The group blog of The New Republic

October 3, 2007

As Clarence Thomas continues his global self-pity tour, the Post's Ruth Marcus helps set the record straight:

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CNN has a story up on its homepage that speaks to the level of self-righteous outrage that grips the illegal immigration warriors.

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I hate to keep harping on the same theme, but, to my mind, one of the most sobering developments for Obama in today's Washington Post poll is the following:

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Although Harry Reid didn't make it far with his promise to work with Republicans on Iraq this fall, his strategy appears to have moved over to the House, where a bill requiring Defense Secretary Gates to present Congress his plans for withdrawing combat forces passed 377 to 46 yesterday. So many Republican yeses constitute a surprising loss for Republican leader John Boehner, who's kept his troops marvelously well-marshaled up to now.

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In response to Chris's post on the upcoming NBA season, commenter vcolatrino writes, "No offense, Chris, but the baseball postseason begins today, and we're getting posts about what may happen in the NBA playoffs nine months from now? ... I would love to see someone at the Plank resurrect the baseball playoffs blog."

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This is big: For the first time a Congressional leader is saying the full House will vote on the Armenian genocide bill. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expects the bill to pass the House sometime before Thanksgiving. Must be an interesting day over at the Turkish embassy.

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During yesterday's Blackwater hearing, Republicans kept complaining that everyone was ignoring all the good news about private military firms in Iraq. They were especially high on CEO Erik Prince's argument that Blackwater guards "only" discharged their weapons 195 times in more than 16,000 missions in Iraq since 2005--"barely" one percent.

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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:

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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.

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Via Yglesias, The Washington Post has compiled a comprehensive list of foreign policy advisers to the major presidential candidates. One eyebrow-raiser: Gen.

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