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June 20, 2007
This has to be among the most depressing things I've read in a while:
"Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. ... He saved hundreds of thousands of lives," Judge Scalia said. Then, recalling Season 2, where the agent's rough interrogation tactics saved California from a terrorist nuke, the Supreme Court judge etched a line in the sand. "Are you going to convict Jack Bauer?" Judge Scalia challenged his fellow judges. "Say that criminal law is against him? 'You have the right to a jury trial?' Is any jury going to convict Jack Bauer? I don't think so."
So Erza Klein has tried to fend off my attempt to steal his lunch money--in the process of writing about Iran and the military option and whether it should be left on the table--by branding me a drag queen. Well, not exactly a drag queen, but he does accuse of dressing up as the Secretary of State.
Paul Starr makes a brief--but convincing--case for the idea.
Like a weatherman predicting the coming rain, the Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg told The Boston Globe this morning that we're "due" for the a Bloomberg presidential run (even as the man in the eye of it all denies it). According to Scott Helman:
Rothenberg said that serious independent presidential candidacies tend to come in cycles, and that the United States is due for another one.
"They don't care. He's just a monkey to them. To me, he's everything."
June 19, 2007
Turns out Rudy Giuliani was briefly a member of the Iraq Study Group, but was more or less kicked off for skipping meetings to give handsomely-paid speeches. Now that's the kind of commitment to America's vital interests we want in a future president!
Although the real issue here is what on earth anyone thought Rudy could contribute to the ISG in the first place....
Why we should all be utilitarians, from The Ethicist:
Our mother committed suicide at home, and now we're selling her house. Potential buyers know that the owner died but do not know how. Under the law, we're not required to tell them about a death on the property. If asked directly, we would let them know, but do we have an ethical duty to volunteer this information?
He seems to think so. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that, fresh off being voted out of the Senate, Santorum is embarking on a movie project with Stephen McEveety, the producer of The Passion of the Christ. I can almost read the Frank Rich column now.