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  Steve @BeggingToDiffer
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  Betsy Newmark
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  Stirling Newberry
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  Brad DeLong
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  Orrin Judd
Burnt Orange Report
  Jim Dallas
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Todd Pearson
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  Arthur Chrenkoff
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  Susan Llewelyn Leach
The Claremont Institute
  Ken Masugi
  Joey Tartakovsky
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  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  K. J. Lopez
  Rich Lowry
  Cliff May
  Mark Krikorian
  Riggsveda @Corrente
The Counterterrorism Blog
  Larry Johnson
Crescat Sententia
  Will Baude
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
Dean's World
  Dean Esmay
The Decembrist
  Mark Schmitt
  Zoe Kentucky
  Frederick Maryland
Denver Post
  Jim Spencer
  Michael Froomkin
Drudge Report
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
The Edge of England's Sword
  Iain Murray
Editor and Publisher
Ezra Klein
  Ezra Klein
Globe and Mail
  Mark Honigsbaum
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness
Harry's Place
  Gene @HarrysPlace
The Hill
  Geoff Earle
Hit and Run
  Kerry Howley
  Matt Welch
Houston Chronicle
  Kristen Mack
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  Bill @INDCJournal
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James Wolcott
  James Wolcott
Jeff Quinton
  Jeff Quinton
  Joanne Jacobs
  Tom Maguire
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
Lean Left
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  Steve Soto
  Mary @LeftCoaster
Lincoln Journal Star
  Don Walton
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  Shawn @LiquidList
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Maggie Farley
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  Barbara O'Brien
Marginal Revolution
  Tyler Cowen
Mark A. R. Kleiman
  Mark Kleiman
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
MaxSpeak, You Listen!
  Max B. Sawicky
Media Matters for America
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Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
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  Joe Gandelman
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  Douglas Jehl
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  Steve M.
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  Hilzoy @ObsidianWings
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  Charles Kuffner
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  Pete Du Pont
  Thomas Sowell
  William Voegeli
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  James Joyner
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  Kate @OTB
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The People's Republic of Seabrook
  Jack Cluth
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The Poor Man
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Power Line
  Scott @PowerLine
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  Jay Rosen
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  Dale Franks
  Jon Henke
  Cori Dauber
Raw Story
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  Mike Rappaport
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  John Hawkins
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  Ann Imse
Roger L. Simon
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The Sideshow
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Silflay Hraka
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
South Knox Bubba
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Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
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Unqualified Offerings
  Jim Henley
USA Today
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  Eugene Volokh
  Orin Kerr
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War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
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  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Jim VandeHei
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  Pia De Solenni
  Bradley Graham
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Washington Times
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  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
The red-hot rhetoric over Social Security on liberal talkradio network AIR AMERICA has caught the attention of the Secret Service, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Government officials are reviewing a skit which aired on the network Monday evening — a skit featuring an apparent gunshot warning to the president!
Steve M.: The right-wing blogs are worked up about a bit on Air America that included what Drudge calls "an apparent gunshot warning to the president."
Avedon Carol: Randi Rhodes on the radio right now saying Drudge says she and Air America are being investigated by the Secret Service.
Roger L. Simon: UPDATE: The all-time record for preaching to the choir has been broken. [Should we alert Guinness?-ed. They already read Drudge.
Joe Gandelman: Air America's Randi Rhodes' Assassination Humor You have to wonder when radio talk show hosts on the left and right make...
Eugene Volokh: Jokes About Killing the President: Drudge reports (thanks to Gil Milbauer for the pointer): "Government officials are...
James Joyner: Air America Under Investigation for Bush Gunshot Skit — AIR AMERICA RADIO INVESTIGATED AFTER BUSH 'GUNSHOTS' (Drudge Report) [snipped quote] My word, this is asinine.
Also: John @PowerLine, Charles Johnson, Michelle Malkin, Byron York, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Donald Sensing, David Cohen, Damian Penny, Glenn Reynolds

Democrats furious over GOP efforts to rewrite amendments
  Raw Story   —   Permalink 
Democrats in the House are furious over what they see as a deliberate attempt by Republicans to rewrite Democratic amendments to make the Democrats amendments look preposterous, RAW STORY has learned.
The Republican-written rewrites, along with the Democratic description of the amendments, follows.
Avedon Carol: What I've been reading — Raw Story reports that the Republicans are re-writing Democratic amendments to make them look bad.
LeanLeft: Now they have taken to rewriting Democratic language in a Congressional committee report, inserting inflammatory words to make them look bad.
Steve Soto: House Judiciary Committee GOP Leadership Writing Fraudulent Bill Summaries To Discredit Democrats — It's come to this:...
Michael Froomkin: Meanwhile, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, issued a great statement about this new perversion of the House Rules.
Digby: It's in the US House of Representatives: "DEMS: a Nadler amendment allows an adult who could be prosecuted under the...
Cookie Jill: taking literary license with our democracy they are rewriting more than history... [snipped quote] there's more...and raw...
Also: Atrios

Up, Down or Out
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IN the coming weeks, we may witness a vote in the United States Senate that will define the 109th Congress for the ages. This vote will not be about war and peace, the economy or the threat from terrorism.
John Cole: The Right Response — It seems to me that Bob Dole is taking exactly the right tone regarding the so-called nuclear option: "I have publicly urged caution in this matter.
McQ: Now Bob Dole puts his more recent version of that history out there for our consideration: "But let's be honest: By...
James Joyner: Dole's piece is entitled, "Up, Down or Out" (NYT | RSS) "By creating a new threshold for the confirmation of judicial...
Shawn @LiquidList: In today's New York Times Bob Dole tells us how obtuse and historically unreasonable the filibustering Democrats are on the matter of federal judges.
Betsy Newmark: Bob Dole explains why Frist has the power to ask for a rule change to end the filibuster of Bush's judicial nominees and...
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE II: Senator Bob Dole has been quoted before urging the GOP to think carefully before doing the "nuclear option,"...
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh, K. J. Lopez, Ezra Klein, PoliPundit

Losing Ground in Iraq
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The millions of brave Iraqis who risked their lives to vote in January didn't expect that nearly three months later, their squabbling politicians would still be struggling to form a government. As a result, precious momentum has been lost, and a briefly improving security situation has again started deteriorating.
Tom Maguire: How Soon They Forget — Glenn smacks the Times in a (probably futile) attempt to jog their memory, describing their...
Roger L. Simon: The kind of sleazy self-justification being engaged in here by Friedman is of a piece with the outright lie in the...
Glenn Reynolds: MORE VIOLENCE IN TOGO. posted at 09:05 AM by Glenn Reynolds Permalink NOW THIS IS JUST OUT-AND-OUT DISHONESTY AT THE...
John Hawkins: Quotes Of The Day: The Inaccuracy Of The New York Times — "The only plausible reason for keeping American troops in...
John Cole: However, as Glenn notes, this sort of nonsense is not conspiracy theorizing, it is flat-out lying: "The only plausible...

Bush Takes Risk With Show of Support for DeLay
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush is doing for Tom DeLay what he refused to do for Trent Lott three years ago: taking a political risk to defend an embattled congressional leader's career, several Republican officials and strategists said.
Avedon Carol: You know, I've been thinking all day about the bizarre fact that Bush took DeLay out with him on his Social Security...
Mark Kleiman: Friends — Two pictures I hope to see a lot more of between now and 2008: bushdelay.jpg bushabdullah.jpg Remember Rule #1: Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
Laura Rozen: It's hard to be persuaded that these guys are so exercised about corruption — at the UN or anywhere else.
Josh Marshall: DeLay runs for W as Hastert opts to remove custom-built ethics heat-shield from House!

A Media Tipping Point?
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
Over three years ago, I wrote:
Big journalism is in trouble, and big journalists don't like it. . . .
Annoyance to journalists is the least of this, because what is really going on is something much more profound: it's the end of the power of Big Media.
Jay Rosen: The instant literature on what Jeff Jarvis has been calling the tipping point continues to grow.
Bill @INDCJournal: UPDATE: More from Reynolds.
Ed Driscoll: Update: Glenn Reynolds' latest Tech Central Station column has some interesting and related thoughts on this topic. Close It
Glenn Reynolds: A MEDIA TIPPING POINT? My TechCentralStation column is up.

The Best Man for the U.N.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
My biggest problem with nominating John Bolton as U.N. ambassador boils down to one simple fact: he's not the best person for the job - not even close. If President George W. Bush wants a die-hard Republican at the U.N., one who has a conservative pedigree he...
Steve Clemons: There will be more stories tomorrow on Bolton...and in case you missed them, here are two pieces on Bolton that ran on...
Matthew Yglesias: The usually-absurd Tom Friedman manages to wrap today's column in the absurd suggestion that George H.W. Bush shoudl be U.N. Ambassador.
Roger L. Simon: But I couldn't let this column by Tom Friedman go by without some comment - and not about his silly proposal of George H. W. Bush for UN Ambassador.
Stirling Newberry: Some jokes just write themselves
K. J. Lopez: DIDYA EVER THINK? NYTimes columnist makes the case for W to nominate his the Bolton spot.

But Did He Inhale?
  By / Time   —   Permalink 
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes, according to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a cigar is an economic prop to a brutal totalitarian regime. Arguing against loosening sanctions against Cuba last year, DeLay warned that Fidel Castro "will take the money.
Avedon Carol: MaxSpeak: BE IT RESOLVED, WE SHOULD EAT THE RICH. Also, democracy okay in South America. Phony bastard.
Judd @ThinkProgress: Karen Tumulty reports: "[S]ome sharp-eyed TIME readers were surprised last week to see a photo of the Majority Leader...
Atrios: From Time: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes, according to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a cigar is an economic prop to a brutal totalitarian regime.

GOP to Reverse Ethics Rule Blocking New DeLay Probe
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
House Republican leaders, acknowledging that ethics disputes are taking a heavy toll on the party's image, decided yesterday to rescind a controversial rule change that led to the three-month shutdown of the ethics committee, according to officials who participated in the talks.
Sam Rosenfeld: Earlier today The Stakeholder aptly cautioned against jumping to any conclusions, short of explicit details, about the...
Mary @LeftCoaster: So today, the House Republicans are reversing the change that would keep the committee from opening an investigation if...
Judd @ThinkProgress: Dennis Hastert Explains it All — In case you had any questions about why the House leadership is considering restoring...
James Joyner: Republicans to Reverse Ethics Rules Changes: Hastert — G.O.P. Will Relent on Ethics Rules, House Speaker Says (NYT |...
Kos @DailyKos: Another GOP cave — Man, those guys on the other side of aisle sure have been reeling lately.
Pudentilla: shortening the plank that tom delay will walk — [snipped quote] denny hastert doesn't want to help him any more. too bad for tom.

U.S. Figures Show Sharp Global Rise In Terrorism
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures, a sharp upswing in deadly attacks that the State Department has decided not to make public in its annual report on terrorism due to Congress this week.
Arthur Chrenkoff: "The WaPo" rewrites history — First, it was "The New York Times" rewriting history, now "The Washington Post"'s Susan...
Larry Johnson: STATE DEPARTMENT INTENT ON STONEWALLING ON TERRORISM (UPDATE 4/27) by Larry C. Johnson (UPDATE: April 27 Washington Post cites Larry's scoop.)
Pudentilla: it's official - we're losing the war on terror — [snipped quote] and therefore - it's secret. we suppose that some reds...
Brooke @ThinkProgress: Another Broken Record — Another record was broken this year - the number of serious international terrorist attacks in...
Matthew Yglesias: Via Laura Rozen I see that in response to data indicating a steep rise in the number of terrorist attacks around the...
Kos @DailyKos: Terrorism incidents tripled last year — No wonder Bush killed the State Department's terrorism report.

Bush to Hold Prime Time News Conference Thursday
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush will hold a prime time press conference on Thursday night, his first in over a year, to offer more details about his plans to overhaul Social Security, the White House announced.
Jim Henley: Sigh — Couldn't the President have preempted coverage of tonight's lamentable Wizards-Bulls game instead of whatever he's cutting into tomorrow?
Atrios: Fans of Will & Grace will be forced to WATCH ME! For I am the PREZNIT! YOU MUST LISTEN!

Next: The Google Street Journal
  LAT   —   Permalink 
Even when newspapers go belly up, their kind of content will live on.
Working at a major metropolitan newspaper these days can feel a bit like working for the East German Politburo, circa 1988.
Newspapers, you may have read, though most likely not in a newspaper, are on the way out.
Jay Rosen: "Working at a major metropolitan newspaper these days can feel a bit like working for the East German Politburo, circa...
Jan Haugland: Quote of the day — Andrés Martinez in the LA Times: Working at a major metropolitan newspaper these days can...
Jim Romenesko: Will we soon get biz news from the Google Street Journal?
Kevin Roderick: Critical mass — In today's Times, editorial page editor Andrés Martinez writes that "working at a major...
Steve Bainbridge: A Provocative Business Plan — From the LA Times of all places, comes an interesting business model: "Take those Internet portals.

Young Republicans chairman confronted
  By / Rocky Mountain News   —   Permalink 
The chairman of the Colorado Young Republicans was one of the people involved in a March 21 incident in which three Denver residents were forcibly removed from a speech given by President Bush because of a bumper sticker.
Joe Gandelman: If They Didn't Agree With The President They Couldn't Hear Him Speak — A political scandal continues to unfold in...
Kos @DailyKos: More White House propaganda; Denver 3 — So, the man who impersonated a Secret Service agent and kicked out three...
Skippy: ann imse of the rocky mountain news identifies one of the people involved, and surprise, it was the chairman of the...

Stenberg poised to announce Senate bid
  By / Lincoln Journal Star   —   Permalink 
Former Attorney General Don Stenberg appeared poised Wednesday to jump into the 2006 Republican Senate race and seek a rematch with Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Stenberg, who served as attorney general for 12 years, will hold a news conference today at Republican state headquarters to make "an important announcement about his future political plans."
Kos @DailyKos: NE-Sen: Nelson has a challenger — Our unlikely Democrat from deep red Nebraska has a challenger.
Orrin Judd: Stenberg poised to announce Senate bid (DON WALTON, 4/27/05, Lincoln Journal Star) "Former Attorney General Don...

First Lady Says No Plans to Seek Office
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BURBANK, Calif. - Despite her popularity, first lady Laura Bush says she's not interested in running for higher office.
Bush made the declaration Tuesday, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno that she has no aspirations for holding office and doesn't even pay much attention to her approval ratings — though she tracks her husband's.
Avedon Carol: You know, I read the headline First Lady Says No Plans to Seek Office and I just assumed it was about Hillary.
SK Bubba: Bombshell: Laura Bush won't seek office — Says she's not interested. Developing...
Steve Soto: It's amazing that the AP would actually make a story out of Laura Bush's statement last night on Leno that she isn't a...

G.O.P. Will Relent on Ethics Rules, House Speaker Says
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 27 - Saying that an ethics impasse needed to be resolved to provide a chance for Representative Tom DeLay to clear his name, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert said this morning that Republicans were ready to relent on rules changes that have left the ethics committee unable to do any work.
Riggsveda @Corrente: In an update to this morning's story, the NYTimes reports Hastert is ready to take 3 steps back: [quote] "Saying that an...[end quote]
TChris: House Ethics Committee Will Change Rules — By insisting that Republicans play by a fair set of rules, House Democrats apparently achieved a victory today.

Bush Urges More Nuclear Plants and Building Refineries on Bases
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
President Bush said today that he wanted the United States to build more nuclear power plants, turn unused military bases into refineries and raise sales of more efficient cars to make America less dependent on foreign fuel sources.
Steve Soto: Nor has anyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue apparently talked to industry yet about some of these ideas.
Ezra Klein: New Plan, Same as the Old Plan — So the new Bush energy plan (not, to be clear, the atrocious energy bill).

Podcasting Killed the Radio Star
  By / Wired News   —   Permalink 
Podcasting will soon break out of the "pod" and onto the public airwaves.
The world's first all-podcast radio station will be launched on May 16 by Infinity Broadcasting, the radio division of Viacom.
Infinity plans to convert San Francisco's 1550 KYCY, an AM station, to listener-submitted content.
Jay Rosen: Now this is a poetic argument. Wired News account by Xeni Jardin: Podcasting Killed the Radio Star.
Rex Hammock: Related links (updated): Infinity's Official Press Release (by Xeni Jardin): "Podcasting Killed...

More evidence of Saudi doubletalk?
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Sheik Saleh Al Luhaidan, seen in video seated to the right of the crown prince, is chief justice of Saudi Arabia's Supreme Judicial Council. His sermons and words carry great significance.
Dan Darling: And people wonder why I tend to take Saudi claims that they're against terrorism with a grain of salt — I mean, how...
SK Bubba: He was on the Homeland Security "no-fly" terrorist screening list. (But I'm sure it had nothing to do with this.)

Justices Limit Gun Law That Bars Possession by Felons
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 26 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday curbed the reach of a federal law that prohibits convicted felons from possessing guns, ruling 5 to 3 that the law does not apply to those who were convicted by courts in foreign countries.
Jeffrey Dubner: I don't know anything about the actual merits of Small v. United States, but it's pretty clear that Clarence Thomas...
Jeralyn Merritt: Supreme Court Limits Reach of Gun Law — The Supreme Court issued a decision this week limiting the reach of the felon...
Tom Maguire: Small v. United States — The NY Times fascinates us with their description of Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on a...
Glenn Reynolds: THE SUPREME COURT'S ENTHUSIASM FOR FOREIGN LAW seems to have its limits: [snipped quote] That's true, and I'm delighted...

New Iraqi Premier Says Impasse Over Cabinet Is Broken
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 27 - Iraq's new prime minister said today that he had submitted a full list of cabinet members, opening the way for a new coalition government to assume power and end a crippling three-month political stalemate that has appeared to be fueling renewed violence here.
Barbara O'Brien: The last benchmark, the Iraqi election, was probably good for the purple ink business, but Iraq has yet to form a government (although they may be getting close).
John Cole: Any way you slice it (unless you are Juan Cole), the world is a better place for the sacrifice in blood in treasure that we have made.

Syrian Intelligence Still in Lebanon
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Syria has not withdrawn a significant part of its intelligence presence in Lebanon, undermining its claim yesterday to have ended its 29-year intervention in its western neighbor, U.S. , European and U.N. officials said.
Jan Haugland: Syrian intelligence agents still in Lebanon — It was obviously too good to be true: Syria has not withdrawn a...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Evidently, Syrian intelligence remains in Lebanon. Which means that pressure on Syria to get out should remain on a white hot level.
Damian Penny: I shoulda known — Syria may have withdrawn its soldiers from Lebanon, but its intelligence agents are still spread throughout the country.
K. J. Lopez: SYRIA LIES Washington Post: "Syria has not withdrawn a significant part of its intelligence presence in Lebanon,...

A law firm's sexual harassment case: An inside story
  St. Petersburg Times   —   Permalink 
It was supposed to be a networking breakfast for young, female lawyers at the Tampa office of Holland & Knight.
But when an organizer of the December 2003 get-together said she thought the law firm offered excellent opportunities for women, there was dead silence.
Michael Froomkin: People Unclear on the Concept — A law firm's sexual harassment case: An inside story Holland & Knight's Tampa office was, it seems, a hostile environment for women.
Fontana Labs: Via begging to differ, this depiction of sexual harassment at a law firm is both appalling and hilarious.

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
Firefighters found more than 200 vehicle airbags believed to be stolen in the back room of a Brooklyn supermarket, where newspaper clippings about Osama bin Laden and beheadings in Iraq covered the walls, authorities said.
Colt: The JTTF says they don't suspect terrorist activity.
Charles Johnson: Firefighters Discover Brooklyn Terrorist Sympathizers — When firefighters conducted a routine inspection of a market in...

2 want to find GOP mystery man
  By / Denver Post   —   Permalink 
Max and Susan Tyler haven't heard from the Secret Service.
The Secret Service is reportedly investigating whether a Republican staff member illegally impersonated a federal agent when he removed Alex Young, Leslie Weise and Karen Bauer before President Bush's March 21 Social Security forum in Denver.
Skippy: jim spenser at the denver post says two other people were hassled, but not ejected, by the same "mystery man" at the...
Kos @DailyKos: Meanwhile, the White House is pretending they have no idea who might be running around Bush events with earpieces.

The Note: "As Strongly As He Ever Has"
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
The Republican White House is standing firm in support of DeLay, Bolton, private accounts, nuclear power, a lean budget, and the constitutional option on judges.
The Senate Republican leadership is standing firm in support of Bolton, private accounts, nuclear power, a lean budget, and the constitutional option on judges.
Barbara O'Brien: According to The Note, "The Republican White House is standing firm in support of DeLay, Bolton, private accounts,...
Josh Marshall: ABC's The Note reports for duty on the nuclear constitutional option: "NEWS SUMMARY: The Republican White House is...

Bush moved to bunker after false security alarm
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush was rushed from the Oval Office to an underground shelter and Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to a secure location Wednesday on fears that an unidentified aircraft had entered restricted space near the White House.
Joe Gandelman: Details from AP: "President Bush was rushed from the Oval Office to an underground shelter and Vice President Dick...
Robert Tagorda: False Alarm Led Bush to Underground Shelter — Bush Moved to Bunker After False Security Alarm (AP) "President Bush was...

Bloomy zooms by Ferrer in new poll
  By / NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Mayor Bloomberg's reelection prospects are zooming while support for his top Democratic rival, Fernando Ferrer, has tanked in the wake of his controversial remarks about the Amadou Diallo shooting, a new poll shows.
Chris Bowers: Marist shows Bloomberg mvoing from the incumbent dead zone into a comfortable lead (4.25-26, 52 RVs, MoE 4.5): 4/26 3/23...
Kos @DailyKos: NYC-Mayor: Ferrer is toast — Wow, the pander heard round the borroughs has seemingly KO'd Ferrer. Marist Institute.

Frist finds it's tough to lead Senate while he's aiming at the presidency
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
When Sen. Bill Frist took over as Senate majority leader, he assumed a job he had not publicly sought and had not necessarily anticipated holding. Now, having seized the opportunity that circumstances presented to him, Frist's performance as leader will help determine whether he wins another job he may or may not seek — the presidency.
Jon @ThinkProgress: The transformation has not escaped the notice of Frist's colleagues, some of whom wonder aloud whether Frist's...
Ezra Klein: Unlike most senators hoping to occupy the Oval Office, the good doctor from Tennessee is majority leader, which means...

The Legend of the Powell Memo
  By / American Prospect   —   Permalink 
The story of the Rise of the Right is the great fable in recent American politics, one that is endlessly revised as it is told and retold by its participants and by envious observers from the left bank.
Mark Schmitt: That's the subject of my latest column in The American Prospect online.
Orin Kerr: Lewis F. Powell and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: Over at the American Prospect, Mark Schmitt pokes holes in a...

Sen. Strangelove
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Sen. Barbara Boxer is a longtime opponent of judicial nomination filibusters. Or she was. Suddenly the light has dawned, and she realizes how wrong she was to oppose them: "I thought I knew everything. I didn't get it. . . . I am here to say I was totally wrong."
Dale Franks: Divider Moreover, while the filibuster is going on, Republicans, assuming they can get anyone scheduled to speak, can...
Dr. Steven Taylor: More History — Pete Du Pont notes in in todays' WSJ: "When the Senate first established its rules in 1789, there was no such thing as a filibuster.

Airbus A380 completes test flight
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has safely landed, having completed its maiden flight.
The long-awaited test flight lasted about four hours, touring the Bay of Biscay, before returning to base.
Joe Gandelman: Superduper Jumbo Airbus 380's Flight Begins New Aviation Era — Today a monster commercial aircraft, operating with a...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Via the BBC: A380 takes off for maiden flight. With the potential to seat 840 people, that's one big airplane.
Brian Micklethwait: I refer to the maiden flight of the gigantic Airbus A380, which has just been successfully completed.

Alas, Poor Newspapers! We Knew Them, Rupert
  By / New York Observer   —   Permalink 
Terry Teachout has a lively arts blog called "About Last Night" (, in which he reviews the passing scene and his own life. When he is not doing these things, he urges artists and other readers to get with the Internet age.
Jay Rosen: Richard Brookheiser's mood in today's New York Observer is elegiac. [quote] Memorable headlines: "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD."[end quote]
Jim Romenesko: More from NY Observer: > WP, NYT and WSJ will survive, but others will become coupon sheets > What does it mean that Olson — not Abrams — now represents Cooper?

CIA can't rule out WMD move to Syria
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
The CIA's chief weapons inspector said he cannot rule out the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were secretly shipped to Syria before the March 2003 invasion, citing "sufficiently credible" evidence that WMDs may have been moved there.
Cliff May: The New York Times April 26, 2005 CIA can't rule out WMD move to Syria "The CIA's chief weapons inspector said he...
K. J. Lopez: WMDS IN SYRIA? The CIA can't rule out that's where Saddam's weapons went.
Betsy Newmark: And, in another story, Charles Duelfer says that his report on the lack of WMD in Iraq doesn't rule out the possibility that WMD were moved to Syria.

Opting for Truth Over 'Triumph'
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Try, if you can, to picture the scene. A vast crowd in Red Square: Lenin's tomb and Stalin's memorial in the background. Soldiers march in goose step behind rolling tanks, and the air echoes with martial music, occasionally drowned out by the whine of fighter jets.
Damian Penny: A celebration of totalitarianism — Anne Appelbaum says next month's WW2 victory celebrations, which President Bush and...
Gene @HarrysPlace: Sending the wrong signal — Writing in The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum raises some troubling questions about...

Using software to model death row outcomes
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
Convicts on death row can wait for years while appeals are filed and protests lodged. Many never get beyond this limbo. Others are executed.
What determines the final outcome?
Will Baude: Arbitrariness — Apparently somebody has developed a computer program that can predict quite accurately whether a...
Kerry Howley: The Christian Science Monitor reports: [snipped quote] Whole thing here.

Laura Bush: No plans to seek office
  AP   —   Permalink 
BURBANK, Calif. - Despite her popularity, first lady Laura Bush says she's not interested in running for higher office.
Bush made the declaration Tuesday, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno that she has no aspirations for holding office and doesn't even pay much attention to her approval ratings — though she tracks her husband's.
Steve Soto: But compare the slavish ass-kissing coverage given to this non-news story by the AP and other media outlets with the...
Taegan Goddard: First Lady Has No Plans to Run — Despite the popularity she has enjoyed as first lady, Laura Bush told Jay Leno last night that she has no plans to seek office, the AP reports.

Sifting Clues to an Unsmiling Girl
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
TORONTO — She is perhaps 12 now, her hair still light blond, but she doesn't smile anymore. Over the last three years, she has appeared in 200 explicit photos that have become highly coveted collectibles for pedophiles trolling the Internet.
K. J. Lopez: "SOUL-DESTROYING" WORK — This is another engrossing article in the news today: From the LA Times, on tracking down child abusers.
Bigwig: Teach them well. Teach them to cross to the other side of the treet when they see a Trekkie coming.

GOP Pushes Bolton Floor Vote
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush and Senate Republicans are intensifying their push to confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations and are considering forcing a showdown vote on the Senate floor if the Foreign Relations Committee refuses to endorse the controversial nominee, according to White House and Senate aides.
Laura Rozen: The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei and Charles Babington report that the White House and GOP leaders are maneuvering to...
Rich Lowry: GET TO A FLOOR VOTE — That's the White House strategy on Bolton, according to the Washington Post.

Our Role in The Church
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Before I went to Rome to do my doctoral work in theology in the mid-1990s, I was inclined to believe, like many American women, that the Catholic Church's teaching on women was a bit skewed, if not flawed. At times, it seemed to me that there was no unique place for women in the church.
Verity @SouthernAppeal: This article, Hat Tip, the Corner, provides a wonderful insight into women's role in the Church.
K. J. Lopez: CONSTRUCTIVE DIFFERENCES — Young theologian Pia de Solenni on women in the Catholic Church.

US admits Iraq insurgency undiminished
  ABC News   —   Permalink 
The Iraqi insurgency is just as strong now as it was one year ago, the most senior US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers has admitted.
Gen Myers also insists the US and coalition forces are winning the war and is confident of military victory.
Jim Henley: One lonely comment » We Win After All General Myers says that "I think [the Iraqi insurgency's] capacity stays...
Giblets: Right Where We Want Them — So it turns out the Iraqi insurgency is as strong now as it was last year - which means we're kicking its ass.

Bush to Propose Oil Refineries at Ex-Military Bases
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under pressure over high energy prices, President Bush on Wednesday will propose tackling the root causes of the problem by encouraging new oil refineries be built at closed military bases and jumpstarting construction of new nuclear power plants.
James Wolcott: Instead, true to form, dedicated to the destruction of a livable environment for future generations, Bush is trying to...
Jeff Quinton: Reuters "Under pressure over high energy prices, President Bush on Wednesday will propose tackling the root causes of...

Pentagon Plays Down New Rise in Iraq Violence
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Top Pentagon officials yesterday acknowledged a recent jump in insurgent violence in Iraq but described the escalation as nowhere near the peak levels of the past year and disputed suggestions that it represents a lack of progress.
Barbara O'Brien: Bradley Graham writes in WaPo: "Top Pentagon officials yesterday acknowledged a recent jump in insurgent violence in...
Juan Cole: I found the admission by Gen. Richard Myers on Tuesday that the number of attacks in Iraq was about 50 to 60, and was about the same as in April of 2004.
James Joyner: Pentagon Plays Down New Rise in Iraq Violence (WaPo p.
Laura Rozen: Wednesday Update: The same tactics are being resorted to by Rumsfeld's Pentagon as Iraq violence spikes. Again.

Myers: Insurgency same as year ago
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The insurgency in Iraq is "about where it was a year ago," in terms of attacks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said but he said American and Iraqi troops are gaining ground in the two-year-old conflict.
Barbara O'Brien: Hello Mullah, Hello Fatwa — CNN reports: [quote] The insurgency in Iraq is "about where it was a year ago," in terms of...[end quote]
James Joyner: Myers: Insurgency same as year ago (CNN) [quote] The insurgency in Iraq is "about where it was a year ago," in terms of...[end quote]

Martin buys NDP support
  Globe and Mail   —   Permalink 
Jack Layton and Paul Martin inked a $4.6-billion deal aimed at salvaging the federal budget yesterday, a move that will force the Conservatives to rely on the separatist Bloc Quebecois if the party wishes to bring down the government in the coming weeks.
Captain Ed: Layton Begins Rationalizations — After having enabled a possible lifeline to the embattled Prime Minister and a Liberal...
Cori Dauber: Meanwhile, it looks as if (for now) Paul Martin has saved his government.

Battle on Bolton Nomination Could Wound the President, Too
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 26 - The White House is intensifying its campaign to rescue the nomination of John R. Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, administration officials said on Tuesday, as Republicans close to the West Wing acknowledged that a rejection of Mr. Bolton would be politically damaging for President Bush.
Steve Clemons: The White House is trying to demonstrate that it has a majority of Republicans who will vote to confirm Bolton on the floor.
Joe Gandelman: Bolton Confirmation Framed As Partisan Must Win For Bush — If you strip all the niceties away from a recent New York...

GOP May Be Splintering on Social Security
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
A badly divided Senate Finance Committee yesterday held the first hearing examining President Bush's efforts to restructure Social Security. While the Democrats remained united in their opposition, there were signs of cracks in the Republicans' support for the president.
Brad DeLong: Take a look at the leading paragraphs: GOP May Be Splintering on Social Security: A badly divided Senate Finance...
Taegan Goddard: GOP Splintering on Social Security — "While Democrats remained united in their opposition to President Bush's efforts...
Steve Soto: From Wednesday's New York Times Both the Post and the Times are reporting in Wednesday's edition that despite Chuck...
Pudentilla: senator snowe has not drunk the kool-aid — [snipped quote] she's pudentilla's senator and she hates deficits. admittedly...

House Republicans Weigh Vote on Ethics Changes
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 26 - House Republican leaders on Tuesday moved toward reversing rules changes that have paralyzed the ethics committee, a decision that could clear the way to an investigation of the overseas travel of Representative Tom DeLay, the majority leader, and other House members.
Riggsveda @Corrente: But then a funny thing happened as the undertaker prepped the body politic: [quote] "House Republican leaders on Tuesday moved...[end quote]
Taegan Goddard: Meanwhile, the New York Times notes that House Republican leaders "moved toward reversing rules changes that have...

Donations link DeLay, ethics panel
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — All five Republicans on the House ethics committee have financial links to Tom DeLay that could raise conflict-of-interest issues should the panel investigate the GOP majority leader.
Joe Gandelman: Bush has also now added DeLay to his Social Security USA Today now reports that all five Republicans on the House ethics committee have financial links to Delay.
Taegan Goddard: DeLay's Ethics Panel — "All five Republicans on the House ethics committee have financial links to Tom DeLay that could...

Remedial economics for the WSJ editorial board
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
An April 26 Wall Street Journal editorial argued that "the overall tax burden grew more progressive" in the last 25 years because upper income taxpayers pay a larger share of total taxes than they did in 1979.
Jon Henke: The Progressive Effective Tax System — Kevin Drum, Duncan Black (Atrios) and Media Matters accuse the Wall Street...
Ed Cone: Oligarchy — Rise of the oligarchs: Duncan Black and Kevin Drum on the Wall Street Journal's shilling for the out-of-sight rich.
Brad DeLong: You waste your time, and it annoys the pig: Remedial economics for the WSJ editorial board ... [Media Matters for...
Atrios: Anyway, I take a swipe at Media Matters and Drum has a very good complementary piece.

Crippled by Their Culture
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
For most of the history of this country, differences between the black and the white population—whether in income, IQ, crime rates, or whatever—have been attributed to either race or racism.
Dean Esmay: It's also, I'm happy to say, starting to lose its sting, because the notion of America as a terribly racist country grows less and less credible all the time.
Joanne Jacobs: In the Wall Street Journal, Sowell writes: [snipped quote] The "counterproductive and self-destructive culture" of ghettos isn't authentic black culture, Sowell argues.
Baldilocks: Black Like Me — Thomas Sowell explores an old subject with a new perspective.
Mike Rappaport: Sowell on Race and Redneck Culture — The Wall Street Journal publishes a powerful article by Thomas Sowell, attempting to explain black and white differences based on culture.
Michelle Malkin: Tom Sowell: Race doesn't hold back America's "black rednecks." Nor does racism. Ed Lasky performs a "Colinoscopy."

Committee Prepares Questions for Bolton
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepared a list of about 20 questions Tuesday for John R. Bolton, including requests for e-mails and telephone logs relating to confrontations he has had with intelligence analysts, according to Senate staff.
Ken Masugi: Bolton: The Bureaucracy Did It — The Bolton confirmation travesty is the classic example of the bureaucracy out to...
Laura Rozen: Gov. Bill Richardson is wondering if Bolton snooped on his negotiations with the North Koreans, the AP reports (towards end of article).
Steve Clemons: It has not reviewed all of the evidence on Bolton which is now widening in scope.

After 32 Years, Clothing Yields a DNA Key to Dozens of Rapes
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A forgotten piece of evidence in a rape case from more than 30 years ago - a pair of women's underpants - has led to the DNA identification of a suspect in at least 24 other rapes and sexual assaults stretching from New York to Maryland, the authorities said yesterday.
Rickheller @Centerfield: Background Check — A gun background check leads to the arrest of a major criminal.
Orin Kerr: As this interesting New York Times article suggests, however, such databases can also help the police crack very...

The Not-So-Great Divorce
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Multiculturalism and liberalism look toward splitting up.
What follows is an expanded version of my article Friday in the Evening Standard — again with thanks to the editor — on the debate on multiculturalism which in the U.K. is still very much in its infancy.
Ed Driscoll: Update: While Mark Steyn traverses the failures of multiculturalism, John O'Sullivan writes that multiculturalism and England's left may be heading towards a schism.
Orrin Judd: HELLO, ABYSS: The Not-So-Great Divorce: Multiculturalism and liberalism look toward splitting up.

Senate Panel Is Widening Its Review on Nominee to U.N.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, April 26 - In a widening of the inquiry into John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee intends to conduct formal interviews in the next 10 days with as many as two dozen people, Congressional officials said Tuesday.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: TEDIUM — Apparently, the plan is to subject John Bolton to death by a thousand cuts.
Laura Rozen: This NYT piece reports that Voinovich's staff won't say whether Bolton met with Voinovich or not today.

Bush Threatens Veto on Highway Bill
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration issued a veto threat again Tuesday against a popular highway bill, saying the president would be likely to reject any legislation that exceeds a White House-set spending ceiling or adds to the deficit.
Digby: How Ever Will They Resolve This? Can you believe this kabuki bulls**t? [snipped quote] Man, that codpiece is tight.
Betsy Newmark: I hope that Bush does follow through and veto the highway bill. It's about time he put his foot down on some of the spending tha thte Hill has passed.

What's the Estate Tax Worth? It Depends on Who's Talking
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives by a wide margin passed legislation that would permanently repeal the federal estate tax. The bill, if approved by the Senate and signed, would into place the capstone of President Bush's tax cut.
Tyler Cowen: New Econoblog, on estate taxes — Here is the link, I am debating Max Sawicky.
Max B. Sawicky: BE IT RESOLVED, WE SHOULD EAT THE RICH My latest Wall Street Journal Econoblog debate with Tyler Cowen, who knows all about eating rich, on the Estate and Gift Tax.

Frist Says He's Not Interested in Deals
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Reacting to a Democratic offer in the fight over filibusters, Republican leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he isn't interested in any deal that fails to ensure that the Senate votes on confirmation for all of President Bush's judicial nominees.
Jon @ThinkProgress: [WP] 12/21/02: Frist becomes frontrunner, praised as "compassionate" party savior: "Frist fits neatly into the...
Pudentilla: wild about harry "republicans refuse offer on judges - democratic plan sought withdrawal of some - senate republicans...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: But as long as I read these kinds of stories, I don't much care: [snipped quote] I have no doubt that eventually, some kind of deal will be made.
Fafnir: CONSTITUTION: Only Bill Frist can save us now, Fafnir. Bill Frist, or violent revolution. FAFBLOG: Good thing I still have the right to buy an AK-47!
Steve M.: Well, here's your political landscape: Senate majority leader (and possible future GOP presidential candidate) Bill...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: Republicans have rejected this offer.
Also: Kos @DailyKos, Joe Gandelman, Steve Soto, Captain Ed, David Allan Pell, Jeralyn Merritt, Avedon Carol, Hbyronk, Josh Marshall, Taegan Goddard

Revolt of the Middle
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
If you were to prepare a list of the top 10 stories you will never, ever read in a newspaper, one of them would surely include a sentence beginning: "Thousands of angry, screaming moderates took to the streets yesterday demanding . . ."
Barbara O'Brien: Yesterday Paul at PowerLine responded to an E.J. Dionne column in which Dionne says moderate voters are turning away from Bush.
John Hawkins: Liberal E. J. Dionne Jr. has noticed the drop in Bush's approval ratings and is optimistically predicting a "Revolt of...
Todd Pearson: E.J. Dionne says that moderates are in revolt. - Ron Brownstein says that there may be an opening for a centrist third party.
Avedon Carol: E.J. Dionne has the headline I'd most like to see: "If you were to prepare a list of the top 10 stories you will never,...
Paul @PowerLine: Some revolt — E.J. Dionne writes about the "revolt of the middle."
Michael Froomkin: You Could Sell Tickets to This One — The Carpetbagger Report asks wistfully, Maybe we could temporarily suspend the...

Faith 'War' Rages in U.S., Judge Says
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Just days after a bitterly divided Senate committee voted along party lines to approve her nomination as a federal appellate court judge, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown told an audience Sunday that people of faith were...
Steve Soto: And they want to support a jurist like Janice Rogers Brown who says these poor racists and anti-Catholic American...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: And right on cue, Janice Rogers Brown pops up to remind us: [quote] "Just days after a bitterly divided Senate committee voted...[end quote]
Jeffrey Dubner: While the nominees range from conservative to radically conservative, they're not of the same stripe as, say, Janice...
Captain Ed: The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday on a speech given by Justice Janice Rogers Brown, a courageous speech given her...
Hugh Hewitt: The Los Angeles Times tries to open another assault on California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown for her...
Norbizness: I can't understand why Senate Democrats are marginalizing as extremists judicial nominees like this
Also: Steve M., Mipe @ThinkProgress, Ed Cone, Taegan Goddard, Pudentilla, K. J. Lopez, Orrin Judd

Bush Adds DeLay to Social Security Tour
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush is adding a helper to his Social Security road tour: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is facing allegations of ethical improprieties but is seen by the White House as crucial to pushing Bush's plans through Congress.
Joe Gandelman: President Bush yesterday praised DeLay and gave him a ride on Air Force One.
Steve M.: Bush Adds DeLay to Social Security Tour — Good grief. They're putting this nasty, partisan pariah on the tour?
Kos @DailyKos: Bush adds helper on SS fake tour — DeLay — Things were going so poorly for Bush, whose social security poll numbers...
Zoe Kentucky: Jumping the Shark? This is so very Onion-worthy, only it's real.
Jim Dallas: The Bush-DeLay Social Security Destruction Plan — Coming to a town near you. Two thumbs down - Charles Grassley, Republican Senator from Iowa.
Josh Marshall: Bush enlists — DeLay in final days of Bamboozlepalooza Tour. Is it double-or-nothing on phase-out?

Black Student Sent Hate Mail at U.S. School-Police
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A black student has confessed to sending racist hate mail to three fellow students at her Christian college, apparently because she was unhappy and wanted to be pulled out of the school, police said Tuesday.
Michelle Malkin: Wonder what the Rev. Jackson will say now. Update: Reuters (for once) doesn't whitewash the story.
Glenn Reynolds: SHOULDN'T FAKE RACIST HATE-MAIL be punished as severely as the real thing? It's just as damaging.
Joanne Jacobs: Panic attack — Crazy as this is, it's not really a surprise: A black student has confessed to sending racist hate mail to three classmates at her Christian college.

Joint Statement by President Bush and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah
  White House   —   Permalink 
Sixty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's founder King Abdulaziz Al Saud held a historic meeting upon a sturdy ship at the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal.
Matt Welch: Besides making sure that all the Kingdom's 26 million oppressed subjects saw multiple images of their unelected theocrat...
Nico @ThinkProgress: Called for democratic reform in countries that aren't Saudi Arabia The joint statement by President Bush and Prince...

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
ABC has been warned in writing it could face legal fallout for airing its scathing behind-the-scenes look at FOX's AMERICAN IDOL, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
FOX owner Rupert Murdoch has informed executives that it appears ABC is attempting to maliciously "destroy" the nation's most-watched series as it heads into the final weeks.
Damian Penny: Yes, I'm going to watch ABC's shocking!!! "expose" of American Idol, and I bet you will, too.
James Joyner: 'ABC can not beat us with programming, so they are attempting to bring us down with lies and false charges.'...
Ann Althouse: Drudge is reporting that ABC is going to run an expos revealing how Paula Abdul is somehow "cheating" on "American Idol" by picking favorites and "nurturing" them.
Smash: Network Wars — MATT DRUDGE reports that FOX is threatening to sue ABC over a planned expos on American Idol.

Gallup: Half of All Americans Now Feel Bush Deliberately Misled Them on WMDs
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Half of Americans, exactly 50%, now say the Bush administration deliberately misled Americans about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the Gallup Poll organization reported this morning.
Juan Cole: "Bush is a Liar": 50% of Americans — Gallup has found that half of Americans believe that President George W. Bush...
Atrios: Liars — This is quite fascinating. I don't find the actual result surprising, but I think it's yet another indictment of our media.
Laura Rozen: But — shhhh — after the Iraq WMD intel fiasco, the Bush line is, that such hype was (c'mon, you know the chorus) all the US intelligence community's fault.
The Poorman: Half of Americans are obsessed by irrational Bush-hatred!

Nuke the Filibuster
  LAT   —   Permalink 
These are confusing days in Washington. Born-again conservative Christians who strongly want to see President Bush's judicial nominees voted on are leading the charge against the Senate filibuster, and liberal Democrats are born-again believers in that reactionary, obstructionist legislative tactic.
McQ: Even the LA Times is tired of the obstructionism the Dems are playing in terms of judicial nominees.
Chris Bowers: Liberals Against the Filibuster — Matthew Yglesias dissents from the current Democratic position on the filibuster: ...
Matthew Yglesias: Today's LA Times editorial page joins Noah, myself, Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic, Bruce Ackerman, Rick Hertzberg at...
Ace: LA Times: Nuke the Filibuster — It's a sad day when Michael Kinsley makes more sense, and shows more balls, than Rick Santorum.

N. Korea, 6, and Bush, 0
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Here's a foreign affairs quiz:
(1) How many nuclear weapons did North Korea produce in Bill Clinton's eight years of office?
(2) How many nuclear weapons has it produced so far in President Bush's four years in office?
Avedon Carol: Rachel Maddow yesterday on Kristof's missing punchline: "Nicholas Kristof's column today, N.Korea, 6, and Bush, 0, is a...
The Poorman: Blame it on the rain — Nicholas Kristof is right: [snipped quote] But Nicholas Kristof is, in typical Kristofian...

Major terror attacks triple in '04 by U.S. count
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The U.S. count of major world terrorist attacks more than tripled in 2004, a rise that may revive debate about whether the Bush administration is winning the war on terrorism, congressional aides said Tuesday.
Laura Rozen: Major terrorist attacks tripled worldwide in 2004, according to a new US government count.
PGL: But now MSNBC is running the story via Reuters. Hopefully, a real debate on how best to fight the war on terror will finally begin.

Bush Extends Social Security Tour as Support in Polls Dwindles
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
April 26 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush's strategy for wrapping up his 60-day, 60-stop tour to whip up support for revamping Social Security is simple: ignore the calendar and keep on stumping.
Matthew Yglesias: If you're looking for reasons to believe that the Bush political machine is losing its deft touch then look no further...
Josh Marshall: White House exteeeeeeeends Bamboozlepalooza Tour past 60 day deadline! Because two months of humiliating failure just isn't enough ...
Zoe Kentucky: So the more Bush talks about GOP-sponsored Social Security reform, the less popular it becomes— so...

Mystery of German exploding toads
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Toads in an area of northern Germany are being killed off by a mysterious disease - they are exploding.
Thousands of the amphibians have died in recent days in a pond in Hamburg's Altona district, with their bodies swelling to bursting point.
Charles Johnson: The Case of the Exploding German Toads — Science is baffled. Mystery of the German exploding toads. (Hat tip: Beagle.)
Iain Murray: Signs of the Apocalypse #224 — Exploding German toads. A Tory victory cannot be far off...

Foreign Policy Disputes Are Subtext in Battle Over Bolton
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
In public, the controversy over John R. Bolton's nomination as United Nations ambassador has focused on his handling of personnel issues and his managerial skills. But the first big battle of President Bush's second term also reflects long-standing tensions among Republicans over the thrust of U.S. foreign policy.
Laura Rozen: So I thought it was interesting that in this Post piece today, Armitage wades into the Bolton matter offering the gentlest defense of his old colleague.
TChris: According to Vreeland, if the Bush administration's policy is "not to reform the U.N but to destroy it"...
Hugh Hewitt: The Washington Post's daily dose of Bolton-bashing also reflects a loss of steam as even Richard Armitage is going on the record to defend Bolton against another silly charge.
Rich Lowry: The Washington Post has a Bolton story today headlined, "Foreign Policy Disputes Are Subtext in Battle Over Bolton."

Personal Accounts Are Not A Certainty
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
On the eve of the first congressional hearing on the restructuring of Social Security, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee signaled that they will not insist that personal accounts be part of the legislation and that they will not seek further details from President Bush about his plans for the government-run retirement program.
Nico @ThinkProgress: REVERSAL ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTS: "On the eve of the first congressional hearing on the restructuring of Social Security,...
Pudentilla: grassley exploits wapo to float trial balloon on social security — [snipped quote] an "off the record" briefing to 60...
Brad DeLong: Dana Milbank reports: Personal Accounts Are Not A Certainty: On the eve of the first congressional hearing on the...
Kevin Drum: SOCIAL SECURITY COOTIES....Here's the latest on Social Security: [snipped quote] Am I missing something?

L.A. now in Mexico?
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
An immigration activist group is drawing attention to a photograph showing a billboard ad for a Spanish-language TV newscast in L.A. on which the "CA" abbreviation after "Los Angeles" has been crossed out and the word "Mexico" added in its place.
Plainsman @SouthernAppeal: UPDATE: Those who balk at the use of the term "invasion" might reflect on this item.
Michelle Malkin: But these photos say it all for me: LAMexico_sm1.jpg (Source: ALIPAC) hands.jpg (AFP/Jim Watson) *** Background/related...

Border vigil group calls for immigration reform
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
More than 200 people rallied across the street from the White House yesterday to protest the immigration enforcement policies of the Bush administration and Congress, vowing to take their message nationwide and secure the U.S. borders themselves.
Plainsman @SouthernAppeal: Now that's what I'm talking about: This Wash Times article on the Minuteman Project is great, hopeful stuff: More than...
Mark Krikorian: MINUTEMEN IN D.C. Hundreds of Minutemen and other immigration-control activists are in Washington through tomorrow,...

Air America's Year of Decline
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The liberal network scores its lowest-ever ratings.
The latest radio ratings are in, and they show continued bad news for Air America, the liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garofolo, and others.
Steve @BeggingToDiffer: The network survived, but one year after its launch, Air America still struggles for ratings.
Orrin Judd: NO WONDER THE LEFT HATES MARKETS: Air America's Year of Decline: The liberal network scores its lowest-ever ratings.

Dems still seeking DeLay challenger
  By / Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Sugar Land attorney Richard Morrison, the Democrat who challenged House Majority Leader Tom DeLay last year and said as recently as Friday that he would try again, said Monday that he won't make the race.
Morrison sent an e-mail to supporters announcing his decision.
Jack Cluth: And it couldn't have happened to a nicer demagogue, Chapter 18 — Democrats still seeking DeLay challenger Bush lauds...
Charles Kuffner: The Chron picks up the story today. I have to wonder who wrote the headline, since Nick Lampson is a declared candidate, something the Chron itself reported last week.

DeLay Woes Prompt Rush to Refile Forms
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Members of Congress are rushing to amend their travel and campaign records, fearing that the controversy over House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will trigger an ethics war that will bring greater scrutiny to their own travel and official activities.
Nico @ThinkProgress: REVERSAL ON ETHICS RULES: Congressional aides "said yesterday for the first time that they believe they will have to...
Frederick Maryland: In Tuesday's Washington Post, staff writer Mike Allen writes: "Members of Congress are rushing to amend their travel...
Susan Madrak: ETHICS ARE SO CLINTON ADMINISTRATION — As Cher would say, "If I could turn back time...": [snipped quote] I guess the...
Sam Rosenfeld: It appears that House Democrats' strategy in the fight over the ethics rules — including their prompt and unequivocal...
Betsy Newmark: Just to show what a mountain is being made out of a molehill about tom DeLay's trips that may or may not have been paid...

Concern over rise of 'happy slapping' craze
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
In one video clip, labelled Bitch Slap, a youth approaches a woman at a bus stop and punches her in the face. In another, Knockout Punch, a group of boys wearing uniforms are shown leading another boy across an unidentified school playground before flooring him with a single blow to the head.
Stefan Beck: It seems that irritating the rest of us with those polychromatic rings isn't the only nefarious use to which the oiks put their cell phones.
Clayton Cramer: How Technology Changes Social Behavior — And not always in a good way: "In one video clip, labelled Bitch Slap, a...

FDR's Card Trick
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We know at least two things about the Democratic Party. First, it is preoccupied with economic inequality. Implying that the middle class had somehow vanished, Sen. John Edwards campaigned for a year with a showcase speech about two Americas, "one for people...
Orrin Judd: TIME FOR A REDEAL (via Tom Corcoran): FDR's Card Trick: The cynical idealism behind Social Security.
Joey Tartakovsky: FDR's Card Trick — is featuring Bill Voegeli's essay on Social Security reform, which appears in the Spring 2005 issue of the Claremont Review of Books.
Scott @PowerLine: The essay by Claremont Institute Research Fellow William Voegeli is one of the issue's highlights: "FDR's card trick."

St. John's blockaded for second day
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St. John's — One ship was waiting outside St. John's harbour Tuesday and another was waiting to leave as crab fishermen blocked the port's entry for a second day.
There were unconfirmed reports that a second, smaller group of fishing vessels blocked entry to Bay Bulls harbour, south of St. John's, early Tuesday.
Damian Penny: CP reports that a Canadian Navy destroyer was unable to dock in St. John's, and that the blockade has spread to Bay Bulls, about 20 minutes outside of town.
Kate @OTB: Newfoundland Crab Boats Force Canadian Navy Destroyer Back Out To Sea… Globe and Mail: [snipped quote] A question of superior firepower, no doubt.

Zell Miller illuminates his feud with Chris Matthews
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Former Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) had a beef with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews before he ever appeared on the show immediately after his fiery speech at the Republican National Convention last year.
Taegan Goddard: Miller Illuminates Feud With Matthews — In a new book, A Deficit of Decency, "famously disloyal Democrat" Zell Miller...
Brian Stelter: Zell Miller "Detested" Chris Matthews... millermatthews.jpg"Former Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) had a beef with Hardball...
James Joyner: Zell Miller Explains Feud with Chris Matthews — Zell Miller illuminates his feud with Chris Matthews "Former Sen. Zell...