The New Republic Staff

Blind Justice
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January 11, 2007

Lest debate over the surge cause Congress to take its eye off the truly important things, Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri introduced S.247 yesterday. Its title: A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 555 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the "Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. United States Courthouse". Rush Limbaugh Courthouse?! Evidently Rush Jr--the one of reptilian radio fame--was born to a prominent Missouri lawyer who practiced until his death, at 104, in 1996. But still: the Rush Limbaugh Courthouse?!

Yet Another Blog Fight
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January 11, 2007

Now Yglesias has truly crossed the line. It's one thing to deem me morally unserious and then lump me in with Joe Klein; it's another matter entirely to slight Raymond Felton and Sean May. He writes: Acquiring players because of real or imagined fan appeal -- especially when said appeal is based on the player's former status as an amateur -- is the management strategy of the damned (see also Charlotte Bobcats). . . .

In Today's Web Magazine
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January 11, 2007

Michael Crowley criticizes Democrats' poker faces; Peter Beinart watches the White House screw John McCain one last time; Nathan Glazer eulogizes the sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset; Noam Scheiber explains why cities don't declare bankruptcy even when it's in their self-interest; and Will Marshall counsels the Democrats not to cut off funding for the troop surge. --Adam B. Kushner

Gwfh Hearts Gwb
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January 10, 2007

by Eric Rauchway The man on horseback, preferably wearing a closely tailored uniform, stalks the annals of humankind. He garners followers, many of whom believe that he stands not only for himself and his faction but for History--that greatness means embodying the logic of progress and pressing it forward. In the theories of Thomas Carlyle or G. W. F. Hegel, such men qualify as heroes, as History's Great Men. Today Scott McLemee asks, "Is George W.

More Trouble For The Church
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January 10, 2007

And more light on the new and fast brewing scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. No, not the one about priests diddling little boys. But the one about clergy in the Polish church having collaborated with the Communist political police and informed on other clergy who adhered to Catholicism's honorable stance of non-cooperation and, in fact, resistance. Craig S.

Terrorism, Cont'd
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January 10, 2007

Poor Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. He thought he had a cease fire with ETA, which Elaine Sciolini calls in this morning's Times, "[T]he armed Basque separatist organization." It is, of course, the armed Basque terrorist organization. But, never mind. Zapatero was working on the assumption that ETA and Spain were both on a sure path to peace. Alas, then ten days ago, a bomb attack at Barajas airport killed two people and injured some two dozen others.

Trouble In Lebanon
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January 10, 2007

Hassan M. Fattah, who wrote occasionally for TNR, is now in Lebanon, and I almost always learn from him. His "Beirut Memo: A Nation With a Long Memory but a Truncated History" teases out the tale of everyone wanting to hijack Lebanon's sovereignty and character and submerge it beneath their own. (Jack Shafer, now that everybody else but you, putz--oh, and also John Kerry--seems to get the idea, please pay attention.) So there is isn't even one national history taught in the country's schools. There's a Maronite history and a Sunni history and a Shi'a history.

The New York Times's Value
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January 10, 2007

I frequently bitch about The New York Times. But sometimes I feel that I and the rest of us who bitch are spoiled. What London papers are better? Or Paris papers? Not a one. OK, what is true is that the Times and I have parted company on several important issues in the world. So I don't often read its editorials, except--in fact--when friends have told me that there is a particularly obtuse one. And I don't read the op-ed page which is mostly political milquetoast.

The Nation State
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January 10, 2007

Yes, I know: The New Criterion has for years been edited by Hilton Kramer, who the hip folk think is a crank. Well, why shouldn't he be cranky? Is the state of our culture so rich and deep that serious editors, writers and thinkers generally should be, well, complacent and cheery? It, of course, is not. And neither is our politics, by which I don't mean how and on whom taxes are levied or whether single payer health insurance would mean an advance or decline of medical care or whether there is some hope or just desperation in the ongoing American presence in Iraq.

Game On
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January 10, 2007

Wednesday's NYT reports: Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush's plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war. The White House, of course, takes a dim view: The White House press secretary, Tony Snow, criticized the Democrats' plans.

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