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  Ann Althouse
The Anchoress
Angry Bear
Associated Press
  Monte Hayes
  Jeannette J. Lee
  Michael J. Martinez
  Ben Feller
  Tara Burghart
Asymmetrical Information
  Jane Galt
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
  Bill Hobbs
Boston Globe
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
  Brad DeLong
BrothersJudd Blog
  Paul Jaminet
  Orrin Judd
  David Cohen
  Jeff Jarvis
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Christian Science Monitor
  Scott Peterson
The Claremont Institute
  R. J. Pestritto
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Ramesh Ponnuru
  K. J. Lopez
  Jonah Goldberg
  Allison Hayward
  Stanley Kurtz
  Lambert @Corrente
  Xan @Corrente
  Jason Van Steenwyk
The Counterterrorism Blog
  Larry Johnson
cut on the bias
  Susanna Cornett
Daily Kos
  Armando @DailyKos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
  Daniel Drezner
Dean's World
  Joe Gandelman
  Keith Taylor
Denver Post
  Mike Soraghan
  Michael Froomkin
  Arnold Kling
  Ed Driscoll
Editor and Publisher
  Jennifer Saba
Fox News
  Kriston @GrammarPolice
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Hit and Run
  Jesse Walker
  Hugh Hewitt
Illinois Leader
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
  Joanne Jacobs
  Tom Maguire
Knight Ridder
  Jonathan S. Landay
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Michael Finnegan
  Cass R. Sunstein
  Tom Hamburger
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
  Lindsay Beyerstein
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
The Media Drop
  Tom Biro
  Brian Stelter
  Garrett M. Graff
Memphis Flyer
  John Branston
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
National Catholic Reporter
  John L. Allen Jr.
National Review
  John Tamny
New York Post
  Paul Tharp
New York Times
  Benedict Carey
  Laurie Goodstein
  Randy Kennedy
  Eli Sanders
  Michael Janofsky
  Rick Lyman
  Robert F. Worth
  John Tierney
  James Glanz
  David D. Kirkpatrick
  Sara Rimer
  Danny Hakim
  Sheryl Gay Stolberg
  Paul Krugman
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
NY Daily News
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  Kate @OTB
  Josh Chafetz
Patrick Ruffini '05
  Patrick Ruffini
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  Lorie Byrd
Power Line
  John @PowerLine
  Scott @PowerLine
  Paul @PowerLine
  Steve Bainbridge
The QandO Blog
  Dale Franks
  Cori Dauber
  Greg Frost
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
  Jim Romenesko
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
Southern Appeal
  Steve Dillard
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
The Talent Show
  Greg @TheTalentShow
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeffrey Dubner
  Matthew Yglesias
Think Progress
  Mipe @ThinkProgress
  Christy @ThinkProgress
  Robert Novak
  Ogged @Unfogged
USA Today
  Will Collier
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
Washington Post
  Del Quentin Wilber
  Frank Ahrens
  Robin Givhan
  Charles Babington
  Al Kamen
Washington Times
  Wendy E. Long
Weekly Standard
  Matt Labash
White House Briefing
  Dan Froomkin
  Kevin Aylward

Dean Says Democrats Will Make Schiavo Case an Election Issue
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Friday that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo case against Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but for now needed to stay focused battling President Bush on Social Security.
John @PowerLine: Dean Vows To "Use Terri Schiavo" — Howard Dean said yesterday that the Democrats would use Terri Schiavo as a weapon...
Atrios: Dean — Says: [snipped quote] Embracing theocracy isn't just about enshrining into law a particular sect's moral codes,...
Orrin Judd: WE'RE FROM THE DNC AND WE'RE HERE TO STARVE YOU: Dean Says Democrats Will Make Schiavo Case an Election Issue (Michael...
Steve Bainbridge: Politicizing Schiavo — Remember the stink everybody made a few weeks ago about that Republican senate staffer's memo on how to make political hay out of the Terri Schiavo case?
Taegan Goddard: Dean Will Make Schiavo Campaign Issue — DNC Chairman Howard Dean said "that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo...

Report on Schiavo Finds No Abuse
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
State investigators in Florida have found no clear evidence that Terri Schiavo was denied rehabilitation, neglected or otherwise abused, according to documents released yesterday by the state's Department of Children and Families.
Steve M.: You may have seen this brief story in The New York Times — "Report on Schiavo Finds No Abuse" — but for the full story...
Joe Gandelman: Investigators Say Terri Schiavo Was Not Abused by Joe Gandelman Yet more info has come out in the Terri Schiavo case,...
Pudentilla: christians lied about michael schiavo — [snipped quote] good thing it's not a crime to file a false report with...
John Cole: No Abuse Found — Investigators have come to a conclusion regarding Terri Schiavo and have determined she WAS NOT abused...
Armando @DailyKos: That was a lie: "State investigators in Florida have found no clear evidence that Terri Schiavo was denied...
Roger Ailes: The Culture of Lies — Sad news for Tom DeLay, Sean Hannity, "Brother Paul" and the other lying cretins who smeared or...

Cardinals Align as Time Nears to Select Pope
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
ROME, April 16 - There was never doubt that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's hard-line defender of the faith, would have a strong hand in selecting the next pope.
Taegan Goddard: Ratzinger Leads Papal Speculation — "Any talk of who will become the next pope is guesswork, echoes from cardinals and...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE RATIZINGER BANDWAGON — It appears to grow stronger, but the more talk there is about Cardinal Ratzinger becoming...

Showdown on judges
  By /   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders count only two or three GOP senators who will vote against the efforts to end, by a straight majority vote, filibusters on confirmation of judicial nominations.
Ace: 52 Votes To End Filibusters — From Drudge: [snipped quote] Could be a bluff, of course.
Betsy Newmark: Robert Novak seems to think that only three GOP senators would vote against a party-line vote to end judicial filibusters.
Orrin Judd: HOW WE'LL KNOW WHETHER MR. McCAIN WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OR NOT: Showdown on judges (Robert Novak, April 16, 2005,...

Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report
  By / Knight Ridder   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.
Barbara O'Brien: Just Like Home Made — Jonathan Landay reports for Knight Ridder: "The State Department decided to stop publishing an...
Laura Rozen: Stop publishing the State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism. From Jonathan Landay: [snipped quote] Incredible.
Taegan Goddard: Terrorism Report Halted — The Bush administration "decided to stop publishing an annual report on international...
Brad DeLong: The Bush Clown Show Continues — Matthew Yglesias reports: Matthew Yglesias: New Depths Discovered: The State...
Praktike: Guest: Praktike — GIVE US THE FACTS...Jonathan Landay says that the State Department has decided to stop publishing...
Larry Johnson: (UPDATED 4/16) by Larry C. Johnson (UPDATE, 4/16: Knight-Ridder Newspapers quotes this post in wire story.)
Also: Matthew Yglesias

Mr. Natural's Creator Visits the World of Art
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The cartoonist R. Crumb has never been sure what to make of praise for his work from the noncomics art world. He once drew a pitiful buck-toothed portrait of himself wearing a beret and a bewildered look, exclaiming in a half-literate word bubble: "Broigul I ain't ... Let's face it."
Scott @PowerLine: R. Crumb live — Today's New York Times has one story worth reading (rated: R), on the appearance of cartoonist R. Crumb...
Ann Althouse: Robert Hughes and R. Crumb talk about Andy Warhol and Albert Speer. Robert Hughes and R. Crumb, together at last.

IPod Devotees Rocked by Thefts
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The burglar visited every room of Sara Scalenghe's Northwest Washington apartment, stealing an expensive digital camera and a gold necklace passed down from her grandmother. But Scalenghe did not begin seething until she confirmed her biggest fear: Her new iPod had been swiped, too.
Patrick Ruffini: This is life in the realm of sogginess. Exhibit A: [quote] "I know it sounds silly, but it changed everything.[end quote]
Ann Althouse: "Thieves got an illicit glimpse at ... their 'souls.'" How you feel when someone steals your iPod.

FDA Orders Levitra Ad Off the Air
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered drug giants Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC to immediately pull a television ad for impotence drug Levitra, saying that the commercial does not adequately state the drug's potential side effects...
Joe Gandelman: The Washington Post notes this: "Levitra is the second impotence drug to have one of its television ads pulled.
Xan @Corrente: So it falls to me, Ms. V-Gina, to bring you the following tragic news, whose impact is, frankly, greater on me than it...

Wendy's offers $100,000 reward for "chili finger's" original owner
  AP   —   Permalink 
Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing part of a well-manicured finger about 1 ½ inches long.
Authorities know where the finger ended up — in a bowl of Wendy's chili in San Jose, Calif. — but the owner is a mystery.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: If you can point the finger at the person who owned the finger you can finger figure Wendy's will give you a reward — $100,000 in fact.
Roger L. Simon: Public Service Announcement — It's a long shot but... you never know who is reading this site.

A Champ in the City of Coffees
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
SEATTLE, April 14 - In a bright storage room above a small bean-roasting plant in this city of coffee perfectionists, America's reigning coffee-making champion was preparing to take on the world.
Lambert @Corrente: Not content with burning their coffee, Starbucks plans to eliminate baristas — That didn't take long, did it?
Ann Althouse: Competitive coffee. The World Barista Championship.

The Ward Churchill Notoriety Tour
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
ON A LATE MARCH EVENING in the Mission District, the line stretches down the block. Hopefuls are anxious to make the cut at $10 a head; the auditorium in the Women's Building only seats 400.
Damian Penny: "Walking Eagle" — Matt Labash's Weekly Standard piece on hanging out with Ward Churchill is only available to...
Scott @PowerLine: The cover story on Ward Churchill is by Matt Labash: "The Ward Churchill notoriety tour."

Change to the Clean Air Act Is Built Into New Energy Bill
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 15 - Deep in the energy bill that was approved by a House committee this week, under a section titled "Miscellaneous," is a brief provision that could have major consequences for communities struggling to clean up their dirty air.
Tom Maguire: Clean Air Clown Show — The NY Times has abandoned any pretense of reporting, and handed the keys to the activists (File under "What Else Is New").
Pudentilla: screw blue — [snipped quote] well we're blue, you know what that means - we hate jesus and america and deserve to die of...

Ecuador President Dissolves Supreme Court
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
QUITO, Ecuador - President Lucio Gutierrez declared a state of emergency in the capital city of this Andean nation and dissolved the Supreme Court, saying the unpopular judges were the cause of three days of pot-banging street protests in Quito.
Dr. Steven Taylor: On the Ecuadorian Crisis and Courts in General — Ecuador President Dissolves Supreme Court "President Lucio Gutierrez...
Lambert @Corrente: Let's play Guess Which Country! Here's the story. It's real. Can you fill in the blanks? [snipped quote] OK, I'll wait .... Time's up!

Marriage Programs Try to Instill Bliss and Stability Behind Bars
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 12 - Marriage anxiety has gripped much of the heartland, and in Oklahoma it has reached into the cellblock in perhaps the most unexpected permutation of the state's six-year effort to bolster wedded bliss.
Susanna Cornett: That ole ball 'n chain, prison style — Marriage counseling for an inmate serving a life sentence? It's being done.
Orrin Judd: Prison Marriage Classes Instill Stability (RICK LYMAN, 4/16/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] And intact relationships keep people from becoming dependents of the State.

Bombs Kill 4 Policemen and Wound 9 Civilians as Iraq Violence Surges
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 15 -A suicide bomber steered his car into an Iraqi police patrol south of Baghdad late Thursday night, killing four officers, and three bomb attacks in the capital wounded at least nine people on Friday, Iraqi officials said.
Cori Dauber: Suddenly It Was Calm — The last couple of days have seen a series of car bombings in Iraq, an increase over the last period, there's no doubt.
Juan Cole: Robert Worth of the NYT reports that on Friday, a suicide bomber targetted Iraqi police in the city of Mahawil near al-Hillah south of Baghdad, killing 4 of them.
Armando @DailyKos: Oh BTW, Violence in Iraq Surges — And as Frist & Co. keep us morally safe, violence in Iraq surges: [snipped quote] Good...
Barbara O'Brien: Take, for example, a story in today's New York Times titled "Bombs Kill 4 Policemen and Wound 9 Civilians as Iraq Violence Surges."
Pudentilla: iraq still a mess — [snipped quote] nevertheless aaron brown devoted the first half of his news show last night to the...

Inquiry Finds White House Role in Contract
  LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A White House aide was told about potential problems with the Education Department paying a conservative commentator to promote an administration policy but did not prevent the contract from being renewed, according to a new government report.
Orrin Judd: MAKING SCANDALS OUT OF NON-CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR: Inquiry Finds White House Role in Contract: An aide apparently knew of the Education Department's $240,000 deal with a journalist.
Pudentilla: mendacious bags of excrement — [snipped quote] hey, they're christian, isn't that enough? do you honestly think we...

Bill Frist's Religious War
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Right-wing Christian groups and the Republican politicians they bankroll have done much since the last election to impose their particular religious views on all Americans. But nothing comes close to the shameful declaration of religious war by Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, over the selection of judges for federal courts.
Joe Gandelman: The New York Times Gets It Right On Bill Frist's Religious War — We don't usually do an analysis of a newspaper's...
Armando @DailyKos: From the NYTimes Editorial Board: "Right-wing Christian groups and the Republican politicians they bankroll have done...

Frist Accused of Exploiting Religion Issue
  NYT   —   Permalink 
Democratic senators accused Senator Bill Frist, the Republican majority leader, of exploiting religion for partisan ends by taking part in a telecast portraying them as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's judicial nominations.
Ann Althouse: But which side is playing the religion card? It's hard to tell in this NYT article.
Patrick Ruffini: But the tempest-in-a-teapot over Senator Frist's appearance in a pro-family venue highlights the media's approach to...
Lambert @Corrente: Frist: Christ died for the Republican Party — Here's what Frist is lending his name to: [snipped quote] Clever of Frist...

The Miracle That Wasn't
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It is an inspirational urban lesson from the 1990's: take back the streets from squeegee men and drug dealers, and violent crime will plummet. But on Thursday evening, the tipping-point theory was looking pretty wobbly itself.
Ramesh Ponnuru: ABORTION AND CRIME — John Tierney has a slapdash column on it. Steve Sailer's site takes apart the theory that abortion is responsible for half the drop in crime.
Orrin Judd: IF WE KILLED THEM ALL THERE'D BE NO CRIME: The Miracle That Wasn't (JOHN TIERNEY, 4/16/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] The...
Avedon Carol: Dateline New York — Weird and unexpected: The NYT's replacement for William Safire, John Tierney, has a column up...

Security vs. Rebuilding: Kurdish Town Loses Out
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
HALABJA, Iraq, April 11 - For years Nuradeen Ghreeb has dreamed of bringing clean drinking water to his hometown. That town happens to be Halabja, where 17 years ago he and his parents cowered in a basement as Saddam Hussein's airplanes attacked with chemical weapons, killing at least 5,000 people.
Cori Dauber: There's a featured, front page story this morning in the New York Times about the heart break and disappointment of a...
Orrin Judd: BOTH: Security vs. Rebuilding: Kurdish Town Loses Out (JAMES GLANZ, 4/16/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] We've plenty of money—why not do both?
Keith Taylor: Today, in an article entitled 'Security vs. Rebuilding: Kurdish Town Loses Out', they discuss the ramifications of...

Papal negative campaigning and the role of the Holy Spirit
  By / National Catholic Reporter   —   Permalink 
Among the boilerplate questions about conclaves I've been asked a thousand times by broadcast and print media this week, here's one of the most common: What does it mean that the Holy Spirit guides the election of the pope? Isn't this a political process?
Paul Jaminet: Papal negative campaigning and the role of the Holy Spirit (John Allen, National Catholic Reporter, 4/15/2005) "The...
TheAnchoress: Some excellent stuff here.

Legislation Seeking to Criminalize Ultrasounds without Doctor's Order Moves in Springfield
  Illinois Leader   —   Permalink 
SPRINGFIELD — Pro-abortion forces won a victory in the Illinois House Wednesday as State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (R-Park Ridge) successfully passed HB 2492 which would make it a criminal offense for an ultrasound to be administered without a doctor's order.
TheAnchoress: Dirty Harry points us to this staggering little bit of legislation: Pro-abortion forces won a victory in the Illinois...
K. J. Lopez: BANNING ultrasounds

Frist Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 14 - As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.
Avedon Carol: A few things — As Frist goes theocratic in pursuit of the nuclear option, one is left to wonder if there's any area in which he is not filth.
Jeffrey Dubner: He is, after all, running the Senate on the sole basis of what might appeal to primary voters) and the religious right...
Norbizness: Well, how about this?
John Cole: Vote Republican Or You Hate the Baby Jesus — This is so patently offensive that I don't have adequate words to describe...
James Joyner: Frist Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue (NYT) "As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules...
Armando @DailyKos: The NYTimes headlines its story on the Frist nuclear gambit as "Frist Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue"
Also: Dr. Steven Taylor, Steve Soto, Shawn @LiquidList, Curt Matlock, Cernig, Barbara O'Brien, Steve M., Hugh Hewitt, Joe Gandelman, Digby, Matthew Yglesias, Josh Marshall, Jeff Jarvis, Jon @ThinkProgress, Edward _, Jeralyn Merritt, Pudentilla, Chris Mooney, Ed Cone, Josh Chafetz, SK Bubba, Billmon, Oldman @BOPNews, Riggsveda @Corrente

Writer Fabricated Boston Globe Story on Seal Hunt
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston Globe freelance writer fabricated large chunks of a story published this week, the newspaper said on Friday in the latest incident to embarrass the U.S. media.
Barbara O'Brien: Today Reuters says an article about a seal hunt, written by a freelancer and published in the Boston Globe, was mostly...
Joe Gandelman: Another Black Eye For The Press: Boston Globe Story Fabricated — The American press has suffered another big, fat black...
Will Collier: Good Thing They Have All Those Editors — The Boston Globe got caught making up a story about a seal hunt in Canada that...
Jan Haugland: There was only one problem: the hunt never happened.
Michelle Malkin: And...totally fake: "The story datelined Halifax, Nova Scotia described in graphic detail how the seal hunt began on...
Jim Romenesko: Boston Globe freelancer fabricates baby seal hunt story — Boston Globe The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based writer's article,...

Bolton's Hair: No Brush With Greatness
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
John Bolton, President Bush's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, desperately needs a haircut. It does not have to be a $600 Sally Hershberger cut. Bolton simply needs the basics.
Ann Althouse: Well, she's back with another article that everyone's blogging about.
Ramesh Ponnuru: BAD DAY FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION — The George Mason faculty came out against the Patriot Act—and the Washington Post unloaded its big guns on John Bolton.
Taegan Goddard: Bolton's Hair — The Washington Post runs a priceless review of the fashion sense of U.N. Ambassador-nominee John Bolton: "Bolton sat before the committee with his tie askew.
Michael Froomkin: Bolton's Hair: No Brush With Greatness. John Bolton, President Bush's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, desperately needs a haircut.
Betsy Newmark: Robin Givhan, the Washington Post fashion writer now sharpens her claws and digs into John Bolton's haircut, moustache, and tie.
Kriston @GrammarPolice: One More Reason Not to Confirm John Bolton — Robin Givhan outlines the strong case against Bolton, starting with a...
Also: K. J. Lopez, James Joyner, Orrin Judd, Bill @INDCJournal, Mitch Berg, Pejman Yousefzadeh, John Cole

Our Not-So-Wise Experts
  NRO   —   Permalink 
A litany of past failure.
Brent Scowcroft predicted on the eve of the Iraqi elections that voting there would increase the risk of civil war. Indeed, he foresaw "a great potential for deepening the conflict."
Barbara O'Brien: There's no civil war, see, and you lefties predicted there could be a civil war, and there isn't one (yet). So you are wrong.
Betsy Newmark: Victor Davis Hanson has a clip-and-save column looking at the criticisms that such as James Baker, Brent Scowcroft,...
Roger L. Simon: The Scowcroft/Brzezinski Front — What's interesting to me about Victor Davis Hanson's Our Not-So-Wise Experts — other...
Lorie Byrd: VDH On The President's Foreign Policy Critics — The brilliant Victor Davis Hanson writes in this column about the...
Damian Penny: Fathers of failure — Victor Davis Hanson makes a point that should be obvious: many of the most strident critics of the...
Glenn Reynolds: VICTOR DAVIS HANSON pens a masterful "I told you so," aimed at the predictably-wrong trio of Scowcroft, Brzezinski, and Albright, among others.
Also: Dale Franks

For the record
  Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
Correction: Because of a reporting error, the Boston Capital column in yesterday's Business section incorrectly stated that the Globe first reported the closing of YankeeTek Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Barbara O'Brien: So does the Boston Globe, actually, which voluntarily 'fessed up to the fact that it was duped by a freelance writer.
Damian Penny: Just sayin'. The Globe's official correction is here.
Joe Gandelman: Boston Globe Puts A Steak On Its Black Eye: The Correction — The Boston Globe has issued a compact but complete...
Kate @OTB: Oh, And The Ice Floes, They Be Stained With Ink — [snipped quote] (Google cache) Boston Globe, April 15 Editor's Note: [snipped quote] Oops.

A ticking time bomb
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Former "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes - who was sacked by CBS News over her role in last fall's President Bush-National Guard document flap - is returning the favor in an angry book to be published in November.
Atrios: Punching Bag — The real question is why Colmes puts up with this stuff (and, yes, I know the answer.
Brian Stelter: Lloyd Grove has the rest of the story: "Between commercials, according to an off-air audiotape obtained by investigative...
John Cole: Via Atrios, we learn that Sean Hannity was coaching the 'witnesses' who claimed Terri Schiavo was still mentally aware:...
TheAnchoress: See, the Daily News has it, too, and THEY will go where I would not go in this 16 page mess: CBS President and Viacom...
Kevin Roderick: 'Investigative comedian' — That's the term used for KCRW's Harry Shearer by Lloyd Grove in today's New York Daily News.

Carter: Rich States 'Don't Give a Damn' About Poor
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Thursday harshly criticized his own country and other wealthy states for being stingy with foreign aid and said in rich countries "We really don't give a damn."
Joe Gandelman: Jimmy Carter: U.S. And Rich States "Don't Give A Damn" About The Poor — Former President Jimmy Carter has probably...
Charles Johnson: Carter: We're Stingy and We Don't Give a Damn — America's most disgraceful ex-president bashes his own country again: Carter: Rich States 'Don't Give a Damn' About Poor.
Greg @TheTalentShow: The Wingnuts Aren't Gonna Like This1... Even if you disagree with him, you gotta give Jimmy Carter credit for bluntness...

Tancredo: DeLay exit not bad idea
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
Washington - Rep. Tom Tancredo says it is "probably not the worst idea" for embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step down while he deals with ethics allegations.
Stepping into a swirling Washington controversy, the Littleton Republican said he doesn't think the current accusations of impropriety against DeLay amount to much.
Matthew Yglesias: Newly disgruntled with Tom DeLay House Republican Tom Tancredo (via Atrios) is even less worthy of admiration than...
Atrios: Another Jumper — Tancredo: Washington - Rep. Tom Tancredo says it is "probably not the worst idea" for embattled House...
Josh Marshall: Rep. Tancredo (R) of Colorado says a DeLay exit is "probably not the worst idea." Doesn't roll off the tongue exactly.
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Now, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has postured that if Tom DeLay "chose to resign as majority leader until these matters are resolved, that's probably not the worst idea."
Kos @DailyKos: Tancredo is one of the nastiest, most racist members of the US House. And he thinks DeLay should step down.
Christy @ThinkProgress: Sinking Ship Takes Another Hit — If House Maj. Leader Tom DeLay [snipped quote] - Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Denver Post, 4/15/05

Tribune Co. to Show Circ Losses; 'L.A. Times' Down More than 5.5%
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Circulation at Tribune Co. papers will show declines in the next Fas-Fax report, with the most troubling plunge at the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing President Scott Smith confirmed during a conference call with analysts this morning.
Roger L. Simon: The Big Slide — Tribune Publishing President Scott Smith has an explanation for the continued circulation deline, 5.5%...
Joseph Alexander Norland: The evil destroy themselves (at least in the LA Times case) Editor and Publisher reports today [2005_04_15] on a 5.5%...
Kevin Roderick: But an E&P story says that Tribune today told analysts to expect a 5.5% plunge in L.A. Times circulation when the numbers come out next month.
Jason Van Steenwyk: Special delivery — A message has been sent to the pseudojournalists at the Los Angeles Times.

Iran eases its social strictures
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, IRAN - Stuck in traffic, the young driver with goatee, shades, and a roving eye spots his targets - two lanes over. Oozing self-confidence, he rolls down his window and motions to the passenger in the next car to roll down both his windows, so he can deliver his pickup line directly.
Praktike: According to Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor, moreover, Iran is loosening its social strictures across the board as it seeks to accomodate its youth bulge.
Orrin Judd: SO CLOSE TO NORMAL: Iran eases its social strictures: In a political trade-off, leaders loosen harsh rules (Scott...

  By / New York Post   —   Permalink 
The head of The Wall Street Journal's empire, Peter Kann, could be sweating over his job, again.
Earnings plunged by 54 percent at the newspaper's parent Dow Jones & Co., with its fledgling online operations earning more money for the first time than the flagship Journal and the weekly Barron's.
Jane Galt: WSJ online profits top print . . . . Or so says the NY Post.
Jim Romenesko: Claim: Head of WSJ empire could be sweating over his job — New York Post Analyst Seth Feinseth says Dow Jones CEO Peter...
Tom Biro: WSJ online outearning print edition — So when the online version of Dow Jones' Wall Street Journal makes more money than the print version, that's a good thing, right?
Atrios: Something Which Probably Isn't True — Link: April 15, 2005 — The head of The Wall Street Journal's empire, Peter Kann, could be sweating over his job, again.
Roger L. Simon: Of course, everything seems to be trending online these days. UPDATE; Radioblogger's transcript of the brief proceedings here.

Latest Assault on Judges Threatens Rule of Law
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
In the last half-century, conservative politicians have mounted three dramatically different attacks on the federal judiciary. The first attack, in which they emphasized the need for judicial restraint, was principled and coherent.
Paul @PowerLine: He's no James Madison — Founding father wannabe Cass Sunstein has the following to say about what he considers the...
Pudentilla: yeah, but is he a christian — [snipped quote] because if he's not a christian, he's against america. hey look, he's a...

MIT students pull prank on conference
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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) — In a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference.
Kevin Aylward: Science Conference Accepts Students "Content-Free" Paper — In case you thought anyone was actually paying attention...
Jonah Goldberg: GOTTA LOVE ACADEMIA — From Reuters: "CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) — In a victory for pranksters at the...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: ACADEMIC RIGOR — Give that computer program a Ph.D.! [snipped quote] This actually points to a very serious problem.
Jan Haugland: Three MIT students have succeeded in having a computer-generated gibberish academic paper accepted by a scientific conference.
Joanne Jacobs: Dogfooding academia — MIT pranksters submitted two academic papers to a scientific conference: Both were "computer-generated gibberish."
Betsy Newmark: I absolutely love this story.
Also: Mitch Berg

Esquire Poll Gives Bush Low Marks for Sex Appeal
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He may be leader of the free world and Time magazine's "Person of the Year," but a new international survey of women makes certain that President Bush is far from being the sexiest man alive.
Joe Gandelman: The Most Distressing Poll For George Bush Yet by Joe Gandelman There have been a slew of polls recently showing an...
Taegan Goddard: Reuters notes that "in a recent online poll conducted by Esquire magazine, 11,000 women in 15 countries were asked to...
Dan Froomkin: Special to — President Bush's Social Security roadshow pulls into Kirtland, Ohio, today and in at...

President Bush Braces for a Judicial Fight
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
This is a partial transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume," April 12, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: We have approved 204 judges. Ninety-eight percent of those don't agree with me on hardly anything, or most Democrats.
Paul @PowerLine: Our feckless opposition party, Part Four — This transcript from Brit Hume's Wednesday night interview with law...
Steve Dillard: Turley on Pryor, courtesy of a FoxNews transcript: [snipped quote] (LvPLB)

Frist Likely to Push for Ban on Filibusters
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is all but certain to press for a rule change that would ban filibusters of judicial nominations in the next few weeks, despite misgivings by some of his fellow Republicans and a possible Democratic backlash that could paralyze the chamber, close associates said yesterday.
Steve Soto: Worse yet, it will be a test of Frist's leadership that if he is unsuccessful in making this fight it will eviscerate...
Jeff Jarvis: MORE: Charles Babington in the Washington Post says: "The strategy carries significant risks for the Tennessee Republican, who is weighing a 2008 presidential bid.
Armando @DailyKos: The Filibuster War: Presidential Ambitions and Fealty to the Extreme Religious Right — Either as a trial balloon, or in...
Digby: Luckily it seems the Harry Reid has the smarts and the cojones to realize that this is as much a defining issue for us...
Barbara O'Brien: In the Washington Post, Charles Babington writes that some say Frist may have backed himself into a corner.
Hugh Hewitt: UPDATE at 8:00 PM: There is good news in the Washington Post tomorrow: Senator Frist will push for a showdown with the backing of Senators Santorum and Allen.
Also: Captain Ed, Henry @CrookedTimber, Taegan Goddard, Billmon, PoliPundit

Dee Snider to Host 'Matzo and Metal: A Very Classic Passover' on VH1 Classic Sunday, April 24th at 7 PM ET/4PM PT
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NEW YORK (PRNewswire) - NEW YORK, April 13 /PRNewswire/ — VH1 Classic presents a first-ever television special event that is sure to have you shouting Shalom! "MATZO AND METAL: A VERY CLASSIC PASSOVER" invites viewers — Jews and Gentiles alike — to the...
James Joyner: Dee Snider to Host 'Matzo and Metal: A Very Classic Passover [snipped quote] Clearly, Snider is a South Park Jew.
Allison Hayward: TWISTED — This is too fab (link found on Throwing Things Blog): Dee Snider of Twisted Sister shows us the true meaning of Passover.
Ed Driscoll: Matzo and Metal — Dee Snider and Passover: perfect together. Well, actually, probably not.

Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Has Baby Wholphin
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
HONOLULU — The only whale-dolphin mix in captivity has given birth to a playful female calf, officials at Sea Life Park Hawaii said Thursday.
The calf was born on Dec. 23 to Kekaimalu, a mix of a false killer whale and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
Lindsay Beyerstein: Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Has Baby Wholphin HONOLULU — The only whale-dolphin mix in captivity has given birth to a playful...
Jonah Goldberg: BEHOLD — The Wholpin. Part whale, part dolphin — all party animal. I also learned there is such a thing as a "false killer whale."
Clayton Cramer: Now there's this example: "The only whale-dolphin mix in captivity has given birth to a playful female calf, officials at Sea Life Park Hawaii said Thursday.
Josh Chafetz: TRUE LOVE knows no bounds.

Wall St. Suffers Worst Day in Two Years
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Wall Street suffered its worst single day in nearly two years Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 191 points for its third straight triple-digit loss. Deepening concerns over economic growth and higher prices led to the worst week of trading since August.
Skippy: the asspress sez: wall street suffered its worst single day in nearly two years friday, with the dow jones industrial...
Cookie Jill: this little social security check went to market and this little social security check could have gone weee weeee weeee all the way down in a nosedive.

Cell Mates?
  By / Memphis Flyer   —   Permalink 
O n April 4th, nine FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Raleigh home of a convicted felon named Rafat Jamal Mawlawi, a Syrian with dual citizenship in the United States. Mawlawi is suspected of organizing a scam to illegally bring Moroccan men into the United States by arranging sham marriages and engagements to women from Memphis.
Bill Hobbs: Memphislamists? From the Memphis Flyer comes an interesting bit of news: [snipped quote] Less sinister?
Glenn Reynolds: MEMPHISLAMISTS? I'm glad Memphis is at the other end of the state.

Voodoo Volckernomics
  By / NRO   —   Permalink 
In advance of Tuesday's release of yet another large trade-deficit figure, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker weighed in with a Washington Post editorial that mixed myth and contradiction to bolster his contention that the trade and budget deficits have our economy "skating on increasingly thin ice."
Brad DeLong: National Review Online (http://www.nationalrevie Voodoo Volckernomics: The former Fed chair gets trade deficits all wrong.
PGL: Update: Kudlow's colleague John Tamny just told Paul Volcker (and hence me as well) that Bush's fiscal trainwreck is not a cause of the current account deficits.

Media criticizes Chirac EU appeal
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PARIS, France — French media has dismissed as unconvincing President Jacques Chirac's efforts to persuade his country to vote for the EU constitution in an upcoming referendum.
Daniel Drezner: Both the BBC and CNN International have recaps of the French media response, and they were not good.
Glenn Reynolds: "I WOULDN'T MENTION PARIS. IT'S POOR SALESMANSHIP:" [snipped quote] There may be hope for Europe after all. More bad reviews here.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Chirac meets voters — Jacques Chirac is finding it a rather novel and undignified experience having to defend the...

For Women in Sciences, Slow Progress in Academia
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It has been 12 years since Nancy Hopkins, a senior professor of molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was crawling around the floor of her laboratory with a tape measure, intent on proving to a male administrator that she had 1,500 square feet less laboratory space than her male counterparts.
Ogged @Unfogged: Lab Chicks — A very good Times article about women in the sciences.
Tom Maguire: Well, today the NY Times updates us on the Larry Summers controversy about women in science. And one of the heroines of their piece?
Stanley Kurtz: GREY LADY ON LADIES IN SCIENCE — Today's front page New York Times story on women in science.

White House Curbs Probe of Commentator's Hiring
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Education Department investigators looking into the administration's controversial hiring of commentator Armstrong Williams were denied the opportunity to interview some White House personnel because of a White House claim that such interviews could breach long-standing legal traditions.
Steve Soto: Education Secretary Spellings Blames Armstrong Williams Propaganda Fiasco All on Her Predecessor — A day after the Los...
Jeff Jarvis: Meanwhile, the White House shields officials from the investigation. The stink ain't over. Thoughts?
Pudentilla: a gentleman never discusses his whores "white house curbs probe of commentator's hiring - some administration staffers...

G.M. and Ford Stuck in Neutral as Buyers Look Beyond Detroit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
DETROIT, April 14 - In just the last few weeks, the grand plans that were supposed to carry General Motors and Ford Motor into their second centuries have crumbled.
Sales at G.M. have fallen, profits have tumbled to losses. Last week, Ford also warned of a drop in earnings.
Clayton Cramer: GM & Ford In Trouble — This article reports on the increasing difficulties that both companies are having selling cars...
David Cohen: G.M. and Ford Stuck in Neutral as Buyers Look Beyond Detroit (Danny Hakim, NY Times, 4/14/05) [snipped quote] Last car we bought, I tried hard to find an American car I liked.
Matthew Yglesias: The article keeps shying away from the topic, but if you read The New York Times' inquiry into problems at Ford and...

Spellings: 'Serious lapses' in publicity
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(AP) — WASHINGTON — Senior Bush administration officials showed poor judgment and wasted money in hiring conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the president's agenda even though they violated no laws or ethics rules, an internal inquiry concluded.
Steve Soto: Margaret Spellings, Bush's current Education Secretary and former Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and...
Michelle Malkin: Update: Education Secretary Margaret Spellings starts pointing fingers.

Loose Lips Let Slip Agent's Name at Hearing
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 12 - Everybody in Washington knows that members of Congress cannot keep secrets. Now two of them are facing questions about whether they inadvertently blew a C.I.A. officer's cover.
John Cole: According to the NY Times, and contradicting mycorrection here, Lugar and Kerry DID out an agent: "We referred to this...
Matthew Yglesias: Nice Move — John Cole seems to be losing his patience with the GOP, and unrelatedly via him comes this tragicomic tale...

Voice of America by Way of Hong Kong
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
American corporations, fleeing high labor costs, often head overseas. Turns out, some federal agencies may be doing the same.
The Voice of America, working with ever-tightening budgets, is planning a little outsourcing itself — to Communist China — to save some taxpayer dollars.
Garrett M. Graff: First the Atlantic is pulling up stakes in Beantown, and now the federal news agency Voice of America China network will...
Laura Rozen: VOA is outsourcing its late-night news writing jobs to...China.
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for April 15, 2005 > Voice of America to move eight newswriting jobs to Hong Kong (WP) > Big...

President loves, follows baseball
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Outside, tulips were in full bloom. Workers were manicuring the lush green grass as a bright sun splashed the beautiful landscape.
President George W. Bush, right, chats it up with USA TODAY's Hal Bodley, left, and other reporters on Thursday in the Oval Office.
Dan Froomkin: USA Today sports columnist Hal Bodley has more, including some excerpts. So how did Bush do on the mound?
Orrin Judd: EVERYONE HAS TIME FOR BOXSCORES: President loves, follows baseball (Hal Bodley, 4/15/05, USA Today) [snipped quote] They faced each the same week at Fenway.

Art Exhibit Featuring Bush Stamp Probed
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO (AP) - The Secret Service sent agents to investigate a college art gallery exhibit of mock postage stamps, one depicting President Bush with a gun pointed at his head.
The exhibit, called "Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin," opened last week at Columbia College in Chicago.
Jesse Walker: Guess again: "The investigation began after authorities received a call from a Chicago resident.
TheAnchoress: Design a stamp for Bush contest Musing Minds is linking us to a kind of fun idea, a contest to design a stamp in honor of W. We've already seen the entry the left would offer.

The Medical Money Pit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A dozen years ago, everyone was talking about a health care crisis. But then the issue faded from view: a few years of good data led many people to conclude that H.M.O.'s and other innovations had ended the historic trend of rising medical costs.
Matthew Yglesias: Today's Paul Krugman column treats the subject of America's exorbitant expenditures on health care in comparison to what...
Arnold Kling: UPDATE: For a contrary point of view, see Paul Krugman's latest or Angry Bear's latest. For Discussion.
Susan Madrak: COMPARE AND CONTRAST — Krugman: [snipped quote] This is an area in which I, as a former childbirth educator, have some knowledge.

Filibuster myth-busters
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
If you were a senator, whose views would be more important to you: liberal special-interest groups, or registered voters?
The liberal groups demand that Democrats filibuster (prevent the Senate from voting on) some of President Bush's best-qualified nominees to the federal appeals courts.
R. J. Pestritto: Fact and Fiction on the Filibuster — Wendy E. Long has a useful piece in today's Washington Times.
Dale Franks: The Democrats' Myth Machine — Wendy Long punctures the myth-making the Democratic Partry is trying to use to oppose the president's judicial nominations to the appeals courts.