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  Dean Schabner
Ace of Spades HQ
  Ann Althouse
American Prospect
  Matthew Yglesias
  Michael Tomasky
American Spectator
  Clinton W. Taylor
American Thinker
The Anchoress
Angry Bear
Associated Press
  Barry Schweid
  Mark Thiessen
  Mark Sherman
  Will Lester
  Anne Gearan
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Begging to Differ
  Hei Lun
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Blogging of the President
  Stirling Newberry
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
  Brad DeLong
Broadcasting & Cable
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
Burnt Orange Report
  Andrew Dobbs
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Art @Centerfield
  Rickheller @Centerfield
  Tully @Centerfield
Chicago Sun Times
  Robert Novak
  Jonathan Gewirtz
  Ginny @ChicagoBoyz
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Christian Science Monitor
  Rondi Adamson
  Gail Russell Chaddock
Chronicle of the Conspiracy
  Donald Luskin
The Claremont Institute
  Ken Masugi
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Jonah Goldberg
  Ramesh Ponnuru
  Jonathan H. Adler
  Lambert @Corrente
  Riggsveda @Corrente
The Counterterrorism Blog
  Andrew Cochran
Crooked Timber
  Ted @CrookedTimber
cut on the bias
  Susanna Cornett
  Damian Penny
Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism, Etc.
  Dan Gillmor
  Daniel Drezner
Dean's World
  Dean Esmay
  Michael Demmons
  Frederick Maryland
Democratic Veteran
  Jo Fish
  Arnold Kling
  David Allan Pell
  Nielsen Hayden
Ezra Klein
  Ezra Klein
  Simon Jeffery
Gut Rumbles
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Harry's Place
  David T
Hit and Run
  Tim Cavanaugh
  Jacob Sullum
  Hugh Hewitt
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
Jackson Sun
  Ned B. Hunter
Jerusalem Post
  Tom Maguire
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
Lean Left
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Ronald Brownstein
  Sonni Efron
  Nicholas Riccardi
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
Marginal Revolution
  Tyler Cowen
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
MaxSpeak, You Listen!
  Max B. Sawicky
Media Notes Extra
  Howard Kurtz
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
National Review
The New Republic
  Noam Scheiber
New York Magazine
  Chris Suellentrop
New York Times
  Nicholas D. Kristof
  John Tierney
  Steven Greenhouse
  Jim Dwyer
  William Grimes
  Brian Knowlton
  Edward Wyatt
  Robert F. Worth
  Gardiner Harris
  Elisabeth Bumiller
  Paul Krugman
  Philip Shenon
  Edmund L. Andrews
  Mark Glassman
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
NY Daily News
  Austin Fenner
Obsidian Wings
  Von @ObsidianWings
Opinion Journal
  Greg Moore
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  Amanda Marcotte
  Jesse Taylor
Patrick Ruffini '05
  Patrick Ruffini
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
Philip Greenspun's Weblog
  Philip Greenspun
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  DJ Drummond
  Lorie Byrd
Politics from Left to Right
  Chris Nolan
Power Line
  Scott @PowerLine
  John @PowerLine
  Paul @PowerLine
  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
  Jeff Goldstein
The QandO Blog
  Dale Franks
  Jon Henke
  Cori Dauber
  Rex Hammock
The Right Coast
  Tom Smith
Right Wing News
  John Hawkins
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Jim Romenesko
  Michelle Goldberg
San Francisco Chronicle
Scripting News
  Dave Winer
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
Signifying Nothing
  Robert Prather
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Fred Kaplan
South Knox Bubba
  SK Bubba
Southern Appeal
  Verity @SouthernAppeal
  QD @SouthernAppeal
  Patrick Carver
  James Frederick Dwight
St. Petersburg Times
  Bill Adair
Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Sarah Wildman
  Jeffrey Dubner
  Dave Meyer
  Garance Franke-Ruta
  Sam Rosenfeld
Think Progress
  Mipe @ThinkProgress
  Michael Barone
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
  Amy Sullivan
Washington Post
  Peter Dennis
  E. J. Dionne Jr.
  John F. Harris
  Adam Bernstein
  Michael Dobbs
  Ruth Marcus
  Kirstin Downey
Weekly Standard
  Joel Engel
White House
White House Briefing
  Dan Froomkin
  Jay Tea
  Kevin Aylward
World O'Crap

A Slap in the Face
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Jim Taricani, a television journalist for an NBC station, was freed last weekend after four months of house arrest for refusing to reveal his sources. And Judith Miller of this newspaper and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine have been ordered to jail for up to 18 months for protecting their sources, although they remain free until their appeals run out.
Avedon Carol: Why didn't I want to see Nicholas Kristof explaining how the news media should improve its image? Let Suburban Guerilla be your guide.
Jesse Taylor: Nick Kristof lays down a big fluffy pillow for anti-media conservatives to lay their heads upon, and keeps scuttling...
Susan Madrak: WHINGING AND WHINING — Nicholas Kristof on what newsrooms need to do to regain respect: [snipped quote] Now, think about that.
Dale Franks: Untrustworthy — Nicholas Kristoff is upset that no one trusts him, or his peers in the news media.
Tom Maguire: Nick Kristof Worries About Media Credibility — Nick Kristof worries about media credibility; I worry about Nick Kristof.
Cori Dauber: But at least he understands that simply being defensive isn't an answer.
Also: Michelle Malkin, Atrios, Jim Romenesko

Take Back the Word
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
IN EDWARD ALBEE'S PLAY The American Dream, Mommy proudly delights in her new beige hat until the moment someone refers to it as wheat colored, at which point she hurries back to the store in a fit of pique.
Kevin Drum: Here's Joel Engel today: [snipped quote] This goes on and on — for 20 paragraphs to be exact.
Barbara O'Brien: Update: This is 'xactly what I'm talking about! This is a Weekly Standard article defining liberal as something like the boogeyman.
TheAnchoress: Then there is this one, calling DeLay a Robot. Isn't that so FUNNY? Especially when you consider that just YESTERDAY, Hillary was calling Republicans "Robots!"
Daniel Drezner: I'm having an Inigo Montoya moment after reading Joel Engel go all Vizzini on the word "liberal" in The Weekly Standard.
Ramesh Ponnuru: FAIRNESS TO LIBERALS — Joel Engel has a piece on the shifting meanings of the word liberal.

Private Eyes
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Much of the press coverage of the Schiavo case focused on a now-familiar split within the Republican Party between social conservatives—who insisted nothing mattered more than prolonging Terri Schiavo's life—and anti-government libertarians, who tut-tutted about the Republican leadership's encroachment on local autonomy.
Digby: Exploding Bandwagon — Noam Scheiber, who I often endorse wholeheartedly on other issues, explicitly lays out the divide...
Nielsen Hayden: Therefore, Democrats and liberals should emulate them in this. That will make us more popular.
Amy Sullivan: Guest: Amy Sullivan — THE COMMUNITARIAN CHALLENGE...Perhaps I should have stuck to my original plan, which was to...

Bush Made Inroads Among Jewish Voters, Study Shows
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Those who attended weekly religious services were split between the president and Kerry.
Jewish voters remained overwhelmingly Democratic in the 2004 presidential election, but President Bush made inroads with those who attend religious services most often, according to a study to be released today.
Dan Froomkin: Bush and the Jews Ronald Brownstein writes in the Los Angeles Times: "Jewish voters remained overwhelmingly Democratic...
Steve Bainbridge: Faith and Partisanship — The growing split between Democrats as the party of secularists and Republicans as the party...
Orrin Judd: IT'S A RELIGION, NOT A RACE: Bush Made Inroads Among Jewish Voters, Study Shows (Ronald Brownstein, April 12, 2005, LA Times) [snipped quote] Or, actual Jews as opposed to putative.
Joe Gandelman: Maybe they don't like him as much as the most critical thing in the Jewish religion (Chinese food), but there are are...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE JEWISH VOTE — Stephen Bainbridge has an interesting post.
Taegan Goddard: Jewish Voters Stay in Democratic Camp — According to a new study, Jewish voters [snipped quote] the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Smart Money
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Do not be fooled by the talking heads in Rome. The journalists handicapping the papal election may sound as confident as ever, authoritatively quoting anonymous cardinals and exclusive sources deep in Opus Dei. But our profession is in trouble.
Steve Bainbridge: On the power of prediction markets — The most interesting column I've seen in the NY Times for a while praised the...
Jesse Taylor: A Lack Of Ethics, A Host Of Riches — John Tierney: A new take on the same old e-markets crap - it's not just that...
James Joyner: Betting on a New Pope — John Tierney argues that speculators at Intrade may give us the best insights as to who will be the next Pope.
Dale Franks: UPDATE [Jon Henke]— New York Times Columnist (and libertarian) John Tierney breaks onto the op-ed pages with a...
Tom Maguire: John Tierney - Never Boring — John Tierney, the new columnist taking the space of (but never replacing) William Safire,...
Orrin Judd: WHAT POINDEXTER KNEW: The Smart Money (JOHN TIERNEY, 4/12/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] It is a crime that we aren't...

Falling Fortunes of Wage Earners
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Beginning in the mid-1990's, pay increases for most workers slowly but steadily outpaced the rate of inflation, improving the living standards for nearly all Americans.
Philip Greenspun: Low-wage workers have to choose between car and rent — Today's New York Times carries an article "Falling Fortunes of...
Brad DeLong: The New York Times > Business > Falling Fortunes of Wage Earners: Beginning in the mid-1990's, pay increases for most...
Matthew Yglesias: Why Low Wages? I'm a little puzzled by Steven Greenhouse's inquiry into the falling wages problem.
Tom Maguire: Asset Returns And Wages — This NY Times article ties in to the earlier debate on prospective asset returns.

Cat Hunting Considered in Wisconsin
  By / ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
April 12, 2005 — Cat lovers might be outraged by the idea of allowing hunters to stalk their furry friends, but some naturalists say pet owners ought to take the proposal as a wake-up call to be more responsible.
Joe Gandelman: Sorry: we could care less how people jump through mental hoops to justify it, but this is just one more sign of the...
QD @SouthernAppeal: Thinnin' the Cats: Who says Yankees never come up with any good ideas?
Kevin Aylward: Hunting The Hunters - Wisconsin Cats Fight Back — Something tells me this could get ugly... sniperkitten.jpg...
Tom Smith: Meow! That's just wrong.

Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last summer, the arresting officer recalled, it took four police officers to haul him down the steps of the New York Public Library and across Fifth Avenue.
Amanda Marcotte: It's not paranoia if they're out to get you — Saw this at Tom Tomorrow's blog and he's got the right read on it, which is questioning authority is good for you.
Avedon Carol: Hot topics — In the NYT, Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest.
TChris: The officer didn't know, however, that the arrest was captured on a video recording that would expose his perjury.
Brad DeLong: We need to fix this badly: Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest By JIM DWYER: Dennis Kyne put up such a...
James Joyner: Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest (NYT rss) "Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last...
Dan Gillmor: Citizen Videos Counter Official Accounts — Today's New York Times has a story, "Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention...
Also: Dr. Steven Taylor, Michael Froomkin, Rex Hammock, Charles Paul Freund, Pudentilla, Taegan Goddard, Susanna Cornett, Tom Tomorrow, Kevin Drum

Borderless blogs vs. Canada press ban
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
TORONTO - A Canadian publication ban and an American blogger clashed last week. The court-ordered ban did not survive the impact. The blogger was overwhelmed with visitors.
And what had been Canada's own private scandal - so private Canadians had been prevented from hearing about it in full - fast traveled the borderless blogosphere.
Glenn Reynolds: THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR REPORTS: [snipped quote] Heh.
Tom Maguire: Now, if he can just use his vast powers to prevent the NHL from re-opening... UPDATE: The Christian Science Monitor has coverage.

Sinclair Critic Denied Unemployment Pay
  Broadcasting & Cable   —   Permalink 
The Maryland Department of Labor has denied a claim for unemployment benefits filed by former Sinclair Broadcast Group political reporter Jon Leiberman, who was fired last fall after he spoke out against Sinclair's plans to air a documentary featuring Swift Boat Veterans' allegations against Sen. John Kerry.
Josh Marshall: Subsequently, it seems, he applied for unemployment issue in Maryland. But he got turned down.
Jim Romenesko: Ex-Sinclair newsman Leiberman denied unemployment pay — Broadcasting & Cable Leiberman The Maryland Department of...

Jesus, the talking doll version
  CNN   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A talking Jesus doll is due to go on sale in May, along with versions of Moses, the Virgin Mary and David, as a teddy bear maker tries to find a market with churches and religious families.
Joe Gandelman: Definitely A Better Idea Than "Betsy Wets-Her-Pants" — The old-fashioned girls' baby doll and boys' action dolls are...
Frederick Maryland: Blessed Are the Cheesemakers — CNN Money reports: [snipped quote] So what changed their minds?
Jeff Goldstein: The perfect gift for those hard to shop for social cons!* * (h/t Jack)

Bill: Gay GOPer 'self-loathing'
  By / NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Former President Bill Clinton wasn't about to let just anybody attack his wife - especially a gay Republican operative.
Clinton fired back yesterday, suggesting that political consultant Arthur Finkelstein, who has launched a "Stop Her Now" campaign, is suffering from "self-loathing."
Arthur Chrenkoff: Clinton goes out on an outing — Political consultant Arthur Finkelstein launches an anti-Hillary Clinton "Stop Her Now" campaign.
Ace: Those Unifying Democrats: Bill Clinton Calls GOP Gay Man "Self-Loathing" — Self-loathing? Just because he's a Republican?
Michelle Malkin: GAY-BASHING, DEMOCRAT-STYLE — Former president Bill Clinton says gay Republican operative Arthur Finkelstein may be "self-loathing."
Clayton Cramer: You'll guess wrong: [snipped quote] This confuses me.
Taegan Goddard: Quote of the Day — [snipped quote] — Bill Clinton, quoted by the New York Daily News, on gay GOP consultant Arthur...

Bolton Appears Headed for Confirmation
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - John R. Bolton appeared a step closer to confirmation as ambassador to the United Nations despite scathing testimony Tuesday by a former State Department intelligence chief that he was a "serial abuser" of analysts who disagreed with his hard-line views.
Steve Soto: Even After Bolton Is Shown To Be Abusive Of Intelligence Analysts, Lincoln Chafee Will Still Vote For Him — Even after...
Jeralyn Merritt: Bolton on the Road to Confirmation — The AP is reporting that despite some devastating testimony against U.N. Ambassador nominee John Bolton, it appears he will be confirmed.

Dole Tells Hero's Tale in His Own Plain Way
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
When he was a teenage soda jerk in Russell, Kan. , Bob Dole liked to give his customers at Dawson's Drugstore "the flip." A star athlete at the local high school, he would toss a scoop of ice cream in the air, where it turned a few somersaults, and then catch it in a cup before putting the finishing touches on a sundae or a milkshake.
Andrew Dobbs: A Book I'll Have to Read — The New York Times has a wonderful review of Sen. Bob Dole's new memoirs, entitled One Soldier's Story.
Taegan Goddard: One Soldier's Story — A New York Times review of former Sen. Bob Dole's latest book, One Soldier's Story, "finally...

Senators May Have Named CIA Operative
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Senators may have blown the cover of a covert CIA officer yesterday.
During a hearing on John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations, Bolton and members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee referred to the analyst as "Mr. Smith."
Barbara O'Brien: One More Thing — The usual suspects have been flogging this story in the Washington Post (and also in the Associated...
S.Z.: Oh, and one another thing about this story that you should know: despite what the media is claiming in articles like...
Michelle Malkin: Update: The Washington Post also ran AP's story.
James Joyner: The AP reports that Senator Richard Lugar and John Kerry may have outed a covert CIA operative in yesterday's hearings...
Michael Demmons: Senators May Have Named CIA Operative - [Washington Post]
Also: Cori Dauber, Chris Lawrence

Former State Dept. Official Blasts Bolton
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
A former chief of the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research castigated John R. Bolton on Tuesday as a "kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy" who abused analysts who disagreed with him on Cuba. A Democrat said he "needs anger management."
Ken Masugi: Our senator, Barbara Boxer, on UN Ambassador-nominee John Bolton, " "You have nothing but disdain for the U.N. ," Boxer fumed. "
Von @ObsidianWings: Carl W. Ford Jr.'s testimony of his experiences with John Bolton; the numerous accounts of Bolton's abuse of...

Failure Buster
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
Washington is abuzz with talk that the Senate Republicans will deploy the so-called "nuclear option" — in essence, violating the rules of the Senate to eliminate the possibility of mounting a filibuster against a presidential nominee — in order to obtain the confirmation of a handful of President George W. Bush's appointments to the federal judiciary.
Orrin Judd: WHO'D CARE? : Failure Buster: The filibuster helps conservatives more than liberals. It's time to get rid of it.
Jonathan H. Adler: Matt Yglesias wants Democrats to one-up Republicans and propose ending filibusters for all Senate business.

The U.N., Preying on the Weak
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Anyone who was shocked by the most recent revelations of sexual misconduct by United Nations staff has never set foot in a U.N.-sponsored refugee camp. Sex crimes are only one especially disturbing symptom of a culture of abuse that exists in the United Nations precisely because the United Nations and its staff lack accountability.
Dale Franks: What he saw there, while shocking, is not, unfortunately, surprising. We all know about the reports of sexual abuse, but Dennis writes that's only the beginning.
Betsy Newmark: A student who has been working with refugees in Africa expresses his disdain and frustration with how the UN supervises peacekeepers.

Senate Panel Hears Criticism of Bush's Pick for U.N. Envoy
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 12 - A former State Department official described John Bolton today as someone who had bullied and verbally abused lower-ranking analysts over disagreements on intelligence, and said Mr. Bolton did not deserve to be chief United States delegate to the United Nations.
Jo Fish: Up = Down Bolton=Diplomatic — John Bolton no more deserves to be the UN Ambassador than the man-in-the-moon.
Rickheller @Centerfield: A Kiss-up, Kick-down Sort of Guy — That's how John Bolton is described by Carl Ford, Jr., the former assistant...

Bush bares soul with 'iPod One'
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — The music tastes of U.S. President George W. Bush have come under scrutiny after an aide revealed the playlist of his new iPod player.
The portable digital device, given to Bush by his daughters Jenna and Barbara last July, contains much country music, but also songs by Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and the Knack.
Billmon: High Fidelity — Color me cynical (with a heavy base coat of paranoid) but am I the only one who suspects the White...
Tyler Cowen: My Sharona — Here is the music on Bush's iPod. Add in van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and George Jones. No Sex Pistols.
Art @Centerfield: What a Slow News Day — CNN ran a story on their website about Bush's iPod.

Bush, Sharon Clash Openly
  LAT   —   Permalink 
CRAWFORD, Texas — President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon differed strongly and publicly Monday over the future of West Bank settlements under the U.S.-backed peace plan, underscoring the fragile nature of negotiations to end the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Dan Froomkin: Peter Wallsten and Tyler Marshall write in the Los Angeles Times: "President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...
Pudentilla: sharon to bush: democracy, schemocracy — [snipped quote] perhaps it would be more accurate to say that under awol's leadership, freedom's on the two-step in the middle east.
Orrin Judd: YIELDING THE HIGH GROUND: Bush, Sharon Clash Openly: The leaders, meeting in Texas, disagree on the future of West Bank settlements under the Mideast peace plan.

Jews, Mormons to Examine Proxy Baptisms
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SALT LAKE CITY - Jews and Mormons decided Monday to jointly scrutinize a Mormon database that includes the names of thousands of deceased Jews — including Holocaust victims — who were given unwanted, posthumous baptisms.
Dean Esmay: Annoyed With Mormons by Dean Jay Tea and some religious folks are angry about the Mormon practice of baptizing dead people.
Jay Tea: But the Mormons are taking that to new and outrageous levels. They have taken to baptizing dead people.

Senate Committee Hearing on the Nomination of John Bolton to Be U.N. Ambassador
  NYT   —   Permalink 
John @PowerLine: Hazy Days in the Foreign Relations Committee — I haven't yet seen a transcript of today's Senate Foreign Relations...
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Bolton Tows the Line — If anyone was perhaps wondering whether the supposedly tough-minded John Bolton, President...

Comparatively Major
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
"IF YOU'RE SO smart, why aren't you president?" the first President Bush used to ask aides. We've been finding ourselves with a similarly exasperated reaction to the folks who have been arguing that Social Security represents a minor, easily solved piece of the long-term budget problem: "If it's so easy, why don't you fix it?"
Brad DeLong: They defend Bush's focus on Social Security because... because... because...
Max B. Sawicky: BIG DEFICIT, LITTLE DEFICIT Our friends Dean Baker and David Rosnick of the Center for Economic and Policy Research had...

Three Indicted on Terror Charges in U.S.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Three men have been indicted on charges they plotted to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington.
A four-count indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses Dhiran Barot, Nadeem Tarmohammed and Qaisar Shaffi of scouting the...
Jeralyn Merritt: Three Indicted on Terror Charges — Three men have been indicted on terrorism charges related to alleged planned attacks on financial institutions.
Charles Johnson: Three RoP Members Indicted — Three Indicted on Terror Charges in US.

Peeling the Onion
  By / St. Petersburg Times   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Breaking news has disrupted the lazy routine at the Onion. Pope John Paul II has died and the writers have urgent work to do.
They scribble ideas for possible headlines and gather around a conference table to read them:
Rex Hammock: I guess that's why I like it: From a St. Pete Times article about The Onion: "Our whole paper is an indictment of anything we think is dumb." (via: Romenesko)
Jim Romenesko: The Onion staffers are really proud of their slacker image — St. Petersburg Times [snipped quote] says Onion writer John Krewson.

Trend-Setting Publisher Plans Move to Hollywood
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Judith Regan, whose ReganBooks imprint has produced a string of celebrity-driven and highly profitable best sellers from authors as diverse as Gen. Tommy Franks and the filmmaker Michael Moore, is planning to move her publishing and media group to Los Angeles by the end of the year to spend more time on television and film projects, she said.
Chris Nolan: This story made the front page of the New York Times. That's how shocking New Yorkers find the idea that people in L.A. actually read.
Kevin Roderick: The New York Times sees meaning in the switch of coasts: "In doing so, ReganBooks, which is part of HarperCollins,...

The Paris Hilton Tax Cut
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The same people who insist that critics of Social Security privatization should offer reform proposals of their own are working feverishly to eliminate alternatives that might reduce the need for benefit cuts or payroll tax increases.
Ezra Klein: The Paris Hilton Benefit Act — EJ Dionne's firing on all cylinders today with a blistering column on the Paris Hilton Benefit Act, otherwise known as the estate tax.
Tully @Centerfield: The Washington Post weighs in with two editorials this morning, one from the editorial board and one from the...

Military Raid in Baghdad Captures 65, Officials Say
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 11 - Hundreds of Iraqi troops and commandos backed by American soldiers swept through central and southern Baghdad early Monday morning, capturing at least 65 suspected insurgents in one of the largest raids in the capital since the fall of Saddam Hussein, military officials said.
Jon Henke: I draw your attention to the short-term metrics for success I laid out in September of 2004... 1: Elections moving...
Cori Dauber: On the one hand, there was evidence of progress, in the form of a major raid, but one where the Iraqis took the lead.

Historic parallels as DeLay's woes deepen
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The gap between what House Republicans say on the record about their embattled leader Tom DeLay and what they say in private is wide but narrowing.
In public, most Republicans say that what's driving the criticism of the House majority leader is politics, not ethics.
Taegan Goddard: The Christian Science Monitor notes "the gap between what House Republicans say on the record about their embattled...
Atrios: I Blame the Shirt — Link: But in private, some senior leaders are saying it's only a matter of time before the most powerful Republican in Congress is forced from office.

U.N. Nominee, Democrats Lock Horns on His Record
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, emerging as the most controversial of President Bush's second-term nominees, battled charges by Democratic senators Monday that he had bullied intelligence analysts who disagreed with him and was unfit to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
S.Z.: The LA Times tells what happened next: Westermann told Bolton's chief of staff that the language was unlikely to win...
Pudentilla: bolton agonistes — [snipped quote] perhaps, the real problem is that the walrus sincerely believes what he said...

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan
  White House   —   Permalink 
MR. McCLELLAN: All right, let me — I just came over here to kind of give a little bit more of a readout on the meeting and answer whatever questions you might have on it.
First of all, I would describe the meetings as very warm and friendly.
Dan Froomkin: At the afternoon gaggle, reporters repeatedly tried to get press secretary Scott McClellan to help them understand how...
Taegan Goddard: Now, he's under such intense attack that the White House issued a statement of support Monday."

Poll: Americans Say Taxes Too Complicated
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Most Americans think federal income taxes are too complicated, but they're not eager to simplify tax preparation by getting rid of some deductions and tax credits, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.
Captain Ed: Looming Tax Deadline Still Can't Convince Americans To Simplify — According to an AP-Ipsos poll, a majority of...
SK Bubba: News flash... Americans Say Taxes Too Complicated No kidding? They paid somebody to do a poll to figure that out?

In Recent Scandals, a Rethinking Of Capital's Conventional Wisdom
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In the decades after Watergate, Washington figures in legal or political hot water heard some familiar words of wisdom:
The coverup is almost always worse than the crime. Never hunker down. Above all, never lie.
James Joyner: In Recent Scandals, a Rethinking Of Capital's Conventional Wisdom [snipped quote] This is the key.
Amy Sullivan: Guest: Amy Sullivan — WHAT IS JOHN HARRIS TALKING ABOUT?...I'm not sure why the Washington Post is running this piece...
Betsy Newmark: John Harris of The Washington Post notes that times have changed and that the old scandal playbook is out of date.
Avedon Carol: He hasn't changed, as his recent example of false equivalence demonstrates.
Taegan Goddard: The New Rules of Scandal — The Washington Post notes that "in the decades after Watergate, Washington figures in legal...

The hardest numbers
  By /   —   Permalink 
Congressional Republicans have some reason to feel under siege. Public opinion polls show that congressional action in the Terri Schiavo case was unpopular. George W. Bush's job ratings have dipped, and Congress' job rating is lower.
DJ Drummond: Hard On The Left — Michael Barone, always a sharp mind, has a great column up (hat tip - thanks Caleb) on the poll...
Betsy Newmark: Michael Barone looks at Polidata's numbers on which congressional districts voted for which presidential candidate.

Senators May Have Blown Cover of CIA Agent
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(04-11) 17:29 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) —
Mr. Smith came to Washington again Monday, as an alias for a Central Intelligence Agency officer who works covertly. Senators, however, may have blown his cover.
Ace: (Corrected/Retracted:) Kerry Reveals Name of CIA Operative Right in an open Senate hearing on John Bolton's confirmation.
Michelle Malkin: The Associated Press now asserts that both Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Richard Lugar "may have blown" a CIA agent's cover during the Bolton hearings.
Charles Johnson: Kerry Blows CIA Agent's Cover - AP — Today, during the nomination hearings for John Bolton, John F. Kerry may have blown the cover of a CIA agent.
Betsy Newmark: So these sanctimonious senators who are so upset about some unknown person who may or may not have released information...
Andrew Cochran: Reader rebuts Associated Press story about Senators' disclosure of CIA agent's name — Received this from faithful...
Taegan Goddard: The AP reports that during questioning on John Bolton's nomination to be President Bush's ambassador to the United...
Also: John Cole, Pejman Yousefzadeh

F.D.A. Panel on Silicone Breast Implants Hears From Women on Each Side of Debate
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 11 - The latest skirmish in the 13-year-old battle over silicone breast implants began on Monday with scores of women telling a federal advisory panel either that implants had ruined their lives or that they had restored their sense of well-being.
Ann Althouse: From the NYT report on FDA hearings about silicone breast implants: "Carolyn Wolfe, 74, of Manassas, Va., told the panel...
Susan Madrak: SHIRTS VS. SKINS — This is the strangest story - women who have serious medical problems from silicone breast implants...

A New Attack on Women's Sports
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The Bush administration has mounted a surreptitious new attack on Title IX, the 33-year-old law that has exponentially expanded the participation of girls and women in sports.
Last month, a memo went up on an Education Department Web site that was billed as a "clarification" of Title IX regulations.
Tom Smith: Title 9 — The New York Times thinks it's a bad idea, so you know it's probably good. Everybody is in favor of women's sports.
Betsy Newmark: The New York Times has an editorial bemoaning the Bsh administrations so-called "weakening" of Title IX provisions...

Radical Feminist Writer Andrea Dworkin Dies
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Andrea Dworkin, 58, a self-proclaimed radical feminist whose scathing writings about sexuality, and pornography in particular, made her a provocative icon of the women's movement, died April 9 at her home in Washington.
David T: Dworkin dies — Andrea Dworkin has died, at the terribly young age of 58.
Dean Esmay: Andrea Dworkin Dead by Dean Andrea Dworkin is dead. It's considered bad to speak ill of the dead but in this case, I don't care: she was a horrible woman and I'm glad she's gone.

Falling Fortunes of the Wage Earner
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Beginning in the mid-1990's, pay increases for most workers slowly but steadily outpaced the rate of inflation, improving the living standards for nearly all Americans.
Jon Henke: Wages Down, Compensation Up — This will be the big economic story for awhile... "Even though the economy added 2.2...
Susan Madrak: FALLING DOWN — Is this news to most people? [snipped quote] I don't know anyone who's gotten anything larger than a three-percent raise for the past five years.

Coming Home
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. —There are no longer generators running, or armored vehicles rumbling, or mortars exploding, and the roar of the silence is deafening to me. What I hear at night now is the gentle breaths released from the perfect lips of my sons.
TheAnchoress: It is a short rumination on coming home after 10 month's service in Iraq, and a sweet appreciation of the simple,...
Cori Dauber: Homecoming — Here's a lovely piece.

What Does Bush's iPod Reveal About Him?
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 11, 2005 — President Bush is not exactly known for his dance moves or musical tastes, but he is now a frequent iPod user.
His daughters gave him the popular, portable digital music player for his birthday, and presidential media adviser Mark McKinnon says the president is never more of a "pod person" than when exercising.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Proof the Press Has too Much Time on its Hands… Via ABC News: What Does Bush's iPod Reveal About Him?, wherein we...
Jeralyn Merritt: Here's what he's listening to. The White House reminds us not to "psychoanalze the playlist." Sorry, can't help it.
Patrick Ruffini: George W. Bush's iPod Playlist — Download from the Presidential Playlist (iTunes) The contents of George W. Bush's...

Woman walking with fiance murdered
  Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
Hamas has begun operating a "vice and virtue commando" in the Gaza Strip to safeguard Islamic values, Palestinian security officials and residents told The Jerusalem Post.
Damian Penny: Palestinian Taliban — Killing Jews must get a bit tiresome after a while, so Hamas is trying to spice things up by...
Charles Johnson: Hamas Islamic Honor Killings — Here's a glimpse of what would be commonplace in a future Islamic Republic of Palestine, ruled by Hamas: Woman walking with fiance murdered.
John @PowerLine: Time For A Showdown In Palestine — This horrifying story is from the Jerusalem Post, via Little Green Footballs:...
Patrick: Their first victim, a 22 year-old female university student, was viciously murdered in the street over the weekend for walking in public with her fiance. (salute to Bruce T.)

President and Prime Minister Sharon Discuss Economy, Middle East
  White House   —   Permalink 
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Prime Minister, welcome to my home. Appreciate you coming. I appreciate our meeting. I'm looking forward to serving you some good food for lunch. Most importantly, I'm looking forward to driving you around the ranch - I want you to see my place.
Dan Froomkin: Here's the transcript of their statements to the press.
Joseph Alexander Norland: Using the official White House site, here is what was actually said at Crawford; selected passages follow, with my comments in italics.

Papers Illustrate Negroponte's Contra Role
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The day after the House voted to halt all aid to rebels fighting to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras John D. Negroponte urged the president's national security adviser and the CIA director to hang tough.
Sarah Wildman: NEW NEWS FROM NEGROPONTE'S PAST Today's Washington Post has a piece that won't shock those who have followed John Negroponte's rise in the Bush administration.
Lambert @Corrente: Republicans vs. The Constitution: Negroponte and the Contras — The dead can still speak: "As Negroponte prepares for...

Nuts and Bolton
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
It's too bad double jeopardy doesn't obtain for Presidential nominees. If it did, Democrats wouldn't be reviving long-discredited accusations against John Bolton, whose nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations comes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today.
Paul @PowerLine: 18 years is long enough — Stephen Calabresi and James Lindgren, law professors at Northwestern University, make a strong case for term limits for Supreme Court Justices.
Verity @SouthernAppeal: The WSJ has this editorial maintaining the charges raised by democrtas are phony, and then briefly mentioning what it believes is the real reason for the opposition.

Economical wisdom - Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman talks economics
  By / Jackson Sun   —   Permalink 
In 1963, economist Milton Friedman published a treatise that challenged traditional economic thought.
Titled ''A Monetary History of the United States,'' Friedman's work focused on the role of the U.S. federal government's regulation of the money supply and its effect on inflation, recession and business cycles.
Donald Luskin: THE SUN SHINES WITH FRIEDMAN — From an interview with Nobel laureate Milton Friedman in the Jackson (Tennessee) Sun: ...
Robert Prather: Milton Friedman even provides interviews to small Mississippi papers — My department head passed along an interview by Milton Friedman for a Mississippi paper.
Jonathan Gewirtz: Interview With Milton Friedman — Friedman discusses Social Security, deficits, trade, monetary policy, immigration, education and more.
Patrick Carver: Friedman: Ned Turner of the Mississippi Tennessee newspaper, the Jackson Sun, interviews Dr. Milton Friedman on taxes, Social Security reform, school vouchers amongst other topics.

Quest to get a Republican to fight DeLay may have crossed a line
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
On March 24, former Congressman Bob Livingston was sent an e-mail by a New York Times editorial page staffer suggesting he write an op-ed essay. Would Livingston, who in 1998 gave up certain elevation to be House speaker because of a sexual affair, write about how Majority Leader Tom DeLay should now act under fire?
Howard Kurtz: The counterattack is that the media are out to pound the Hammer, as this Bob Novak column suggests: "On March 24,...
Joe Gandelman: There's been a big fuss over this Bob Novak column and it makes you wonder if he's been hiding under a rock all these...
TheAnchoress: The press, of course, helps it all along.
Taegan Goddard: Meanwhile, Robert Novak says the New York Times was "fishing for an op-ed piece" by former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) as...
Jonah Goldberg: His column today in the Washington Post claims that the fact the New York Times op-ed page tried to get Bob Livingston...
Betsy Newmark: Bob Novak details how the New York Times asked Bob Livingston to write an editorial slamming Tom DeLay.
Also: Jesse Taylor, Laura Rozen, John Cole, Judd @ThinkProgress, Roger Ailes, Orrin Judd

Feminist icon Andrea Dworkin dies
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
The American feminist icon, writer and campaigner Andrea Dworkin, who linked pornography to rape and violence, died at the weekend, her agent said today. She was 59 years old.
Her radical-feminist critique of pornography began with her first book, Woman Hating, published when she was 27.
James Joyner: Feminist icon Andrea Dworkin dies (The Guardian) "The American feminist icon, writer and campaigner Andrea Dworkin, who...
LeanLeft: The Guardian has an obit; nobody else seems to be on the story yet (possibly because she wasn't A-list enough, and her...
Mitch Berg: Dworkin — Andrea Dworkin - whose name in the past twenty years surpassed "Catherine McKinnon" as a code word for...
Avedon Carol: Roz called me today and told me she'd read at Susie Bright's weblog that Andrea Dworkin was dead. Here's what Roz wrote.
Jan Haugland: Andrea Dworkin dead — Andrea Dworkin, the archetypical man-hating feminist and anti-porn activist fruitcake, is dead.
Ginny @ChicagoBoyz: Andrea & Addie — Andrea Dworkin has died at 59. One of my male students in freshman comp loved to quote her - he hoped her violent, graphic, sexual remarks would shock me.
Also: Marie @LeftCoaster, K. J. Lopez

Wages Lagging Behind Prices
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
For the first time in 14 years, the American workforce has in effect gotten an across-the-board pay cut.
The growth in wages in 2004 and the first two months of this year trailed inflation, compounding the squeeze from higher housing, energy and other costs.
Dale Franks: Wages, Benefits, and Consumer Spending — Jon's reference to this story brings up some interesting points that go beyond simple wage/compensation comparisons.
Steve M.: The L.A. Times reports on another accomplishment for the Bush White House: For the first time in 14 years, the American workforce has in effect gotten an across-the-board pay cut.
Matthew Yglesias: Mmm...Inflation — Nominal wages up 2.5 percent in 2004, consumer price index up 2.7 percent, net wages negative 0.2 percent.
Steve Soto: Workers have received, as the Los Angeles Times calls it, an across-the-board pay cut, as wages have fallen behind...
Stirling Newberry: The A HREF="fall in real wages means that there is macro-economic incentive for people to change areas of work - good.
Arnold Kling: Health Care and Real Wages — Terry Lierman, the Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, forwarded me a link to an article in the Los Angeles Times about declining real wages.
Also: Steve Antler, Pudentilla, Jesse Taylor

White House Letter: President Bush's iPod
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Between his return on Friday from Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome and his meeting today with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, President Bush spent an hour and a half on Saturday on an 18-mile mountain bike ride at his Texas ranch.
Howard Kurtz: Elisabeth Bumiller has a cute little NYT piece about the president's iPod preferences. Imagine having a personal assistant to do all your downloading!
David Allan Pell: Our Sharona — Tap into the First iPod and take a look at the presidential playlist: In addition to My Sharona, a few...
Rex Hammock: The first playlist: Lots of blogging today about Bush's playlist as reported by the NY Times.
Kevin Drum: THE PRESIDENTIAL IPOD....The New York Times reports today on the contents of George Bush's iPod: [snipped quote] All legally downloaded from the iTunes store, eh?

Sy Hersh Says It's Okay to Lie (Just Not in Print)
  By / New York Magazine   —   Permalink 
Since the Abu Ghraib story broke eleven months ago, The New Yorker's national-security correspondent, Seymour Hersh, has followed it up with a series of spectacular scoops. Videotape of young boys being raped at Abu Ghraib.
Joe Gandelman: More Declining Ethics As Sy Hersh Says It's Ok To Lie To Audiences — As if conservative columnist Robert Novak being...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "I CAN CERTAINLY FUDGE WHAT I SAY" — I'm sorry, but can we really take seriously a person who makes so frank a confession?
John Cole: Eason Jordan Syndrome — Ouch. I mean, damn. That had to hurt.
John Hawkins: Here are some excerpts from Suellentrop's piece: "...There are two Hershes, really. Seymour M. is the byline.
Jim Romenesko: Hersh: I can't fudge what I write; I can fudge what I say — New York Chris Suellentrop says there are two Seymour Hershes: There's the byline, and there's the public speaker.
Jonah Goldberg: SY HERSH: PROUD LIAR — Chris Suellentrop wallops the dickens out of Sy Hersh for just saying whatever he pleases.
Also: Ed Cone, Glenn Reynolds

Ailing Health Care
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Those of us who accuse the administration of inventing a Social Security crisis are often accused, in return, of do-nothingism, of refusing to face up to the nation's problems. I plead not guilty: America does face a real crisis - but it's in health care, not Social Security.
Ted @CrookedTimber: As it's the new hot topic, I've reposted it under the fold. Enjoy, or don't.
Tom Maguire: Krugman On Health Care — Paul Krugman's column on health care gives me a heart attack!
Kash: The Real Crisis — Paul Krugman deserves kudos today for trying to turn attention toward the true long-term domestic crisis facing the US today: its horrible health care system.
Barbara O'Brien: This morning Paul Krugman writes about what's wrong with health care in America.
Jon Henke: Krugman on Government Intervention — Paul Krugman (correctly) notes that Health Care is a bigger problem than Social Security, and examines ways to fix it.
Stirling Newberry: Competition is Good — Krugman is going to take on healt care costs and the health care system.

It's Time To Write a Dear John
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
John Bolton, George W. Bush's astonishingly brazen choice to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, came off badly at his confirmation hearings today—bloodless, evasive, and mendacious—in ways that should give senators cause to reject him, regardless of whether they agree with the president's policies or even with the substance of Bolton's views.
Laura Rozen: From Fred Kaplan's Slate piece on the Bolton hearings: [snipped quote] So all of Bolton's tiresome UN bashing and bull...
Steve Clemons: Check out Fred Kaplan's summary of today's hearings with John Bolton. He thinks Bolton's situation is bad.
S.Z.: Fred Kaplan of Slate explains why this is BS: [Bolton claimed] that his only problem with these analysts was "procedural."

Tanker in Chief
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
Did you notice this one? A Gallup-CNN-USA Today poll at the end of last week found that 50 percent of American adults now believe that the Bush administration "deliberately misled" them about why we had to go to war in Iraq.
Howard Kurtz: American Prospect's Michael Tomasky parses the media's view of Bush: "Did you notice this one?
Amy Sullivan: First up is the always-worth-reading Mike Tomasky, who asks why the mainstream media seem not to have noticed that our...

Kerry cites voter intimidation examples
  AP   —   Permalink 
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Many voters in last year's presidential election were denied access to the polls through trickery and intimidation, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a voters' group Sunday.
Hei Lun: That's not my opinion, but it seems to be John Kerry's († Tom Maguire): [snipped quote] Not that I'm in favor of...
Michelle Malkin: The other day, during his rant about intimidation of Democrat voters, John Kerry mentioned leaflets that said, "Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday."
Acidman: sore loser — Every time this guy opens his mouth, I am ever more delighted that he WAS NOT elected President of the United States.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Export him to Iraq — I'm sure you've heard by now the latest whinge from John Kerry.
Tom Maguire: Mickey Gains A New Recruit — The "Stop Kerry 2008" effort led by Mickey Kaus has picked up a prestigious new volunteer...

  NRO   —   Permalink 
On June 28, a couple of days after Fahrenheit 9/11's premiere, Moore spoke to thousands of people via an Internet hookup at "Turn Up the Heat: A National Town Meeting on Fahrenheit 9/11," organized by MoveOn.
Charles Johnson: The Myth of Fahrenheit 9/11 — In an excerpt from his new book The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, Byron York details how...
John Cole: Lies Michael Moore Told Me — Apparently the lies in Fahrenheit 9/11 were not enough, and Michael Moore had to tell lies ABOUT the movie's popularity: [snipped quote] Shocking.
Susanna Cornett: The Many Lies of Michael — Byron York has the scoop on Moorish manipulations, wherein a match flame attains the perceived status of a raging inferno.
Roger L. Simon: The Politics of Niche Marketing — I have been enjoying the excerpts of Byron York's The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy being...
Tom Maguire: Show Us The Numbers — Byron York is a shameless tease: [snipped quote] And how does Mr. York know this?

Inquiry on Lobbyist Casts a Shadow in Congress
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 10 - Jack Abramoff, one of Washington's most powerful and best-paid lobbyists, needed $100,000 in a hurry.
Mr. Abramoff, known to envious competitors as "Casino Jack" because of his multimillion-dollar lobbying fees from the gambling...
Laura Rozen: As the New York Times reports today: "The messages document how [Abramoff and Scanlon] maneuvered secretly in 2001 to...
Steve Soto: But with Tom DeLay being set up for a fall by Rick Santorum, Chris Shays, and the likelihood that his partner in crime...
Pudentilla: actuarial question: if you were a life insurance company, would you write a policy for jack abramoff?
Garance Franke-Ruta: It's not "liberal bias" or concerns about junketeering; it's the criminal probes.
Jacob Sullum: Fact Finding on the Golf Course — A spokesman for lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is under investigation for influence...

A Tax Increase That Bush Didn't Mention
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
CYNICS have long predicted that the Bush administration, plagued by budget deficits, will eventually start raising taxes. But now it is becoming clear how it would do so: the alternative minimum tax.
Jeffrey Dubner: Talking to my parents this weekend, I learned that they got slammed by the alternative minimum tax this year for the first time.
Brad DeLong: Edmund Andrews reports: The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Economic View: A Tax Increase That Bush Didn't...
Steve Soto: The tax victories of Bush's first term, wherein he pushed through large cuts in the tax burdens of the wealthy by...
Steve Bainbridge: As Leonard E. Burman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute told the NY Times: [quote] "The A.M.T. is a huge tax increase...[end quote]

Senators Question Bolton's Qualifications to Be U.N. Envoy
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 11 - A series of senators aggressively questioned John R. Bolton today about his qualifications to become the United States ambassador to the United Nations, challenging his past blunt criticisms of the organization, his policy positions, his...
Dave Meyer: The Washington Post and The New York Times both emphasized this issue, and the lineup of witnesses scheduled for tomorrow promises more of the same.
Steve Clemons: This just out in the New York Times: [snipped quote] One former senior official in the State Department during John...

Trans-Atlantic Conspiracy Theory Du Jour
  DER SPIEGEL   —   Permalink 
Germany's highest ranking female member of parliament has a new theory: the US government set the Catholic pedophilia scandal in motion because it wanted to weaken an already frail pope. That's also why it made Poland its chief partner in the Iraq war: to make the Vatican look bad.
James Frederick Dwight: Today's missive had a link I wouldn't have believed if I didn't read it with my own eyes.
Jan Haugland: The pedophile scandal was, she mused, part of an American conspiracy to weaken the Pope politically.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Senior German parliamentarian on a conspiracy rampage — This story hasn't received any media coverage outside of...

Left wing goons
  American Thinker   —   Permalink 
The Washington Times has joined Michelle Malkin, David Horowitz and us in decrying the wave of left wing violence against conservative speakers on campus. the Times editorial makes a couple of points worth serious attention:
Lorie Byrd: One of my favorite bloggers that I don't link to nearly enough, Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker, calls for a...
Michelle Malkin: On a related note, The Washington Times has an excellent editorial on pie throwers and goon squads, concluding:...
Steve Bainbridge: Lifson on Pies — Thomas Lifson on pie throwing: "The Washington Times has joined Michelle Malkin, David Horowitz and...

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies
  AP   —   Permalink 
Yale University researchers say their study that used lasers to create remote-controlled fruit flies could lead to a better understanding of overeating and violence in humans.
Using the lasers to stimulate specific brain cells, researchers say they were able to make the flies jump, walk, flap their wings and fly.
Ace: Just What We Need: Scientists Invent Remote-Controlled Flies — Next up: remote-controlled chiggers, remote-controlled...
Charles Johnson: Headless Laser-Controlled Zombie Flies — Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies. (Hat tip: Bad Penny.)

Booting the Bench
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Railing against activist judges is nothing new in American politics. The nation's judicial wars erupt infrequently but at times with painful intensity, often brought on by the stress of a particularly divisive case.
LeanLeft: Both Dana Millbank and Ruth Marcus had stories over the weekend in the Washington Post dealing with the unsavory...
Sam Rosenfeld: (Ruth Marcus has a good column today that is similarly alarmed but a bit more aptly qualified and tempered in its analysis.)
Ken Masugi: See Ronald Brownstein (arguing against partisanship), Ruth Marcus (decrying talk of impeachment), Charles Babington...

Disparities Found in Sub-Prime Lending
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
About 29 percent of African Americans who bought or refinanced homes last year ended up with high-cost loans, compared with only about 10 percent of white Americans, according to an a consumer advocacy group's analysis of new data from 15 large national lenders.
James Joyner: Disparities Found in Sub-Prime Lending (WaPo, p.
Dr. Steven Taylor: It's the Socio-Economics, Stupid — Via WaPo: Disparities Found in Sub-Prime Lending [snipped quote] Rather than proving...
Kevin Drum: TROUBLE IN THE REFI INDUSTRY?....Via Max, I find that new data indicates that African Americans have a harder time refinancing their homes than whites.
Max B. Sawicky: PARTIAL CREDIT — New data on discrimination in mortgage lending.

Bolton Pledges to Help Strengthen U.N.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
Apr. 11, 2005 - John R. Bolton, a blunt diplomat whose nomination as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. is opposed by most Democrats and some in the foreign policy establishment, pledged Monday to help strengthen an institution that has occasionally "gone off track."
Dave Meyer: The Associated Press chose to emphasize a different aspect of the hearing, specifically Bolton's "vow" in his opening statement to strengthen the UN.
Frederick Maryland: Not the Headline You'd Expect — Given that John R. Bolton, Bush's nominee as United Nations ambassador, has made...

Bush's Neglect of Consensus May Be Kindling Fiery Senate Showdown
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
George W. Bush may be more comfortable operating with a lower public approval rating than any president in modern times. That sounds like a source of strength, but it also may be a weakness that is pushing Bush and the GOP toward a dangerous confrontation with Senate Democrats over the courts.
Dan Froomkin: Special to — Uplifted by the pope's funeral, President Bush on Friday called the seven reporters...
Hugh Hewitt: Somebody sent up a flare, and MSM provides a raft of the "sky-is-falling for bully GOP" stories mixed with the "doughty...

Kerry Says Trickery Foiled Many Voters
  AP   —   Permalink 
BOSTON, April 10 (AP) - Many voters in last year's election were denied access to the polls through trickery and intimidation, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts told a voters' group on Sunday.
McQ: The man who can't shut up — Sen. John Kerry can't help it. He still can't believe he lost to George W. Bush.
John Cole: Sour Grapes Award — Proving that it is clearly impossible to retain your dignity after losing a national election (see...
Riggsveda @Corrente: Now He Tells Us — Tucked below the NYTimes' virtual fold, we read this bizarre statement from erstwhile candidate and...
Orrin Judd: Kerry Says Trickery Foiled Many Voters (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 4/11/05) [snipped quote] The big question we all want...

Tunes for the Freewheelin' George Bush
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Between his return on Friday from Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome and his meeting today with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, President Bush spent an hour and a half on Saturday on an 18-mile mountain bike ride at his Texas ranch.
Betsy Newmark: Lorie Byrd has some thoughts on Elisabeth Bumiller's article on what is on the President's IPod and her use of a Rolling...
Jesse Taylor: Why No President Is Ever Really "One Of Us" — George W. Bush has a guy who fills his iPod, courtesy of the always useless Elizabeth Bumiller.
Orrin Judd: ROCK THE CHIEF: Tunes for the Freewheelin' George Bush (ELISABETH BUMILLER, 4/11/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] Surely we can come up with a better playlist for him than that.
Lorie Byrd: Is it really necessary to psychoanalyze every minute detail of the President's life as Elisabeth Bumiller does by...
Ann Althouse: The President's iPod. If Bush only has 250 songs in his iPod, he should get an iPod Shuffle.
Taegan Goddard: Bonus Quote of the Day — [snipped quote] — Rolling Stone deputy editor Joe Levy, quoted by the New York Times, on the contents of President Bush's iPod.
Also: K. J. Lopez

Blogs Incensed Over Pulitzer Photo Award
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
There's always second-guessing when it comes to the Pulitzer Prize. But when The Associated Press was given the award for breaking news photography last Monday for depicting the war in Iraq, some conservatives bloggers expressed outrage.
Scott @PowerLine: A note on the Times story — The New York Times story on the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the AP for breaking news...
Jesse Taylor: Baaaaaaaaaadass News Judgement — Why is this even a news story?
Dave Winer: NY Times: Blogs Incensed over Pulitzer Photo Award.
Jan Haugland: The NYT does a hack job on bloggers' criticism of AP photography — The good news is that the NYT actually mentions the...
Jim Romenesko: More from Monday's NYT: > Tu Ciudad magazine targets young, upscale Latinos in Los Angeles > Public TV station WGBH to...
Roger Ailes: Another Triumph For The Blogosphere — The Putzpuller Prize for felony arsewipery goes to Little Schmuck: [snipped quote] Today's must-read.

Remember the Maine?
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
Spain's Europa Press news agency reports that Venezuela purchased "biological and nerve agents" as well as dual-use materials from Spain sometime during the first half of 2004.
Jan Haugland: Clinton W. Taylor is certainly right that somebody should ask some very hard questions to find out whether this is true.
Ace: Spain Sells WMD's To Hugo Chavez — If Europe doesn't want us to "unilaterally" target terrorist-friendly and...
Michelle Malkin: KEEPING AN EYE ON SPAIN & VENEZUELA — Clinton W. Taylor has a troubling piece in The American Spectator online...

Social Security rehab died first under Clinton
  San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Washington — Who killed Social Security overhaul?
A: Harry Reid. B: George W. Bush. C: AARP. D: Monica Lewinsky.
Seven years ago, the first Baby Boomer president traveled the country to warn that his generation's impending retirement — 76 million...
Chris Nolan: "Who killed Social Security overhaul?" writes The Chron's Carolyn Lockhead. "A: Harry Reid. B: George W. Bush. C: AARP.
Dan Froomkin: Carolyn Lochhead writes more in the San Francisco Chronicle about Clinton's approach in 1998.

In theocracy they trust
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
According to David Gibbs, the attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, Terri sobbed in her mother's arms after the courts condemned her to death. "Terri Schiavo was as alive as any person sitting here," he said. "Anything you saw on the videos, multiply times two hundred.
Norbizness: (5) Speaking of encroachment, try to guess which quote was uttered by a Yale professor of divinity in 1812, and which...
Tim Cavanaugh: However, Salon has a fuller version of the comment, and it's even worse than originally reported: [snipped quote] Is this incitment to murder of a federal official?