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September 17, 2007

There's just something about South Carolina that makes John McCain go a little nuts.

Stumping in his most favoritest state this weekend, Senator Straight-Talk responded to a question about his faith--long thought to be Episcopalian--by insisting that he is, in fact, a Baptist and has belonged to a Baptist congregation in Arizona for ages.

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A CNN top story today suggests it's becoming increasingly acceptable for older women to date younger men. Okay, seems plausible. But the following may qualify for Hilarious/Creepy Assertion of the Day:

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Last week, Eve reported that the real news at the Petraeus testimony came from Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who painted a much bleaker picture of the situation in Iraq than essentially any other administration official to date.

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John Edwards makes a dramatic threat on health care:

And to show Congress just how serious I am, on the first day of my administration, I will submit legislation that ends health care coverage for the president, all members of Congress, and all senior political appointees in both branches of government on July 20th, 2009 - unless we have passed universal health care reform.

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Roll Call: Another GOP congressman, Jim Ramstad of Minnesota, is retiring. Bush carried the district with just 51 percent in 2004.

--Michael Crowley

Joe Klein makes the essential point about Bush and Petraeus in a much more cogent fashion than I did last week:

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I'm pretty sure Democratic Congressman Al Green of Texas is wearing a Bluetooth earpiece while speaking on the House floor.

Update: He just took it off....

--Michael Crowley

I'm a little late in coming to this, but it warmed my heart to see Bob Woodward giving Alan Greenspan the benefit of the doubt on his craven Bush-era fiscal-policy pronouncements. According to Woodward's write-up of Greenspan's just-released memoir, the former Fed chairman offers four explanations for his role in helping the Bushies blow a hole in the federal budget:

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Yesterday's Conan-blogging--and Late Night's surprise best-writing Emmy win-- reminded me of this legendary appearance by Norm MacDonald, who O'Brien has named one of his all-time favorite guests.

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September 16, 2007

In celebration of tonight's Emmy Awards, here's the highlight of last year's show, in which host Conan O'Brien makes his way through the primetime landscape en route to the ceremony. I'll go out on a limb and guess that this evening's host, Ryan Seacrest, isn't going to put on quite as fine a show.

--Ben Wasserstein

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