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August 10, 2007

Reader Bill Yard sends in a hilarious story from the Joplin (Mo.) Globe:

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In an article in the upcoming issue of the National Review, John O'Sullivan writes, "All health-care systems aim to achieve three things: (a) cost control, (b) universal access, and (c) provision of the full range of medical services. Alas, only two of these can be achieved simultaneously by any system." Ignore for a second the reflex to distrust anything the National Review writes about health care and assume that O'Sullivan is correct.

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An update on Beauchamp has been posted here.

--The Editors

Just wanted to drop a quick note letting readers know I'm in Iowa this weekend for the Ames straw poll and will be posting from time to time. Pretty much anyone you talk to here--and, for that matter, anywhere else--agrees that Romney will win by a large margin. The only question about Romney is how large the margin will be. The informed whispering says that anything less than a two-to-one margin over second place is a bona fide disappointment, given the millions he's spent in Iowa so far, and the absence of any other first-tier candidate here.

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August 9, 2007

I'm sure I'll offend some Canadians here, who hail from a generally noble country boasting a delicious sense of humor, the longest coastline in the world, heroic participation in the Second Boer War, extremely competitive curling teams, and the residence of the fine, fine -- no, more than fine! -- owners of this magazine. That said, don't the rest of us sometimes pine for an age when our country's grave diplomatic rifts will be indistinguishable from an Onion riff?

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The link to that excellent Matthew Scully piece on Michael Gerson that I mentioned earlier is now available here.

--Isaac Chotiner

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If anyone's interested I've had my inaugural Bloggingheads.tv session with my friend Eli Lake--wherein we debate the surge, David Petraeus, the netroots and more. Plus: a cameo appearance by "Tim the Enchanter"!

--Michael Crowley

Did Hillary flip-flop on a topic she recently bashed Obama over--ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in a given scenario? It turns out Hillary did just that last year. But she did so in response to a question about reports that the Bush administration was considering the possible use of tactical nukes against Iranian nuclear sites. To me that's a little different than Obama ruling out a nuke against the tribal wildlands of Pakistan.

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