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Ace of Spades HQ
  Ann Althouse
American Spectator
  George Neumayr
Angry Bear
Associated Press
  Matthew Barakat
  Will Lester
  Malia Rulon
  Ryan J. Foley
  Jim Wasserman
  Arthur H. Rotstein
Asymmetrical Information
  Jane Galt
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Beautiful Horizons
  Randy Paul
  Joseph Britt
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Blogging of the President
  Stirling Newberry
Boston Globe
  Raphael Lewis
  Jeff Jacoby
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
  Brad DeLong
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
  David Cohen
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
CBS News
  Rickheller @Centerfield
Chicago Tribune
  Maureen Ryan
  Arthur Chrenkoff
The Claremont Institute
  Ken Masugi
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  K. J. Lopez
  Ramesh Ponnuru
  Riggsveda @Corrente
Crescat Sententia
  Will Baude
Daily Kos
  DavidNYC @DailyKos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
Dallas Morning News
  Todd J. Gillman
Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism, Etc.
  Dan Gillmor
  Frederick Maryland
  Zoe Kentucky
Detroit Free Press
  Steve Antler
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Editor and Publisher
  Joe Strupp
  Dave Astor
  Noam Scheiber
the evangelical outpost
  Joe Carter
Ezra Klein
  Ezra Klein
Globe and Mail
  Tu Thanh Ha
  Polly Toynbee
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
Hit and Run
  Tim Cavanaugh
  Matt Welch
  Hugh Hewitt
Indianapolis Star
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
  Joanne Jacobs
  Tom Maguire
Kesher Talk
  Judith Weiss
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
Lean Left
The Left Coaster
  Eriposte @LeftCoaster
  Pessimist @LeftCoaster
  Steve Soto
  Paradox @LeftCoaster
  Yuval Rubinstein
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Valerie Reitman
  Dan Neil
  David Colker
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
Mark A. R. Kleiman
  Mark Kleiman
MaxSpeak, You Listen!
  Max B. Sawicky
Media Matters for America
  Brian Stelter
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
Minneapolis Star Tribune
  Edward Morrissey
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Sara Kehaulani Goo
  Chris Bowers
  Nathan Newman
National Review
The New Republic
  Michelle Cottle
New York Post
New York Times
  Laurie Goodstein
  Brian Greene
  David E. Sanger
  Robert Pear
  Sam Dillon
  Richard W. Stevenson
  David Carr
  Maureen Dowd
  Sheryl Gay Stolberg
NY Daily News
Obsidian Wings
  Edward _
  Hilzoy @ObsidianWings
  Von @ObsidianWings
Off the Kuff
  Charles Kuffner
Oliver Willis
  Oliver Willis
  David Neiwert
Outside The Beltway
  Kate @OTB
  James Joyner
  Josh Chafetz
  Jesse Taylor
  Randall Parker
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
Pew Research Center
  Dr. Steven Taylor
Power Line
  Steve Bainbridge
The QandO Blog
  Jon Henke
  Adam Tanner
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Jim Romenesko
  Lou Dubose
  Eric Boehlert
San Francisco Chronicle
  David Lazarus
Scripting News
  Dave Winer
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
Signifying Nothing
  Chris Lawrence
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
Slant Point
  Scott Sala
  Marc Fisher
  James Harding
  Nicholas Thompson
a small victory
  Michele Catalano
Southern Appeal
  Nathan Hallford
Stephen Pollard
  Stephen Pollard
Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Sam Rosenfeld
  Garance Franke-Ruta
  Matthew Yglesias
  Sarah Wildman
  Dave Meyer
Think Progress
  Jon @ThinkProgress
This Modern World
  Tom Tomorrow
  Alameida @Unfogged
Wall Street Journal
  John Harwood
  EBW @Wampum
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
  Amy Sullivan
Washington Post
  Peter Baker
  Mike Allen
  Al Kamen
  Sara Kehaulani Goo
  Charles Babington
Washington Times
  Bill Sammon
White House Briefing
  Dan Froomkin
  Paul @Wizbang
  Kevin Aylward
  Sarah Foster

Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(04-08) 11:10 PDT Leesburg, Va. (AP) —
A Virginia judge sentenced a spammer to nine years in prison Friday in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail, though the sentence was postponed while the case is appealed.
Jan Haugland: Spammer gets nine years — Today's heroes are Virginia prosecutor Lisa Hicks-Thomas, Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas...
Ken Masugi: Nine Years for Spamming — A Virginia court sentenced a spammer to 9 years, in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail (Matthew Barakat, AP. via SFC).
DavidNYC @DailyKos: VA: Spammer Gets NINE Years in Prison — Whoa, will ya look at this: [snipped quote] Memo to Viagra peddlers, Russian...
James Joyner: Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years (AP) [snipped quote] I live right up the road from AOL and used to pass them on my way to work every day until I changed jobs.
Joe Gandelman: Spammer Gets 9 Years In Slammer — Like an avenging angel of the Internet, a judge has ruled that a spammer must spend 9...
Pudentilla: spam in the can? [snipped quote] perhaps we will have more sympathy when the spammers figure out how to stop sending lesbians spam emails for cialis.

Alert issued for ex-flight school student
  CNN   —   Permalink 
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — An anti-terrorism task force headed by the FBI has issued a special alert bulletin concerning a man who authorities said took flight lessons while in the United States illegally.
Charles Johnson: Learning to Fly — Alert issued for ex-flight school student.
Michelle Malkin: And nearly four years later, illegal aliens are still able to enroll in U.S. flight schools and leave the country without getting caught: [snipped quote] Behavioral profiling?
Captain Ed: UPDATE: Maybe when people watch this show, they'll understand why Michelle Malkin writes about idiotic lapses such as...

DeLay Says Federal Judiciary Has 'Run Amok,' Adding Congress Is Partly to Blame
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 7 - Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, escalated his talk of a battle between the legislative and judicial branches of government on Thursday, saying federal courts had "run amok," in large part because of the failure of Congress to confront them.
Fafnir: judges run amok! Oh no! I have been kidnapped - kidnapped by judges run amok!
Ann Althouse: The NYT reports comments by Tom DeLay at a conference with the inflammatory title "Confronting the Judicial War on...
Pudentilla: delay eschews death threats in attack on judiciary — [snipped quote] foment a constitutional crisis - or defend your...
TChris: More ominous words from Tom DeLay as he continues his effort to distract the nation from his ethical lapses.
Taegan Goddard: DeLay Escalates War Against Judges — House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) "escalated his talk of a battle between the...
Nathan Hallford: The Hammer: Seriously, just how much longer do we have to put up with Rep. Tom DeLay?

The Pope Didn't End Communism
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
November, 1989. I'm charging down one of Hitler's autobahns at well more than twice the speed limit, not to mention in total violation of the day visa the East German Communists issued me.
Randall Parker: Too Much Credit Given To John Paul II For Collapse Of Communism — Marc Fisher, who served as the Washington Post Berlin...
Stirling Newberry: Marc Fisher on The Fall of Stalinism — Putting the credit where it belongs.
Tim Cavanaugh: Weekend At Peter's — Slate closes out PopeWeek with two closer looks at the fleshy reality behind all the spiritual...
Frederick Maryland: Who Lifted the Iron Curtain — In this Slate column, the Washington Post's Marc Fisher recalls his days as the...

Jack Abramoff
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Where to begin examining the extraordinary career of Jack Abramoff? His work trying to secure a visa for the great Zairean kleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko, perhaps, or the bilking of an estimated $66 million out of Native American tribes, clients he described as "monkeys," "troglodytes," and "idiots"?
Garance Franke-Ruta: Fortunately, Slate today has an excellent explainer on the DeLay-Abramoff connections and why they are a scandal and where the story is thus far.
Laura Rozen: Writing in Slate, the FT's James Harding has at the relationship Tom DeLay can't shake: [snipped quote] Abramoff's...
Dan Froomkin: Special to — More and more polls are telling the same story: Americans no longer approve of the way President Bush is doing his job.
EBW @Wampum: Jack Abramoff & Tom Delay [via triballaw] Slate has a piece out on one of the least liked toads ever to "work" Tribal...

Katsav meets Khatami at pope's funeral
  AP   —   Permalink 
President Moshe Katsav shook hands and chatted briefly Friday with the leaders of Israel's arch-enemies, Syria and Iran, during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the president's office said.
Damian Penny: I'll leave the final word on John Paul II to this powerful story - which may mean nothing, but I believe says a lot:...
Judith Weiss: Jeff has a roundup of blog reactions to a historic handshake. (Whether or not it leads to anything, it is still historic.
Gene @HarrysPlace: Khatami and Assad shake hands with Zionist devil — I wonder how this will be reported by the state-controlled media in Iran and Syria— if at all.

Rudolph agrees to plead guilty
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Accused 1996 Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph has agreed to plead guilty to all charges against him in connection with that bombing and three others — including a deadly 1998 bombing in Alabama.
The reported plea deal would give Rudolph a life sentence, sources close to the case said Friday.
LeanLeft: He will receive 4 life sentences, escaping the death penalty.
James Joyner: Rudolph agrees to plead guilty CNN) [snipped quote] Somehow, life in prison seems too light a sentence for this dirtbag.
TChris: Rudolph to Plead Guilty; Avoids Death Penalty — CNN reports that Eric Rudolph will plead guilty to all charges alleging...

ChevronTexaco's CEO banking on peak oil situation
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
There's been a lot of ink spilled this week about the risk ChevronTexaco's chief exec, David O'Reilly, has taken in paying about $16.4 billion for rival Unocal and its oil resources.
Steve Soto: "Peak Oil" And The Bush Energy Policy — I want you to take a close look at this piece in today's San Francisco Chronicle by their top-notch business writer David Lazarus.
Cookie Jill: coming soon to a gas station near you...$6.00/gallon?

Poll: Bush, Congress Approval Slumping
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON Apr 8, 2005 — President Bush's standing with the public is slumping just three months into his final term, but Americans have an even lower regard for the job being done by Congress. Bush's job approval is at 44 percent, with 54 percent disapproving.
Amy Sullivan: Guest: Amy Sullivan — THE REFORM PARTY...The latest disapproval numbers for Bush and Congress, taken from yesterday's...
Atrios: Red Alert 44%: WASHINGTON Apr 8, 2005 — President Bush's standing with the public is slumping just three months into...
Chris Bowers: Amy Sullivan notes: "The latest disapproval numbers for Bush and Congress, taken from yesterday's Wall St. Journal...

State employs a Herald columnist
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
Governor Mitt Romney's administration has awarded a $10,000 contract to a Boston Herald op-ed columnist to promote the governor's environmental policies.
The columnist, Charles D. Chieppo, started working yesterday with the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Atrios: Meanwhile, in the Ethical Media — Boston Herald columnist on the take, which I'm sure won't be disclosed at the end of...
Jim Romenesko: Boston Herald op-ed columnist's deal with state questioned — Boston Globe The Massachusetts governor has awarded a...
Taegan Goddard: Romney Administration Pays Columnist — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) administration "has awarded a $10,000...
Matt Welch: Parliament of Whores ... and Tattletales — More tales of journalists behaving badly: Boston Herald columnist Charles...
Dan Gillmor: Another "Journalist" on a Government Payroll — "Boston Globe: State employs a Herald columnist.

A QUESTION OF ETHICS: Columnist's error being investigated
  Detroit Free Press   —   Permalink 
As a newspaper, our credibility is paramount.
On Thursday, we reported that a Mitch Albom column in Sunday's editions misled readers by saying that two ex-Michigan State basketball players were at Saturday night's Final Four game.
They were not.
Kevin Aylward: The Free Press apologizes for misleading readers.Albom's Apology The Free Press issued this statement today A QUESTION...
Jim Romenesko: Freep pledges "thorough review" of fabricated Albom column — Detroit Free Press | Detroit News Free Press publisher and...
Matt Welch: Tuesdays With Sorry — Sportswriter-turned hysterically best-selling nostalgia-peddler Mitch Albom is in full-court...
Ed Cone: Mitch Albom didn't make his problems go away with an apology. The editors are taking heat, too.

The Bush Dilemma
  NRO   —   Permalink 
If the president is willing to take risks abroad, why won't he do it at home?
Recent developments in the Middle East — whether democratic unrest in Lebanon, Syrian vows to keep within its own borders, promises of elections in Egypt, or Sunni clerics'...
Paul: Home fires — Victor Davis Hanson asks "if the president is willing to take risks abroad, why won't he do it at home?"
Joseph Alexander Norland: Following is the first half of his most recent article, cited from NRO, 2005_04_08.

'Star Trek' Bit Players Cling On
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
For three days, the actor sat at a table in a windowless wing of the Pasadena Center while hundreds of devotees milled nearby.
He posed for snapshots. He answered the same questions over and over. He doled out trading cards bearing his mug.
James Joyner: 'Star Trek' Bit Players Cling On — L.A. Times has an amusing feature on some actors who played minor parts in Star Trek still cashing in on their "fame."
Orrin Judd: WEEKEND RENTALS: 'Star Trek' Bit Players Cling On: Even those with fleeting roles can live long and prosper in the world of Trekkie conventions, hawking autographs at $20 a pop.
Steve Bainbridge: Guy Fleegman Lives — [snipped quote] What a way to make a living.
K. J. Lopez: MAAB, FROM CAPELLA IV — Star Trek fans don't discriminate.

The pope who turned anti-Semitism aside
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
AS A YOUNG boy in the 1930s, my father attended public school in Snina, a town in eastern Czechoslovakia. Twice a week, a Catholic priest would come in to teach the catechism, during which the few children who were Jewish would wait outside.
Damian Penny: The papal legacy — Jeff Jacoby argues that the attitude Pope John Paul II held toward the Jews - who suffered at the hands of Catholics for generations - was revolutionary.
Arthur Chrenkoff: The Pope and the Jews: Two great pieces, by Jeff Jacoby in the "Boston Globe" and Roger Cohen in the "International Herald Tribune", recall two encounters from the distant past.

Granddaughter yanks grandma's feeding tube
  By / WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.
Tom Maguire: Hush, "interesting" is fine.) World Net Daily.
Orrin Judd: "MADE FROM THE FINEST UNDERSEA GROWTH" (via embourie): Granddaughter yanks grandma's feeding tube: 81-year-old neither...
Paul @Wizbang: They were right: Granddaughter yanks grandma's feeding tube In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo...

Tom Foolery
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
As the liberal offspring of conservative parents, I rarely find anything political over which to bond with my red-state family. I was therefore pleasantly surprised this week to learn that Tom DeLay's theatrics during the Terri Schiavo tragedy have, in...
Ramesh Ponnuru: MICHELLE COTTLE ON DELAY — She calls the New York Times piece earlier this week "a whole lot of ink wasted on nothing."
Glenn Reynolds: But Michelle Cottle writes in The New Republic that the latest story is much ado about nothing.

Cardinal Law, Ousted in U.S. Scandal, Is Given a Role in Rites
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
ROME, April 7 - Cardinal Bernard Law, who was forced to resign in disgrace as archbishop of Boston two years ago for protecting sexually abusive priests, was named by the Vatican today as one of nine prelates who will have the honor of presiding over funeral Masses for Pope John Paul II.
Jan Haugland: Bernard Law to preside over John Paul II's funeral masses — Bernard Law, the Boston archbishop who gained notoriety in...
James Joyner: Cardinal Law, Ousted in U.S. Scandal, Is Given a Role in Rites (rss) [snipped quote] The real scandal is that this...
Riggsveda @Corrente: Seems like just the kind of guy to honor with a special place at the Pope's funeral, doesn't he?
K. J. Lopez: LAW PROMINENCE — This is infuriating—the kinda thing I hope the next pope gets cannot be.

Fired 'NYT' Foreign Correspondent Angrily Denies Charges
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Fired New York Times foreign correspondent Susan Sachs, who lost her job for allegedly sending anonymous e-mails to the wives of Times reporters in Baghdad commenting on the reporters' sexual behavior, contends she is innocent and will fight the charges against her.
Atrios: Some fun at the Times: NEW YORK Fired New York Times foreign correspondent Susan Sachs, who lost her job for allegedly...
Jim Romenesko: Sachs' attorney says: [snipped quote] (Related E&P story.)

Gay U.S. Soldier Wants to Serve Openly
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq wants a chance to remain in the military as an openly gay soldier, a desire that's bringing him into conflict with the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
James Joyner: Gay U.S. Soldier Wants to Serve Openly (AP) [snipped quote] Scout may well be the Jackie Robinson of his cause.
Scott Sala: Gay Soldiers — The emphasis on firsts these days is way overblown: He is believed to be the first gay soldier wounded...
Ace: For another thing, he actually says he's some kind of homo! Comes right out and admits it!

Opposition Chief at Risk in Mexico
  NYT   —   Permalink 
MEXICO CITY, April 7 - In a vote that casts doubt on the strength of Mexico's fledgling democracy, this city's popular leftist mayor lost a critical battle in Congress on Thursday over a measure that is likely to force him off the ballot in presidential elections next year and could lead to his imprisonment.
Matthew Yglesias: In case you haven't seen it on every other liberal blog already, take a look at efforts by Mexico's two largest parties...
Randy Paul: What really rankles me is this comment in the New York Times: "Mr. Lpez, who has a history of leading violent protests,...

Earth's Oldest Known Object on Display
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
MADISON, Wis. - A tiny speck of zircon crystal that is barely visible to the eye is believed to be the oldest known piece of Earth at about 4.4 billion years old.
Edward _: Sure to Drive Creationists Nuts — Going on display at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tomorrow is what's being...
Ann Althouse: It's really tiny and it's really old. 4.4 billion years old. Here, on display, in Madison: a bit of zircon!

TSA slated for dismantling
  By / MSNBC   —   Permalink 
The Transportation Security Administration, once the flagship agency in the nation's $20 billion effort to protect air travelers, is now slated for dismantling.
The latest sign came yesterday when the Bush administration asked David M. Stone, the TSA's director, to step down in June, according to aviation and government sources.
James Joyner: MSNBC also has coverage. The idea that airport security would get better when handled by government employees was always dubious.
Michelle Malkin: You've probably already heard—and cheered: The Transportation Security Administration is reportedly now "being slated for dismantling."
Glenn Reynolds: HEY, MAYBE THEY WILL shrink the government: [snipped quote] Well, it's a start, anyway.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AND GOOD RIDDANCE TO IT — We learn today that the Transportation Security Administration is scheduled to be dismantled.
Dr. Steven Taylor: What a Shame — Via MSNBC: TSA slated for dismantling [snipped quote] Of the various dumb things (and ineffective) things...
K. J. Lopez: TSA — In one sense, this is wonderful news, the Transportation Safety Administration is closing.

Broken Hammer?
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
The laws of political gravity don't seem to apply to Tom DeLay. If they did, the burden of scandal he bears would have sunk him long ago — and recently things have gotten even worse for the Republican majority leader from Texas.
Charles Kuffner: DeLay day at Salon — I'm a little tied up right now, so I'll have to mark these for future reading: Broken Hammer...
Yuval Rubinstein: Lou Dubose summarizes DeLay's Corleone-esque ascent to power.
John Cole: And for what? - So Tom DeLay can stuff his pockets with PAC money?

One Hundred Years of Uncertainty
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
JUST about a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein began writing a paper that secured his place in the pantheon of humankind's greatest thinkers. With his discovery of special relativity, Einstein upended the familiar, thousands-year-old conception of space and time.
Jan Haugland: For one hundred years, we've known the universe is weird — Brian Greene writes a great op-ed celebrating a century of uncertainty.
Orrin Judd: ALL WAVES ARE COLLAPSED: One Hundred Years of Uncertainty (BRIAN GREENE, 4/08/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] The answer to...
Ed Cone: I felt like Pinto at the Professor's house reading Brian Greene's article on Einstein and quantum physics ([snipped quote]) in this morning's Times.

A Lovely Day for a Stroll: Bill Clinton in His Element
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
ROME, April 7 - Flying into Rome as a guest passenger on what used to be his airplane, Air Force One, Bill Clinton had this to say about Pope John Paul II, even in death, "The man knows how to build a crowd."
Dan Froomkin: On Wednesday, Mr. Clinton angered some conservatives by remarking aboard Air Force One that the pope 'may have a mixed...
Steve Soto: An American President Europeans Rush To See — Remember what it used to be like when an American president went overseas?
Oliver Willis: My President — Categories: Bill Clinton A Lovely Day for a Stroll: Bill Clinton in His Element [snipped quote] 5 years...
Pessimist @LeftCoaster: A Tale Of Two Presidents — Further down this column is a post by Blog Lord Steve Soto about Bill Clinton's continuing popularity in Europe.
Barbara O'Brien: Compare/contrast with Dan Froomkin at WaPo: [quote] David E. Sanger writes in the New York Times: "While Romans were unlikely...[end quote]

States Told Not to Steer Beneficiaries to Drug Plans
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 6 - The Bush administration has told states that they cannot steer Medicare beneficiaries to any specific prescription drug plan, even if state officials find that one or two insurance plans would provide the best deals for elderly people with low-incomes.
Cookie Jill: nytimes" "the new york city housing authority could lose up to $166 million, or almost a quarter of its annual federal...
Nathan Newman: Threaten to throw state officials in jail: [snipped quote] The Medicare legislation prohibits the federal government from...
Stirling Newberry: And another nice touch, Bush Administration admits that the drug plans are a swindle, and that states have to look the other way, or else.

UN turning a blind eye to Darfur deaths, says Straw
  Scotsman   —   Permalink 
BRITAIN yesterday accused other members of the United Nations Security Council of turning a blind eye to the atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan.
In a strongly worded statement, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said they had put commercial or political interests above their commitments under the UN charter.
Joseph Britt: Criticize Paris, Washington and other governments all you want — and I agree with much of that criticism — but Egypt...
Roger L. Simon: Hum Drum — As anyone following this blog knows, I did not share the interest that many had in the Terri Schiavo case.

'Gannon' Appears at National Press Club, Draws Heat
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK More than two months after he resigned as the White House correspondent for right-leaning Talon News, James Guckert, also known as Jeff Gannon, was back in the spotlight this morning as part of a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Drum: More from AMERICAblog, Editor & Publisher, and Matt.
Laura Rozen: Editor & Publisher's dispatch from the much pre-publicized National Press Club event on blogging and journalism today.

St. Peter's in Chains
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
As secularization picked up speed in the 18th and 19th century and went into overdrive in the 20th, modern liberals militated to secularize and control everything, including the Catholic Church, which they regarded as the only cultural obstacle left to surmount.
Vanderleun: Political Corrections — They Hate the Church More Than They Hate Life Itself TAKE THE TIME TO READ A SCATHING...
Orrin Judd: St. Peter's in Chains (George Neumayr, 4/7/2005, American Spectator) "As secularization picked up speed in the 18th...

The Worst of the Bad Nominees
  NYT   —   Permalink 
When a president picks his administration officials, the opposing political party can't expect to be thrilled with the selections. Right now, Democrats in the Senate are trying to block the nominations of three men chosen by George W. Bush for important posts:...
Jon Henke: John Bolton: UN Skeptic, Saviour — The New York Times Editors search desperately for a reason to oppose John Bolton's nomination to the UN.
Steve Clemons: Senators Will Hear Testimony about John Bolton's "Fitness" for the U.N. The New York Times ran an important editorial this morning titled "The Worst of the Bad Nominees."

Heavy Hitters Swing for the Seats
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Right field is a ballpark's Siberia, and Robert D. Novak was not about to sit out there.
Like thousands of other baseball-starved fans, the syndicated columnist and television pundit signed up to buy season tickets for the Washington Nationals' inaugural year.
Frederick Maryland: And today's Washington Post offers more evidence of how this "ownership society" works — when you know the right...
Max B. Sawicky: Other blogs commenting on this post SAY IT AIN'T SO Still, Tavares acknowledged that some people got special treatment.
James Joyner: Big Shots Get Best Nationals Seats — The Washington Post has broken the news that rich and famous people have influence that they can use to get better seats at ball games.

Bush keeps low profile at John Paul II's funeral
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
ROME — President Bush, determined not to upstage the funeral of Pope John Paul II, kept an unusually low profile in Rome yesterday, although former President Bill Clinton gave a television interview watched by millions.
Dan Froomkin: The Bush-Clinton Comparison Bill Sammon writes in the Washington Times: "President Bush, determined not to upstage the...
Orrin Judd: THE VALUE OF GOOD MANNERS: Bush keeps low profile at John Paul II's funeral (Bill Sammon, 4/07/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES) [snipped quote] This is just how the Bush family is raised.

Facing State Protests, U.S. Offers More Flexibility on School Rules
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
MOUNT VERNON, Va., April 7 - Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings offered greater flexibility to states on Thursday in meeting the requirements of the Bush administration's education reform law, calling the changes a major policy shift.
Nathan Hallford: Another Example Of Government Failure: I believe it's safe to say that not only is "No Child Left Behind" a dismal law,...
Joanne Jacobs: Here's the New York Times' analysis. Education Gadfly features a guest comment on how to grade schools and lots of links to NCLB stories.

U.S. Report Sees Gasoline Prices Moving Higher Still
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 7 - The government projected on Thursday that gasoline prices would surge even higher in coming weeks and remain high through the summer, a forecast underscoring both the economic effect of the sharp rise in energy costs and growing political risks for President Bush.
Dan Froomkin: Republican political adviser Ed Rollins tells Lester that Bush is taking a chance pushing on Social Security: " 'If he...
Steve Soto: The New York Times, this morning: "But steep increases in gasoline prices tend to have repercussions as much political as economic."

Carter's Absence From Group Reignites Tensions With Bush
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
He was the only president ever to host a pope at the White House when John Paul II came to visit a quarter-century ago, and in many ways Jimmy Carter had a powerful spiritual and philosophical affinity for the Polish pontiff.
Jane Galt: Now it turns out that Bush did invite him, but may—or may not—have "subtly discouraged" him from attending.
Taegan Goddard: Jimmy Carter's absense from the Papal funeral today "has touched off a classic Washington imbroglio fueled by suspicion,...
Betsy Newmark: The Washington Posthas a story in the Washington Post about how Carter was invited to go to the Pope's funeral and then decided not to.

Syndicate Advisory Cites Error in Mitch Albom Column
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Tribune Media Services today sent Mitch Albom's newspaper clients an advisory about what it called "a factual inaccuracy" in the bestselling author's April 3 column.
Matt Welch: The Detroit Free-Press' ashen-faced, we-will-investigate apology here; see also Editor & Publisher and Romenesko's letters for fresh heapings of schaedenfreude.
Jim Romenesko: > Tribune Media Services warns clients about Albom's column (E&P)

Martinez Staff Probes Memo Origin
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The office of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) is investigating whether an aide who resigned this week distributed a memo about the Terri Schiavo case to other Senate offices, and whether any other aides in the senator's office had seen it, his staff said yesterday.
Scott: Looking for a few good GOP recipients — In his Washington Post article this morning on the "GOP talking points memo,"...
Alameida @Unfogged: Nice to read in today's Post that "A Martinez aide who refused to be named said the departed aide, counsel Brian H...
Steve Soto: Surprise - Schiavo Memo May Have Been Circulated Around By GOP After All — Oh, so now GOP Senator Mel Martinez says he...
Josh Marshall: While dingbats throw brickbats, Mike Allen continues his reporting on the Martinez-Schiavo memo in the senate.

Democrats Step Up Fight Against Nominees
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 7 - When Senator Bill Nelson of Florida stepped before the microphones Thursday to announce that he would use "every parliamentary procedure that is available to me" to block the nomination of Stephen L. Johnson to lead the Environmental...
Ann Althouse: And here's a second article in today's Times about Congress and the judiciary, this one about how partisan strategies...
K. J. Lopez: HILLARY GOES TO BAT FOR EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION — [snipped quote] Meanwhile, [Bill] Nelson is blocking the EPA nominee.

Not in my name
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
With the clash of two state funerals and a wedding, unreason is in full flood this week. Yet again, rationalists who thought they understood this secular, sceptical age have been shocked at the coverage from Rome.
The BBC airwaves have disgraced themselves.
Stephen Pollard: Her piece today on the reaction to the death of the Pope is Ms Toynbee at her best: [snipped quote] The non-stop, fawning...
Dave Winer: Polly Toynbee: [snipped quote] Via DavosNewbies.

Times' Iraq bureau grief
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
The perils of Iraq have nothing on the nasty fracas erupting between former New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Susan Sachs and her ex-colleagues, Times Baghdad correspondents Dexter Filkins and John Burns.
Matt Welch: Meanwhile, if we can believe Lloyd Grove, the Gray Lady is turning into the Gray Sex-Snitch: "The perils of Iraq have...
Jim Romenesko: NYT fires Sachs over messages to war reporters' wives — New York Daily News Lloyd Grove reports the Times has fired...

No News Is Good News
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Army's Stryker Brigade — equipped with vehicles that have been criticized for bad design and components that don't work — organized an event of the type the Pentagon says it wants the media to cover more often.
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for April 8, 2005 > The end of a special kind of personality-driven news experience (LAT) > Army is...
Laura Rozen: Al Kamen is on a roll.

'60 Minutes II' Wins a Peabody Award, Raising Eyebrows
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
When the George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media were announced yesterday, they cited a program that was later accused of basing a report on fake documents, "60 Minutes II" - and a program that gleefully engages in the production of fake news, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Kevin Aylward: After initially backing its reporters and their report, CBS said they may have based it on falsified documents.'60...
Jeralyn Merritt: Rather and Daily Show Win Peabody Awards — The Peabody Awards for electronic media excellence have been announced.
Ed Driscoll: They have a hilarious piece on 60 Minutes II (the wonderful folks who brought you RatherGate) winning a Peabody Award!
Jim Romenesko: Rather calls fired producer Mapes with news of Peabody win — New York Times "He said, 'I have some news for you,' and I said, 'Now what?
Orrin Judd: YOU ARE WHAT YOU HONOR: '60 Minutes II' Wins a Peabody Award, Raising Eyebrows (DAVID CARR, 4/08/05, NY Times) "When...

"Citizen journalists"? Try partisan hacks
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
This time, the hoax was on them.
Still gloating over their role in unmasking CBS's faulty National Guard memo story last September, right-wing bloggers launched a new memo-based crusade against the so-called liberal media last month, one that turned out to be completely phony.
John Cole: However, as a collective, the right-wing bloggers who are still attacking Mike Allen and denying the veracity of the...
Eriposte @LeftCoaster: Paging the "Mainstream Media" — If I may ask for two minutes of your time (how arrogant of me to assume you actually...
Rickheller @Centerfield: In the liberal online magazine, Salon, Eric Boehlert rips the credibility of conservative bloggers who hyped the Schiavo memo as a "fraud."

Once Invincible Schwarzenegger Looking More Mortal
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is showing himself to be an ordinary mortal after all with a significant policy retreat on Thursday and a new poll showing his approval rating down sharply.
Ezra Klein: Polls — Via Atrios, it looks like Arnold ain't doing so well: "Swept into office in an unprecedented recall election...
Atrios: Grim — The Gropenfuhrer is even less popular than Dubya: "Swept into office in an unprecedented recall election in...
Paradox @LeftCoaster: Arnie's poll numbers are in a face-stretching free-fall (sixteen point negative since January!), cops, teachers and...

An American idle
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
The Pontiac G6 is a sales flop. At General Motors, let the impeachment proceedings begin.
At the moment the news broke, I had written two words of a review of the Pontiac G6: "Dump Lutz."
Jim Romenesko: On Wednesday, auto critic Dan Neil criticized GM for what he said were a series of poor management decisions and called for the ouster of GM's CEO.
Kevin Roderick: A Times story says that a GM executive admitted privately that auto columnist Dan Neil's recent column panning the new...

GM Stops Buying Ads in The Times
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
General Motors Corp. on Thursday pulled its advertising from the Los Angeles Times over disagreements with car reviews and other articles that have appeared in the newspaper.

A GM spokesman would not specify the errors or say which articles caused the rift.
Jim Romenesko: GM pulls ads from Los Angeles Times over "a series of things" — Wall Street Journal "It's not just one story," says a GM spokeswoman.
Kevin Roderick: GM pulls ads from Times — General Motors yanked all of its advertising in the L.A. Times Thursday because of...

TSA Slated for Dismantling
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Transportation Security Administration, once the flagship agency in the nation's $20 billion effort to protect air travelers, is now slated for dismantling.
The latest sign came yesterday when the Bush administration asked David M. Stone, the TSA's director, to step down in June, according to aviation and government sources.
James Joyner: Air Security Agency Faces Reduced Role (WaPo, A1) "The Transportation Security Administration, once the flagship agency...
Ed Driscoll: Control", is apparently being broken up, according to this Washington Post article. Curiously missing from the piece?
Kevin Aylward: TSA Prepares For Its Own Dismantling — The The Washington Post reports on the front page tomorrow that he...

Appeals court won't stop guardsman's deployment
  AP   —   Permalink 
(04-07) 17:40 PDT San Francisco (AP) —
For the second time in two days, a federal appeals court declined to halt an Oregon National Guardsman from being deployed to Afghanistan on Friday.
James Joyner: Appeals court won't stop guardsman's deployment (AP) "For the second time in two days, a federal appeals court declined...
Jeralyn Merritt: 9th Circuit Upholds Backdoor Draft — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to invalidate the military's "stop loss" policy.
Atrios: Sign Up For 8, In for 35 — Talk Left points us to this AP story how the 9th Circuit has, as Jeralyn wrote, "refused to invalidate the military's 'stop loss' policy."

The Passion of the Tom
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Before, Republicans just scared other people. Now, they're starting to scare themselves.
When Dick Cheney tells you you've gone too far, you know you're way over the edge.
Barbara O'Brien: And as Mo Dowd says, "Before, Republicans just scared other people. Now, they're starting to scare themselves."
Josh Marshall: Oh, have I criticized her. But I'm willing to do homage to Maureen Dowd for these three peerless sentences:...
Brad DeLong: Maureen Dowd Acquires Seisin Over Talking Points Memo — Joshua Micah Marshall writes: Talking Points Memo: by Joshua...

The Tom DeLay Scandals
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Tom DeLay, the second-ranking member of the House of Representatives, has long been a bogeyman to the left for his outrageous rhetoric, strong-arm tactics, and shady dealings. The congressman's supporters and Republican colleagues had been pledging complete fealty, and stories about his dirty linen had stayed on the back pages.
Sarah Wildman: DELAY WATCH CONTINUES Adding on to the DeLay watch: At yesterday's Traditional Values conference, "Confronting The...
Joe Carter: But there comes a point (i.e., Friday) when you simply can't bear to hear any more discussion about the ethically...
Jeff Jarvis: LATER: I also hadn't following the DeLay messes, but Slate kindly does a stink wrap-up.
Ed Cone: How deep is the doo-doo for DeLay? Glenn Reynolds is linking without prejudice to a scandal round-up.
Joe Gandelman: You Can't Tell The Tom DeLay Scandal Now Without A Scorecard — Tom DeLay is providing just too, too much work for...
Steve Bainbridge: Power Corrupts — When even a yellow dog Republican like me thinks the Congressional GOP majority is starting to smell...
Also: Glenn Reynolds

Dissecting a right-wing smear: How conservatives used questionable evidence to blame Democrats for Schiavo memo
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
Despite a lack of evidence, several media sources have repeated conservative speculation and accusations that Democrats secretly authored a "talking points" memo that described the Terri Schiavo case as a "great political issue" for Senate Republicans.
Tbogg: The Return of I Don't Like The Drugs But The Drugs Like Me: The Coke Mirror Has Two Faces edition — Disoriented and...
Tom Tomorrow: Here's an instructive look at how stupid ideas jump from the blogs to the right wing pundits to allegedly serious journalists like Howard Kurtz.
Kos @DailyKos: And, Media Matters gives us the anatomy of a right-wing smear: "Despite a lack of evidence, several media sources have...
David Neiwert: UPDATE: Media Matters gives a thorough accounting.
Oliver Willis: Exposing The Memo Bitches — Categories: Liberal Media | Media | News | Politics | Republican Noise Machine |...
Atrios: Dissecting a Smear — Media Matters goes through the entire fake memo nonsense.

Author Of Schiavo Memo Steps Forward
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night.
Mark Kleiman: The Martinez Schiavo memo: Not really that hard to figure out — Sen. Tom Harkin has now confirmed that the Republican...
Josh Marshall: There's going to be rather an abundance of gloating and knife-toothed smiles (as well there should be) among Democrats...
Barbara O'Brien: The infamous "let's exploit Terri Schiavo for political purposes" memo that the righties were oh, so certain was a...
David Neiwert: But then it turned out this morning in the Washington Post that they were all wet: Counsel to GOP Senator Wrote Memo On...
Von @ObsidianWings: Let me get this straight. by von The Washington Post got the infamous Schiavo memo kinda wrong (and then corrected...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: From tomorrow's Washington Post: [snipped quote] Oops.
Also: Billmon, RDF @Corrente, Ann Althouse, Michelle Malkin, Hindrocket, Steve Soto, Kevin Aylward, Joe Gandelman, Mipe @ThinkProgress, Atrios, Captain Ed, Skippy, Deacon, Jeralyn Merritt, Scott, Giblets, Hei Lun, Armando @DailyKos, Kevin Drum, Jeff A. Taylor, Mitch Berg, Glenn Reynolds, Pudentilla, Rickheller @Centerfield, Orin Kerr, Kos @DailyKos, Jon @ThinkProgress, Spoons, Roger Ailes, Garrett M. Graff, Taegan Goddard, Betsy Newmark, K. J. Lopez

Schwarzenegger Abandons Pension Overhaul
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Under pressure from firefighters and police officers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday backed off, for now, his plan to privatize California's public employee pension system.
Joe Gandelman: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie star governor put in office with the votes of thousands of...
Chris Bowers: Arnold Gets His Butt Kicked — It is a major defeat, and it shows he is vulnerable: "Under pressure from firefighters...
Josh Marshall: Schwarzenegger abandons phase-out in California, at least until 2006. It's sort of like with Bush and Arnold and dope.
Nathan Newman: Bowing to attacks by police and firefighters attacking his plan to privatize the state's pulbic employee pension system, Arnold threw in the towel at least until next year.
Steve Bainbridge: Arnold wimps out — [snipped quote] In other words, CalPERS and CalSTRS get to go on translating their considerable...

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
April 7, 2005 — VIDEOTAPE of Jenna Bush in very high spirits at a bachelorette party is being sold and could end up on national TV by the end of the week. Luckily for Jenna, the cameraman missed "the high point . . .
Dan Froomkin: Page Six columnist Richard Johhnson writes in the New York Post: "Videotape of Jenna Bush in very high spirits at a...
Kevin Aylward: Been There, Done That jenna_barbaaara0405.jpg If today's Page Six story about Jenna Bush getting wild and crazy at a...
Chris Lawrence: Butt Dance — I don't know what's sadder: that Jenna Bush was at a party doing the "butt dance," or that this is the...
Tbogg: When you get that notion, put your backfield in motion, hey.. Well, Mom and Dad are out of the country attending the Pope's let's get it started!!!
James Joyner: New York Post Page 6: "VIDEOTAPE of Jenna Bush in very high spirits at a bachelorette party is being sold and could end up on national TV by the end of the week.
Taegan Goddard: White House Braces for Jenna Bush Video — The New York Post reports that a video of Jenna Bush "on all fours doing 'the...
Also: Jeff Quinton

France pulps copies of EU treaty
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The French government has destroyed 162,000 copies of the EU constitution because the phrase "incoherent text" was printed on a page by mistake.
The copies had been intended for use in town halls and libraries across France.
Ann Althouse: Great story (via Instapundit): [snipped quote] Reminds me of the great old "More Mush From the Wimp" — which is fun to think about with Jimmy Carter back in the news.
Josh Chafetz: "THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT has destroyed 162,000 copies of the EU constitution because the phrase 'incoherent text' was printed on a page by mistake."
Pejman Yousefzadeh: IN ERRATUM, VERITAS — Or something like that. (I hope that I guessed right on the Latin.)
Glenn Reynolds: HEH: [snipped quote] (Via Oxblog.)

  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
Though the blogosphere is gaining in respect and influence, the word "blogger," for some, still brings to mind an image of a wild-haired ranter — a guy in his basement, clad in pajamas, railing at the world from behind the glowing screen of his computer.
Ann Althouse: Judge Posner on blog comments. Here's an article in the Chicago Tribune about the Becker-Posner Blog. (Via Memeorandum.)
Steve Bainbridge: Posner and Becker on Blogging — Via Larry Ribstein, we learned of a Chicago Tribune article on Gary Becker and Richard Posner's adventures in the blogosphere.
James Joyner: Mainstream Media Discovers Blogs, Again — The Chicago Tribune discovers that Richard Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court...
Will Baude: Fame — The Chicago Tribune has a long and flattering story about the Posner/Becker blog.

Congress may extend daylight-saving time
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Congress passes an energy bill, Americans may see more daylight-saving time.
Lawmakers crafting energy legislation approved an amendment Wednesday to extend daylight-saving time by two months, having it start on the first Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday in November.
David Cohen: MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING PROVED — Congress may extend daylight-saving time (AP, 4/7/05) [snipped quote] I have, in the...
Zoe Kentucky: Congress May Give Us More Sun — This is an interesting and outside-the-box approach to energy conservation.
Kevin Drum: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME....A House committee approved an amendment today that would extend Daylight Savings Time, adding a month onto both the beginning and end.
Jonah Goldberg: THE ANNOY JOHN MILLER ACT OF 2005 — Details here.

  By / Globe and Mail   —   Permalink 
Montreal — A Montreal ad executive at the heart of the federal sponsorship scandal says Liberal organizers pressed him into secretly donating more than a million dollars to them through various covert methods that included envelopes full of cash, fake invoices and putting phony employees on his payroll.
Captain Ed: A Big Thank You To My Friends In Canada — Now that the publication ban has been lifted, at least from the Brault...
Damian Penny: Update: this Globe and Mail story (which I haven't had time to fully read yet) appears to be the most detailed so far.
Kate @OTB: The Globe and Mail is out of the box with the Brault testimony. There is almost too much to absorb in one or two readings.

The Dean Activists: Their Profile and Prospects
  Pew Research Center   —   Permalink 
I. Dean Activists and the Democrats
II. On the Campaign Trail
III. The Activists, the Media and the Internet
Noam Scheiber: FINE YOUNG DEANIACS: Matt Yglesias has the right interpretation of the recent Pew Center survey of Deaniacs.
Steve Bainbridge: Or, at least that's how I interpret a Pew survey of them.
Rickheller @Centerfield: A Profile Of Dean Activists — The Pew Center has released a survey, The Dean Activists: Their Profile and Prospects .
Taegan Goddard: The Pew Research Center gives us a detailed profile of the activists involved in Howard Dean's failed presidential bid...

GOP Is Fracturing Over Power of Judiciary
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Terri Schiavo case has reinvigorated a drive by congressional conservatives to discipline and curtail the power of federal judges, just as Senate Republicans are trying to repel Democratic claims that the GOP is extremist and overreaching in its bid to shape the federal judiciary.
Ann Althouse: The Washington Post has an article about the struggles within the Republican Party about the judiciary, including this...
Sam Rosenfeld: And chances are that their hesitancy is due less to kitschy Schoolhouse Rock homages than to the worries and regrets...
Judith Weiss: Some polls show that Republicans are deeply divided over federal power, But the Democrats might want to hold off on celebrating.
Hugh Hewitt: Against that factual backdrop, read today's Washington Post account of the looming confrontation.
Steve Soto: Pretty toxic, as evidenced by a piece in today's Post and the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out today.

Republicans Splinter On Bush Agenda
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
Almost three months into President Bush's second term, a raft of economic and social issues — Social Security, immigration, gay marriage and the recent national debate over Terri Schiavo — is splintering the Republican base.
Joe Gandelman: GOP Bigwigs' Policies Are Polarizing Their Own Party — A new Wall Street Journal poll might serve as a wake-up call to...
Sam Rosenfeld: The latest Wall Street Journal poll (via Josh Marshall) has some pretty astonishing numbers that go a long way toward...
Jeff Jarvis: Fun with polls I : Today's Wall Street Journal poll (free link) reveals splits among Republicans.
Dan Froomkin: Poll Watch John Harwood writes in the Wall Street Journal: "Almost three months into President Bush's second term, a...
Kos @DailyKos: Bush popular with GOP, agenda not so much — WSJ poll finds rift in GOP supporters over Bush's agenda.
Glenn Reynolds: WSJ POLL: "Republicans Splinter On Bush Agenda." The headline overstates things a bit, but I do think the poll underscores problems that some of us have been noting.
Also: Oliver Willis, Josh Marshall

Activist hit by pie at Butler lecture
  Indianapolis Star   —   Permalink 
A conservative activist who criticizes what he calls the leftist domination of college campuses was struck with a pie Wednesday night at Butler University.
David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, had just started a lecture at Butler when he was hit.
Steve Bainbridge: Just freaking lovely. Update: Meanwhile, the thug left's pie offensive continues, this time zapping David Horowitz.
Steve Antler: Gotcha you turd, you lump, you couldda been DEAD. It all came back to me this morning.
Taegan Goddard: More Pie-Throwing Activists — David Horowitz, "a conservative activist who criticizes what he calls the leftist...
Joe Gandelman: The Three Stooges Are Rolling Over In Their Custard — This is now getting ridiculous, if it wasn't at the beginning so...
Michelle Malkin: At Butler University, they threw a pie at David Horowitz.

Bush Nominee for U.N. Post Faces Hurdles
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 6 - A former chief of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research is expected to testify in opposition to John R. Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds hearings on Mr. Bolton next week.
Dave Meyer: This morning's important New York Times article on the John Bolton hearings claims that the Democratic strategy on...
Pudentilla: no, you talk "bush nominee for u.n. post faces hurdles at senate panel - mr. bolton has declined to comment on the...
Steve Soto: Not only does Republican senator Lincoln Chafee have reservations about Bolton, and not only was Colin Powell the one...
Kevin Drum: FORD ON BOLTON....Here's an interesting tidbit about John Bolton's increasingly precarious nomination as UN ambassador: [snipped quote] Carl Ford.

Source Of Schiavo Memo Revealed
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(AP) Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez says an infamous unsigned memo passed around on Capitol Hill emphasizing the politics of the Terri Schiavo case originated in his office.
Kevin Drum: Martinez had a copy of the offending memo in his pocket and Republican aides in other offices confirmed that they had received copies too.
Ann Althouse: He writes: "Martinez had a copy of the offending memo in his pocket and Republican aides in other offices confirmed that they had received copies too.

Officials: Man Not Held Against His Will
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TUCSON, Ariz. - Authorities determined Thursday that three volunteers involved in a civilian project to watch the border and report illegal crossers did not hold an illegal immigrant against his will.
McQ: UPDATE: It now appears that the authorities have concluded that the illegal was not detained against his will.
Jeralyn Merritt: Border Patrolling Minutemen Under Investigation — Update: Investigation over, no forcible detention.

Pope Reborn as Superhero in Comic
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Pope John Paul II is being reborn in a Colombian comic book as a superhero battling evil with an anti-Devil cape and special chastity pants.
Kevin Aylward: [AP] It's The Man From Horse, and the women too.
Michele Catalano: And just so you know: Pope John Paul II is being reborn in a Colombian comic book as a superhero battling evil with an anti-Devil cape and special chastity pants.
Jan Haugland: The Incedible Popeman superhero comic is sure to raise some eyebrows: Pope John Paul II is being reborn in a Colombian...

Blinded by Junk Science
  NRO   —   Permalink 
America's leftist economists are swarming the media in an attempt to turn back President Bush's initiative to modernize Social Security with personal accounts. Yet for all their seeming brain-power, they are entirely bereft of ideas of their own.
PGL: More Junk Science for Luskin — Now that Brad DeLong shows us that Donald Luskin is inconsistent, let's provide Luskin with a few relevant samples of "junk science".
Jesse Taylor: Funnier Than The Pacifier! Donald Luskin on...Christ, on anything.
Brad DeLong: A correspondent writes: Donald Luskin: NRO Financial April 4, 2005: The actuaries, as noted earlier, assume about 1.9...

Nanotech Vs. The Green Gang
  Forbes   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - There could be trouble brewing on the horizon for nanotech.
The trouble I am talking about has nothing to do with nanotech's great scientific or commercial promise. It has to do with politics and the media.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: REGULATING NANOTECHNOLOGY — This article raises some serious concerns.
Glenn Reynolds: JOSH WOLFE WRITES IN FORBES that it's too early to talk about regulating nanotechnology.

Democrats Block Nomination Over Morning-After Pill
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 6 - President Bush's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration is being blocked from Senate confirmation by two Democrats who said Wednesday that they would hold up a vote until the agency settled the long-delayed question of whether an emergency contraceptive could be sold over the counter.
LeanLeft: My very own Senator, Hillary Clinton, joined by one of the upper chamber's leading women's advocates, Senator Patty...
Nathan Hallford: Today's New York Times contains an article entitled "Democrats Block Nomination Over Morning-After Pill."
Glenn Reynolds: LET FACTION COUNTER FACTION: "President Bush's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration is being blocked from...
Pudentilla: you start electing women legislators — [snipped quote] and they start protecting the right of women to control their own...

DeLay defense fund donations slow
  By / Dallas Morning News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Donations to Majority Leader Tom DeLay's defense fund have slowed considerably in the last few months. Some of his critics hope to cut the money flow even more with a new line of attack launched Wednesday demanding that corporate donors stop covering his legal bills.
Jon @ThinkProgress: Helping Out Poor Tom DeLay — In today's Dallas Morning News, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner explains his...
Charles Kuffner: DeLay defense fund donations slow [snipped quote] Uh huh. As has been asked elsewhere, maybe he should ask his wife for the money.
Josh Marshall: The headline in the Dallas Morning News tells the tale: "DeLay defense fund donations slow."

Cheney's woman in Ottumwa, &c.
  NRO   —   Permalink 
As you may know, Vice President Cheney likes to mention Ottumwa, Iowa, and it comes up in this context: "Are you running for president?" some reporter will ask. "No," Cheney will say.
Betsy Newmark: I love Jay Nordlinger's riposte to Barbara Boxer's whining that John Bolton is no friend of the UN. [snipped quote] (Link via Jim Geraghty)
Ed Driscoll: Quote of the Day — Not surprisingly, it comes from the great Jay Nordlinger: [snipped quote] As usual, the rest of the writing his column is pretty snazzy as well.

Eagan blogger fans Canadian scandal
  By / Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
Hearings in the case are open to the public, including the news media. However, Gomery limited news coverage of the proceedings so as not to taint potential jurors for upcoming trials involving a government bureaucrat and two advertising executives facing criminal charges.
Captain Ed: Finally, the local Minneapolis Star-Tribune called last night for an interview and ran it in today's edition, which must have just barely made it in before deadline.
James Joyner: Even the infamous Star Tribune is getting into the act: Eagan blogger fans Canadian scandal "Traffic on the website was...
Mitch Berg: Ed Is Everywhere — Captain Ed, of Captain's Quarters, is bigger than Wayne Gretzky these days, at least if you're...
Scott: In its own backyard the Minneapolis Star Tribune narrowly avoided being scooped by the Times: "Eagan blogger fans Canadian scandal."

News Channels' Challenge: How to Fill the Airtime
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Given Pope John Paul II's global footprint in life, it is not surprising that all forms of mass media have converged on Rome to honor and document his death. And given the appetites and needs of modern journalism, it was inevitable that the sacred and the profane, the solemn and the silly, would cross paths again and again.
Jesse Taylor: CNN's news coverage the past week: POOOOOOOOOOOOOPE JackCaffertyStockMarket POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE MichaelJackson...
Brian Stelter: Pope: Filling All The Airtime — [snipped quote] NYT's David Carr writes...
Jim Romenesko: "> Cable news reporters on pope beat struggle to fill airtime (NYT) > TV coverage fails to capture complexities of John Paul, his church (HC)