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Abu Dhabi: The Next Bilbao?
October 23, 2007

Look, almost everything is possible in a tiny country that has some some 10% of the world's oil reserves and only 370,000 citizens.  The other inhabitants (about 1.4 million souls) are visitors to second- and third-homes but mostly indentured laborers who, on arrival, are deprived of their passports and ordinary civil rights.  Oh yes, and guests in the many hotels (including one in the "seven star" class).  The world's tallest building will soon attract more visitors to Abu Dhabi which ABC reports (surely erroneously) whose citizens have an average net worth of $17 million.I've commented on th

Meet "mr. ***k"
October 23, 2007

I've gotten around to this a little late, but for those who haven't had the guilty pleasure of reading David Segal's Washington Post exploration of the less-than-amicable divorce proceedings of Clinton-tormenting billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, you can find it here. It is, as advertised, "like a visit to Gettysburg, minus the gravitas." --Christopher Orr  Update:  If you're wondering about the coy title of this post, it's the result of a not-yet-disabled obscenity filter on our new blog software.

One Man's Fizzle Is Another's Gain
October 23, 2007

A prominent New Hampshire activist dumps Fred Thompson for John McCain, perhaps neatly underscoring Noam's point about Thompson as a "holding pen." --Michael Crowley

Aliens Smell Nice
October 23, 2007

Over at TPM,  Eric Kleefield has accepted the harrowing chore of perusing Shirley MacLaine's new book and has discovered a delightful story about how her friend, Dennis Kucinich, told her that during a visit to her Washington state home, he communed with a UFO: "Dennis found his encounter extremely moving," MacLaine writes. "The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. "It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend.

Huckabee's Kryptonite
October 23, 2007

  Everyone (including Chuck Norris) seems to be getting very excited about Mike Huckabee--and with good reason. The guy is engaging, funny, and charismatic; he's also a (former) governor from a southern state. When Noam Scheiber predicted on this blog a few months ago that Huckabee's second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll meant that he--Huckabee--had finally arrived, I was skeptical. But it looks like Noam was right, and if the latest polls are any indication, Huckabee has a good shot at winning Iowa.

David Vitter Makes Amends
October 23, 2007

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins pens a "Washington Update" to his organization's supporters: After the success of last weekend's Washington Briefing, FRC's staff is already back at work on Capitol Hill.

Primary Schedule Battle: States, Gop Go To War
October 23, 2007

Party Discipline: [Steven Ohlenmacher, AP]: "Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests earlier, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates."   So What?: [John Distasto, New Hampshire Union Leader]: "[New Hampshire] State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen yesterday shrugged off a national GOP panel's decision to withhold half the state party's delegates to the Republican national convention next summer."   Not Dead Yet: [Dan Morain and Joe Mathews, Los Angeles Times]: "Vet

Perfect Information For Law Students
October 23, 2007

  A report from a group of law students called "Building a Better Legal Profession" showed up in my e-mailbox the other day. The students did a survey of the big law firms to see how they measured up on a variety of diversity issues -- women partners, minority partners, etc. Since law firm hiring is a market, why shouldn't female and minority students at least know what they were buying into? What interested me the most is their retention rate survey, in which they compared the percentage of women associates with the percentage women or minorities who made partner.

A Giuliani Moment For Romney
October 22, 2007

Adam Nagourney makes a great point in his web column today: Mr. Romney argued that his appearance at the Values Voters Summit was a victory because he eked out a small win in a straw poll there. But straw polls are given to easy manipulation by campaigns, and this one should be taken with more than a few grains of salt. In truth, some Republicans said, Mr. Romney may look back at this weekend as a lost opportunity. Some of his advisers have been arguing that the best way for Mr.

Why Leading Evangelicals Are Wary Of Huckabee
October 22, 2007

Like Amy Sullivan, Marc Ambinder highlights the split between elite and grassroots social conservatives on the subject of Mike Huckabee. Marc's theory, which I agree with, is that the elites are lukewarm on Huckabee precisely because he's one of them--and, therefore, doesn't need them to reach conservative evangelical voters.

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