Uh oh. President Bush has nominated James K. Glassman to head up the agency that directs U.S. overseas broadcasts such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Does that mean the whole world is now going to be subjected to ludicrous stock-market predictions?
Favorite insights: Clinton's most common word was "president"; Richardson's was "deal." Obama cited "families" and "children" more than the other candidates; Edwards referred more often to "America."
The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting piece on China's efforts to rein in its greenhouse gases. If the country gets even halfway to meeting its latest energy efficiency goals by 2010, it will cut emissions growth by more than the EU plans to do under Kyoto. Of course, anyone can set lofty goals, meeting them is another matter, and China's still a furious polluter either way, but the signs are far more encouraging than one would expect.
Looks like the George Tenet p.r. blitz might make a stop on Capitol Hill.
Fox News just did an extraordinary segment on how George W. Bush visited a Harlem school this week and was treated with... respect! Neil Cavuto even had some of the kids as in-studio guests to salute them for not heckling the Leader of the Free World. ("AMERICA'S KIDS ON RESPECTING THE PRESIDENT," read the chyron.) The hilarious premise is that this was not the obvious thing to do. "You guys have more class than a lot of people that are much older than you," Cavuto solemnly explained.
GQ has made available on its website former TNR editor Michael Kelly's classic "Ted Kennedy on the Rocks," one of the best pieces of political reportage I have ever read. As the article clearly demonstrates, Chappaquiddick did not do much to stave Ted Kennedy's recklessness, but, since marrying again in 1992, Kennedy has tempered his behavior. Interestingly, the article also features Kennedy carousing with current long-shot presidential candidate Chris Dodd.