July 19, 2007
Czar And Away
Steve Benen tries to figure out whatever happened to the administration's "war czar." Answer: He's still around, sort of--if you squint real hard, sometimes you can even spot him lurking at press conferences. --Bradford Plumer
July 18, 2007
Bigmouth Strikes Again
George W. Bush, 2002 State of the Union address: My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. But some governments will be timid in the face of terror.
Why So Secretive?
The Washington Post finally manages to figure out who met with Cheney's secret energy task force in 2001: One of the first visitors, on Feb. 14, was James J. Rouse, then vice president of Exxon Mobil and a major donor to the Bush inauguration; a week later, longtime Bush supporter Kenneth L. Lay, then head of Enron Corp., came by for the first of two meetings.
Where It All Goes
This New York Times graphic on how the presidential candidates are spending their money is interesting. The three Democratic frontrunners all appear to have much, much larger ground operations in Iowa than their Republican counterparts. And Tommy Thompson's campaign seems to be spending absurdly large sums of money on pizza, relative to its size. --Bradford Plumer
Judy Miller On The Case
You may have some prejudice against Judy Miller. But, if that means you won't read what she writes, it's entirely your loss. Entirely. About ten days ago, when a government agency playing small private business was able to get approval from another government agency to receive nuclear materièl, it was a sign that the feds have not really done their work.
July 17, 2007
You may measure the scale of an injustice by the reaction it provokes. So when a Scotsman feels the need to rally to the defense of the most celebrated English soccer player of his age it's clear that calumny is in the air. Yet such is the case with Aleksandar Hemon's attack on David Beckham, a hatchet job soccer's greatest butchers could only admire. Where to begin? Hemon's argument is, by turns, thin, implausible, manifestly unfair, and illogical. Cumulatively his arguments are, alas, just silly. Since I am an admirer of his work this saddens me.
July 16, 2007
More Cheney Chronicles
Hayes on Cheney's role in the Ford White House: "Rockefeller would periodically produce these big proposals and he'd go in for his weekly meeting for the president and often-times give him these proposals. At the end of the day I'd go down for the wrap-up session and the president would say, 'Here, what are we going to do with this?' And I'd say, 'Well, we'll staff it out.' So I would take it and put it into the system. It would go to OMB and go to the Treausury and all the other places that had a say in his Council of Economic Advisers.
The Great Impeachment
By Robert Brustein The period of The Great Impeachment has been followed by a period of intense retrospection. This is the process that has occupied Congress during most of October 2007, when for the first time in American history an entire Administration was unceremoniously dumped from office.
July 13, 2007
Not to pile on with the news about McCain's imploding campaign and Republican sex scandals, but here's the best of both worlds: Florida Rep. Robert "Bob" Allen, R-Merritt Island, was arrested this afternoon at Veteran's Memorial Park on East Broad Street for solicitation for prostitution... According to police, the park was under surveillance today by a detail of undercover Titusville Police officers. Officers noticed Allen acting suspicious as he went in and out of the men's restroom three times.
July 12, 2007
Diversity In The Academy
By John McWhorter Since the Supreme Court last week decided against Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky's policies of assuring a certain degree of racial diversity in public schools, we have heard much about the undoing of Brown v. Board. However, I have a hard time mourning the decision, though the brute notion that we must ignore race to get beyond it is, surely, simplistic. Preliminarily, I think of the plethora of schools nationwide where all the students are brown and yet excellence is a norm.