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September 7, 2007

Hmm... Josh writes that "coal is an undesirable energy source mostly because... it emits a ton of greenhouse gas." Well, sort of. There are also the mercury and sulfur-dioxide emissions to consider. Plus mountaintop-removal mining, which is destroying broad swaths of Appalachia. Then there are all the miners who die or get injured each year.

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At what point does Rudy Giuliani's "obsessive" fascination with The Godfather become something we should be worried about?

--Michael Crowley

...but still kinda funny. AP:

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Last night, Matt Yglesias looked at some polling numbers Chris Bowers had posted and concluded that

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The DSCC has announced the winner of its '08 bumper-sticker contest. While watching Carville's goofy "behind-the-scenes" strategy videos on this subject has been passing-a-kidney-stone painful, the winning slogan is actually pretty funny. Not laugh-out-loud, picture-Mitt-Romney-varmint-hunting funny. But mildly amusing.

Now someone please put James back in his cage.

--Michelle Cottle

New Hampshire Union-Leader: "McCain reborn: A comeback begun"

--Michael Crowley

There's a lot of talk about the boost Oprah's endorsement of/fundraiser for Barack Obama will give on his campaign. I don't pretend to know how useful this will be. But I do remember well what happened when Bill Bradley rolled out his secret weapon in 2000, Michael Jordan: Nada.

--Michael Crowley

Science-fiction and children's author Madeleine L'Engle died Thursday. For those who, like me, found A Wrinkle in Time to be an early primer in understanding the relationship between science and religion, or who first encountered apocalyptic dread reading A Swiftly Tilting Planet (the poem from which, "At Tara in this fateful hour ..." still pops into my mind occasionally when nuclear war comes up), here's a quote to remember her by:

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Confused about all those Iraq reports? Marin Cogan, Melanie Mason, and Barron YoungSmith tell you all you need to know here.

--Alexander M. Belenky

I love Clive Owen. I love Paul Giamatti. And I love--actually, given that my wife is also a contributor to this blog, I will leave to readers' imaginations how I feel about Monica Bellucci.

I did not, however, love Shoot 'Em Up. Or even like it. If one were feeling generous, one could say that director Michael Davis's homage/parody/distillation of the action genre succeeds on its own terms. But I'm not, so I'll say instead that the terms on which it succeeds are set far too low.

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