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February 11, 2007

Apparently having run out of embarrassingly bad predictions, Bill Kristol has now shifted his gaze to the past, specifically American history. He's still saying really, really dumb things, however. Here he is this morning on Fox News Sunday:

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Alex Kotlowitz has a great article in today's New York Times Magazine about the plight of foreign women who have been abused by their husbands and are seeking asylum in the United States. Normally, domestic disputes don't register as meeting the U.N. Refugee Convention-which the United States adopted-threshold for refuge. And rightly so; a domestic crime should be handled by a country's local authorities.

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Bruce Bawer is one of our country's foremost cultural critics. Well, he is really not "ours" anymore, as he moved to Scandinavia in 1998. Part of the reason for his relocation was to get away from what he saw as a creeping Christian fundamentalism in the United States, which he rightly loathed as a gay man. His emigration was presaged in his 1997 book, Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity.

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Barack Obama had a home-run weekend in the national media. But he also made a key inside-game advance: The Chicago Tribune reports that he's picked up the unusually early endorsements of two important Iowa Democratic officials. [Thanks to reader RY]

--Michael Crowley

Lawrence F. Kaplan, back from Iraq, argues that a surge could work, just not in Baghdad; Bret Stephens responds to John B.

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The Economist was a hawkish booster of the Iraq war. But when it comes to Iran, the magazine is now urging George W. Bush to "resist a Wagnerian exit from the White House."

--Michael Crowley

February 10, 2007

From Hillary HQ:

CLINTON'S NEW HAMPSHIRE KICK-OFF DRAWS RECORD CROWD IN BERLIN

Yes, but did she tell them she was a jelly donut?

--Michael Crowley

Behold the Doomsday seed vault!

--Michael Crowley

February 9, 2007

It was only six months ago that National Review ran this cover featuring a picture of Rudy Giuliani in drag along with the headline, "But Will It Play in Peoria?" The article inside wasn't much more subtle, savaging Giuliani and declaring his presidential campaign a non-starter. "When it comes to winning over GOP primary voters," Kate O'Beirne wrote, "if you can make it in New York, you can't make it anywhere else."

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Unless I'm missing something, House Democrats appear to be giving Republicans a fair chance to offer an alternative Iraq resolution, with plenty of debate time to boot. It's a sign that Nancy Pelosi really might reverse the GOP's brute-force approach to running the House. One Democratic aide told me yesterday that the Iraq resolution will be debated under what's called an open rule.

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