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.

The 'huffington' Plagiarist
September 13, 2007

Several months ago, I published an essay in Azure, the quarterly journal of Israel's Shalem Center, about South Africa's troubling foreign policies. You can read it here. On Monday, a South African blogger with whom I regularly correspond informed me that an article published September 6 on The Huffington Post read almost exactly like my piece, only shorter. You can read that article, by a Norwegian journalist and former United Nations employee named Henning Andrè Søgaard, here.

An Old Ruling On A New Case
September 13, 2007

In Sweatt v. Painter, the Supreme Court noted that a new law school could never, whatever its material endowment, acquire those qualities which are incapable of objective measurement but which make for greatness in a law school.

Dogs And Cats, Living Together...mass Hysteria!
September 12, 2007

Pop quiz -- what Euro-loving, Bush-bashing, ultra-liberal wacko said the following: "...the truth is that the best national health-insurance programs do not bear out the horror stories that conservatives like to tell about them." Michael Moore? Paul Krugman? Ezra Klein? Me? Er, no. Those words came from conservative journalist Ramesh Ponnuru, writing in the latest issue of National Review. And it's not as strange as it sounds. People often ask me if there are conservative journalists I enjoy reading.

Health Insurance Premiums Up Again
September 11, 2007

There's good news and bad news in the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2007 survey of employer-provided health benefits. On the plus side, the rate of growth of premiums dropped to 6.1 percent, the fourth straight year it's fallen. On the other hand, that's still well above the 3.7 percent rate at which wages grew during the year.