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February 19, 2007

I'm tired of all the talk (just check out your average day of doleful chat on Romenesko) about how newspapers have outlived their day.

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I heard this on Saturday but until now couldn't find corroboration: During the Senate's weekend Iraq debate, GOP Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire took a weird shot at the House's anti-surge resolution as "San Francisco sophistry." Here is the text of the House resolution:

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Down in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton says "this presidential election is about breaking barriers." But what she means is gender barriers, not racial ones, because she goes on to say that "I am the candidate with the experience to break the barriers." (And you're apparently not, Obama.)

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According to The New York Times, Iraqi officials have submitted a draft of a new petroleum law to the Cabinet for its approval. The New York Times focuses entirely on the provisions that would divide the oil among the different provinces, but equally important to Iraqis and to American oil companies are the provisions granting foreign companies an entree into Iraqi oil.

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There is an amazing article in The Washington Post about a military chaplain who converted to Wicca after seeing all the violence in the name of God (and Allah) in Iraq. After applying to become the first Wiccan chaplain in the U.S.

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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

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