The group blog of The New Republic

October 3, 2007

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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Via TPM, I recommend this MotherJones article on Doug Brooks and the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), which he heads up. The IPOA is the trade group for private military contractors, including Blackwater.

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My Neiman Marcus Christmas Book arrived in today's mail, an event to which I look forward every year, not because I have any need for a $110,000 His & Hers portrait of me and Chris done in Bosco chocolate syrup, but because I see the catalog as a telling glimpse at the longings of the super-rich--or at least what highly paid marketing teams have divin

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...on the poll that Mike and Noam mentioned earlier:

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Ron Paul raised an amazing $5 million in the last quarter--about the same amount as John McCain. (And John Edwards only raised about 40 percent more.)

I like to think I kinda saw this coming back in the spring.

--Michael Crowley

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