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February 19, 2007

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

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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