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February 20, 2007

If you're watching CNN today, then you've already seen the latest "Miracle Baby" splashed across the screen a half-dozen times in the last hour alone. The amazing baby, Amelia, survived after being born at an astonishing 21 weeks and six days. No baby has yet survived before 23 weeks, primarily because they aren't strong enough yet to breathe air. It is, in fact, incredible that Amelia was able to use a breathing tube that young.

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Michael Crichton was Charlie Rose's guest for the full hour last night. (No, it didn't come up.) But Crichton did spend quite a while testily defending his derision of global warming theory. And he offered this bracing assertion:

I'm not stopping anybody from doing any of this. And I don't want to be blamed [laughs] for the notion that the Congress isn't going to pass the Kyoto Protocol, or something like that.

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Sacha's post reminds me of this classic Onion headline: "Teen Sex Linked To Drugs and Alcohol, Reports Center for Figuring Out Really Obvious Things."

--Elspeth Reeve

You've probably seen this video of Mitt Romney debating Ted Kennedy in '94 and spouting some pretty pro-choice language on abortion. Okay, the argument goes, that was '94, this is '08. But here's a new video -- h/t The Hotline -- from '02, in the same vein (and put up by an anonymous poster!):

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Some readers may feel that there are grounds for impeaching George W. Bush. I suspect however that very, very few of them agree with Jonah Goldberg that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law is the reason.

--Michael Crowley

It seems that even a nun-killing Romanian exorcist priest just can't get a fair trial these days.

--Michael Crowley

Rick Perlstein shows how Mitt Romney is establishing cred with conservatives; Joshua Kurlantzick exposes the bitter irony that innocence doesn't necessarily provide a ticket out of Guantánamo; Eric Reeves instigates a shouting match with the EU's top humanitarian official a

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February 19, 2007

This is... unexpected:

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It is amazing to me that we demand more tolerance from our NBA stars than from our presidential candidates.

--Sacha Zimmerman

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