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February 21, 2007

One of TNR's 15 worst Bush hacks, Israel Hernandez, finally fights back. This from the Times:

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This is for those who doubted (even for a second!) that the NYU College Republicans are a classy bunch.

--Isaac Chotiner

In his latest TNR Online column, Rick Perlstein has a typically interesting and well-rendered take on conservative tribalism. He does, however, veer off into an odd attack on Greenfield Village, which he describes as:

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Hmmm... I'd come to think the American people are sick of thinking about Bill Clinton's marital infidelities. But if even David Geffen [sub req]can't get over it, Hillary might have an even tougher road than I'd imagined.

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For those of us who'd been salivating at the thought of Michael Medved weighing in on the Tim Hardaway controversy, well, our prayers have been answered. Everyone's favorite family-friendly movie critic has these words of wisdom today:

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Variety reports that at a Hollywood gathering, John Edwards said the following:

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We've read a lot about last November as the "YouTube election," how YouTube was transforming politics, etc. What about YouTube transforming business?

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Today is a happy day for Robert Mugabe; he turns 83 and is as virile as ever. Police have imposed a three month ban on opposition rallies after last week's violent crackdown, and the "Most Consistent and Authentic Revolutionary Leader," as he is officially called, will deliver a speech to cheering thousands at his $60,000 birthday party this Saturday. Bully for him.

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February 20, 2007

Mark Bowden can be hit or miss, but his latest Atlantic cover story on terrorism in the Philippine islands is completely riveting.

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So, with the exception of Central Asia and North Africa and the Middle East, we've got the terrorists on the run, right? That's a relief. Back to Britney.

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