As Battlefield Shrinks, Democrats Mute Their Attacks — The first day of confirmation hearings for Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to become the 17th chief justice of the United States proved to be a tepid opening to what once was billed as a battle of monumental proportions between left and right.
A Day of Firsts, Overshadowed — Yesterday's opening of the John Roberts confirmation hearings was a time for historic firsts. — Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) made 49 first-person references in a 10-minute statement that was, ostensibly, not about himself.
The last post — Here we go - as foreshadowed a few week ago, it's the time to say good-bye. — I'm not one for making speeches (at least not for myself), so let me just say: thank you. Thank you for all your support and encouragement, for reading and linking to my stuff, and for coming back.
Taking My Leave — A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq. — It has been almost a year and a half since I first started compiling the often under-reported and overlooked stories of positive developments in Iraq and, later, Afghanistan. Now I must say goodbye.
The 20 Most Obnoxious Hurricane Katrina Quotes — "You 60 million losers who voted for this loser open YOUR wallets. This president declared war on the poor long ago, and while some of us cared enough to vote for someone who gave a d@mn, you buried your heads in the sand …
ASSESSING TEN YEARS — Andrew Ferguson wrote that political power had compromised conservatism's intellectual standards; Powerline criticized him; now Ross Douthat is defending him (with a bit more heat than I've come to expect from Douthat). Being in the middle of a blogfight is probably …
Roberts Hearings: Live Blogging Day 2 — most recent updates on top... UPDATE, 11:24 AM EDT: Housing... Voting rights... Accuses Roberts of "not fully appreciate" the problem of discrimination in our country... Roberts agrees voting is "a fundamental right."
George Galloway Is Gruesome, Not Gorgeous — Now, watch me debate him. — My old friend and frequent critic Geoffrey Wheatcroft once tried to define a moment of perfect contentment and came up with the idea of opening a vintage wine while settling down to read an undiscovered work by P.G. Wodehouse.
Karzai urges terror fight rethink — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US and other international forces need to reconsider their approach to bringing peace to Afghanistan. — Violence largely blamed on the Taleban has claimed at least 1,000 lives this year - the worst toll since 2001.
Talabani Says Iraqis Could Replace Many U.S. Troops — President's Claim About Major American Withdrawal by Year's End Conflicts With White House Position — Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in an interview yesterday that the United States could withdraw as many as 50,000 troops by the end of the year …
Poll shows racial divide on storm response — WASHINGTON — There is a lot that Americans agree about in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: that government agencies initially stumbled but are doing better now, for one, and that more money and attention should be paid to addressing the issue of poverty.
Best of the Web — Ship of Fools — As we've heard ad nauseam the past couple of weeks, the Katrina disaster raises serious questions about race in America. Just how serious became clear Saturday afternoon, when Fox News Channel's Alicia Acuna conducted a live interview with a frustrated …
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