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February 19, 2007

Yesterday, TNR launched its first-ever blog on Hollywood and the Academy Awards; Christopher Orr douses the flame by panning The Departed; Ruth Franklin reads Norman Mailer's revolting new book so you don't have to; and William R.

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February 18, 2007

Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Victor R.

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February 17, 2007

A brilliant friend sent this my way, and at first I thought she'd been had. It simply couldn't be real. But alas...

Writing in The American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord argues that he has discovered something big:

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The Senate's special Saturday effort to get cloture and consider a nonbinding resolution failed. Aieee! That it fell a significant four votes short suggests Reid didn't have much of a sense whether his push had any hope when he called it on Thursday, which to me seems like a bad play.

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February 16, 2007

Ralph Nader says he might run again if Hillary gets the nomination. On the other hand, Nader is trying to flog a new memoir, so take that with a grain of salt.

--Michael Crowley

Ian Buruma has a typically excellent essay on Thailand in the most recent New York Review of Books. Reviewing Paul Handley's new book about Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Buruma manages to explain both the country's successes under a monarchy and the fundamental problem with a lack of democratic governance. He also gets in a good shot against those who applauded or igrnored the country's recent coup that overthrew the prime minister:

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There's an interesting paternity debate going on in Maryland right now that has nothing to do with a playmate's child-heir to an oil tycoon's billions. Vicki Trembow had a son, Ivan, with a man to whom she was not married. The father moved away and became a successful lawyer. Vicki Trembow never sought child support and raised Ivan alone. But when Ivan was diagnosed with a debilitating bone disease, years of medical bills caught up with her.

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Via the Corner, here's Fred Barnes previewing the GOP's talking points on the new Murtha plan for Iraq:

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I don't know what kind of crack they are smoking over at Newsweek, but they have really done it this time. In "celebration" of Kim Jong Il's 65th birthday, the news magazine has asked fashion designers to make over the Dear Leader. The whole thing just smacks of effort. Check out the Newsweek homepage, and click on the Kim Jong Il icon for an interactive look at several designers' visions for the birthday boy.

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What, exactly, is the Quds Force--the paramilitary wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)--doing in Iraq? The Bush administration maintains that the group is trying to destabilize the country, supplying explosives that are being used to kill U.S. troops in Iraq.

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