Throwing Money Down The Palestinian Authority Sinkhole
December 18, 2007
This morning's Times, like most other news sources, reports that at an international conference in Paris presided over by Nicolas Sarkozy -- a gathering which Jacques Chirac would have never been allowed to chair -- the attendees pledged nearly two billion dollars more than the Palestinian Authority had requested from what is coyly termed the "international donor community." This turned out to be, as the Times reminded, the "most ambitious" such venture since 1996, at which point Yassir Arafat was still ruling the roost from Ramallah and there was absolutely zero progress on arrangements betw
When Right-wing Attacks Backfire
October 10, 2007
This is the story of how some bloggers on the right tried to undermine a popular government program, disparage a Baltimore family, and discredit the mainstream media--and how it ended up validating all three in the process. It's a story that starts earlier this month, after Congress had passed a substantial expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). As readers of this space know--skip down to the break if you can recite chapter and verse on S-CHIP already--the program's purpose is to make sure low-income children get health insurance.