds, correctly, that "the democracy deal isn't sealed."

Hizbollah Throws Weight Behind Syria in Lebanon
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah, Lebanon's most powerful party, threw its weight against Syria's opponents on Sunday, calling for a peaceful mass rally in central Beirut on Tuesday in support of Damascus and against Western meddling.
Jan Haugland: Hezbollah supports Syria's occupation of Lebanon — The Hizbollah has now thrown its considerable weight behind Syria's continued occupation of Lebanon.
Hindrocket: Hizbollah Takes A Stand — This Reuters story about Hizbollah taking sides with Syria and against the people of Lebanon...
Captain Ed: Now it has decided to fight for the occupation to continue rather than face a free Lebanon, calling for...
Gary Farber: Too bad for them. [snipped quote] "...needs the resistance to defend it...." against the Lebanese Army, apparently.

Interview: 'People Are More Hopeful'
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
March 14 issue - In his office in Houston, still on an antimalarial-pill regimen from his trip to tsunami-ravaged Southeast Asia, former president George H.W. Bush turned from his desk to his credenza to find a note that had just come in.
Joe Gandelman: The First President Bush On Bill Clinton And The 2008 Race by Joe Gandelman Newsweek has a fascinating interview with...
Taegan Goddard: Quote of the Day — [snipped quote] — Former President Bush, quoted by Newsweek, on whether Sen. Hillary Clinton will face Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2008 presidential race.
David Cohen: WHAT HILLARY AND GHWB HAVE IN COMMON — Interview: 'People Are More Hopeful' (Jon Meacham, Newsweek, 3/14/05) "A lot...

They Shalt Not
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
THE SUPREME COURT OUGHT TO uphold the several displays of the Ten Commandments on government property whose constitutionality it considered last week. But how might it do that?
Michael @EzraKlein: Today, our friends colleagues over at Powerline point us to another astonishing display of hackery on the ten commandments cases over at the Weekly Standard.
Deacon: Terry Eastland and Rich Lowry have excellent pieces on the subject.

Syria Offers Gradual Pullback of Its Troops From Lebanon
  NYT   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, March 5 - President Bashar al-Assad of Syria told the Syrian Parliament on Saturday that he planned to order a gradual pullback to Lebanese territory near Syria's borders, a move that amounted to a refusal to comply with international demands for the rapid, full withdrawal of all of his country's troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Is manifest against Syria for its occupation of Lebanon: [snipped quote] That last taunt, by the way, is the natural consequence of taking out the meanest bully on the block.
Rich Lowry: That's what Lebaonese protesters shouted as they watched Assad's speech yesterday.
Betsy Newmark: Apparently, the Lebanese protestors in the Cedar Revolution are more favorably disposed to Bush's foreign policy than protestors in Europe.

Britain's Mainstream Muslims Find Voice
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, March 5 - Inayat Bunglawala had just finished his talk on "Islamophobia and the Media" at the London Muslim Center when a man stood and berated him. "Where is your beard and your thobe?" Mr. Bunglawala said the man shouted, referring to the long garment worn by some Muslim men.
Jan Haugland: Maybe the moderate majority are now finding their voices and dare to speak up against the extremists: Inayat Bunglawala...
Gary Farber: BRITISH MUSLIMS ARE FIGHTING RADICALS to regain control of their polity and image.
Captain Ed: The New York Times reports that the forward engagement of Islamofascists have empowered Muslim moderates and liberals to...
Cori Dauber: Taking Back the Mosque — It would have been nice if the reporter would have examined the implications of making hate...

Persian blogging round the globe
  By / BBC   —   Permalink 
For Iranians living outside of Iran, the internet has become a lifeline, a way not only to stay in touch with friends and family back home, but also to stay connected to Iranian culture no matter where they are.
Bill Hobbs: In other blogosphere news, the BBC looks at Iranian blogging, the AP looks at bloggers who were fired when their blogs...
Glenn Reynolds: PERSIAN BLOGGING AROUND THE GLOBE: And a crackdown in Iran. And podcasting around it! (Via Bill Hobbs, who rounds up all sorts of bloggy news items).
Pejman Yousefzadeh: PERSIAN BLOGGING — An excellent review of blogging by Iranians in general—and the particular efforts of Hossein Derakhshan—can be found here.
Ann Althouse: The BBC reports: "Hossein Derakhshan admits that Iranian podcasts might not prove as influential as blogs in the short term.

Black Churches Struggle Over Their Role in Politics
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A tug of war is under way inside black churches over who speaks for African-Americans and what role to play in politics, spurred by conservative black clergy members who are looking to align themselves more closely with President Bush.
TChris: A different take on family values comes from black ministers who oppose the "Black Contract with America on Moral...
Orrin Judd: MORE: Black Churches Struggle Over Their Role in Politics (NEELA BANERJEE, 3/06/05, NY Times) "A tug of war is under...
Tom Maguire: Who Are These Mysterious Men? The NY Times tells us about black church leaders who are torn between the two parties.

Rebels with a Cause
  By /   —   Permalink 
I love studying rebels and rebellion almost as much as I love hunting. As a matter of fact, one of the peripheral joys that springs from the whole hunting, shooting and gun owning experience is that those who are involved in the shooting sports are looked down upon by the current smarmy elitists.
Tbogg: Posted by Hello Just like white is the new black, so it seems that "Josh" above (courtesy of Hannidate™: "Where...
Orrin Judd: WE LIKE DANCING, AND WE LOOK DIVINE: Rebels with a Cause (Doug Giles, March 5, 2005, Townhall) [snipped quote] Of course, he's just described anti-intellectualism.
S.Z.: Not many, I bet. And that brings us to this: I love studying rebels and rebellion almost as much as I love hunting.

Italy Rejects U.S. Version of Iraq Shooting
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
ROME (Reuters) - Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena, shot and wounded after being freed in Iraq, said Sunday U.S. forces may have deliberately targeted her because Washington opposed Italy's policy of dealing with kidnappers.
Charles Johnson: Italian Communist Says She Was "Ambushed" — Italian communist Giuliana Sgrena is now explicitly claiming she was...
Baldilocks: From Reuters: "Speaking from her hospital bed where she is being treated, Sgrena told Sky Italia TV it was possible the...

As Clinton Wins G.O.P. Friends, Her Rivals' Task Toughens
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The intimate gathering at a private home in Corning, N.Y., was pretty typical for an upstate fund-raiser featuring Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: dozens of donors clustered in the terrace, listening to her speak, as they sipped wine and nibbled on hors d'oeuvres.
Gary Farber: New York Republicans, that is — who are the Republicans who know her best.
Tom Maguire: Resistance Is Futile — It's Hillary. It's Hillary in 2006, it's Hillary in 2008, it's Hillary. Relax. Are you over it yet?

Man handled
  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
It takes a big man to carry a lady-like bag.
Wallets, cell phones, keys, PDAs, laptop computers - even the deepest of pockets can't hold everything the average guy is hauling around these days.
John Hawkins: That's right, it's the "murse!" "Guys are grasping the benefits of carrying, go ahead and say it, a purse It takes a big man to carry a lady-like bag.
Kate @OTB: Man Bag — Just the gift for my brothers next Christmas - the chance to stroll into the High House carrying a purse.

Report: Syria expels terror leaders
  Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
Bowing to international pressure, Syria has ordered head of Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal and Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah to leave Damascus, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.
Jeff Goldstein: Creating new terrorists: Chimpy McHitlerBurton's smirky rodeo ride through history continues, #8 — From the Jerusalem...
Orrin Judd: MORE: Report: Syria expels terror leaders (JPost Staff and Gil Hoffman, Mar. 6, 2005, THE JERUSALEM POST) "Bowing to...

Election validates Bush's vision for Iraq
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
The other day in the Guardian, the house journal of the British left, Martin Kettle wrote: ''The war was a reckless, provocative, dangerous, lawless piece of unilateral arrogance.
Ed Driscoll: On Wall Street five years ago? Where the beautiful women are is where the country is headed."
Stephen Green: Required Reading — Mark Steyn: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing, because the conclusion is delightfully cruel.

Bush's Budget Would Keep Annual Deficits Over $200 Billion for Next Decade, Analyst Says
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's budget would keep federal deficits over $200 billion annually over the next decade, Congress' top budget analyst said Friday in a report raising doubts about White House efforts to contain the shortfalls.
DeLong: (Budget Department) Fiscal irresponsibility watch, from Alan Fram of AP: "Bush's Budget Would Keep Annual Deficits Over...
Lambert @Corrente: That is $1.6 trillion worse than they would be if none of the president's fiscal plans become law, the budget office...