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February 22, 2007

Today, the All England Club announced that it would begin giving equal prize money to male and female competitors at Wimbledon, the most prestigious event in tennis (last year the discrepancy was a little more than $50,000--in favor of the man). All other Grand Slam events in tennis pay male and female champions equally. Until now, Wimbledon had been operating under some pretty shaky lines of reasoning:

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I assume this sort of thing doesn't happen that much.

--Isaac Chotiner

The British Ministry of Defense has confirmed today that Prince Harry (who is third in line to the throne) will indeed serve in Iraq:

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In a valiant effort to surpass his own record for Most Self-Pitying Statement, Joe Lieberman said this today about the possibility of switching parties: "I hope we don't get to that point. That's about all I will say on it today. That would hurt."[My italics]

--Isaac Chotiner

Rudy Giuliani's event of the day: a photo-op with firefighters in South Carolina:

"The first people that arrive on the scene of the bombing or the anthrax attack... it's going to be one of your brothers or your sisters or you that gets to do it," the former New York mayor told a crowd of about 200 emergency workers. "Your ability to do it well will once again determine if we save lives -- save America."

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While we sit in our comfortable chairs criticizing the Bush administration for all sorts of things, we ought to recognize that not everyone is so lucky.

CAIRO

Here's a question: If Lieberman switched parties tomorrow, what would actually happen in the Senate? When Jim Jeffords defected in 2001, Senate Democrats got to elect Tom Daschle Majority Leader and assumed control of all the committees.

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In his last TRB, Peter Beinart takes a long, hard look at what made him support the Iraq war; Eve Fairbanks studies Bill Sali, the House GOP's freshman class clown; and Alan Wolfe punches back at Peter Berkowitz, who launched a misguided READ MORE >>

According to this AP story, today George W. Bush promoted energy independence by visiting a North Carolina biotech company that resarches ways of creating "cellulosic" ethanol made from wood chips, switch grass, and other feedstocks.

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February 21, 2007

The Weekly Standard has a long piece in their new issue on famed newsman George Polk. Unfortunately, it seems, Polk embellished his war record.

I have no basis to judge how accurate author George Frank's account is, but this passage near the end caught my eye:

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