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Dutch Voters Reject EU Constitution
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected the European constitution in a referendum Wednesday, exit polls projected, in what could be a knockout blow for the charter roundly defeated just days ago by France.
Joe Gandelman: The AP: "AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected the European constitution in a referendum...
Lexington Green: Tulip Revolution: The Dutch Vote it DOWN — Oh man, this is so great: "...the constitution failed by a vote of 63...
Captain Ed: Dutch: We Are The Knights Who Say ... Nee — Fresh on the heels of the French rejection of the proposed EU charter, the...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: According to the exit poll projections it wasn't even close forcing the Dutch Parliament to abide by the will of the people.
Michael J. Totten: Constitutional Flop — Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposed European Union constitution - by almost a two-to-one margin.
Glenn Reynolds: DUTCH VOTERS HAVE "OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED" THE E.U. CONSTITUTION: "An exit poll broadcast by state-financed NOS...
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh, Justin @SouthernAppeal, Smash, Tully @Centerfield, TheAnchoress, Robert Clayton Dean, Alexander K. McClure

Dutch reject EU charter in referendum - exit poll
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters rejected the European Union constitution on Wednesday, exit polls showed, deepening a crisis in the bloc and possibly dooming the treaty after fellow EU founding member France rejected it on Sunday.
Joe Gandelman: And Reuters: "AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters rejected the European Union constitution on Wednesday, exit polls...
Robert Tagorda: Dutch Reject EU Charter in Referendum - Exit Poll (Reuters) [quote] The resounding "No" is the latest sign of Dutch anger with...[end quote]
Jack Fowler: RE: DUTCH NO — Reuters is reporting an exit poll showing Dutch uber-rejecting EU Constitution by 63-37 percent margin.
Daniel Drezner: Oh, there were some surface similarities — Emma Thomasson and Paul Gallagher explain for Reuters: "The Netherlands...
John Cole: The Dollar Looks Good Against The Euro — I don't know how to say "No!" in Flemish, but the Dutch sure as hell do: [snipped quote] There will never be a United States of Europe.
Charles Paul Freund: Netherlands: Nee — According to exit polls, the Dutch have rejected the proposed EU constitution by a landslide.

Dutch say 'No' to EU constitution
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Voters in the Netherlands have overwhelmingly rejected the proposed European Union constitution.
Provisional final results indicated that 61.6% of voters said "No" to the charter and 38.4% approved it.
David Carr: Indeed, it may prove to have been a merciful providence that she found herself in a terminal condition in the...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Live Blogging with Peaktalk Hat Tip: Captain's Quarters, Dutch: We Are The Knights Who Say … Nee (classic) Update: The BBC chimes in.
Praktike: The Nees have it — And overwhelmingly so: 62-38 by one early count. Sorry for the title, Kevin. You asked for it.
Joe Gandelman: The BBC: [quote] Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who campaigned for a "Yes" vote, said he would respect the result.[end quote]
Kevin Drum: THE DUTCH VOTE NO....The polls have closed in the Netherlands, and exit polls say that the Dutch have voted overwhelmingly against the new EU constitution.

Europe in crisis after Dutch, French reject treaty
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European Union was in disarray on Thursday after the Netherlands followed France in resoundingly rejecting the bloc's new constitution, possibly stalling future expansion and disrupting decision making.
John @PowerLine: No, Once Again — As expected, voters in the Netherlands dealt the European Union another blow today with a resounding vote against the proposed European Constitution.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Cry Me a River — I'm so consumed with despair over these developments, hell, I might even fire up a nice cigar and hoist a Cabernet or three.
Ed Driscoll: God, I love the headline on this Reuters piece, found via PoliPundit: "Europe in crisis after Dutch, French reject treaty" There's a crisis?

Dutch Voters Reject E.U. Constitution
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
THE HAGUE, June 1 — Dutch voters resoundingly rejected the proposed European constitution on Wednesday, following the lead of France in blocking efforts to cede more political and economic authority to a European central government.
Joe Gandelman: Note the Washington Post: "THE HAGUE, June 1 — Dutch voters rejected the proposed constitution for the European...
Glenn Reynolds: And here's the Washington Post story: "Like the French, many Dutch voters said in interviews that they were concerned...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: So much for consultive, the people have spoken. What an interesting concept the Dutch people casts their ballots on.

A potion to be taken on trust
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Swiss scientists have realised the snake oil salesman's dream: a potion that increases trust. One whiff of a brain-penetrating hormone called oxytocin, and you would trust him with your wallet, if not your life.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: The Car Salesman's New Best Friend — This story has some scary implications: "Swiss scientists have realised the snake oil salesman's dream: a potion that increases trust.
Kevin Drum: TRUST...Swiss researchers have discovered a hormone that increases your trust in fellow human beings
Brad DeLong: I don't know about you, but I'm taking noseplugs to my next car-shopping expedition: The Washington Monthly:...

Deep Throat and Genocide
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
Re: The "news" that former FBI agent Mark Felt broke the law, broke his code of ethics, broke his oath and was the main source for Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's articles that helped depose Richard Nixon, a few thoughts.
Joe Gandelman: But the award for apparent off-the-wall anger can be read in an angry, almost bitter piece in the American Spectator by...
John Cole: Watergate Fall-out — If this Ben Stein piece and the links the Instapundit has collected are any indication, tempers...
Yuval Rubinstein: But nothing even comes close to what Ben Stein, the erstwhile Nixon speechwriter and current game-show bloopers avatar...
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: Ben Stein does a great job explaining the reality of the scenario. [snipped quote] Read the whole thing, it is a brutal indictment on the media and liberals in general.

Companies subvert search results to squelch criticism
  By / Online Journalism Review   —   Permalink 
It's not illegal, but it's SEO gone bad. Companies such as Quixtar are using Google-bombing, link farms and Web spam pages to place positive sites in the top search results — which pushes the negative ones down.
Someone tells you they have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.
RCox: SEO Shenanigans — Mark Glaser in OJR: Companies subvert search results to squelch criticism It's not illegal, but it's SEO gone bad.
Glenn Reynolds: MARK GLASER REPORTS on underhanded search engine tricks.

'Deep Throat' Unmasks Himself as Ex-No. 2 Official at F.B.I.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, May 31 - Deep Throat, the mystery man who reigned as Washington's best-kept secret source for more than 30 years, was not just any shadowy, cigarette-smoking tipster in a raincoat. He was the No. 2 official of the F.B.I.
James Martin Capozzola: As Todd S. Purdum reports in today's New York Times ("'Deep Throat' Unmasks Himself as Ex-No. 2 Official at F.B.I.")
Steve Clemons: Lastly, as a nation we owe W. Mark Felt some serious thanks.
Jim Romenesko: > "The revelation by the magazine, Vanity Fair, caught The Post by surprise and threw the paper into turmoil," writes...
Garrett M. Graff: Turning to Mrs. Bradlee (whose husband will be interviewed on Nightline tonight), Sally Quinn told the New York Times...
Riggsveda @Corrente: The Good Old Days Aren't Gone—Just Hard To Locate — Everywhere you look, details of the newly-revealed identity of "Deep Throat" are splashed across the headlines.
LeanLeft: UPDATE: The Washington Post and Woodward and Bernstein have now confirmed that Felt was "Deep Throat".
Also: Ed Cone

President and South African President Mbeki Discuss Bilateral Relations
  White House   —   Permalink 
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, welcome back.
We've just had a wide-ranging discussion on very important issues. We spent time talking about our bilateral relations. I would characterize our bilateral relations as strong. We spent time talking about the continent of Africa.
Suzanne Nossel: The end of today's press conference was a recitation of tired arguments on Zimbabwe.
Derek Chollet: Missed Opportunity — In today's Oval Office press availability with South African President Mbeki, President Bush...

Nixon aides condemn 'Deep Throat' for betrayal
  AFP   —   Permalink 
Aides to the late president Richard Nixon have said that former FBI deputy director Mark Felt, unmasked as the anonymous Watergate source known as "Deep Throat," had breached professional ethics by leaking information.
Gary Farber: ADDENDUM: AP also makes the claim: [quote] Former Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchanan, in an appearance on MSNBC television, bluntly said Felt was a "traitor." [end quote]
Eugene Oregon: Deep Throat Revealed, Criminal Angered — This is barely even worth commenting on [snipped quote] Considering that many...
Amanda Marcotte: Next week, G. Gordon Liddy holds forth on why he's against the Witness Protection Program — What an asshole.

Euro sinks further after 'break up' talk
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
The fresh selling was prompted by a report claiming that Hans Eichel, the German finance minister, and Axel Weber, the president of the Bundesbank, were present at a meeting at which the possible break-up of European Monetary Union was discussed.
Jonathan Gewirtz: Abandonment of the Euro Becomes Conceivable — From "The under-fire euro fell further on Wednesday, slumping to...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: UPDATE II: The net result of the second strike against the EU; euro fell further on Wednesday, slumping to an...

What Officials of Era Think of Revelation
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, May 31 - Watergate-era officials spoke Tuesday about the disclosure that W. Mark Felt was the source for much of The Washington Post's reporting on the events leading to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation.
James Martin Capozzola: LEAVE IT TO PAT — Or, Rather, Just Leave Pat Here's almost nobody's favorite neo-Nazi, Patrick J. Buchanan, on the...
Laura Rozen: It's always nice to read things that affirm your convictions, and reading Pat Buchanan's reaction to the confirmation of...
Yuval Rubinstein: Ben Stein Gone Bananas — In the 24 hours since hearing the news that Mark Felt has finally 'fessed up to being Deep...
Jim Romenesko: He'd say 'I don't talk about rumors' and 'I never tell secrets.'" > "I think Mark Felt behaved treacherously," says...

America's DNA
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A few years ago my youngest daughter participated in the National History Day program for eighth graders. The question that year was "turning points" in history, and schoolchildren across the land were invited to submit a research project that illuminated any turning point in history.
Avedon Carol: There are some big ones Friedman doesn't mention in this article, but I can't really disagree with him - for a change.
Patrick: Thomas Friedman, much abused on this weblog, has an good column in this morning's Times, asking what we're becoming and what we've become.
Attaturk: "I'm Tom Friedman, and you're not!" I tell you, the man's heart just isn't in it anymore.
Steve M.: Hey, Tom Friedman: Openness to foreigners is one of the "core elements of American identity"?
Ann Althouse: I was going to say something about the content of today's Tom Friedman column, but I've decided to say something about the form.
Atrios: Flying Pigs — If you can manage to ignore the all the Friedmanesque flourishes in his column, you'll find he's actually addressing an important issue here.

Beyond Viagra Politics
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
In recent days, governors of both parties have swung into action to deny state-subsidized Viagra to known sexual offenders. Who says our leaders aren't taking on the tough issues and speaking truth to power?
Note: Maureen Dowd is on book leave.
Eriposte @LeftCoaster: Dear Matt, I notice that you have become the latest "progressive" (a Fellow at the Center for American Progress, to...
Matthew Yglesias: Today's column quite rightly skewers the GOP's "big government" fraud and then goes on for a fair and balanced attack on...
Ezra Klein: Scary Truths — This point of Matt Miller's is quite peculiar: [snipped quote] Indeed.
Orrin Judd: ALLIGATOR ARMS: Beyond Viagra Politics (MATT MILLER, 6/01/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] Want to know why we scare the bejeebies out of people?

Downing Street Memo Mostly Ignored in U.S.
  By / Fox News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A British government memo that critics say proves the Bush administration manipulated evidence about weapons of mass destruction in order to carry out a plan to overthrow Saddam Hussein (search) has received little attention in the mainstream media, frustrating opponents of the Iraq war.
Zoe Kentucky: The Iraq MemoGate — Via Shakespeare's Sister, FoxNews is throwing down the gauntlet over the Downing Street Memo.
Digby: Shakespeare's Sister spots a FoxNews headline that says: Downing Street Memo Mostly Ignored in US. Can you believe it?

A Recess Appointment for Bolton
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Bad faith pays. That's the lesson of the Democratic campaign against the nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. At the beginning, Joe Biden strung the proceedings along with serial false promises to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar to agree to have a committee vote . . . after just one more delay.
Laura Rozen: National Review is calling for a recess appointment for Bolton.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: C'mon, do it for the kids. The editors of NRO: "Maybe the White House is right. But we are skeptical.
McQ: NRO contends that given the Democrat shenanigans (or if you prefer, the contention that they acted in bad faith after...

Possible grant cuts pain localities
  By / Richmond Times-Dispatch   —   Permalink 
How do you choose between funding a program for autistic children or a shelter for battered women?
It's the type of choice local lawmakers face every year when budgets are adopted, a Chesterfield County employee observed as he watched a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.
Sam Rosenfeld: Over at his new digs, Matt recently plugged this Richmond Times-Dispatch article on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the threat they face from George W. Bush's budget.
David Sirota: Check it out.

Loss of middle class a 'crisis' for Democrats
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
The Democratic Party, the self-proclaimed defender of the middle class, was trounced by Republicans among those voters in the 2004 election, according to a Democratic advocacy group that says the party faces "a crisis with the middle class."
McQ: A new study has found that it appears the middle class has come to prefer the Republican party over the Democrats: "A...
Scott Elliott: The result has been an eroding away of the very group which formed the backbone of their power in the past - the middle-class.
Betsy Newmark: More demographic bad news for Democrats. Expect lots of rhetoric of how GOP policies hurt the middle clas.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: I do not know if I will have time today to comment on these, but I recommend reading these three: The Washington Times...
Hugh Hewitt: The Washington Times analyzes the Democratic Party's slipping grip on the middle class.
Taegan Goddard: Democrats Losing the Middle Class — A report issued by the centrist Democratic group, the Third Way, found that...
Also: Michael DeBow, Jayson @PoliPundit

Dutch Voters Reject European Union Charter
  AP   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected the European Union (search) constitution Wednesday, the prime minister said, in what could be a knockout blow for the charter roundly defeated just days ago by France.
Dale Franks: EU Constitution, Strike 2 — The natives of my old stomping ground in the Netherlands, have voted on the EU Constitution.
Damian Penny: Nee — According to exit polling, the Dutch have rejected the EU constitution by an even bigger margin than the French - 63-37.

Annan impressed by better Darfur situation
  Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Khartoum, Sudan, May. 31 (UPI) — U.N. envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk said Tuesday Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "impressed" by improvement of the situation in war-torn Darfur.
"Mr. Annan was really impressed by the improved situation in Darfur, which he visited on Saturday," Pronk told a press conference in Khartoum.
Steve Dillard: Improvement is in the Eye of the Beholder: Here's the latest from the CFD: "Jan Pronk, U.N. envoy to Sudan, recently...
Eugene Oregon: Improvement is in the Eye of the Beholder — Here is the latest Coaltion for Darfur post "Jan Pronk, U.N. envoy to...

Democrats Buying Electoral Snake Oil
  By / New York Observer   —   Permalink 
At some point during last year's Presidential campaign, several donkey watchers wondered aloud how the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy became the party of Michael Moore.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Terry Golway writes in the New York Observer that he thinks Democratic "national leaders actually hate politics."
Dale Franks: Electoral Fantasies — Terry Golway writes in the New York Observer that the Democrats seem oddly fixated on buying electoral snake oil.
Betsy Newmark: Terry Golway in the New York Observer has some advice for the Democrats.

Can Rev. Al be Limbaugh's air apparent?
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Could there be any odder couple than Rush Limbaugh and Al Sharpton?
Not if I have anything to do with it.
Last week - after Matrix Media announced a deal for Sharpton to host a "Limbaugh of the Left"-type talk radio show - the conservative radio star said he'll think about mentoring the minister in the finer points of the medium.
James Joyner: Sharpton talked with New York Post's Lloyd Grove and is apparently quite interested: [quote] Sharpton told me: "I was a little...[end quote]
John Cole: Talk Radio Wet Dream — This is interesting: [snipped quote] Whatever you think about either one, it would be interesting.
Brian Stelter: The Ticker: Hemmer/Newsom, Kaplan... > "Court TV anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle hot and heavy with CNN "American Morning" anchor Bill Hemmer," Lloyd Grove hears.

Ya'alon: Israel to face terror war after pullout
  By / Haaretz   —   Permalink 
Prior to handing his position to successor Dan Halutz, Ya'alon also said in the interview that the establishment of a Palestinian state would lead to war at some stage.
Colt: Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon has said that Israel can do without the Golan Heights, so long as...
Bunuel Cela: "Read this important interiew in Haaretz

N Korea ridicules Rice, Rumsfeld
  BBC   —   Permalink 
In what media watchers are calling a first for North Korea, state radio in Pyongyang has turned to the medium of the comic sketch to mock two of the leading figures in the US administration.
Gary Farber: A new one via the BBC: "In what media watchers are calling a first for North Korea, state radio in Pyongyang has...
Kerry Howley: BBC News reports on a "special weekend feature" that recently aired in North Korea: [snipped quote] The satirist is not...

Victor Navasky Now Playing Key Role at 'CJR'
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK Victor Navasky, publisher and former editor of The Nation, has been working behind the scenes in a key, if uncredited, role at the Columbia Journalism Review, CJR executive editor Michael Hoyt told E&P Wednesday.
Hugh Hewitt: UPDATE: My hat is off to David M. CJR in fact confirmed Navasky's role at the magazine today, and will name him "Chairman" last week.
Tim Graham: I had to giggle at the funny denials in this account from Editor and Publisher: "As for whether having the longtime...

Contemporaries Have Mixed Views
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Prominent figures from the Watergate era expressed a mixture of reactions yesterday, from shock to admiration, upon learning that the number two official at the FBI had guided Washington Post reporters investigating illegal activities by the Nixon administration.
Joe Gandelman: The bottom line: many of the former Nixon aides are still furious and still making apologies for their boss (and therefore, seemingly, for themselves).
Laura Rozen: Here are more reactions from the Washington Post's Dan Morgan. And The Post has started a Deep Throat blog.
Hugh Hewitt: Chuck Colson has a great quote in one of the ten thousand "Deep Throat" stories today: "'When any president has to worry...

Jeb Bush Says He's Not Seeking White House
  AP   —   Permalink 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday brushed off his father's public suggestions that he should run for president.
Gov. Bush, who has repeatedly and sometimes testily said he won't run for the White House in 2008, was asked Wednesday morning...
TChris: It Takes a Bush to Know a Bush — Today brought the latest of Jeb Bush's many denials that he's interested in running for the presidency.
Alexander K. McClure: 2008 Republican Presidential Nomination — Jeb Bush, for what must be the millionth time, denied his Presidential aspirations in 2008.

A Late Decision, a Lasting Anguish
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WICHITA, Kan. — The moment is burned forever in her mind: The small exam room, her husband's ashen face, her sobs as the doctor guided a needle into her womb to kill her son.
Kevin Aylward: The Los Angeles Times offers a truly disturbing look at the practice of one of the few late term abortion doctors in the country in A Late Decision, a Lasting Anguish.

Bill Clinton Takes Spot On Global Stage
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In 2001, in the opening months of his ex-presidency, Bill Clinton confided to an aide that he had decided on his dream job for the next chapter of his life: secretary general of the United Nations.
Keelin McDonell: But The Washington Post has plastered its website with so much coverage of the unmasking, you may have missed their...
Taegan Goddard: Clinton Seeks Role on Global Stage — The Washington Post runs an excerpt from The Survivor by John Harris that focuses...
TheAnchoress: So, Bill Clinton has come out and said what we've always knowns, and wrote about here: He wants to be SecGen of the UN!

It might be useful to remember reasons behind original verdict
  By / Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
It might be useful to consider reminding ourselves of Arthur Andersen's handling of its documentation and retention policy. It will be helpful to make sure that we have complied with the tenets of common sense.
Charles Kuffner: Loren Steffy puts his finger on what's bothering me.
Nico @ThinkProgress: Though you pocketed $27 million for signing off on Enron's cooked books, and though your so-called vindication was due...

Pawlenty rejects state poet proposal
  Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
Minnesota has a state muffin (blueberry), a state photograph ("Grace") and a state mushroom (morel), but it decidedly won't have a state poet laureate.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty rejected a bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature that would have...
Mitch Berg: There Once Was a Poet from Nantucket — With weary end-of-session stroke the governor has vetoed a measure academic, passed by solons (some be-speedoed).
Chad The Elder: His tax pledge may be dead, but Governor Pawlenty is holding the poet laureate line: Gov. Tim Pawlenty rejected a bill...

Iraq to Move Up Trial of Hussein and Start It in Summer
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 31 - Iraq's month-old transitional government, keen to establish its authority after weeks of intensifying insurgent violence, announced Tuesday that planned to move up the trial of Saddam Hussein, bringing him to court this summer.
Phillip Carter: John F. Burns reports in the New York Times that one of Iraq's leading politicians has plans to put Saddam Hussein on...
Jan Haugland: Possible Saddam trial this summer — The Iraqi government is planning to move up the trial of Saddam Hussein: Jalal...
Captain Ed: Iraq: US Not An Occupying Force — The newly elected government of Iraq has requested an extension of the US mandate for...

States Keep Watchful Eye on Personal-Data Firms
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A legislative push by states to punish companies that maintain sensitive customer data when they hide a security breach could trigger congressional intervention to set a national standard on when people must be notified that their personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands.
Tom @BeggingToDiffer: CONSUMER PRIVACY — Today's Washington Post has an encouraging article about the prospects of federal action to regulate data-aggregation firms like the now-infamous ChoicePoint.
Orin Kerr: Right-to-Know Statutes for Data Security Breaches: The Washington Post has an interesting piece on the possibility of...

Funding for Moon, Mars Projects Promised
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SPACE CENTER, Houston - NASA's new administrator and Texas Republican Rep. Tom DeLay (news, bio, voting record) said Tuesday the space agency will have the necessary funding to implement President Bush's vision to send astronauts back to the moon and to Mars.
Glenn Reynolds: THIS SOUNDS LIKE GOOD NEWS: [snipped quote] At least, I think it's good news.
John Derbyshire: PORK — SI! SCIENCE — NO!

How the parties polarized
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
There is much hand-wringing now in Washington about the inability of Republicans and Democrats to compromise even on seemingly unimportant issues. I think it is the inevitable result of long-term trends going back 100 years.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Bruce Bartlett writes in the Washington Times about how the two parties became so polarized.
Betsy Newmark: Bruce Bartlett has an interesting column looking at the background of the deeply partisan and ideological battles that we have today.

Death penalty's return wins applause in Iraq
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD — Three men convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping sat before the judge, awaiting their fates. But first they had to face their victims' seething families.
"They broke his arms. They broke his legs.
Kevin Aylward: The summaries say at least two car bomb attacks have been foiled and more than more 860 false documents have been...
Jeralyn Merritt: Last week it was reported that Iraq will resume the use of the death penalty.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Afghan Mosque
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb from a suicide attacker tore through a mosque during Wednesday's funeral for a Muslim cleric opposed to the Taliban, killing at least 20 people, and the local governor said an al-Qaida-linked militant was responsible.
Tarek @LiquidList: Now it appears that in the short-attention span of the public, marinated as it is in constant lies from the right, the...
PoliPundit: Korans Desecrated — Korans desecrated. I'm sure we'll see massive riots.

Planned Parenthood Is Told to Show Children's Files
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO, May 31 - Planned Parenthood of Indiana has to show state investigators the medical records of some of its youngest patients, a judge ruled on Tuesday. The judge rejected the organization's contention that disclosing such records could have a chilling effect on patients across the state.
Clayton Cramer: This organization is refusing to turn over those records. Guess what organization?
Michelle Malkin: From the NY Times: [snipped quote] Kansas has undertaken a similar investigation. Background on the cases here.
Natasha @PacificViews: Finally, the fine officials of the state of Indiana are trying to scare young women away from health care providers by...

A Nation That Should Know Better
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
It appears fashionable these days, and almost politically correct, to blame hard-working immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Central America, for the social and economic ills of our state and nation.
Steve Bainbridge: Know Nothing Redux — Invoking The Scandal to discredit and attempt to silence Catholic leaders who speak out on issues...
Kevin Roderick: Mahony opines on anti-immigrant 'hysteria' — On today's Times op-ed page, Cardinal Roger Mahony writes that...
Mark Krikorian: In a column in today's L.A. Times, Cardinal Roger Mahony regurgitates, sometimes word for word, the talking points of...

Reelect Rick
  NRO   —   Permalink 
A defeat for Senator Santorum would have repercussions well beyond Pennsylvania.
If you believe the political Left, Rick Santorum is public enemy No. 1. And one of their top priorities between now and November 2006 will be to try to get Pennsylvania voters to agree with them.
PoliPundit: He's facing an uphill race for re-election in 2006 against Democrat Bob Casey Jr. Casey claims he's "pro-life," but...
Hugh Hewitt: K-Lo has an article on Senator Santorum's re-election race over at NRO.

  Online NewsHour   —   Permalink 
Former FBI official W. Mark Felt claims to be "Deep Throat," the legendary source who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate cover-up to The Washington Post and helped bring down the Nixon presidency in 1974, Vanity Fair magazine said Tuesday.
Garrett M. Graff: David "Pundit" Gergen provided some commentary (surprise!) last night on the Newshour, and said that yesterday's...
Jim Romenesko: WP was "vindicated today in an important way," says Gergen — "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" David Gergen notes Washington...

Washington Post Is Copping A Felt On Deep Throat
  By / New York Observer   —   Permalink 
Before W. Mark Felt was conclusively identified as Deep Throat, he took on one last alias: "The Guy."
That was how Mr. Felt—the former F.B.I. official who'd secretly leaked Watergate developments to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post—was known around...
Garrett M. Graff: Similarly, is the NY Observer correct that VF paid only the standard fee for John D. O'Connor's scoop of a lifetime?
Jim Romenesko: Felt was known as "The Guy" around Vanity Fair offices — New York Observer The small circle of Vanity Fair staffers who...

U.S., EU declare biggest trade war
  By / Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
The U.S. and the European Union launched the largest trade war ever Tuesday, pitting the interests of two giant aircraftmakers as they vie for control of the lucrative market for commercial jetliners.
Tarek @LiquidList: "" Another item in Today's Tribune, this one about the Airbus v. Boeing trade war, includes a batch of completely meaningless and unconvincing spin.
James Joyner: U.S. , EU Declare Biggest Trade War The World Trade Organization faces its biggest test ever, as the United States and...

Data Congress Seeks on Bolton Includes Company Names
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, May 31 - The information that the White House has refused to provide to Congress for its review into the nomination of John R. Bolton includes the names of American companies mentioned in intelligence reports on commerce with China and other...
Steve Clemons: Today, Douglas Jehl disclosed that the increasingly controversial NSA intercepts requested both by Republican and...
Steve Soto: Update: The NYT website doesn't even have this story on its front page for Wednesday.
Laura Rozen: US company names on the Bolton NSA intercepts that the White House is refusing to provide Congress?
Rich Lowry: JEHL'S LATEST — Doug Jehl has a piece in the New York Times today reporting that Bolton didn't just get the names of...
Cookie Jill: the naming game stays mainly awol's bane the dems aren't stalling, awol. they are trying to do their their homework.

Deep Throat Speaks
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
FOR MORE THAN three decades Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and former executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee preserved an extraordinary secret: the identity of the source known as Deep Throat, who helped inform the stories The Post published in 1972 and 1973 exposing what became known as the Watergate scandal.
Garrett M. Graff: More DT coverage — There's lots of good coverage today on Deep Throat, Watergate, and its various angles (Howard Kurtz,...
Sadly, No!: How 'bout this? Insert gigantic, flashing 'breaking' banner. With break-dancers spinning on their heads, and crockery breaking.
Cori Dauber: Throw Up a Big Fat Caution Sign Here — The Post's editorial on Deep Throat looks back and attempts to place what the source did in context.

Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The death toll for American troops in Iraq rose in May to the highest level since January, with the U.S. military saying Tuesday that insurgents have doubled their number of daily attacks since April.
Kos @DailyKos: Reality: "The death toll for American troops in Iraq rose in May to the highest level since January, with the U.S...
Radley Balko: Mission Accomplished 77 dead Americans, 670 dead Iraqis last month. Also, 1,658 dead since the war began. 12,630 wounded.

Deep Background
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Vanity Fair's big scoop almost didn't happen. It started with a cold call two years ago from John D. O'Connor, a prominent lawyer in the San Francisco Bay area, to the magazine's editor, Graydon Carter.
Laura Rozen: And Paul Farhi reports about how the whole story was set in motion by a cold call from Felt's attorney to Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter two years ago — wanting money for the story.
Taegan Goddard: Meanwhile, the Washington Post looks at how Vanity Fair got the exclusive. Link | Related News
Jeff Jarvis: The scoop : The Post reports on the story behind the story in Vanity Fair and how The Post got scooped: because Woodward...

Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Bush, the president's father, would like to see another Bush in the White House someday, saying on Tuesday that he would want his son Jeb to run for president when the timing is right.
McQ: If the elder Bush gets his way: [snipped quote] I agree with George Sr., '08 would not be the best time for another Bush to throw his hat in the Presidential ring.
Taegan Goddard: Elder Bush Wants Jeb to Run — In an interview on CNN's Larry King Live, former President Bush said he "would like to...
DeDurkheim: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Daddy Bush wants Jebby to run for president some day! What are they after?
Steve M.: Meanwhile, here it comes... Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president George Bush, the president's...
James Joyner: Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president (Reuters) [snipped quote] One seldom goes wrong trusting Barbara Bush (the Elder)'s political instincts.
Lambert @Corrente: [OK, now I feel... Different, anyhow. ] "Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president."
Also: Jayson @PoliPundit

U.S. Army officers cite lack of troops in key region
  By / Knight Ridder   —   Permalink 
TAL AFAR, Iraq - U.S. Army officers in the badland deserts of northwest Iraq, near the Syrian border, say they don't have enough troops to hold the ground they take from insurgents in this transit point for weapons, money and foreign fighters.
Jim Henley: One lonely comment » Whack-A-Mole Chronicles US Army Maj. John Wilwerding puts his career in danger in Iraq's...
Kos @DailyKos: More troop shortages — U.S. Army: [snipped quote] 400 soldiers? 400?? Problem is, troops are needed everywhere.

Newsview: EU Crisis May Cost White House
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The United States is sitting out the argument in Europe this week over the fate of the long drive to unite 25 nations under a single constitution, but the Bush administration stands to lose if the drive collapses.
Jayson @PoliPundit: . . President Bush. Mmm, hmm. Okaaaaay, then. In other news, the Yankees' slow start is bad news for President Bush.
Ed Driscoll: Advantage: Generalissmo! "Generalissimo" Duane Patterson, Hugh Hewitt's Sancho Panza, wrote on Sunday about the "non"...

'Deep Throat' Reportedly Comes Forward
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — A former FBI official says he was the source called "Deep Throat" who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.
The Washington Post had no immediate comment.
Keelin McDonell: A VERY BAD IDEA: Yes, yes, Deep Throat is revealed.
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Pat Buchanan Chokes on Deep Throat — The identity of Deep Throat, the secret source "whose insider guidance was vital...
Ed Driscoll: OK, So It's Not Hal Holbrook — In what feels (at least to me) like the greatest anti-climax to a mystery since Geraldo...
TheAnchoress: And then, before you could even GASP about that "story" here comes the Mark Felt admission, which happily takes...
Dean Esmay: And now the Washington Post has confirmed that it was indeed Mark Felt. Joe Gandelman has some pithy comments and amusing quotes.
Jeff Jarvis: Deep Throated : Isn't it a little embarrassing for the Washington Post that Deep Throat outs himself — Mark Felt says...
Also: Kevin Aylward, Captain Ed, Joe Gandelman, LeanLeft, La Shawn Barber, Dr. Steven Taylor, Jim Romenesko, Jan Haugland, Dave Winer, Taegan Goddard, Kevin Drum, Tom @ScaredMonkeys, John Cole, Cori Dauber, Rickheller @Centerfield, David Allan Pell, Orin Kerr, Nathan Hallford, Scott Sala, James Martin Capozzola, Laura Rozen, K. J. Lopez, Patterico, Karl-Thomas Musselman

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  Human Events   —   Permalink 
HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated.
Digby: Update: Speaking of books, are any of you libertarians out there a little bit discomfited by the fact that "On Liberty"...
Michele Catalano: Danger Zone — Books are not harmful.
Ann Althouse: List-o-mania. Here's a list getting a lot of links today: Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Echidne: What Wingnuts Read on the Beach This Summer — When they wish to have those pleasant frizzons of fear crawl up their...
Arthur Silber: OH, FOR GOD'S SAKE — June 1st, 2005 Courtesy of the brain trust at Human Events (and via Digby): The Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Greg Saunders: Greg Saunders: Recommendations from the Book Burners A panel assembled by the conservative magazine Human Events has...
Also: Greg @TheTalentShow, Michael J. Totten, Amanda Marcotte, LeanLeft, Jim Henley, Nick @BeggingToDiffer, Zoe Kentucky, Matthew Yglesias, Chris Mooney, Steve M., Radley Balko, Brad DeLong, Julian Sanchez, Orrin Judd

Ex-FBI official says he's 'Deep Throat'
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
W. Mark Felt, who retired from the FBI after rising to its second most senior position, has identified himself as the "Deep Throat" source quoted by The Washington Post to break the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation, Vanity Fair magazine said Tuesday.
Chad The Elder: Here's the story from MSNBC: W. Mark Felt, who retired from the FBI after rising to its second most senior position,...
Captain Ed: Today, according to Vanity Fair, the guessing game is over — as Mark Felt has confessed to being the elusive mole...
La Shawn Barber: From MSNBC: [snipped quote] After watching actor Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat in the movie, knowing the identity of the real guy is kind of anti-climatic, isn't it?
Kevin Aylward: Ex-FBI Official Mark Felt Says He's 'Deep Throat' — Click for larger version Ending over 30 years of speculation, the...
Joe Gandelman: "Deep Throat" Allegedly Comes Foward To Reveal Himself — Has the ever-tantilizing mystery of Watergate's "Deep Throat" finally been solved?
Dr. Steven Taylor: I Guess I am Out of Touch 'cuz I really don't care: Ex-FBI official: I'm 'Deep Throat'.
Also: Jim Romenesko, Orin Kerr, James Joyner, McQ, John Cole, Gary Farber, Orrin Judd, Rex Hammock, Echidne, Laura Rozen, Cookie Jill, Smash, Patterico, Roger L. Simon, K. J. Lopez, Karl-Thomas Musselman, Tom @Corrente, Attaturk, Glenn Reynolds

Deep Throat, Antihero
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Told you so.
For years the better class of Deep Throat sleuth—discriminating, Campari-sipping sophisticates like James Mann, Nora Ephron, Richard Nixon, Washingtonian magazine, Chase Culeman-Beckman, Ronald Kessler, and yours truly—have been fingering...
Josh Marshall: They republish this excerpt from one of the Nixon tapes ... [snipped quote] As Tim Noah points out in Slate, Felt has...
Scott @PowerLine: UPDATE 2: See Timothy Noah's Slate column of this evening: "Deep Throat, antihero."
Kevin Roderick: Slate's Tim Noah, who specifically deduced it was Felt, reviews it all in a piece this afternoon that opens: "Told you so."
Tom Maguire: Deep Throat — If you limit yourself to one article about "Deep Throat", make it this one from Tim Noah of Slate (but I bet you'll follow his links!)
Steve Bainbridge: Update: Timothy Noah points out that Felt had parochial bureacratic reasons to serve as Deep Throat: "Hoover had died.
Taegan Goddard: Timothy Noah — who unmasked Mark Felt as "Deep Throat" more than five years ago — examines why the former FBI administrator maintained his silence for so long.
Also: Laura Rozen, Jeralyn Merritt, John Podhoretz, Gary Farber, Jim Romenesko

Washington Post Confirms Felt Is 'Deep Throat'
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was "Deep Throat," the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.
Garrett M. Graff: Turmoil On 15th Street As Deep Throat Becomes Public — It's an odd case today where the Post's lead story is, while...
Michael Young: No Linda Lovelace — The Washingon Post has revealed that "deep throat", Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's source for...
Steve Bainbridge: Deep Throat — Via Drudge: "The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the...
Randall Parker: Washington Post Confirms Mark Felt As Watergate Deep Throat — Fpr,er FBI number 2 man Mark Felt was a key informer to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post.
Joe Gandelman: Washington Post Confirms It: FBI's Felt WAS Deep Throat — The decades-long political and journalistic mystery of who...
Ace: Deep Throat's ID Confirmed By Woodward, Bernstein, & the WaPo — Probably the biggest news of the day that I could give a rat's ass less about.
Also: Jo Fish, Orrin Judd, Smash, Atrios

Social Security plan backed in new poll
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Most likely voters continue to support President Bush's proposal to let younger workers invest some of their Social Security payroll taxes through personal accounts, a new survey finds.
Jon Henke: Social Security Poll — I hate to disappoint supporters and critics of the new poll on public support for Bush's Social...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Social Security Polls Favorable When Topic is Understood — New polls out by John Zogby and the Cato Institute support...
Oliver Willis: Washington Times column by serial misinformer Donald Lambro in order to push forward the notion that people support Bush's plan to privatize social security.
Jesse Taylor: When Polls Go Crayzay — A new Zogby/Cato polls shows that Americans back Social Security privatization...sorta.
McQ: Social Security: Take a lesson — A new poll concerning Social Security is out today and says that if explained in a way...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: POLL-WATCHING — This poll tends to show greater support for the Bush Social Security plan than is commonly believed.
Also: Gerry @DalyThoughts, Robert Tagorda, John @PowerLine, Glenn Reynolds

Rice Says Nuclear Material Headed to Iran Intercepted (Update1)
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
May 31 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and its allies in a program to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction prevented Iran from obtaining material for its nuclear weapons program within the past nine months, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.
Colt: TOP TOPICS Secretary Rice says that the U.S. and U.S. allies have intercepted nuclear materials en route to Iran.
Captain Ed: US Stopped Nuclear Material Bound For Iran — Condoleezza Rice revealed in a speech yesterday that a consortium of...
Marc @USSNeverdock: Iran - Nuclear Material Intercepted — While Iran continues to claim its nuclear program is for peaceful means, intercepted material in the last 9 months proves otherwise.
Robin Burk: It's worth noting, in that vein, that Sec State Rice just announced that the US and unidentified allies have been intercepting defense-related technologies bound for Iran.
See Dubya: Eleven WMD Shipments Stopped In The Past Nine Months Iran's short a load of ballistic missile parts today, and maybe some nuclear program material as well.
Charles Johnson: Rice: Nuclear Material Intercepted Headed to Iran — Rice Says Nuclear Material Headed to Iran Intercepted.

Washington Post Confirms Felt as 'Deep Throat'
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was "Deep Throat," the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.
Jeff Jarvis: Handy, them bloggers. : FLASH: Woodward confirms that Felt is the Throat.
Josh Marshall: Late this afternoon, the Post itself even officially reported it, with Woodward and Ben Bradlee confirming that Mark Felt, then #2 at the FBI, was Deep Throat.
Gary Farber: ADDENDUM: Vanity Fair piece here. Lots of interesting detail. UPDATE: Woodward confirms. Tim Noah had an interesting chat on the topic here.
Garrett M. Graff: It's Felt — Washington Post Confirms Felt As 'Deep Throat' The article, written and published so quickly that the...
Jeralyn Merritt: 'Deep Throat' Identity: W. Mark Felt - Confirmed — Bump and Update: Woodward confirms.
Alexander K. McClure: Deep Throat — Nearly 31 years after the scandal that brought down a Presidency, and eleven years after his death, the...
Also: Taegan Goddard, K. J. Lopez

President's Press Conference
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please be seated. I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.
My message to Congress when they come back is this; that our economy is strong, but we need to work together to make sure that we continue to have a prosperous economy, so people can find jobs.
Andrew Sullivan: These are simply facts. To describe criticisms of this policy and record as "absurd" is itself absurd.
Joe Gandelman: You can also read the press conference's transcript and decide for yourself what he said.
James Martin Capozzola: [Post-publication addendum: Here it is in the word-for-word transcript published by the White House: "In terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained.
Norbizness: Some Disassembly Required — Get ready for the press conference side-game... From what I've read over the day, the...
Gary Farber: Those are two interesting topics President Bush addressed in his latest press conference (gosh, he's gotten suddenly...
Nico @ThinkProgress: "- 5/31/05"
Also: Hei Lun, Lambert @Corrente

FEC treads into sticky web of political blogs
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
Web loggers, who pride themselves on freewheeling political activism, might face new federal rules on candidate endorsements, online fundraising and political ads, though bloggers who don't take money from political groups would not be affected.
La Shawn Barber: But according to the Chicago Tribune, there's nothing for me to worry about: [snipped quote] I don't plan on taking money...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Ever since last Fall when the a court ruling required the FEC to include the Internet in its definition of public...
Michael Bassik: Check it out: FEC treads into sticky web of political blogs Truth be told, I'm significantly more interested in the titles of recent FEC articles than their substance.
Kevin Aylward: The Chicago Tribune picks up the story of the FEC's proposed rules, and notes this from said FEC Commissioner Bradley...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: This can't be good.
ArchPundit: The thing about the FEC's draft of internet regulations is that it imposes greater disclosure on bloggers than it would...

Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.
Kos @DailyKos: Cheney's fantasy world — Dick Cheney: [quote] The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney...[end quote]
Charlie Cray: (Speaking of which, does everyone remember when CEO Dick Cheney — the man who continues to cook the books for the war...
Andrew Sullivan: QUOTE FOR THE DAY: [snipped quote] - vice-president Dick Cheney. You'll either be relieved or terrified by this statement by Mr Cheney.
Steve Soto: Dick Cheney, Meet the Press, March 16, 2003 "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency..."...
Cernig: Just last night, the growing evidence came to a head as Mr. Cheney , Told Larry King that "I think they're in the last...
Jesse Taylor: Of course, Cheney's out here predicting that Bush will shed a major albatross before then, and Cheney's word on Iraq is as good as gold.
Also: Praktike, Josh Marshall, Kevin Drum, Duckman GR

A Public Editor's Parting Shot
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The outgoing Times "readers' rep" zings Krugman — but hardly enough.
Ring up a win for the Krugman Truth Squad! It's official: According to the New York Times itself, what we've been carefully documenting for more than two years is true:
Donald Luskin: As I reported yesterday, Okrent wrote in his farewell column that "Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers.
Jesse Taylor: I suppose that he could have just let Don Luskin write the column directly... "Our e-mail correspondence on Krugman...
Brad DeLong: A correspondent directs us here: Donald Luskin on Daniel Okrent and Paul Krugman on NRO Financial: New York Times...
Lindsay Beyerstein: How ironic it seems in retrospect, because according to Don Luskin, Okrent himself feared the wrath of Paul "Bear Claw" Krugman.

Fox News Admits Bias!
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Sound the klaxons! Corporate Message breakdown at Fox News! This is not a drill. Repeat: This is not a drill. Assume battle stations! Fire in the hole! A-woo-ga! A-woo-ga!
The usually disciplined foot soldiers at Fox News have long maintained that their news organization is not biased in favor of conservatism.
Brian Stelter: Slate quotes Scott Norvell, the Fox News London bureau chief, in a May 20 editorial in Wall Street Journal Europe: "Even...
Chris Bowers: Refreshing Republican Honesty — After yet more flatist statements from Republicans earlier today, this moment of candor...
Andrew Sullivan: QUOTE OF THE DAY: [snipped quote] - Fox News' London bureau chief, Scott Norvell, as reported by Tim Noah. He's right on both counts.
Steve Soto: Despite Roger Ailes' claims to the contrary that Fox isn't biased, his London bureau chief admitted in the European...
Jim Romenesko: Fox News bureau chief says network clubs lefties to death — Slate Fox News London bureau chief Scott Norvell recently...
Cookie Jill: not fair faux finally admits so scott norvell is london bureau chief for fox news, and on may 20 he let the mask slip...
Also: Oliver Willis

'Purple power' pulls new laws through House
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Despite the partisan saber- rattling on Capitol Hill, a significant number of votes in the GOP-controlled House are passing with broad Democratic support.
It's a trend that surprises analysts who have noticed the numbers, and it hints at a structural advantage for the GOP as it presses its agenda heading into 2006 elections.
David Sirota: Another Sign of Permanent Minority Status — If, as a progressive, you can get through this article without vomiting, more power to you.
Robert Tagorda: Moderate Democrats Back Various Republican Measures — The Christian Science Monitor looks into "purple power," in which...
Taegan Goddard: GOP House Pulls Moderate Democrats — "Despite the partisan saber-rattling on Capitol Hill, a significant number of...
Orrin Judd: VOTING LIKE THEIR DISTRICTS: 'Purple power' pulls new laws through House: Many Democrats from moderate districts vote with the Republicans on House measures.

Bush Calls Human Rights Report 'Absurd'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday dismissed a human rights report as "absurd" for its harsh criticism of U.S. treatment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the allegations were made by prisoners "who hate America."
"It's an absurd allegation.
Trey Jackson: You can watch the video HERE. (windows media player) You can read more about the press conference here.
Jeralyn Merritt: At a press conference today, George Bush called the Amnesty International report on Guantanamo abuse (pdf) "absurd."
Joe Gandelman: Bush Blasts Amnesty International Report As "Absurd" — President George Bush held a press conference today in which he...
Michelle Malkin: While he rightfully criticized Amnesty International's hyperbolic report on alleged abuses at Gitmo as "absurd," I don't...

De Villepin appointed French PM
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Dominique de Villepin has been named as France's new prime minister, following the country's rejection of the EU constitution in Sunday's referendum.
The former interior minister replaces Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who tendered his resignation following the vote.
Joe Gandelman: France's Prime Minister Gets The Political Guillotine — President Jacques Chirac found a scapegoat accepted the...
Captain Ed: The BBC notes in contrast that he embodies the kind of elitism that French voters rejected in the referendum, and that...
Charles Johnson: De Villepin Returns — Anti-American politician Dominique de Villepin (who is a man) has been appointed by head weasel...
NewSisyphus: The President's much-hyped shake-up of the French cabinet has brought his number one toady into the Prime Minister's office: De Villepin Appointed French PM.
Jan Haugland: De Villepin new French PM — Speaking of French-bashing: After the EU defeat Francois Chirac decided he had to do...
Oliver Willis: In other words, meet Dominique de Villepin, France's new prime minister and leading voice against the war on Iraq.
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh, Stephen Pollard, Roger L. Simon, Peter Burnet, K. J. Lopez

Heeding the Past As She Looks To the Future
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
As she ran for Senate as a sitting first lady in 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was facing an obstacle that her advisers found a bit awkward to discuss in her presence.
Her husband's impeachment and the sexual affair that precipitated it were still recent memories.
Patrick Ruffini: Just from the statistics on the Wire right now, you can see how the Hillary Clinton profile in today's Washington Post,...
TheAnchoress: Hillary's meaningless "common ground" In the WaPo today we find this story which discusses Hillary's strategy for her...
Taegan Goddard: The Clinton Roadmap — A Washington Post piece based on reporting from the new book, The Survivor by John Harris, notes...
Brendan Nyhan: The implausible scheming behind Hillary '08 — A Washington Post article by John F. Harris details Hillary's planned...
Garance Franke-Ruta: John Harris' piece in today's Washington Post about Hillary Clinton should get a lot of play and is well-timed to key...
Garrett M. Graff: The Post began publishing excerpts today, and Drudge is leaking some details: One clip Drudge points to (p. 356-357),...
Also: Tim Graham

Court Overturns Arthur Andersen Conviction
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for destroying Enron Corp.-related documents before the energy giant's collapse.
Steve Bainbridge: Update2: Meanwhile, back at Loony Left central, Arianna Huffington once again proves that she cannot opine without...
Arianna Huffington: The sour cherry atop this icky sundae is today's announcement that that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of one-time accounting giant Arthur Andersen.
Robert Clayton Dean: Good ruling — The US Supreme Court today overturned the obstruction of justice conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm.
Mitch Townsend: Too Late — Arthur Andersen received a bit of posthumous vindication yesterday when the US Supreme Court overturned their conviction on a charge of obstruction of justice.
John Cole: Arthur Andersen — The SCOTUS overturned the Arthur Andersen Enron related conviction today, and that has Arianna...
Jeralyn Merritt: Arthur Anderson Conviction Overturned — In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of...

Bush blasts Amnesty report on Guantanamo
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WASHINGTON - A human rights group's report about conditions at the U.S. military's prison at Guantanamo Bay is "absurd," President Bush told reporters Tuesday.
The Amnesty International report, released last week, said prisoners at the U.S. Navy base had been mistreated and called for the prison to be shut down.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: President Bush's called the comments by Amnesty International, "absurd".
John @PowerLine: This Associated Press report on President Bush's news conference earlier today quotes the President on various issues, including the Amnesty International report.
Jim Henley: Comments () » Blah Blah Blah President Bush calls Amnesty International's report on our deliberate, systemic...
Echidne: George Bush finds Amnesty International's recent report absurd: "A human rights group's report about conditions at the...

On Filibuster and Stem Cells, GOP Bears Pain of Compromise
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The divergent partisan reactions to last week's Senate deal on judicial nominations says less about the substance of the agreement than the mood within the two parties.
Like any plausible compromise, the agreement caused pain for both sides.
Kevin Roderick: Brownstein discloses — At the end of yesterday's column on the Senate filibuster compromise, L.A. Times political...
Brendan Nyhan: The post, which was linked on the media insider site Romenesko, appears to have prompted a disclosure statement that...
Hugh Hewitt: It's not a pretty sight.'" In yesterday's paper, Los Angeles Times political analyst Rom Brownstein. also an analyst for...
Orrin Judd: On Filibuster and Stem Cells, GOP Bears Pain of Compromise (Ronald Brownstein, May 30, 2005, LA Times) "Conservatives...

'Deep Throat' Is Identified
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May 31, 2005 — After more than 30 years of silence, the most famous anonymous source in American history, Deep Throat, has identified himself to a reporter at Vanity Fair.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: ABC News [quote] Despite years of feelings of negativity and ambivalence, O'Connor said, Felt's family has helped him realize that "he is a hero" and "that it is good what he did."[end quote]
K. J. Lopez: ABC IS REPORTING that Mark Felt is Deep Throat, as revealed by a new Vanity Fair article. UPDATE: Here's the ABC link.
Matt Welch: I'm Surprised it Wasn't Geraldo Making the Announcement on Live TV — In one of the biggest let-downs in the history of...

'Deep Throat' reportedly comes forward
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NEW YORK — A former FBI official claims he was "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: [quote] From the AP NEW YORK — A former FBI official claims he was "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source who leaked...[end quote]
Cookie Jill: holding the gag order reflex no more deep throat coughs up his identity?
Wind Rider: I'm Spartacus! And I'm Linda Lovelace's namesake! Hmmm. Bob? Carl? Comments? ::Update:: Late in the day, Woodward confirms the story.
Praktike: Deep Throat — How did Bob Woodward managed to get scooped by Vanity Fair, of all places?

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A bit of a silence settles in the war on terror.
The Washington Post gets full marks for exposing the alarming lack of seriousness with which President Bush is now dealing with what is euphemistically called "The Global War Against Terrorism."
Digby: Update: James Wolcott tells us that Michael Ledeen is just hopping mad about all this "re-evaluation" business.
Roger L. Simon: Say the Secret Word — Michael quotes Groucho. We're at another turning point.
James Wolcott: He elocutes in National Review Online: "Freedom is our greatest weapon against the terrorists, and we do not always need to send armies to support its spread.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Despite all our success in Afghanistan and Iraq we have yet to fully engage the enemy.

Gulf Between Top, Bottom Gets Wider
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A Times survey of the state's largest companies shows that CEOs' pay is growing at a much faster pace than that of rank-and-file employees.
Everyone knows that the top dog makes a lot more than the rest of the pack.
Arianna Huffington: Here was a story on how the CEOs at California's top 100 publicly held companies had earned a collective $1.1 billion in 2004 — a 20 percent increase from the year before.
David @ThinkProgress: The Los Angeles Times reports today that while CEOs at California's largest 100 public companies saw their compensation...
Ezra Klein: The CEO's Are All Right — In case you were keeping track: [snipped quote] Some of those CEO's, like Yahoo's Semel or...
Kevin Drum: DOG BITES MAN...CEO PAY SKYROCKETS...I know this won't come as news to any of my readers, but here it is anyway:...