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October 2, 2007
A few thoughts to add to the post below.
Billed as a call to abolish nuclear weapons, the speech is at least as interesting for its escalated swipes at Hillary's war vote. But the main target, at least in its first half, is the political culture of Washington:
Just because Newt's not running for president doesn't mean we shouldn't watch this amazing YouTube video of his recent appearance in "Second Life" (or as he mistakenly calls it, "Second Voice.") Newt--or rather Newt's lean and mean avatar--parachutes in (literally) at about the 1:20 mark.
A Democratic insider I was just talking to spins out an interesting theory: A significant chunk (one quarter? one third?) of the $27 million Hillary raised consists of donations from Obama supporters. They're covering their you-know-what now that the Clinton coronation has begun. Hard to know until we see the FEC reports, of course. But those 100,000 new donors must have come from somewhere...
As a supplement to Tom Bissell's recent article on Bush's misreading of The Quiet American, check out the Guardian's online quiz of Graham Greene trivia. It's good nerdy fun; my favorite tidbit is that Greene's undergraduate volume of poetry, now long forgotten, was called "Babbling April." (There's hope for us all.)
October 1, 2007
From the UK Daily Mail: "Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma's ruling junta has revealed."
(Caveat: That's a far higher death toll than has been reported anywhere else to date.)
Don't miss the hilarious cover of this week's New York magazine.
George Stephanopoulos asked Bill Clinton yesterday how he'd like to be referred to if Hillary is elected and Bill said he didn't know. He joked that the Scots have suggested "First Laddy," but that's not going to fly. First Man? First Gentleman? Do I see a reader contest coming?