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O'Connor to Retire From Supreme Court
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.
Norbizness: Count me the f**k in! (one of my favorite captions) I'm sure that if you live in a cave and only emerge for five minutes...
Clayton Cramer: Finally! O'Connor Is Retiring Yes, Supreme Court Justice O'Connor, not the other Sandra O'Connor who retired.
Orin Kerr: It's Official: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced that she is retiring.
John Hawkins: O'Connor & Snatching Defeat From The Mouth Of Victory — All hail Bill Kristol and his mighty sources because to the...
Michelle Malkin: FAREWELL, SANDRA DAY — Bill Kristol called it on O'Connor's retirement.
PoliPundit: O'Connor Retiring — Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring! This is great news!!
Also: Cernig, Angry Clam, Acidman, John @AmericaBlog, Barbara O'Brien, Chris Lawrence, Jeralyn Merritt, Leopold Stotch, Tom Maguire, Pudentilla, Roger L. Simon, Verity @SouthernAppeal

O'Connor Retires From Supreme Court
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search) submitted her retirement notice to President Bush on Friday, setting the stage for a contentious battle over her replacement.
Click here to read O'Connor's retirement letter to President Bush.
Michelle Malkin: Coverage of the coverage: FOX News's Brian Wilson broke the story on TV. TVNewser has more.
Captain Ed: Sandra Day O'Connor Says Goodbye — As Sherlock Holmes would often say, the game's afoot — Sandra Day O'Connor has...
Paul @PowerLine: Let the games begin — Sandra Day O'Connor is stepping down.
David Sirota: Karl Rove's Supreme Court Strategy — With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation today, I have a prediction:...
Brian Stelter: FNC posted a story on immediately . > Update: FNC reported the news that a retirement was "imminent" at 10:11:23.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: And so it begins: Sandra Day O'Connor Retires — It just came over the radio. Here's the Fox News story. And CNN's.
Also: Baldilocks, Leopold Stotch, Oliver @LiquidList

Sandra Day O'Connor leaving Supreme Court
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.
McQ: Let the games begin ... Sandra Day O'Conner has announced her retirement from the US Supreme Court: [snipped quote] UPDATE (Dale): You realize, of course, that this means war.
Chris Mooney: Holy Crap — Well, the resignation of Sandra Day O'Connor is an event whose ramifications will occupy all of us in some way or another over the months to come.
Mary Katharine Ham: He won't announce a successor. Update 4:AP story A round-up of Townhall speculation from the past week.
Scared Monkeys: According to the AP, Sandra Day O'Connor leaving Supreme Court Others following the breaking story of the surprise...
Joe Gandelman: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retiring — Sanda Day O'Connor, the Supreme Court's swing vote on many issues,...
Radley Balko: O'Connor — The first of the principled three (on Kelo and Raich, anyway) just announced her retirement.
Also: Gerry @DalyThoughts, Steve Clemons, Ann Althouse

Statement by DNC Chair Howard Dean on the Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 1 /U.S. Newswire/ — Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean today applauded Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's service to the nation. He called on President Bush to follow the example set when President Reagan nominated Justice O'Connor by choosing consensus over conflict in selecting a nominee to fill the vacancy:
Kevin Drum: Here's Howard Dean: [snipped quote] And here's Harry Reid: "Above all, Justice O'Connor has been a voice of reason and moderation on the Court."
Jeralyn Merritt: Howard Dean on O'Connor's Replacement — DNC Chair Howard Dean issued this press release today.
James Joyner: Howard Dean on Sandra Day O'Connor — Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean had some kind words for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's service.

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Resigns
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman Supreme Court justice and a decisive swing vote for a quarter-century on virtually all the major legal issues of our time, announced her resignation today.
Kriston @GrammarPolice: Justice Beleaguered — I had some interesting items for the page today, but I need to make some time for much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
James Joyner: Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Resigns — It's official: Sandra Day O'Connor has retired and President Bush will have an opportunity to appoint a new Justice.
Kevin Drum: SUPREME COURT NEWS....Sandra Day O'Connor has retired. This is going to be bloody.
David Allan Pell: Fire Up the BBQ in Crawford — W got a major 4th of July weekend gift as Justice Sandra Day O'Connor offered her letter of resignation.
Xan @Corrente: WaPo And the best nomination we can hope for is Abu Al ("If we just define torture this way then what we're doing isn't torture!")

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor retiring
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday that she is retiring after 24 years on the bench.
Oldman @BOPNews: JUSTICE O'CONNER RETIRING — This just in, Justice Sandra O'Conner the key swing vote on many issues from abortion to...
Scott Sala: Technorati Tags: caption+contest Clintons+Billy+Graham Hillary+Graham Clinton+Crusade — Sandra Day O'Conner Stepping...
Todd Pearson: Here we go — Buckle your seat belts, a bumpy ride is about to get underway. Supreme Court Justice O'Connor retiring
Commissar: Update: Mark Coffey beats me to it, with "Top Ten Liberal Reactions ...." MSNBC report follows.
Matt Davis: The Battle for the High Court Has Begun — Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has retired. Let's fight this battle over her replacement like we mean it.

AP: Documents Show Gitmo Inmates Defy U.S.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Military authorities have previously disclosed some incidents of guard retaliation at Guantanamo Bay, which resulted in mostly minor disciplinary proceedings. What emerges from 278 pages of documents obtained by The Associated Press is the degree of defiance by the terrorism suspects at Guantanamo.
Captain Ed: Gitmo Papers Show Inmates Initiating Violence — AP reports that it has reports showing that inmates at Gitmo initiate...
Orrin Judd: TONIGHT ON DURBIN'S HEROES...: AP: Documents show Gitmo inmates defy U.S.
Charles Johnson: But because this violence and abuse is against the US guards, the AP calls it "defiance:" AP: Documents Show Gitmo Inmates Defy US.

President Delivers Remarks on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Resignation
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. A short time ago I had a warm conversation with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has decided to retire from the Supreme Court of the United States. America is proud of Justice O'Connor's distinguished service and I'm proud to know her.
Mary Katharine Ham: I'm right outside the city in Arlington right now, but I can hear blood pressures rising from here.
Eugene Oregon: We Know All About Your "Consultation" — Speaking on the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, President Bush had this to...
Orrin Judd: President Delivers Remarks on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Resignation (George W. Bush, The Rose Garden, 7/01/05) "Good morning.

O'Connor Retires From Supreme Court
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court and a swing vote on abortion as well as other contentious issues, announced her retirement Friday. A bruising Senate confirmation struggle loomed as President Bush pledged to name a successor quickly.
LeanLeft: Sandra Day O'Connor, a key swing vote in right-to-choose cases, has retired from the Supreme Court.
Jesse Taylor: O Ninjas, We Need You Now — Sandra Day O'Connor retired today.
Digby: Nucular Summer — O'Connor Retires. I'm sure everyone realizes this, but the fact that it's O'Connor means that we are going to have a political bloodbath.

O'Connor to resign from Supreme Court
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court and the key swing vote in some of the nation's highest-profile cases, announced her resignation Friday.
Daniel Drezner: The Supreme Court's long, hot summer — Gonna be a long summer. Orin Kerr has some interesting (but mildly contradictory) musings on O'Connor's resignation.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: SCOTUS Open Thread — CNN: [snipped quote] Any thoughts?
Steve Bainbridge: So Long to Swing Sandy — O'Connor is retiring. Good. It'll be a chance to replace a squish with a reliable conservative.

Turning Faith Into Elevator Music
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
The Supreme Court has spoken, and then some: ten separate opinions in a pair of Ten Commandments cases, which seems nicely symmetrical. What all those opinions add up to, predictably, is a muddle. The Ten Commandments can stay on the Texas State Capitol grounds — but not in Kentucky's courthouses.
Jack Balkin: Reciprocity, the Religion Clauses and Equal Citizenship JB There are many wise things in this post from Bill Stuntz.
Andrew Sullivan: Teaching virtue is incomparably harder. Personally, I'd rather they stuck to the laws. "- William J. Stuntz, in TCS.
Ramesh Ponnuru: "ROOTING FOR THE LAWSUITS" — William Stuntz makes the familiar argument that Christians shouldn't want governmental endorsements—even modest and implied endorsements.
Glenn Reynolds: Meanwhile, Bill Stuntz has thoughts on the courts and religion.

Who Should Reign Supreme?
  Reason   —   Permalink 
Reason asks libertarian legal experts: Who are your favorites—past, present, and future—on the nation's highest court?
During the next three years, George W. Bush will certainly nominate one and perhaps as many as three new Supreme Court justices.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: OFFICIAL GIANT SUPREME COURT POST — There is—as can be expected—a lot of reaction to today's announcement by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that she is retiring.
Jonah Goldberg: WISH LIST — Reason magazine has an interesting wish-list for the Court. Although, many of the contributors are very unReasonable if you know what I mean.
Glenn Reynolds: WHO SHOULD REPLACE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR? Reason has surveyed a lot of folks and posted their recommendations.

Sandra Day O'Connor Announces Retirement
  CNN   —   Permalink 
DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And we'll go ahead and get started by taking a look at what's happening "Now in the News."
Arianna Huffington: "The battle lines for this nomination are clearly being drawn, with Robert Bork attacking Sandra Day O'Connor on CNN for...
Greg @TheTalentShow: Borked in the Head — From a CNN interview this morning, guess who's still got a chip on his shoulder?
Greg Saunders: Greg Saunders: Borked in the Head From a CNN interview this morning, guess who's still got a chip on his shoulder?

Jailing Reporters
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
As ink-stained kvetchers ourselves, we'd love to come to the full-throated defense of our reporting colleagues now threatened with jail for refusing to reveal their sources. The truth, unfortunately, is that this is a debacle that some in the press corps have brought down upon themselves and the rest of us.
Arianna Huffington: 3) Roger Ailes catches this sentence from a Wall Street Journal editorial regarding the Valerie Plame prosecutor Peter...
Jim Romenesko: Memo to Fitzgerald: Plame case isn't about organized crime — Wall Street Journal Plame case special prosecutor Patrick...
Garrett M. Graff: For their part, the WSJ editorial board was equally annoyed at everyone involved.
Roger Ailes: Zero Intellectual Integrity, Zero Shame — That's the Wall Street Journal editorial page: [snipped quote] Read those last two sentences again.

The Stain of Torture
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Having served as a doctor in the Army Medical Corps early in my career and as presidential physician to George H.W. Bush for four years, I might be expected to bring a skeptical and partisan perspective to allegations of torture and abuse by U.S. forces.
Teacherken @DailyKos: The paragraph above begins his op-ed in today's Washington Post, The Stain Of Torture.
Richard TPD: GHW Bush's physician condemns torture by US — A brave and beautifully written op-ed piece by Bush 41's former personal physician.
Josh Marshall: There's an — OpEd today in the Post about torture, the US military and the medical profession.
Andrew Sullivan: THE CONSCIENCE CAUCUS: A former physician for the president's father weighs in: [snipped quote] How inspiring to read such clarity.

Bush asks Senate for fairness on high court opening
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush said he will make a timely decision on a replacement on a nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and issued a thinly veiled warning to the U.S. Senate not to block his choice.
Echidne: Bush is promising a fight about his nomination for the O'Connor seat. What else. ---- A Postscript: This is a likely scenario for the events to follow.
Mary Katharine Ham: Read: Capitulate, Cowboy! Update 8: Bush won't announce a nominee until after he gets back from his G-8 trip on July 8.

No to Justice Gonzales
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Rumor has it that the president is considering nominating Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fill a Supreme Court vacancy should one arise. The president likes, trusts, and respects Gonzales, and has clearly valued his counsel both as governor and as president.
Michelle Malkin: As National Review put it: "[T]he president has to know that conservatives, his supporters in good times and bad, would be appalled and demoralized by a Gonzales appointment.
Matt Singer: Therefore, please, make sure you emphasize that no matter who we nominate those liberals will just say no.

Republican Lawmakers Fire Back at Judiciary
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 30 - Stepping up their assault on the federal judiciary, Congressional Republicans announced efforts on Thursday directed at overturning two recent Supreme Court decisions, one that allowed government to claim private property for economic development and another that stripped Kentucky courthouses of the Ten Commandments.
Todd Zywicki: Update: An even curiouser headline of the same debate from the New York Times: "Republican Lawmakers Fire Back at...
Jonah Goldberg: REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE — Matt Yglesias has a good point.
Matthew Yglesias: I don't want to get back into the merits of the Kelo decision, but this New York Times article detailing congressional outrage at it is totally absurd.

Details of Secret Public Broadcasting Study
  LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — A consultant who secretly monitored four public broadcasting programs last year for the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting concluded that critics of President Bush got more airtime than those who agreed with him, according to documents released Thursday.
Jim Romenesko: > Democrat Dorgan calls Mann's report "a little nutty" and a sham (NYT) > Carlson: Bean-counting guests isn't a good way to determine bias (LAT)
Kevin Drum: Here's how guests were categorized: [snipped quote] This is kindergarten stuff.
Jesse Walker: The Fine Art of Political Classification — How CPB chairman Ken Tomlinson and consultant Fred Mann went about...

Focus Action Calls for Strict Constructionist
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 1 /U.S. Newswire/ — Focus on the Family Action Chairman James C. Dobson, Ph.D., issued the following statement today in response to the resignation of Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court:
John Cole: The rules have changed, advise and consent is now up-or-down votes, and the folks who appear to be in the driver seat of...
Jeralyn Merritt: James Dobson on Sandra Day O'Connor Replacement — We knew it wouldn't be long...James Dobson of Focus on the Family has...

Democrats Warn Bush on Choosing Successor to O'Connor
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 1 - Senators from both parties heaped praise on retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor today, and Democrats warned President Bush not to try to replace her with someone whose views they consider extreme. Republicans, meanwhile, signaled that they were girding for a fight.
Ezra Klein: McCain's True Colors — Looks like McCain's signaling his intentions: "Of course, Mr. McCain said, President Bush's nominee will be a conservative.
Orrin Judd: CONSEQUENCES: Democrats Warn Bush on Choosing Successor to O'Connor (DAVID STOUT, 7/01/05, NY Times)

Bush gets first chance for Court nominee
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush said Friday he would nominate his first Supreme Court justice quickly enough that the vacancy of retiring Sandra Day O'Connor could be filled by the time the court resumes work in the fall.
John @AmericaBlog: For an old ranching girl, O'Connor turned out pretty good? Huh?
K. J. Lopez: EVERYONE ELSE DOES! AP: "It was an emotional, five-minute call, McClellan said.

Researcher's Appraisals of Commentators Are Released
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 30 - A researcher secretly retained by the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to monitor liberal bias in public radio and television set his sights on several media personalities, including Bill Moyers, Tucker Carlson, Tavis Smiley, David Brancaccio and Diane Rehm, according to documents made public Thursday.
Clayton Cramer: I'm going to take this sentence out of context just for a cheap laugh before getting serious: "Ms. Rehm, who has been...
Tim Graham: NPR IS NOT RUN BY "OTTO" — New York Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg creates unintended laughter by confusing NPR...

Text of Bush's Remarks on O'Connor
  AP   —   Permalink 
President Bush's remarks Friday in the Rose Garden on the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:
Good morning. A short time ago I had a warm conversation with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has decided to retire from the Supreme Court of the United States.
Andrew Sullivan: BUSH'S CHANCE: His statement was a good one, I thought.
Smash: In the meantime, we can expect a lot of soft-focus retrospectives on O'Connor's career.

Ground Zero to Baghdad
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Fourth of July weekend begins today, and among the verities certain to occur is that every waking hour in four days people will be standing at the high wire fence near Church Street in lower Manhattan, staring at Ground Zero, at what's left of what we now call "September 11."
Hugh Hewitt: Daniel Henninger writes today on the need to keep September 11 front and center in our collective minds.
Jesse Taylor: Apparently, they don't read the critiques of the editorial page, either.
Steve Bainbridge: Bush's Failure — In a column that's mainly about 9/11 iconography, Daniel Henninger identifies what I regard as one of...

Justice O'Connor to retire
  Chicago Tribune   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and a moderate voice on such issues as abortion and the death penalty, said today she is retiring from the court.
Chris Bowers: O'Conner Retires — It begins: "Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and a...
Plutonium Page: O'Connor is retiring — Yes, it's true: [snipped quote] The parts I've emphasized in bold are obvious, but pretty damned important.

Dean: Bush made "huge blunder"
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with MSNBC-TV's Chris Matthews, DNC Chairman Howard Dean reacts to President Bush's primetime address and the war in Iraq. Dean tells Matthews, "The president made a huge blunder in defending the United States.
Jeff Goldstein: BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY) As Howard Dean recently reminded us, the left really is all for fighting the war on...
Jon Henke: Howard Dean declared that "I supported the Afghan war, and I think most Democrats did, and we probably need more troops...

Fox's "Supreme Court Analyst" C. Boyden Gray is also founder of group pressuring Senate to confirm Bush nominees
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
Fox News featured extended commentary by C. Boyden Gray in its initial coverage of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, identifying Gray as a "Fox Supreme Court Analyst."
ArchPundit: Best commentary yet: Wonkette: "Gosh, we didn't think Drudge even liked girls..." While I watch little TV news, I may...
Josh Marshall: Apparently C. Boyden Grey, one of the most pivotal players in the court wars of the last two decades (basically the quarterback on the right), is Fox's Supreme Court Analyst.

Ex-hostage: Leader made threats
  By / Raleigh News & Observer   —   Permalink 
A Pinehurst man who was held hostage in Iran says the president-elect of that fundamentalist Islamic country headed a team of interrogators who threatened to kidnap his handicapped son and send the boy's severed toes and fingers to his wife.
John Hood: CAMPUS ACTIVISM, IRANIAN STYLE — My local newspaper, the Raleigh News & Observer, offered more details this morning on...
Betsy Newmark: This is the swell guy who will be the new Iranian president. [snipped quote] Someone remind Brian Williams.

Spanish law to rule out sexism
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
SPANISH men will be required to scrub toilets and change nappies as often as their harried wives under revolutionary reforms aimed at shattering the traditionally macho Latin nation's patriarchal division of labour in the home.
Arthur Chrenkoff: All quiet on the European front "Spanish men will be required to scrub toilets and change nappies as often as their...
Peter Burnet: YES, TRUE LOVE'S A MANY-SPLENDOURED THING — Spanish law to rule out sexism (Emma-Kate Symons, The Australian, July 1st,...
Ann Althouse: There's a new Spanish law requiring men to do half of the housework. (Via Memeorandum.)

Possible Nominees to the Supreme Court
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Here is a list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court:
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Samuel A. Alito, Jr., 55, is a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.
Hugh Hewitt: That's seven more years of decisions —a very large consideration. Brief bios of leading candidates are here.
Smash: THE WASHINGTON POST has a rundown of possible nominees to replace O'Connor. Surpisingly, the list doesn't include a woman.

NBC anchor suggests Founders were 'terrorists'
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
In his newscast tonight, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams compared America's first presidents to the president-elect of Iran, alleged hostage-taker Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying they were "certainly revolutionaries and might have been called terrorists by the British crown."
Steve Bainbridge: According to WND, Williams said: "... the first several U.S. presidents were certainly revolutionaries and might have been called 'terrorists' by the British crown, after all."
Charles Johnson: Brian Williams Compares Founding Fathers to Iranian Hostage Takers — I'm no longer surprised at the muddled thinking of...
Oliver @LiquidList: As this typical WND screed makes crystal clear, the Right now owns speech codes, and woe is anybody who attempts to make any sort of historical analogy, no matter how tepid.
Betsy Newmark: And on the evening news, he said this to Andrea Mitchell. "What would it all matter if proven true?
McQ: Bryan Williams: Dolt — Another product of the public schools? [snipped quote] Yeah, that explains why George Washington wore a uniform and led a uniformed army, doesn't it Bryan?
Michelle Malkin: Hat tip: Wes Roth.) According to this report, Williams told Mitchell: "What would it all matter if proven true?
Also: Roger L. Simon

Hail Seizers!
  By / Reason   —   Permalink 
The New York Times welcomed the Supreme Court's recent endorsement of virtually unfettered eminent domain powers as "a setback to the 'property rights' movement."
Andrew Stuttaford: Oh yes. Big time. And as for the New York Times, well, read here...
Julian Sanchez: New at Reason — Jacob Sullum twits the Times for applauding property seizures from the comfort of property the state seized for them.

Congress assails domain ruling
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Congress lashed out at the Supreme Court yesterday for expanding government powers of eminent domain and vowed to ban any federal funds for state and local governments that employ the new authority.
"It's the most un-American thing that can be done."
McQ: It would indeed be poetic justice. UPDATE: More here.
Betsy Newmark: In the Washington Times story on the proposal, they manage to get in Pelosi's God quote. I hope everyone picks up on that.
Todd Zywicki: Even Bernie Sanders Doesn't Like Kelo: Even Congress's "lone self-described socialist, Rep. Bernard Sanders of Vermont"...

World's oldest person celebrates 115th birthday
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.
Captain Ed: Reuters' Anti-American Bias Shows Again — Reuters went out of its way to take a potshot at America today in a...
Jonah Goldberg: REUTERS — On a different note, I think this may be the most high-frick'n-larious example of gratuitous America bashing in the history of Reuters.

G.O.P., Democrats in Its Sights, Is Grooming Black Candidates
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
CLARION, Pa. - Lynn Swann, the Hall of Fame former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, stood before a nearly all-white Republican crowd at the Holiday Inn here recently and denounced Pennsylvania's Democratic governor, Edward G. Rendell, for failing to reduce property taxes.
Captain Ed: The Next Generation Of Republican Leaders — The New York Times reports on the burgeoning effort by the GOP to extend its reach into a crucial Democratic demographic.
V @LeftInTheWest: More Signs of the Degeneration of Society — The NYT today carried an article that creeped me out titled: "G.O.P.

Five Ways to Win Back Iraq
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
IRAQ is not another Afghanistan. Notwithstanding what President Bush said in his speech on Tuesday, our primary problem in Iraq is not terrorism, and the administration's single-minded focus on terrorism may help explain why we have not yet adopted a true counterinsurgency strategy or properly tackled so many of the country's other problems.
Cori Dauber: Two in One Day — In a moment of genuine serendipity, the other analyst I refer to as "honest broker," Kenneth Pollack,...
Andrew Sullivan: I can also see the logic behind Kenneth Pollack's practical proposals today.
John Cole: Iraq is not Vietnam — Interesting piece on Iraq in the NY Times: [snipped quote] Read the five and tell me what you think...

Time Inc. Yields to Judge in Anonymous Source Case
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The publisher of Time magazine, declaring it had no choice but to obey the law, said Thursday that it would turn over internal documents to a federal prosecutor in the hope that one of its reporters would not have to go to jail for refusing to reveal his sources in a Justice Department investigation.
Garrett M. Graff: In the most brilliant legal analysis since the end of the Jacko trial, some say it'll help, some say it'll hurt.
William J. Dyer: UPDATE (Fri Jul 1 @ 9:20am): Time Inc. has indeed agreed to hand over Cooper's notes.
Jim Romenesko: "I don't know," says Pearlstine (WSJ) > Time Inc.'s decision might help NYTer Miller's case, says her lawyer (NYT) >...

Justice O'Connor Retires
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS/AP) Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement Friday after 24 years on the U.S. Supreme Court. The first woman ever to serve on the nation's highest court, she was considered a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty.
Zoe Kentucky: Congrats on your retirement— not! [snipped quote] Just when we though we *might* be free and clear for the time being.
Will Baude: News — Justice O'Connor retires.

5 in E. St. Louis convicted of vote fraud
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal jury Wednesday convicted the head of this city's Democratic Party and four others of scheming to buy votes with cash, cigarettes and liquor last November to try to get key Democrats elected.
McQ: I hate it when Howard Dean is right — Hey Howard, there was indeed vote fraud in the 2004 election. My apologies for doubting your word.
Betsy Newmark: The American Thinker notes that the Democrats were right. There was vote fraud in the 2004 election.

Media lax as feds go on free press attack
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
I just can't figure it out. Why in the world is New York Times reporter Judith Miller headed to jail next week while my Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak is not?
Garrett M. Graff: After Ed Henry's earlier grilling, his Sun-Times colleague Carol Marin takes on the case—and Novak—today:...
Jim Romenesko: Marin doesn't get Sun-Times colleague Novak's silence — Chicago Sun-Times Can Robert Novak confirm he got a subpoena?

America Held Hostage
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A majority of Americans now realize that President Bush deliberately misled the nation to promote a war in Iraq. But Mr. Bush's speech on Tuesday contained a chilling message: America has been taken hostage by his martial dreams.
McQ: Ode to Defeatism — Another in a long line of "we're doomed, we're defeated, let's leave" quagmire columns from Paul Krugman, both past and future.
Barbara O'Brien: Also, be sure to read "Deja vu in Iraq" by Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe and "America Held Hostage" by Paul Krugman in the New York Times. | bar.jpg

House Votes To Undercut High Court On Property
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The House voted yesterday to use the spending power of Congress to undermine a Supreme Court ruling allowing local governments to force the sale of private property for economic development purposes. Key members of the House and Senate vowed to take even broader steps soon.
Ann Althouse: UPDATE: Here's the WaPo report on the bill the House passed: "The House measure, which passed 231 to 189, would deny...
Will Collier: Wonder no more: "The House voted yesterday to use the spending power of Congress to undermine a Supreme Court ruling...
Orrin Judd: BUG-EYED AND TIN-EARED: House Votes To Undercut 5-4 Ruling On Property: Federal Funds Tied To Eminent Domain (Mike Allen...
Betsy Newmark: UPDATE: The Washington Post today covers the vote on an amendment to an Appropriations bill to limit the effect of the Kelo decision.
Bill Hobbs: Harold Ford Jr. Votes Against Private Property Rights Protection — The Washington Post reports that the U.S.House of...

The Neoconservative Convergence
  By / Commentary   —   Permalink 
The post-cold-war era has seen a remarkable ideological experiment: over the last fifteen years, each of the three major American schools of foreign policy—realism, liberal internationalism, and neoconservatism—has taken its turn at running things.
Orrin Judd: 230 YEARS OF NEOCONSERVATISM, IT OUGHTTA BE MATURE: The Neoconservative Convergence (Charles Krauthammer, Commentary)
Paul @PowerLine: "The Neoconservative Convergence" — Here, via Real Clear Politics, is Charles Krauthammer's Commentary Magazine essay "The Neoconservative Convergence."

Senate Roll-Call Vote on Cafta
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The 54-45 roll call by which the Senate voted to approve legislation needed to implement the Central American Free Trade Agreement. On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote to pass the legislation and a "no" vote was a vote to defeat it.
Nick Gillespie: Free Trade Follies (CAFTA Edition) Yesterday, the Senate passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which lowers...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Here's the vote breakdown: "Democrats Yes Bingaman, N.M. ; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Feinstein, Calif.; Lincoln, Ark.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.

He grabbed girl's arm -- now he's a sex offender
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
Fitzroy Barnaby said he had to swerve to avoid hitting the 14-year-old Des Plaines girl who walked in front of his car.
She said he yelled, "Come here, little girl," before getting out of his car and grabbing her by the arm.
He said he simply lectured her.
Eric Seymour: At least it didn't happen in neighboring Illinois, where a 28-year old man has been force to register as a sex offender,...
Michele Catalano: link for today — "He grabbed girl's arm, now he's a sex offender." The sex offender registry is useless.

Talks stumble; government shuts down
  Minneapolis Star Tribune   —   Permalink 
Last-ditch efforts by Republican and DFL leaders to reach budget compromises failed Thursday night, and Minnesota government will partially shut down beginning today.
John @PowerLine: That prediction became a reality last night, when Senate Democrats, who have a small majority in that chamber, walked...
Mitch Berg: Oh The Humanity — Minnesota's government shuts down. So far so good. Or is it?

John Vidal
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
For a month now, the BBC, CNN, ITV and others have been reporting what has been portrayed as one of the greatest humanitarian and human rights disasters in years. At least 200,000 people - sometimes this figure grows to 250,000 or even 300,000 - are said to have been forcibly evicted from slum areas of Harare in Zimbabwe.
Norm Geras: Today's exemplar in support of this claim is John Vidal urging upon us 'pespective' with regard to the recent campaign...
Scott Burgess: Possible topics include reaction to this extraordinary apologia for Robert Mugabe - the poor man is being "demonised"!

Four Navy SEAL team members missing in Afghanistan
  By / Army Times   —   Permalink 
Four Navy SEALs remain missing in the mountains of Afghanistan after the deadly crash of a helicopter full of Special Operations troops sent in to rescue them.
All 16 servicemen aboard the Chinook were killed when it was shot down June 28 by a rocket-propelled grenade round in the rugged eastern region of the country.
Jeff A. Taylor: Look at the details of the mission and what happened is better explained as a purposeful ambush than some one-in-million shot by an RPG jockey.
Hugh Hewitt: Brave men fighting for their lives, and ours, tonight. Updates best found in the posts and comments at FroggyRuminations.
Mitch Berg: Backstory — The desperate battle to rescue a SEAL team in the mountains of Afghanistan continues: [snipped quote] By all...

War of Words
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
I WAS hoping it wouldn't come to this, but after Tom Cruise's interview with Matt Lauer on the NBC show "Today" last week, I feel compelled to speak not just for myself but also for the hundreds of thousands of women who have suffered from postpartum depression.
Stirling Newberry: It is interesting because Scientology is going mainstream. Even as its members mount public flame wars.
Ed Cone: Pretty Baby v Risky Business — Brooke Shields takes on Tom Cruise on the NYT op-ed page: "I'm going to take a wild...
Attaturk: . So, I think a smack-down or two is appropriate. I am surprised to be saying this, but I agree with Brooke Shields.

Senate gives Bush win on CAFTA
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a victory in the Senate, the Bush administration turned to the House in the drive to conclude a free trade agreement it says will promote democracy in Central America while opening new markets to American businesses.
A.M. Mora y Leon: We were terrified all was lost and it was not! This is the greatest victory of the year! Victory!
Justin @SouthernAppeal: Senate gives Bush win on CAFTA: House vote on trade agreement appears too close to call "Fresh off a victory in the...

Transcript of Today's Pelosi Press Conference
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 30 /U.S. Newswire/ — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly news conference in her office in the Capitol. Below is a transcript of her remarks:
Ann Althouse: So said Nancy Pelosi about the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo, and everyone's been exclaiming over her statement ever since.
Betsy Newmark: Wow, just how ignorant is Nancy Pelosi? The Corner highlighted this exchange from her press conference today.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Update 3: A link to an even more complete transcript.
Captain Ed: When reporters asked Pelosi about Cornyn's effort, she revealed that she knows nothing about Constitutional law, the...
Ramesh Ponnuru: PELOSI — The full exchange is even more amazing.
Glenn Reynolds: NANCY PELOSI seems unclear on the concept where the Kelo decision is concerned.

G.O.P. Backs Blacks to Run to Lure Votes
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
CLARION, Pa. - Lynn Swann, the Hall of Fame former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, stood before a nearly all-white Republican crowd at the Holiday Inn here recently and denounced Pennsylvania's Democratic governor, Edward G. Rendell, for failing to reduce property taxes.
Alexander K. McClure: 2006 Pennsylvania Governor Race — The New York Times has an extensive article examining the prominent African-Americans...
Orrin Judd: WHEN PARTIES COMPETE YOU WIN: G.O.P. Backs Blacks to Run to Lure Votes (JAMES DAO, 7/01/05, NY Times)

Legislators Move to Blunt Eminent Domain Ruling
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Key leaders of both parties in both chambers of Congress vowed today to use the power of the purse to negate this week's Supreme Court ruling allowing local and state governments to use eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes.
Todd Zywicki: The Washington Post describes the legislation, co-sponsored by conservative James Sensenbrenner and liberal John Conyers...
Ken Masugi: Congressional Response to Kelo: Dred Scott Democrats — The Congress, minus the Democratic leadership, acts to prevent...

No Bounce: Bush Job Approval Unchanged by War Speech
  Zogby   —   Permalink 
President Bush's televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll.
Arianna Huffington: With Bush's favorable rating now at 48 percent and his unfavorables at 50 percent — and that's in the red states! —...
Avedon Carol: A question about impeachment actually appeared in the latest Zogby poll, and 42 of voters said they would "favor...
Pessimist @LeftCoaster: Many of us progressive bloggers felt that the DSM would be the straw that broke the Yellow Elephant's back, but while...
Brendan Nyhan: Zogby International, the polling firm of John Zogby, announced its latest poll yesterday with a press release headlined "No Bounce."
James Joyner: No Bounce: Bush Job Approval Unchanged by War Speech; Question on Impeachment Shows Polarization of Nation; Americans...
Randall Parker: George W. Bush Popularity Decline Continues — A new Zogby poll shows President Bush's popularity continues to decline.
Also: Joe Gandelman, Steve Soto, Echidne, Andrew Sullivan, Chris Andersen, Atrios, Ezra Klein, Chris Bowers, Taegan Goddard, John @AmericaBlog, Tom @Corrente, Faiz @ThinkProgress, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Pudentilla, Hunter @DailyKos

Army recruits shortfall blamed on Iraq war critics
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Several Senate Republicans denounced other lawmakers and the news media on Thursday for unfavorable depictions of the Iraq war and the Pentagon urged members of Congress to talk up military service to help ease a recruiting shortfall.
Arianna Huffington: Sophisticated political thinker Sen. James Inhofe has done Oklahoma proud once again with the discovery that the reason...
Jesse Taylor: Republican lawmakers are bitching that military recruitment goals aren't being met because certain lawmakers and certain...
Attaturk: But until then, this is a tune up. [snipped quote] I see that KOS and John Cole also wrote about this.
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: And now comes one more demonstration of his control over the national will: [snipped quote] Inhofe did not speak their...
Lambert @Corrente: With extended deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, recruiting also is down for the National Guard and the Reserves. (via...
John Cole: This is one of those times: [snipped quote] The real problem I guess, is that the prospective recruits are hearing this...
Also: Billmon, Kos @DailyKos

Bush Words Reflect Public Opinion Strategy
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
When President Bush confidently predicts victory in Iraq and admits no mistakes, admirers see steely resolve and critics see exasperating stubbornness. But the president's full-speed-ahead message articulated in this week's prime-time address also reflects a...
Digby: That comes from this column by Dan Froomkin which examines that stunning article in which it is revealed that the...
John Cole: Wrong, Oliver — I am not going to get involved in a long discussion over whether or not this administration is...
Hugh Hewitt: Fascinating Washington Post article on maintaining public support for a war when the war is long and costly.
Cori Dauber: It's Not the Casualties, Stupid — So, in an article on the front page of yesterday's Post that I missed, it's revealed...
Chris Lawrence: Why political scientists try to be irrelevant — Today's Washington Post carries a front-page article that...
New Donkey: So I was more than a little interested in today's Washington Post front-pager by Peter Baker and Dan Balz reporting that...
Also: Harry Shearer, Mark Blumenthal, Steve M., Arianna Huffington, Gerry @DalyThoughts, James Joyner, Taegan Goddard, Cliff May, Orrin Judd, Andrew Sullivan

James Carville and Stanley Greenberg
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, with the war in Iraq the most frequently cited cause for concern. But that discontent has not translated into gains for the Democratic Party - something that worries many within the party.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: MORE ON THE CARVILLE/GREENBERG FINDINGS — I linked to this story yesterday, but it really does deserve emphasis:...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Addendum: See also this Christian Science Monitor article.
McQ: But I do agree with one quote in the story, the country is "just in a foul mood". More here from Greenberg and Carville.
Armed Liberal: The latest Democracy Corps poll shows a downturn in public regard for the Republicans, matched by a bigger downturn in regard for the Democrats.
David Sirota: As pollster Stan Greenberg notes, "Republicans weakened in this poll... but it shows Democrats weakening more" and that...
AaronBurrFan @BOPNews: Stanley Greenberg shows that Democrats are weakening more than Republicans in the court of public opinion (all this via the indispensible Political Wire).
Also: Taegan Goddard

Woodward's 'Deep Throat' book surfaces
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The former top FBI official who became the most famous anonymous source in U.S. history — Deep Throat — was motivated by a desire to protect the FBI, disgust with the Nixon White House, reverence for former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the...
La Shawn Barber: Geezergate felt Lucianne writes funny blurbs.
Jim Romenesko: What Woodward reveals about Deep Throat in "Secret Man" — USA Today secret man One tidbit: Mark Felt did smoke during their clandestine meetings, possibly out of nervousness.
Laura Rozen: Via Romenesko, Bob Woodward reveals the answer to one of Tim Noah's nagging questions about Mark Felt as Deep Throat.
Garrett M. Graff: You can debate whether the Post got "scooped" on the original announcement of Deep Throat, but they definitely did...
Taegan Goddard: Woodward's Book Leaked — Bob Woodward's new book on Deep Throat, The Secret Man "is not supposed to be in bookstores...

Democrats' own mood poll scares them
  Washington Times   —   Permalink 
A poll on the political mood in the United States conducted by the Democratic Party has alarmed the party at its own loss of popularity.
Conducted by the party-affiliated Democracy Corps, the poll indicated 43 percent of voters favored the Republican Party, while 38 percent had positive feelings about Democrats.
Rob @Wizbang: Washington Times - A poll on the political mood in the United States conducted by the Democratic Party has alarmed the party at its own loss of popularity.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: But the Democrats' glad-all-over-feelings about GWB's polling nosedive are probably tempered by another poll...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: UPI reports that the survey has the Democrats behind it spooked: [snipped quote] Those numbers came from an interestingly handled question.
Cernig: However, given the recent Bush speech which was so short on actual plan and long on rhetoric and the news that Democrats...
Roger L. Simon: [Who you?-ed] But whatever the title, according to a recent poll, things are looking bleaker than they have for a long time for the Democratic Party.
Captain Ed: Likely Voters Running Away From Democrats — A new poll by Democracy Corps on behalf of the Democratic Party shows a...
Also: McQ, John @PowerLine, Michelle Malkin, Orrin Judd, Pejman Yousefzadeh

Former hostages allege Iran's new president was captor
  CNN   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (CNN) — The White House said Thursday it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages that Iran's hardline president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was one of their captors at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran a quarter century ago.
Michael Signer: Kidnapper President — On the revelation that Iran's new President may have been an organizer of the 1980 hostage-taking...
Roger L. Simon: Dept. of Pigs and Dogs — It seems Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during his hostage-taking days, was a master of the "sophisticated" rhetoric of Islamofascism.
Forkum: Hostage — From CNN: Former hostages allege Iran's new president was captor.
Tbogg: We are all the same people that we were in high school — For the moment we don't know if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the hostage-takers in Iran.
Echidne: First, the newly elected president of Iran, a wingnut in full ripeness, may have met Americans in his past: "The White...
James Joyner: Former hostages allege Iran's new president was captor (CNN) [snipped quote] Given the sore spot that the 444 day hostage...

Time Magazine to Hand Over Reporter Notes
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (AP) — Time Inc. said Thursday it would comply with a court order to deliver the notes of a reporter threatened with jail in the probe of the leak of a CIA officer's name. The New York Times said it was "deeply disappointed" at the move, which came days after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the journalists' appeal.
Hugh Hewitt: Memo to Time sources: When the chips are down, Time will sell you out.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Time Magazine to Hand Over Reporter Notes — The Associated Press reports, "Time Inc. said Thursday it would comply with...
Jeralyn Merritt: Time Magazine to Turn Over Matthew Cooper's Notes — Bump and Update: Time Magazine will turn over the notes of reporter...
Atrios: Principles — I really don't understand this.
Joe Gandelman: Time Magazine: R.I.P. To A Journalistic Principle — Time Magazine is about to discard a fundamental journalist...
Jim Romenesko: (Read AP's story.)
Also: John Cole, James Joyner, Orin Kerr

Congress working to blunt high court's property seizure ruling
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to blunt a Supreme Court decision that says local governments can seize people's homes to make way for shopping malls and other private development.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Thursday the high court had made "a horrible decision" and he hoped it would cause a backlash.
McQ: Reacting to Kelo on the Hill — Congress is considering legislation to limit and perhaps reverse the effect of the...
James Joyner: Congress Trying to Blunt Supreme Court's Kelo Ruling — Congress working to blunt high court's property seizure ruling...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Congress working to blunt high court's property seizure ruling — So says the headline of this CNN article.
K. J. Lopez: POST-KELO — Congress moves ahead.

Rolling Rockefeller
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
FEW PEOPLE have been more critical of the Iraq war than Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia.
He has over the past two years repeatedly accused the Bush administration of deliberately deceiving the American public to take the nation to war.
Mark Leon Goldberg: I kind of feel like I'm debating whether the earth is flat, but in two Weekly Standard pieces Stephen Hayes seems to...
TheAnchoress: Still feel you need a bit more information? Read Stephen Hayes, here and here. It's called reality. Sniff. Quaff. A heady brew.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "WAVING THE BLOODY SHIRT" — Courtesy of Jay Rockefeller. Previous commentary applies.
Andy McCarthy: STILL CONNECTED — Run, don't walk, for more on Iraq and the War on Terror from our pal Steve Hayes.

Echoes of Vietnam
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
About two years ago I sat down with a colleague and explained why Iraq was not going to be Vietnam. Iraq lacked a long-standing nationalist movement and a single charismatic leader like Ho Chi Minh.
McQ: More from the Quagmire/Vietnam Front — Richard Cohen, newly minted defeatist, is now trying to earn his bona fides...
Pennywit @Wizbang: Today, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who lived through the Vietnam era and initially supported the invasion...
Barbara O'Brien: Not Just Like Vietnam — Richard Cohen writes in the Washington Post today that Iraq is becoming more and more like Vietnam.
Armando @DailyKos: Echoes of Vietnam — Richard Cohen: [snipped quote] Cohen supported the Iraq Debacle.

Bush speech nets career-low TV audience
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — President Bush's latest address to the nation, urging Americans to stand firm in Iraq, drew the smallest TV audience of his tenure, Nielsen Media Research reported Wednesday.
Captain Ed: CNN also reported on the low turnout for the speech: "President Bush's latest address to the nation, urging Americans...
Joe @AmericaBlog: CNN reports that Bush garned the lowest TV ratings so far: [snipped quote] It's like Americans are all saying in unison "HEARD IT" — and they don't like what they've heard.
Echidne: Second, Bush spoke and the Americans...slept: "President Bush's latest address to the nation, urging Americans to stand...

AP: Most Iraq Suicide Bombs by Foreigners
  AP   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners - mostly Saudis and other Gulf Arabs - and the trend has become more pronounced this year with North Africans also streaming in to carry out deadly missions, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.
Randall Parker: Update: Another estimate puts the Iraqi contribution to suicide bombing at only 10% "Since 2003, less than 10 percent of...
Gateway Pundit: Just when I was getting used to the idea that Iraq was a country of anarchists determined to live without water,...
Charles Johnson: Most Iraq Suicide Bombs by Foreigners — Most Iraq Suicide Bombs by Foreigners. (Hat tip: Daniel.)
K. J. Lopez: THE FACE OF THE FIGHTERS "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be...

Mood of Anxiety Engulfs Afghans as Violence Rises
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 29 - The loss of a military helicopter with 17 Americans aboard in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday comes at a time of growing insecurity here. For the first time since the United States overthrew the Taliban government three and a half years ago, Afghans say they are feeling uneasy about the future.
Norbizness: Oh yeah: Violence has increased sharply in recent months, with a resurgent Taliban movement mounting daily attacks in...
Judd @ThinkProgress: Now, as Taliban violence spikes in Afghanistan, National Security advisor Stephen Hadley says the Taliban is making "one last stand."
Faiz @ThinkProgress: Bush Took His Eye Off The Ball — Here's what the New York Times is reporting from Afghanistan today: "The loss of a...
Barbara O'Brien: Today, Carlotta Gaul writes in the New York Times: "The loss of a military helicopter with 17 Americans aboard in...
Pudentilla: awol's losing afghanistan — [snipped quote] we are informed that today the wall street journal is mocking democrats for...

Talk Show Washout Tries Again
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Perhaps the best way to sum up an MSNBC talk show that describes itself as "so fast - it's changing the pace of news" is by adopting the program's taste for summary judgment: "The Situation," starring Tucker Carlson, a former host of CNN's "Crossfire," is all cross and no fire.
Richard Bradley: Richard Bradley: Tucker Carlson and the Decline of Conservative Speak — Writing in the Times, Alessandra Stanley...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Wandering in the Cable News Wilderness — "Via this NYT piece (Talk Show Washout Tries Again) comes the line of the day" [snipped quote] Indeed and hylarious.
Betsy Newmark: Alessandra Stanley trashes MSNBC and CNBC and how it has become the blackhole for news programs.
Hugh Hewitt: Mr. Carlson had to step over the departed Deborah Norville to get his 9 p.m. slot." Ouch.
Brian Stelter: Stanley On 'Situation:' "All Cross & No Fire" — "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," starring the former Crossfire...
Jim Romenesko: Additional items for June 30, 2005 > New England Cable News invites viewers to upload their reports (BG) > Stanley:...

Army Recruiting Improves in June
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 29 - For the first time since January, the Army met its monthly recruiting goal in June, but still faces what some senior Army officials say is a nearly insurmountable shortfall to meet the service's annual quota.
McQ: According to this report they actually exceeded it by 500.
Matthew Yglesias: GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS. The good news is that the Army met its June recruiting target.
Kos @DailyKos: Hollow Army: Recruitment follies — They claim victory.
Brad DeLong: Schmitt writes: Army Recruiting Improves in June - New York Times: WASHINGTON, June 29 - For the first time since...
Ezra Klein: Good News, Bad News — See if you can find which is which: [snipped quote] First time since January. That's not good.

Only Vacancy Is in Supreme Court News
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
This was to have been the busiest week of Sean Rushton's life. As director of the Committee for Justice, he was to have kicked off the right's fight for a conservative successor to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
But Rushton is standing down.
Betsy Newmark: Just as some activists were figuring that there wouldn't be an announcement of a Supreme Court justice this week and...
Ann Althouse: The news of no news.
Smash: Supreme Court Retirements BREAKING NEWS: CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST has not resigned. UPDATE: Sandra A. O'Connor announces her retirement.

Iran leader linked to '79 embassy crisis
  Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: The Washington Times reports on former hostage and retired Army Colonel Charles Scott's comments on viewing Ahmedinejad...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: If this is true, then Iran is in for an even worse time than I thought—especially given the international community's...
Scott @PowerLine: The mad mullahs of Tehran have just stuck another finger in the eye of the civilized world in general and the United States in particular: "Iran leader linked to embassy crisis."
Hugh Hewitt: "'As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard,' said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a...
Smash: When do we start bombing? UPDATE: The Washington Times interviews Ahmadinejad's former guests.

NBC: All 16 bodies from chopper recovered
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The bodies of all service members killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan have been recovered, and there were only 16, not 17 as originally reported, U.S. military officials told NBC News.
Smash: The Fallen — TODAY we pause to honor sixteen brave warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
Michelle Malkin: The milbloggers have full coverage of the crash and the 16 brave troops whose bodies have been recovered: Smash has a roundup.

75 years old
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Three-quarters of a century!
It is hard to believe that I am that old but arithmetic is uncompromising. This means that I have lived through nearly one-third of the entire history of the United States.
Scott @PowerLine: Today Sowell turns 75. He celebrates the occasion with a characteristically thoughtful column: "75 years old."
James Joyner: Thomas Sowell: 75 years old — Dr. Thomas Sowell writes an interesting retrospective on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Patterico: Happy 75th Birthday to Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell is 75 years old. Happy Birthday! (Via Power Line.)
Betsy Newmark: Thomas Sowell is 75 years old and he has a wonderful column today looking back at all the changes there have been since 1930.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: FELICITATIONS ALL AROUND — A very happy birthday to Thomas Sowell, who writes a very interesting and lucid retrospective you should be sure to read.

Wanted: A Constructive Opposition
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Scanning the commentary after President Bush's Fort Bragg speech on Iraq, our eyes were caught by a headline in The New York Times: "Wanted: A Policy." True, the advice was dated 1861, not 2005, and the President at whom it was directed wasn't George W. Bush, but Abraham Lincoln.
Dale Franks: But, as the WSJ points out today, the problem with the whole Joe-Biden-has-his-finger- on-the-pulse-of-American- s trategy" meme is that Joe Biden is wrong.
Betsy Newmark: The Wall Street Journal has a good editorial today, calling on the Democrats to do better at playing the role of the "loyal opposition."

Census lists fastest-growing cities
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider a move to Gilbert, Arizona, if you're looking to trade in that two-bedroom home for four bedrooms and a pool in the back yard.
"Everywhere we go, even back in the Midwest, you hear Gilbert all the time," says Karen Breeden, who moved to the Phoenix suburb last week from South Bend, Indiana, with her husband and two children.
Andrea Batista Schlesinger: Today, the Census listed the fastest-growing cities in the country, and older cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Cleveland are losing.
Alexander K. McClure: More on the Census Data — According to the new Census Data, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland are all losing population.

'Doonesbury' comes to aid of Fisher House
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Love him or hate him, Garry Trudeau, the man responsible for the "Doonesbury" comic strip, is doing his part to help wounded troops and their families.
Trudeau is donating all his proceeds from the sale of his newly released book "The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time" to the Fisher House Foundation.
Plutonium Page: Stars and Stripes has the story: [quote] Love him or hate him, Garry Trudeau, the man responsible for the "Doonesbury" comic...[end quote]
Joe Gandelman: Here's an interesting item from the military newspaper Stars And Stripes: [snipped quote] But I thought Karl Rove...

3 Buddhists shot dead, teachers' homes attacked in Thai south
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PATTANI, Thailand : Three Buddhists including a mute labourer were shot and killed and teachers' homes were attacked in southern Thailand, police said, as authorities vowed to boost security funding to counter rampaging violence.
Charles Johnson: Islamic Terrorists Kill 3 More in Thailand — Three Buddhists shot dead, teachers' homes attacked in Thai south. (Hat tip: Tom.)
Marc @USSNeverdock: In Thailand, 3 Buddhists shot dead, teachers' homes attacked.

A More Perfect Union
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IT is a time of trial for organized labor. Only 13 percent of nonagricultural workers are unionized. The figure is even lower among immigrants who toil at unskilled jobs in the nation's newest industries.
Ezra Klein: I wish I could believe Ruth Milkman's optimistic op-ed on unions, but it's a little hard when it's peppered by omissions like this: [snipped quote] So what happened in 1935?
Brad Plumer: Beyond Unions — Lots that could be said about Ruth Milkman's op-ed on labor unions in the New York Times today, but...
V @LeftInTheWest: Unions and the Future of Great American Populism — The NYT has an interesting opinion piece today about the state of...

CU prof defends military remarks
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Ward Churchill under fire again He says his comments about "fragging" and conscientious objectors were taken out of context.
Controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill says he does not advocate "fragging" U.S. military officers in spite of how recent comments he made have been portrayed.
McQ: Ward Churhill strikes again — Under the "here we go again" department, Ward Churchill has again slithered out from...
Jeralyn Merritt: Ward Churchill Under Fire Again — Ward Churchill is back in the spotlight, this time with controversial comments about the "fragging" of military officers.
Michelle Malkin: The Denver Post (which properly credits PB; good for them) reports that Churchill is, naturally, defending his latest smear.

Mexican Stamps Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say
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The Mexican government issued a series of stamps yesterday depicting a dark-skinned Jim Crow-era cartoon character with greatly exaggerated eyes and lips, infuriating black and Hispanic civil rights leaders for the second time in weeks.
Kriston @GrammarPolice: Memin Penguin, the character featured in the stamp, is unambiguously a "pickaninny" caricature, and buying this stamp would be a slap in the face of any African American.
Aaron @LiquidList: You want something that's actually politically incorrect? This is politically incorrect!
Nick Gillespie: The stamps are of Memin Pinquin, a comics page character created in the 1940s who, to put it bluntly, makes the Little Rascals' Farina look like Malcolm X. Images and details here.