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February 8, 2007

Who would have thought that the release of Hugh Hefner's latest collection of "goodies" from the Playboy archive would inspire not one but two fantastic articles?

The first, by John Leland, is from The New York Times. Short and witty, it's an almost perfect 1000 word book review.

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Yikes. Dana Milbank reports that a few congressional Democrats are still "rusty" when it comes to investigations--apparently, Henry Waxman was outmatched by Paul Bremer of all people during Iraq hearings on Tuesday. (The hearings have still been extremely valuable.)

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If you're not fascinated by the whole Judith Regan story then the latest Michael Wolff piece in Vanity Fair may seem unnecessary (especially since it comes on the heels of a much superior Vanessa Grigoriadis New York Magazine story).

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The murderous-astronaut-love-triangle story continues to spin off even more interesting stories, such as this Slate "Explainer" on "space-shuttle sex":

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Anna Nicole Smith has died. Let's all grab some Cheetos and Xanax, and take a moment to reflect.

--Sacha Zimmerman

Let us hope--for amusement's sake--that the report Isaac mentions from the always trustworthy Newsmax.com is correct and that Michael Savage gives the Republican presidential candidates a run for their money. Savage, you may recall, had a talk show on MSNBC that was promptly cancelled after he READ MORE >>

This is interesting. It looks like Scooter Libby's defense team used the cross-examination of Tim Russert to try to argue that Russert was out to get Libby. From the WaPo:

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The Editors have, sadly, come to expect that nobody is going to save Darfur; Yossi Klein Halevi--saying we should heed Iran's words, not its deeds--closes his debate with Larry Derfner; and David Hajdu eulogizes an unsung folk-music savant.

--Adam B. Kushner

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February 7, 2007

Following up on Isaac's item from a few days ago about Nader-ite thinking, it looks like it's spread to the GOP. From a Politico article about Republicans' fear of Hillary and self-loathing:

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Per Jason's recommendation below, I checked out Glenn Greenwald's argument that Rudy Giuliani will not have difficulty winning over the GOP social conservative base.

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