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College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says.
Ezra Klein: Why Professors Tilt Left — Over at the Agora, they're running through another round of "why-oh-why are all universities...
Ken Masugi: Keep in Mind When Funding Universities — The left-leaning academy Howard Kurtz describes here is an old story, but this...
Greg Ransom: DOG BITES MAN — most professors are leftists a new study shows: [snipped quote] The original study is available here.
Iowahawk: You won't believe the academic insanity as Iowahawk's Dave Burge and his inquiring camera crew catch real live college...
Betsy Newmark: Gee, what a surprise this study's result is.
Todd Zywicki: More on Campus Intellectual Diversity: Howard Kurtz reports today on a new study on the lack of intellectual diversity on campus College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds.
Also: Stanley Kurtz, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Althouse, Orrin Judd, Ace, Rickheller @Centerfield, Juan Non-Volokh, Tim Graham

List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.
John Cole: This is bound to raise some eyebrows: "The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm...
Jeffrey Dubner: That's The New York Times' apt description of Response Unlimited's plan to rent the pro-feeding tube coalition for five bills a month.
Howard Kurtz: Here's a NYT report on the latest strange twist in that case: "The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a...
Billmon: "New York Times List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm March 29, 2005" — "The family of...
Steve M.: Gary McCullough's name makes The New York Times — the paper notes that the spokesman for Terri Schiavo's parents has...
S.Z.: Well, per the NY Times, this has already happened.
Also: Magpie @PacificViews, Yuval Rubinstein, Zoe Kentucky, Taegan Goddard, Michele Catalano, James Joyner, Kos @DailyKos, Pudentilla, Jesse Taylor

Revolution echoes around Russia
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN - The shock waves from Kyrgyzstan's lightning revolution are spreading around the former Soviet Union - and into the heart of Russia - leading analysts to wonder which regimes might be next to face the peoples' wrath.
Michael J. Totten: And revolution may be just as contagious this time as it was last time. The Christian Science Monitor explains.
Robert Mayer: One part in particular caught my eye, though.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Yes indeed, they are. As mentioned previously on this blog, the revolts in Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine cause one to wonder...
Arthur Chrenkoff: All eyes on Russia — Interesting times in what used to be the former Soviet empire: [snipped quote] This is precisely...
Robert Tagorda: "The Second Breakup of the Soviet Union" — That's how one Kyrgyz analyst describes the recent flashes of people power:...
Glenn Reynolds: SHOCKWAVES AND ECHOES: [snipped quote] Putin can't like this. Here's more on Ingushetia, including the observation that it's "on the brink of revolution."

Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran dead at 67
  CNN   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, 67, perhaps best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles.
"Johnnie Cochran was a loving, heartful human being who cared about everybody," said Pastor William Epps of the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles, which Cochran attended for 18 years.
Talking Dog: While the world awaits the final demise of someone involved in major courtroom battles in a hospice, we were all looking...
James Joyner: - Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran is dead at 67 [snipped quote] If the coffin fits, you must submit.
Joe Gandelman: Johnnie Cochran, OJ's Successful Lawyer, Dies — He had fought (and won) many cases showcasing his charisma and...
Jeff Goldstein: Johnnie Cochran dead at 67 — No cause of death given in the earliest reports. **** update: [snipped quote] (thanks Allah).

Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder
  By / Village Voice   —   Permalink 
For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution in American history.
She is not brain-dead or comatose, and breathes naturally on her own.
Captain Ed: Nat Hentoff — that Dr. Dobson groupie of the crypto-Christian Village Voice — writes that withdrawing food and water...
Tom Maguire: Liberals For Terri — Thunder from the left on behalf of Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings: Nat Hentoff, Jesse Jackson, and the Liberals for Terri blog.
Orrin Judd: IF ONLY SHE WERE A SERIAL KILLER, THE LEFT WOULD HELP (via Mike Daley): Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder: Her crime was...

What's Going On?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Democratic societies have a hard time dealing with extremists in their midst. The desire to show respect for other people's beliefs all too easily turns into denial: nobody wants to talk about the threat posed by those whose beliefs include contempt for democracy itself.
Hindrocket: Rightwing Nuthouse says that Krugman's latest column in the New York Times is evidence that he has "gone stark, raving mad."
John Cole: Finally, if you thought I was over the top in my condemnation of the Randall Terry-like zealots, check out this piece from Paul Krugman.
Barbara O'Brien: Paul Krugman writes that we've been way too slow to recognize how dangerous the extreme Right has become.
Captain Ed: Today brought out two more voices of the right-wing theocracy threatening America, according to Paul Krugman, arguing to...
Chris Nolan: This is not the footage you're used to seeing from the U.S. And let's just say - because someone should - that it's a good thing Terri Schiavo didn't die on Easter Sunday.
Shawn @LiquidList: Culture: Bull's Eye — Krugman's column hits the nail on the head this morning.
Also: Hugh Hewitt, Tom Maguire, Natasha @PacificViews

Don't Fear the Blogger
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
In yesterday's (March 27) Los Angeles Times, media reporter and critic David Shaw demonstrates Oscar Wilde's maxim that modern journalism is important—if only because it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Kevin Drum: LA Times columnist David Shaw wrestled with this quandary on Sunday with predictable results, and Jack Shafer and Matt Welch both gave him the dressing down he deserves.
Kevin Roderick: If you are into the subject, Shaw is being ripped for his seeming lack of history about press protections and the First...
Captain Ed: Jack Shafer at Slate didn't miss it, or the irony of Shaw's screed, and he takes Shaw to the woodshed in his response at Slate this morning.
Joe Gandelman: If you think that all reporters and columnists now have an accurate idea of what blogs are all about — then you...
Michelle Malkin: BLOGGERS, "REAL JOURNALISTS," AND FALSE DICHOTOMIES — Jack Shafer does a great job ripping apart David Shaw's sloppy, wrong-headed blogger-bashing column.
Garrett M. Graff: Jack Shafer rips apart lousy journalism by the LAT's media critic. The Gaggle features a return by super reporter Les Kinsolving.
Also: Jim Romenesko, Stirling Newberry, Virginia Postrel, Jan Haugland, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Dean Esmay, Patterico, Greg Ransom

Superstar Lawyer Johnnie Cochran Dies
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES - Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who became a legal superstar after helping clear O.J. Simpson during a sensational murder trial in which he uttered the famous quote "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," died Tuesday. He was 67.
Riggsveda @Corrente: On To The Next Case bio-cochran3 Dead today of a brain tumor at 67.
Roger L. Simon: No one will be saying, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!"

Neurologist Cranford confronted Scarborough, MSNBC daytime anchor: "[Y]ou're asking me if a CAT scan was done? How could you possibly be so stupid?"
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
On the March 28 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, host Joe Scarborough interviewed Dr. Ronald Cranford, one of the two neurologists selected by Michael Schiavo to examine Terri Schiavo pursuant to an October 2001 appellate court mandate.
John Cole: Meanwhile, Joe Scarborough is still having problems with science and facts (we have discussed Joe's problems with facts...
Atrios: Best Television Ever — Read this transcript of the Mayor of Loonyville getting reamed a few new ones.
Oliver Willis: When "Bias" Hits Reality — Categories: Liberal Media | Media | Republicans | Terri Schiavo You should watch this clip...

Whose Team Am I On?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
If you had chanced upon the front door of Grace Church School on lower Broadway on a sunny morning in the fall of 1969, you might have come upon a radiant boy clutching a brown paper bag that contained a piece of sacred turf harvested from Shea Stadium, where the New York Mets had recently won the world championship of baseball.
Todd Zywicki: David Brooks Raises a Baseball Dilemma: I share David Brooks's dilemma—what to do about the Washington Nationals (hat tip The Corner).
James Joyner: Switching Teams — David Brooks admits in today's New York Times to be the sort of weak willed, fickle individual that would switch team loyalties at the drop of a hat.
Matthew Yglesias: Vast Grace Church Media Conspiracy — Hm . . . it seems that David Brooks, like me (and, for that matter, Nick Confessore), went to the Grace Church School in New York.
Cori Dauber: Which is why this part of David Brooks' column today is too good not to share.
Orrin Judd: SHARE YOUR LOVE: Whose Team Am I On?
Ed Cone: David Brooks on the philosophy of fandom: "The Mets ideal is: God smiles upon his darlings.
Also: Rich Lowry

The U.N. thinks about tomorrow's cyberspace
  By /   —   Permalink 
The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications.
But the ITU enjoys virtually no influence over the Internet.
Captain Ed: Now the UN, which brought you the Oil-For-Food scandal and the rape of the Congo, wants to take over the Internet: [snipped quote] The whole world looks for a better solution?
Glenn Reynolds: MORE ON THE U.N.'S AMBITION TO REGULATE THE INTERNET: [snipped quote] Gee, do you think any of that stuff could be used for censorship or something?
Gabriel Syme: The U.N. claws at cyberspace — I nearly choked on my tea when I read in my news alerts that the United Nations'...

Protesters in Schiavo case flood Florida abuse hot line
  AP   —   Permalink 
TALLAHASSEE — Hundreds of protesters trying to keep Terri Schiavo alive are calling the Florida Department of Children & Families hot line each day, and officials are concerned they could be jamming the line for people who are trying to report abuse unrelated to the case.
John Cole: Such is the case in the world of faith-based science and medicine (full version here) Meanwhile, those fighting to...
Garance Franke-Ruta: The Associated Press reported on Friday that the activists were tying up phone lines that needed to be kept open for...
Amanda Marcotte: Schiavo madness continues — Through Alas, a Blog and Pinko Feminist Hellcat, here's another story about the pro-tube loonies.

Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 28 - The final report of a presidential commission studying American intelligence failures regarding illicit weapons includes a searing critique of how the C.I.A. and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political...
Laura Rozen: Did we really need a new commission to tell us this? More intelligence sharing and the CIA screwed up on Iraq pre-war intelligence?
Orrin Judd: Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons (DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE, 3/29/05, NY Times)...
Dan Froomkin: David E. Sanger and Scott Shane write in the New York Times: "The final report of a presidential commission studying...
Pudentilla: it's official - there never were any wmd — [snipped quote] but you knew that didn't you? everyone knew it except the...

Annan Refuses to Quit U.N. Over Report
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Investigators probing the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday that Secretary-General Kofi Annan didn't interfere in the awarding of a contract to a company that employed his son but criticized the U.N. chief for not properly investigating possible conflicts of interest.
Charles Johnson: Kofi Annan Defiant, Relieved — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan doesn't just say, "No." He says, "Hell, no!"
Michelle Malkin: Update II: Asked if he was going to resign, Kofi Annan responded: "Hell, no."
Kevin Aylward: Annan Refuses to Quit U.N. Over Report [ABC] Report Issues Since Volcker's committee released a locked PDF, ill-suited...

Gifts to Princeton drop sharply
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Contributions to Princeton University fell by about $100 million — or 45 percent — in 2004 while overall giving to U.S. colleges and universities rose 3.4 percent, according to a national survey.
Greg Ransom: WHAT'S HAPPENING at Princeton is rightly what should be happening at Universities across the country.
Betsy Newmark: Princeton has seen a precipitous drop in donations in the past year.
Donald Luskin: Who knows, but I'm delighted to read that Contributions to Princeton University fell by about $100 million — or 45...

Johnnie Cochran, Lawyer for O.J. Simpson, Dies at 67 (Update2)
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
March 29 (Bloomberg) — Johnnie Cochran Jr., an attorney who rose to fame when he helped win an acquittal for O.J. Simpson in a double-murder trial, died today. He was 67.
Cochran died at his home in Los Angeles, his family said in an e-mailed statement.
John Cole: Things In The News — Some quick things you should probably know: Johnnie Cochran of OJ Simpson fame is dead at 67.
Skippy: if the coffin fits, then call it quits johnny cochran dead at 67.

Schiavo 'Is Failing,' Her Father Says
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Fla., March 29 — Terri Schiavo "is failing," her father said Tuesday after being joined by civil rights activist Jesse Jackson outside the hospice where his daughter is nearing death.
"You can see the impact of 12 days without food or water is having on her," Robert Schindler said.
Garance Franke-Ruta: The Terri Schiavo protestors are starting to have some very negative effects on families of other end-of-life patients...
David Allan Pell: That's an easy one: Jesse Jackson has arrived. For the record, if I am ever in the unfortunate position of being on life...
Steve M.: AP (I assume Johnson is the woman mentioned in the last paragraph of this Washington Post article.)

Oil, Food Probe Clears Annan, Raps Son
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An inquiry into the U.N. oil-for-food scandal concluded on Tuesday that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had not interfered in the awarding of a contract to a firm that employed his son but faulted him for not investigating the issue properly.
Jan Haugland: Kofi Annan sees no evil, hears no evil — Kofi Annan is 'cleared' of wrongdoing by the second interim report from Paul Volcker, the headlines say.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Headline Reaction — Via ABC News: Oil, Food Probe Clears Annan, Raps Son As long as the son doesn't rap, I guess I'll be fine.
Nico @ThinkProgress: What Fox News Won't Tell You About the U.N. Report — The usual gang of conservative attack dogs are using today's...

La Vida Robot
  Wired News   —   Permalink 
The winter rain makes a mess of West Phoenix. It turns dirt yards into mud and forms reefs of garbage in the streets. Junk food wrappers, diapers, and Spanish-language porn are swept into the gutters.
Vanderleun: Noted — Need to Know Living La Vida Robot "How four underdogs from the mean streets of Phoenix took on the best from M.I.T. in the national underwater bot championship."
Gary Farber: THOSE DAMN SHIFTLESS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are, it turns out, capable of beating MIT. From high school. Great story.

Johnnie Cochran Jr., who won acquittal for O.J. Simpson, dies
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(03-29) 16:02 PST Los Angeles (AP) —
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the dynamic, eminently quotable attorney whose televised murder defense of O.J. Simpson made him a legal superstar died Tuesday. He was 67.
Cochran died of a brain tumor at his home in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement.
TChris: RIP: Johnnie Cochran — One of the great trial lawyers of modern times, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., died today of a brain tumor at the age of 67.
Kevin Aylward: Famed Lawyer Johnnie Cochran Dead At 67 cochran_glove.jpg Most famous for the line, "if the glove does not fit, you must...

2nd Iraqi Assembly Meeting Breaks Down Amid Accusations
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 29 - The second meeting of the new Iraqi constitutional assembly descended into a series of contentious exchanges today, as some members accused others of hijacking the political process and betraying the Iraqi people by failing to form a government.
Steve M.: And, apparently, not doing a bang-up job of it: BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 29 - The second meeting of the new Iraqi...
TChris: Forming a Government in Iraq ... or Not — Demonstrating their ability to behave like children — just like their...
Matthew Yglesias: Two important Iraq stories in today's New York Times, one about the continuing gridlock that's preventing the political...

Easter Charade
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
The immediate crisis has apparently passed. But all through Easter Sunday, one had to be alert to the possibility that, at any moment, the late and long-dead Terri Schiavo would receive the stigmata on both palms and both feet and be wafted across the Florida...
Chris Nolan: That's a Molotov cocktail of politics and religion that we've only barely and perhaps only temporarily avoided.
Ann Althouse: Christopher Hitchens regrets starting to talk about the Schiavo case, but, having started, he goes on to say a lot more.

Jesse Jackson Meets With Schiavo's Parents
  AP   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — The parents of Terri Schiavo met and prayed Tuesday with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who called her impending death "an injustice."
Joining the conservatives who have rallied to the parents' cause, the liberal Jackson said he would call...
Saint Paul l: Right Wing Radical Update — The latest prominent voice, in support of feeding Terri Schiavo: The parents of Terri...
Orrin Judd: I AM SOMEBODY: Jackson Meets With Schiavo's Parents in Florida (AP, 3/29/05) [snipped quote] Amazing how Democrats have...

Boy Scout official charged in child porn case
  CNN   —   Permalink 
DALLAS, Texas (CNN) — A former top official of the Boy Scouts of America faces federal Internet child pornography charges and is expected to plead guilty Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said.
James Joyner: Boy Scout official charged in child porn case [snipped quote] Not something one wants to hear about someone in the top ranks of the Boy Scouts.
Oliver Willis: How Intriguing — September, 2004, Douglas S. Smith, Jr defends the boy scouts against charges of intolerance towards...

Perry letter commending Clinton found
  By / Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
AUSTIN - A week after Gov. Rick Perry's campaign tried to link one of his potential GOP primary rivals to U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a 1993 letter emerged in which Perry called Clinton's efforts at health care reform "commendable."
Charles Kuffner: The Hillary Menace grows — And the furious debate over whether Kay Bailey or Little Ricky hates Hillary Clinton with more fervor continues on.
Taegan Goddard: Right Back At You — A week after Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) campaign tried to link Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to...
Jim Dallas: Via Taegan Goddard, the Houston Chronicle reports on a letter being circulated by the Hutchison camp in which Comrade...

Colorado Court Bars Execution Because Jurors Consulted Bible
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
DENVER, March 28 - In a sharply divided ruling, Colorado's highest court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision throwing out the sentence of a man who was given the death penalty after jurors consulted the Bible in reaching a verdict.
Jacob Sullum: Bible Ban — Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a death sentence for a man convicted of kidnapping, rape,...
Ken Masugi: The Colorado Supreme Court appears to have defied recent Supreme Court opinions relying on foreign sources for...
Alameida @Unfogged: The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a death penalty decision yesterday on the grounds that the jurors consulted the Bible.
Ann Althouse: The NYT reports on a Colorado state court opinion that threw out a death sentence because the jurors consulted a Bible.
James Joyner: Colorado Court Bars Execution Because Jurors Consulted Bible — The Colorado Supreme Court overturned the death sentence...
Greg Ransom: THE OLIGARCHS have once again cancelled rule by the people — this time pushing the eject button on a decision by a jury.
Also: Peter Burnet, Tim Dunlop

Leaders of the Opposition
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Washington — ACCORDING to a now infamous memo circulated among Republican senators, the Terri Schiavo case is a "great political issue" for their party. The memo is half right: the case may be good politics - but for Democrats.
Noam Scheiber: (More on that later today.) In the meantime, here's an op-ed of mine in today's New York Times.
Orrin Judd: THE PARTY IN POWER GETS TO CAPITALIZE: Leaders of the Opposition (NOAM SCHEIBER, 3/29/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] You...
Tom Maguire: Well, Noam Scheiber thinks that Democrats will be campaigning as supporters of Operation Iraqi Freedom by 2008; maybe they will switch sides on this a bit more quickly.

Report: No Proof Annan Knew of Deal Bid
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Mar 29, 2005 — Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq said Tuesday there was not enough evidence to show that Secretary-General Kofi Annan knew of a contract bid by his son's employer.
Michelle Malkin: Update: 1147am Report's not out yet, but AP has a copy and although it's not a "clear vindication," it looks like it pretty much takes Kofi off the hook.
Roger L. Simon: MORE: Some early report info from the AP: Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq said Tuesday there was...

Editorial, report spell new troubles for DeLay
  Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A scathing rebuke in a national newspaper with a strongly conservative editorial page and a report that his family had ended life support for his father created fresh troubles for Tom DeLay on Monday, but there were no clear signs that his core supporters were abandoning the House majority leader.
Tom Maguire: It Doesn't Always Matter What The Facts Are — The Houston Chronicle covers the "DeLay is a hypocrite for pulling the plug on his dad" story dreamed up by the LA Times.
Taegan Goddard: Bonus Quote of the Day — [snipped quote] — Former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-TX), quoted by the Houston Chronicle, on the...
Charles Kuffner: When chickens attack — The best thing about this Chron story on the Wall Street Journal's anti-DeLay editorial and the...

Is the Payroll Tax a Tax?
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
On Social Security, our elected officials appear implicitly divided into two camps. One group favors restoring balance with lower promised benefits. This group also hopes to maintain or increase benefits with the higher returns associated with private accounts.
PGL: Via Jesse Taylor comes Kevin Hassert: [snipped quote] Jesse provides the shorter version of Hassert's theme:...
Jesse Taylor: Taxes Done Up And Died — Kevin A. Hassett attempts to make the argument that payroll taxes aren't taxes...because you eventually derive a benefit from them.

Partisan Polarization Intensified in 2004 Election
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Political polarization intensified during the 2004 elections, continuing a trend that has defined voting behavior for most of the past decade and that has left the two major parties increasingly homogenized and partisan.
David Allan Pell: Doing the Splits — It's won't come as much of surprise that we are more divided than ever: Political polarization...
Taegan Goddard: More Evidence of a Divided Nation — "Political polarization intensified during the 2004 elections, continuing a trend...
PoliPundit: Ticket Splitting — Some interesting numbers on ticket-splitting: "Polidata's Clark Bensen said that Bush carried 255...

Volcker: No Clear Oil-for-Food Conflict for Kofi
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — Investigators probing the Oil-for-Food (search) program in Iraq said Tuesday there was not enough evidence to show that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) knew of a controversial contract bid by his son's employer.
Deacon: Hell no, he won't go — Kofi Annan is hanging tough for now.
Ace: Prepare For Another Shock: Special Blue-Ribbon Panel Whitewashes Oil-For-Food — Let's face it, that's what these panels...

Court: Title IX Protects Whistleblowers
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court expanded the scope of a landmark gender equity law, ruling Tuesday that it shields whistleblowers who accuse academic institutions of discrimination based on sex.
Juan Non-Volokh: Justice Thomas wrote a dissent. The Associated Press reports on the decision here.
Pudentilla: chicks 1: lazy sexist administrators: 0 — [snipped quote] way to go, coach.

Annan Didn't Improperly Influence Cotecna Awards, Report Says
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
March 29 (Bloomberg) — United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan didn't improperly influence the bidding or selection process for contracts awarded to Cotecna Inspection SA, a Swiss company hired in 1998 to monitor humanitarian goods for Iraq, a report said.
Michelle Malkin: More from Bloomberg News: [snipped quote] 1228 Via Roger L. Simon, the report is up here in PDF format.
Jeff Goldstein: And with a hat on your bat, it's just her word against yours, brother..."*

Walking in the Opposition's Shoes
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The Senate will return from Easter vacation with nuclear options on its mind. Republicans seem determined to change the rules so Democrats will no longer be able to stop judicial nominations with the threat of a filibuster. If they're acting out of frustration, it's understandable.
TChris: The NY Times editorial page today, as it has in the past, takes a stand against the nuclear option.
Orrin Judd: DOUBLE TALK FOR DOUBLE STANDARDS (via The Other Brother): Walking in the Opposition's Shoes (NY Times, 3/29/05)...
Jim Miller: Never Mind — That's what the New York Times now says about its decades long opposition to filibusters.

To Australians, U.S. World Policy a Threat
  AP   —   Permalink 
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Most Australians consider U.S. foreign policy to be as threatening as Islamic fundamentalism, according to a survey released Monday.
Tim Dunlop: This factor is something that is completely missed in the AP article that appears in today's NYTimes.
Tom Maguire: The AP Lead: "Most Australians consider U.S. foreign policy to be as threatening as Islamic fundamentalism, according to a survey released Monday.

Central Asia
  By / Asia Times   —   Permalink 
The United States is beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, at the same time encircling Iran. Washington will set up nine new bases in Afghanistan in the provinces of Helmand, Herat, Nimrouz, Balkh, Khost and Paktia.
Robert Garcia Tagorda: But this Asia Times report contains a few cautions: [quote] "Will it make Uzbekistan move closer to Russia?[end quote]
Bill Roggio: In the Asia Times, Ramtanu Maitra documents the proliferation of US bases in Central Asia, and posits the purposes are...

"Human Non-Person"
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
My debate about Terri Schiavo's case with Florida bioethicist Bill Allen on Court TV Online eventually got down to the nitty-gritty:
Wesley Smith: Bill, do you think Terri is a person?
Bill Allen: No, I do not. I think having awareness is an essential criterion for personhood.
Julian Sanchez: Yet for Wesley J. Smith, a veritable go-to guy for punching-bag punditry, this idea is apparently so horrific that he...
Michelle Malkin: Update: Some bioethicists are now arguing that Terri is not a human being: "Wesley Smith: Bill, do you think Terri is a person?

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
CHOOSING to attend The King's College, an evangelical school based in the Empire State Building, instead of George Washington University was the "best decision of my life," says King's freshman Anthony Randazzo.
Stanley Kurtz: In her aptly named piece, "Board of Bozos," Naomi Schaefer Riley, exposes what appears to be an egregious case of anti-religious bias by the New York State Board of Regents.
Scott Sala: Kevin is seeking New Yorkers to call John Brademas office and demand he drop his crusade. More from the NY Post

Annan to save face by saying son misled him
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK: Kofi Annan, struggling to survive as the UN Secretary-General, plans to blame his son for embroiling him in the oil-for-food scandal when a UN inquiry issues a harsh report today.
Michelle Malkin: And, of course, you've all probably seen the Australian Times article on how Daddy Kofi plans to hang Kojo out to dry to save his own derriere.
Charles Johnson: Oil is Thicker than Blood — The Australian reports that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan plans to throw his son Kojo to the wolves: Annan to save face by saying son misled him.

Picnic Is No Party In the New Basra
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
BASRA, Iraq, March 28 — Celia Garabet thought students were roughhousing. Sinan Saeed was sure a fight had erupted. Within a few minutes, on a sunny day at a riverside park, they realized something different was afoot.
Steve M.: (More on this story here, from today's Washington Post.) Kidnappings? Did I mention the rash of kidnappings?
Hindrocket: On the other hand, the Washington Post describes an ugly incident in Basra, in which fundamentalist Shiite "militia"...
Cori Dauber: But when they sent their thugs in to violently bust up a picnic of hundreds of college students who just weren't doing...

The Draft Cheney movement is about to surface
  By / Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
In the summer of 2000, Dick Cheney was appointed to find a vice presidential candidate for George W. Bush, and, as we now know, the winner of the search turned out to be Dick Cheney.
Today, Republicans are casting about for a successor to Bush.
Taegan Goddard: Cheney Urged to Run in 2008 — Jonathan Chait notes an effort to draft Vice President Dick Cheney into running for...
PoliPundit: Cheney — Cheney '08?

For family, religion shapes politics
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
MASON, Ohio — Michael and MarCee Wilkerson bow their heads and pray before every meal, even when they are surrounded by strangers at Skyline Chili. Their older daughter, Brittany, 13, listens to Christian-accented rap, hip-hop, and R&B. And Brooke, 9, is fond of wearing a T-shirt that proclaims, ''Jesus is my Homeboy."
Hugh Hewitt: The Globe also profiles a family living in suburban Cincinnati: " For family, religion shapes politics: Heartlanders...
Orrin Judd: For family, religion shapes politics: Heartlanders convert others to live daily by 'the word of God' (Brian MacQuarrie,...

How to Mix Religion and Politics
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
We are constantly told by liberals — or "progressives," or "the reality-based community," or however it is they are marketing themselves this week — that religion and politics ought never to be mixed. Religion, it is said, should be confined as far as possible to the private sphere.
Ramesh Ponnuru: EDWARD FESER has another excellent article on TCS today.
Ed Driscoll: Teleological Existential Agnosticism — Edward Feser explains how to mix religion and politics, and reminds us that the...
Greg Ransom: EDWARD FESER — How to Think about Religion and Politics.

Random thoughts
  By /   —   Permalink 
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
Nolan Ryan's baseball career was so long that he struck out seven guys whose fathers he had also struck out. (Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonds, for example.)
Why do some people use a fancy mathematical term like "parameters" when all that they really mean is boundaries?
Paul Jaminet: TRICKLE-DOWN PSYCHOLOGY: Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell, 3/29/2005) [snipped quote] Actually, it's worse than that: what...
Betsy Newmark: Thomas Sowell has one of his Random Thoughts columns. Here's a sampling.

Conservatives Splitting on Social Security
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush's proposal to add private investment accounts to Social Security is beginning to create controversy within the one group that has most forcefully embraced the idea in theory: the conservative intelligentsia.
Barbara O'Brien: Cracked — Jonathan Weisman reports in today's Washington Post that conservatives are splitting on Bush's scheme to "reform" Social Security.
Pudentilla: who let the dogs out? [snipped quote] didn't anyone tell sauron that if awol didn't have a plan the academics would start offering their own?
Arnold Kling: The Washington Post was excited to report this as a split among conservatives on the Social Security issue.
Greg Ransom: The WaPost has the story: [snipped quote] UPDATE: Arnold Kling: "The Washington Post was excited to report this as a split among conservatives on the Social Security issue.

Sunni Leader Vows Support for Insurgents
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 28 - For several weeks, Iraq's most powerful politicians and foreign diplomats have been streaming like anxious pilgrims to western Baghdad, to the vast blue and gold dome of the Mother of All Battles mosque, which was commissioned by Saddam Hussein.
Cori Dauber: Focus on the Hardliners — Although this article makes clear that there are Sunni leaders working to bring the Sunni...
Juan Cole: Robert Worth reports that Shaikh Hareth al-Dhari of the Association of Muslim Scholars continues to reject Sunni Arab...

2 Issues Straining GOP Grip in Florida
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush's decisive victory in Florida last year seemed to cement Republican dominance in an important battleground state that once symbolized an evenly divided nation.
Pudentilla: memo to sauron if you want a lock on florida, you shouldn't mess with social security and end of life issues.
Kevin Drum: In the LA Times today, Peter Wallsten suggests that might be the case: [snipped quote] Music to my ears.

Smells Like Beltway
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
By now you have surely read about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ethics troubles. Probably, too, you aren't entirely clear as to what those troubles are—something to do with questionable junkets, Indian casino money, funny business on the House Ethics Committee, stuff down in Texas.
Dean Esmay: Alas, as today's Wall Street Journal points out, Tom DeLay smells bad, for entirely unrelated reasons, most of them his own making.
Orin Kerr: Wall Street Journal on Tom DeLay: These are familiar charges, notable chiefly because they are coming from the Wall...
Kos @DailyKos: WSJ: [snipped quote] The editorial tries to defend DeLay on the substance of the allegations and calls Earle a "partisan...
Dale Franks: WSJ Abandons DeLay — The Editors of the Wall Street Journal write today that, even if Tom DeLay's ethics troubles end...

A Future the Army Can't Afford
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Today's New York Times reports that the U.S. Army's "Future Combat Systems"—an elaborate medley of new hardware, fast software, and wild dreams that Pentagon planners regard as the "technological bridge" to tomorrow—may be about to collapse.
Laura Rozen: Fred Kaplan on Future Combat Systems and military transformation: "If your guide to this future is the first 30 days of...
Kevin Drum: As Fred Kaplan puts it: "If your guide to this future is the first 30 days of the war in Iraq, then the vision of transformation that underlies FCS might seem appropriate.

Imagine Terri Were a Toaster ...
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Economics is the science of competing preferences, and if ever preferences have competed, they're competing in the Terri Schiavo case. So a little economic analysis might reveal an insight or two beyond what's already come out of this controversy.
Mark Kleiman: Here's Landsburg's take on the Schiavo affair, which puts more crudely a sentiment earlier expressed by the editors of...
Michelle Malkin: Today economist Steven Landsburg gives us this passage in a Slate column titled "Imagine Terri Were a Toasterâ":...
Jane Galt: Steven Landsburg takes his usual contrarian position on the Schiavo case: "his is essentially a fight about what to do...
James Joyner: If Terri Schiavo Were a Toaster — Steven Landsburg argues that we can apply economic reasoning to help us resolve the Terri Schiavo case.
Tyler Cowen: Steve Landsburg weighs in on Terri Schiavo: "I have less understanding of why Schiavo's parents want to keep feeding her.

Suspect Arrested in Minnesota Shootings
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The teenage son of the tribal chairman has been arrested in connection with last week's shootings on a Minnesota Indian reservation, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said Monday.
Michelle Malkin: But the case took a startling turn today with the bombshell arrest of a teenage classmate of the dead gunman: "The...
Kevin Aylward: The only thing missing was an alleged partner - at least until today.RED LAKE, Minn. Mar 28, 2005 (AP) - The juvenile...

The National Press Club Welcomes ... Jeff Gannon?
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Jeff Gannon is back — at the National Press Club?
Yes, the same day that the prestigious Washington, D.C., journalism organization plans to present a lunch talk by former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, it will also allow the former White House reporter/sex site operator to be on a panel discussing bloggers and online journalism.
Digby: Expert Witnesses — I've been busy and bloggered for the last day or so and missed the latest blogging panel and GG kerfluffle.
Dan Froomkin: Gannon/Guckert Watch Joe Strup writes in Editor & Publisher: "Jeff Gannon is back — at the National Press Club?
Atrios: If there were, perhaps I would be invited to yet another panel on blogging that does not include any political bloggers,...
Billmon: Freak Show — A lot of people on the left side of the blogosphere seem to be outraged by the fact that sex entrepreneur...
S.Z.: Editor & Publisher reports that JimJeff GuckertGannon will be included in a panel to be held at the National Press Club on April 8th.
Jim Romenesko: National Press Club officer questions E&P's Gannon story — Romenesko Letters "Is Editor and Publisher suggesting that...
Also: Jerome Armstrong, Susan Madrak, Laura Rozen

Schiavo Protesters Have Hearts on Sleeves and Anger on Signs
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Fla., March 28 - The legal battle over the life of Terri Schiavo may have ended, but a thick, fervent crowd remains in the makeshift encampment outside the Woodside Hospice House here.
Roger Ailes: The Story of Disability Rights Activist and Pacifist Bill Tierney, apparently profiled here, who shares some of Malkin's...
Avedon Carol: More Shiavo cult politics
Yuval Rubinstein: Right-Wing Operatives and Their Daughters—First Phil Parlock, Now Bill Tierney — Today's New York Times, in its Daily...
Billmon: "New York Times Protesters With Hearts on Sleeves and Anger on Signs March 28, 2005 Bill Tierney ... had just returned..."
Judith Weiss: Via one of my NYC Liberal Hawk homies, we bring you live-blogging from the street in front of Woodside Hospice, which seems to have a Woodstock vibe.

Stock-Market Returns May Not Meet Bush's Social Security Hopes
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
March 28 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush, promoting his plan to set up private Social Security accounts, is betting that stock returns will remain strong even as economic growth slows. Economists and equity strategists aren't so sure.
Patrick Ruffini: Not Republicans Lefty bloggers like Kevin Drum are jumping over this Bloomberg report suggesting that the implausibility...
Kevin Drum: Bloomberg surveyed 58 economists recently, and and 39 said no. And there's also this: [snipped quote] If that's really true, it's pretty stunning.
PGL: Sec. is Solvent The big news from this Bloomberg story is captured by its title: "Stock-Market Returns May Not Meet...
Dan Froomkin: 'I think it's very difficult for me to say today that we'll present a bill to the president.' " Alison Fitzgerald and...
Brad DeLong: Bloomberg reports: News & Commentary: Productivity: Treasury's Snow says high stock-market returns will...

Tsunami alerts follow 8.2 quake near Sumatra
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island late Monday, and officials warned that a tsunami could strike the area. Residents of Banda Aceh fled their homes in panic.
Bigwig: New Earthquake Off Indonesia 8.2 earthquake in Indonesia. At the moment it appears to be in almost the exact same spot as the December 2004 quake.
Jan Haugland: Update 6: No tsunami had been seen 90 minutes after the quake, but widespread reports of panic and people fleeing into the mountains all around the Indian ocean.
Steve Bainbridge: With news of a major new earthquake off the Sumatra coast, it seems an opportune time to call to your attention the work...
Joe Gandelman: But, so far at least, this does not seem as if it's shaping up to be a re-run of the hideous tragedy that befell South...
Skippy: msnbc: a large earthquake was registered monday off indonesia's sumatra island, the u.s. geological survey reported,...
K. J. Lopez: 8.2 EARTHQUAKE in Indonesia

Earthquake witness Weblog
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
A large earthquake hit Monday off Indonesia's Sumatra Island (full story). asked readers in the region to share what they felt and witnessed. Here are some of their reports.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: MSNBC places the death toll at 296. MSNBC also has this compelling page excerpting "citizen journalists".
Jeff Jarvis: Eyewitness reports on an MSNBC community blog.
Brian Stelter: MSNBC Recruits Local Quake Reports — is posting "Earthquake witness" reports from southeast Asia on its Citizen Journalists section of the Web site.

Behind the Scenes
  By / Fox News   —   Permalink 
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As promised, more behind the scenes. I am writing this blog on Sunday night since I will be on a plane Monday morning and unable to write this.
Michelle Malkin: At the same time, a number of TV commentators—e.g, Keith Olbermann, Linda Vester, Greta van Sustren, and Larry...
Brian Stelter: Schiavo Crowd Begs For Interviews — When Greta Van Susteren visited the Terri Schiavo's hospice on Saturday, many people asked to be interviewed.

Rick Santorum Was Right
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Meet the future of marriage in America.
I have seen the future of American family law, and her name is Elizabeth F. Emens. A whiz kid with a Ph.D. in English from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, Emens, who teaches the University of Chicago Law School, has published a major legal and cultural defense of polyamory (group marriage).
Ben Glatstein: Kurtz and U of C Law — To build on Will's post, calling Kurtz's article bizarre is probably generous.
Gary Farber: WHY, YES, ALONG WITH THE CULTURE OF DEATH, I AM FOR LEGAL POLYAMORY, and I laugh in the face of Stanley Kurtz, but...
Will Baude: Another reader points out that Stanley Kurtz remains bizarrely fixated on his claim that the University of Chicago Law School is a haven of liberal thought.
Greg Ransom: HERE COMES Constitutionally protected polygamy. File this one under I told you so.

In Test of Free Speech, Russian Court Rules Against Art Show
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
MOSCOW, March 28 - In a criminal case testing the accepted boundaries of artistic expression in Russia, a court convicted a museum director and a curator today for inciting religious hatred when they organized an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that, to many, ridiculed the Russian Orthodox Church.
Avedon Carol: More NYT links for stories I don't feel like writing about: Sex in theater Bill Cosby's Not Funny Art censorship in the...
Gary Farber: LET'S DO LIKE THEY DO! So now it's against the law to insult religion in Russia. Great. Things are just getting better and better there every day.
Kerry Howley: Caution: Censorship — A Moscow court has declared an exhibition of paintings and sculptures to be "openly insulting and blasphemous."

Investigation of Insurance Puts Buffett in a Spotlight
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Over the last four decades, Warren E. Buffett has built Berkshire Hathaway into one of the world's largest and most successful insurers. Along the way, he has navigated the stock market with legendary prowess and offered folksy guidelines for proper corporate governance.
Steve Bainbridge: Today's NYT runs a story about an ongoing investigation of some subsidiaries of famed investor Warren Buffet's Berkshire...
Orrin Judd: A PERP WALK TO SAVOR: Investigation of Insurance Puts Buffett in a Spotlight (TIMOTHY L. O'BRIEN, 3/28/05, NY Times)...
Donald Luskin: From today's New York Times: Berkshire insurance affiliates run by Mr. Buffett's most trusted deputies are involved in...

Strong Indonesia Quake Forces Evacuations
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island late Monday, and officials issued a tsunami warning for as far away as Sri Lanka. Residents of Banda Aceh fled their homes in panic.
Joe Gandelman: Earthquake Hits Indonesia And Sparks Tsunami Fears — A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia today but this...
Jan Haugland: USGS has an updated page on this March 28 quake off Northern Sumatra. Update 5: Associated Press has more.
Bigwig: Japan's Meteorological Agency is measuring the quake as an 8.5. — A description of the quake from a blogger in Penang, Malaysia.
Edward _: Tsunami Alert — Not that there's anything we can do about it from here, but the U.S. Geological Survey has issued a...

Anger at Bushes as time grows short for Schiavo
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A week ago, the demonstrators outside Terri Schiavo's hospice were mostly calm. They prayed, sang hymns and awaited word from protest organizers about legal developments in the case, hoping their presence might help save the brain-damaged woman.
Joe Gandelman: George Bush's And Jeb Bush's Political Problem — Here's a development you might not have expected to see: the folks for...
Dan Froomkin: Turning On Their Own Meanwhile, Larry Copeland writes for USA Today that the zealous protesters outside Schiavo's hospice are now turning against their former champions.
S.Z.: Wingnuts: a Two-Edged Sword From the USA Today piece Anger at Bushes as time grows short for Schiavo: Last week's...
Captain Ed: After spending Saturday taking phone calls on our radio show and reading today's USA Today article about the...
Kevin Aylward: Anger at Bushes as time grows short for Schiavo [USAToday] Kevin McCullough (WMCA New York) and is staff have produced...
James Joyner: Anger at Bushes as time grows short for Schiavo [snipped quote] These people represent a lunatic fringe, so I doubt these...
Also: Mary @LeftCoaster

The Stewards of Gay Washington
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sgt. Brett Parson rides in his cruiser, groggy and unshaven, gripping a chai latte between his kneecaps. He will crisscross the city several times before the night is over. More sociological than geographical, his beat is gay Washington.
David Adesnik: This morning, the WaPo profiled Sgt. Brett Parson, the head of the DCPD Gay and Lesbian Liasion Unit.
Gary Farber: Very nice piece on the D.C. Police Gay And Lesbian Liaison Unit: [snipped quote] Read The Rest Scale: 4 out of 5.
Vanderleun: Drive-By — Quick Clicks "Cruiser 9670" - The Stewards of Gay Washington "Gay, gay, gay," Officer Joe Morquecho says.

Indonesia earthquake damages buildings
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
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Bigwig: Yahoo News photos of the earthquake. — Nias Island is among the most heavily damaged areas reported so far.
Smash: 8.2 Quake off Sumatra — No Tsunami Reported THEY REALLY DIDN'T NEED THIS: [snipped quote] The panic may end up causing as much damage as the quake itself.
Wind Rider: To survive the move, and then...then... Oh, you mean the whole another earthquake thing? Nah. Another one bites the dust.

Congress Ready to Again Debate End-of-Life Issues
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 27 - After a string of fruitless legal and legislative efforts, the central question in the Terri Schiavo case - Who makes end-of-life decisions when the patient's wishes are disputed? - is headed back to Capitol Hill, where debate over broader legislation has already begun.
Riggsveda @Corrente: In the NYTimes today, I rise to see this: "Congress Ready to Again Debate End-of-Life Issues" Not content to let this...
Tom Maguire: Well, the NY Times has finally re-discovered Sen. Tom Harkin, a champion of rights for the disabled.
Shawn @LiquidList: As evidenceed in this New York Times article, he's still going strong... [snipped quote] Frank was ready to launch a Senatorial bid in MA if Kerry won.
Captain Ed: Congress To Debate Life And Death — After the passions have cooled a bit, Congress intends on taking up the central...
Hugh Hewitt: By the way, in today's New York Times, yet another Congressman is quoted from yesterday's Sunday shows as advocating...

Strong quake hits Indonesia coast
  BBC   —   Permalink 
A major quake in the Indian Ocean has hit the coast of the Indonesian tsunami-hit island of Sumatra, triggering alerts across the region.
It struck just before midnight local time, with an estimated magnitude of 8.2, and caused widespread panic.
Jan Haugland: Update 3: The BBC chimes in. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake could cause a "widely destructive tsunami" in the area around its epicentre.
Rebecca MacKinnon: Malaysian bloggers all over latest earthquake — Mack Zulkifli has posted links to a number of bloggers who are on top of a huge earthquake that just hit the coast of Indonesia.
Michelle Malkin: EARTHQUAKE BLAME — You've seen the BBC report: [snipped quote] Now, the tin-foilers at the Democratic Underground are...

Getting out of Iraq II
  By /   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Determination high in the Bush administration to begin irreversible withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this year is reinforced by the presence at the State Department of the most dominant secretary since Henry Kissinger three decades ago.
Gregory Djerejian: Has anyone ever linked a weaker, recycled Bob Novak article and, voila, tried to declare game over?
Laura Rozen: Bob Novak reminds us that back in September, he predicted Condoleezza Rice would succeed Colin Powell to become...
Vox Day: Escape from Iraq — Bob Novak explains how events have backed up his predictions: [snipped quote] This would be a very good thing.
Orrin Judd: MOVING ON: Getting out of Iraq II (Robert Novak, March 28, 2005, Townhall) "Determination high in the Bush...

Tears of a Cop
  By / New York Magazine   —   Permalink 
He had no idea what was about to hit him.
On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Bernie Kerik was at home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with his family. He was answering e-mail and cleaning up some paperwork when the White House called at around 4:30.
Jeffrey Dubner: I'd give a lot more credence to Craig Horowitz sympathetic profile of disgraced tough guy Bernie Kerik in New York...
Taegan Goddard: Bernard Kerik, quoted in a very good New York magazine piece, on meeting with Rudy Giuliani as his nomination to be Secretary of Homeland Security fizzled.

Quake strikes off Indonesia coast
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — U.S. officials were urging residents to evacuate coastal regions in the Indian Ocean after a earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of Indonesia Monday.
Jan Haugland: Now CNN has a report out, asking the important question to the director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: Charles...
James Joyner: Quake strikes off Indonesia coast "An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of...

Income Gaps Found Among the College-Educated
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, March 28 (AP) - Black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with four-year degrees make more than anyone else.
Ogged @Unfogged: Wage Earners — There's some newly released census data on the difference in income between various race/gender groupings.
Matthew Yglesias: Today is race, gender, and income among the college educated day: [snipped quote] Hm ... my salary is less than a...
James Joyner: Income Gaps Found Among the College-Educated (NYT - AP) [snipped quote] It would be nice to have the crosstabs on other variables besides race and gender.

How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt for Bin Laden
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A lone U.S. ambassador compromised America's hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for more than two years,The New York Sun has learned.
Ambassador Nancy Powell, America's representative in Pakistan, refused to allow the distribution in...
Jan Haugland: Ambassador in Pakistan undermined Bin Laden hunt For what it's worth, an article in the New York Sun blames former US...
Ace: NY Sun: How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt For OBL — The article teased this afternoon is now in print; better...
The Big Trunk: The light of the Sun — Today's New York Sun carries Richard Miniter's exclusive report on the American ambassador who...
Charles Johnson: How a Lone Diplomat Compromised the Hunt for Bin Laden — Richard Miniter at the New York Sun blows the whistle on an...
Scott Sala: Pak-ing Her Bags — The author of "Losing Bin Laden," Richard Miniter, adds another astonishing chapter to the ongoing saga of where the world's most wanted man is.
Laura Rozen: Also a piece from the Sun's Richard Miniter about a US diplomat in Pakistan who allegedly blocked distribution of wanted...
Also: Jeff Goldstein

DeLay's own brush with end-of-life tragedy
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CANYON LAKE - A family tragedy unfolding in a Texas hospital during the fall of 1988 was a private ordeal — without judges, emergency sessions of Congress or the raging debate outside Terri Schiavo's Florida hospice.
Jack Cluth: Yeah, and it couldn't be happening to a nicer demagogue (Or, Hypocrisy, thy name is Tom DeLay) The case against DeLay...
Byron LaMasters: The fact that Tom DeLay opposes giving Terry Shiavo's husband the same rights that Tom DeLay's mother had when Tom...
Charles Kuffner: Story on DeLay's father picked up by the Chron — Like I said, better late than never. I can't wait to see what the letters to the Editor will look like.

Chavez's Censorship
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Venezuela's minister of communication and information, Andres Izarra, recently accused The Post and several other American media of being part of a campaign to defame Venezuela directed by the Bush administration and funded by the State Department.
Dale Franks: Elected Tyranny — Jackson Diehl writes in the Washington Post about the new censorship laws in Venezuela.
Gene @HarrysPlace: If so, you could be a Chavista. There's more.
Jan Haugland: That has been true until now, but if Chavez and his propaganda minister Andres Izarra have their way, it will not last...

White House Media May Get Temporary Boot
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The Bush administration is considering kicking the Washington press corps out of the White House — at least for a month or so, that is.
The stuffy, packed, run-down White House briefing room has become something of a safety hazard over the years and may require a top-to-bottom renovation this summer, according to administration officials.
Garrett M. Graff: More on a West Wing Press Room Re-Do — In a completely disinterested story, Jim VandeHei reports today on how his offices might soon get an upgrade.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Maybe Then We'll Get Some News — How many jokes can the average liberal blogger wring out of the planned renovation of the White House press room?
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for March 28, 2005 > Run-down WH briefing room may need top-to-bottom renovation (WP) > Some analysts...

A Supreme Court Showdown for File Sharing
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For someone whose business is under attack in the United States Supreme Court, Mark Gorton was remarkably serene last week, sprawled on a couch in his Manhattan office.
Mr. Gorton's company, the Lime Group, publishes LimeWire, one of the most popular software programs used to trade music, video and other files over the Internet.
Orin Kerr: Camping Out for Supreme Court Arguments: The Supreme Court will be hearing the Grokster case tomorrow, and it seems to be the hottest ticket of the Supreme Court Term.
Jeralyn Merritt: I bet they have a lot to say tomorrow on oral arguments in MGM v. Grokster, the music fileswapping case.

Companies pay 'Lazy Homeowner' to tout their wares on TV news
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Television viewers in the Twin Cities and many other markets know the Lazy Homeowner.
The affable personality, whose real name is Mike Ferrara, has appeared frequently on KARE-TV, Channel 11, in the Twin Cities and on hundreds of local news programs...
Jim Romenesko: > TV viewers don't know "Lazy Homeowner" is paid to plug products (Strib)
Dan Gillmor: Update: And here's the story of a "journalist" being paid to pitch the products he covers. The TV stations claim not to know what's going on.

Parents Appeal to Fla. Governor to Help Schiavo
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PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Reuters) - Terri Schiavo's parents appealed desperately to Florida governor Jeb Bush on Monday to intervene as their brain-damaged daughter slipped toward death 10 days after her artificial feeding was halted by court order.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: Schiavo's partents today are appealing for Jeb Bush to intervene and take custody of their daughter — in...
James Joyner: Parents Appeal to Fla. Governor to Help Schiavo (Reuters) [snipped quote] What exactly they expect him to do at this point is a mystery.

China Gives America a D
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SINCE 1977, the United States State Department has issued an annual global report card called the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
China's assessment, unlike the sober State Department tome, is a frank indictment and draws a picture of America that approaches caricature.
Magpie @PacificViews: Since the Carter administration in the late 1970s, the US State Departement annually issues a report on how human rights...
Ogged @Unfogged: No Funny Title — It's not funny, exactly, nor quite ironic, but China's report on human rights in the U.S. does give you a good sense of the uncharitable case against the U.S.