The Gist: All big political disputes of the day--from the Congo to a town hall in Lebanon, PA--hinge on the naivety of Obama.Unnecessary pop-culture references: 5 (one about Sheryl Crow handing out toilet paper in Obama’s Cold War state; two references to the laws of Fight Club; one to Hillary’s hand gestures recalling “The Sopranos”; one about Bill’s dinner at MGM Grand with Hollywood moguls) Achingly awful alliteration: 2 (“KO in the Congo;” “postpartisan, postracial, post-Clinton-dysfunction”)Worst pop-psychology analysis: “This raw, competitive response showed that the experiment in using
Since leaving his DNC chair earlier this year, Howard Dean has been recovering from a double snub from the president: Not only was he denied the HHS spot he reportedly wanted, he didn’t even get an invitation to the president’s ceremony marking the transition of the chair to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. (Dean was toiling away for the committee in American Samoa when Obama passed Kaine the chairmanship.) Undeterred, Dean has since found shelter in the cozy climes of cable news. He has done some work as a commentator for CNBC.
Recently, The New York Times reported that American officials were finding the first evidence that several Al Qaeda fighters, including a few leaders, were making their way from tribal Pakistan to Yemen and Somalia. So, how does an Al Qaeda operative travel from the border region to those countries?It may depend on how important the operative is. For a low-level foot soldier headed for Somalia, it may be as easy as traveling to the port city of Karachi and booking a flight on Emirates air to Nairobi, Kenya, where a well-established Al Qaeda presence can shepherd fighters into Somalia.
According to Politico, John McCain might be facing a serious challenge in his 2010 primary now that Chris Simcox, founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, has thrown his hat into the ring. Via Ben Smith: "John McCain has failed miserably in his duty to secure this nation's borders and protect the people of Arizona from the escalating violence and lawlessness," Simcox said. "He has fought real efforts over the years at every turn, opting to hold our nation's border security hostage to his amnesty schemes.
On a warm night in early March, Arthur Brooks was having a Cinderella moment. A constellation of Washington's conservative superstars and their fellow travelers had packed the Hilton Washington's International Ballroom for the annual black-tie gala of the American Enterprise Institute, or "neocon prom, " as it's commonly called.
On a warm night in early March, Arthur Brooks was having a Cinderella moment. A constellation of Washington's conservative superstars and their fellow travelers had packed the Hilton Washington's International Ballroom for the annual black-tie gala of the American Enterprise Institute, or "neocon prom, " as it's commonly called. The presence of so many of Washington's conservative cognoscenti would have been enough to make any right-leaning fanboy swoon: Newt Gingrich leaning in for a photo with Michael Barone, David Frum glad-handing a mustachioed G.
How are Georgians responding to Russia's de facto annexation of two of its territories in last year's war? With spirit fingers and sassy hips, of course! They've elected campy disco group Stephane and 3G to represent the country at Eurovision, Europe's famous annual song competition. The band will perform their thinly veiled swipe at the Russian Prime Minister, "We Don't Wanna Put In," at this year's competition, hosted in Moscow. Some Russians are calling for the song to be banned. Let's hope Stephane brings good security to Moscow. --Marin Cogan
Disturbing but unsurprising news on the immigration front: A report released yesterday by the Migration Policy Institute and covered in the New York Times shows that a high-profile Immigration and Customs Enforcement program meant to target dangerous fugitive immigrants ensnared mostly those with no criminal record. The program, which began in 2002 and has cost the government $625 million over the course of its existence, was established with the requirement that 75 percent of those arrested be criminals.
Sanjay Gupta, Obama’s reported choice for surgeon general, is no stranger to the ethically sticky situation physicians often find themselves in with drug companies. Speaking with Paula Zahn in 2005, he noted that “there is a lot of nudge, nudge, wink, wink going on, as far as some of these freebies, giveaways, trips to Aspen for performing a certain number of procedures or prescribing these medications.
As Chris Matthews mulls over whether to run for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, he may want to start thinking about how he'll make nice with women and Hillary Clinton supporters--two key constituencies that remain unlikely to view him favorably after a series of disparaging remarks about the New York Senator earlier this year. Women activists in the state have had colorful things to say about the possibility of a Matthews candidacy. Jeanne K.C.