Liveblogging the Ed Gillespie Call — Notes on the latest RNC conference call with bloggers re SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito. Ed Gillespie is going to focus on Democratic attacks on SCOTUS nominee Alito based on his failure to recuse himself from two cases. (See NYT article.)
LETTERS TO THE GOP — Reader reaction to the GOP cave-in on ANWR has been overwhelming. I'm reprinting just a small sample of letters that came in this morning from conservatives fed-up with Republican "leadership." — Update 1120am EST. I'll keep adding letters throughout the day.
House GOP Leaders Scuttle Budget-Cut Vote — WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scuttled a vote Thursday on a $51 billion budget-cut package in the face of a revolt by lawmakers over scaling back Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs. — The development was a major setback …
Terror attacks spark fury in Jordan — Amman stunned by suicide bombings — AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) — Three terror bombings that killed at least 56 people in Jordan's capital sparked furious protests against al Qaeda on Thursday after a Web site carried a claim that the group was behind the attacks.
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Nov. 9 — Read the transcript to the Wednesday show — Guest: Karim Kawar, John McCain, Wayne Downing, Robert Baer, Michael Scheur, Rand Beers — CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Tonight, Jordan, our best Arab friend, gets hit by terrorist bombings.
Veterans Lash Out at Loss of Voice on Capitol Hill — Contact: David E. Autry of Disabled American Veterans, 202-314-5219 — WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ — A proposal to end the long-standing practice of veterans groups addressing a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees …
Frist concerned more about leaks than secret prisons — WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves. — Frist told reporters Thursday …
Cornbread and Roses — On a soft gray Monday in mid-October, the Interfaith Council shelter in downtown Chapel Hill has a brand-new volunteer, brimming with enthusiasm that's almost annoying at 10:15 in the morning. "How're you all doing back there?" John Edwards calls out to the kitchen crew …
Riot coverage 'excessive', says French TV boss — One of France's leading TV news executives has admitted censoring his coverage of the riots in the country for fear of encouraging support for far-right politicians. — Jean-Claude Dassier, the director general of the rolling news service TCI …
FREE TRADE....Since I've gotten several emails about this, it's probably worth pointing out that I didn't intend the previous post to imply that trade agreements are bad things. I don't think they are. — Rather, I just wanted to point out that they have their downsides as well as their upsides.
The Marines@230 — On November 10, 1775, 230 years ago, the Continental Congress authorized the formation of two battalions of Marines. Tradition says that the earliest recruiting of Marines took place at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, owned by Robert Mullan, who later became a Continental Marine officer.
Stupid Is As Stupid Blogs — No screaming eagle s**t, Kos and Steven D.: … It is difficult for me to imagine finding a group of people more collectively eager to villify individuals regarding subjects they do not understand than the folks peddling this idiocy.
Could I ever become a Democrat? — Here is a symposium on whether progressives can believe in economic growth as a primary value. The impetus is Gene Sperling's new and intelligent book The Pro-Growth Progressive. Here is a summary of the book. Here is a recent Sperling article.
At the White House, Prizes for 14 Champs — Medal of Freedom Ceremony Shows Ali as Fast as Ever — Aretha Franklin was teary-eyed, Carol Burnett was teasing, Alan Greenspan was reliably taciturn, and "The Greatest of All Time" stole the show when President Bush bestowed the Medal of Freedom …
Bush Leaves GOP in Crisis — With the rout of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's initiatives, Democratic victories in New Jersey and Virginia, and President Bush's free fall in national polls on job performance, credibility and character, the Republican Party is in imminent peril of losing the country.
Andrea Mitchell - More Media Backpedaling — On Nov 1, James Taranto of the WSJ unearthed a CNBC transcript which suggested that, according to Andrea Mitchell anyway, Ms. Plame's employment at the CIA was not a total mystery to interested reporters. From "The Capitol Report, Oct 3, 2003 …
Biden: "I'm Running" — Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) seems to have made up his mind to enter the 2008 presidential race, based on reading between the lines of a letter he sent to a potential donor last month and obtained by The Fix from the camp of a potential presidential rival. — "I'm running," Biden writes.
Irony Maiden — How Sarah Silverman is raping American comedy. — It's fitting that the comedian Sarah Silverman's impending cultural moment—high-profile film, ongoing miniscandal, TV series in the making—is going to coincide with serious public moralizing about the sexual orientation of penguins.
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