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  Orrin Judd
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  Ken Masugi
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  Rich Lowry
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Daily Kos
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  Dan Gillmor
  Daniel Drezner
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  Mary Madigan
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  Charles Johnson
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  Barbara O'Brien
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  Mark Kleiman
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  Jan Haugland
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  Avedon Carol
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Iraq's insurgents 'seek exit strategy'
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
Many of Iraq's predominantly Sunni Arab insurgents would lay down their arms and join the political process in exchange for guarantees of their safety and that of their co-religionists, according to a prominent Sunni politician.
Captain Ed: FT: Iraqi Insurgents Want A Way Out — The Financial Times of London reports that native insurgent leaders in Iraq — as...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AN EXIT STRATEGY IN IRAQ — Look who is seeking it: [snipped quote] Of course, this makes it all the more amazing that...
Ace: (Their Title!) Iraq's Insurgents Seek Exit Strategy skull.gif Well how about that, huh?
Charles Johnson: Blame George W. Bush — In a quite amazing development, the Financial Times has reported that the leaders of Iraq's...
Donald Sensing: Maybe the insurgents in Iraq have been listening to songs by The Animals, or maybe it's just the editors at the Financial Times: "Iraq's insurgents 'seek exit strategy'."
Orrin Judd: TED KENNEDY WAS AS RIGHT AS HE GETS: Iraq's insurgents 'seek exit strategy' (Steve Negus, March 25 2005, Financial...
Also: Smash, Glenn Reynolds

The Coming War on Blogs
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
It's a universal law of capitalism: when an industry faces a new and significant threat to its profits and powers it turns to the government for protection. Well, bloggers who write on current events are challenging the mainstream media (MSM), the most politically well-connected industry in America.
McQ: The coming war on blogs? James Miller believes he sees a gathering storm for blogs.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "THE COMING WAR ON BLOGS" — A very thought-provoking column by James D. Miller.
Steve Bainbridge: The Business of Blogging — I suspect James Miller is right: "It's a universal law of capitalism: when an industry...
Edward _: Mixing His Media — By Edward Instapundit points to this article about the "coming war on blogs" by James Miller, who...
Bill Hobbs: Related Items: FEC Weighs Limited Internet Activity Rules - Washington Post, March 25 Blog Swarm Forced FEC's Would-be...
Jeff Jarvis: Paranoia springs eternal : James Miller at TCS tries to argue that mainstream media is behind the FEC's threats to...
Also: Betsy Newmark, Roger Ailes, Glenn Reynolds

Bush approval slips to 45%, lowest of his presidency
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush's approval rating has fallen to 45%, the lowest point of his presidency, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.
The new poll found the largest drop for Bush came among men, self-described conservatives and churchgoers.
Joe Gandelman: It may be too early to tell if the "second term curse" has begun, but the latest USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll shows Bush's...
Steve Soto: Start Playing "Taps" Karl - Gallup Says Rising Oil Prices, And Schiavo Are Hurting Bush Greatly — The latest...
Jeralyn Merritt: Bush Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Ever — President Bush's approval rating has dropped to 45%, its lowest level ever.
James Joyner: Bush Approval Ratings Fluctuate — USA Today is touting the latest Gallup poll with the headline "Bush approval slips to 45%, lowest of his presidency."
Dan Froomkin: Bill Nichols writes in USA Today: "President Bush's approval rating has fallen to 45%, the lowest point of his presidency, according to a new USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll."
Rich Lowry: BUSH JOB APPROVAL RATING at an all-time low, 45%, according to the latest USA Today poll.

Bush Approval Drops Amid Souring Economic Views
  By / Gallup   —   Permalink 
PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush's approval rating is now at 45%, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted March 21-23. This is the lowest such rating Bush has received since taking office, although it is not significantly different from the 46% approval rating he received in May 2004.
Joe Gandelman: ON THE OTHER HAND....James Joyner (an analyst who is quite solid) notes that when you go to the Gallup site it doesn't seem to show much of a change.
Steve Soto: According to the Gallup poll, Bush's approval rating is now down to 45%, a seven-point drop from 52% just last week.
Kos @DailyKos: Gallup poll to GOP: 'ouch' — Gallup. 3/21-22. MoE 4%. (2/24-28 results.) [snipped quote] Hmm, I wonder what could've caused that drop?
James Joyner: Let's go to the Gallup site to look at the poll, "Bush Approval Drops Amid Souring Economic Views."
Dan Froomkin: And Gallup itself explains: "This is the lowest such rating Bush has received since taking office, although it is not...
Taegan Goddard: Bush Approval Sinks to Lowest Level — President Bush's approval rating "has dropped sharply, and is now at 45%, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

U.N. Report Quotes Threat By Assad to Harm Hariri
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS, March 24 — Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri with "physical harm" last summer if Hariri challenged Assad's dominance over Lebanese political life, contributing to a climate of violence that...
Captain Ed: UN Report Demonstrates Assad's Motive In Hariri Assassination — The UN report on the assassination of Rafik Hariri has...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE MOB STYLE TACTICS OF THE SYRIAN REGIME — This news story does a valuable service in describing the kind of attitude...
Orrin Judd: AN EASY ENOUGH PROBLEM TO SOLVE: U.N. Report Quotes Threat By Assad to Harm Hariri (Colum Lynch, March 25, 2005, Washington Post) [snipped quote] So remove them from power.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Don Bashar — The Washington Post reports: Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq...
Betsy Newmark: The report to the UN by Peter Fitzgerald about the Hariri assassination doesn't look good for Bashar Assad.
Rich Lowry: UN... ,,,points Syria's way in the Hariri assassination...

Many Advertisers Find Blogging Frontier Is Still Too Wild
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
Gawker Media, one of the biggest brands in Web log publishing, launched a saucy urban travel blog called Gridskipper on Jan. 31. On that day, the logo of the site's sole sponsor, Cendant Corp.'s Cheaptickets, could be found in ads on each page.
Ann Althouse: That's the Wall Street Journal's headline. (Via Memeorandum.) "[M]any companies are wary of putting their brand on such a new and unpredictable medium.
Ed Cone: Blog advertising still freaks out many advertisers, says the Wall Street Journal. Those companies are afraid of the wrong thing.
Jeff Jarvis: A word from our sponsor : Here's a free link to a Jessica Mintz story in the Journal on ads and blogs.
Steve Bainbridge: Unfortunately, we also learned today that many big advertisers are still leery of using blogads: "... many companies...
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for March 25, 2005 > Blogging frontier is still a bit too wild for many advertisers (WSJ) > Fed...
Glenn Reynolds: INTERESTING ARTICLE ON BLOGS AND ADVERTISING, from The Wall Street Journal. (Free link).
Also: Greg Ransom

Syrian Dissidents Find Their Voice As Lebanon Provides a Megaphone
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
BEIRUT, Lebanon - With Lebanese democrats speaking up and Syria's occupying forces pulling out, it may sound unsurprising that one of Beirut's leading Arabic newspapers ran a searing critique this week of Baathist rule in Damascus, under the headline: "Why Lebanon Is Becoming Larger and Syria Smaller."
McQ: According to the NY Sun, the writer claims to have been a journalist for 20 years on one of Syria's state-run newspapers, Tishrin.
Orrin Judd: DA BOMB: Syrian Dissidents Find Their Voice As Lebanon Provides a Megaphone (CLAUDIA ROSETT, March 23, 2005, NY Sun)
Pejman Yousefzadeh: In either event, it is bad news for Bashar Assad's regime: [snipped quote] Read it all.

Judges deny Schiavo parents again
  CNN   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Florida (CNN) — A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday night against the parents of Terri Schiavo, who are in a desperate race to prolong the life of their brain-damaged daughter.
Jeralyn Merritt: Her father says she only has hours left to live. The court appeals are still alive, but winding down as well.
Lambert @Corrente: MBF "errs on the side of life" by offering $300,000 to kill Michael Schiavo and Judge Greer CNN [snipped quote] Looking more and more like '30s Germany, isn't it?

Trading Places: Real Estate Instead of Dot-Coms
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Real estate-crazed Americans have started behaving in ways that eerily recall the stock market obsession of the late 1990's.
In Naples, Fla., some houses have been bought twice in a single day, an early-21st-century version of day trading.
Dan Gillmor: Bubble, Bubble, Bubble... "NY Times: Trading Places: Real Estate Instead of Dot-Coms.
James Joyner: Housing Bubble Versus Tech Bubble — Steven Taylor has an excellent discussion about the breathless coverage recently of...
David Bernstein: Bubble Talk: A realtor quoted in the New York Times: "South Florida," he said, "is working off of a totally new economic model than any of us have ever experienced in the past."
Dr. Steven Taylor: Chasing Bubbles — Via the NYT: Trading Places: Real Estate Instead of Dot-Coms [snipped quote] This story (and others...

U.S. forces thwart major escape in southern Iraq
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ — U.S. military police Friday thwarted a massive escape attempt by suspected insurgents and terrorists from this southern Iraq Army base that houses more than 6,000 detainees when they uncovered a 600-foot tunnel the detainees had dug under their compound.
Captain Ed: Iraqi Prisoners Attempt Remake Of Stalag 17 — The Hill reports that US forces in Iraq caught onto an elaborate escape...
Cori Dauber: If you're going to dig 600 ft. of tunnels under your prison cells, don't flush the dirt down the toilets.
Dale Franks: Dodging a Bullet — Via Confederate Yankee, I see we've just managed to avoid a major prison break of insurgents in Iraq.

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
THE looming death by starva tion of Terri Schiavo has ex posed yet again the key fault line in American culture. Those who have sided with her parents in seeking the reinsertion of her feeding tube have a view of life that is profoundly different from those who have sided with her husband's quest to have her die.
Deacon: As John Podhoretz notes, when scientific rationalists look at Terri, they tend to see a vegetable in a horrible state from which death would be a welcome relief.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Podhoretz: "Soul-Believers" v. "Rationalist" — Rush Limbaugh notes the following column by John Podhoretz "Those who...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: I do not "want her to die" at all, for any reason. I believe that she, like every other adult, has the right to refuse medical treatment.

Feud may be as much over money as principle
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Michael Schiavo and Bob and Mary Schindler once were very close. He was the husband. They were the in-laws.
Terri Schiavo's agonizing struggle for life — or death — grips the nation and much of the world.
Garance Franke-Ruta: The right wing has been trying to turn Michael Schiavo into Scott Peterson, and petite, brunette Terri into petite, brunette Laci.
Judith Weiss: This article indirectly supports Catherine's observation with a few anecdotes about similar cases with an absence of...
Tom Smith: And the parents aren't faultless in this either, perhaps.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Key Facts of Interest — For those interested, USAT has a very interesting piece on the Schiavo case the illuminates...
Howard Kurtz: They want to keep her alive and try to [rehabilitate] her," says USA Today.
Oliver Willis: An Issue At Hand — Categories: News | Politics | Religious Right | Terri Schiavo This is interesting.
Also: Rich Lowry

House postpones Good Friday hearing at Schiavo's hospice
  By / Sun-Sentinel   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Although much of the nation's Capitol was empty for the Easter recess Wednesday, the politics of the Terri Schiavo case echoed through the empty marble halls.
Officials announced that a House hearing set for Good Friday at Schiavo's Pinellas Park hospice was postponed.
Captain Ed: The only newspaper that covered Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg's call for an investigation into the memo's creation...
Michelle Malkin: You might think this qualifies as news, but it appears that the South Florida Sun-Sentinel was the only newspaper in the entire country to cover it.
Lambert @Corrente: Like Bush, the House Republicans tiptoe away from the Schiavo case — Seems they aren't going to politicize Good Friday like they did Palm Sunday.
James Joyner: ABC's RatherGate Update — Michelle Malkin reports that the South Florida Sun-Sentinal is the only newspaper in the...

Dishonest Debate
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
ONE CAN DEBATE the merits of creating personal accounts in Social Security but not the case for fixing the program's solvency problems. Over the next 75 years, as the Social Security trustees reported on Wednesday, the program has a projected deficit of $4...
Matthew Yglesias: While Josh Marshall offers only scorn, I'll give Fred Hiatt and company at the Post editorial board a response to their...
Josh Marshall: But today's piece is worth at least an interim mention. It is another knock at the Democrats for not buying into the...
Avedon Carol: An editorial adds to the Dishonest Debate on Social Security by castigating the Democrats for insisting there is no...

Conservative Web site, Heritage split
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink, one of the nation's most active conservative Web sites, announced yesterday that it has split from parent company the Heritage Foundation, a District-based conservative think tank.
It's a deliberate strategy for Townhall — home to 68 columnists and destination reading for 1.5 million people a month.
Steve Clemons: Something to Consider: A Hall of Fame for "Conservatives with a Conscience"; More on John Bolton — Josh Marshall caught this item about
Josh Marshall: gets out of under Heritage's non-profit IRS restrictions to be more political, says the Washington Times.
James Joyner: Conservative Web site, Heritage split [snipped quote] Steve Clemons has some interesting thoughts on the matter and...

Important Changes to Your Citizenship Agreement
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
We would like to explain certain changes in the terms of the Citizenship Agreement for your U.S. citizenship ("Agreement").
Michael Froomkin: Important Changes to Your Citizenship Agreement — Slate, Evan Eisenberg: Important Changes to Your Citizenship Agreement - Please read and retain for your records.
Stirling Newberry: Cute take on the state of law from Evan Eisenberg — On slate. Don't drink coffee while clicking this link.
Magpie @PacificViews: Evan Eisenberg has the rest of the changes here. Via Slate.

NBC announcer hangs it up after 62 years
  AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (AP) — Through the eras of John Chancellor, Tom Brokaw and now Brian Williams, Howard Reig's voice also was heard when viewers heard they turned on the news.
"This is NBC Nightly News," the clear baritone would say, ushering in headlines from Watergate to terrorism.
Skippy: the main stream media puppets are dropping like flies, first rather, than jordan, then gannon, and now we've forced the resignation of howard reig from nbc.
Tom Biro: Howard Reig leaves NBC after 62 years — CNN picks up the AP story about the retirement of Howard Reig, staff announcer for NBC.
James Joyner: NBC announcer hangs it up after 62 years (CNN) [snipped quote] I'd never heard Reig's name or seen his face until just a...

Doubts Surface On Iraq Raid Toll
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, March 24 — New details about an intense battle between insurgents and Iraqi police commandos supported by U.S. forces cast doubt Thursday on Iraqi government claims that 85 rebels were killed at what was described as a clandestine training camp.
Yuval Rubinstein: The only problem is this none of this is true: "New details about an intense battle between insurgents and Iraqi police...
Cori Dauber: Did they actually kill 80? Maybe not so much.
Ace: Bad News Good News Update: The Iraqi government may have inflated the number of dead terrorists, which may just lie between 11 and 80.
Rich Lowry: THAT HEARTENING RAID... Iraqi forces on the insurgent training camp may have been over-blown...

Edwards Tosses His Hat Into . . . Podcasting
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
John Edwards may be out of office, but that doesn't mean you still can't hear him.
The former vice presidential candidate this week released his first podcast, an online audio recording featuring Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, chatting about the NCAA...
Avedon Carol: On the same page, "Medicare Premiums Could Go Up 12%." John Edwards starts podcasting. You can get the shows at his One America Committee website.
Ed Cone: WaPo on John Edwards' podcast: "Edwards, who is running a poverty center at the University of North Carolina and is...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Update: Additioanlly, WaPo reports that Edwards Tosses His Hat Into . . . Podcasting.

Police in Belarus Disperse Demonstrators
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(03-25) 14:35 PST MINSK, Belarus (AP) —
Belarusian demonstrators tried to rally outside the office of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday to demand his ouster in a self-declared attempt to emulate a popular uprising in Kyrgyzstan, but they were beaten back by riot police swinging truncheons.
Daniel Drezner: The AP has the most detailed account: "About 1,000 pro-democracy protesters [Interfax and Reuters both have the number...
Glenn Reynolds: BAD NEWS FROM BELARUS: [snipped quote] He's not going to go easily.

In Solomon's Absence
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
If we lived amid the wisdom of Solomon, Terri Schiavo would be turned over to her loving parents and family. If it is their wish to live out their lives attending the constant needs of their damaged child, so be it.
Glenn Reynolds: But don't trust me, listen to Daniel Henninger in the WSJ today: "It is true that Judge Greer has ruled against Terri Schiavo's parents, the Schindlers, many times.
Tom Smith: Rare wisdom — This is the wisest thing I've read on the Terri S affair.
Steve Bainbridge: Hillary's Judges — Daniel Henninger asks whether: "... President Hillary Clinton's litmus test would require her...
Ed Cone: Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal: "This is a lot of judges. Some of the opinions are long discourses combing back through the details of the case.

"Evolving Standards of Decency"
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
THANK GOD FOR OUR JUDGES. (Oops! Sorry. No offense, your honors. I didn't mean to write "God." Or at least I didn't mean anything specific or exclusionary or sectarian or unconstitutional by writing "God." It's just an expression I occasionally use.
Mark Kleiman: Now that the Republicans have mobilized their base to hate the judiciary even more than it did before, (see, for...
The Big Trunk: See, for example, Bill Kristol's "Evolving standards of decency," but don't miss the rest of the issue either.
Hugh Hewitt: Bill Kristol reviews the events of the week. And Mike Krempasky obtained the original staff draft of the FEC rules that would regulate the blogosphere.

Dispatches From the Michael Jackson Trial
  Slate   —   Permalink 
8:18 a.m.: Michael is on time and looking good. Today's armband: Blue-and-silver stripes. How many of these armbands does he have, I wonder? His collection seems inexhaustible. If I'm able, I will try to shout out a few armband-related questions as Michael leaves the courthouse this afternoon.
Matthew Yglesias: Pardon me, but isn't the fact that Michael Jackson owned a lot of pornography featuring naked women exculpatory, rather than incriminating?
Greg @BeggingToDiffer: It's with a little regret, then, that I link to Seth Stevenson's liveblogging of the Michael Jackson trial for Slate.

Report Calls for Punishing Peacekeepers in Sex Abuse
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS, March 24 - A report on sexual abuse by peacekeepers recommended Thursday that offending soldiers and their commanders be punished by their home countries, that payments made to them be recovered and put into a fund for victims and that the United Nations make compliance with these measures a condition for taking part in its missions.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: FALLOUT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS SEX ABUSE SCANDALS — Here is the report: [snipped quote] I'm happy to see that these...
Cori Dauber: UN Report on Sex Crimes — The UN issues its report on how to deal with the complaints againts its peacekeepers.
Scott Sala: Peacekeeper Babies/Onre-Dollar Women — As a result of our penchant for labels, we've managed to name the children born...

Columnist's HHS Contract To Be Probed
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Federal auditors said yesterday that they will investigate whether the Department of Health and Human Services violated the law by awarding a $21,500 contract to commentator and marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher.
Garrett M. Graff: Probing the Marriage Agenda — Howard Kurtz makes a rare trip to the A section today to report that "marriage expert"...
Michelle Malkin: KURTZ KEEPS QUIET — Media critic Howard Kurtz gives an update on the Maggie Gallagher payola story, but remains silent...

Conservatives Invoke Case in Fund-Raising Campaigns
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Videotape of Terri Schiavo blinking at her parents has inspired donations from people around the country to the foundation set up to help pay for the family's legal battle. But many other groups are soliciting donations in her name as well, some for a much broader agenda.
Josh Marshall: Money, money, money, money, money, money, money ... Traditional Values Coalition founder Lou Sheldon quoted in the...
Armando @DailyKos: Green: [snipped quote] Despicable.
Atrios: Tin Jesus — Lovely: [snipped quote] Reminds me of a song: Stop wasting my time You know what I want You know what I...

Columbia Plans 2nd Master's in Journalism
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
More than two years after Columbia University began an intense, even painful, debate on how to revamp the way journalists are trained, it plans a second one-year master's degree program to provide expertise in various subject areas.
Betsy Newmark: Columbia is starting a new one-year Master's degree in journalism. The curriculum seems quite minimal to me.
Jay Rosen: New York Times, Columbia Plans 2nd Master's in Journalism. It's the dawn of a two-year Master's program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Cori Dauber: After much controversy I gather, Columbia introduces a revamping of journalism education.

Native Americans Criticize Bush's Silence
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
MINNEAPOLIS, March 24 — Native Americans across the country — including tribal leaders, academics and rank-and-file tribe members — voiced anger and frustration Thursday that President Bush has responded to the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history with silence.
Amy Sullivan: Guest: Amy Sullivan — BUSY SIGNAL...The Washington Post has a story today outlining the disappointment in the Native...
Nick Gillespie: Here's Clyde Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement, sounding a little too much like Russell Means as Powhatan in...
Zoe Kentucky: His poll numbers are at the lowest ever and now there's his insult to Native Americans, exposing the dizzying hypocrisy of his "culture of life" rhetoric.
Michelle Malkin: The race card-playing continues in the Friday A section of the Washington Post, under the eye-roll-inducing headline
Barbara O'Brien: White Father Blows It Again — Ceci Connolly writes in today's Washington Post: "Native Americans across the country —...
James Joyner: Native Americans Criticize Bush's Silence (WaPo, A6) [snipped quote] Do we really expect the president to express his...
Also: Jo Fish, Magpie @PacificViews, Oliver Willis, Amanda Marcotte, Riggsveda @Corrente

Republicans Consider Slowing Benefits Growth for Most
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 23 - Can "progressive indexation" help sell President Bush's plan to overhaul Social Security?
Though he has been loath to propose specific measures to reduce future benefits, Mr. Bush and other officials are gingerly promoting the idea as a way to cut costs and still protect low-income retirees.
Dan Froomkin: Edmund L. Andrews writes in the New York Times: "Though he has been loath to propose specific measures to reduce future...
Riggsveda @Corrente: I'm sick of this: "Progressive indexation involves reducing the growth in benefits for people with middle and higher...

Carter to Head Elections Panel
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Former president Jimmy Carter will lead a bipartisan commission to examine problems with the U.S. election system, American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management said yesterday.
Avedon Carol: You can get the shows at his One America Committee website. Carter to Head Elections Panel.
Sam Rosenfeld: Ah, could there possibly be a more confidence-inspiring choice to co-chair a (non-governmental) commission on election...

A Thin View of 'Life'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
FORT MYERS, Fla. — What does it mean to be pro-life?
The label is thrown around in American politics so blithely that you'd imagine it refers to some workaday issue such as a tax bill or a trade agreement.
Vanderleun: A Thin View of 'Life' You see this one offered up about as often as the nerdy guy on TV loses another loan to Ditech.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Some Key Questions — Despite ending his piece on a cliche, E. J. Dionne asks a couple of key questions in his latest column: [snipped quote] Indeed.

Cheney ready to deal
  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   —   Permalink 
While touting the promise of personal savings accounts to a North Hills audience yesterday, Vice President Dick Cheney stressed the administration's willingness to consider a wide range of proposals to reshape the Social Security system.
Dan Froomkin: Cheney Weighs In James O'Toole writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Cheney's Social Security talk in western...
Holden: while in pittsburgh cheney, who differs from his brave boss by allowing his audience to ask him questions, was challeneged by... wait for it... aarp volunteer barbara bush!

Exit Interview: Brian Williams
  By / Philadelphia Magazine   —   Permalink 
Arby's! NASCAR! South Jersey! It's a white-trash bonanza this month as we chat with anchorman Brian Williams, who covered the Garden State for WCAU-TV (Channel 10) in the '80s before going network and succeeding Tom Brokaw in the NBC Nightly News chair.
Brian Stelter: Because you've always wanted to know, the Philadelphia Magazine asks the NBC Nightly News anchor about his music preferences: EI: What's on Brian Williams's iPod?
Jim Romenesko: NBC's Williams: "I've done a lot real work in my lifetime" — Philadelphia Magazine Richard Rys tells Brian Williams:...

Roe v. Wade omitted from proclamation
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
Governor Mitt Romney removed a reference to Roe v. Wade in a proclamation he signed this week, raising eyebrows among abortion rights advocates who say the move corresponds with a rightward shift by Romney as he mulls a presidential bid.
Taegan Goddard: However, the Boston Globe notes Romney "removed a reference to Roe v. Wade in a proclamation he signed this week,...
Orrin Judd: BREAKING IN A NEW MITT: Roe v. Wade omitted from proclamation (Scott S. Greenberger, March 25, 2005, Boston Globe) [snipped quote] Because he wants to be president.

House Leaders Agree to Vote on Relaxing Stem Cell Limits
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The House leadership has agreed to allow a floor vote on a bill that would loosen the restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research imposed by President Bush in 2001, according to members of Congress and others privy to the arrangement.
Ramesh Ponnuru: HOUSE LEADERSHIP SELLOUT — Rick Weiss reports in WaPo that the House leadership has promised Rep. Mike Castle (R.
Chris Mooney: I Don't Get It — Why would House leaders be ready to allow a vote on the question of expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research?

Neither 'Starvation' Nor the Suffering It Connotes Applies to Schiavo, Doctors Say
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The battle over Terri Schiavo is about life and death, but it is also a war of words - and one of the words most at issue is "starvation."
Ms. Schiavo's parents have repeatedly used the word, as have politicians like the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee.
Jacob Sullum: The Washington Post and The New York Times both have run stories this week aimed at reassuring us that Terri Schiavo is not suffering as she dies from dehydration.
Rich Lowry: NEWS FLASH — Schiavo is not being starved or even really denied food and water, according to the New York Times...

The Billionaire Newsboy
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Multibillionaire Philip Anschutz hasn't given an interview in more than 30 years, so we can't ask him why he entered competitive newspaper markets in San Francisco and Washington with his free, home-delivered tabloid Examiners.
Garrett M. Graff: Examining Anschutz's Plans — Slate's Jack Shafer has a very intriguing piece today examining the possibly long-term...
Jim Romenesko: Why is Anschutz using antiquated technology of newsprint?

Kyrgyz Opposition Names President, Russia Supports
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's opposition, a day after snatching power in a lightning coup in the ex-Soviet state, on Friday named a new acting president and won almost immediate — and vital — support from Russia.
Captain Ed: Hang Onto Those Tulips For A Moment — A few ominous notes have sounded in the triumphal procession of Kyrgyzstan's...
Kerry Howley: Another Day, Another Former Soviet Republic in Revolt — In the space of two days, some fed-up Kyrgyzs have stormed...

Pentagon Sees Aggressive Antidrug Effort in Afghanistan
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 24 - The American military will significantly increase its role in halting the production and sale of poppies, opium and heroin in Afghanistan, responding to bumper harvests that far exceed even the most alarming predictions, according to senior Pentagon officials.
Matthew Yglesias: The U.S. military is going to start getting more involved in the efforts of the Afghan government to crack down on the...
Cori Dauber: Well, maybe you do, maybe you don't, but let me tell what would most definitely distract the military from fighting the...

In a Polarizing Case, Jeb Bush Cements His Political Stature
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 24 - Gov. Jeb Bush's last-minute intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo, even after the president had ended his own effort to keep her alive, may have so far failed in a legal sense, but it has cemented the religious and social...
Chris Nolan: Today's New York Times chimes in on the same theme. This is what my Silicon Valley friends call "value add."
Gregory Djerejian: From the NYT (admitedly eager to paint Jebbie as a bible-thumping maniac hot on the '08 tip) [snipped quote] But what would Prescott say?
Jeralyn Merritt: It looks like Jeb Bush is going to come out of this as the hero of the radical right: [snipped quote] Update: The New...
Taegan Goddard: Jeb Bush Solidifies Religious Credentials — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) "last-minute intervention in the case of Terri...
Lambert @Corrente: Look, I'm totally certain that the Schiavo case has nothing to do with positioning Jebbie for 2008 but that does seem to have been the effect, hasn't it?

Easter in Iraq
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
I spent Easter Sunday two years ago in a Baghdad that had just been liberated by U.S. and coalition troops. And, yes, the right word is "liberated." If you doubt that was the feeling of most Iraqis at the time, then you weren't there.
Cori Dauber: Iraq Reborn — Maybe — David Ignatius makes the interesting move of using the Easter story as a metaphor for Iraq.
Betsy Newmark: David Ignatius has a column today saying why IRaq is truly an "Easter story." "That uncertainty is what makes Iraq truly an Easter story this year.

Man Trys Steal Gun to 'Rescue Schiavo'
  AP   —   Permalink 
SEMINOLE, Fla. — A man was arrested after trying to steal a weapon from a gun shop so he could "take some action and rescue Terri Schiavo," authorities said.
Oliver Willis: Man Trys Steal Gun to 'Rescue Schiavo' [snipped quote] This is what happens when the President makes the demands of radicals gain legitimacy.
John Cole: Unbelievable — Really, this isn't all about religion: "A man was arrested after trying to steal a weapon from a gun...

Glimpse of World Shatters North Koreans' Illusions
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
YANJI, China - Sitting on a bare floor in a chilly one-room apartment, Lee Hae Jon and her younger sister, Hae Sun, struggled recently for words to describe their lives since they clandestinely made their way here from North Korea five years ago.
Betsy Newmark: The NY Times has a heartbreaking story about North Koreans who slip across the border into China and live a...
Laura Rozen: Two stories, from the Washington Monthly's Soyoung Ho at Slate, and the NY Times' Howard French.
Glenn Reynolds: HOW ARE YOU GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM, after they've seen Guangdong? [snipped quote] I think that more people will be catching on to this.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE SCALES FALL — This story is most revealing: [snipped quote] Columnist Claudia Rosett has frequently pointed out the...
Lambert @Corrente: Dear Leader — [snipped quote] Poor deluded souls ....
Tom Maguire: Reality Intrudes On North Korea — The NY Times takes us to the border of North Korea and China and finds some deeply...

Schoolhouse crock
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test for him, authorities said yesterday.

"I was pressured into it.
Joe Gandelman: Why Kids Cheat On Exams — This teacher apparently thinks a "role model" is a piece of bread they hold up to give them...
Joanne Jacobs: Not very bright — Wayne Brightly earned $59,000 a year as a New York City teacher, despite repeatedly failing his certification test.
John Hawkins: The Idiot-Teacher Of The Year Award — This is funny stuff: "A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state...
Betsy Newmark: This story would be hilarious if it weren't so sad. [snipped quote] What is sadder? That this guy can't pass the exam yet still earns $59,000 a year?

The Darfur Genocide
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
As we sat in a refugee camp in Chad listening to Fatima describe how most of her family was killed by Sudanese government-sponsored Janjaweed militias, we found it incomprehensible that the world could not muster the political will necessary to protect her surviving family members or to hold the killers accountable.
Jan Haugland: 'Never again' revisited — Don Chadle (of Hotel Rwanda fame) and John Pendergast are chiding the Bush administration for doing far too little to stop the genocide in Darfur.
Dean Esmay: Foot Dragging On Darfur Genocide by Dean Don Cheadle and John Prendergast have a rather stirring editorial in today's...
Stephen Green: Required Reading — Ever since I saw Boogie Nights way back when, I've been a fan of Don Cheadle.
Mary Madigan: More ways to stop the Genocide in the Sudan by Mary Madigan Don Cheadle (of Hotel Rwanda) and John Prendergast criticize...
Orrin Judd: WHO DOES HE THINK FORCED THE PEACE DEAL IN THE SOUTH? The Darfur Genocide: Enough excuses. The time to act is now.

New State Dept. Office Aimed at Postwar Aid
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The State Department has a plan for avoiding a repeat of the prewar planning mistakes that marred the U.S. occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. But, like many initiatives in Washington, it will require some money.
Tarek @LiquidList: Politics: State Department Has Great Idea To Ensure Formal Irrelevance In Next War — Casual Dismissal of State...
Arthur Chrenkoff: Update: In a related development: [quote] "The State Department has a plan for avoiding a repeat of the prewar planning...[end quote]

Disapproval of GOP Congressional Leaders, But Democrats Fare No Better
  Pew Research Center   —   Permalink 
The American public is not happy with the nation's political leadership. President Bush's approval rating remains below 50%, and just 39% approve of the job performance of Republican congressional leaders. Despite the paltry ratings for GOP leaders, however, Democrats have failed to benefit.
Dan Froomkin: Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that support for Bush's proposed private accounts...
Steve Soto: The latest Pew Center poll out late yesterday shows that support for Bush's private accounts proposal is slipping again,...
Greg Ransom: WE HATE THEM ALL. We hate them because they are thieves. We hate them because they don't steal enough from others for our own purposes.
Matthew Yglesias: The new Pew Poll shows mixed news for the privateers, in that the public is with them 44 to 40 percent on the question of private accounts.
Taegan Goddard: Americans Disapprove of GOP, Democratic Leadership — "The American public is not happy with the nation's political leadership," accoridng to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Josh Marshall: The final blow ... [snipped quote] More here on the Pew Poll.

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures?
  By / Fox News   —   Permalink 
Just to burnish my reputation as a bomb thrower, I think Jeb Bush should give serious thought to storming the Bastille.
By that I mean he should think about telling his cops to go over to Terri Schiavo's (search) hospice, go inside, put her on a gurney and load her into an ambulance.
Ed Cone: But this is to some degree part of a rebellion against the rule of law and of science, too. No surprise if you've been paying attention.
Glenn Reynolds: SCHIAVO HYSTERIA from Fox's John Gibson: [snipped quote] I think John Gibson should have to spend a few minutes alone with Bill Quick.
Oliver Willis: American Insurrection, Continued — Fox's gay-bashing John Gibson: [snipped quote] Seven years ago it was all about the "rule of law".
Atrios: Rule of Law — Fox's John Gibson: Just to burnish my reputation as a bomb thrower, I think Jeb Bush should give serious thought to storming the Bastille.
Nick @BeggingToDiffer: LIKE ELIAN, JUST WITHOUT JANET RENO TO PUSH AROUND — Instapundit links to this Fox piece where Fox talking head John...

Passing Buck on Schiavo Cheats Public
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
THE House of Representatives acted quickly over the weekend in the wrenching case of Terri Schiavo, so quickly that maybe those who opposed the special bill allowing the federal courts to take over the case might have missed the Senate's role - conspicuous for its silence.
Tom Maguire: Joyce Purnick of the Times chides the profiles in courage amongst the Senate Democrats: "THE House of Representatives...
John Cole: And while we are at it, we should point out the absolute cowardice on the part of Senate Democrats: "The House of...

In Love With Death
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
God made the world or he didn't.
God made you or he didn't.
If he did, your little human life is, and has been, touched by the divine. If this is true, it would be true of all humans, not only some. And so—again, if it is true—each human life is precious, of infinite value, worthy of great respect.
Deacon: I'm referring to what Peggy Noonan calls "the bizarre passion of the pull-the-tube people."
John Cole: More Sophistry — This, along with ranting hysterical screeds from Peggy Noonan claiming people like me have a "passion...
James Joyner: In Love with Illogic — Peggy Noonan has written a truly bizarre column, which is published in today's Opinion Journal.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: I am not "In Love With Death". I do not "want Terri killed" because "she's an overgrown fetus that outlived her welcome."
Howard Kurtz: Equally impassioned, on the other side of the moral and cultural debate, is Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan ...
Barbara O'Brien: Why We Love Death — Peggy Noonan has a truly bizarre column in today's Wall Street Journal.
Also: S.Z., Steve M., Glenn Reynolds, Joe Gandelman, Tom Smith, Norbizness, Amanda Marcotte, Jerome Armstrong, K. J. Lopez

Is There Really a 'New Diagnosis' for Terri Schiavo?
  TCS   —   Permalink 
While we at American Council on Science and Health have been determined to remain on the sidelines of the raging national debate about the fate of Terri Schiavo (this is largely a legal and ethical issue, not a scientific one), we cannot remain silent about...
John Cole: Here is the rundown on Jeb Bush's 'expert,' btw, that Scarborough was talking about: "Florida governor Jeb Bush...
Joe Carter: Calling All Tripe: A Response to Elizabeth Whelan In a recent TCS article on the Terri Schiavo case, Elizabeth Whelan,...
Hugh Hewitt: Dr. Whelan originally published her broadside at Dr. Chesire at TechCentralStation, where the op-ed ended with the stange tag line: "She is a life-long Republican."
Lewy14: Yet this TCS post by Dr Elizabeth Whelan [via Instapundit] contains the following curious phrase: "While the family...
Ramesh Ponnuru: ELIZABETH WHELAN loses some credibility with this op-ed.
Mark Kleiman: It's a solid part of the new conservative establishment. Yet ACSH has issued a blistering statment on the Schiavo case.
Also: Charles Johnson, Glenn Reynolds, Dr. Steven Taylor

The Right to Life
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Terry Schiavo is near death. If actions are to be taken to save her life, they must be taken now.
Let us briefly review the relevant facts: Terri is a human being whose physical condition is in dispute, but perhaps not for long.
John Eastman: It is a proposal worth serious consideration: My own thoughts, this morning, moved along lines similar to those marked...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Dr. Rusty Shackleford, for example, states that "[o]ften times morality is trumped by legality" and therefore supported...
John Cole: I was wrong. *** Update #2 *** William Bennett invokes Martin Luther King while advocating Gov. Bush send in troops.
Pudentilla: in which case, we wonder why all the republican leaders aren't publicly condemning calls (from john gibson, of fox news,...
Ken Masugi: Kennedy and Bill Bennett on Schiavo; LAT Gets Its Schiavo Wish — While responding to today's LAT condescending...
Jerome Armstrong: Republican Flatliners — This, coming from the National Review: "It is time, therefore, for Governor Bush to execute the...
Also: Tom @Corrente, Mark Kleiman, Oliver Willis

The Seven Faces of "Dr." Churchill
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Academia's everyman.
Does Ward Churchill even exist?
Dr., Native American, original artist, serious scholar, combat veteran, highly recruited and sought-after academic, ex-Weatherman mentor: How many — if any — of these seven faces of our real-life Dr. Lao are true?
The Big Trunk: Churchill rules — In connection with our "Churchill investigation" post below, don't miss Victor Davis Hanson's NRO column of yesterday: "The seven faces of 'Dr.' Churchill."
Michelle Malkin: Update II: In case you missed it, Victor Davis Hanson writes about Churchill today at NRO: Academia's everyman.
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson, meanwhile, wonders if Ward Churchill even exists.
Betsy Newmark: Victor Davis Hanson has another great column on Ward Churchill. First Hanson looks at all the things that Churchill claimed to be but wasn't.
Gregory Djerejian: VDH on Ward the Fraud.
Greg Ransom: RULES for radicals getting tenure: "Rule 1: Profess to be as far left as possible, understanding that extremism in the service of utopian virtue is no vice.

Media Groups Back Reporters In Court Filing
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A federal court should first determine whether a crime has been committed in the disclosure of an undercover CIA operative's name before prosecutors are allowed to continue seeking testimony from journalists about their confidential sources, the nation's largest news organizations and journalism groups asserted in a court filing yesterday.
Orrin Judd: HAVING OUR CAKE AND BEATING THEM TOO: Media Groups Back Reporters In Court Filing: Judges Urged to Determine if Crime...
Jay Rosen: From today's Washington Post, evidence that "the press" as a kind of umbrella institution does exist and will...
Kevin Drum: VALERIE PLAME UPDATE...Via Laura Rozen, the Washington Post reports that news organizations are fighting back against...
Tom Maguire: Per the WaPo: "A federal court should first determine whether a crime has been committed in the disclosure of an...
Garrett M. Graff: In the latest salvo from the Fourth Estate, 36 news organizations and journalism groups filed a friend-of-the-court...
Jim Romenesko: Press: There's evidence no crime committed in leak case — Washington Post The nation's largest news organizations and...
Also: Laura Rozen, Glenn Reynolds

Bush Speaks Out and Stays Silent
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Does the "culture of life" extend to the victims of gun violence?
That's the question critics are asking after President Bush's contrasting responses to the two events dominating national attention this week.
Michelle Malkin: The Post article echoes a somewhat similar piece in Thursday's Los Angeles Times, which pounds the Bush administration...
Digby: Ron Brownstein wrote today: [quote] Does the "culture of life" extend to the victims of gun violence?[end quote]
John Cole: Exhibit A: [snipped quote] There is enough dumb out there to hold both parties back.
Dan Froomkin: Ronald Brownstein writes in the Los Angeles Times: "Does the 'culture of life' extend to the victims of gun violence?
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Ron Brownstein, on the other hand, wins the award for the cheesiest effort so far to make hay out of the Schiavo...

DeLay, Deny and Demagogue
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Oh my God, we really are in a theocracy.
Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so emasculated about not having any power, that they are willing to turn the nation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the church?
John Cole: Talk about an eye opener. I agree with with Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, and Steve Gilliard.
Deacon: Dowd and Cole race to the bottom — Which offering about the Terri Schiavo case is more foolish, this one by far-left...
Sadly, No!: David "The Lion's Share" Frum asks: "Did Maureen Dowd of the New York Times really compare Terri Schiavo to the corpse...
Ann Althouse: Maureen Dowd quotes Nietzsche. The topic is, naturally, the Schiavo case. But is morality really working as a device for manipulating the electorate?
Lambert @Corrente: Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so...

Confederacy of shamans
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
The politics of piety were transparently masked by Republicans in their attempt to make capital over the fate of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who has been locked in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years and whose feeding tube was ordered removed by a Florida state judge at the request of her husband.
John Cole: The Triumph of Stupid over Science — I agree with Sidney Blumenthal: "The politics of piety were transparently masked...
RJ Eskow: (See Sidney Blumenthal in today's Salon - subscription required. UPDATE: I have provided additional documentation about the Schindler/conservative connection here.)
Howard Kurtz: ' " Former Clintonite Sid Blumenthal slams both Bushes and the Republicans: "The politics of piety were transparently...

News Real
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
At what point does the press report a trend? The question comes to mind because, over the past month, the news from Iraq has been unusually good. Depending on which military official you ask, insurgent attacks have dropped by either a third or nearly half.
Dale Franks: Lawrence Kaplan wonders publicly in The New Republic if the press is even capable of recognizing what success in Iraq would look like.
Kevin Drum: Unfortunately, over at TNR Lawrence Kaplan provides us yet another reason to be dubious: [snipped quote] As near as I can...
Jane Galt: Lawrence Kaplan and Kevin Drum think it's a possibility: "Simply put, U.S. officials in Baghdad have in the past tended not to tell the whole truth.

Because she's earned it
  By /   —   Permalink 
I signed off my talk show yesterday, stuffed unused newspaper articles in my briefcase, and headed home. As I pulled out of the studio parking garage I did what I usually do ... I tuned in to see what Rush was talking about.
Donald Sensing: Characterizing adherents of my position that way certainly came as a surprise to radio host Neal Boortz, whose latest...
S.Z.: I was going to write an essay about my religious beliefs, and why I believe that life is a precious gift, but that...
Barbara O'Brien: Rather than explain to Peggy why we lefties are so all-fired determine to see Terri Schiavo die, I'm just going to nudge her over to this Townhall Column by Neal Boortz.
Glenn Reynolds: ANOTHER UPDATE: Perhaps this column by Neal Boortz is an answer to Peggy Noonan: "Where do your concerns truly lie, with...

Kyrgyzstan Gov't Collapses After Protest
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan Mar 24, 2005 — President Askar Akayev's government collapsed Thursday after opposition protesters took over the presidential compound and government offices, throwing computers and air conditioners out of windows in a frenzy of anger over corruption and a disputed election.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Time for the Wolfowitz Plan — Another one bites the dust - "Kyrgyzstan government collapses after protest"
Smash: THE KYRGYZ GOVERNMENT HAS COLLAPSED! kyrgyz.jpg [snipped quote] Tyrants the world over are trembling today...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Schiavo Case
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, rejecting a desperate appeal by her parents to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.
Captain Ed: All Over But The Dying — The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of the Schindlers to get food and water...
Joe Gandelman: The answer to the question as to whether the Supreme Court will now come under fire if it dared to disagree with...
Tim Cavanaugh: Supremes Say No — The U.S. Supreme court has again declined to take up the Terri Schiavo case.
Steve Soto: As Supremes Refuse To Rule On Schiavo Case, Bush And GOP Suffer For Their Politicization Of Issue (Graphic courtesy of...
Steve Bainbridge: I was right on all three counts. But I take very little pleasure and no comfort from that fact. Now it looks like all we can do is wait.

Prosecutor: Blake jurors were 'incredibly stupid'
  AP   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — District Attorney Steve Cooley says Robert Blake was "guilty as sin" and the jurors who acquitted him of murder were "incredibly stupid."
Jack Grant: However, in the case of the trial of Robert Blake for the murder of his wife, the report from paints quite a...
Steve Bainbridge: (Link) Which raises several questions: Were Cooley and his prosecutors "incredibly stupid" for allowing such jurors to survive voir dire?
William J. Dyer: Trial lawyer sour grapes — Prof. Bainbridge, Prof. Volokh, and John Steele all have posts about Los Angeles County...

Runaway Judiciary
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
NOBODY NEEDS another opinion on whether hydration and nutrition should be restored to Terri Schiavo. Hundreds of commentators have written thousands of column inches on her parents' drive to see that she is fairly represented before the courts.
Hugh Hewitt: My column on the illumination the Schiavo case has thrown onto the courts and the left, "Runaway...
Digby: Here's the smarmy Hugh Hewitt: "WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS, the latest in a string of judicial decrees that run contrary to the will of the representative branch?
Oliver Willis: Just Stop There — Categories: Right-Wing Stupidity In his latest column for The Weekly Standard, third tier radio host...
Ken Masugi: Hugh Hewitt notes that the congress has intervened against the courts to protect "endangered species."
Deacon: Congress be damned — Don't miss Hugh Hewitt's Weekly Standard piece about how the federal judiciary is flouting the law...

Opposition Takes Control of Kyrgyzstan
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - President Askar Akayev fled Kyrgyzstan on Thursday after protesters stormed his headquarters, seized control of state television and rampaged through government offices, throwing computers and air conditioners out of windows.
Orrin Judd: SEND LAWYERS, GUNS, & VOWELS: Opposition Takes Control of Kyrgyzstan (STEVE GUTTERMAN, 3/24/05, Associated Press) -...
FrancoAlemán: I don't plan to post anything here unless there's anything exceptional (though there actually is something exceptional,...
Ed Cone: Hey, it's no Schiavo case, but we might oughta pay some attention: "The Central Asian nation's role as a conduit for...
Jesse Walker: This time it's in Kyrgyzstan — and this time the revolution's a little rowdier: [snipped quote] The Village Voice's Ward...

Blake Jurors 'Stupid,' D.A. Says
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said jurors who acquitted actor Robert Blake of the murder of his wife are "incredibly stupid" and insisted his office put on a good case.
"Quite frankly, based on my review of the evidence, he is as guilty as sin.
Eugene Volokh: Now a second politician is doing it: My fair city's own District Attorney Steve Cooley, who is quoted as saying that the jurors in the Robert Blake trial were "incredibly stupid."
Jeralyn Merritt: Prosecutor Calls Blake Jurors Stupid — Sorry to interrupt your Schiavo news, but this warrants mention: "Los Angeles County Dist.
Kevin Roderick: Thursday shorts * Some collected items, from here and there (updated a couple of times): • District Attorney Steve...

Judge Greer parts ways with his church on pastor's advice
  St. Petersburg Times   —   Permalink 
CLEARWATER - Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer left his church last week after the pastor wrote him a letter suggesting "it might be easier for all of us" if he leave.
Greer, whose orders on the Terri Schiavo case have brought him criticism, is a Southern Baptist who attended Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
James Joyner: Judge Greer parts ways with his church on pastor's advice (St. Petersburg Times) [snipped quote] Quite bizarre.
John Cole: Judge Greer, Unwelcome Baptist — Saw this via Outside the Beltway: "Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer left his...

Schiavo parents appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Terri Schiavo's parents, running out of options in their uphill fight to have their brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube reinserted, are now hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will step in.
John Cole: As I write this, the Supreme Court has ruled against the reactionaries, adding yet another legal defeat (if these guys...
James Joyner: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Schiavo parents' appeal (CNN) [snipped quote] Given that Greer has already ruled these new...
Jim Dallas: A Service To Our Readers — The Houston Chronicle reported yesterday (and CNN reports today) that interest in living wills has gone up considerably due to the Schiavo case.

Iraq Workers Protest Insurgent Attacks
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of power workers shouting "No, no, to terror!" marched through Baghdad on Thursday to protest attacks that have killed dozens of their colleagues, while demonstrators in the south demanded that the new petroleum minister be from their oil-rich region.
Hindrocket: Also earlier today, Iraqi electrical workers marched through Baghdad to protest against terrorism, especially attacks on electricity stations and oil pipelines.
Harry @HarrysPlace: Partisan Workers — More signs of the growing confidence of Iraq's workers fighting back against the terrorist gangs:...

George W. to George W.
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Of all the stories about the abuse of prisoners of war by American soldiers and C.I.A. agents, surely none was more troubling and important than the March 16 report by my Times colleagues Douglas Jehl and Eric Schmitt that at least 26 prisoners have died in...
Gregory Djerejian: Fiery Friedman — Tom Friedman: [snipped quote] I have been deeply outraged that so many detainees have died in U.S. custody.
Jon Henke: "George W. to George W." isn't really all that far... Thomas Friedman... " least 26 prisoners have died in U.S...
Orrin Judd: WHAT WOULD OUR GRANDFATHERS SAY? : George W. to George W.
Avedon Carol: Thomas Friedman is starting to notice what's going on again - he's noticed we're killing too many people, even.
Armando @DailyKos: Today's version of "see no evil" has Friedman "shocked, shocked" to discover that the Bush Administration seems none too...

Bush decries border project
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WACO, Texas — President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens crossing the border, characterizing them as "vigilantes."
He said he would pressure Congress to further loosen immigration law.
Dan Froomkin: James G. Lakely writes in the Washington Times: "President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor...
Jeff Goldstein: And elk!* update: "Say, did I ever tell you about the time Antonio Banderas called my breasts 'pezones hermosos grandes'?
Michelle Malkin: As reported in the Washington Times: [snipped quote] Yeah? How?

Officials: Diner finds finger in chili
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SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — A diner at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in San Jose, California, found a human finger in a bowl of chili prepared by the chain, local officials said Wednesday.
Jack Cluth: Officials: Diner finds finger in chili Well, you DID say that you want your chili with extra meat, didn't you?
Roger L. Simon: Fight Junk Food Addiction! Well, I'll be staying away from "Wendy's" for a while. (ht: Sheryl)
Ed Driscoll: The Fickle Finger of Food — Man-oh-man, am I glad I didn't go to this San Jose restaurant for dinner tonight.

Se Habla B.S.?
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Last week, I faulted the White House for leading the press and public to believe, falsely, that Latinos tend to die younger than whites do. This myth helps to sell President Bush's Social Security reform proposal to Latinos, since it implies that they collect Social Security for fewer years, on average, than whites do.
Matthew Yglesias: Will Saletan has the goods, the Journal had the story right. It just didn't dawn on them to, you know, point out that this is a bald-faced lie.
Eugene Volokh: Thanks to Slate for the pointer. UPDATE: Could it just be that they smoke less (16.7% vs. 23.6% for non-Hispanic whites)?

Report: Kyrgyzstan President Resigns
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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -
0324kyrgzstan Protesters stormed the presidential compound in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday, seizing the seat of state power after clashing with riot police during a large opposition rally. President Askar Akayev reportedly fled the country and resigned.
Laura Rozen: Update: The Kyrgyz president has resigned. Great coverage from this site (via Tapped).
Ace: Another Domino Falls — Now Kyrgyzstan: [snipped quote] Based simply on the seredipity of his name, extradimensional...
Tarek @LiquidList: Politics: President of Kyrgyzstan Flees Country — Breaking news from Kyrgyzstan: [snipped quote] According to most...
James Joyner: Report: Kyrgyzstan President Resigns (AP) [snipped quote] See my coverage from this morning for background.

Kyrgyzstan Leader Reportedly Flees Country
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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - President Askar Akayev reportedly fled on Thursday after protesters stormed his headquarters, seized control of state television and rampaged through government offices, throwing computers and air conditioners out of windows.
Charles Johnson: Blame George W. Bush — The physicist President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, ruler of the country since independence in 1990, has fled the country.
Dan Gillmor: Kyrgyzstan Map-1 UPDATED I'm pretty good on geography, but when I read about the revolution and/or coup in Kyrgyzstan I...

Supreme Court Rejects Request to Reinsert Feeding Tube
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CLEARWATER, Fla., March 23 - The Supreme Court today turned down a request by Terri Schiavo's parents for an emergency order to restore the Florida woman's feeding tube.
In a one-sentence notice, the court said the matter had been presented to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and referred by him to the full court.
Jeralyn Merritt: Where's his brother, President Bush? Back at the ranch, on vacation. Update: Think Progress has more —particularly on Sen. Bill Frist.
Chris Nolan: Brother's Keeper — The Terri Schiavo case has been so annoying - even Conservatives are getting impatient — that it's been easy to lose site of the longer-term politics here.