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October 18, 2007

From the Biden campaign, which, under the title "MOMENTUM +2," crows about the fact that a new Iowa poll from Strategic Vision shows that their man has gone up 2 percent in the polls. Alas, Biden has only gone from 4 percent to 6 percent and the poll has a plus- or minus-4 percent sampling error.

--Jason Zengerle

Via Deadspin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have a sneaky plan to torment tonight's Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who shut them down in game one of the series. Singing the national anthem and God Bless America will be Beckett's ex-girlfriend, country singer Danielle Peck.

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I'm hoping life isn't starting to imitate the Terminator movies...

--Michael Crowley

October 17, 2007

Down the merit pay wormhole we go! Ezra responds to my post by saying that it "sort of proves the point" he was making:

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October 15, 2007

Why in the world would The Washington Post op-ed page publish a thin, uninteresting Q & A with Clarence Thomas in which he does nothing but peddle the same disingenuous mix of self-pity and condescension he's been offering all around town?

Oh, right. That's why.

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Perhaps unintentionally, the front page of the Washington Post this morning provides a poignant portrait of the reality of the situation in Iraq.

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I wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times Saturday about Gore and the Nobel Prize.

--Jonathan Chait

Speaking of smears, Mickey Kaus is still keeping hope alive that the Edwards-infidelity one is true. Mickey (fairly) mocks me for perhaps naively believing that Edwards just wouldn't do such a thing. But then he unfairly faults Edwards for issuing too vociferous a denial of the allegation. Mickey writes:

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There was a good--albeit depressing--Politico article over the weekend about how the Obama-is-a-Muslim smear (first seen on Fox News last spring and quickly batted down by the Obama campaign) has been perpetuated via anonymous emails:

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