The Plank

In Today's Web Magazine
and
December 07, 2006 The Plank

Isaac Chotiner shows that Nelson Mandela has become a shill for the diamond industry; Bradford Plumer says that labor might finally be making inroads in the South; Michelle Cottle wonders whether Jeb Bush would really make a better president than his brother; and Michael Currie

What Have You Done For Me Lately?
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

There's an assumption--a safe assumption, in my opinion--that John Edwards will have little trouble in the fundraising department given his built-in constituency among trial lawyers. But I did raise an eyebrow at a snippet from this AP story:

The Running Of The Old Bulls
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

House Democratic baron John Dingell wants broader committee jurisdiction. Speaker Pelosi's not so keen. One of the new House's key power struggles is underway.

--Michael Crowley

After Virtue
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

Matthew Yglesias, commenting on the Gates confirmation hearings, writes:

Reyes Gets Hawkish
December 06, 2006 The Plank

Newsweek's Michael Isikioff and Mark Hosenball have a fascinating piece on Silvestre Reyes, who is soon to be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In an interview, Reyes said that he wants to increase troop levels in Iraq:

 

Stagger Lee
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

George Bush doesn't seem very interested in following the Baker-Hamilton commission's advice. As reader MP notes (no, not that MP!), this would be the second special commission co-chaired by Lee Hamilton that Bush has openly derided. Perhaps it's a kind of dubious honor.

--Michael Crowley

Easier Said Than Done
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

RECOMMENDATION 35: The United States must make active efforts to engage all parties in Iraq, with the exception of al Qaeda. The United States must find a way to talk to Grand Ayatollah Sistani, Moqtada al Sadr, and militia and insurgent leaders.

From what I can tell, the ISG report doesn't suggest what "way" that would be. Perhaps because it's close to impossible?

--Michael Crowley

The Sour Grapes Club
and
December 06, 2006 The Plank

Rick Santorum and Jim Bunning cast the only two votes against the Robert Gates nomination.

Great Minds. . . .
and
December 05, 2006 The Plank

Looks like at least one person appreciates Rummy's ass-covering pre-exit memo. From today's NYT:

John Kerry--still Making Me Nauseous After All These Years
and
December 05, 2006 The Plank

At the risk of provoking a game of one-upmanship with Mike and Jason, I want to mention that I finally tore into my carton of commemorative Kerry/Edwards '04 two-percent milk this morning. I'd been saving it for a special occasion, but, you know, one can't very well eat one's Fruit Loops dry...

--Noam Scheiber

Pages