The group blog of The New Republic
July 19, 2007
The Los Angleles Times, July 7:
[Fred] Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for [the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn.] "Fred Thompson did not lobby for this group, period," he said in an e-mail.
In a telephone interview, he added: "There's no documents to prove it, there's no billing records, and Thompson says he has no recollection of it, says it didn't happen."
Steve Benen tries to figure out whatever happened to the administration's "war czar." Answer: He's still around, sort of--if you squint real hard, sometimes you can even spot him lurking at press conferences.
Via Truehoop, a few tidbits regarding the political contributions of NBA players. While Alonzo Mourning has given $1,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign, and former players Travis Best and Charles Barkley gave to John Edwards in the past, the evident hoopster fave is Barack Obama, who's gotten money from Shane Battier, Baron Davis, Evan Eschmeyer (a former Howard Dean supporter), and, though not mentioned at Truehoop, Stephon Marbury.
Yesterday, ABC News ran the headline, "Sex Ed for Kindergartners 'Right Thing to Do,' says Obama." Right on cue, Mitt Romney went ballistic, telling supporters that he was "shocked" by Obama's comments, adding: "Instead of teaching sex education to five-year-olds, let's clean up the ocean of filth, the cesspool in which our kids are swimming." (Presumably READ MORE >>
It's been a bit of an Ashgabat explosion over at The New York Times lately. In the last four weeks, C.J. Chivers has filed four stories--for a total of 4706 words--about the previously little-heard-from totalitarian state nuzzled between Iran, Afghanistan, and the Caspian Sea.
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