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July 17, 2007

Edwards drops below Richardson in New Hamshire. Ouch.

Update: Ross Douthat's diagnosis of the former senator's problems seems basically right.

--Isaac Chotiner

July 16, 2007

A final note from New Hampshire: On Friday evening I caught a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in a downtown Manchester park. Bill was there, too, and the two put on a good show. It's true, as everyone says, that Bill overshadows Hillary. He's smoother and warmer and speaks in more natural cadences than his wife.

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Newsweek has a piece on the Senate Republicans who are grumbling about Iraq. But what are they going to do about it? This here looks like a crucial caveat:

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Paul Berman's cover story last month on Tariq Ramadan was an excellent account of Western intellectuals' betrayal of--and outright attacks on--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the most courageous and remarkable woman of our time.

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The latest issue of Vanity Fair has an "oral history" of The Simpsons--interviews with various people who have been involved with the show over the years--and the end result is pretty amusing. This part was particularly hilarious, or depressing, or both:

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I don't want to step on Isaac's toes, but I think Andrew is being a little unfair to Stephen Hayes when he highlights the following paragraph from The Weekly Standard excerpt of Hayes's new Cheney READ MORE >>

Hayes on Cheney's role in the Ford White House:

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Netroots hero Joe Wilson endorses Hillary Clinton--primarily on the grounds that she has the best plan for post-war Iraq. But it's HRC's plan for post-war Iraq that is one of the major reasons the netroots don't like her.

--Jason Zengerle

The AP has an interesting breakdown of which employers gave the most money to the presidential candidates. In most instances the big bucks come from investment banks or large corporations. Cablevision employees donated $93,675 to Hillary, for instance; Ernst & Young workers gave Giuliani $143,000; Obama hauled in $160,000 from Lehman Brothers.

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Republican Senator George Voinovich: The White House "fucked up" the war.

--Isaac Chotiner

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