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March 28, 2007

Billie Jean endorses Hillary. Another lyric they can play at Obama HQ:

For forty days and for forty nights The law was on her side But who can stand when she's in demand Her schemes and plans

--Michael Crowley

Barry McCaffrey visits Iraq, sees some improvement, and assesses that "we can still achieve our objective" of "a stable Iraq, at peace with its neighbors, not producing weapons of mass destruction, and fully committed to a law-based government." But he thinks the job has to be done in the 36 months of "substantial troop presence" remaining before domestic US politics finally forces a withdrawal.

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CBS has a new poll out that should cheer the Edwards campaign. Not only do 57 percent of those surveyed think that John Edwards is right to stay in the presidential race after Elizabeth's cancer recurrence; 52 percent of those surveyed believe that, should he be elected president, Elizabeth's health wouldn't affect his ability to do the job.

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Over at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen have some kind words and some useful thoughts about my just-published piece on how Freakonomics is damaging the economics profession.

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Over at Slate, Jacob Weisberg horsewhips Andrew Roberts, the new favorite historian of the Bush administration and its sycophants. My favorite passage is this:

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Noam Scheiber observes that more and more economists are writing cutesy papers rather than facing serious social problems (he also lists some novel papers that didn't lose the faith); Mark Alan Stamaty has a graphic take on the problem; Brad Plumer READ MORE >>

March 27, 2007

Things get worse for international aid workers in Darfur.

--Michael Crowley

Net neutrality fans rejoice! The Future of Music Coalition is sponsoring a series of concerts to spread the word and gather signatures for a petition. More here.

--Keelin McDonell

More priceless emails from Jack Abramoff and his RNC and campaign worker cronies. Scroll to the last page for the best of all (and note the subject line).

--Keelin McDonell

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