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September 25, 2007

A number of smart conservatives (and some unexpected ones) have taken Fred Thompson to task for his pseudopatriotic boast that

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Jonathan Martin has a smart post up about the conflicting challenges the Romney campaign faces: Romney is trying to distance himself from the mess Bush's GOP has made of the country. At the same time, he has to win over a Republican establishment that's still skeptical of his moderate Massachusetts pedigree, to say nothing of his Mormonism. As Jonathan puts it, "he's wanting to give the Sunday sermon a week after he joined the church."

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Vanity Fair has online an extraordinary, heartbreaking essay about the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School 50 years ago this month. The story focuses on 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford, the shy, pretty subject of Will Counts's iconic photograph of the event, and on the furious teenage protester also captured in his frame, Hazel Bryan.

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As Chris notes, it's the 50th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock's Central High School. It's worth checking out this speech given by Mike Huckabee ten years ago to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the event, which is one of the more eloquent attempts I've read to come to grips with what happened during the integration crisis:

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A new survey released today, the "Ibrahim Index," takes a comprehensive look at corruption in sub-Saharan African nations, ranking 48 countries on their good (or not-so-good) governance.

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September 24, 2007

Gene Sperling has a useful essay in the latest issue of Democracy (registration required), teasing out some of the "pro-growth, progressive" ideas he laid out in his recent book by the same name.

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From Fox News Sunday:

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In the wake of news that the Arctic ice is melting faster than anyone expected, the UN climate summit is kicking off in New York today.

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Chris Cillizza reports that Evan Bayh is set to endorse Hillary Clinton this afternoon. As Chris points it, Bayh's move is likely to ease him onto the Clinton vice-presidential short-list should she win the nomination.

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Over at his new blog, Paul Krugman follows up on his column today by discussing the

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