Environment

Who Is James Dobson?
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October 04, 2007

Focus on the Family leader James Dobson is threatening to take his ball and go home if the GOP dares nominate a pro-choice White House candidate. But Dobson has talked this way before, as I explained in this 2004 Slate "Assessment" of "The Religious Right's New Kingmaker." Come for the politics. Stay for the boy who tried to suck his own-- ...well, just read it. --Michael Crowley

The Kennedys
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October 03, 2007

The Arthur Schlesinger diaries seem to be surprisingly interesting--at least from excerpts this month in The New York Review of Books (subscription only) and Vanity Fair (free). This, however, was pretty funny: March 31, 1962. The White House. The issue of raising children came up. The President, probably in order to provoke Marian and [society hostess] Martha Bartlett, said that he did not see why children should not be brought up in community nurseries. This led to a discussion of the role of the family.

Bush To Kids: Drop Dead
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October 03, 2007

As expected, President Bush today vetoed a proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). By now, faithful readers of this website are familiar with the administration's arguments--and the many flaws they contain. (If not, see here and here.) But I can't help but seize on one of the statements Bush just made while making a speech in Lancaster, Pennsylvania: "the policies of the government ought to be to help people find private insurance, not federal coverage." Really?

More Evidence Of A Secret Clinton Pact?
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October 02, 2007

I'm a little late on this, but here's another comment that stood out when I went over the transcript of Bill Clinton's "Meet the Press" appearance this weekend: I think she's the best suited, best qualified nonincumbent I've had a chance to vote for for president for this moment in time. So I don't want to see her eliminated because, because we've been together for so long, and we've had a life we enjoyed immensely and--because I always thought, when we were going together in law school, I thought--I literally told her she shouldn't marry me because she was more gifted than me at politics.

Newt Says Nyet
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September 29, 2007

That lasted all of two days. Newt decides he's not going to raise $30 million in a single month after all: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.Just last week, Gingrich said he had given himself a deadline of Oct.

Their Lips Are Sealed
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September 26, 2007

Just when you think the Bush administration can't get any more galling in its handling of Iraq: "State Department bars employees from responding to corruption inquiry" So what do congressional Republicans think of this kind of White House maneuver? Do they worry that it will further erode public confidence in the party? Or do they assume that most Americans aren't paying attention? --Michelle Cottle

A Role Reversal For Obama And Edwards
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September 24, 2007

Last week I did a few posts about some reservations I had with Obama's campaign strategy thus far (see here and here). I thought a bit more about it over the weekend, particularly after reading this solid Adam Nagourney/Jeff Zeleny piece in yesterday's Times, and think I've come up with something a little more fleshed out about both Obama and the overall state of the race. First, as Nagourney and Zeleny document, the nomination increasingly looks like Hillary's to lose.

The Greatest Dying
September 24, 2007

A fate worse than global warming.

Love Is All You Need
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September 20, 2007

To fan the who-is-Bush-subtly-endorsing flames, here's a tidbit from a Mort Kondracke write-up of a meeting with Bush in which he waxes philosophical about what he's looking for in the next prez: "He should be comfortable with his family," Bush said. "Should be somebody who'll work hard to make sure there's love in the White House ..." I can think of one person who doesn't meet the first qualification -- meow! But "love in the White House"? If that's your priority, there's only one logical choice: --Eve Fairbanks

Fascinating
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September 18, 2007

AP: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush backs John McCain's efforts to increase support for the Iraq war in a new video, a telecast that aides to both men say shouldn't be construed as an endorsement of McCain's White House bid. On Monday night, the former president appeared in the video shown at South Carolina's military college, The Citadel, during the final stop of the Arizona senator's "No Surrender" tour. "The bottom line is we must persevere; we must not surrender; we must not quit and run away.

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