Blame Mccain
September 30, 2007

Brad already noted Newt's "nyet"; but today Newt tells who to blame for his decision not to run: John McCain. From "Yesterday morning we learned from our attorneys that under the McCain-Feingold law, it is a criminal penalty if I had retained any communication with American Solutions. I could go to jail," Gingrich said Sunday in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "And the idea that you're on the turn of the dime kill this program in order to obey the McCain-Feingold Act which I think is an unconstitutional, frankly destructive bill, was crazy.

Put Your Rifle Locks Back On
September 29, 2007

Lyle Denniston over at SCOTUSblog reports on a little-noticed development this week: the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seems to have narrowed its ruling (pdf) from March of this year (which the Supreme Court will likely review) regarding the District's gun laws. The original decision was understood to have invalidated not only D.C.'s ban on handguns, which garnered most of the attention, but also its provision stipulating that all firearms, handguns or otherwise, be disassembled or have trigger locks engaged.

Obama @ Howard: Attack Is The New Black
September 28, 2007

Barack Obama's speech at Howard University this morning was full of explosive, rhythmic calls to action, striking a fine balance between sober convocation and straight stumping. The campaign touted it as a substantive rollout of Obama's criminal justice platform, while the theater of his presence clearly thrilled the audience of black students and faculty.

Their Lips Are Sealed
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

Bed-wetters? Really?
September 26, 2007

Yesterday, Rick Perlstein wrote a post in which he contrasted the way America greeted Ahmadinejad this week with the way we greeted Nikita Khrushchev in 1959.

Poor Alberto
September 21, 2007

If you think the last two years have been a rough time for Alberto Gonzales, check out what's happened to a different Alberto: former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. First, his poorly-thought-out scheme to return from exile and run in Peru's 2006 presidential election ran into trouble when he was arrested by Chilean authorities while en route to Peru and later placed under house arrest.

Being There
September 19, 2007

From today's Times: MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 18--Michael Wolkomir would not consider his vacation, which included 10 days' sightseeing in California, complete until on his way home he posed in front of what is now known as the Larry Craig bathroom at the airport here.... Since Aug. 27, when the arrest of Mr. Craig became known publicly, the restroom has become a source of amusement for travelers and employees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Some pose for pictures before the outer door. Others enter to zoom in on the light-blue stall the senator used, the eighth of nine in a row.

More On D.c. Voting Rights
September 19, 2007

Ross Douthat takes a swipe at TNR's editorial stance on the constitutionality of the D.C. voting-rights bill. He quotes our position on the issue: McConnell and Bush base their opposition on ostensibly constitutional grounds, arguing that the Constitution grants congressional representation only to states, which, of course, the District of Columbia is not. But the legislation, as it's crafted, addresses these concerns--since it provides for expedited judicial review of the bill if it's challenged after becoming law.

Clintoncare, The Sequel
September 17, 2007

In a few hours, Hillary Clinton will be rolling out her health care plan before an audience in Iowa. When she does, I'll have more to say on it. But here's what I can tell you now, based on interviews with her advisers and some outside experts over the last few days. As Laura Meckler first reported in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Clinton's plan is very ambitious -- as far-reaching, in the broad sense, as the one John Edwards first proposed back in January. Indeed, the basic framework of the Clinton plan is strikingly simliar to that in the Edwards plan.

Robert Reich, Super-capitalist
September 14, 2007

Another one for the banks of marble. Robert Reich--the once-upon-a-time wunderkind, the soon-to-be disenchanted labor secretary under Bill Clinton and now professor at UCal, Berkeley--has written an argument for the Wall Street Journal: "CEOs Deserve Their Pay." Yes, even the CEOs who go home with eight digit incomes and retire with nine digit packages. Surprised? Bob Reich, egalitarian? He makes the same arguments that defenders of the most rapacious capitalism make, even for executives who take home not eight digit incomes but nine.