The New Republic Staff

Edwards V. Clinton, Round One
January 14, 2007

Here's an excerpt from the speech John Edwards gave today at the Riverside Church in Harlem: If you're in Congress and you know this war is going in the wrong direction, it is no longer enough to study your options and keep your own counsel. Silence is betrayal. Speak out, and stop this escalation now. You have the power to prohibit the president from spending any money to escalate the war--use it. I have an Edwards profile in the new issue of TNR.

O.j.'s Revelation
January 14, 2007

Someone at Newsweek gained possession of a chapter of that O.J. book. Nothing too surprising except this: In The Juice's imagined version of the killings he has an accomplice. Hmmm. Maybe that's who Simpson has been searching for this whole time. --Isaac Chotiner

"exposed Meat"
January 13, 2007

Sometimes I go to the English translation of Asharq Alawsat just to see what the world's largest and most open Arabic language newspaper is saying. I came across an incoherently rendered story but with salacious images of non-veiled women, referred to as "meat overdraft." In any case, I called a friend who reads Arabic (well), and he translated the article, which was written by Mohamed al-Shafei. The story is about Sheik Taj Din Al Hilali, the Egyptian born Mufti of Australia and imam of the biggest mosque in Sydney.

Ford Praises Nixon
January 13, 2007

The Times and other papers have picked up some comments from President Ford, who before his death (obviously) made clear his thoughts on various twentieth century presidents. Many of his opinons are pretty unremarkable, or at least unsurprising: He claimed Carter was a bad president, liked Ike, and wished the Reaganites would stop crowing so much about ending the Cold War (he also thought Reagan was a "poor manager").

Learning From Mistakes
January 12, 2007

by Jeffrey Herf Over the semester break I made time to read Thomas Rick's Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. It's an important book for thinking about whether or not "the new way forward" announced by President Bush the other night has any chance of success. It catalogues the now familiar misjudgments and blunders that the United States has made since 2003, above all invading with too few troops and with no expectation of or plan for a "postwar" insurgency. Yet Ricks' book is interesting for a historian of the twentieth century in another sense.

Race To The Bottom
January 12, 2007

Good news for Duncan Hunter! He's no longer the most ridiculous GOP presidential candidate. The reason? Texas Congressman Ron Paul has tossed his hat into the race (link via PoliticalWire). Although, come to think of it, Paul does at least have some presidential campaign experience, having run as the Libertarian candidate in '88. Maybe Hunter still is the most ridiculous. --Jason Zengerle

Double G, Double Trouble
January 12, 2007

Uh oh. Does this foreshadow a Rudy-Newt ticket? On a substantive note, the Iraqi Citizen Job Corps they propose doesn't sound like a bad idea. But analogizing the current situation in Iraq to the one in New York City in the 1990s seems like a stretch, to put it mildly. After all, Baghdad today would make even the worst neighborhood in the Bronx or East New York circa 1991 seem like the Upper East Side. --Jason Zengerle

Quien Es Mas Macho? Senor Steve Kagen O Senor Ricardo Montalban?
January 12, 2007

Apropos of Ryan's "Macho Dems" piece in last Sunday's NYT, here's a story Democratic Congressman Steve Kagen of Wisconsin recently told about himself to some of his constituents. From the Oshkosh Northwestern (via PoliticalWire): Kagen, D-Appleton, was among a group of freshman lawmakers invited to the White House on Nov.

Department Of Pots & Kettles
January 12, 2007

A brief, off-topic post for DC-area residents: This morning I suffered what I imagine is a widespread annoyance. Driving into work, I was hectored by a large public-safety ad that jeered, "Hey Slick, email the office later.

Lieberman Continues His Descent!
January 12, 2007

My accusation yesterday that Joe Lieberman is an apparatchik was clearly too mild. --Isaac Chotiner

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