The Plank

Obscenity Filter Disabled

We may now publish the first name of the vice president without compunction. Watch: Dick Cheney.

Please do not let this newfound ability go to your head. Remember: With great power comes great responsibility.

--Christopher Orr

The Mitt-bot Malfunctions

Briefly digressing from a PowerPoint presentation on global trade that he was making to the Greenwood, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Mitt Romney had this to say:

“Actually, just look at what Osam, uh, Barack Obama, said just yesterday, Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. ‘That is the battlefield. That is the central place,’ he said. ‘Come join us under one banner.’”

Reminder: Help Us Finish Plame Memoir!

Just a quick reminder to help us fill in the censored parts of Valerie Plame Wilson's memoir!  Winners will run in next week's magazine.

--The Editors 

All About My Redesign

We've written a note about the new here. Give 'er a read!

--The Editors

A Star Is Born

 ..somewhere, probably, but definitely not at today, where I can be found discussing the current crop of Iraq- and war-on-terror-themed movies with Slate's Dana Stevens. If you'd like to watch me talk far too fast and scrupulously avoid ever making eye contact with the camera, this is your chance.

 --Christopher Orr

Democrats And Deficits

The New York Timesnoted over the weekend that many Democrats (mostly, but not exclusively, liberals) think that if 2009 offers a reprise of 1993's choice between new spending and deficit reduction, we should make a difference choice this time and opt for the path of Robert Reich, rather than Bob Rubin.

The Insufferable Boston Sports Fan

I moved to Boston about three-and-a-half years ago and since then have become a casual Red Sox fan.

Meet "mr. ***k"

I've gotten around to this a little late, but for those who haven't had the guilty pleasure of reading David Segal's Washington Post exploration of the less-than-amicable divorce proceedings of Clinton-tormenting billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, you can find it here. It is, as advertised, "like a visit to Gettysburg, minus the gravitas."

--Christopher Orr