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Drat, Foiled Again!
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

If you haven't been following the brouhaha over the Frost family (whose twelve year old son gave a radio address advocating extension of the federal children's health insurance program), you should read Jonathan Cohn's post from yesterday.

If He Could Only Fly
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

Joe Klein, who wrote a great Woody Guthrie biography, has a good column about how the Bush years have transformed Merle Haggard from an "Okie from Muskogee" into a Hillary Clinton supporter. But I found this part of Klein's column--about whether Hillary will really do what it takes to win over disaffected white male voters--kind of odd:

Saving The Day
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton unveiled a new program to spread the benefits of private retirement savings accounts to All Americans. In other words, she'd create a system in which even the poor and lower middle class had an easy way to pile up savings in IRAs or 401Ks, just like most more affluent Americans already do.

Obama's New Iraq Ad
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

Via Ben Smith, I see that Barack Obama has a new web ad up about the war.

Tnr Unbound
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

TNR contributor Mark Lilla has an interesting essay about the role of religion in politics over at Cato Unbound.

Bring Back The Elevenses!
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

A number of commenters on my "The Politics of Ethanol" post mentioned the crazy American corn surplus. Here are some amazing excerpts from Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals:

Has Hillary Let Obama Back Into The Race?
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

Ben Smith highlights the back-and-forth today between the Obama and Clinton camps over an Obama op-ed in the Manchester Union-Leader. First, the key grafs in the Obama piece, which focuses mostly on that Lieberman-Kyl Iran amendment:

"i'd Be A Pretty Lousy Haircutter"
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

A pretty big congressional debate has been emerging these past several weeks, with little coverage from the media or blogs. It concerns ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation (it is currently legal to do so in 31 states). The bill has existed in some form or another for over 30 years, but only now does it have a chance of passing.

Conservatives On Krugman
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

If, like me, you're not a regular reader of the New York Sun, you might have missed Edward Glaeser's review yesterday of Paul Krugman's new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which Glaeser describes as "a sweeping political history of the past 135 years from a stridently liberal Democratic viewpoint." Glaeser argues that Krugman:

Safe (and Worthless!) When Used As Directed
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October 11, 2007 The Plank

As many of you know, I'm as neurotic as the next parent. But this voluntary recall of infant cold medicine has the whiff of overkill to it.

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