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.
Bush Takes Responsibility for Blunders — WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.
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."
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.
End of the Bush Era — The Bush Era is over. The sooner politicians in both parties realize that, the better for them — and the country. — Recent months, and especially the past two weeks, have brought home to a steadily growing majority of Americans the truth that President Bush's government doesn't work.
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 …
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 …
45 Bodies Found In La. Hospital — Bush Visits New Orleans and Defends Federal Response; FEMA Chief Quits — NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 12 — The bodies of 45 patients left in a hasty evacuation were recovered from a New Orleans hospital, officials said Monday, as the city braced for the scenes left by the receding waters.
A Poverty of Thought — It took exactly one month — until the president's prime-time news conference of Oct. 11, 2001 — to refute the notion that Sept. 11 "changed everything." When a reporter said, "You haven't called for any sacrifices from the American people," he replied, "Well …
Reaction to Katrina split on racial lines — More blacks view race as factor in federal response — (CNN) — White and black Americans view Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in starkly different ways, with more blacks viewing race as a factor in problems with the federal response …
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 Rationale for a Scaled-Back City — Economists Ponder 'Colonial Williamsburg,' — Other Controversial Models for New Orleans — House Speaker Dennis Hastert learned the hard way the perils of kicking a city when it's down. He was quoted in an Illinois newspaper shortly …
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