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April 2, 2007

You have to admire his timing: He lets the buzz build a little, leaps to double figures in polls before even declaring, takes a hit from James Dobson without flinching, and then, on the very day Bob Novak announces "Thompson is for Real" in the Washington Post, he declares for the presidency.

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Did Rudy just lose the PETA vote? Today's paper brings the news that Judi Giuliani once worked for a medical-supply company hated by animal rights activists. Or, as the New York Post inimitably headlines the story:

JUDI'S JOB WITH PUP-KILLER FIRM

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Yesterday, it was former Bush campaign strategist Matthew Dowd jumping ship in the New York Times ("I think he's become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in"); today, its Bush-and-Cheney inaugural hagiographer Vic Gold in the Washington Post ("George W.

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Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Henry Waxman started his reign cautiously, probably for fear of going all Dan Burton. But methinks one consequence of the blowing-up of the U.S.

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Elizabeth Edwards declares she has no interest in attending her husband's cabinet meetings if John is elected president. This of course is a response to Rudy Giuliani's (now mostly retracted) suggestion that his wife might.

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Via Andrew Sullivan, this is one of the most heartwarming/heartbreaking things I've seen in a while.

--Jason Zengerle

The Weekly Standard's Jonathan Last argues that the real attorney scandal isn't a matter of political corruption (I'm not so sure) but rampant hackery (I totally agree). He focuses on the case of Monica "Taking the Fifth" Goodling:

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Jason Zengerle hangs out with Ned Lamont, who relives his loss to Joe Lieberman every week; Michael E.

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Was it common knowledge that fully one third of the prevention dollars in Bush's global anti-AIDS plan must be "spent teaching chastity and fidelity, even in countries where most cases are spread by drug injection"? The Institute of Medicine says that requirement is cramping the program's progress.

--Michael Crowley

April 1, 2007

Kim Murphy chronicles the exotic life of Russian expats in London; she also suggests some juicy reading on the subject; Linda Hirshman argues that "don't ask, don't tell" is a strictly Christian policy (and is therefore unconstitutional); Benjamin Wittes READ MORE >>

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