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March 30, 2007

Looks like the Interior Department has been outsourcing policy analysis to the 13-year-olds playing World of Warcraft in their parents' basement. (Um, really.)

--Bradford Plumer

A couple of commenters and bloggers have raised a similar quibble with my recent piece about Freakonomics, so I figured it was worth addressing here. The offending passage appears to be this one:

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It goes without saying that one of the worst consequences of the Bush administration is our damaged reputation abroad. But a corollary to that damage has been an overreaction on some parts of the left (and the paleo-conservative right) about America's moral standing in the world. America, and Americans, are so much more than the leaders we elect.

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March 29, 2007

Democrats tell The Hill that John McCain nearly switched parties in 2001. McCain's camp denies it. But the Hill article reminds us how much talk there was about this at the time. (Tom Daschle recounted it in a memoir, among other things.) I myself heard about it contemporaneously from a very plugged-in Democratic operative.

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One of the more interesting political spectacles of recent weeks was the joint appearance by SEIU President Andy Stern and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, in which the two joined in calling for universal health coverage by 2012. That the two arch-enemies of the labor-business world would embrace this cause together suggests that the politics of health care reform are changing and that business, longtime opponent of universal coverage, was finally coming around.

Or does it?

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Last night at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner, Karl Rove explained that he liked to rip the heads off baby animals, and "gyrated gleefully," according to this Mike Allen article, while performing a short, apparently impromptu, rap. Here's a snippet:

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If you're a morbidly curious type, here's the video of the aforementioned MC Rove routine. Warning: If you didn't like Jim Belushi's "White Guy Rap" from 20 years ago, you'll really hate this.

--Jason Zengerle

Via Brad DeLong, Dani Rodrik adds his influential voice to the chorus of highly respected economists dissenting from the idea that globalization is an unmitigated good -- and that the best thing governments can do for their citizens is to get out of the way:

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Following in the footsteps of Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise, Newsday reports that Rudy & Judy Giuliani are going to sit down with Bawawa* Baba Wawa in the hopes of putting to rest all those pesky questions about their personal lives:

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British poet Ian McMillan glosses the 19 year-old Barack Obama's experiments with verse: "Barack likes his line breaks, his enjambments."

Read the complete poems and critique here.

--Keelin McDonell

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