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  Pete Du Pont
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  Tom Burka
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  Amanda Marcotte
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  Patrick Ruffini
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  Jack Cluth
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  Ann Rodgers
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  Chris Nolan
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Ordinary Iraqis Wage a Successful Battle Against Insurgents
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 22 - Ordinary Iraqis rarely strike back at the insurgents who terrorize their country. But just before noon today, a carpenter named Dhia saw a troop of masked gunmen with grenades coming towards his shop and decided he had had enough.
Joe Gandelman: Here is GOOD NEWS from Iraq — this time from the New York Times rather than the ever-thorough Arthur Chrenkoff:...
Gary Farber: It starts with this: [snipped quote] But it proceeds from this: [snipped quote] And Thursday there should be another demonstration.
Ace: But how sweet is it that the good guys won one for a change? : "Ordinary Iraqis rarely strike back at the insurgents who terrorize their country.
NewSisyphus: Ordinary Iraqis Strike Back at Insurgents This is such good news we don't know what to say beyond a hearty "All Right!!!"
Pejman Yousefzadeh: HEARTS AND MINDS — We have still more encouraging news from Iraq—indeed, the most encouraging kind of all.
Smash: The Insurgency is Doomed — GARY FARBER points us to some bad news for the "Iraqi Resistance."
Also: David Allan Pell, Jason Van Steenwyk, Glenn Reynolds

How Family's Cause Reached the Halls of Congress
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 21 - When a judge set last Friday as the deadline for removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, Ken Connor, a Florida trial lawyer and prominent Christian conservative who represented Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida on this issue, decided to appeal to a higher power, Congress.
Hei Lun: From today's New York Times, here are Delay's comments to the family Research Council, talking about Terry Schiavo:...
Ezra Klein: Via Digby, I see Tom DeLay is proving my argument from yesterday, namely, that the further Terry gets from the...
John Cole: Read how this case got to where it is: "When a judge set last Friday as the deadline for removing Terri Schiavo's...
Jeffrey Dubner: Ezra Klein beat me to the punch on Tom DeLay's solipsistic understanding of the entire culture war: [snipped quote] Now,...
Zoe Kentucky: Tom DeLay, Stripped Naked — Tom DeLay reveals how much fun it must be to have a God-complex, a persecution-complex and fanatical delusions of grandeur at the same time.
Charles Kuffner: Actually, there's one more article to read as well.
Also: Tom Tomorrow, Steve M., Amanda Marcotte, Tim Dunlop, Digby, Pudentilla posted misleading graph showing poll results on Schiavo case
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
In presenting the results of a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, used a visually distorted graph that falsely conveys the impression that Democrats far outnumber Republicans and Independents in thinking the Florida state court was right to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed.
Digby: Visual Aids — Via Media Matters, here is a CNN chart showing the partisan differences in the Schiavo case. WTF?
Tresy @Corrente: Canadians Divided Over Missile Shield Pact — Well, that would be the CNN headline anyway: [snipped quote] To be fair,...
Josh Marshall: Take a look at this Media Matters report on CNN's skewed presentation of polling data about the Schiavo case.
Avedon Carol: And speaking of the craven corporate media, Digby looks at this remarkable visual example over at Media Matters and this...
Brian Stelter: Schiavo: CNN's Absurd, Misleading Graph fakegraph.jpgMedia Matters says published a misleading graph "that...
Oliver Willis: Your Liberal Media At Work — Categories: Liberal Media This is beyond just ridiculous. What a travesty our modern media is.
Also: Atrios

Santorum: Terri Ruling Defied Congress   —   Permalink 
U.S. District Judge James Whittemore has defied Congress by not staying Terri Schiavo's starvation execution for the time it takes him to hold a full hearing on her case, a leading Republican senator said Tuesday.
"You have judicial tyranny here," Santorum told WABC Radio in New York.
Jeffrey Dubner: Over in the Senate, of course, the Schindler/Schiavo family misfortune isn't about DeLay's ethics but about activist judges.
Steve M.: On cue, as Atrios notes, here's Rick Santorum calling Judge Whittemore's ruling "judicial tyranny." Hate to say I told you so.
Atrios: "Judicial Tyranny" — And the Republican clown show continues: "U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has defied...
Charles Kuffner: Senator Rick Santorum, later today: "U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has defied Congress by not staying...
John Cole: Update *** And it continues: "Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:48 a.m. EST Santorum: Terri Ruling Defied Congress U.S...

Ducking Tough Questions
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The federal court declines to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
Is Terri Schiavo a PVS case? That is the core of the wrenching dispute that has gripped the nation. That is the question that impelled the extraordinary intervention of Congress and the president over the weekend.
Judith Weiss: Guest post. Two days ago Catherine Johnson - a writer and regular commenter on Roger Simon's blog - wrote an essay about the Terri Schiavo case.
Deacon: UPDATE: Andrew McCarthy presents a persuasive critique of Judge Wittemore's decision rejecting the request to reinsert Terry Schiavo's feeding tube.
Hugh Hewitt: While you are at, be sure to read Andrew McCarthy's keen analysis of this morning's wretched decision by Judge Wittemore.
Michelle Malkin: Andy McCarthy: Ducking tough questions Hugh Hewitt: Endangered vegetables get more protection than Terri Schiavo Bill...

Annan son received $300,000 payments
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
Kojo Annan, son of Kofi Annan, United Nations secretary-general, received at least $300,000 from Cotecna, a Swiss inspection company awarded a contract ultimately worth about $60m under the Iraqi oil-for-food contract.
Daniel Drezner: However, regardless of the intrinsic merits of Annan's proposal, I'm thinking that this Financial Times story by...
Charles Johnson: The Kojo-Cotecna Connection — What's this I hear about Kofi Annan's son Kojo? Annan son received $300,000 payments.
Roger L. Simon: Today, the Financial Times has a story (via LGF) that corroborates some information this blog is not yet at liberty to disclose.

'Cruel and unusual'
  By /   —   Permalink 
If the tragic case of Terri Schiavo shows nothing else, it shows how easily "the right to die" can become the right to kill. It is hard to believe that anyone, regardless of their position on euthanasia, would have chosen the agony of starvation and dehydration as the way to end someone's life.
Tbogg: Here's their "What's New" list: Thomas Sowell 'Cruel and unusual' Matt Towery Inside the numbers: Terri Schiavo David...
Michelle Malkin: Update: Thomas Sowell, Cruel and Unusual David Limbaugh, More prayers for Terri Fox News interview with one of Terri's...
The Big Trunk: Thomas Sowell seems to me to have today's best column on which to meditate on the case while hoping for the intervention of a higher authority: "Cruel and unusual."
Ace: Hearsay, yes, but "credible and consistent" I think. Thomas Sowell has similar thoughts. Thanks to Ryan for that.
Mike Rappaport: Still, Thomas Sowell makes a strong case against the decision by the Florida state judge: [snipped quote] (Hat tip: Powerline)

Masters of Sleaze
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Down in the depths of the netherworld, where Tammany Hall grafters and Chicago ward heelers gather amid spittoons and brass railings, a reverential silence now spreads across the communion. The sleazemasters of old look back into the land of the mortals and they see greatness in the form of Jack Abramoff.
Avedon Carol: NYT stunner! RNC apologist David Brooks suddenly notices RNC corruption!
Barbara O'Brien: A miracle has occurred. David Brooks wrote a good column. I'm serious. You should read it.
Steve Clemons: Today, David Brooks has a stunningly good critique on the corruption of the conservative establishment titled "Masters of Sleaze."
Ed Kilgore: Having disrespected a David Brooks column in a weekend post, I have to say that today's offering on the greater meaning...
Matthew Yglesias: Today's David Brooks column takes a good, solid whack at the "sleazo-cons" — Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, Grover...
AaronBurrFan @BOPNews: Simon Rosenberg, on David Brooks — Simon speaks on the collapse of the Conservative dream, specifically David Brooks's 'Masters of Sleaze' mea culpa.
Also: Stephen Green, Mark Kleiman, Glenn Reynolds, Ezra Klein, Jcjcjc, Michael Froomkin, Radley Balko, Charles Kuffner, Kos @DailyKos, Betsy Newmark, Max B. Sawicky, Oliver Willis, Kevin Drum, Matt Welch, Laura Rozen, Dave Johnson, Josh Chafetz, Atrios

Where There's No Will
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
For Terri Schiavo, it's all over but the starving. However, the repercussions of pulling Terri's feeding tube are just beginning. National Review Online's Andy McCarthy has explained that the abuse of Terri Schiavo's rights would scandalize the nation were the same things done to murderers or terrorists.
Ace: Related: Clinton Taylor notes in the the American Spectator that one's personal possessions are apparently now better protected by the law than one's life.
Peter Burnet: IT'S NOT LIKE SHE WAS A BANK ACCOUNT OR SOMETHING — Where There's No Will (Clinton W. Taylor, The American Spectator,...
Judith Weiss: UPDATE: Not only bad law, but bad interpretation of bad law: "... the kind of testimony Michael Schiavo gave would...

Schiavo's Parents Appeal Judge's Ruling
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge on Tuesday refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, denying an emergency request from the brain-damaged woman's parents. The parents' lawyer quickly filed a notice of appeal.
Jeff Goldstein: "Schiavo's Parents Appeal Judge's Ruling :Parents of Brain-Damaged Woman Terri Schiavo File Appeal of Judge's Refusal to...
Michelle Malkin: JUDGE SAYS NO FEEDING TUBE FOR TERRI — Early this morning, a federal judge denied the request from the parents of Terri...
Baldilocks: So now the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is in the queue. Meanwhile, tick-tock, tick-tock for Terri Schiavo.
James Joyner: Schiavo's Parents Appeal Judge's Ruling (AP) "The notice of appeal was filed electronically hours later with the 11th...
Jeralyn Merritt: Open Thread: Schiavo — Judge Wittemore rejected the Schindler's request to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

The Schiavo revelation
  Newsday   —   Permalink 
Let's try to make a few true points about the Terry Schiavo case. The immediate politics, and the media politics, may be simple enough, but the long-run implications will be a tangled web indeed.
First, the Democrats continue to be guided by their secular left wing - and that's a barren path.
Steve Bainbridge: Limited Government, Schiavo, and Pinkerton — In a column with lots of good insights on the politics of the Terry...
Bill @INDCJournal: Values and Consequences — Jim Pinkerton on the implications of the Schiavo case: "Second, we are reminded that the...
Dale Franks: Even less subtle is James Pinkerton today in Newsday: "Republicans have their victory, but now they must live with consequences of having made a state case into a federal case.
Orrin Judd: THE BARREN PATH: The Schiavo revelation (James P. Pinkerton, March 22, 2005, Newsday) [snipped quote] There were...

New EPA Mercury Rule Omits Conflicting Data
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
When the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a rule last week to limit mercury emissions from U.S. power plants, officials emphasized that the controls could not be more aggressive because the cost to industry already far exceeded the public health payoff.
Christy @ThinkProgress: It's not true. Even worse, the EPA knew that and hid the evidence.
Kevin Drum: DOG EATS EPA'S HOMEWORK...NEWS AT 11...The Bush administration war on reality continues: [snipped quote] But here's the...
Chris Mooney: More Mercury Mischief — See the Washington Post today. More evidence that a stronger rule would have greater benefits was apparently suppressed by EPA.
Jesse Taylor: Progress On The March — [snipped quote] The Washington Post, today.
Max B. Sawicky: NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS In other news, the Environmental Protection Agency is protecting polluters from public...

It's 'Private' vs. 'Personal' in Social Security Debate
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 21 - What's in a name? Would a personal account by any other name smell as sweet?
Apparently not, according to strategists in the two political parties.
Dan Froomkin: Robin Toner writes in the New York Times: "What's in a name? Would a personal account by any other name smell as sweet?
Ezra Klein: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto — The New York Times has a surprisingly good article on the war of words in the Social Security debate.
Taegan Goddard: Personal or Private? [snipped quote] the New York Times observes. Link | Related News
Chris Bowers: Social Security Language — There is some evidence that the use of "personal" versus "private" actually does make a difference, in the Social Security debate.
Matthew Yglesias: Just In Time News — Robin Toner proves that unlike bloggers, newspaper feature real reporting, with the "revelation"...

Santorum rethinks death penalty stance
  By / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   —   Permalink 
A new poll showing that Catholics are backing off support for the death penalty was no surprise to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, an outspoken conservative Catholic, who says he has been re-examining his own view.
TChris: Santorum Questions Death Penalty — As support for the death penalty continues to erode, some conservative politicians...
K. J. Lopez: RICK SANTORUM on the death penalty
Steve Dillard: Santorum rethinks death penalty stance: Good for him.

Document: Bin Laden Evaded U.S. Forces
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A terror suspect held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was a commander for Osama bin Laden during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and helped the al-Qaida leader escape his mountain hide-out at Tora Bora in 2001, according to a U.S. government document.
Lambert @Corrente: Department of Changing the Subject Back: Pentagon dox: OBL escapes from Tora Bora — And all Bush can say is, "He's...
Mathew Gross: Bin Laden Escaped From Tora Bora — Gee, and Cheney lied about it.

Teen's Rampage Leaves 10 Dead in Minn.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
REDBY, Minn. (AP) - The suspect in the worst U.S. school shooting since Columbine smiled and waved as he gunned down five students, a teacher and a guard, asking one of his victims whether he believed in God, witnesses said.
Jeralyn Merritt: The Red Lake Shootings — Authorities are trying to find a motive for 16 year old Jeff Weise who shot and killed 10 and...
Tim Cavanaugh: Back To School Shootings — After a longish respite, double-digit school shooting rampages return, as a spree at Red...
Michelle Malkin: THE MINNESOTA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS — There has been plenty of TV coverage of the school massacre in remote northern Minnesota.

Bush's First Defeat
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
George W. Bush's plan to remake the Social Security system is kaput. This is not a value judgment. It's a statement of political fact. In the months since the president first presented the idea as his top domestic priority, Democrats in Congress have unexpectedly unified in opposition to any reform based on private accounts.
David Allan Pell: W's L Word — Slate's Weisberg on W's first L: George W. Bush's plan to remake the Social Security system is kaput.
Barbara O'Brien: But Jacob Weisberg explains at Slate that, even though privatization is politically dead, Bush may yet score a political win.
Dan Froomkin: Dealing With Loss Jacob Weisberg writes in Slate: "George W. Bush's plan to remake the Social Security system is kaput.
Jay Rosen: From Meet the Press to Be the Press — The Economist just said it: the "the traditional notion that the media play a special role in informing people is breaking down."

Judge Refuses to Intervene in Schiavo Case
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, March 22 — A federal judge refused early Tuesday to order the reinsertion of a brain-damaged woman's feeding tube, turning down a request from her parents after Congress and President Bush transferred jurisdiction in her case from state to federal courts.
David Allan Pell: On to the Next Court — The federal judge in the the Schiavo case has refused to intervene. The case is now being appealed to a higher federal court.
Ed Kilgore: As you may have already heard, the federal judge that Congress forced into the Terri Schiavo case has dismissed the...
John Cole: This IS a Religious Issue — The Judge has denied the request of the Schindler's to re-insert the feeding tube, and the case will now go to the 11th Appeals Court.

U.S. Judge Refuses More Feeding in Schiavo Case
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
Mar 22, 2005 — PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge Tuesday rejected a request from the parents of Florida woman Terri Schiavo to reinsert her feeding tube, dealing a blow to attempts by the U.S. Congress and the White House to prolong her life.
Kos @DailyKos: First federal judge refuses TRO — It's on to the appeals court.
Steve Bainbridge: In denying Terry's parents' motion for a temporary restaining order, that's exactly what the court did (get the text of the opinion here).
James Joyner: Some headlines that have been applied to this ruling illustrate the point: US Judge Refuses More Feeding in Schiavo Case...

Japanese WW II sub found off Oahu
  AP   —   Permalink 
HONOLULU — The wreckage of a large World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by researchers in waters off Hawaii.
A research team from the University of Hawaii discovered the I-401 submarine Thursday during test dives off Oahu.
Gary Farber: Cool: "The wreckage of a large World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by researchers in waters off Hawaii.
McQ: Japanese sub found off Hawaii — I'm a history buff so I love stories like this.
Bill @INDCJournal: Yikes: "The wreckage of a large World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by researchers in waters off Hawaii.
Michelle Malkin: JAPANESE WW II SUBMARINE DISCOVERED NEAR HAWAII — Associated Press reports on a World War II-era Japanese submarine...

Analysts: GOP May Be Out of Step With Public
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Congressional Republicans and President Bush have seized upon the Terri Schiavo case with such fervor that they may find themselves out in front of an American public that is divided over right-to-die issues and deeply leery of government intrusion into family affairs, according to analysts and polls.
Sam Rosenfeld: The Washington Post runs a great piece today pondering the paradox of deafening Democratic silence on the Schiavo affair...
Orrin Judd: OUT OF STEP/IN HIS STEPS: GOP May Be Out of Step With Public (Charles Babington and Michael A. Fletcher, March 22, 2005,...
Betsy Newmark: If the polls show that the public dislikes Congress's interference with the matter, I still don't think it will have a...
Noam Scheiber: Here, for example, is how a spokesman for the conservative group Concerned Women for America put it in today's Washington Post: [snipped quote] Republicans aren't stupid.
Judd @ThinkProgress: One of the people who wrote the law has weighed in, and he agrees with us: "The new law appears to conflict with a...
James Joyner: Analysts: GOP May Be Out of Step With Public (p. A6) [snipped quote] More on the ABC poll here.
Also: Rice Grad

Federal Judge Denies Request to Reinsert Schiavo's Feeding Tube
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla., March 22 - A federal judge here today refused to order the reinsertion of a feeding tube for the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, denying an emergency request from the woman's parents and despite the intervention of Congress and President Bush in the case, The Associated Press reported.
NewSisyphus: Lead story: Court Denies Schaivo Parents Request for Relief; Will Appeal After all the drama in Congress this week, it...
Shawn @LiquidList: Politics: Making The Case — One comment by Terry Schiavo parent's lawyer found in this morning's coverage struck me as...
Ann Althouse: And here is the report of the judge's refusal to order the reinsertion of the feeding tube.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Tied Up In Knots — Shorter Christian Right: "Send it to a judge! Send it to a judge! Send it to a judge!

Judge Rejects Schiavo Appeal
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge early Tuesday morning refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, leaving the fate of the severely brain-damaged Florida woman unresolved.
Dale Franks: Die, Terry, Die — U.S. District Judge James Whittemore, who heard the Terry Schiavo appeal yesterday, has declined to order her feeding tube replaced.
PoliPundit: Schiavo — The federal judge in the Terri Schiavo case has ordered that Schiavo be starved to death.
Joe Gandelman: Judge Nixes Restoring Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube — The federal judge who received the political hot potato of...
Steve Dillard: Clinton appointee refuses to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted: Fox News has this report.

Pick Your Poison
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Mercury emitted by United States power plants is so incredibly dangerous it causes "hundreds of thousands" of birth defects per year, according to a very well-respected publication, The New Republic.
Nick @BeggingToDiffer: MERCURY — Gregg Easterbrook to the Left: If you're so afraid of Mercury why are you fighting Mercury reduction legislation?
Ramesh Ponnuru: MERCURY POISONING — I'd been wondering about this—glad Gregg Easterbrook is on the case.

Fed Raises Interest Rate to 2.75 Percent
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised a key U.S. interest rate a quarter percentage point to 2.75 percent on Tuesday, conceding inflation risks were growing but expressing confidence gradual rate rises can contain prices.
Jeff Goldstein: "Fed Raises Interest Rate to 2.75 Percent" — Reuters: [snipped quote] Probably just a coincidence, but immediately after...
Greg Ransom: IT'S MORE Chinese water torture from the Fed — rates are increased another notch. Here is the official statement of the Fed.

  CNN   —   Permalink 
Renewing America's Purpose. Together.
We meet at a remarkable time in the life of our country. Our powerful economy gives America a unique chance to confront persistent challenges. Our country, after an era of drift, must now set itself to important tasks and higher goals.
Taegan Goddard: The Ultimate Flip Flop — With the Republican-controlled Congress intervening in Terri Schiavo's medical care over the...
Kos @DailyKos: The GOP platform — Interesting find: [snipped quote] And the hypocrisy and contradictions continue to pour in.

Teen who killed 9 reportedly admired Hitler
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A troubling profile of the teenager who shot dead nine people, seven at his high school, emerged on Tuesday — one of a Native American who described himself as a "NativeNazi" and who other students said was regularly picked on for his odd behavior.
Mitch Berg: More from Red Lake — More details about the Red Lake massacre and 17 year old killer Jeff Weise are coming out.
Jeff Goldstein: Massacre at Red Lake — Kyle Erickson, who lives about 40 minutes from Red Lake, MN, reflects on the school shooting...
Amanda Marcotte: Whiter shade of victim — I keep watching the front pages of big websites like MSN to see if this huge school shooting,...

Bishops Fight Death Penalty in New Drive
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 21 - The country's Roman Catholic bishops on Monday announced a more prominent effort to bar the death penalty, saying they hoped to build on a continuing shift in public opinion, and among Catholics in particular, against capital punishment.
TChris: Among them, Sen. Rick Santorum, a Catholic who appears to be open to the church's renewed interest in abolishing death as a punishment.
James Martin Capozzola: LIFE & DEATH — And Conservative Republicans The New York Times reports ("Bishops Fight Death Penalty in New Drive," by...

Social Security reform threatened by elitist liberals
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President Bush's Social Security initiative has gotten off to a shaky start. However, polls indicate that voters are warming up to the idea of personal retirement accounts. It's time for the Bush administration to start making crystal clear the core principles that distinguish its approach on Social Security reform from that of Democrats.
Norbizness: Jesse at Pandagon finds the ultimate distillation of the mind-blowing dissonance that is the state of black...
Jesse Taylor: Star Parker, jumping over the edge she's previously been teetering on, calls Democrats plantation owners.

After Signing Schiavo Law, Bush Says 'It Is Wisest to Always Err on the Side of Life'
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TUCSON, March 21 - After a private bill-signing ceremony in the middle of the night, President Bush made a public case for helping Terri Schiavo on Monday, praising Congress for sending him the legislation that allowed federal courts to intervene.
Dan Froomkin: The patient's parents are third, behind 'reasonably available adult children' and ahead of the 'the patient's nearest...
Tom Maguire: MEME WATCH: On Tuesday, the meme breaks through in the Times: "The Schiavo case resonated through the president's day...
Tom Tomorrow: Meanwhile, our ever-mendacious Commander-in-Chief chimes in with this: "This is a complex case with serious issues, but...

Culture Vultures
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
This weekend, three guys carrying bread tried to push past police officers guarding Terri Schiavo's hospice. It's good they were arrested, because if they'd fed her the bread, she would have choked. Anyone familiar with her condition knows she can't eat solids.
Dale Franks: Meanwhile, in Slate, Bill Saletan comments on Terri Schiavo's persistent legislative state: "If Congress makes such decisions, here's the kind of judgment you'll get.
Brian Linse: And: Dahlia Lithwick's column in Slate is a must-read, as is Will Saletan's, while Samizdata has the pure Libertarian...

We're Gobsmacked by Another British Invasion
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Oh those posh Brits. Those accents. That wit.
"We've always had a cultural inferiority complex with regard to the Brits," Stanford University linguist Geoffrey Nunberg says, "that they speak correctly and we don't. We even say we 'use the queen's English.' And why should that matter to us?"
Kevin Drum: BRITSPEAK...This is a little off the beaten path, but journalism professor Timothy Kenny writes today that he's...
Matt Welch: That's what UConn associate journalism professor Timothy Kenny complains in today's L.A. Times: [snipped quote] Bloody MSM turncoats!

Think tank to host blogger debate
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Intent on defining their spot in the news landscape, bloggers gather today at the Brookings Institute to define their "evolving role in the press" and, of course, trade live blogs, and maybe a few left jabs.
On the roster: Wonkette,, Donkey Rising and Captain's Quarters, among others.
Bill Hobbs: UPDATE: Somewhat related: The Brookings Institute is hosting a gathering of bloggers to discuss the impact of blogs on the news media.
Nick Gillespie: "Political Blogging Is Over" — From the Wash Times, about a panel on blogging at the Brookings Institution today: [snipped quote] Whole thing here.

President Participates in Social Security Conversation in Arizona
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thanks. Please be seated. (Applause.) Thanks for the warm welcome. (Applause.) It is nice to be back in Tucson. The last time I was here, remember, we we're up dealing with forest fires.
Dan Froomkin: Here's the transcript from the event in Tucson. Bush also met briefly with seniors at a recreation center.
Nico @ThinkProgress: "It's not exactly what you thought you'd be doing last week, is it? MRS. RAYMOND: Yes. THE PRESIDENT: Oh, it was? Okay."

Medical, Ethical Questions Largely Decided, Experts Say
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
For all the political controversy over whether Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state and should be allowed to die, neurologists and ethicists said yesterday that the case presents few scientific and legal ambiguities.
James Joyner: Medical, Ethical Questions Largely Decided, Experts Say (WaPo, March 22) "The brain-damaged woman will never regain the...
Max B. Sawicky: We are equally qualified to diagnose Ms. Terry Schiavo, according to a third doctor: Ronald Cranford, like other doctors...

Lending the Good Loan
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IN the days since President Bush announced the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, to lead the World Bank, some Democrats and Europeans have not been shy about expressing their concerns.
Chris Nolan: On the op-ed page, former Clinton Administration staffer, James Rubin (Mr. Christiane Amanpour to you) is urging Democrats to support Wolfowitz' nomination.
Taegan Goddard: Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin, in a New York Times op-ed, defending President Bush's choice of Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank.
Glenn Reynolds: AMITY SHLAES: [snipped quote] I guess that explains why Kerry / Clinton adviser James Rubin is endorsing Wolfowitz.
Roger L. Simon: Meanwhile, I find James Rubins' pro-Wolfowitz oped in the NYT this morning (linked by Instapundit) a hopeful sign of...
Rich Lowry: JAMIE RUBIN... ...endorses Wolfowitz.
Tom Maguire: Kerry Advisor Backs Wolfowitz — Bush diplomacy works! Jamie Rubin, Kerry FoPo advisor, endorses Paul Wolfowitz for the World Bank.

All the News That's Fit to Hear
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
It's half past seven on a Tuesday morning, and this room in a Silver Spring church basement is filled with a warm, pleasant sound. It rises and falls like a thrumming beehive.
Close your eyes, and recognizable fragments start to rise from the tumbling susurration:
Garrett M. Graff: Reading the Post — Just in case you've ever wondered, John Kelly's column today looks at a D.C. service for the...
Jim Romenesko: Here's how long it takes to read a day's WP in its entirety — Washington Post "Twenty-four to 25 hours," says Stewart...

A neo-nazi 'angel of death'
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Jeff Weise, the 17-year-old named in newspaper reports as the gunman in the Red Lake school shooting, may have been investigated last year in connection with a shooting threat to the school, according to posts made on a Nazi website.
Damian Penny: You don't have to be Aryan to be a Nazi (but it helps) Mein Kampf is a big best-seller in the Muslim world, and now The...
Jan Haugland: School shooter posted on nazi board — Sarah Left in the Guardian has been using google aggressively after the name of...

Top Shiite Cleric Urges Iraqis to Form Coalition
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 21 - The most powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq called late Sunday for quick agreement on a new government, expressing displeasure with the weeks of drawn-out haggling, which has begun to stir unrest in the Iraqi public.
Captain Ed: The Ayatollah Says, Get To Work — Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has expressed his frustration with the political...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Sistani Steps in — Via the NYT: Top Shiite Cleric Urges Iraqis to Form Coalition "The most powerful Shiite cleric in...

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
DAN Rather stepped above the fray to at tend yesterday's funeral for Betsy Cronkite, the wife of CBS News legend Walter Cronkite, who died March 15 at age 89.
Rather and his wife, Jean, paid their respects to Betsy Cronkite at St. Bartholomew's Church on East 51st.
Brian Stelter: "Dan Rather stepped above the fray to attend yesterday's funeral for Betsy Cronkite," the NY Post hypes...
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for March 22, 2005 > ASNE conference in April to include reception for gay journalists (E&P) > Rather...

U.S. Judge Hears Tense Testimony in Schiavo's Case
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla., March 21 - The fate of Terri Schiavo landed in federal court Monday, as a judge in Tampa struggled to weigh the complex facts and assertions amid pleas from Ms. Schiavo's parents to act to resume her feeding before time ran out.
Juan Cole: But the most frightening thing about the entire affair is that public figures like congressmen inserted themselves into the case in order to uphold religious strictures.
Tom Maguire: UPDATE: Ask, and ye shall receive: on Mar 22, the Times puts this in the last two paragraphs of their lead Schiavo...
Ann Althouse: Here's the NYT account of yesterday's hearing in the Terri Schiavo case: "Judge Whittemore frequently interjected...
Joe Gandelman: And, in yet ANOTHER late-breaking twist, the New York Times reports that there may be MORE changing of laws — this...
James Joyner: (2249): From tomorrow's NYT: U.S. Court Begins Consideration of Schiavo Case "After two hours of tense and often...
Judith Weiss: This is unfolding like a detail-packed tense forensic mystery novel; it could have been written by PD James.
Also: Susan Madrak

Legal Experts Say Parents Are Unlikely To Prevail
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Even with the intervention of Congress and President Bush, Terri Schiavo's parents have only a slim chance of convincing federal courts that their daughter should be kept alive indefinitely, constitutional lawyers said yesterday.
Michelle Malkin: Legal experts say Terri's parents are very unlikely to prevail. Ed Morrissey: "I'll keep praying, but I'm not optimistic, nor am I surprised.
Damian Penny: Quote of the Day — Law professor Mary Cheh on the Schiavo case: [snipped quote] The Washington Post article in which...
James Joyner: The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, writing before the announcement, offered this analysis: Legal Experts Say Parents...

European Union Said to Keep Embargo on Arms to China
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 21 - Yielding to pressure from President Bush and threats of retaliation from Congress, the European Union has put off plans to lift its arms embargo on China this spring and may not press the issue until next year, American and European officials said Monday.
NewSisyphus: E.U. Said to Keep Arms Ban on Sales to China Another victory for American diplomacy, but chalk this one up to the crass boldness of the Communist Party leadership in Beijing.
Jan Haugland: Europe will not lift China arms ban — The EU backs down over arms sale to China: Yielding to pressure from President...
Gregory Djerejian: Success on Chinese Arms Procurement Fronts — The Europeans have gotten, at least for now, the message: "Yielding to...
McQ: Arms and China — It appears that Condi Rice and the US Congress have managed to convince the EU that that lifting the...
Tom Maguire: Good News On The EU / China Arms Embargo — Bush/Rice diplomacy works! (For now).

Livingstone Blames Press for Deaths of Diana and Kelly
  By / PA   —   Permalink 
London's Mayor Ken Livingstone today blamed the press for the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dr David Kelly, the Government scientist at the centre of the row over the Iraq war dossiers.
Damian Penny: Livingstone: Free Press Kills — Maybe they call him "Red Ken" because he'd like to see the kind of journalism they had...
David T: Livingstone: increasingly delusional — In Ken Livingstone's mind, this is how things stand: I think if we had better...

"This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life"
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
The decision on whether to allow Terri Schiavo to die has sparked endless controversy over what is legal and ethical when patients are unable to make their own wishes. One observer who brings both legal and moral authority to the debate is the Rev. John Paris, the Walsh Professor of Bioethics at Boston College.
Charles Kuffner: If there's one article you should read today, it's this one. "This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life.
Ogged @Unfogged: This interview with Jesuit bioethicist John Paris is a good example.
Mary @PacificViews: Catholic Bioethicist Stands Up For Terri and Michael Schiavo — Father John Faris, bioethics professor at Boston College...

The strange death of the liberal West
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
I am, as Tony Blair might say, deeply passionately personally deeply personally opposed to abortion. But, unlike him, I think it ought to be an election issue.
Barbara O'Brien: Mark Steyn writes that "the liberal West" is heading for extinction because we liberals are not producing enough offspring.
Tom Smith: Steyn is right again — Mark gets it right again on killing the inconvenient and post-life culture in the West.
Greg Ransom: THE QUESTION haunting Europe — What's the point of creating a secular utopia if it's only for one generation?
Arthur Chrenkoff: And Mark Steyn: "Almost every issue facing the EU - from immigration rates to crippling state pension liabilities - has...
Orrin Judd: NOT SO STRANGE: The strange death of the liberal West (Mark Steyn, 22/03/2005, Daily Telegraph) [snipped quote] Ah, but...
Vanderleun: LUCID AND CONCISE AS ALWAYS IN The strange death of the liberal West "In practice, a culture that thinks Terri...

Another First Amendment Landmark Case?
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
When Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of the book "Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It," opened her apartment door just before 10 p.m. on March 3, she believed she was simply receiving some legal papers from London. But this was no ordinary messenger.
Captain Ed: You may want to read Thomas Lipscomb's latest article in Editor & Publisher, which describes exactly how such cases have already been filed.
Betsy Newmark: Thomas Lipscomb details how a Saudi sympathizer and contributer to terrorist causes is using Britain's liberal defamation laws to try to stop Americans from writing about him.
The Big Trunk: Where are they when we need them? In any event, don't miss this one: "Another First Amendment landmark case?"
Glenn Reynolds: THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST AMENDMENT CASE since New York Times v. Sullivan?

Terri Schiavo and the Law
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Today will be Terri Schiavo's fourth day without food or water. By the end of the day, both Houses of Congress are expected to have passed, and President Bush is expected to have signed into law, a bill that will allow a federal court to review her case.
Judith Weiss: Likewise, in this case a lot of hot air is being generated about "federalism" and "overreaching."
Michelle Malkin: Wall Street Journal,"Terri Schiavo and the Law" - Glenn Reynolds has no opinion on the case.
Ann Althouse: Terri Schiavo and federalism. I've avoided writing about the Terri Schiavo case so far, and I could do a post about why I've done so.
Thomas Krannawitter: John Eastman in the Wall Street Journal — The Journal carries this interesting editorial today laying out the...

Letters from readers
  Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
In a March 19 counterpoint ("Article on blogs should have said more on political divide"), Tamara Baker made a bald-faced lie: "[Eric] Black's article also didn't mention "Little Green Footballs," a right-wing blog whose founder, Charles Johnson, claims that...
Charles Johnson: My Letter to the Strib — Here's the letter (slightly edited; I didn't write "made a bald-faced lie") that I sent to the...
Glenn Reynolds: IS THE STAR TRIBUNE THE WORST NEWSPAPER IN AMERICA? Or is it just that people are paying attention?
Mitch Berg: Little Green Smackdown — As noted in Powerline yesterday, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has responded to...
The Big Trunk: Charles Johnson to Strib: Apologize — Tomorrow's Minneapolis Star Tribune letters to the editor are led by Charles...

Red Lake shootings: 8 dead, 14 injured
  AP   —   Permalink 
RED LAKE, Minn. — A young man apparently shot and killed his grandmother and grandfather and then went to Red Lake High School where he killed five more people and injured 14, the FBI reports. The FBI also believes the shooter killed himself and apparently was acting alone.
Jack Cluth: A little too close to home 24 people shot in Red Lake, the majority at Red Lake High School - 10 fatalities Red Lake rampage: 10 dead, 12 wounded (Mpls.
Mitch Berg: Red Lake — Yesterday's tragedy at the Red Lake Indian Reservation high school is a horror indeed: [snipped quote] Seven...
Tarek @LiquidList: When a teenager kills classmates and teachers with a pair of handguns and a shotgun that were freely available in the...
Hugh Hewitt: Another school shooting, this one with many victims. I am discussing this with Mark D. Roberts, author of No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer.

France Dismantles Its 35-Hour Workweek
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
PARIS - Sophie Guilbaud not only holds a full-time job, she also helps run her son's nursery and treats herself to regular weekdays of shopping, movies and art shows. The secret to her balancing act is a remarkable piece of social engineering — France's 35-hour workweek.
Betsy Newmark: Gee, the French have discovered that they can't rescind the laws of economics.
Orrin Judd: MORE: France Dismantles Its 35-Hour Workweek (LAURENCE FROST, 3/21/05, AP) "Sophie Guilbaud not only holds a full-time...
James R. Rummel: There's Still Hope — It would seem that France is going to abolish their legally mandated 35 hour work week.

Judge Won't Issue Decision on Schiavo Yet
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla. - Armed with a new law rushed through Congress over the weekend, the attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents pleaded with a judge Monday to order the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube re-inserted. But the judge appeared cool to the argument.
Juan Cole: The law is not a respecter of persons, so the Federal judge will likely rule as the state ones did.
Kevin Aylward: Judge Won't Issue Decision on Schiavo Yet [AP] Related: Illuminaria's Voice has been tracking the case history of Judge...

Poll: Congress should sit out Schiavo case
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - About seven in 10 Americans say Congress inappropriately intervened in the case of a brain-damaged woman whose relatives disagree over whether she should be allowed to die, according to a new poll.
Sam Rosenfeld: The process objection may be dull, but Americans evidently — and hearteningly — share it.
Oliver Willis: America speaks: [snipped quote] Get important alerts
K. J. Lopez: With all the talk that Republicans are just supporting Terri Schiavo's parents you'd think their position were actually,...

Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Disapproval
  By / ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
Mar. 21, 2005 - Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, with sizable majorities saying Congress is overstepping its bounds for political gain.
Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.
Donald Sensing: But back to Peggy. Was she right? Today ABC News released its poll on the question.
Steve M.: UPDATE: Yeah, I've seen the ABC poll showing massive opposition to congressional intervention. I worry that it may not matter.
Captain Ed: ABC Conducts Push Poll For Euthanasia — ABC News conducted a poll over the weekend about the Terri Schiavo case which...
James Joyner: The reported divide, though, is far from even if a new ABC News poll is to be believed: Poll: No Role for Government in...
Dan Froomkin: Gary Langer reports for ABC News on a new ABC News poll which shows: "Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of...
Joe Gandelman: Poll: Most Americans Give Thumbs Down On Congress/Presidential Action On Schiavo — The question now becomes: "Do we...
Also: Chris Bowers, Stirling Newberry, Edward _, Micah L. Sifry, Tim Dunlop, Chris Lawrence, Orin Kerr, Jeff Jarvis, Oliver Willis, Brian Keegan

Activist Legislators
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Listen to this story on NPR's Day to Day.
Whether Terri Schiavo will live or die in the coming days has come down to this: Can federal district judge James Whittemore set aside virtually every bedrock constitutional principle on which this nation was...
Fred Clark: Dahlia Lithwick summarizes this congressional battle with the facts of the case in a must-read Slate article:...
Damian Penny: (See Dalia Lathwick's Slate article on the subject.)
Daniel Drezner: UPDATE: Dahlia Lithwick goes medieval on the federal intervention in Slate: "You can put aside the doctrine of...
Mark Kleiman: 3. And Dahlia Lithwick simply goes off — there's no other term to describe it — on the save-Terri crew.
Orrin Judd: Activist Legislators: The boundless overreaching behind Congress' new Schiavo bill.
Tom Maguire: In other legal news, Dahlia Lithwick seems to think that when Congress writes laws, that is "congressional activism".
Also: John Cole, Greg @TheTalentShow, Oliver Willis

Congress Passes and Bush Signs Legislation on Schiavo Case
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, Monday, March 21 - The House early Monday gave final Congressional approval to legislation that would allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, and the measure was signed quickly at the White House by President Bush, who flew back to Washington from his Texas ranch on Sunday.
Tom Maguire: Mar 17; Mar 18; Mar 19; Mar 20; Mar 20; Mar 20; Mar 21; Mar 21; Mar 21.
Steve Bainbridge: Terry Schiavo, Congress, and First Principles — Now that Congress has approved the legislation to give federal courts...
Tom Burka: Other 293 Million Americans Waiting For Congress To Pass Bills For Them — The success of Congress's record-breakingly...
Captain Ed: Unfortunately but predictably, this "news" report contains half-truths, loaded language, and a flat-out falsehood, all of which reveal the biases of the reporters.
Joe Gandelman: Bush Signs Congress' Bill Intervening in Schiavo Case — The House has acted and President Bush has signed the bill so...
Greg Piper: (The New York Times, alas, didn't come close.)
Also: Jeff Jarvis, John Cole, Matthew Yglesias, Chris Nolan, Steve Dillard, Orrin Judd

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
PLAYGIRL editor-in-chief Michele Zipp has been stripped of her duties after she revealed how she voted Republican in the 2004 election.
Zipp, in an e-mail, claims she was fired after an onslaught of liberal backlash.
Dale Amon: He highlighted this Drudge Report today. Drudge reports Michelle Zipp, editor of Playgirl magazine, was fired for being a Republican.
Scott Sala: Playgirl Editor Fired For Being Republican — Playgirl fires Republican editor?! Well, I wish I could say I'm cancelling my subscription.
Kevin Aylward: Playgirl Editor Fired For Voting Republican michellezipp.jpg Playgirl editor Michelle Zipp claims in an e-mail to Matt...
K. J. Lopez: STUNNING REVELATION — This news story was a stunning revelation to me. That there was a Republican editor at Playgirl magazine?
Jason Van Steenwyk: Playgirl editor outs self as Republican, is fired — Well, that didn't take long. Apparently, it's even worse than Myrna Blyth thought.
Lorie Byrd: Was She Fired For Being A (Gasp) Republican? Drudge is reporting that Playgirl editor, Michele Zipp, has been fired.
Also: Nick Gillespie, Hindrocket, Stephen Green, Betsy Newmark

Europe's Problem--and Ours
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, was recently in Washington to meet with President Bush and release his new book, "On the Road to Democracy." When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Velvet Revolution came to Czechoslovakia, Mr. Klaus became finance minister in the new democracy.
McQ: Collectivism or Individualism? Pete du Pont posed a good question yesterday in a WSJ op/ed piece.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Also check out Pete du Pont's piece in the "Opinion Journal": "Europe's Problem—and Ours: Will the EU choose collectivism over individualism?
Orrin Judd: MARK MY FOOTSTEPS, MY GOOD PAGES (via Tom Corcoran): Europe's Problem—and Ours: Will the EU choose collectivism over individualism?
Pejman Yousefzadeh: STEPPING BACK — Pete Du Pont points out that the major challenge facing Europe is the determination of the struggle...
Stephen Pollard: I've yet to read it, but judging from Pete du Pont's piece in the WSJ yesterday, it looks like a must-read.
Deacon: Timely questions — Pete DuPont asks, "Will the EU choose collectivism over individualsm? Will we?"
Also: Michael DeBow

"Always to Care, Never to Kill"
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Terri Schiavo and the right to life.
National Review Online recently had a chance to talk to Robert P. George, the McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, about the Terri Schiavo case and the broader issue of assisted suicide.
Judith Weiss: A related article that looks useful, which I haven't read yet, is an interview with the legal scholar Robert George of Princeton, posted at NRO.
The Big Trunk: At National Review Online Andrew McCarthy registers the "Lingering questions" and Robert P. George provides philosophical instruction.
Eugene Volokh: But I thought I'd pass along three items — (1) in favor of the Congressional action, an interview with Robert P...
Steve Dillard: Robert P. George on the Schiavo legislation and federalism: From his excellent interview with NRO: "I don't see that...

Federal Judge Weighs Florida Right-To-Die Case
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge weighed the fate of a brain-damaged Florida woman on Monday, acting hours after the U.S. Congress and President Bush intervened to push the highly charged right-to-die case back into court.
Joe Gandelman: Fear, Loathing & Determination In The Terri Schiavo Case — Right now the most miserable job in the world belongs to...
Greg @TheTalentShow: Which is especially relevant given this news : [snipped quote] No quorum when the law was "passed" means the law isn't constitutional.
James Joyner: ABC News: Federal Judge Weighs Florida Right-To-Die Case (Reuters) "A federal judge weighed the fate of a brain-damaged...

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan
  White House   —   Permalink 
MR. McCLELLAN: All right, here I am for your questions. We're returning to Washington.
Q So tell us again — Joe went out there about 6:00 p.m. and talked to the President?
MR. McCLELLAN: Joe Hagin went to the ranch and met with the President.
Dan Froomkin: Here's the transcript of McClellan's gaggle. Here's the text of the Schiavo bill.
Judd @ThinkProgress: McClellan: Twisting the Facts About 1999 Law — At the gaggle this morning, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan...
Jon @ThinkProgress: White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, 3/21/05 Terry Washington: Governor Bush dismisses the complexities of the...
Kos @DailyKos: McClellan lies about Bush's "pull the plug" law — Stealing from Think Progress: [snipped quote] McClellan's response was a flat out lie.

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
FORMER Mayor Rudy Giuliani — weighing a run for president or governor — will hold a summit of top advisers within a month to "set the direction" for his political future, The Post has learned.
Taegan Goddard: Giuliani Calls in Advisers — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) — "weighing a run for president or governor —...
Larry Kudlow: Rudy For Gov — Today's Fred Dicker article in the New York Post suggests that Rudy Giuliani is considering a gubernatorial run if George Pataki decides not to run.
Patrick Ruffini: I really don't think this is a good idea, and I'm hoping this is just tabloid speculation: [quote] "Anyone who thinks Rudy...[end quote]
Alexander K. McClure: Rudy Giuliani is considering a bid for the state's top office next year. He will make a decision shortly.

Coke to launch new no-calorie soda
  AP   —   Permalink 
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. said Monday it will launch a no-calorie version of its trademark soft drink called Coca-Cola Zero in the United States in June.
The drink will be sweetened partly with a blend of aspartame and acesulfame potassium.
Chris Lawrence: C3 James Joyner links to an AP article about Coca-Cola's plans to launch a new product in June, called "Coca-Cola Zero."
James Joyner: Coke to launch new no-calorie soda (AP) [snipped quote] Interesting. It's unclear why Coke Zero will be different from Diet Coke or Coke C2.
Laura Rozen: Coming soon: new Diet Coke variety, Coca Cola Zero.

Edwards? Clinton? Nah, 2008 could be Russ Feingold's year
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
The race for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination is already being handicapped and, according to one offshore gaming Web site, the front-runners are former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards at 3-2 and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton at 5-2.
Captain Ed: Meet Russ Feingold, the Wisconsin progressive who teamed up with the maverick Arizona Republican John McCain and a...
David Allan Pell: Leading with Your Left — Making a case for Candidate Feingold.
Chris Bowers: Feingold Watch — The Chicago Tribune has an op-ed on the potential Democratic Presidential candidate who I find the...

FEC Considers Restricting Online Political Activities
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Federal Election Commission has begun considering whether to issue new rules on how political campaigns are waged on the Internet, a regulatory process that is expected to take months to complete but that is already generating considerable angst online.
Dr. Steven Taylor: The FEC, BCRA and Blogs — Via WaPo: FEC Considers Restricting Online Political Activities [snipped quote] This will, no doubt, send substantial ripples through the Blogosphere.
Hugh Hewitt: The Washington Post has a long article on the FEC's move towards regulation of some aspects of internet/campaign connections.
Matt Welch: The Washington Post has a good table-setter, which A) includes the detail that one of the most zealous congressional...
Captain Ed: FEC May Still Target Bloggers: WaPo — For those who worry about the possibility of the Federal Election Commission...
McQ: Regulating the "internet" — The Washington Post reports, the plan by the FEC to implement just such regulation...
Taegan Goddard: FEC Considers Restricting Online Politics — The Federal Election Commission "has begun considering whether to issue new...

The trustfunder left
  By /   —   Permalink 
Examining the political map of America, as I am obliged to do as I write the chapters of "The Almanac of American Politics 2006," reveals a previously unidentified segment of the American electorate, one which has been growing for some years now but has...
Roger Ailes: Untrustworthy — Michael Barone, author of "Big Dickhead's Almanack," claims to have spotted a new political trend.
Patrick Ruffini: The incomparable Michael Barone takes a crack at it in his latest, "The trustfunder left:" [snipped quote] I've actually written about Blaine County and its curious voting trends.
Clayton Cramer: Democrats: Party of the Rich — Michael Barone has a column in which he discusses what I have long observed: contrary to...
Betsy Newmark: Michael Barone describes a new demographic for the Democrats - the rich or, as he calls them, the "trustfunder left."
Glenn Reynolds: MAYBE THIS WILL CHANGE BUSH'S MIND ON THE ESTATE TAX: Michael Barone looks at the trustfunder left.
PoliPundit: The Trustfunder Left — Michael Barone gives the limousine-liberal constituency a new name: the Trustfunder Left.
Also: Steve Bainbridge, Greg Ransom

Bush's Re-election Lifts Circulation at Liberal Magazines
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Sheepish though they may be about profiting from George Bush's re-election, some liberal magazines have seen subscriptions rise during the recent political season.
"We had a huge spike in orders beginning the day after the election," said Art Stupar, vice president for circulation at The Nation, which comes out weekly.
Jerome Armstrong: Absolute sales of Democratic-leaning magazines are increasing: Circulation #'s '00 12/04 The Nation 92,000 184,000 The...
Jim Romenesko: More from NYT: > Nation circ veep: Mag has "benefited from the follies" of Bush admin > Gannon dreams of getting back...
Charles Paul Freund: According to this NYT biz piece, The Nation enjoyed "a huge spike in orders beginning the day after the election," according to the mag's circulation VP.
Taegan Goddard: Profiting From Bush — "Sheepish though they may be about profiting from George Bush's re-election, some liberal...

Postcards offend some Schiavo neighbors
  St. Petersburg Times   —   Permalink 
Some neighbors of Michael Schiavo's say they are offended by mailings accusing him of trying to kill his wife.
"Your neighbor Michael Schiavo is trying to murder his wife," reads one anonymous postcard, mailed in early March from Wichita, Kan.
Mary @LeftCoaster: As one bioethicist qustioned: [snipped quote] Could it be because they are the perfect "mates" as essentially the brainless stepford wives who do not cause any problems?
Amanda Marcotte: Commenter aeonsomnia alerted me to this article with a quote from a bioethicist that says that these euthanasia battles...
Magpie @PacificViews: As this bioethicist points out (scroll down), all of the major right-to-die cases in the US over the past three decades...

The Domestic Bolton
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
The first wave of protest against President Bush's nomination of John Bolton to be his ambassador to the United Nations centered, plausibly enough, on Bolton's international track record, and specifically on his long history of bellicose commentary about the world body.
Steve Clemons: I will have more to say about Bolton's "Asian Money" problems tomorrow — but I must share a big chunk of Tomasky's next article that appeared late today.
Laura Rozen: Michael Tomasky has an interesting story on the role of UN ambassador nominee John Bolton in a 1994 outfit that...

UK minister: Camilla can be queen
  AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON, England (AP) — Camilla Parker Bowles can become queen after all, despite earlier statements by Prince Charles that she will take a lesser title after marrying him, the government has said.
Jane Galt: British Blogging — So Camilla will be queen after all.
Kevin Drum: Explanation here. Long live the queen!

Political heft behind bill: DeLay
  By / St. Petersburg Times   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Victory was only hours away, but the man known on Capitol Hill as The Hammer was still banging away at the opposition, decrying the moral bankruptcy of the "estranged" husband, the hard-hearted Florida judge, the handful of Democrats who would stand in the way.
Michael J. Totten: Tom DeLay might find himself slapped with a libel suit if he doesn't watch it.
Sam Rosenfeld: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said this yesterday about Terri Schiavo: [snipped quote] For those keeping score at...

Minority Rules
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
AS Republicans in the United States decide whether to do away with filibusters by changing Senate rules - the so-called nuclear option - they would do well to cast their eyes at their Conservative cousins across the Atlantic.
Steve Bainbridge: Avoiding the Nuclear Option — As Republicans continue to try to figure out ways of dealing with continuing Democrat...
Ezra Klein: It's far and away the most convincing broadside I've read against the nuclear option, take a look.
Gary Farber: Thanks, guys! Read The Rest Scale: 2 out of 5. Iain Duncan Smith also has sound advice.

Astroturf Politics
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
If a political gaffe consists of inadvertently revealing the truth, then Sean Treglia, a former program officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, has just ripped the curtain off of the "good government" groups that foisted the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill on the country in 2002.
Richard Reeb: John Fund's excellent piece today tells the story of how liberal foundations managed to slide under anemic media radar...
The Big Trunk: Our friends at RCP also direct our attention to John Fund's OpinionJournal column following up on Ryan Sager's New York Post report of last week: "Astroturf politics."
Betsy Newmark: John Fund has more on this. "In a tape obtained by the New York Post, Mr. Treglia tells his USC audience they are going...
Dean Esmay: Not only are they a naked assault on the first amendment, but now it turns out that they were foisted off on the public...
Glenn Reynolds: ASTROTURFING CAMPAIGN FINANCE "REFORM:" John Fund observes: [snipped quote] Ironic, isn't it, that a movement supposedly...

The Midnight Coup
  LAT   —   Permalink 
Republican leaders, eyeing an opportunity to appease their radical right-wing constituents, convened Congress over the weekend to shamelessly interject the federal government into the wrenching Schiavo family dispute.
Ken Masugi: In an editorial, "The Midnight Coup," the LA Times blasts away: "this case once again shows that some social...
Joe Gandelman: In a stinging editorial the Los Angeles Times says the action is "what amounts to a constitutional coup d'etat."

Hard-charging high schools urge students to do less
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
WINNETKA, ILL. - Sprawling across two huge campuses in Chicago's affluent northern suburbs, the venerable New Trier High School is usually cited as the epitome of public-school excellence. Nearly 95 percent of its graduates go on to four-year colleges.
Betsy Newmark: Joanne Jacobs links to this story about one of my four alma mater high schools, New Trier.
Joanne Jacobs: Stress is intense. In the Chicago suburbs, New Trier High is trying to get students to chill out.