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cut on the bias
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Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
Cernig: The New York Times reports that a former oil industry lobbyist edited the Bush administration's official policy papers...
Rep. Ed Markey: News of Blair's failure to sway Bush on Kyoto comes on the same day that the New York Times is reporting that a member...
Tom Maguire: The Times, relying on leaked documents no one else has, blows the lid off of this deplorable cover-up - Administration...
Scott Carter: Scott Carter: Phil Cooney's Little Red Pencil — I was fascinated this morning by the NY Times' facsimiles of ex-oil...
Avedon Carol: Stuff I saw — The NYT story on how a White House official "edited" climate change reports has a nifty picture of edited text for your reading pleasure.
Ronald Bailey: "Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming," reads a front page headline in today's New York Times.
Also: Ezra Klein, Barbara O'Brien, Joe Gandelman, Steve Soto, Cookie Jill, Richard Bradley, Chris Mooney, Tbogg, Ed Cone, John Cole, Tim Dunlop, Sam Rosenfeld, Laura Rozen, Riggsveda @Corrente, Larre @LeftCoaster, Kevin Drum

Senate OKs Brown, Ends Pryor Filibuster
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle filled with accusations of racism and sexism and shadowed by a dispute over Democratic blocking tactics.
Susanna Cornett: What a wonderful thing for her to be a justice. Go, Justice Brown! UPDATE: She's been confirmed! YEEHAW!
Michael DeBow: AP says 56-43. It also provides insight into Sen. Kennedy's plans for the next 24 hours: [snipped quote] And, no, I did not alter this quote in the slightest.
Paul @PowerLine: Confirmed! The Senate has confirmed Janice Rogers Brown by a vote of 56-43. This is a huge victory for our side.
Steve Soto: Janice Rogers Brown Confirmed By Senate — Janice Rogers Brown was just confirmed to the powerful DC Court of Appeals by...
La Shawn Barber: I just heard via an e-mail from the Senate Republican Conference that California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit by a vote of 56 to 43.

Revealed: how oil giant influenced Bush
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
President's George Bush's decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto global warming treaty was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries, according to US State Department papers seen by the Guardian.
Cernig: Meanwhile, across the pond, The Guardian has US Sate Dept. documents obtained by Greenpeace under US freedom of...
Steve Soto: Surprise: ExxonMobil Has More Sway With Bush on Global Warming Than Tony Blair — Given that it took nearly two years...
Laura Rozen: Talk about executive branch lobbying.
Rep. Ed Markey: Based on documents recently procured through a Freedom of Information Act request from Greenpeace, we now know that...
Cookie Jill: "president's george bush's decision not to sign the united states up to the kyoto global warming treaty was partly a...
Josh Marshall: But this is the lede in a piece just out from The Guardian: "President's George Bush's decision not to sign the United...
Also: Kevin Drum

Dean defends criticism of Republican party
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday defended his recent harsh criticism of Republicans, including his observation that they are "pretty much a white, Christian party."
Dean noted that he, too, is a white Christian.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Dean defended his recent harsh criticism of Republicans, including his observation that they are "pretty much a white, Christian party."
Keelin McDonell: On the one hand, there's this: "Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday defended his recent harsh criticism...
John Hawkins: From the Washington Post: [quote] "Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that Dean is doing a good job, but is not the party's spokesman.[end quote]
Billmon: As much as I hate to say it, unless Dean can settle down and get off his gaffe-a-day treadmill, maybe it would be best if he hit the showers.
Gateway Pundit: He's only helping our cause. Today Dean defended his "pretty much white, Christian" comments ,... pretty much.
Jesse Taylor: Just Dropping In — You know, I think there's something to say that the Washington Post has an idly meandering article...
Also: Michael DeBow

Outside Iraq but Deep in the Fight
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
ALEPPO, Syria — When the Americans led the invasion of Iraq, the men of Abu Ibrahim's family gathered in the courtyard of their shared home in the far north of Syria. Ten slips of paper were folded into a plastic bag, and they drew lots.
Colt: TOP TOPICS Outside Iraq, but Deep in the Fight. A long and fascinating look at the trails of jihad leading to Iraq from Syria.
Charles Johnson: WaPo: "Syria Became the Hub" — The Washington Post has a fascinating report about a Syrian jihadi smuggler: Outside Iraq but Deep in the Fight.
Harry @HarrysPlace: Gene adds: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has a much longer report on the Syrian-Iraqi "resistance" connection in Wednesday's Washington Post.
Jesse Taylor: He links to this story which, I assumed, would be about WMD there, since that's what it's always f**king about.
Hugh Hewitt: A detailed account of Syrian support for the Iraqi terrorist network is in this morning's Washington Post, authored by...
Rich Lowry: SYRIA MUST-READ — That is a fascinating Washington Post account of Syria's role in the Iraq insurgency Kathryn linked to earlier.
Also: Glenn Reynolds, K. J. Lopez

The desecration of Ground Zero
  By /   —   Permalink 
Most Americans have not been paying attention to the bureaucratic wrangling and political jockeying that has plagued the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. But it's not just New Yorkers and developers and 9/11 families who should care.
Sadly, No!: Because I hate myself, I decided to read Michelle Malkin's latest column. This one's got all the Malkin trademarks: absurd hyperbole, nasty invective and bogus claims.
Roger L. Simon: George Soros has been taking some hits across the blogosphere for the plan for turning the Ground Zero Memorial into an advertisement for post-modern, pseudo-liberal cant.
Jeff Jarvis: Michele Malkin is also angry. More blog ire under Burlingame at Technorati. : Roger Simon has a few suggestions.
Oliver Willis: Jarvis Gets Played, Again — Malkin, serial liar and internment apologist, stirs up the pot. Jeff is outraged!

Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style
  AFP   —   Permalink 
PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say.

"The masculine ideal is being completely modified.
Blackfive: Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male...
Ace: It's Official: France Declares Male Heterosexuality Dead — Don't sweat it, though.
Mitch Berg: Boys Will Be...? According to "industry insiders", the man of the future looks like this.
Tom Karako: The following AFP article now made near common knowledge by Drudge would seem to suggest this: The New Continental Man
Justin @SouthernAppeal: And, here's the adjoining article, via Drudge, reinforcing the law of the universe that states that the French are unbelievably weird.
K. J. Lopez: "CREATIVITY, SENSITIVITY AND MULTIPLICITY" — More fashion news: Any NRO guys going for the new look?

2 Men Held in Links to Terror
  LAT   —   Permalink 
LODI, Calif. — FBI agents have arrested a man and his father after the son allegedly admitted attending Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan that taught participants "how to kill Americans," federal authorities said Tuesday.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Two Arrested in CA for Alleged AL Qaeda Ties — Via the LAT: 2 Men Held in Links to Terror "FBI agents have arrested a...
Michelle Malkin: See update below. ] The Los Angeles Times has best coverage so far.
Dan Darling: What is particularly interesting to me is the nature of the training that Hamid Hayat confessed to taking part in, and...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: The arrests were made just after the son was discovered aboard a San Francisco-bound plane even though his name appeared on a "No Fly" list of suspected extremists.

Rangel: Bush Iraq 'Fraud' as Bad as Holocaust   —   Permalink 
Top House Democrat Charles Rangel complained on Monday that the Bush administration's decision to concoct a "fraudulent" war in Iraq was as bad as "the Holocaust."
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country," Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Hysteria of Charles Rangel — The rhetorical horse once again bolts and runs away from the Dems: "Top House Democrat...
Glenn Reynolds: THE HYSTERIA SPREADS: Charles Rangel compares Bush's foreign policy to the Holocaust.
Lorie Byrd: On Steve Malzberg's radio show Monday, Charles Rangel compared U.S. actions in Iraq to the Holocaust .

Amnesty's Amnesia
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A few years ago I spent several days sitting in the back of a library in London, reading through newsletters, pamphlets and other accounts of Soviet prison conditions published in the 1970s and '80s by Amnesty International.
Von @ObsidianWings: The Things We Throw Away — Anne Applebaum remembers what Amnesty International used to be, and laments what it has...
Avedon Carol: And I think Anne Applebaum is talking smack when she charges them with anti-Americanism.
Norm Geras: Applebaum on Amnesty — Anne Applebaum in the Washington Post: [snipped quote] Read the rest.
Roger Kimball: This outrageous piece of anti-American rhetoric has been receiving some of the obloquy it deserves, including this...
Glenn Reynolds: ANNE APPLEBAUM: "I don't know when Amnesty ceased to be politically neutral or at what point its leaders' views morphed into ordinary anti-Americanism.
Jack Fowler: "GULAG" — The Washington Post's Anne Applebaum has a great column today on the Gulag, Gitmo, and that once upon a time...

U.S. Overvalued Everglades Land Rights by $80 Mln, Report Says
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
June 8 (Bloomberg) — The Bush administration's offer in 2002 to overpay a prominent Florida family for oil and gas rights on Everglades land by as much as $80 million was ''at best, foolish and, at worst, complicit,'' the Interior Department's inspector general said today.
TChris: If a presidential lie about a private moment deserves impeachment, what does this story merit?
Hello let's not spend any more taxpayer money: throw bush to the gators — [snipped quote] so...awol...the alaskans didn't give you enough money to keep drilling out...

Seldom-Discussed Elephant Moves Into Public's View
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Yesterday's East Room meeting of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair was worth a cool $1,000 to Steve Holland, Reuters' chief White House correspondent, if he cares to collect it.
Avedon Carol: If I hadn't lived through the last five years, I would probably be stunned by the unbelievable bollocks some people will...
Billmon: As Dana Milbank (and he's one of the good ones) suggests in today's Washington Post: "In part, the memo never gained...
Garrett M. Graff: (WP's Dana Milbank appears to be incorrect that Holland was eligible for the full reward—Milbank probably didn't read...
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Downing Street: Not the First Time Secret British Memos Were Ignored — The always-entertaining Dana Milbank over at the...
Kevin Aylward: Even The Washington Post has signed the certificate of expiration on the manufactured controversy.But his query [Steve...

U.S. Muslims desecrate American flag
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
A group of American Muslims produced a video that shows its members on a city street corner declaring Islam's dominance over America as they tread on a U.S. flag and then rip it apart.
John @PowerLine: World Net Daily has much more on the demonstration and the group that sponsored it. Via Michelle Malkin.
Michelle Malkin: Then read this WND story. Then e-mail editor Mark Whitaker at Newsweek (mark.whitaker-at-newswee and ask him when they'll be covering the story.
Charles Johnson: (Hat tip: many LGF readers.) An article about this appalling spectacle is here: US Muslims desecrate American flag.

W backs way off on Soc Sec plan
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - President Bush has all but conceded his plan for private accounts for Social Security is dead, admitting privatization won't save the federal retirement system.
"You can solve the solvency issue without personal accounts," Bush said in an interview with the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Ezra Klein: Ding-Dong, The Plan is Dead — Looks like Social Security is safe: [snipped quote] According to the article, Bush is...
Atrios: Shift — Link: WASHINGTON - President Bush has all but conceded his plan for private accounts for Social Security is...
Brendan Nyhan: Still, for unknown reasons he has refused to want to walk away from it until now: President Bush has all but conceded...

US judge queries reason behind tobacco remedy cut
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge in the racketeering case against cigarette makers on Wednesday questioned whether "additional influences" prompted the government to drastically reduce a sanction it is seeking against the industry.
David Sirota: And now the federal judge overseeing the case seems to be thinking the same thing.
Judd @ThinkProgress: According to recent Reuters article, the judge presiding over the case, Gladys Kessler, expressed her skepticism
Oliver Willis: US judge queries reason behind tobacco remedy cut The judge in the racketeering case against cigarette makers on...

Gallic genius will save France says Villepin
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
France's new prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, refused yesterday to push the country down the road towards free-market reform, saying "Gallic genius" would help put back on its feet a "suffering, impatient and angry" nation that has failed to adapt fully to a changing world.
Charles Johnson: Gallic Genius! Dominique de Villepin (who is a man) says Gallic genius will save France. (Hat tip: NC.)
Orrin Judd: HE HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST GIGGLED: Gallic genius will save France says Villepin (Jon Henley, June 9, 2005, The Guardian)...

Less skin is back in for young Americans
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Hip-hugging jeans and tight-fitting tiny tops are out. Less skin is back in for the young American.
U.S. fashion experts say a trend toward modesty is evident in new fall styles for clothing aimed at girls in their early teens, and will become more common with spring 2006 designs.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Via Reuters: Less skin is back in for young Americans [snipped quote] Clearly this is a positive development-it has gotten a big out of hand in the last several years.
K. J. Lopez: TEENS MUST BE getting cold.
Orrin Judd: THANK GOODNESS: Less skin is back in for young Americans (Linda Thomas, Jun 8, 2005, Reuters) [snipped quote] Why when...

Female orgasm all in the genes
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
How do I love thee? Which of the nine ways?
Women who fail to orgasm during sex may be genetically programmed to weed out unreliable men who are a flop between the sheets, according to new research.
Andrew Sullivan: Like these constant demonstrations. EVEN FAILED ORGASMS ...: ... turn out to be genetically determined.
Jan Haugland: She might just have 'good' genes! "Perhaps women who had orgasms too easily weren't very good selectors," Professor Spector said.
Ann Althouse: Here's more of the usual highly speculative sociobiology, but it's spicy and it's drawing the bloggy links, so let's...
Peter Burnet: But talk about trade-offs!
Orrin Judd: AND THAT'S HOW THE LADIES GOT THEIR G-SPOTS (via Eugene S): Female orgasm all in the genes: As one study ponders...

Does The Truth About Hillary borrow too heavily from The Clinton Wars?
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
A Vanity Fair excerpt of Edward Klein's forthcoming The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President (Sentinel, June 2005) contains several paragraphs that appear to have been borrowed from, or at least closely based on, Sidney Blumenthal's The Clinton Wars.
Skippy: let's open up the ol' skippy mailbag... as mrs. skippy can attest to, skippy's got some huge bags, especially today:...
Atrios: It looks like he's cribbed big chunks of it from Sidney Blumenthal, and in the Vanity Fair excerpt at least without attribution.
Oliver Willis: Does The Truth About Hillary borrow too heavily from The Clinton Wars?

Professor Who Belittled Believers Drops Bid To Head Up a Department
  By / New York Sun   —   Permalink 
A Brooklyn College professor who described religious people as "moral retards" said he is dropping his bid to become chairman of the department of sociology after the college's president expressed outrage over his views.
Scott Sala: Technorati Tags: Dean+racist Howard+Dean Dean+scream Dean+white+Christian — Brooklyn College Prof Retreats Professor...
Steve Bainbridge: Apparently Brooklyn College agrees: [snipped quote] Apparently the professor in question, however, thinks he should be...
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: From the New York Sun: [snipped quote] Timothy, if I dare, can I give you some advice.
Michelle Malkin: THE "MORAL RETARDS" PROF STEPS DOWN — The professor who called religious people "moral retards" has dropped his bid to...

The Great Ground Zero Heist
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
On Memorial Day weekend, three Marines from the 24th Expeditionary Unit who had been wounded in Iraq were joined by 300 other service members for a wreath-laying ceremony at the empty pit of Ground Zero. The broken pieces of the Twin Towers have long ago been cleared away.
Tom Smith: Outrageous 9/11 memorial — This really is an outrage.
Jason Van Steenwyk: Debra Burlingame, sister to one of the pilots killed on Sept. 11th, 2001, has a powerful editorial in today's Wall...
Stephen Green: Pardon the Language — Oh, s**t: [snipped quote] It's worse than that.
Jeff Jarvis: The latest: Yesterday's Wall Street Journal carried an op-ed by Debra Burlingame, sister of a pilot of one of the 9/11...
Roger L. Simon: Debra Burlingame, sister of 9/11 victim Chic Burlingame, is justifiably appalled. But I have a suggestion for Mr. Soros.
Arthur Chrenkoff: A must-read of the day — This has already become the most linked piece on the right side of the blogosphere, but now...
Also: Smash, Steve Bainbridge

The War Against the Torture Masters
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Will any Western leader proclaim the Iranian elections a fraud?
The cheerless creatures who rule the Islamic republic of Iran have developed a particularly wicked use of torture.
John @PowerLine: Michael Ledeen writes: [snipped quote] Nor from Amnesty International, too busy with its grandstanding fund-raising...
Glenn Reynolds: MICHAEL LEDEEN is condemning the silence on Iran's use of torture. Meanwhile, there are numerous reports of unrest in Iran.

Islamic leaders, 2 others held in California terror probe
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Federal agents searched the homes of two Islamic leaders in Lodi, California, and have made four arrests since Sunday, part of an ongoing terrorism investigation, according to the FBI and witnesses.
Michelle Malkin: JIHADI ARRESTS IN LODI — Very big story out of Lodi, Calif., this morning: "Federal agents searched the homes of two...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Another Arrest in the War on Terror — A father and son are arrested in Lodi, CA this morning and charged with "making...

Calif. Men Arrested for Alleged Terror Links
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A father and a son are among four men who have been detained in a terrorism investigation in Northern California.
The son allegedly received terrorist training and funding from the father, an ice cream truck driver, so he could carry out attacks on hospitals and large food stores in the United States.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: As per Fox News, the son admitted to receiving terrorist training.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: He's referring to this story: [snipped quote] Apparently, the affidavit includes a confession or two. Kudos to the feds!
Jeff Goldstein: From FOXNews: [snipped quote] Evidently, one of those arrested had been using photographs of President Bush for target...

Liberals Rethinking Senate Filibuster Deal
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Democrats generally cheered, and Republicans groused, when a bipartisan group of senators crafted a compromise on judicial nominations last month. But with the Senate now confirming several conservative nominees whom Democrats had blocked for years, some liberals are questioning the wisdom of the deal and fretting about what comes next.
Captain Ed: Irrationality The Norm From The Left On Janice Rogers Brown — The Washington Post reported today that after the...
Richard Reeb: Today's Washington Post reports that D.C. delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes of the Black (Liberal) Caucus indicates...

There's No Place Like Home
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
"Mr. Asman, could you come down to the gym? Your wife appears to be having a small problem." In typical British understatement, this was the first word I received of my wife's stroke.
We had arrived in London the night before for a two-week vacation.
Betsy Newmark: David Asman has a fascinating look at both the British and American health care systems as he describes what happened when his wife had a stroke in London.
Will Collier: Required Reading — Check out this remarkable WSJ column by Fox News reporter David Asman, whose wife had a stroke shortly after they arrived in London for a vacation.
Mitch Berg: David Asman on his encounter with Britain's healthcare system: [snipped quote] The whole thing is a scary but required read.
Orrin Judd: THUS THE COUNTY BORDER RULE: There's No Place Like Home: What I learned from my wife's month in the British medical system.
Arnold Kling: Health Care Commentaries — Steven Pearlstein writes, [snipped quote] David Asman writes, [snipped quote] Asman's entire piece is interesting reading.

Bush, Blair deny memo assertion of 'fixed' intelligence
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain for the first time yesterday jointly addressed a question that has persisted for the past month: What was the truth about a leaked 2002 memo written by a British official suggesting that the United States had ''fixed" intelligence to justify an impending invasion of Iraq?
Cernig: The Boston Globe reports: Both leaders denied that the July 23 memo, written as a description of a meeting between...
Garrett M. Graff: Reuters' Steve Holland yesterday made a quick $250 yesterday for his question, although the word on the street is that he won't accept the reward.
Kevin Aylward: And the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.From the Boston Globe grabs this comment from...
Jim Romenesko: "> Reuters reporter turns down $250 reward for asking about memo (BG)

Calif. father, son held in al-Qaida investigation
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A father and son were in custody Wednesday after federal authorities arrested the U.S. citizens when the younger man allegedly confessed that he attended an al-Qaida camp in Pakistan to learn "how to kill Americans."
Colt: A father and son have been arrested in California, after the son admitted that both men had attened A-Q camps in Pakistan to learn 'how to kill Americans'.
Captain Ed: The pair, US citizens, face charges of lying to federal investigators but remain in custody under suspicion of operating...
Dan Darling: Special Analysis: The al-Qaeda Next Door — The big news yesterday was the disruption of an apparent network of...

US' Carter calls for closing of Guantanamo detention facility
  Forbes   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AFX) - Former US president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter has called for the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to be closed, 'to demonstrate clearly our nation's historic commitment to protect human rights.'
TChris: President Carter and Senator Biden are among many who want President Bush (in Carter's words) "to close down Guantanamo...
Chris Bowers: An Idea With No Drawbacks — Here's a simple, obvious, plan that would improve the United States' image both to its own...

Customs saw nothing wrong with suspect
  AP   —   Permalink 
On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S. -Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.
Jay Tea: So what, did they do? They confiscated his weapons, took his fingerprints, and then waved him through.
Orrin Judd: Customs saw nothing wrong with suspect (Associated Press, June 8, 2005) [snipped quote] Tom Tancredo will get right on that Northern border, huh?
Vanderleun: Analog World — Anything to Declare?

Countdown to a Meltdown
  By / The Atlantic Online   —   Permalink 
It is time to think carefully about the next year. Our position is uniquely promising—and uniquely difficult.
The promise lies in the fact that you are going to win the election.
Brendan Nyhan: Third party speculation watch: James Fallows — During an interview on "On Point" last night about his Atlantic Monthly...
Shawn @LiquidList: If it is the latter, well then start saving your tinfoil, or your Euros, because it's going to be ugly...use The...

U.S. Eases Demands on Tobacco Companies
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers Tuesday asked a federal judge for sweeping sanctions against the biggest tobacco companies, saying the government had proved a 50-year industry conspiracy to mislead the public with "half truths, deceptions and lies that continue to this day."
Judd @ThinkProgress: The LA Times provides some explanation: "A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity,...
Kevin Drum: From the Los Angeles Times: "U.S. Eases Demands on Tobacco Companies Justice Department lawyers Tuesday asked a federal...

How to Think about Constitutional Change
  By / American Enterprise Institute   —   Permalink 
The full text of this Outlook is available here as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Liberal academics and newspapers have proclaimed that the Rehnquist Court and conservative intellectuals are attempting to resurrect a pre-New Deal "Constitution in Exile."
Michael DeBow: The "progressive vision" of the U.S. Constitution is explained by Dr. Greve in the June '05 issue of AEI's Federalist Outlook.
Todd Zywicki: Mike Greve on the "Constitution In Exile": Must reading, as always, here.

Tobacco Escapes Huge Penalty
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
After eight months of courtroom argument, Justice Department lawyers abruptly upset a landmark civil racketeering case against the tobacco industry yesterday by asking for less than 8 percent of the expected penalty.
Barbara O'Brien: Carol Leonnig writes in WaPo, "After eight months of courtroom argument, Justice Department lawyers abruptly upset a...
James Joyner: Tobacco Escapes Huge Penalty — The Justice Department yesterday dropped its demand that the tobacco companies pay $130...
Attaturk: Blowin' Smoke — When the other side in a lawsuit says this, it indicates that they think they've completely screwed you...
David Sirota: And we see the fruits of their labor today: the Bush administration has announced it has reduced by 92% the amount the...
Steve Soto: A Quarter-Million To Bush Nets Big Tobacco $120 Billion — Well, all those campaign contributions taken by Bush/Cheney...
Cookie Jill: what are the government lawyers smoking?
Also: John Cole

Gov. Richardson in NH speaks of unity
  By / Union Leader   —   Permalink 
In what he hinted was the first of many visits to the leadoff Presidential primary state, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson trod carefully yesterday in speaking about his party's fiery chairman, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: From The Union Leader via Taegan Goddard: [quote] "I don't believe America is divided," Richardson said.[end quote]
Taegan Goddard: Richardson Visits New Hampshire — While visiting New Hampshire, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) tied himself in...
Orrin Judd: MORE: Gov. Richardson in NH speaks of unity (JOHN DiSTASO , 6/08/05, Manchester Union-Leader) "Richardson said national...

From here to eternity
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Aleppo, Syria. Ten brothers were sitting in the courtyard of their house in one of Aleppo's myriad lanes, with a plastic bag full of small pieces of paper, from which they drew lots. Five of them would stay in Syria and look after all 10 families.
Norm Geras: To understand is to oppose — There's a report in Guardian G2 today on the Jihadis who have been making their way into Iraq from, or via, Syria.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Syria - Supporting Terror in Iraq — This Guardian article begins with this mis-leading statement: "Islamist insurgents...
Harry @HarrysPlace: Syria and the 'resistance' — If anyone still harbours illusions about the character of the Iraqi 'resistance' then they...
Damian Penny: Among the "insurgents" — A story in today's Guardian provides a fascinating, insightful look at the Islamofascists streaming into Iraq to fight the Americans.

The desecration of Ground Zero
  By / Jewish World Review   —   Permalink 
Most Americans have not been paying attention to the bureaucratic wrangling and political jockeying that has plagued the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. But it's not just New Yorkers and developers and 9/11 families who should care.
Blackfive: Then, check this by Michelle Malkin (with link to her latest column).
Michelle Malkin: NO GUILT COMPLEX AT GROUND ZERO — My new column is here, picking up on Debra Burlingame's WSJ op-ed yesterday regarding...

No fans allowed at World Cup game
  CNN   —   Permalink 
BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Political rivals Japan and North Korea are set to play in a World Cup football qualifier in an empty stadium in Bangkok.
The two teams will take to the field on Wednesday night (1030 GMT, 0630 ET) amid boosted security measures that will ensure no North Korean or Japanese fans are in sight.
Daniel Drezner: Via Oxblog's Patrick Belton, I see that North Korea has managed to get itself sanctioned by another international...
Patrick Belton: WHAT IF THEY THREW A WORLD CUP GAME AND NOBODY CAME? Well, it would look something like this.

'Downing Street memo' gets fresh attention
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
A simmering controversy over whether American media have ignored a secret British memo about how President Bush built his case for war with Iraq bubbled over into the White House on Tuesday.
Cernig: It refreshes every few minutes.) postscript USA Today has a pretty weaselly reason it hadn't covered the story until...
Judd @ThinkProgress: Translating the Downing Street Memo — Robin Niblett says all the fuss about the Downing Street Memo is just all a big...
Jim Romenesko: Why USAT didn't report Downing Street Memo until today — USA Today | Boston Globe Jim Cox, USA Today's senior...

You Are Not Allowed to Feel Better ... Got It?
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
According to John Walters, the Supreme Court got it right on medical marijuana. His argument comes down, essentially, to saying that medical marijuana doesn't work, and should be illegal, even if it does make some people "feel better," a phrase which Mr. Walter puts, condescendingly, inside quotes.
Andrew Stuttaford: ON JOHN WALTERS, "DRUG CZAR" — Here's Geoffrey Norman in the American Spectator reacting to the nauseating (so to...
Radley Balko: Wow — The American Spectator — not exactly Decriminalization Central — runs a spectacular piece of writing by a Vermont freelancer named Geoffrey Norman.

What's the alternative?
  By /   —   Permalink 
Last week, I wrote about a federal agency that most people think is indispensable. In reality, I said, the FDA regulates us to death, literally, by forbidding even dying Americans who can't be helped by established medical treatments from trying innovative therapies.
Dale Franks: Who needs the FDA — John Stossel wonders why the FDA has such iron-fisted control over the drug market.
Betsy Newmark: John Stossel has a good compromise recommendation for how the FDA should work.
S.Z.: This week John tells us, in his Town Hall column What's the Alternative? Last week, I wrote about a federal agency that most people think is indispensable.

Lying: The Government's Drug
  By / Reason   —   Permalink 
In my thankfully limited experience with observing addiction it has always seemed to me that the true "gateway drug" is not marijuana, or even California Coolers, but lying.
Radley Balko: Be sure to read Matt Welch, who earns my envy by penning The Take on this issue. For more coverage, visit Pete Guither, Last One Speaks, and D'Alliance.
Matt Welch: New Reason Online Column — "Lying: The Government's Drug: How Raich helps us delude ourselves": Sample line: "Those who...

After Lowering Goal, Army Falls Short on May Recruits
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 7 - Even after reducing its recruiting target for May, the Army missed it by about 25 percent, Army officials said on Tuesday. The shortfall would have been even bigger had the Army stuck to its original goal for the month.
Derek Chollet: A Recruiting Crisis — I too was worried about today's news concerning the endemic waste, fraud and abuse in DoD's...
Tbogg: It looks like the Army isn't getting any help from Poca, WV: Even after reducing its recruiting target for May, the Army...
Kos @DailyKos: Hollow Army: Big miss on recruiting targets — Not looking good at all.
Talking Dog: Once again, it's looking like the United States Army's unfortunate choice of advertising slogans is a reflection of it's...
TChris: Supporting that impression, however, is this: "The Pentagon has delayed until Friday the public release of May...

Details on Boeing Deal Sought
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Senators urged the Pentagon's inspector general yesterday to release more information about the involvement of White House officials and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in an aborted $30 billion air-tanker deal that exposed gaping holes in the government's controls on large purchases.
Steve Soto: You know it's bad when even GOP senators want to know why the White House is hiding information from Congress on what...
Barbara O'Brien: Here's another item from today's WaPo, by Mike Allen: "Senators urged the Pentagon's inspector general yesterday to...

Enough payback for Iraq?
  By / BBC   —   Permalink 
Prime Minister Tony Blair came to Washington more in hope than expectation, a huge task before him.
He left in the knowledge that some progress had been made but there was still, in the words of the old Labour Party slogan, a lot more to do.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Now we're hearing it again over aid to Africa and once again The BBC puts the knife in.
Barbara O'Brien: THE quote du jour, courtesy of eRobin at American Street: "Nobody wants to give money to a country that's corrupt," the...

Dean: The mouth that won't stop roaring
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, unapologetic in the face of recent criticism that he has been too tough on his political opposition, said in San Francisco this week that Republicans "all behave the same, and they all look the same.
John Hawkins: Dean: Dem Poll Workers Can't Tell GOP Voters Apart — Satire By Scott Ott — Many Republicans probably voted for George...
Jeff Goldstein: The road to HEALING — From the San Francisco Chronicle: [snipped quote] Asked to comment on Mr. Dean's characterization...

Broken promises leave three million children to die in Africa
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Three million children will die in the poorest countries of sub-Saharan Africa as a result of the failure of the global community to meet its promise of slashing the death rates of the under-fives by 2015, the UN will reveal tomorrow.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Even The Guardian does a better job than the BBC, even though they use a dire headline. "...the US will stump up extra...
Scott Burgess: In reality, as the Guardian points out, "George Bush paved the way for a landmark deal on lifting the huge debt burden...

Workers' comp bureau concealed $215M loss; Taft, Petro knew about fund's woes many months ago
  Toledo Blade   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS — Democrats were screaming "cover-up" yesterday after state officials admitted that a high-risk hedge fund that the embattled Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had invested in had lost $215 million in just a few months last year.
Cookie Jill: this is why the republicans don't like the press they keep asking questions.
Atrios: Money Laundering — Reading through the whole Toledo Blade article it's pretty clear that the Republicans in Ohio turned...

Bad news for Bob Byrd
  The Hill   —   Permalink 
Here's good news to the cause of good government. West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, styled by partisan Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate" and by those who are less biased as the last troglodyte in the body, could be defeated in his bid for his umpteenth term in the Senate.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: He knocks it out of the park today with his article on the possible demise of Robert Byrd. "Here's good news to the cause of good government.
McQ: Signs of electoral trouble for Robert Byrd — Dick Morris is reporting that we may be seeing the last of the so-called...

Crumbs for Africa
  NYT   —   Permalink 
President Bush kept a remarkably straight face yesterday when he strode to the microphones with Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair, and told the world that the United States would now get around to spending $674 million in emergency aid that Congress had already approved for needy countries.
Jane Galt: The New York times, editorialising on aid to Africa, says this: [snipped quote] This last sentence surprised me.
Nico @ThinkProgress: But suddenly, on the day Blair was set to visit the United States, Bush "unveiled" his own plan to spend $674 million...

Deep Throat, Inc.
  By / New York Observer   —   Permalink 
I don't want to spoil the party, but while everyone's celebrating Deep Throat as if he "solved" Watergate, the real culprit, the perpetrator of the initial crime, the man who actually ordered the Watergate break-in, has escaped.
Jim Romenesko: The real Watergate culprit has escaped, says Rosenbaum — New York Observer Ron Rosenbaum complains that everyone's celebrating Deep Throat as if he "solved" Watergate.
Garrett M. Graff: The New York Observer takes a look at "Deep Throat Inc.," and the $18 million memoir of Woodward's reflections.

The Bolton Videos
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Nominating John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations is a little like nominating Jeffrey Dahmer for surgeon general. You might think that Bolton's manifest antipathy toward the U.N. would have been enough to sink his nomination.
Steve Clemons: Robert Wright: No Need to be Global-Governance Visionary to Oppose Bolton Nomination — My colleague Robert Wright, who...
K. J. Lopez: I'M IMMUNE TO BOLTON-CRTICISM OUTRAGE — But a liberal friend just e-mailed: "Subject: even I thought this was over...

C.I.A. Is Reviewing Its Security Policy for Recruiting Translators
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 7 - The Central Intelligence Agency is reviewing security procedures that have led the agency to turn away large numbers of Arabic-language linguists and other potential recruits with skills avidly sought by the agency since the attacks of 2001, Congressional and intelligence officials say.
Matthew Yglesias: It's certainly nice to see the CIA reevaluating security policies that seem to have rendered most Americans with Arabic...
Michelle Malkin: WANTED: TRANSLATORS — Rather than relax security requirements for translators, as the CIA is reportedly considering, why not train more native-born Americans in Arabic?

Blair and Bin Laden are in same tradition, says pundit
  By / Independent   —   Permalink 
A new biography of Tony Blair published this month in Italy has led to the Prime Minister being compared to Osama bin Laden.
In a review published in La Stampa newspaper, Lucia Annunziata, a senior Italian journalist, said both Mr Blair and Bin Laden were...
Scott Burgess: We have of course seen Bush/Hitler comparisons ad nauseam, along with an occasional expression of the wildly original...
Norm Geras: Now we have Tony Blair and Osama Bin Laden. Both children of modernity, you see.

Man With Stained Chain Saw Let in to U.S.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BOSTON - On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.
Jan Haugland: US homeland security update — The border crossing between the US and Canada is apparently a very forgiving one: On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.
Acidman: homeland security this story sure gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling about how well-guarded our borders are.

Iraqis eye credit to boost economy
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD - Shoppers in Baghdad no longer need to carry plastic bags full of cash, as they did after years of international sanctions reduced the value of a 10,000-dinar note with Saddam Hussein's likeness to less than $5.
Jan Haugland: Replacing cash with plastic can improve Iraqi security Can electronic banking help bring order to Iraq?
Robert Tagorda: Iraq's Banking System Begins to Modernize — According to the Christian Science Monitor, bank modernization serves as...
Juan Cole: The Christian Science Monitor reports on hopes that modernizing banking and moving to credit cards could hurt the guerrilla movement.

Iraqi embassy weapons cache found
  BBC   —   Permalink 
A cache of weapons was found at the Iraqi embassy in London after the Baghdad regime change, it has emerged.
The new Iraqi ambassador made the discovery, along with other evidence of espionage activities, in a safe inside the building, BBC News has learned.
Charles Johnson: Weapons Found in Abandoned Iraqi Embassy — Iraqi embassy weapons cache found.
Marcus @HarrysPlace: Guns on the Roof — An interesting looking cache was discovered recently at the Iraqi Embassy in London: A safe in the...

Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The drop in Bush's approval ratings on fighting terrorism came disproportionately from political independents. In March, 63 percent of independents approved of Bush's job combating terrorism. By April this had fallen to 54 percent.
Cori Dauber: New Post Poll — For some reason the Post doesn't publish that neat, user-friendly, question-by-question graphic every...
Ezra Klein: Gr2005060701109This graphic from the latest Washington Post poll is the hardest evidence yet that Bush is in decline.
Joe Gandelman: Latest Poll News For Bush: A Billboard Sized Warning Sign — The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll suggests President...

Blair and Bush near a deal to write off £20bn African debt
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
TONY BLAIR won crucial support from President Bush last night for a ground-breaking deal to wipe out the debts of the poorest African nations of up to $20 billion.
The pair also edged towards a breakthrough on aid at the G8 summit next month, despite British acceptance that the US would not sign up to one of its main funding ideas.
Marc @USSNeverdock: If the BBC reporter, James Landale, had done is job of reporting the facts, like Rosemary Bennett and Roland Watson did...
Orrin Judd: YOU MEAN HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID FILES: Blair and Bush near a deal to write off 20bn African debt (Rosemary Bennett and...
Scott Burgess: Here's what he has to say: [snipped quote] Mr. Buncombe makes no mention of the fact that, as the Times puts it, the...

Two Lodi men arrested for suspected al Qaeda ties
  Sacramento Bee   —   Permalink 
Federal officials believe they have broken up an al Qaeda terror cell operating in Lodi and have arrested two men and detained two others as part of a wide-ranging investigation, authorities said Tuesday.
Charles Johnson: Two Muslim men have been arrested and two others detained in Lodi for suspected al Qaeda ties. (hat tip: zombie and madawaskan.)
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - al Qaeda Sleeper Cells — The FBI has broken up an al Qaeda sleeper cell in California.

Genes drive ability to orgasm
  By / Nature   —   Permalink 
Scientists say DNA exerts strong influence on whether women climax.
A woman's genetic make-up accounts for at least a third of her ability to climax during sex, say researchers, and may even account for as much as 60%.
Robert Tagorda: Genes Drive Ability to Orgasm "A woman's genetic make-up accounts for at least a third of her ability to climax during...
Tyler Cowen: Genes and orgasms — [snipped quote] Here is one good summary. Here is further discussion.

Federalism, Up in Smoke?
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The Supreme Court upholds a sweeping justification of federal power.
In 1996, California became the first of nine states to decriminalize the medical use of marijuana.
Radley Balko: At the same site, Jonathan Adler nails it. The issue does finally pop up at Kos.
James Joyner: For example, Jonathan Adler pens an elegy to states' rights in "Federalism, Up in Smoke?"
Forkum: And TIA Daily noted this National Review op-ed by Johnathan H. Adler: Federalism, Up in Smoke?
Ann Althouse: I'm seeing a lot of articles like "Federalism, Up in Smoke?", responding to Monday's medical marijuana case (Raich).
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Behold the key passage: [snipped quote] And the other is by Jonathan Adler who accurately—and depressingly—sums up the...

Kerry's Yale Grades Similar to Bush's
  AP   —   Permalink 
(06-07) 02:09 PDT BOSTON (AP) —
Sen. John F. Kerry's grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush's record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Philip Greenspun: Teaching 6.171 in the spring semester; all the students will get Ds — Somehow it seems that I have committed to staying...
David Allan Pell: Bush v Kerry: The Yale Years — Well, it turns out that neither one of them was all that smart.

Senate Gives FBI More Patriot Act Power
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
David Sirota: Yet, incredibly, the Associated Press reports a Senate committee quietly "expanded powers [under the Act] to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury."
Jayson @PoliPundit: Cue the Imperial Theme Music — The black helicopter bloc and the trust-fund liberal bloc are likely to be angry about this slim majority from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
Attaturk: In further "asshole" in the Administration News — Not content with saving their tabacco buddies around $100 billion,...
Josh Marshall: NYTimes: "A — "White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has...

North Korea Official Speaks of Offer to Restart Nuclear Talks
  ABCNEWS   —   Permalink 
PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 7, 2005 — A high ranking North Korean official tells ABC News that they have offered to return to the nuclear talks if the United States backs away from some of its more heated rhetoric.
Brian Stelter: More... > And: "A diplomatic source in Seoul said yesterday Pyongyang has invited several U.S. media representatives,...
Smash: North Korea Back at the Table? NORTH KOREA may soon return to the Six Party nuclear talks, ABC News reports.

In S.F., Dean calls GOP 'a white Christian party'
  By / San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, unapologetic in the face of recent criticism that he has been too tough on his political opposition, said in San Francisco this week that Republicans are "a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Dean Strikes Again — Via the San Francisco Chronicle: In S.F.
Betsy Newmark: But no, he goes on to tell a fundraiser crowd that [snipped quote] I don't think this was an accident.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Did Dem's not learn in 2004 that "mean" does not win? Just keep talking Howard. By the way, where do I send that thank you note to the DNC?
Steve M.: Howard Dean is stirring up controversy with some of his recent rhetoric ("[Republicans are] a pretty monolithic party.
Clayton Cramer: Well, there is a major party chair engaging in the politics of racial and religious divisiveness, but it isn't the...
La Shawn Barber: What gives? Dean Dean must love the taste of his own feet.
Also: McQ, Skippy, Jim Lindgren, Joe Gandelman, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Captain Ed, Orrin Judd, Charles Johnson, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Alexander K. McClure, Steve Bainbridge, Taegan Goddard

Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Most, most odd. Of course, maybe he just wanted this photo kept under wraps. Ick.
Robert Clayton Dean: But let's not allow our annoyance at the perfectly ordinary dissembling from this perfectly unexceptional man to cloud...
Patrick Ruffini: Nuanced â Smart — Many are hearing the sweet song of vindication in John Kerry's report card, but none more so than Ann Althouse.
Dirty Harry: And yet, I had no idea Kerry was refusing to release his college transcripts.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: That he received 4 D's and one in political science. Now I understand. John Kerry, the intellectual man.
Kevin Aylward: The real revelation in his military file is his college transcript...[Kerry] got a cumulative 76 for his four years,...
Also: Jay Tea, Marc @USSNeverdock, Hugh Hewitt, William J. Dyer, Angry Clam, Ace, Roger L. Simon, LeanLeft, Tom Maguire, Scott @PowerLine, Captain Ed, TheAnchoress, Michelle Malkin, Steve Soto, Ann Althouse, James Joyner, Taegan Goddard, Joe Gandelman, John Hawkins, Mitch Berg, Glenn Reynolds, Oliver @LiquidList, Roger Ailes, Brad Plumer, Orrin Judd, Chris Lawrence, Bill @INDCJournal, Clayton Cramer, Vox Day, Bigwig, K. J. Lopez, Mike Rappaport, Will Collier, Pejman Yousefzadeh

Post-ABC Poll: Bush Ignoring Public Concerns
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A clear majority of Americans say President Bush is ignoring the public's concerns and instead has become distracted by issues that most people say they care little about, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
John @PowerLine: Toss This One In the Wastebasket — Ankle Biting Pundits has an excellent analysis of the Washington Post poll that is generating a lot of comment today.
Captain Ed: While the new Washington Post/ABC poll doesn't appear to employ the same "weighting" technique that CBS used to shift...
Barbara O'Brien: Quack Quack Quack — Somehow, I don't think Daryl Worley will be writing a song about what Dana Milbank and Claudia...
Billmon: Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War 52% Say U.S. Has Not Become Safer By Dana Milbank and Claudia Deane Who knows?
Shawn @LiquidList: Politics: On The Poll Numbers — Today and yesterday, in all corners of the on-line news world, from little blogs (like...
Juan Cole: Bush and Cheney may think everything is going just great in Iraq, but the American public does not.
Also: Rich Lowry, Oliver @LiquidList, Chris Bowers, Richard Bradley, Ezra Klein, Steve Soto, Avedon Carol, Betsy Newmark, Kevin Drum, Zoe Kentucky, Taegan Goddard, Jeralyn Merritt, Oliver Willis, Kos @DailyKos, Arthur Silber

Kerry allows Navy release of military, medical records
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry, ending at least two years of refusal, has waived privacy restrictions and authorized the release of his full military and medical records.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Not a Bang, but a Whimper — Via the BoGlo: Kerry allows Navy release of military, medical records [snipped quote] The...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Now that he has released the information, what was he so afraid of?
Captain Ed: The Boston Globe claims this morning that John Kerry has finally made his entire service record publicly available, at least to them.
Robert Clayton Dean: He released some records to his homies and long-time supporters at the Boston Globe, who have written an article...
Scott @PowerLine: From the mixed-up files of John Kerry — Today's Boston Globe reports on the contents of John Kerry's full military and...
Tom Maguire: (Maybe) The Boston Globe reports that they have finally received all of Kerry's military records, although skeptics remain.
Also: Marc @USSNeverdock, McQ, Kriston @BeggingToDiffer, Steve Soto, Michelle Malkin, Avedon Carol, Hugh Hewitt, William J. Dyer, Lorie Byrd, Chris Bowers, Oliver Willis, PoliPundit, Taegan Goddard, Commissar, Kevin Drum, Ezra Klein, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Kos @DailyKos, Patterico, Richard TPD, ArchPundit, Atrios, K. J. Lopez, Roger Ailes

Anne Bancroft, Actress Who Played Mrs. Robinson, Is Dead at 73
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Anne Bancroft, the stage and film star whose signature triumphs in a 50-year career ranged from the courageous Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" to the hungrily seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," died on Monday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
Arthur Silber: A MAGNIFICENT ACTRESS, AND A GREAT LOSS — June 7th, 2005 This is terribly sad news: [snipped quote] Bancroft was a magnificent and stunning actress.
Kevin Roderick: Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson * The GraduateAnne Bancroft, an actress for fifty years, has died of uterine cancer in New York.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: REMEMBRANCE OF THE DAY — Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: From the New York Times [snipped quote] I was fortunate to meet her as a young man as she and her husband Mel Brooks would take the ferry out to their home on Fire Island.
Norm Geras: Anne Bancroft 1931-2005 — Anne Bancroft has died of cancer.
Roger L. Simon: Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson... Anne Bancroft dies at 73.

The Downing Street Memo Story Won't Die
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
More than a month after its publication, the so-called Downing Street Memo remains among the top 10 most viewed articles on The Times of London site.
It's not hard to see why this remarkable document, published in The Times on May 1 (and reported in this...
RJ Eskow: the media keeps reporting on the downing street memo, but just to talk about how they're not reporting on it, which they...
Nellie B: Nellie B: Not Dead Yet — For those of us perturbed that the Downing Street Memo has not received the journalistic...
Cernig: Downing Street Memo Update - The Bolton Connection — The Washington Post's Jefferson Morley does a damn fine impression...
Rep. John Conyers: First, this morning, I came across an insightful column on this matter from a reporter named Jefferson Morley on

Katherine Harris to Run for Senate in 2006
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republican Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record), who as Florida's secretary of state was both praised and vilified for her part in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
Avedon Carol: Oh, gross. Brad DeLong says upper income folks are starting to get angry now that it turns out that they, too, are paying higher taxes in order to make the top 0.1% richer.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Harris — Katherine Harris has joined the race to take on Bill Nelson in Florida. Pros: Experienced candidate.
James Joyner: Katherine Harris to Run for Senate in 2006 — Katherine Harris, made nationally famous during the 2000 presidential...
Alexander K. McClure: 2006 Florida Senate Race — Katharine Harris has declared her candidacy for the Senate, as Jayson has already noted.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Katherine Harris to Run for Senate in 2006 — The AP via Yahoo: [snipped quote] Addendum: This is one of those cases where I suspect the owls are not quite what they seem.
Orrin Judd: SIXTY IS COMING INTO VIEW: Katherine Harris to run for Senate in 2006 (BRENDAN FARRINGTON, June 7, 2005, AP)

Actress Anne Bancroft Dies at Age 73
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NEW YORK - Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," has died. She was 73.
Greg @TheTalentShow: Reading through her obituary, I couldn't help but think the following that I love The Graduate, but the older I get, the...
Damian Penny: Anne Bancroft, R.I.P. She passed away from cancer, at age 73, on Monday. My condolences to Mel Brooks, to whom she was married since 1956.
K. J. Lopez: HERE'S TO YOU, MRS. ROBINSON — Anne Bancroft, R.I.P.
Jeralyn Merritt: Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson: R.I.P. Actress Anne Bancroft, best known to the world for her role as Mrs. Robinson in the...
Kevin Aylward: Anne Bancroft died today of cancer at the age of 73.

AP Newsbreak: Harris to challenge Nelson for Senate seat
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, who was praised and vilified for her role as Florida's secretary of state in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the U.S. Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
Frederick Maryland: Cruella de Ville to Seek Fla. Senate Seat — I suspect most of our readers have heard the word, but, just in case you...
Kos @DailyKos: FL-Sen: Harris is in — Part of me is happy. Part of me wants to throw up.
ArchPundit: It's a Lot Like Christmas — Katherine Harris is running for the US Senate in Florida. Thank you.
Karl-Thomas Musselman: Katherine Harris to run for FL Senate — Don't say you didn't see it coming, but the infamous Florida Bean counter...
Michael Froomkin: Oh yes it can: Harris to challenge Nelson for Senate seat.

Fundraisers jilt Dean
  By / The Hill   —   Permalink 
Three top fundraisers at the Democratic National Committee have resigned at a time when its chairman, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, has come under fire from fellow Democrats for controversial comments and his Republican counterpart has raised more than twice as much money.
Captain Ed: He's driving off major donors, claiming that the party needs to focus on Internet collections instead of deep-pocket patrons.
Chris Andersen: The myth of Dean's fundraising problems — Reading the headline on this report (Fundraisers jilt Dean) and some of the...
Taegan Goddard: Three DNC Fundraisers Quit — Three top DNC fundraisers have resigned at a time when chairman Howard Dean, "has come...
Tom @ScaredMonkeys: From The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress.
Scott Sala: In a story grilling Howard Dean for 3 of his top fundraisers quitting, is the tale of one woman who was reponsible for the New York area.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Fundraisers jilt Dean — Brian H via Drudge points me to this piece in The Hill: [snipped quote] The 2006 elections will likely make or break Howard Dean's chairmanship.
Also: K. J. Lopez

Man With Chain Saw Allowed to Enter U.S.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
BOSTON — On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S. -Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.
Colt: THE AMERICAS An American citizen carrying a blood-stained chainsaw, amongst other weapons, was allowed in to the United States after being fingerprinted.
James Joyner: Man With Bloody Chain Saw Let in to U.S. A killer openly carried a bloody chain saw and various other weapons into the U.S. across the Canadian border.
Richard TPD: It's working like a charm. "On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.
Glenn Reynolds: The question: "At a time when the United States is tightening its borders, how could a man toting what appeared to be a bloody chain saw be allowed into the country?"

Most Will Be Mentally Ill at Some Point, Study Says
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
More than half of Americans will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives, often beginning in childhood or adolescence, researchers have found in a survey that experts say will have wide-ranging implications for the practice of psychiatry.
Amanda Marcotte: Ain't nobody here but us chickens — The headline-grabbing story all over the place today about how half of Americans...
Arianna Huffington: According to a new study by the National Institute of Mental Health, over half of Americans will, at some point in their lives, develop a mental illness.
Robert Tagorda: Survey: Over Half of Americans Will Develop Mental Illness — The New York Times describes a study that's provoking...
Jacob Sullum: You Gotta Be Crazy — Data from the government-sponsored National Comorbidity Survey Replication, consisting of...
Jan Haugland: Some upbuilding news from the New York Times: More than half of Americans will develop a mental illness at some point in...
Tom Maguire: The Glass Is Half Crazy — We can't say these psychiatrists, and the reporters who flack for them, lack for optimism:...
Also: Jeff Jarvis

The Bush Economy
  NYT   —   Permalink 
With all of the debate about taxes, the economy and domestic spending, it is hard to imagine anyone supporting the notion of taking money from programs like Medicaid and college-tuition assistance, increasing the tax burden of the vast majority of working...
Mary @LeftCoaster: Update: NY Times article here, NY Times editorial here
Matthew Yglesias: I appreciate the point that the Bush administration's giveaways to hyper-wealthy people racking in over a million bucks...
Brad DeLong: They are really angry: The Bush Economy - New York Times: In last Sunday's Times, David Cay Johnston reported that...
Avedon Carol: Brad DeLong says upper income folks are starting to get angry now that it turns out that they, too, are paying higher taxes in order to make the top 0.1% richer.

President Welcomes British Prime Minister Blair to the White House
  White House   —   Permalink 
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all. Good afternoon. Laura and I are really honored to welcome the Prime Minister and Cherie back to the White House. Welcome, Tony. Glad you're here. Congratulations on your great victory.
Garrett M. Graff: Is that a challenge to Len Downie? Full transcript of the exchange is after the jump.
Magpie @PacificViews: From today's press conference at the White House: Lies and more lies.

'Lactivists' Taking Their Cause, and Their Babies, to the Streets
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The calls for a "nurse-in" began on the Internet mere moments after Barbara Walters uttered a negative remark about public breast-feeding on her ABC talk show, "The View."
Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times
Charles Kuffner: Lactivism — My view on breastfeeding in public is pretty much the same as Hope's.
Ann Althouse: Nursing mothers protest Barbara Walters. Walters dared to say she felt uncomfortable sitting next to a nursing mother on an airplane.
Jeff Jarvis: All of which leads to just one conclusion: In America, breasts are news. : SPEAKING OF WHICH....
Vox Day: Defecation is natural too — Lactivists envision a Bourbon Street world: [snipped quote] I remember being at dinner one...
Kevin Drum: LACTIVISM....Barbara Walters said a few weeks ago that "the sight of a woman breast-feeding on an airplane next to her had made her uncomfortable."
Lindsay Beyerstein: In other nipple news "'Lactivists' Taking Their Cause, and Their Babies, to the Streets By AMY HARMON The calls for a...

The Great Ground Zero Heist
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
On Memorial Day weekend, three Marines from the 24th Expeditionary Unit who had been wounded in Iraq were joined by 300 other service members for a wreath-laying ceremony at the empty pit of Ground Zero. The broken pieces of the Twin Towers have long ago been cleared away.
Charles Johnson: UPDATE at 6/7/05 7:54:12 am: Here's a special link to the article, good for 7 days without a subscription: The Great Ground Zero Heist.
Jay Tea: Pissing on three thousand graves — If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention. (Update: Links fixed. Thanks, fatman.)
Mitch Berg: She relates how a politically-correct pressure group has hijacked the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero: [snipped quote] What does this mean?
Paul @PowerLine: Leftist larceny — Little Green Footballs alerted us to this deeply disturbing column in the WSJ by Debra Burlingame,...
Steve Bainbridge: 9/11 Deserves Better — In an op-ed unfortunately lodged behind the WSJ($)'s subscriber's only firewall (update: RCP's...

Terminal Futility
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Is there anyone reading this column who would agree with Mark O. Hatfield Jr., spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, that in the past year "the average peak wait time at [airport] checkpoints has dropped a minute ... to about 12 minutes"?
Robert Clayton Dean: Given my impending trip, Christopher Hitchens' rant about the idiocy of our airport security was both timely, and dead on target.
Richard TPD: Christopher Hitchens savages the idiotic mess in a tragi-comic column.
Jan Haugland: Christopher Hitchens argues it is also pretty worthless when it comes to deterring or stopping terrorists.
Dale Franks: A bang-up job at the TSA — Christopher Hitchens isn't impressed by the crack profresssionals who run the airport screening line.

CNN's New Chemistry Set: O'Brien & O'Brien
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Rick Squarejaw is heading to the Land of Pursuing Opportunities Elsewhere and Miles O'Brien will replace him as co-anchor of CNN's ayem show "American Morning," joining Soledad O'Brien for a three-hour, all-O'Brien weekday block on the cable news network.
Joe Gandelman: Changes At CNN: O'Brien & O'Brien In And Hemmer Out — Big changes at CNN where heads are being added and rolled in what actually is typical staff juggling in the broadcast biz.
Brian Stelter: > To the Washington Post: "What's vital in the morning is chemistry between anchors.
Jim Romenesko: Hemmer declines CNN WH reporting job, will leave network — Washington Post "American Morning" co-anchor Bill Hemmer...
Harry Shearer: From today's Washington Post, TV columnist Lisa deMoraes brings news of still more fun: "What's vital in the morning is chemistry between anchors," Klein told The TV Column.
ArchPundit: What Atrios Said about Hemmer — Here [snipped quote] Not that I care to watch 24/7 coverage of a runaway blonde or frank...
Garrett M. Graff: Who Gets To Be Beauty? dwarfs.jpgLisa de Moraes outdoes herself today in mocking/reporting yesterday's moves by CNN.
Also: Atrios, Jesse Taylor

Sexperts, porn, and guns, oh my!   —   Permalink 
A couple of days ago, bird watcher and forest conservation advocate, Rita Dean of Greenville, SC, wrote a letter complaining about me to the chancellor (and nearly every other administrator) of my university.
S.Z.: 5. Mike Adams - a point to Clif. And a style point to Tara for saying this was "Charlton Heston when he was a fetus." 6.
Amanda Marcotte: Least convincing argument that liberals are crazy ever — Mike Adams: [snipped quote] Quick question: Consensual anal sex or a shot to the head by a .22?
Tbogg: But what is amusing is Mike takes subtle personal offense with this person because they...well, we'll let you see if you...

Kerry, Bush had similar grades
  AP   —   Permalink 
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Sen. John F. Kerry's grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush's record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: So after all the puff pieces on Kerry and his brilliance by the media we find out that he was just as non-serious about college as was President Bush.
Charles Johnson: Kerry: A Lackluster Student — John F. Kerry has finally released some of his records, and the left's shining light, the...
Alexander K. McClure: Academic Standing — Senator Kerry is SO much smarter than President Bush. Right. I'm sure this story will lead the CBS Evening News.
Blackfive: Next, his grades. I find it highly amusing that an elitist snob like Kerry was such a mediocre student.
Oliver @LiquidList: Media: Riveting Investigative Journalism, That — CNN: Still liberal after all these years. Great journalism, too.

Fallout of marijuana verdict
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
ASHLAND, ORE. - The US Supreme Court's decision this week asserting federal control over marijuana used for medical purposes would seem to bring that controversial practice to a halt. Uncle Sam - not the states - has the last word here, the court ruled.
James Joyner: While the above WaPo piece was entitled, "Not About Pot," CSM's Brad Knickerbocker examines the implications of the...
Forkum: Christian Science Monitor has an overview of the implications the Supreme Court ruling: Fallout of marijuana verdict
Jeff Goldstein: Now, if someone would just introduce legislation reminding lawmakers (and certain justices) that the enumeration of...

Bolton approval by 'tiniest' margin - senator
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior Democratic senator said Monday John Bolton would be confirmed by the "tiniest" of margins as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thereby sending a signal to the rest of the world that he lacked strong support at home.
K. J. Lopez: Patrick Leahy, pledging allegiance to the moral authority of a body that would have let Saddam sit and continue to...
Orrin Judd: REDS VS POWDER BLUES: Bolton approval by 'tiniest' margin - senator (Evelyn Leopold, Jun 7, 2005, Reuters) - ...
Glenn Reynolds: IMAGINE NO CORRUPT AND INEFFECTUAL INTERNATIONAL BUREAUCRATS — I wonder if you can: [snipped quote] It's not clear to me...

Harris to challenge Nelson for Senate seat
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, who was praised and vilified for her role as Florida's secretary of state in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the U.S. Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
Attaturk: Katherine Harris — Family Values Candidate — One-time Tammy Faye Baker impersonator, Katherine Harris announced that...
Josh Marshall: Today Katherine Harris (R), in her continuing and remarkably rapid climb up the greasy pole of public office, announced...

Shriver says author wrong about 'Today'
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
California First Lady Maria Shriver says she's not, repeat not, vetting author appearances on the "Today" show - never mind that her husband's biographer, Laurence Leamer, blasted her yesterday in The New York Times.
Brian Stelter: > Following yesterday's Shriver-Smith-Murphy-Leam er story in the Times, Shriver tells Lloyd Grove she's not vetting author appearances for the Today show.
Cookie Jill: found on nydailynews "the front page": "dissing dean: i hear that hip hop summit honcho russell simmons, a loyal...
Kevin Roderick: Maria: Book never came up — Maria Shriver tells the New York Daily News' Lloyd Grove that she had no contact with...
Taegan Goddard: Mehlman Wins Over Simmons — After a meeting yesterday with RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, Hip Hop mogul and "loyal Democrat"...

Integrated Power
  Center for American Progress   —   Permalink 
The United States can best protect the American people and advance its interests by adopting a new national security strategy based on an integrated approach to using American power.
Ezra Klein: Happily for them, the Center for American Progress released something of a How-To this morning, their National Security Strategy for the 21st Century.
Guest @ThinkProgress: Integrated Power: A New National Security Framework — Today the American Progress National Security Team released "Integrated Power," a new progressive national security strategy.

State's Evidence
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Gonzalez v. Raich, upholding a federal ban on marijuana possession despite California's efforts to legalize medical marijuana.
Julian Sanchez: But stare decisis is a harsh mistress... Addendum: Will Baude over at The New Republic makes an argument similar to (my...
Will Baude: The Remnants of the Commerce Clause — State's Evidence, my take on Raich, is now online at TNR.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: One is by Will Baude.

Sen. Clinton Bashes Bush on Environment
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized the Bush administration's record on unemployment, women's rights and the environment, saying it is "intent upon consolidating and abusing power."
"We are living in a time when the other side doesn't want us to see the facts.
Steve Antler: Just as Hillary Clinton raises the rising duration of unemployment complaint (info can be found here and here) to a new...
Jayson @PoliPundit: Idle Time, Idle Mind — Hillary ("Common Good") Clinton.
Acidman: one witch, needing a broom — It takes a lot to frighten me anymore, but this person does. Bejus help us all if she ever becomes President.

Watergate Weighs on Today's White House
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Shortly after a 91-year-old man was revealed last week as the answer to the 30-year-old mystery of the Watergate affair, President Bush cast the scandal as something from the distant past.
"It would kind of fade from my memory, and then all of a sudden, somebody would pop it back in.
Jim Romenesko: > Dean can't imagine Bush administration holding Felt in high regard (LAT) > Experts not surprised to hear others in FBI leaked with Felt (Albany TU)
Jayson @PoliPundit: Projection — By the Los Angeles Times. Neil Young once wrote: "But every junkie's like a settin' sun." Yep.
Laura Rozen: Go read. Update: An interesting piece from the LAT, "Watergate Weighs on Today's White House."