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February 5, 2007

The title is titillating: "The Girls Gone Wild Effect: Out-Of-Control Celebs And Online Sleaze Fuel A New Debate Over Kids And Values." Is this from People? Us Weekly? No, no, it's from Newsweek. The current issue of the ostensible news magazine features Paris Hilton and Britney Spears during a night of partying on the cover--in perhaps the most blatant attempt to pander for newsstand sales since, well, People or Us Weekly. And it's just trash.

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Jason makes a good point: Edwards's gay marriage answer to the Times was refreshing. More generally, there's something appealing about a politician who is aware that one of his positions is based on subjective experiences.

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Okay, this is gross. From The Corner's Mark Steyn, who complains (a la Cully Stimson) about American law firms representing Gitmo detainees--and then does Stimson one better by suggesting that the firms are on the take:

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How times have changed. Republican John Warner just had a testy exchange with former Democrat Joe Lieberman about whether Lieberman has implied that Warner's Iraq resolution is unpatriotic. (Lieberman insisted that's not the case.)

--Michael Crowley

The GOP managed to hold its filibuster of the Warner anti-surge resolution. Democrats came up 11 votes short.

--Michael Crowley

Paul Bremer will testify before Henry Waxman's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tomorrow. He's likely to have his head ripped off and pickled in a jar. And that's if Democrats are feeling nice. Today the Politico's Mike Allen asked Bremer if he's worried about getting kicked around:

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Jonathan Chait argues that Hillary's nomination is anything but guaranteed; Larry Derfner, reading last week's essay by Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael B.

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February 4, 2007

In his post below, Brad writes:

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John Edwards on "Meet the Press" today:

TIM RUSSERT: Do you believe that Senator Clinton has been open and honest about her support of the war in Iraq? JOHN EDWARDS: I don't know the answer to that question. Honestly. I don't know what's inside her head and her heart about this. I can't tell whether there are political calculations going on. I just don't know.

Does it really sound like Edwards is being open and honest about whether he thinks Hillary Clinton is being open and honest? I think he thinks he knows what she's thinking. Honestly!

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February 3, 2007

In somewhat surprising news, The Weekly Standard has boldly taken a break from highlighting the childhoods of unremarkable public servants in their new issue.

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