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Holy Ironic Convergences, Batman!
November 03, 2009

It's remarkable enough that a bat somehow made its way into San Antonio's AT&T Center and buzzed the court during the Spurs-Kings game. It's more remarkable still that Spurs guard Manu Ginobli was able to pluck the flying critter right out of the air for disposal. But for all this to happen on Halloween night? Yes, I know I'm late to this. But I'm suffering from my own ironic seasonal mishap--involving pumpkin vines and a torn tendon: don't ask--and as a result have some catching up to do.

From the Archives: Claude Levi-Strauss
November 03, 2009

French social anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss died over the weekend at the age of 100.  His theory of structuralism was a major influence on such titans of philosophy as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. Back in 1967, TNR's Patrick Gallagher reviewed his seminal work The Savage Mind, which sought to transform the way Western civilization looks at the native populations. Click here to give it a read.

From the Archives: The Death of Che Guevara, and More
November 03, 2009

Today at TNR.com, we've unearthed some fascinating Latin America pieces from our archives.

Nice Guys Finish Last
November 03, 2009

  If Creigh Deeds loses today—and few candidates have hoisted themselves out of the kind of hole he’s dug—let it be known that the Commonwealth of Virginia missed out on having a very nice man in Richmond. “When you elect a governor, you elect not only their positions, but you elect their character, their heart,” declared Senator Mark Warner, to a gamely cheering crowd of about 150 in Alexandria’s Market Square last night.

Conservative Euphoria Watch
November 03, 2009

As excitement builds in the right-wing blogosphere for what promises to be a good night for conservatives, sites like The Corner are excitedly posting emails from their readers. Alas, amidst all the celebrating, standards seemed to have declined--apparently anyone can have his or her email posted. Here is one New Jersey reader's report: I live in Randolph, Morris County. Always get to my polling place right at 6:00. Always the only one there. There were 15 cars in the lot when I got there. When I got to my parking lot to get to NYC for work, the lot had 50% more cars than normal.

Beware this Republican Narrative
November 03, 2009

With the House set to vote on a full health care reform bill as early as this week, Republican leader John Boehner has announced that the GOP leadership will introduce a formal alternative of their own. The proper response, I suppose, is "Are you kidding?" By my count, it's been more than eight months since President Obama announced that health reform would be his top domestic priority, signalling that it would be the dominant issue of 2009. Republican leaders had countless opportunities to step forward with a proposal to hold up against the Democratic approach.

Cap-and-Trade Costs: Place Matters
November 03, 2009

Much is in question today as Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Barbara Boxer tries to push ahead with work on climate-change legislation, with Republicans threatening a boycott of the markup.

GOP Boycotts Climate Markup, Boxer Moves Ahead Anyway
November 03, 2009

Okay, here's the latest on the ongoing mini-drama over the Senate climate bill. Earlier this morning, the Environment and Public Works committee met to begin marking up and amending the bill, and Republicans carried out their early threat to boycott the session—only George Voinovich showed up, to lodge a complaint. Voinovich asked committee chair Barbara Boxer to postpone the markup until the EPA had done a full analysis of the initial Senate draft.

Overthinking Lieberman
November 03, 2009

Ezra Klein plays my favorite parlor game: What Does Joe Want? After breaking with the Democratic Party over national security, killing the public option would cement Lieberman's status as a conservative hero. The Republican Party is angry and scared right now, and Lieberman is in the peculiar position of being able to grab them emotionally even as he's not fully aligned with them substantively.

Abdullah vs. Karzai
November 03, 2009

Kabul, Afghanistan  The spectacle of Afghanistan’s presidential elections seems to be finally entering its final act. Pulling out of the runoff race at the last minute, Abdullah Abdullah has cleared the way for Hamed Karzai to be the winner by default.  Both men appear to have achieved many, if not all, of their original goals. Karzai, of course, has retained his seat for another five years. Abdullah, the underdog, has denied Karzai the much-needed legitimacy that a second round of voting was supposed to confer.

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