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  Ann Althouse
  Gary Farber
  Andrew Sullivan
Arutz Sheva
Associated Press
  Sam F. Ghattas
  Lisa Leff
Augusta Free Press
  Karl Magenhofer
  Gregory Djerejian
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Blogging of the President
  Ellen Dana Nagler
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
  Brad DeLong
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
  Peter Burnet
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Rickheller @Centerfield
Chicago Sun Times
  Mark Steyn
Chris C Mooney
  Chris Mooney
The Claremont Institute
  Richard Reeb
  Ken Masugi
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Ramesh Ponnuru
  John Derbyshire
  K. J. Lopez
  Jonah Goldberg
  Jonathan H. Adler
  Charles Murray
  Tim Graham
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  The Cunctator
  Armando @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
  Daniel Drezner
Dean's World
  Michael Demmons
  Joe Gandelman
  Frederick Maryland
  Eugene Oregon
Denver Post
  Joanne Ostrow
Detroit News
  Eric Mayne
  EDM Staff
  Arnold Kling
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Editor and Publisher
  Thomas H. Lipscomb
Ezra Klein
  Ezra Klein
  Medium Lobster
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  Claudia Rosett
Fox News
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
Hit and Run
  Julian Sanchez
  Matt Welch
  Kerry Howley
  Charles Paul Freund
  Bill Hobbs
  Hugh Hewitt
INDC Journal
  Bill @INDCJournal
Independed Women's Forum
  Catherine Seipp
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
  Nahal Toosi
Kesher Talk
  Judith Weiss
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
The Left Coaster
  Yuval Rubinstein
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Brendan Buhler
  Kim Murphy
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
Marginal Revolution
  Tyler Cowen
  Alex Tabarrok
Mathew Gross
  Richard Schwartz
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
MaxSpeak, You Listen!
  Max B. Sawicky
The Media Drop
  Tom Biro
  Brian Stelter
  Garrett M. Graff
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Greg Piper
  Joe Gandelman
Natalie Solent
  Natalie Solent
New Sisyphus
New York Times
  Katharine Q. Seelye
  David Stout
  Neil Macfarquhar
  Jonathan D. Glater
  Armand Marie Leroi
  Thomas L. Friedman
  Edward Wong
  Gale A. Norton
  Francis Fukuyama
  Roger Lowenstein
New Yorker
  Jeffrey Goldberg
  Steven Levy
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
  Norm Geras
Obsidian Wings
  Hilzoy @ObsidianWings
  Edward _
Off the Kuff
  Charles Kuffner
Oh, That Liberal Media
  John Rosenberg
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
Opinion Journal
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  Robert Tagorda
  Jesse Taylor
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Dr. Steven Taylor
Politics from Left to Right
  Chris Nolan
Power Line
  The Big Trunk
  Greg Ransom
  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
  Jeff Goldstein
Publius Pundit
  Daniel Berczik
The QandO Blog
  Dale Franks
  Cori Dauber
  Claudia Parsons
  Nadim Ladki
  Paul Hughes
The Right Coast
  Gail Heriot
  Maimon Schwarzschild
The Rittenhouse Review
  James Martin Capozzola
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Eric Boehlert
  Brian Micklethwait
San Francisco Chronicle
  Bob Egelko
  Andrew Lee
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
Silent Running
  Wind Rider
  Kiwi Bob
Silflay Hraka
Slant Point
  Scott Sala
a small victory
  Michele Catalano
Southern Appeal
  JoelL @SouthernAppeal
Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
Talking Points Memo
  Jonathan Chait
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Sam Rosenfeld
  Matthew Yglesias
  Garance Franke-Ruta
Think Progress
  Christy @ThinkProgress
  Karen Tumulty
Times of London
  Michael Barone
  Doug Giles
USA Today
  Patrick Baz
  Jeff Goldstein
The Volokh Conspiracy
  Eugene Volokh
  Todd Zywicki
Wall Street Journal
  Jackie Calmes
The Washington Monthly
  Brad Plumer
  Paul Glastris
Washington Post
  Sebastian Mallaby
  Richard Morin
  John Wagner
  Mike Allen
  Howard Kurtz
  Peter Slevin
  Christopher Lee
  Michael Powell
  Mona Eltahawy
  George F. Will
  Colum Lynch
  David S. Broder
  Youssef M. Ibrahim
  Craig Whitlock
Weekly Standard
  Scott Johnson
White House Briefing
  Dan Froomkin
Winds of Change.NET
  Arthur Chrenkoff
  Andrew Olmsted
  Robin Burk
  Kevin Aylward
  Paul @Wizbang
World O'Crap

The Missing Proposal
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Last year Democrats impaled themselves on the Iraq war. They were so anxious to denounce the invasion that they failed to acknowledge the most basic point of all: that, having waded into Iraq, the United States could not leave prematurely.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN — Once again, we see an opposition party engaging in opposition without alternative proposals...
Jonathan Chait: Josh writes below about Sebastian Mallaby's column in the Washington Post today.
Matthew Yglesias: Mallaby on Social Security — If you're looking for a token of how blinkered the Beltway conventional wisdom on Social...
Dale Franks: The Ostrich Party — Sebastian Mallaby writes in the Washington Post that the Democrats' determination to denounce...
Josh Marshall: Now, let's take an example: Sebastian Mallaby's column this morning in the Washington Post.
Orrin Judd: FOR THEM A COMPROMISE IS THE SAME AS A LOSS: The Missing Proposal (Sebastian Mallaby, March 14, 2005, Washington Post)...

Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Consumers are willing to spend millions of dollars on the Web when it comes to music services like iTunes and gaming sites like Xbox Live. But when it comes to online news, they are happy to read it but loath to pay for it.
Ezra Klein: The Times They Ain't A-Changin' — The post Brad Plumer's trying to link to was originally on Pandagon, but since he's...
Avedon Carol: The business story is Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?, where Katharine Seelye wonders why consumers are willing to...
Ann Althouse: Will the NYT cut off free access to its site? The NYT contemplates charging for on-line access. Does this affect me?
Brad Plumer: Guest: Brad Plumer — DEATH OF ONLINE NEWS?...Via Susan Madrak, it looks like the New York Times online edition may...
James Joyner: Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?
Betsy Newmark: The New York Times has a story about newspapers evaluating whether or not to charge for their online content.
Also: Orrin Judd, Terry Heaton, Dan Gillmor, Ed Cone, Susan Madrak

Why Rathergate and Easongate Are Still Open
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
When Dan Rather departed on March 9, at least he beat his competitors at ABC and NBC for the first time in five years. What seems to have been overlooked by media managers and journalists in their exhaustive discussion of Rathergate and Easongate is what news...
Captain Ed: Lipscomb: No Trust For MSM Until They Police Themselves — Thomas Lipscomb delivers a scolding to the mainstream media...
Ed Driscoll: "From there it was off to the races, including trumped up charges over Bush's 9/11-themed ads, the Abu Ghraib POW scandal; the partisan 9/11 hearing; and on and on."
Glenn Reynolds: THOMAS LIPSCOMB WRITES IN EDITOR AND PUBLISHER about why RatherGate and EasonGate are still open: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing.
Charles Johnson: Why Rathergate and Easongate Are Still Open — At Editor and Publisher, Thomas Lipscomb has a good piece on the lessons...
Greg Ransom: THE CBS NEWS "Rathergate Report" — the anatomy of a whitewash: "When CBS took a corporate look at the disaster, it hired a law firm.

Support for Bush on Social Security Wanes, Poll Finds
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Barely a third of the public approves of the way President Bush is dealing with Social Security and a majority says the more they hear about Bush's plan to reform the giant retirement system, the less they like it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Barbara O'Brien: The Washington Post reports today that right now barely a third of Americans like the plan.
Matthew Yglesias: A new Washington Post poll will reveal that the Social Security phase-out is less popular than ever and "the more...
Steve Soto: The Washington Post previewed the results of their latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, which will be out this afternoon for the evening news.
Garance Franke-Ruta: Support for the president's as yet not fully described plan to transform the Social Security system has hit an all-time low.
Steve Bainbridge: (Poll) Not surprisingly, even blue dog Democrats are refusing to support the President's proposals.
Kos @DailyKos: Bush's social security support drops further — Washington Post. 3/10-13.
Also: Lambert @Corrente, Josh Marshall, Oliver Willis, Kash

Mfume Announces 2006 Senate Bid
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
BALTIMORE — Kweisi Mfume, a former Maryland congressman and national NAACP president, today became the first Democrat to make official his bid to succeed Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.).
Kos @DailyKos: MD-Sen: Mfume runs for Senate — Sen. Sarbanes announced last Friday he was retiring, and amidst a great deal of...
Ezra Klein: MD Senate: Kweisi For You — As I suspected, Kweisi Mfume's hat is in the ring.
Jeralyn Merritt: The Washington Post reports, [snipped quote] Here's his platform statement: [snipped quote] Like Kos, I'm a big Kwesi Mfume fan.
James Martin Capozzola: March 14: "Mfume Announces 2006 Senate Bid," by John Wagner, the Washington Post: "Kweisi Mfume, a former Maryland...
Taegan Goddard: Mfume Announces Senate Bid — Kweisi Mfume, "a former Maryland congressman and national NAACP president, today became...
Oliver Willis: Mfume for Senate — I'd be rather pleased to call Kweisi Mfume my senator.

California Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A California judge ruled today that the state's ban on gay marriage violated the state constitution, despite social traditions and historical definitions that "marriage" is a union between man and woman.
James Joyner: See also NYT Update (1728): Christian News (via GoogleNews) entitles their piece California Judge Rules Against Ban on Gay "Marriage."
Gail Heriot: California Superior Court Holds Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional — The New York Times reports.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: The Fourteenth Amendment Strikes Again! by hilzoy I'm not trying to set a record for most posts in a short period, but...
Ellen Dana Nagler: Wearing the Lead Sheep's Bell, Again — This just in from The New York Times "A California judge ruled today that the...

DeLay Ethics Allegations Now Cause of GOP Concern
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) has dismissed questions about his ethics as partisan attacks, but revelations last week about his overseas travel and ties to lobbyists under investigation have emboldened Democrats and provoked worry among Republicans.
Joe Gandelman: Because DeLay is proving to be a big obstacle to the GOP's image as his name pops up in news stories showing he may be...
Charles Kuffner: DeLay Ethics Allegations Now Cause of GOP Concern [quote] "If death comes from a thousand cuts, Tom DeLay is into a couple...[end quote]
The Cunctator: WaPo writes about DeLay's mounting troubles.
Sam Rosenfeld: Tom DeLay is all over the news these days with new revelations of dirty dealings and a spate of "can he survive?" pieces...
Matthew Yglesias: They're also eventually going to need to widen the attack into, say, the ethical cesspool from whence the phase-out plan sprung.
Steve Soto: Republicans are getting concerned about tying their wagons to Tom DeLay? And they weren't concerned when DeLay was tied to Enron previously?
Also: Atrios, Jim Dallas, Taegan Goddard, Oliver Willis

On Fox News, No Shortage of Opinion, Study Finds
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In covering the Iraq war last year, 73 percent of the stories on Fox News included the opinions of the anchors and journalists reporting them, a new study says.
By contrast, 29 percent of the war reports on MSNBC and 2 percent of those on CNN included the journalists' own views.
Betsy Newmark: Howard Kurtz reports on research by the Project for Excellence in Journalism that purports to show that Fox broadcasters...
Cori Dauber: And that, of course, is his headline, "On Fox News, No Shortage of Opinion, Study Finds."
Garrett M. Graff: FLASH: Fox News Might Be Biased fnclogo.jpgHoward Kurtz today spends most of his column going after Fox News, which a...
Greg Piper: And it's far too common. Also see this Post writeup with more detail about the State of the News Media report.
James Joyner: Quite right. It all depends on events on the ground. WaPo's Howie Kurtz, though, reports it dutifully.
Tim Graham: Today he publicizes a study by the "Project for Excellence in Journalism," run by former Los Angeles Times media...
Also: Brian Stelter, Rickheller @Centerfield

'Record' protest held in Beirut
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Nearly one million people have gathered for an opposition rally in Beirut, officials say - a month after the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says the crowds turned the city centre into a sea of red, white and green - the colours of Lebanon's national flag.
Jan Haugland: PS: Now the BBC says "nearly one million" people were out marching!
Jeff Goldstein: Creating new terrorists: Chimpy McHitlerBurton's smirky rodeo ride through history continues, #11 — From the BBC:...
James Joyner: 'Record' protest held in Beirut (BBC) "Nearly one million people have gathered for an opposition rally in Beirut,...
Paul @Wizbang: Well that sparked counter counter counter-occupation protest (the good guys)... and it was big: lebanon-protest.jpg...
Norm Geras: (See also here and here. Hat tip for the Nation column: MD.)
Natalie Solent: In the words of Crocodile Dundee... "That's not a demonstration ... THIS is a demonstration."

California gay-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
  AP   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying the state could no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman.
James Joyner: Judge strikes down California gay marriage ban (AP) (MSNBC, CNN, YahooNews) "A judge ruled Monday that California can...
Frederick Maryland: Calif. Court: The Law Is Not a Game of Survivor — San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled...
Chris Nolan: Jaye has advised San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on this and other issues and given today's news — that California's...

Opposition Launches Protest in Beirut
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, Lebanon Mar 14, 2005 — Hundreds of thousands of opposition demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty, independence" and unfurled a huge Lebanese flag in Beirut on Monday, the biggest protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with supporters of the Damascus-backed government.
Kevin Aylward: (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Opposition Launches Protest in Beirut [AP] Previously: My Protest is Bigger Than Your Protest
James Joyner: Opposition Demonstrators Launch Beirut Protest (AP) "Hundreds of thousands of opposition demonstrators chanted...
K. J. Lopez: AP ON BEIRUT RALLY [quote] Hundreds of thousands of opposition demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty, independence" and...[end quote]
Norm Geras: On which see here.
Glenn Reynolds: HERE'S MORE ON KYRGYZSTAN, while Sam Jaffe observes that Lebanon is looking more and more like Ukraine.

Judge Says Calif. Can't Ban Gay Marriage
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO - A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional — a legal milestone that, if upheld on appeal, would open the way for the most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.
Kevin Aylward: Funny I was saying the same thing last month when it was New York, today it's California.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge...
Oliver Willis: Judge Says Calif. Can't Ban Gay Marriage [snipped quote] Gay people should be allowed to marry - and all the joy, happiness, madness, and frustration that ensues.
Greg Ransom: SAN FRANCISCO JUDGE to the people of California: I make the laws in this state, your job is to shut up and follow the laws as I pull them randomly out of my ass.

Study Shows U.S. Election Coverage Harder on Bush
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media coverage of last year's election was three times more likely to be negative toward President Bush than Democratic challenger John Kerry, according to a study released Monday.
Hindrocket: I can't find the full report on the organization's web site, but Reuters says that the Project for Excellence in...
John Rosenberg: Take a look: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media coverage of last year's election was three times more likely to be...
Charles Johnson: MSM Election Coverage: Incredibly Biased — It must have been really bad, if even the Columbia School of Journalism is...
Scott Sala: Against All Odds — Media bias? Nah.

Marines driven out of UAW lot
  By / Detroit News   —   Permalink 
DETROIT — The United Auto Workers says Marine reservists should show a little more semper fi if they want to use the union's parking lot.
The Marine Corps motto means "always faithful," but the union says some reservists working out of a base on...
Charles Johnson: PEST Rages at UAW — The United Auto Workers in Detroit have kicked the US Marines out of their parking lot: Marines driven out of UAW lot.
Steve Bainbridge: The Detroit News is taking an online poll that asks: [snipped quote] Please click this link and go vote NO. Update: The UAW has backed down, as well it should.
Michelle Malkin: As Lt. Col. Joe Rutledge, commanding officer of the battalion's active duty instructors, told the Detroit News in this...
James Joyner: The commander of the local Marine base has responded in kind. Marines driven out of UAW lot [snipped quote] No joke.
JoelL @SouthernAppeal: According to this story the UAW International will no longer allow Marine reservists drilling at their base on Jefferson...
K. J. Lopez: UAW vs. Marines.

Hundreds of Thousands Jam Beirut in Rally Against Syria
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 14 - Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese jammed the center of downtown Beirut today, packing its central square and spilling out onto the surrounding roads, in the largest demonstration yet demanding the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from the country.
Judith Weiss: Interesting detail: "Bahiya Hariri, Mr. Hariri's sister and a member of parliament, used her speech to reach out to...
Ann Althouse: The immense demonstration today in Lebanon. [snipped quote] So the color is blue now? Beautiful!
Daniel Drezner: Publius Pundit has much, much more on this. UPDATE: Neil MacFarquar reports on the protest for the New York Times.

Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major Media
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Even as online pundits criticize traditional news organizations as slow, biased and technologically challenged, a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: Advice For Liberal Bloggers ... Jeanne D'Arc posts on a story in today's New York Times that contains the following...
Avedon Carol: Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major Media is, predictably, in the technology section, even though it's not really a technology story.
Hugh Hewitt: The New York Times puffs liberal bloggers.
Joe Gandelman: Some Liberal Bloggers Trying To Link Up With Media — Some liberal bloggers are trying to link up with media outlets so...
Deacon: Hardship duty — Trunk has already linked to the New York Times story, in which I was quoted, about the efforts of...
Jeff Jarvis: There's a most curious story in The Times today about's efforts to have media join a conference call to hear their side of things.
Also: Paul @Wizbang, Steve M., Mitch Berg, Bill Hobbs, Rickheller @Centerfield, Ken Masugi, James Joyner, The Big Trunk, Glenn Reynolds

Rally Against Syria Appears to Be Largest Yet in Beirut
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 14 - Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese jammed the center of downtown Beirut today, packing its central square and spilling out onto the surrounding roads, in the largest demonstration yet demanding the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from the country.
Gregory Djerejian: But the shrewd Sheikh Nasrallah, likely all along, was well aware that appearing too pro-Syrian would backfire on...
Ace: An Actual Article to Go With the Cheesecake Pics: The New York Times is, strangely enough, covering this, and not even...
Matthew Yglesias: Today the opposition is back with the biggest rally yet, including, according to Neil MacFarquhar, some support from the...

Kerry Loves the Mainstream Media
  Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
JOHN KERRY EFFECTIVELY ENDED HIS political career on February 28, 2005, during a little-noticed event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Senator Kerry was being presented with the library's "Distinguished American Award"—a bust of John Kennedy.
NewSisyphus: As reported by P.J. O'Rourke, Kerry had a number of monstrously stupid observations to make about conservative media,...
Ed Driscoll: Oh—and fortunately, somebody still loves the mainstream media! Close It

  By / New Yorker   —   Permalink 
Joseph Biden, the senior senator from Delaware, is the Democratic Party's main spokesman on international affairs; he is also a man who, on occasion, seems not to know, when sentences leave his mouth, where they are going or what they are meant to convey.
Yuval Rubinstein: Therefore, Jeffrey Goldberg's article in this week's New Yorker, which looks back on how this issue haunted the Kerry campaign (and Democrats in general), is fairly engaging.
Steve Bainbridge: Biden — From The New Yorker: "Biden can be eloquent in defense of his party, and in his criticism of President Bush,...

A Family Tree in Every Gene
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
London — Shortly after last year's tsunami devastated the lands on the Indian Ocean, The Times of India ran an article with this headline: "Tsunami May Have Rendered Threatened Tribes Extinct."
Andrew Sullivan: It's real. And it's close to miraculous. QUOTE OF THE DAY: [snipped quote] - Armand Marie Leroi, New York Times.
Charles Murray: Take a look at today's op ed on Armand Leroi as an example. Anyone care to nominate any other major op ed page in the country that would have printed this piece?
Greg Ransom: How a Marxist in the biology dept. at Harvard got it all wrong — Richard Lewontin's big mistake.
Orrin Judd: DANGER—SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION ZONE: A Family Tree in Every Gene (ARMAND MARIE LEROI, 3/14/05, NY Times)

Court invalidates California's ban on same-sex marriage
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Gay and lesbian couples in California have a constitutional right to marry, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
The ruling by Judge Richard Kramer is just the first step in a case that is headed for the state Supreme Court, probably sometime next year.
Greg Piper: Children are irrational...for another reason — A San Francisco superior court judge said today that prohibiting...
Julian Sanchez: Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair — A San Francisco superior court judge has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Bush Loses Key Group on Social Security
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — This is the story of the Dogs that did bark — a tale that helps explain why President Bush is finding a wall of Democratic opposition to his proposal to let workers carve personal retirement accounts from Social Security.
Jesse Taylor: The Quicksand In The Middle — Conservative Democrats are lining up against Social Security privatization.
Steve Bainbridge: (Link) I'd say that it's better to pull the plug and walk away, but that probably means Hillary will get to deal with it after 2008.
Dan Froomkin: Special to — George W. Bush's presidency is not without its comedic moments — some intentional, some not.
Oliver Willis: Even The Blue Dogs Know — Democrats | Social Security that social security privatization won't hunt.

Susan Estrich as Bubbles the Hippo
  By / Independed Women's Forum   —   Permalink 
Is it possible for Susan Estrich to put one foot right? The Fox News talking head/tenured USC law professor has been losing friends and alienating people since her original "Fatal Attraction"-style attack last month on Los Angeles Times opinion editor Michael Kinsley.
Ace: Distaff Update: As Cathy Seipp notes, Susan Estrich ain't doin' female writers no favors, neither.
Glenn Reynolds: CATHY SEIPP WONDERS what's wrong with Susan Estrich. She does seem to have gone over the top.

A Modest Proposal
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Jeffrey D. Sachs's guided tour to the poorest regions of the Earth is enthralling and maddening at the same time — enthralling, because his eloquence and compassion make you care about some very desperate people; maddening, because he offers solutions that range all the way from practical to absurd.
Alex Tabarrok: Here are some key grafs from William Easterly's review.
Kerry Howley: In Sunday's Washington Post, William Easterly calls Sachs "the world's greatest economic reformer" and then rips into...
Tyler Cowen: Addendum: Matt Yglesias offers his views, and William Easterly's review is very critical of Sach's policy suggestions.
Ramesh Ponnuru: JUST ABOUT THE ONLY critical word I've read about Jeffrey Sachs lately.

800,000 pack Beirut for opposition rally
  AFP   —   Permalink 
An emboldened Lebanese opposition mobilized more than 800,000 people to demand an end to Syrian military domination of Lebanon, hurling a potent challenge to the Syrian-backed government here.
James Joyner: We are coming to demand the truth," said Fatma Trad, a veiled Sunni Muslim woman who traveled from the remote region of...
Orrin Judd: FARRAKHAN GOT A MILLION: 800,000 pack Beirut for opposition rally (AFP, 3/14/05) "An emboldened Lebanese opposition...
Hugh Hewitt: Wow. Lebanon to Bashar Assad: Get out. Now. Al Mohler on the Groningen Protocol's authors going public with their apologia for evil in a hospital gown.

Lebanese Staging Rallies Demanding 'the Truth' Behind Hariri Murder
  By / The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies   —   Permalink 
With a crucial democratic protest planned for today, members of Lebanon's opposition held a vigil last evening, setting out candles across a big swathe of downtown Martyrs' Square to spell out in letters of flame, in Arabic and English, what they are seeking: "The Truth."
Hugh Hewitt: Claudia Rosett, journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, is in Beirut for the New York Sun.
Glenn Reynolds: CLAUDIA ROSETT POSTS a report from Beirut.

Battle on Teaching Evolution Sharpens
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
WICHITA - Propelled by a polished strategy crafted by activists on America's political right, a battle is intensifying across the nation over how students are taught about the origins of life. Policymakers in 19 states are weighing proposals that question the science of evolution.
Brad Plumer: Still, when the Washington Post today headlines the coming battle over creationism in the classroom, I wonder if a...
Jesse Taylor: Rick Santorum, Man Of Science — The persecution of American fake science continues unabated, with the forces of...
Greg Ransom: As a philosopher of science who's taught the topic in the classroom, I have little patience for the philosophical...
Barbara O'Brien: Commenting on the battle over teaching science versus "creationism," Brother Orrin says, "With 87% of Americans...
Chris Mooney: Page A01 — That's where the Post puts its story the "new" anti-evolutionism today.
Taegan Goddard: Battle on Teaching Evolution Continues — "Propelled by a polished strategy crafted by activists on America's political...
Also: Orrin Judd, Joanne Jacobs

Kennedy cancels Gerry Adams talks
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Leading Irish-American politician Ted Kennedy says he will not meet Gerry Adams during the Sinn Fein leader's St Patrick's Day trip to the US.
A spokeswoman for Senator Kennedy said he had cancelled a meeting because of the IRA's "ongoing criminal activity".
Maimon Schwarzschild: Kennedy Snubs Adams — Credit where it is due to Senator Edward Kennedy: [snipped quote] For the BBC to open the story by...
Matt Welch: State told Adams he better not do any fundraising here; Kennedy canceled a meeting; and Bush chose for his holiday Irish...
John Derbyshire: IRELAND'S YASSER ARAFAT — The depravity of the so-called Irish Republican Army is now so apparent that even Ted Kennedy has noticed it!

U.N. Critic Bolton Wins Backing of Key Senator
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
Mar. 14, 2005 - Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said on Monday he would support John Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, likely clearing the way for Senate confirmation of the long-time critic of the world body.
Steve Clemons: Hagel Will Support Bolton's Nomination: Focus is on Chafee and Feingold — Chuck Hagel has just announced that he...
Ezra Klein: The dream is dead: "Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said on Monday he would support John Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador...

Last Supper advert is the final straw
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
SUPERMODELS have fallen foul of France's blasphemy laws with an advertising campaign that parodies Leonardo da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper.
A judge ordered the advertising posters to be removed yesterday from billboards across France within three days or risk a daily fine of €100,000 (£70,000).
Eugene Volokh: Another Reason To Be Skeptical of International Influence in U.S. Constitutional Law: Consider this account in the...
Steve Bainbridge: Incorporating International Law into US Constitutional Law — Eugene Volokh warns that, [snipped quote] with an example from France.

Daschle Moving to K Street
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Former senator Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.), following a bipartisan path blazed by many prominent ex-members of Congress, has moved from Capitol Hill to K Street, joining Alston & Bird as a special adviser in the law firm's legislative and public policy group.
Steve Bainbridge: (Link) Really? Then shouldn't Daschle have gone home to Aberdeen after being beaten by Thune?
Max B. Sawicky: OUR TOWN — Speaking of male hookers, Tom Daschle joins K Street influence-peddling shop Alston & Bird at the invitation of Robert Dole.
James Joyner: Tom Daschle Takes Revolving Door to K Street — Daschle Moving to K Street (WaPo, A17) [snipped quote] While it does look...
Jonathan H. Adler: DASCHLE DOES K STREET — I suppose it should be no surprise that Tom Daschle has signed up with a K-Street firm.

New Signs on the Arab Street
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
From Baghdad to Beirut, the Middle East has seen a series of unprecedented popular demonstrations for democracy. There were, however, two street protests in December that got virtually no coverage, but were just as important, if not more.
Judith Weiss: UPDATE: Tom "Lexus and Olive Tree" Friedman notes another manifestation of the new Arab Street: "From Baghdad to...
Matthew Yglesias: Thomas Friedman. Maybe rewarding Egypt's dictator would spread democracy. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Brad DeLong: I'm reading along, thinking that this time Tom Friedman has gotten it right, that yes, reducing trade barriers is good:...
Bill @INDCJournal: Tom Friedman: "New Signs on the Arab Street" "From Baghdad to Beirut, the Middle East has seen a series of unprecedented popular demonstrations for democracy.

DeLay And Company
  By / Time   —   Permalink 
Ed Buckham's name was one you didn't hear much outside the secluded corridor where he worked on the first floor of the Capitol. But in that suite, which houses the majority whip's offices, Buckham was far more than an ordinary congressional aide in the three heady years following the Republican takeover of the House in 1994.
Sam Rosenfeld: As a must-read new report in Time reveals, the council shares the same address as the lobbying office of DeLay's former chief of staff.
Charles Kuffner: DeLay and Company "[F]or the first time, a significant number of Republicans have begun to question DeLay's political survival.

Ari Fleischer: Still saying nothing after all these years
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Historians curious to learn more about the inner workings of the Bush White House probably know better than to hope for much from Ari Fleischer's new book, "Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House."
Dan Froomkin: As Eric Boehlert writes in Salon: "Historians curious to learn more about the inner workings of the Bush White House...
James Martin Capozzola: Also at Eric Boehlert pans Ari Fleischer's Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White...

Faith Helped Courthouse Shootings Hostage
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
ATLANTA — The only thing that helped Ashley Smith (search) get through an over-seven-hour ordeal where quadruple murder suspect Brian Nichols (search) held her hostage was her faith in God, Smith told FOX News on Monday.
Michele Catalano: question of the day — "God Brought Him to My Door" So says Ashley Smith, the woman who was held hostage by cold blooded murderer Brian Nichols.
Brian Stelter: > Smith was interviewed on Fox & Friends this morning.

Dream Palace of the Goo-Goos
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
THE CAMPAIGN-FINANCE SCANDALS of Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection left a bitter aftertaste. Having secured his reelection, Clinton resorted to the favorite stratagem of presidents in need of political cover—the appointment of a bipartisan commission.
Hugh Hewitt: Powerline's Scott Johnson's writes on bloggers and the FEC in his column "Dream Palace of the Goo-Goos."
The Big Trunk: Dream palace of the goo-goos — My Daily Standard column today places the recent furor over possible FEC regulation of...
Captain Ed: Titled "Dream Palace of the Goo Goos," Johnson's article points out the hypocrisy of sanitizing political speech in an...

Taiwan blasts China 'provocation'
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Taiwan has condemned a new Chinese law giving Beijing the legal right to use force against the island if it moves towards declaring formal independence.
Such "serious provocation" gravely affects regional security, said Joseph Wu, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.
Giblets: Sympathy for China — Giblets feels for China right now. Giblets is also the legitimate ruler of a country which does not recognize his sovereignty: the United States.
Jeff Goldstein: Which, that was really kinda freaky, man..."* **** crossposted at protein wisdom

Dreaming of the other side of the wire
  Economist   —   Permalink 
Tight legal controls have driven Latinos to illegality. Why not try reversing the policy? Politics, that's why
THE "sign", as the Border Patrol agents call it, is everywhere: narrow tracks left by illegal immigrants as they walk, day after dangerous day, through the brush-filled canyons of the Arizona desert.
Hugh Hewitt: Immigration Debates, Blogging Updates, and Judge Starr for the Defense — Here is a major article on the illegal...
Greg Ransom: HUGH HEWITT has more on the immigration problem including a link to this story in the Economist.

Huge turnout for anti-Syria rally in Lebanon
  AP   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of opposition demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty, independence" and unfurled a huge Lebanese flag in Beirut on Monday, the biggest protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with supporters of the Damascus-backed government.
Bigwig: Postcards From The Arab Spring — Saudi Arabia Until three years ago, the Sunni-led government of Saudi Arabia barred...
Daniel Drezner: The Associated Press reports that the anti-Syrian proestors in Lebanon have responded to the reappointment — and...

Opposition launches protest in Beirut
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
Crowds of men, women and children flooded Martyrs Square, spilling over into nearby streets, while more from across the country packed the roads into Beirut — responding to an opposition call to demonstrate for the removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.
Gene @HarrysPlace: I'm not sure how they will spin this.
Roger L. Simon: The biggest demonstration yet (800,000... a million who knows...) on the streets of Beirut - this time from the pro-democracy side.

Harlem's New Rush: Booming Real Estate
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — The woman in the black dress trots up with that bug-eyed, hello, are-you-ready-to-buy-now look so favored by real estate brokers in Gold Rush Harlem.
"I'll show you this beautiful place in two minutes!" She's momentarily mistaken a reporter for her customer.
Jonah Goldberg: Okay, let's move on. Yesterday's Washington Post had an interesting story about the real estate boom in Harlem.
Jesse Taylor: Idiot — Idiot.

UW ad angers abortion critics
  By / JSOnline   —   Permalink 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's health services division has been publishing newspaper ads encouraging students to have emergency contraception - the so-called morning-after pill - on hand during spring break, a move that is rankling abortion critics in the state.
Glenn Reynolds: THIS SEEMS LIKE GOOD ADVICE TO ME: "The University of Wisconsin-Madison's health services division has been publishing...
K. J. Lopez: STOCK UP FOR SPRING BREAK SEX — University of Wisconsin-Madison encourages students to pack emergency contraception.

Court to decide if Dean's papers go public
  AP   —   Permalink 
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than two years after he left the governor's office to make his unsuccessful run for the presidency, the fight over public access to Howard Dean's gubernatorial records is coming before the Vermont Supreme Court.
Garance Franke-Ruta: Via Taegan Goddard I see that the lawsuit for public access to Howard Dean's sealed gubernatorial files has finally reached the Vermont Supreme Court.
Taegan Goddard: Court to Decide on Dean's Papers — "More than two years after he left the governor's office to make his unsuccessful...

Hundreds of Thousands in Lebanon Protest Syria
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central Beirut on Monday in the largest anti-Syrian protest in Lebanon since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri exactly a month ago.
Charles Johnson: Hundreds of Thousands Protest Syria — Huge anti-Syria demonstrations in Beirut: Hundreds of Thousands in Lebanon Protest Syria.
Captain Ed: Lebanon Answers Hezbollah In One Voice: Freedom! beirut1.jpg beirut2.jpg In response to the massive, organized rally by...

Report: Non-traditional media gain ground, consumers
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
When Tom Rosenstiel met with a group of local TV news directors last week, they told him that viewers watch local news on average two to 21/2 times a week — a far cry from just a few years ago when "Eyewitness News" teams drew viewers every day.
Greg Piper: Slipping on the salivating morons — The Project for Excellence in Journalism just released its State of the News Media...
Garrett M. Graff: FLASH, Part II: Blogs Destroying Real News — USA Today's Peter Johnson picks up on a different part of the "State of...
James Joyner: USA Today's Peter Johnson analyzes a different aspect of the report: "Non-traditional media gain ground, consumers."
Brian Stelter: PEJ: "Journalism of Assertion" — The PEJ study finds that "cable news stories are more thinly reported than other news media," USA Today's Peter Johnson writes.

Kurds' Return to City Shakes Politics in Iraq
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
KIRKUK, Iraq - Muhammad Ahmed realized how wide the chasm between Kurds and Arabs here had grown when he recently ran into a former classmate on the serpentine streets of this troubled city.
Mr. Ahmed, a Kurd, and his friend, an Arab, had studied together at Kirkuk's oil institute nearly two decades ago.
Cori Dauber: Of course, rather than get into the complexities of the ongoing political negotiations, or explore any of the...
Andrew Olmsted: Spencer Ackerman takes a look behind the scenes at what may be motivating the impasse, and the NYT looks at the issue of oil in Kirkuk and its effects on Kurdish-Arab tensions.
Armando @DailyKos: Edward Wong of the NYT discusses the major point of controversy delaying the necessary Kurdish-Shia alliance for the...
Juan Cole: Ed Wong of the New York Times describes the ethnic tensions now burning in Kirkuk. Meanwhile, maneuvering for cabinet positions continues.
Orrin Judd: THEY WILL NOT CEASE FROM MENTAL FIGHT: Kurds' Return to City Shakes Politics in Iraq (EDWARD WONG, 3/14/05, NY Times)...
Dr. Steven Taylor: A Harvest of Authoritarianism — Via the NYT: Kurds' Return to City Shakes Politics in Iraq [snipped quote] Not only is...

Free speech is threatened
  By / Augusta Free Press   —   Permalink 
Settled jurisprudence was fairly settled against prior restraints on free speech, except for "shouting fire in a crowded theater" immediate causes of grave harm. Then, along came the McCain-Feingold electoral reforms.
Captain Ed: Free Speech Threatened: Augusta Free Press — Living up to its name, the Augusta Free Press runs a guest column this...
The Big Trunk: Coincidentally, Bruce Kesler has a complementary column in the Augusta Free Press (of Virginia): "Free speech is threatened."

Study Finds No Media Bias on War, Hits Fox As Most One-Sided
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s "State of the American News Media 2005," released late Sunday, disputes charges of antiwar media bias, but found that President Bush received more "negative" coverage in the 2004 campaign than did Senator John F. Kerry.
James Joyner: Study Finds No Media Bias on War, Hits Fox News As Most One-Sided (Editor and Publisher) "[...] The Washington-based...
Michael Demmons: No Media Bias on War - Except FoxNews by Michael Demmons From Editor & Publisher: [snipped quote] Interesting.
Garrett M. Graff: It also got coverage today in E&P. On the study's other amusing findings?
Brian Stelter: Editor & Publisher summarizes: "There are clear differences between Fox versus its cable rivals, the study found.

Call of the Mild
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Washington — Even though it is noon, the landscape is pitch black. The wind chill stands at 70 below zero. A lone man drives across a vast frozen plain on a road made of ice. He sits atop a large, bug-like machine with enormous wheels.
Edward _: She begins her op-ed in the Times today with a prose so relatively romantic even Byron would have been embarrassed to...
Jonathan H. Adler: SEC. NORTON ON ANWR Interior Secretary Gale Norton defends drilling in ANWR in today's NYT.
Richard Schwartz: This Is Not a Drill — In an op-ed piece in today's New York Times (free registration required) Gale Norton, Secretary...
Tbogg: Life's too short — Shorter Gale Norton 2,000 acres is all we ask. The roads, pipelines and infrastructure?

Democrats are out of gas
  By /   —   Permalink 
What do Democrats want? Many answers, or partial answers, can be found in the 90th anniversary issue of the New Republic, in the post-election issue of the American Prospect and in various other writings by smart Democrats unhappy with the defeat their party suffered in 2004.
Betsy Newmark: Michael Barone looks at the various suggestions that Democrats have been making for the Democratic Party.
Orrin Judd: AND STILL THEY OPPOSE DRILLING IN ANWR: Democrats are out of gas (Michael Barone, March 14, 2005, Townhall) "On...

The Second Draft
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
The Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens has written an intriguing piece about how media can—and often do—get it wrong:
The cliché is that journalism is the first draft of history.
Jan Haugland: More good news from Iraq — Arthur Chrenkoff continues to fight the good fight, and has put out another must-read good...
Ann Althouse: Arthur Chrenkoff in the WSJ rounds up the good news from Iraq, including the amazing story of a man who'd been working...
Arthur Chrenkoff: Good news from Iraq, 14 March 2005 — Note: Also available at the "Opinion Journal" and Chrenkoff.
FrancoAlemán: NEW ROUNDUP of good news from Iraq, by Arthur Chrenkoff. He notes that MSM reporting seems to be getting better. About time!

Robust Faith
  By /   —   Permalink 
If Christians would toughen up a bit, get out of the religious closet, follow their faith instead of their fears, and live their beliefs in a more robust way, we would once again change the face of this nation more drastically than Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon altered his mug.
S.Z.: Now, let's hear from Doug Giles, whose column is basically just some ideas taken from evangelical theologian J.I. Packer, dressed up with some of Doug's famous analogies.
Tbogg: Maybe that's a bad analogy — Motel Messiah™ Doug Giles, who probably would have liked Terry Ratzman (devout/packing...

Looting at Iraq Weapons Plants After Invasion: NYT
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looters systematically removed tons of equipment from Iraqi weapons facilities, including some with components capable of making parts of nuclear arms, in the weeks after Baghdad fell in 2003, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.
Andrew Olmsted: Apparently some of the looting that took place in Iraq following the fall of Baghdad was quite deliberately directed:...
Kiwi Bob: Without a hint of irony, the New York Times has run an article claiming that looters removed "tons of equipment from...
Clayton Cramer: Or is the WMD matter not quite as open-and-shut a case as some want to believe? [snipped quote] That Reuters report is dated March 12, 2005.

Blogging Beyond the Men's Club
  By / Newsweek   —   Permalink 
March 21 issue - At a recent Harvard conference on bloggers and the media, the most pungent statement came from cyberspace. Rebecca MacKinnon, writing about the conference as it happened, got a response on the "comments" space of her blog from someone...
James Joyner: Why No Female Pundits, Part MXVII — A Newsweek piece by Steve Levy and Maureen Dowd's weekend pity party have reignited...
Michelle Malkin: So, you can see why I normally greet these MSM harangues about the lack of gender diversity with a hearty, male-sounding snort.
Avedon Carol: Newsweak discovers the "Why are all the bloggers white boys?" question. Oh, no! (Everybody send him this link.)
McQ: The White-boy Blogmafia — Interesting article by Steven Levy about "diversity" or lack thereof in the blogosphere.
Ed Driscoll: "Blogosphere Created, Women & Minorities Hardest Hit" — Ed Morrissey skewers this Newsweek article calling for greater diversity in the Blogosphere.
Captain Ed: Somehow that joke immediately came to mind when I read Steven Levy's truly clueless piece for tomorrow's Newsweek that...
Also: Chris Nolan, Glenn Reynolds, Roger Ailes, La Shawn, Ed Cone

Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged TV News
  NYT   —   Permalink 
It is the kind of TV news coverage every president covets.
"Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.," a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad.
Christy @ThinkProgress: According to the NY Times, that all changed in 2002, when, instead of providing reporters with raw footage of press...
Richard Reeb: Like Campaign Finance Reformers, Mainstream Journalists Outsmarted — When Old Media are hostile or unconscionably...
Eugene Oregon: News for Lazy People — The Carpetbagger explains this lengthy New York Times article on the Bush administration's government-funded propaganda campaign.
Frederick Maryland: Who Gets the Exclusive Interviews — Both this recent post by Eugene and this story from Sunday's New York Times remind...
Dan Froomkin: White House Video 'News' David Barstow and Robin Stein write in the New York Times about "the kind of TV news coverage every president covets."
Glenn Reynolds: But if you read the whole thing, to coin a phrase, you come upon this passing acknowledgement: "The practice, which also...
Also: Jo Fish, Jeralyn Merritt, Oliver Willis

Give the Arabs Credit
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The invasion of Iraq was the equivalent of a bucket of freezing water thrown in the face of an Arab world in deep slumber.
There, I've said it. Can we move on now?
There is a way to talk about the effect of the Iraq war on the rest of the Arab world without actually supporting that war.
Charles Paul Freund: If so, here is the liberal Arab journalist Mona Eltahawy on the same subject. Eltahawy has been a consistent critic of the war and of American aims in the region.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: BANDWAGONING — Mona Eltahawy bandwagons: [snipped quote] Later on in the piece, Eltahawy tries to get off the bandwagon...
Gary Farber: YA THINK? Mona Eltahawy says: [snipped quote] It's not as if there's a lack of other things to beat the administration and its allies over the head about, after all.
Matthew Yglesias: Yeah, that's the ticket. The Op-Ed You Actually Need To Read Mona Eltahaway on giving the Arabs credit.
Gregory Djerejian: The Iraq Effect — Mona Eltahawy: "The invasion of Iraq was the equivalent of a bucket of freezing water thrown in the face of an Arab world in deep slumber.

Lindsey Graham's Good Idea
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In 1994, when a 39-year-old state legislator was asked in Aiken, S.C., how he was enticing voters to make him the first Republican elected to Congress from that district since Reconstruction, he said: "I'm one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up."
Ramesh Ponnuru: JONAH IS WRONG to hint that I might be displeased by his liking George Will's column on raising taxes as part of Social Security reform.
Matthew Yglesias: Nicholas Kristof. This isn't what "The Death of Environmentalism" is about at all, but let's pretend. George Will.
Andrew Sullivan: WHY NOT BOLTON? My take. POT, KETTLE WATCH: [snipped quote] - George Will, Washington Post.
Max B. Sawicky: FREE AT LAST — George Will folds fiscal space, postualting new celestial geometries, algebras, and Riemann manifolds:...
Brad Plumer: Guest: Brad Plumer — WHERE SENIORS FEAR TO TREAD...In the Washington Post today, George Will suggests that President...
Jonah Goldberg: MAYBE RAMESH & LARRY KUDLOW WON'T NOTICE... If I say this on a Sunday afternoon: I liked George Will's column.

Social Security Reform
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Gay men and lesbians took a serious hit in the 2004 election. Republicans drew strong support from conservatives and like-minded independents opposed to same-sex marriage. Voters in 11 states passed ballot initiatives to reject such unions.
Robert Tagorda: Social Security Reform and the Gay Community — Andrew Lee, an undergraduate at my alma mater, argues that the gay...
Robin Burk: A Different Perspective on Privatized Soc Sec Accounts — Andrew Lee has an op-ed up today on SF Gate: [snipped quote] As...
Jeff Goldstein: Social security, private accounts, and the gay community: an economic consideration. **** (h/t Another Gay Republican; see also, Boi from Troy)
Rickheller @Centerfield: Gays And Privatization — Here's a perspective on Social Security privatization which claims it would be beneficial to gay couples.

Transcript for March 13
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
This is a rush transcript provided for the information and convenience of the press. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Wind Rider: His appearance yesterday on Meet the Press, trying to explain the manufactured media event which is being labelled as...
McQ: Condi Meets the press — A couple of interesting things from the Condi Rice interview on Meet the Press: On Iran and...
Joseph Alexander Norland: Today, as part of NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS, Condi issued the following explicit statement.
Ann Althouse: On "Meet the Press," just now, Tim Russert confronted Condoleezza Rice with the question whether she would run for President.
Hindrocket: He pressed Rice on her intentions, and she repeated, about as definitively as possible, that she "will not run for president of the United States".

The Calvinist Manifesto
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
THIS year is the 100th anniversary of the most famous sociological tract ever written, ''The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,'' by Max Weber. It was a book that stood Karl Marx on his head.
Ken Masugi: In the NYT Book Review Fukuyama reflects on the 100th anniversary of Max Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
Orrin Judd: AMERICA THE UNHAUNTED: The Calvinist Manifesto (FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, 3/13/05, NY Times Book Review) [snipped quote] It can...
Ann Althouse: Francis Fukuyama writes about Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism," written 100 years ago:...
Jan Haugland: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism — Francis Fukuyama in the NYT notes that one of the most important...
Steve M.: Francis Fukuyama in The New York Times Book Review: The past century was marked by what the German theorist Carl Schmitt...
Ed Cone: Francis Fukuyama's essay in this morning's NYT book section suggests that my father had the right focus.

U.N. Faces More Accusations of Sexual Misconduct
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct by U.N. personnel in Burundi, Haiti, Liberia and elsewhere, which is complicating the organization's efforts to contain a sexual abuse scandal that has tarnished its Nobel Prize-winning peacekeepers in Congo.
Brad Plumer: Guest: Brad Plumer — UN RAPE SCANDALS...While detainee abuse by the U.S. is an important topic, I'd be remiss (and...
Michelle Malkin: THE U.N. SEX SCANDAL: IT'S NOT JUST CONGO — The Washington Post reports on the broadening of the United Nations sex...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: STOP ME IF THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR . . . Anyone disgusted yet?
Captain Ed: UN Sexual Abuses Pandemic — The Washington Post reports that United Nations peacekeepers now face numerous and...
Betsy Newmark: There is even more distressing evidence of widespread sexual abuse in UN peacekeeping operations. [snipped quote] One critic calls it a swamp.

A Bankrupt 'Reform'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
When it comes to blatant hypocrisy, nothing beats the Senate record on the just-passed bankruptcy bill.
This "reform," which parades as an effort to stop folks from spending lavishly and then stiffing creditors by filing for bankruptcy protection, is a perfect illustration of how the political money system tilts the law against average Americans.
Matthew Yglesias: After all, the president's promised us! David Broder. Maybe I should have written this when it could have done some good.
Todd Zywicki: So I was pleased to see that Eaton understands this, unlike say, David Broder. As interesting as Eaton's column is, Broder's is weak.
EDM Staff: The mainstream print media, with a few notable exceptions (liberal columnists Molly Ivins, Paul Krugman and David Broder), was only marginally better.
Josh Marshall: When the man makes a good point, the man makes a good point.

Will the Mideast Bloom?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Listen to the conversations in the cafes on the edge of the creek that runs through this Persian Gulf city, and it is hard to believe that the George W. Bush being praised by Arab diners is the same George W. Bush who has been widely excoriated in these parts ever since he took office.
Jan Haugland: Arabs' view of Bush's policies is changing Youssef M. Ibrahim in the Washington Post finds a dramatic change of mood...
Betsy Newmark: Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former Middle East journalist and now an employee for a Dubai energy group, details the faint...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AN UPDATE ON BANDWAGONING — Denizens of the Persian Gulf bandwagon: [snipped quote] Be sure to read the rest.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Straw in the wind: a demure Qaradawi — Former New York Times Middle East correspondent Youssef M. Ibrahim, writing in...
Gregory Djerejian: Be sure not to miss the estimable Youssef Ibrahim either: [quote] "His talk about democracy is good," an Egyptian-born woman...[end quote]
Orrin Judd: Will the Mideast Bloom? (Youssef M. Ibrahim, March 13, 2005, Washington Post) [snipped quote] Mr. Ibrahim was one of the louder claimants that it was a war for oil.

Canadian Jews Have 'Israel' Deleted From 'Jerusalem' Passports
  Arutz Sheva   —   Permalink 
Canadian Jews born in Jerusalem are having their passports recalled in order to erase the word "Israel" from beside the name of the Jewish State's capital.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: GOBSMACKINGLY DISGUSTING — What, pray tell, is the merit of this? [snipped quote] The story mentions that a similar ruling was issued by an American court.
Orrin Judd: Canadian Jews Have 'Israel' Deleted From 'Jerusalem' Passports (Arutz Shiva, Mar 13, '05) "Canadian Jews born in...
Vanderleun: Reportage Redux — Canada Erases Israel STRUGGLING TO REMAIN AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM, Canada is issuing,...

Zarqawi Planning U.S. Hit?
  Time   —   Permalink 
Two weeks after intelligence officials confirmed that Osama bin Laden had sent a message to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, urging him to plan attacks on U.S. soil, details are emerging from one of al-Zarqawi's lieutenants about what the man behind many of the terrorist attacks in Iraq could have in mind.
McQ: I (and others) keep talking about it and it keeps getting ignored, or downplayed in importance, or simply denied as a...
Charles Johnson: Zarqawi's Plans to Attack US — In their March 14 issue, TIME Magazine reports new details of Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi's...
PoliPundit: The Mexian Border — From a Time story about Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi's plans to attack the US: [snipped quote] How many...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AN AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD — If it is true that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is planning to hit American targets, the revelation should come as no surprise.
Robin Burk: More on al-Qaeda and the Border Problem — From today's Time magazine, more on the security issues associated with loss of control on our southern border.

L.A. Bloggified
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
In L.A., bloggers may have gone mainstream, but they're all over this city's most recent fringe activity: voting. Here are some sites that local civic leaders and political hobbyists peruse, and a glimpse at what they've been saying about Tuesday's mayoral election.
Ken Masugi: The LA Times (Brendan Buhler) has a round-up of some area bloggers' reactions to the mayoral race.
Steve Bainbridge: LAT Election Blog Roundup — The LA Times rounds up LA-based blogger reactions to our recent Mayoral election.
Kevin Roderick: • Some blogs that followed the mayoral primary are sampled in a Sunday Opinion feature in the Times titled L.A. Bloggified.

These Irish eyes are smiling at White House snub of IRA
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
Happy St. Patrick's Day to my fellow hyphenated Irishmen. And the good news about this St. Paddy's Day is that for the first time in a decade the official observances will not be disfigured by the presence at the White House of Gerry Adams.
Damian Penny: That's the first thing I thought about last week, when the IRA responded to the family of one of their murder victims by generously offering to kill his killers.
Hindrocket: UPDATE: Mark Steyn weighs in: "In hindsight, the '90s were the apogee of terrorist mainstreaming, with Yasser and Gerry...
Betsy Newmark: Mark Steyn has a great column about Gerry Adams and the White House announcment that he will no longer be welcome there since he's, ahem, a terrorist.
Brian Micklethwait: Like hell he would. Mark Steyn goes into a bit more detail, and has a few more swipes at the IRA.
Peter Burnet: THE WAGES OF REALISM — These Irish eyes are smiling at White House snub of IRA (Mark Steyn, Chicago Sun-Times, March...

Europeans Investigate CIA Role in Abductions
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MILAN — A radical Egyptian cleric known as Abu Omar was walking to a Milan mosque for noon prayers in February 2003 when he was grabbed on the sidewalk by two men, sprayed in the face with chemicals and stuffed into a van. He hasn't been seen since.
Medium Lobster: More Torture, More Bodies, More Quickly — Reports of American torture and complicity in torture have become...
Gary Farber: ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH "RENDITIONS" is that if you're not willing to simply cut the throats of everyone after you're...
Scott Sala: US Torture Tactics Re-emerging — Europe seems to be growing weary of age-old CIA operations known as renditions - where...
Matthew Yglesias: But if we're now really doing the same thing in Italy without local government permission, things have gone really, really, really awry.

The Quality Cure?
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David Cutler hit what seemed to be the peak of his career at 28, when as a junior faculty member at Harvard he was whisked down to Washington to help draft a health-care bill under the tutelage of Ira Magaziner and, of course, Hillary Clinton.
Brad DeLong: Roger Lowenstein Writes About David Cutler and Health Care — Yet another excellent article by Roger Lowenstein: The New York Times > Magazine > The Quality Cure?
Arnold Kling: David Cutler and Health Care — A nice profile in the New York Times.
Paul Glastris: Guest: Paul Glastris — Pay for performance medicine... Roger Lowenstein, who wrote a justly-praised analysis of Social...

U.S. 'Hallucinating' Over Nuclear Talks, Iran Says
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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Washington is "hallucinating" if it thinks Iran will scrap its nuclear fuel production plans in return for economic incentives, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying Sunday.
The Big Trunk: Reuters reports: "U.S. 'hallucinating' over nuclear talk, Iran says."
Charles Johnson: Condi: "A Queen of War and Violence" — Iran will not agree to suspend making nuclear fuel, and they said so in that...
Kevin Aylward: 'Hallucinating' Over Nuclear Talks The Iranian government appears to have learned the lessons of Baghdad Bob -...

Rice Says She Won't Run for President
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WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ruled out running for president, responding to speculation fueled by a recent poll showing support for a Rice candidacy.
Rice told The Washington Times last week, "I have never wanted to run for anything," although she seemed to leave the door open to the possibility.
Greg Ransom: I won't. How's that? Is that categorical enough?" — Condi Rice. UPDATE: "We Have Three Years to change her mind."
Bill Hobbs: We Have Three Years... to change her mind.

Children of the Fallen
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
Over 1,000 American kids have lost a parent in the Iraq war. Who they are, and how they're coping
March 21 issue - They were prepared to die, even the truck drivers and supply clerks; any American who sets foot in Iraq must be.
Oliver Willis: More Casualties of War — Iraq The Bush Legacy marches on. [snipped quote] Freedom's on the march.
Jeralyn Merritt: 1,000 Kids Have Lost Parent in Iraq — Newsweek reports on the more than 1,000 American kids who have lost a parent in Iraq.

Untimely Deaths in Ukraine
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KIEV, Ukraine — By all official accounts, Yuri Kravchenko died by his own hand.
The former Ukrainian interior minister, scheduled to meet in just a few hours with prosecutors to give testimony in a high-profile case of political murder, aimed a gun at his chin and fired, sending a bullet ripping through his cheek and out his upper jaw.
Gary Farber: Much as I'd like to selfishly say it's Americans without one, and much as I'd more logically have to say that it's the...
Daniel Berczik: The LA Times has a good article on the many strange deaths that have shadowed the Orange Revolution.

The Deal to Disarm Kadafi
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LONDON — The senior British official paced his office as evening turned to night, every few minutes grabbing the telephone to dial Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
"Have they broadcast it yet?" he asked Anthony Layden, the British ambassador.
Hugh Hewitt: It takes eleven graphs for the paper to note that "[t]he practice, which also occurred in the Clinton administration..."...
Orrin Judd: BLUEPRINT FOR HALF A STRUCTURE: The Deal to Disarm Kadafi: Libya's decision to hand over its banned weapons followed lengthy talks and an equipment seizure.
Gary Farber: WHEN LIBYA SAID BOMBS AWAY. One of the most detailed accounts so far: [snipped quote] It's quite a story.

Hezbollah Leader's New Fray: Lebanese Politics
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 12 - When Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah organization, addressed the hundreds of thousands of party faithful who gathered in the largest rally in Lebanon's modern history on Tuesday, his usual theme of liberating Jerusalem went unmentioned.
Orrin Judd: JUST ANOTHER WARD HEELER: Hezbollah Leader's New Fray: Lebanese Politics (NEIL MacFARQUHAR, 3/13/05, NY Times) When...
Charles Johnson: NYT Legimitizing Hizballah — The New York Times has been running a series of sanitization exercises on Hizballah,...

Grace in line for King spot on CNN?
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
She's the pert frosted blond opposite Larry King on CNN, the Court TV anchor who rode the Laci Peterson case to fame.
She's the spitfire lawyer with a sweet Southern accent, a victims advocate who knows how to play to the camera.
Tom Biro: CNN banks on Nancy Grace — The Denver Post's Joanne Ostrow details the rise of Nancy Grace's star, most notably at CNN,...
Brian Stelter: "I'm Pretty Happy Being Nancy Grace" — The Denver Post's Joanne Ostrow asks Nancy Grace about the gossip that she's being groomed to replace Larry King.

'Ghosts' scare off Malawi leader
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Ghosts - some taking the form of rodents - have forced the president of Malawi to move out of his state mansion, officials have said.
Bingu wa Mutharika has been sleeping away from the 300-room building in the capital, Lilongwe, and only comes there to work during the day, an aide said.
Joe Gandelman: BOO!!! by Joe Gandelman Evil spirits have attacked a government: "Ghosts - some taking the form of rodents - have...
Ann Althouse: Bingu wa Mutharika, the president of impoverished Malawi, can no longer sleep in the opulent 300-room presidential palace.