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February 15, 2007

The BBC has reported the new, and somewhat ingenious, use of Google by Iraqis to help survive the ever-more-violent civil war.

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Read Spin and then tell me water on Mars isn't exciting! Terraforming, anyone?

--Sacha Zimmerman

Sarah Williams Goldhagen pinpoints the intersection of fashion and architecture; she also narrates an audio slideshow introducing viewers to a new exhibition about the disciplines; Michelle Cottle says John McCain is past his prime as a presidential candidate; and Jacques Rupnik READ MORE >>

February 14, 2007

Dana Milbank zaps the anti-anti-surge GOP:

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I'm wary of writing anything that could potentially cause Mickey Kaus to blog or talk more about immigration, but his latest post on the subject is worth noting.

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From Ben Wallace-Wells's new Obama profile in Rolling Stone:

Listening to a bloviating colleague at his first meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama slipped a three-word note to a member of his staff: "Shoot. Me. Now."

Is anyone less than 99% certain that the colleague was Joe Biden?

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David Sanger's "News Analysis" on the front page of this morning's Times is completely unconvincing:

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Who says auto-racing has to be bad for the environment? Get ready for the Hydrogen 500. Coooool.

--Sacha Zimmerman

A group of trendy British Jews (Stephen Fry among them!) have formed a coalition called Independent Jewish Voices in opposition to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the long-standing communal umbrella organization. They have published a "declaration" stating their claims.

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A proposed bill in the Texas legislature known as the "Topless Tax" would tax patrons a $5 cover charge to enter strip clubs. The cover charge would then go directly into sexual-assault prevention and counseling services. This makes a certain amount of sense to me.

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