The group blog of The New Republic
June 28, 2007
This new GOP poll is interesting: John McCain actually does worse among Iraq hawks than he does among Republican voters at large. (Maybe that's not too surprising, seeing as how Giuliani and Romney have also positioned themselves as maximally hawkish on Iraq.)
I also wouldn't have expected that over half of all GOP voters now consider healthcare coverage a "right" that every American should have...
Apropos this story--about the Israeli government's decision to let a BBC employee who moonlights for Hamas to enter the Gaza strip and help negotiate the freedom of Alan Johnston--just what, exactly, is the BBC doing hiring people who belong to Hamas?
Angering? Yes. Surprising? No.
The House is giving itself a $4,400 pay raise, bringing members' salaries up to $170,000. That's not nothing. But it's not extravagant, either, especially for people who need housing in two cities and (with definite back-bench exceptions) work fairly hard. I say give them more. A main lesson of the Abramoff scandal was that members of Congress are dangerously envious of the high life enjoyed by lobbyists, many of whom might have been those members' punk staffers just a few year earlier.
In the current TNR, Eve has a fantastic article about how John Dingell, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, became the bête noire of greens everywhere. Unexpectedly, though, Dingell just pledged to craft a bill by the fall that would require an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Paul Kiel's TPM rundown of Senate testimony by fired U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, in which he describes Alberto Gonzales's cavalier approach to the death penalty, really is, as advertised, a "must read." Specifically, Gonzales (through Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and his chief of staff Mike Elston) pressed Charlton to seek the death penalty in the case of methamphetamine dealer and convicted murderer Jose Rios Rico, despite an utter lack of forensic evidence, including the victim's body.
The New Yorker's always-interesting George Packer has a new blog. We're flattered to make his blogroll (but would've linked anyway!).