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February 7, 2007

Last night I was chatting with an acquaintance about her boyfriend, a fairly obscure columnist. At one point I said something about how Washington is a small town, and she misheard me as calling her man "small time." With a tone of indignation she retorted: "Oh, no--he's syndicated!"

Because who would be caught dead with someone who wasn't?

--Michael Crowley

How politicized are federal investigations by the Justice Department? Check out the results of this new study:

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Excuse my sparse blogging today, but I'm a bit preoccupied thinking about a certain sporting event that's taking place tonight. If you too are a bit preoccupied by said certain sporting event, you can't do much better than reading this preview by the excellent Will Blythe.

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Yesterday's Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times editorial pages argued against Texas Governor Rick Perry's executive mandate to make the HPV vaccine Gardasil mandatory for all sixth-grade girls, and, as the Sun Times put it, not for the reasons you might think: "Our objection is not the moral one raised by conservatives: W

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From CNN's "Breaking News" email:

"NASA is revising its psychological screening of astronauts after one of them, Lisa Nowak, was charged with attempted murder."

--Sacha Zimmerman

Christopher Hitchens has a wise piece in Slate making an argument that many Iraq war critics have either thoughtfullyrebutted or scurrilously attacked withaccusations of racism: that Iraq was always a sectarian society bound to erupt at some point.

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There's a theory that John Warner is just the beginning: That tons of not-yet-defected Republicans are thoroughly fed up with Bush and are giving him -- by filibustering the anti-surge vote in the Senate -- a last push on the swing before they just walk away.

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Salon is reporting that Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan have been fired from the Edwards campaign ... most likely.

--Sacha Zimmerman

This one comes from leaving on the television after the ABC evening news: How can Pat Sajak and Vanna White--especially Vanna White--have been doing this all these years, night after night after vowel after consonant, without going completely insane?

P.S. Here's Sajak on global warming. He's Crichton-esque!

--Michael Crowley

Sacha Zimmerman wonders if "Lost" is lost; John B.

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