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  Brad DeLong
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  Brendan Nyhan
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  Orrin Judd
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  Arthur Chrenkoff
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  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  Ramesh Ponnuru
  John J. Miller
  Lambert @Corrente
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  Jason Van Steenwyk
cut on the bias
  Susanna Cornett
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Armando @DailyKos
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  Frederick Maryland
  Ed Driscoll
Editor and Publisher
  Thomas Lipscomb
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Ezra Klein
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  Arianna Huffington
  Hooman Majd
  Sean Daniel
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  Bill @INDCJournal
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
International Herald Tribune
  Tom Maguire
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
  Eriposte @LeftCoaster
Left in the West
  Matt Singer
The Light Of Reason
  Arthur Silber
The Liquid List
  Oliver @LiquidList
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  Charles Johnson
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  Michael Kinsley
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  Barbara O'Brien
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Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
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  Nazila Fathi
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  Hilzoy @ObsidianWings
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  Magpie @PacificViews
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  Pejman Yousefzadeh
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  Gail Heriot
Rising Hegemon
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  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
Sadly, No!
  Sadly, No!
  Will Lester
San Diego Union-Tribune
  Marcus Stern
San Francisco Chronicle
Scared Monkeys
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Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
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Signifying Nothing
  Chris Lawrence
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Slant Point
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Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
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  Faiz @ThinkProgress
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Times of London
  Michael Smith
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  Marc @USSNeverdock
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War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
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US will 'have to face' military draft dilemma: senator
  AFP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will "have to face" a painful dilemma on restoring the military draft as rising casualties result in persistent shortfalls in US army recruitment, a top US senator warned.
Captain Ed: Now that we're eight months past the election, however, the Democrats now insist that the draft should be considered:...
Lambert @Corrente: When your enemy's drowning, throw him an anvil! So why is Joe Biden (D-MBNA) talking about needing a draft?
Jeralyn Merritt: Joe Biden Feels a Draft — Joe Biden on Meet the Press today: [snipped quote] The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq is now over 1,700.
Atrios: Drafty — Biden: WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will "have to face" a painful dilemma on restoring the military...
Oliver Willis: Senator Biden does "We're going to have to face that question," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" television show...

Transcript for June 12
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
This is a rush transcript provided for the information and convenience of the press. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Brendan Nyhan: John Harwood and David Broder close ranks on MTP — The second half of today's "Meet the Press" featured a typically inane pundit "roundtable."
Arianna Huffington: But today, even the shtick was gone.
Praktike: UPDATE:Little Russ actually made himself useful this morning, apparently.
Laura Rozen: Here's the relevant portion of this morning's transcript: [snipped quote] It's curious that Weldon claims here he knew nothing about Mahdavi's association with Ghorbanifar.
Hooman Majd: Hooman Majd: Curt Weldon, Amateur Spy — On Meet The Press this morning, Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Senator...
Atrios: Consider the Response — Bringing two threads together, given Ali Weldon's Meet the Press Appearance, let's imagine the...

Cheney Criticizes Dean Over Remarks
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Howard Dean is "over the top," Vice President Dick Cheney says, calling the Democrats' chairman "not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party."
"I've never been able to understand his appeal.
Eriposte @LeftCoaster: Here's Cheney on Dean (bold text is my emphasis): [snipped quote] At least AP did some fact-checking about the "never won...
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE III: Dick Cheney has taken the political ball thrown into the arms of the GOP and is running with it.
PoliPundit: Quote of the Day — Vice President Dick Cheney, on Howard Dean: "I've never been able to understand his appeal.
Oliver Willis: Sounds Like A Compliment To Me — The ethically challenged, criminally corrupt Dick Cheney talks about Howard Dean:...
Jeralyn Merritt: Cheney Zaps Howard Dean's Mother — Via Crooks and Liars...Hannity and Colmes will air an interview with Dick Cheney...

Hundreds of Women Protest Sex Discrimination in Iran
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, June 12 - Hundreds of women staged an unauthorized demonstration in Tehran today, protesting sex discrimination under Iran's Islamic leadership just days before the June 17 presidential elections.
Robert Mayer: Middle East — Iran Babes of politics — IRANIAN WOMEN PROTEST GENDER APARTHEID This is big. Keep reading, you'll see why.
Ann Althouse: With the presidential election days away, women in Iran demonstrate against sex discrimination.
Armando @DailyKos: Iranian Women Protest Sex Discrimination — Ahem, women everywhere are standing up: [snipped quote] How can we support such a movement?
Amanda Marcotte: Women in Iran stand up for their rights — Kick some ass, ladies! [snipped quote] No surprises there.

Scream 2: The Sequel
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
June 20 issue - By the glamour-challenged standards of Washington, it was a big-box-office move. On short notice last Saturday, C-Span decided to cover—live—a normally snooze-inducing meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
John Cole: Today, Howard has a long piece outlining the problems with Howard Dean titled the Scream 2: the Sequel, in which Fineman...
Chris Bowers: Small Donors Take Over Democratic Party — Two corporate parties no more (emphasis mine): [snipped quote] I'd love to see the avergae donation to the RNC, by way of comparison.
Daveweigel @DailyKos: Since we're all so quick to post when someone bashes Howard Dean or writes something inaccurate about DNC fundraising,...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: But in the end, organization does not mean a hill of beans without votes, and votes are what the second Howard may be...
Matt Singer: In an article highlighted at Kos for being surprisingly fair, Howard Fineman compares Dean's recent statements to Russell Crowe's recent phoning of a hotel employee.

The Left Gets a Memo
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
After about the 200th e-mail from a stranger demanding that I cease my personal cover-up of something called the Downing Street Memo, I decided to read it. (By mentioning 200 e-mails, I do not intend to brag. I'm sure Tom Friedman got many more.)
Riggsveda @Corrente: Well, Kinsley has shot his keyboard off, no doubt in the service of "balance", and unleashed a spray of indiscriminate...
Jesse Taylor: Shorter Michael Kinsley: the Downing Street Memo says exactly what its critics say it says, but it doesn't provide...
Captain Ed: Today, however, he scores on the ridiculous nature of the Downing Street Memo that has the Left all atwitter.
Kevin Drum: Here's how Kinsley reports this: [quote] The key passage summarizes "recent talks in Washington" by the head of British foreign intelligence (identified, John le Carre-style, as "C").[end quote]
Cernig: Meanwhile, Michael Kinsey in the LA Times is just a couple of steps behind events with his defense of the Bush administration.
James Joyner: Michael Kinsley begins a detailed column thusly: "After about the 200th e-mail from a stranger demanding that I cease...
Also: Barbara O'Brien, Juan Cole, Kevin Roderick

Lawmaker's home sale questioned
  By / San Diego Union-Tribune   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A defense contractor with ties to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham took a $700,000 loss on the purchase of the congressman's Del Mar house while the congressman, a member of the influential defense appropriations subcommittee, was supporting the contractor's efforts to get tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon.
Josh Marshall: As this article in today's San Diego Union-Tribune explains, the house sat unbought and unoccupied for 261 days.
Gail Heriot: Or rock stupidity? Or both?
Roger Ailes: The Housing Bubble Has Burst — A timely lesson for California homebuyers: don't factor an illegal bribe into your bid:...

Nuts all round
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
American sentimentality may once have seemed endearing, but now we know it's just another instrument of evil. Every aspect of American culture has begun to stink of the grave. The pizzas and hamburgers: this is how world tyrants fuel themselves.
Jason Van Steenwyk: An insipid book review — I response to the first paragraph of this Guardian book review: Anti-american cynicism once...
Norm Geras: It's rare however to find quite so concentrated an instance of the phenomenon as in this review by Lucy Ellmann of...
Jan Haugland: Lucy Ellmann surely doesn't hold back. American sentimentality may once have seemed endearing, but now we know it's just another instrument of evil.
Gary Farber: Lucy Ellman begins a book review with this throat-clearing: [snipped quote] I'll leave this simply as a Rorshach.

States Ranked: Smartest to Dumbest
  CNN   —   Permalink 
The smartest state in the union for the second consecutive year is Massachusetts.
The dumbest, for the third year in a row, is New Mexico.
These are the findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states.
Jay Tea: Educational idiot savants — There's a new study out, and it proclaims that Massachusetts is the smartest state, while New Mexico is the dumbest.
Acidman: i would rather be dumb — This is absolute bulls**t.
Joe Gandelman: A new study has just come out that ranks the 50 states from the smartest to dumbest — which is of interest to me...
Ann Althouse: Wisconsin's #5, so should I approve of this silliness? We love rankings and we love lists, so here I am linking.

Who can stop the rise and rise of China? The communists, of course
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
Seventy years ago, in the days of Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan, when the inscrutable Oriental had a powerful grip on Occidental culture, Erle Stanley Gardner wrote en passant in the course of a short story: "The Chinese of wealth always builds his house with a cunning simulation of external poverty.
Jan Haugland: PS: Mark Steyn is far more skeptical to China, and to the fashionable idea it will take over the world.
Ed Driscoll: Steyn's title says it all: "Who can stop the rise and rise of China?
Roger L. Simon: That would be cooperating with totalitarianism, obviously the antithesis of what we are trying to do. (hat tip: Wichita Boy) MEANWHILE: On topic - Steyn the Man.
Glenn Reynolds: MARK STEYN: Who can stop China from conquering the world? The Chinese communists! Read the whole thing, and especially the conclusion.

Ministers were told of need for Gulf war 'excuse'
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
Steve M.: I suppose I ought to be paying more attention to the Downing Street Memo, especially now that a second memo that corroborates the first one has surfaced.
Cernig: Yet Another Leak - The Downing Street Briefing — There's been yet another leak made to the Times of London by it's...
Jack Balkin: Sunday Times: British Cabinet Told in July 2002 To Come Up With Way To Make War Legal JB In a follow up to its story...
Skippy: up and downing street shakespeare's sister of the big brass alliance keeps us informed about the latest on the downing...
Talking Dog: Bruce the Veep forwards us this follow-up from (dog run member) The Times of London, giving us this report of British...
Judd @ThinkProgress: Shouldn't the media and Congress investigate? Stay tuned for Kinsley's "debunking" of the latest evidence.
Also: Jeralyn Merritt, Barbara O'Brien, Juan Cole, Steve Soto, Kevin Drum, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brad DeLong, Nellie B, Magpie @PacificViews, Marty Kaplan, Hilzoy @ObsidianWings, Jesse Taylor, Cookie Jill, Attaturk, The Poorman, Roger Ailes, Josh Marshall

Lessons from the voucher schools
  JSOnline   —   Permalink 
Now 15 years old, Milwaukee's school choice program is very much like a teenager - heartwarmingly good at times, disturbingly bad at others, and the subject of myths, misunderstandings and ignorance, even by the adults entrusted with its welfare.
Ezra Klein: Further, the reality of vouchers, that they simply let a thousand parochial flowers bloom, is its own problem.
John J. Miller: SCHOOL CHOICE — The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel runs an extensive series of articles on school choice, beginning today.
Kevin Drum: VOUCHER SCHOOLS IN MILWAUKEE...The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a quite fascinating story today about their city's...

Dean tells Dems: "People want us to fight"
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric.
Rickheller @Centerfield: Dean is right that Democrats want him to fight, but shouldn't his shots at Republicans hit their targets?
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Private Parts — Donna Brazile: idiot. [snipped quote] Note to Donna: If you say "privately" to a reporter, it's no longer private.

New Tack Against Illegal Immigrants: Trespassing Charges
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The police chief of this tiny whitewashed New England town has crafted his own border-control policy — he has charged illegal immigrants from Mexico with trespassing in New Hampshire.
The novel legal strategy has made a minor celebrity of W. Garrett Chamberlain.
Ace: He's charging them with trespassing. As usual, the Mexican government, the ACLU and the open borders crowd are not pleased.
Jay Tea: The Washington Post sent a reporter to New Ipswich, and he did his darndest to do a hatchet-job on the chief, his town, and the state in general.

Inside The Interrogation Of Detainee 063
  Time   —   Permalink 
The prisoner known around the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay as Detainee 063 was a hard man to break. Defiant from the start, he told his captors that he had been in Afghanistan to pursue his love of falconry. But the young Saudi prisoner who wouldn't talk was not just any detainee.
Cori Dauber: A Question of Balance — You can't yet access the entire cover package from the web unless you subscribe to Time...
David Allan Pell: Inside The Interrogation Of Detainee 063 — Time provides an interesting look inside a Gitmo interrogation in this week's cover story.
Jeralyn Merritt: Time Magazine's Series on Guantanamo Inside the Interrogation of Detainee 063 Extracts from an Interrogation Log...

Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Iraq Plan
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country.
Randall Parker: More British Memos Show No Bush Iraq Post War Planning — More British government documents on the pre-Iraq invasion period are leaking out.
Juan Cole: In his report about the Cabinet briefing, Walter Pincus focuses on the passages that worry about the apparent lack of planning by Bush for the day after the war ended.
Kevin Drum: The Washington Post has yet another memo prepared at the same time, this one suggesting that the Bush administration had...
Barbara O'Brien: This is getting ridiculous. If we piled up all the evidence of Bushie prevarication we could sink Australia, you know.
Steve Soto: And now the Washington Post is on the story, with a Sunday Page One related to the DSM: "A briefing paper prepared for...
Billmon: Downing Street Memo II — And like most sequels (The Godfather II being the big exception) it's not nearly as fresh or...
Also: Lindsay Beyerstein, Pontificator @DailyKos, Eriposte @LeftCoaster, Cori Dauber, Atrios, Attaturk, Jim Henley, Cookie Jill, The Poorman, Jeralyn Merritt, Oliver Willis

Center Court
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Within hours of the compromise reached by a bipartisan group of senators last month that defused, or at least delayed, a showdown on judicial filibusters, interest groups on the right and the left were denouncing the deal in the most aggrieved terms.
Ramesh Ponnuru: VOX POP — Jeffrey Rosen argues in the New York Times Magazine that the Supreme Court, for good or ill, reflects public opinion better than elected officials do.
William J. Dyer: In an essay called "Center Court," Prof. Rosen takes this data for his premise: [snipped quote] Now, although I never...

TIME Exclusive: Inside the Wire at Gitmo
  Time   —   Permalink 
New York - TIME has obtained the first documented look inside the highly classified realm of military interrogations since the Gitmo Camp at Guantanamo Bay opened. The document is a secret 84-page interrogation log that details the interrogation of 'Detainee 063' at Guantanamo Bay.
Sean Daniel: Drudge provides a link to a story this morning that recording artists, songwriters and the music industry should jump on.
Bill @INDCJournal: Minimalist Punditry: Time's Scoop on Gitmo Interrogation — That's it? Super-extended commentary below the fold: Read More jack3.jpg More from Bill Quick.

Don't Follow the Money
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
THE morning the Deep Throat story broke, the voice on my answering machine was as raspy as Hal Holbrook's. "I just want you to remember that I wrote 'Follow the money,' " said my caller. "I want to know if anybody will give me credit. Watch for the accuracy of the media!"
Arthur Chrenkoff: Today, it's Frank Rich's turn to join the "wish it were 1974 again" crowd of nostalgics who are scratching their heads...
Cori Dauber: How Little the Details Matter — From Frank Rich's latest: In the most recent example, all the president's men slimed...
Arthur Silber: After noting how today's media has continued to ignore the Downing Street Memo story, Rich writes: [snipped quote] Rich...
Tom Maguire: We Fact Check Frank Rich — Frank Rich fact checks the world; we fact check Frank Rich.
James Joyner: Deep Throat Didn't Say "Follow the Money" — Frank Rich begins an otherwise annoying column with an interesting tidbit:...
Amanda Marcotte: Don't lose sight of the Downing Street Memo — Frank Rich jumps into the fray.
Also: Al Rodgers, Atrios

Videotape of Serbian Police Killing 6 Muslims From Srebrenica Grips Balkans
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
SPIONICA, Bosnia, June 9 - Safeta Muhic is glued to her television set, feverishly flicking channels for another chance to see Serbian gunmen killing her brother.
Safeta Muhic, with a photomontage of her family, learned of the death of her brother, top left, when she saw a video of the police killing him.
Ann Althouse: The theory saves us from needing to think about the historical details of the period — what happened in Bosnia? — and allows us to contemplate American culture.
Cori Dauber: Now they're learning some of the truth and it's a shock to the system. Hopefully the word, "Srebrenica" isn't one we've forgotten.

Storm Clouds In California
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
When 20-year-old Hamid Hayat left his home in California a little more than two years ago, he was like a lot of young Americans—aimless and a bit unsure about his future. Rail-thin and addicted to videogames, he lived with his parents in Lodi, Calif., a small farming town south of Sacramento.
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Newsweek Shills for Terrorists — Newsweek just can't seem to stop shilling for the terrorists. Let's set the scene shall we?
Charles Johnson: Jihad In California — Newsweek's Michael "Koran in a Commode" Isikoff has a new article about the Lodi terrorism...

Cabinet Office paper: Conditions for military action
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
The paper, produced by the Cabinet Office on July 21, 2002, is incomplete because the last page is missing. The following is a transcript rather than the original document in order to protect the source.
Ministers are invited to:
Riggsveda @Corrente: Memo-ries, Like The Corners Of My Mind... By now many of you have read of the new, improved UK Memo that came on the heels of the original Downing Street Memo.
Barbara O'Brien: At what point does the overwhelming preponderance of evidence stop being a crazy conspiracy theroy?
Magpie @PacificViews: Hopefully the revelation of this additional document will give some more spine to the US press, which has...
Cernig: You can read what the Times has published of the Downing Street Briefing here.
Juan Cole: Bush and Blair Committed to War in April, 2002 — Leaked Cabinet Briefing Shows British Knew War was Illegal The London...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: Another British Memo... by hilzoy Via a dKos diary, I see that the Times of London is reporting on a second memo from Tony Blair's cabinet.
Also: Cookie Jill, The Poorman

Howard Dean Renews Attacks on Republicans
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from key supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough even though some congressional Democrats have suggested he should tone down his rhetoric.
Joe Gandelman: Dean told the crowd:""People want us to fight," Dean told the national party's executive committee. "
PoliPundit: Howard Dean: God's Gift to the GOP — Howard Dean will continue with his shrill, hateful rhetoric: [snipped quote] I hope Dean remains the Democrats' chairman forever!

No Smoking Gun
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
After about the 200th e-mail from a stranger demanding that I cease my personal coverup of something called the Downing Street Memo, I decided to read it. It's all over the blogosphere and Air America, the left-wing talk radio network: This is the smoking gun of the Iraq war.
Riggsveda @Corrente: But what prompted this unplanned post was finding this poison in the op-ed pages of the Washington Post.
Judd @ThinkProgress: Kinsley's Sloppy Downing Street Whitewash — On the Washington Post Op-Ed page this morning, Michael Kinsley - an editor...

Rare Bomb Explosions Kill Eight in Iran
  AP   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, Iran - Four bombs exploded in the capital of an oil-rich province on the Iranian border with Iraq on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding at least 36, state-run television reported. The bombings came days before the presidential vote and were the deadliest in Iran in more than a decade.
Jan Haugland: Deadly blasts target the Iranian government — Iranian government buildings were targeted by four bomb explosions in the...
Charles Johnson: Arabs vs Persians? Bomb Explosions Target Iranian Elections.

U.S. Campaign Produces Few Convictions on Terrorism Charges
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
On Thursday, President Bush stepped to a lectern at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus to urge renewal of the USA Patriot Act and to boast of the government's success in prosecuting terrorists.
Steve Soto: Another Bush Lie - Success In The War On Terror — Just another example of our Liar In Chief in action: "On Thursday,...
Praktike: The Case of the Stolen Cereal — Lovely: More than a year before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI nabbed two Arab...
Alex Tabarrok: Cereal Terrorism — The Wa Post has a good piece on how the administration's terrorism statistics have been trumped up.
Arianna Huffington: Neither Russert, nor Broder, even though it was after all front-page, above-the-fold, in his own paper, made a single...
Michelle Malkin: PROSECUTORIAL ZEAL — I'm sure liberals will be buzzing about this Washington Post story, which purports to show the...
Barbara O'Brien: [Update: However, WaPo reports 39 convictions; see my comments above.
Also: Magpie @PacificViews, Jeralyn Merritt

Rice takes stage to help ailing singer
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — A musician long before she became an academic and then a world-famous diplomat, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took to the Kennedy Center concert stage Saturday to accompany a young soprano battling an often-fatal disease.
Betsy Newmark: Here's another side of Condoleezza Rice. "Rice's rare and unpublicized appearance at the piano marked a striking departure from her routine as America's No. 1 diplomat.
Roger L. Simon: UPDATE: Here's the Condoleeza Rice that Mr. Findley finds so distressing.

The Time Seems Ripe to Tie the Knot in Iraq
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD — Business is booming for the wedding DJ in the Iraqi capital.
The party planner at the city's upscale Hunting Club can't find enough floral designers to keep up with decoration demands.
Patterico: "Some" Raise Their Ugly Heads Again The L.A. Times reports: The Time Seems Ripe to Tie the Knot in Iraq.
PoliPundit: Wedding Boom — I'm surprised to see the LA Times, charter member of the Lying Liberal Media, reporting this:...

Tyson Loses in Sixth; Career May Be Over
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

"I don't have the stomach for this anymore," Tyson said.
Captain Ed: When his punches didn't intimidate his opponent, he resorted to deliberate fouling to sabotage the fight
Chris Lawrence: Tyson tanks — I must say I'm a little bit surprised at the news that Mike Tyson lost his fight tonight in Washington...
Joe Gandelman: Mike Tyson Quits Fight — And Probably Boxing Career — Mike Tyson quit on his stool last night in his highly-touted...
James Joyner: Mike Tyson Loses in Sixth; Career May Be Over — Former heavyweight champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson lost in the...

Interrogating Ourselves
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
I. The Silence After Abu Ghraib
In order to get to the nub of the question of what we as citizens really expect and require of American interrogators facing supposed terrorists — how far we're prepared to allow those asking the questions to venture into...
Jeralyn Merritt: Sunday Reading — New York Times Sunday Magazine Joseph Lelyveld: Interrogating Ourselves.
Adam Stanhope: Torture Q&A — Writing in today's New York Times Magazine, Joseph Lelyveld asks and answers some difficult questions about torture and the so-called "Global War on Terror."
Orrin Judd: LIGHT RINSE: Interrogating Ourselves (JOSEPH LELYVELD, 6/12/05, NY Times Magazine) [snipped quote] Why wasn't our general...
Tom Maguire: Joseph Lelyveld, a former executive editor of The New York Times, has the weekend must-read on torture.
Charles Johnson: The creator of "Piss Christ." Appreciate the many levels of self-loathing: Interrogating Ourselves. (Hat tip: E.P.)

Dean Urges Appeal to Moral Values
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Unrepentant after a week of controversy over his inflammatory remarks, Democratic Chairman Howard Dean told party leaders yesterday that casting traditionally liberal issues in moral terms is a key to breaking Republicans' eight-year hold on the White House.
Jeralyn Merritt: Via Skippy [hat tip to Tennessee Guerilla Women} Update: Dean calls on Dems to adopt values language.
Billmon: Getting It — [snipped quote] Works for me.

Democratic leaders back Dean, don't want 'wimp'
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic National Committee leaders embraced feisty party boss Howard Dean on Saturday and urged him to keep fighting despite a flap over his blunt comments on Republicans.
Joe Gandelman: Dean Continues Attacks On GOP Amid Confidence Vote From DNC — Cups of specially spiced Kool Aid seemed out in force...
Kos @DailyKos: DNC exec committee: 'we don't want a wimp' — Amen. [snipped quote] Damn right.
Ace: I was happy to see that the most recent democratic response to Dean's appalling comments was one of embracing them, as opposed to the polite and frigid recoil I was expecting.
Mitch Berg: Yeeaaaaaaaaagggggh! The Democratic party leadership is foursquare behind Dean: [snipped quote] Exactly. Hang in there, Democrats!

Questions Remain About Kerry's Military Records
  By / Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times initially refused to confirm or deny that they had a copy, or had even seen a copy, of the Standard Form 180 (SF-180) by which Sen. John Kerry’s "complete" military records were released over the past several days.
Captain Ed: He went back to the Boston Globe to get a release of the form itself to determine how it was executed — and the Globe,...
Scott @PowerLine: Editor & Publisher carries his latest column on the subject: "Questions remain about Kerry's military records."
PoliPundit: The Globe and Kerry — Is the Boston Globe covering up for John Kerry?
Jim Lindgren: Nagging Questions About Kerry's Military Records Released to the Public— Thomas Lipscomb of the Chicago Sun-Times has...
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Kerry's Records Released? Maybe, maybe not. Thomas Lipscomb has questions and so do I.

U.S. Asks Others to Pressure Iraq to Be Inclusive
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 11 - The Bush administration, seeking to close the continuing rift between Shiite and dissident Sunni Arab leaders in Iraq, is enlisting Europe, the Arab world and the United Nations to pressure the Baghdad government to include minorities in the political process, administration and other diplomats say.
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Now: Bush Administration Desperately Seeking Help In Confronting Threat of Iraq Civil War [quote] "The Bush administration,...[end quote]
DeDurkheim: The Bush mis-administration is pressuring Iraqi government (I use this word loosely) officials to include minority leaders, perspectives, and activists in their political process.
Armando @DailyKos: US to Iraq: Listen to the UN — Irony: [snipped quote] Hmm, when Cheney insists the insurgency is in its "final throes,"...
Gregory Djerejian: The Iraqi Insurgency Is Not Dead — Wretchard, of the Belmont Club: "A casual observer can't help but notice that three...
Praktike: The Times' Steven Weisman peered behind the curtain and found it to be so: WASHINGTON, June 11 - The Bush...

Dean Tells Dems: 'People Want Us to Fight'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric.
Avedon Carol: A bunch of links — Dean Tells Dems: 'People Want Us to Fight': Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from...
Lambert @Corrente: "(AP via Guardian)" When you know you're under the Republican boot, you scream. If you're not screaming, you're not paying attention.
McQ: Yup, you're right: [snipped quote] Think he'll ever figure out the difference between "fighting" and "insulting?"
Jeff Jarvis: Today, he says: [quote] "People want us to fight," Dean told the national party's executive committee. "We are here to fight." [end quote]

Naked cyclists in oil protest ride
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A group of naked cyclists took part in a bike ride to protest against oil dependency and to "celebrate the human body."
Crowds gathered as about 100 people set off from Hyde Park corner, London, in the World Naked Bike Ride past some of the capital's most famous landmarks.
Jan Haugland: Now this is protest babes! A group of naked cyclists took part in a bike ride to protest against oil dependency and to "celebrate the human body."
Atomizer l: Chad Neilson, one of the organizers of the London protest, had this to say: [snipped quote] Leaving aside the Holy Roman...
Joe Gandelman: If bystanders heckled them we assume they turned the other cheek.
Susanna Cornett: A new reason to get naked — A bunch of confused people stripped down and rode through London on bikes and roller skates...
James Joyner: Naked cyclists in oil protest ride [snipped quote] I'm guessing that this protest will have negligible impact on our...
Clayton Cramer: Moonbats — One of the signs of a moonbat is their ability to discredit multiple causes at once because of their need to...

Conflict is not an option
  IHT   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK The relationship between the United States and China is beset by ambiguity. On the one hand, seven presidents have affirmed the importance of cooperative relations with China and a commitment to a one-China policy.
Nevertheless, ambivalence has suddenly re-emerged.
Jan Haugland: Kissinger: No cold war with China — Henry Kissinger warns against seeing the rise of China as a start of a new cold war.
Praktike: Henry Kissinger is making sense — I'm glad to see ole Hank adding his voice to wisely pooh-pooh the growing Navy-fueled...
Jon Henke: Foreign Policy: China (via Praktike) Henry Kissinger weighs in on the problem of China: "China's emerging role is often...

In Overhaul of Social Security, Age Is the Elephant in the Room
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 11 - Americans turning 65 this year can expect to live, on average, until they are 83, four and a half years longer than the typical 65-year-old could expect in 1940. And government actuaries predict that American life spans will just keep growing.
Brad DeLong: In Overhaul of Social Security, Age Is the Elephant in the Room - New York Times by ROBIN TONER and DAVID E. ROSENBAUM:...
Josh Marshall: There's a very apt analysis at Gadflyer of the Times piece today on life expectancy and how it affects the Social Security debate.
Kevin Drum: It's a perfect example of how conservative elites are out of touch with the reality of people who do earn an honest...

Judge orders increased spills on Snake and upper Columbia dams.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
U.S. District Judge James Redden ordered federal officials on Friday to substantially increase the volume of water spilled through the four Snake River dams and McNary Dam on the Columbia River to make it easier for imperiled juvenile salmon to reach the ocean.
David Neiwert: In essence, the presence of gigantic fish farms will supposedly relieve pressure to ensure the survival of wild salmon...
Cookie Jill: ...mosness, who fished for salmon in alaska for 28 years, worries that producing enough salmon in fish farms will give...
John Cole: Yuck — I did not know this: [snipped quote] And just like that, my appetite for salmon (one of my favorite fish dishes-...

Repairing Senate's Record on Lynching
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Anna Holmes remembers hearing about the bridge when she was a little girl.
It stood somewhere near the spot where the Collington and Western branches of the Patuxent River met in Upper Marlboro, less than a quarter-mile from the Marlboro jail.
Stephen: Capt. Ed links to this WaPo story about the Senate's proposed apology for its failure (THRU FILIBUSTERS!!!!!) in the 1930's to condemn lynching.
Captain Ed: (Updates Galore) The Senate will debate whether to apologize for its role in blocking federal intervention in the quaint...
James Joyner: Repairing Senate's Record on Lynching (WaPo, A1) [snipped quote] If this seemingly empty gesture will help ease the pain...
Jesse Taylor: Whereas Perfect Strangers Was Hilarious... Okay, I know that the world of Senate proclamations is one that is sordid,...

Senators Mentioned As Possible Justices
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - If there is a Supreme Court vacancy this summer, President Bush may look no farther than the Capitol for a member of Congress who can be confirmed quickly. Past presidents have done it, more than two dozen times.
Alexander K. McClure: Supreme Court Vacancy — There is an article from the Associated Press that speculates President Bush might appoint a Senator to a vacancy in the Supreme Court.
Ezra Klein: It Just Gets Weirder and Weirder — If, as the AP is speculating, Sen. John Cornyn gets nominated for the Supreme Court, he'd better watch his back.
James Joyner: Senators Mentioned As Possible Justices (AP) [snipped quote] While I'm reasonably familiar with both men and find them...

Editor of Climate Reports Resigns
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Philip A. Cooney, the chief of staff to President Bush's Council on Environmental Quality, resigned yesterday, White House officials said.
Mr. Cooney's resignation came two days after documents revealed that he had repeatedly edited government climate...
Joe Gandelman: White House Aide Who Changed Climate Reports Resigns — The White House advisor who reportedly repeatedly edited...
Magpie @PacificViews: This time around, that bad news was the uncomfortable fact of Cooney's sudden resignation from his position as chair of Dubya's Council on Environmental Quality.
Andrew Sullivan: WHOPPER OF THE DAY: "He had accumulated many weeks of leave and had decided to resign and take the summer off to spend...

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
  White House   —   Permalink 
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
MR. McCLELLAN: All right, I'd like to begin with one statement by the President, and then I'll give you a little bit more of a general readout on the meeting with President Roh.
Ezra Klein: Today's McClellan Moment — This gem comes from the June 10th briefing: "As I said, the President is always willing to...
Frederick Maryland: McClellanizing the Truth — After President Bush and South Korean President Roh met on Friday morning, White House Press...

Google blocks ad for anti-Clinton book
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
A conservative book publisher says the search engine giant Google rejected his ad for a book critical of Bill and Hillary Clinton while continuing to accept anti-Bush themes.
Scott Sala: WorldNetDaily has the latest apparent Google attempt to block political ads that attack Democrats.
Sadly, No!: Second, here's an article about Google rejecting an ad for a book that accuses Bill Clinton of being a big ol' rapist...
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Google the Democrat? Google continues its support of the Democrats. How much stock does Soros own?

Human rights activists 'childish'
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Human rights campaigners in Britain have been branded childish by a former general secretary of Liberty.
Andrew Puddephat said they attacked government attempts to deal with crime without considering members of the public who the laws are trying to help.
Avedon Carol: Creeps I have known — As I've mentioned on previous occasions, I was once on the executive committee of the National...
Jan Haugland: Headline of the day — "Human rights activists 'childish'" (BBC News)
Amanda Marcotte: Human rights are not dispensable — From Avedon Carol, it seems like our friends across the pond have their share of...

Zimbabwe's 'Cleanup' Takes a Vast Human Toll
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 10 - The government abruptly began demolishing shanties and roadside markets here three weeks ago, evicting thousands of people and bulldozing homes or burning them to the ground, in what officials call a cleanup of illegal slums and black-market vendors.
Jan Haugland: He certainly falls short on atrocities, but that is not for lack of trying.
Betsy Newmark: That is one way for Mugabe to get rid of his opposition. The New York Times has a sad story on what is happening there.
Charles Bird: All that's lacking are "reeducation" camps. Today's New York Times has a similar report.
Cori Dauber: High Level Attention for Zimbabwe — And you know once the Times' covers it, it's news.

Indictment: Saudi Pair in Colo. Kept Slave
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
(06-10) 19:27 PDT Aurora, Colo. (AP) —
A Saudi Arabian couple was in custody Friday, accused of turning a young Indonesian woman into a virtual slave, forcing her to clean, cook and care for their children while she was threatened and sexually assaulted.
Charles Johnson: Saudi Slavery in Colorado — Our friends the Saudis keep slaves in their home country, and now they're bringing them to the US as well: Indictment: Saudi Pair in Colo. Kept Slave.
Stirling Newberry: Slavery in America — Breaking from AP: [snipped quote] Slavery is a stain on America, if never again means anything...
Jan Haugland: Saudi couple kept slave — A Saudi couple is risking life in prison for keeping an Indonesian woman as a slave.

Panel Chairman Leaves Hearing
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
After repeated criticism of the Bush administration, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday gaveled a hearing to a close and walked out while Democrats continued to testify — but with their microphones shut off.
Joe Gandelman: A POOR MODEL For Iraq's Democracy — Attention F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.": far be it for me to lecture you on...
Barbara O'Brien: Mike Allen, WaPo: "The hearing's announced topic was the USA Patriot Act, which granted broad new powers to federal law enforcement after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Cori Dauber: Taking the Bait — Here's the thing: I just find it hard to imagine a situation where shutting down your opponent's...
Lambert @Corrente: And here's WaPo's headline on the inside (page A04, not too bad): "Panel chairman leaves hearing. Still nothing unusual, right?
Cookie Jill: but i think as we are lecturing foreign governments about the conduct of their behavior with regard to opposition —...

Major Break in Natalee Holloway Case
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
ORANJESTAD, Aruba — One of the young men detained in the disappearance of an Alabama (search) honors student admitted "something bad happened" to the woman after they took her to the beach, a police officer said, while prosecutors said Saturday the investigation was at a crucial point.
Michelle Malkin: MISSING PRETTY GIRL SYNDROME — If you are interested, Dan Riehl at Riehl World News has been tracking all the twists and turns in the tragic Natalee Holloway case in Aruba.
Scared Monkeys: CNN - The compassionate news network. (Red) UPDATE - 1:45 pm - Family feeling the strain of this experience.

City losing 169M in 9/11 funds
  By / NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The feds are expected today to take back $169 million in misused and unspent 9/11 relief money meant for victims of the terror attack, congressional officials said.
New York lawmakers called an emergency meeting for this morning to try to devise a plan to keep the money flowing.
Lambert @Corrente: Republicans trying to claw back New York's 9/11 money — Of course, Bush promised New York $20 billion in recovery...
Matt Singer: As reported by the New York Daily News: [snipped quote] So, the money was inappropriately given to victims rather than...

GOP chairman walks away as Dems decry Bush policies
  San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
Washington — After repeated Democratic criticism of the Bush administration, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday gaveled a hearing to a close and walked out while Democrats continued to testify — but with their microphones shut off.
RJ Eskow: Then consider rep. james sensenbrenner. per the wapo, "the republican chairman walked off with the gavel, leaving...
Jesse Taylor: So, apparently, do target="_blank">the Republicans in Congress assembled.

Winning Ugly
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
WHO'S WINNING IN WASHINGTON RIGHT now? Republicans, President Bush included. But they are winning ugly, and just barely. Actually, if success on Social Security reform is the yardstick, Republicans aren't winning at all. What changes the score is success on judges.
Orrin Judd: THEY LOOK LIKE LINE DRIVES IN THE BOX SCORE: Winning Ugly: Republicans are doing better than you think.
Alexander K. McClure: Filibuster Deal — Fred Barnes weighs in on the confirmation of five blocked Bush judicial nominees, saying that it...

Iran journalist returns to prison
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has returned to prison after going missing for three days.
He told reporters as he entered Tehran's Elvin prison that he would resume his hunger strike.
Praktike: Please help him out if you can spare it. UPDATE: Ganji returns to Evin prison, saying he will resume his hunger strike.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: AKBAR GANJI FOUND, RETURNING TO PRISON — The story is here. I wonder what precisely it takes to get this issue more to the forefront of the international news.

The Circus Maximus Syndrome
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
If you love cities, this is a week to rejoice. Now that the stadium planned for New York's West Side is dead, no one can fantasize anymore about the Olympics coming to New York.
John Cole: Tierney On the Olympics — Good piece by John Tierney in the Times: [snipped quote] A good piece, because it echoes my sentiments.
Atrios: Wow — I got through an entire Tierney column without getting pissed off.

Democrats List More Names in Inquiry on Bolton's Access
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 10 - Senate Democrats have prepared a list of approximately three dozen "names of concern" and are asking the Bush administration for assurances that John R. Bolton did not misuse his access to highly classified intelligence to seek information about them.
Steve Clemons: Doug Jehl reports this morning: [snipped quote] The Dems are doing all that they can to demonstrate flexibility.
Captain Ed: When their demands escalate every time you suggest a compromise.