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You Talking To Me?

If anyone has a lot of free time on their hands, check out this thread over at TPMMuckraker, where commenters are rifling through the 3,000 documents dumped recently by the Justice Department. It's a handy resource.


Great moments in cross-cultural confusion, from the Boston Herald:

Russia Gets Tough... Or Not

So the New York Times reports today: "Russia has informed Iran that it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran's nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council." Smackdown! Or maybe not.

The Head Doesn't Know What The Tail Is Doing

First sentence of an article in The Politico today: "President Bush this morning telephoned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, one of the few remaining Texans who came to Washington for Bush's first term, to try to buck up his friend after word leaked that GOP officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor."

You Know You're In Trouble When...

It appears that George Bush has lower approval ratings (low-mid 30s) than hapless Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki (43 percent) [PDF p. 14] Although Maliki does occasionally seem the more competent of the two....

--Michael Crowley

You Talk(back), We Listen

Thanks to the merry Planksters for letting us know what you want in TNR Online's redesign. We heard some great ideas, and we're going to take several of them. But one suggestion puzzled us: ironyroad proposed that, like a blog, we display the most recent comments at the top.

Beyond Our Borders

Mitt Romney and his wife were on 'Larry King Live' last week, and the former governor discussed his Mormon mission overseas:

Oh, it is a fabulous experience. Look, I was sort of having fun going to college and not worrying about the future. And then I went to a different country and saw how different life could be if we didn't have the values and the kinds of opportunities that exist in America.

Pulling Out

There's a grim story in Editor & Publisher today on how "the pool of reporters willing and able to report on [Iraq] is shrinking." Most of the top news outfits, including the New York Times and the Associated Pre

The Opt-out Cop-out

Anyone who ever thinks about writing or getting into a conversation about "opt-out" mothers should immediately read EJ Graff's article in Columbia Journalism Review this month about how the media inflates this plainly thin yet self-perpetuating myth. Graff is covering a report issued by Joan Williams of the University of California that should puncture this story once and for all.

What War On Science?

Via Dave Roberts, here's the rousing tale of how John Boehner decided which House Republicans would get to serve on the new select committee on climate change: