The group blog of The New Republic
July 18, 2007
Our tireless reporter Eve Fairbanks stayed up all night to bring you coverage of the Senate's debate on troop redeployment. Did the stunt live up to its billing? Check out her dispatch here.
--Alexander M. Belenky
Reading Iraq casualty reports recently I found myself focusing on the cities and towns from which the fallen soldiers had come. Many have heartbreakingly sweet or innocent sounding names. Most I had never heard of. Obviously I don't mean to minimize the individuals in any way, but I thought it might be interesting to offer a partial list of places drawn from the past several weeks:
July 17, 2007
During an interview, Hayes asks Cheney why he accepted the job of vice president. Cheney responds:
"If the president of the United States asks you to do something, you really have an obligation to try to do it, if you can."
Of course Bush wasn't actually president when he asked Cheney to fill the #2 spot, and one wishes, therefore, that Hayes would have probed a bit further.
Once again I'm late, but I notice that last weekend's Washington Post tic-tock on the McCain implosion featured this nugget:
Money became an all-consuming concern for those at the top, especially for Nelson, who often played a sound clip on his computer from the movie "The Big Lebowski," in which a Jeff Bridges character named "The Dude" is asked "Where's the [expletive] money?"
The clip in question is here:
In the Wall Street Journal today, John Fund complains that Democrats are cutting $11 million from the Office of Labor Management Standards, which investigates labor unions. The conclusion is obvious: Democrats are in favor of union corruption! What's more, they're big hypocrites for supporting Sarbanes-Oxley while turning a blind eye to the fact that a handful of top AFL-CIO officials make more than $130,000 a year. (Really.)