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October 2, 2007

There's been a lot of sympathy floating around lately for Neanderthals, as it's become increasingly clear their their demise about 25,000 years ago was a result of large-scale genocide by our ancestors. (Just don't tell Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, or Sam Brownback.)

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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:

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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.

--Jason Zengerle

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...

--Noam Scheiber

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.)

--Britt Peterson

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled a vote on the Armenian genocide resolution for next Wednesday, October 10. The Turkish Daily News (your one-stop shopping for genocide resolution news!) says the U.S.

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I'm a little late on this, but here's another comment that stood out when I went over the transcript of Bill Clinton's "Meet the Press" appearance this weekend:

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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.)

--Bradford Plumer

The media tries to blow it in an interesting new direction. Politico's Mike Allen on an elite-media turn against Hillary. (See Joe Klein on same.)

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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?

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