March 22, 2007

Hot Seat
12:00 AM

"I just saw him! And I think he's loaded for bear," a reporter whispered breathlessly, as the crowd scrambled to their seats at the Senate hearing yesterday afternoon. Most of the audience had come to see Al Gore testify before the Environment and Public Works Committee on the dangers of global warming. Over 100 people had been camped outside for hours, like ardent Star Wars fans, to make sure they would get inside. At least one RUN AL, RUN sign bobbed above the heads in line. But the reporter wasn't talking about Gore.

March 21, 2007

"ambassador To The World"
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Hillary Clinton proposes a second White House role for her husband. It's a good line. I still think at some point the Clintons will clearly need to discuss the job of "First Man" in more detail. --Michael Crowley

Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away....
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That Politico piece Jon flagged below caught my eye for a different reason: I think it was a smart explanation of the perils of the Straight Talk Express, version 2.0: The convergence of the enabling technology to post news on the fly and the appetite for that news by both news organizations and readers has radically changed politics and poses lethal danger to McCain's style of running.

Bush And Executive Privilege
12:00 AM

The New York Times's news analysis of the coming clash between Congress and the White House over the U.S. attorney purge makes repeated mention of how relatively infrequently Bush has asserted executive privilege. To wit: The Bush administration has few equals in its commitment to a broad conception of executive authority, and it has on several occasions argued for an expansive understanding of executive privilege and similar protections.

March 20, 2007

Some Thoughts On Keeping And Bearing Arms
12:00 AM

by Sanford Levinson As most readers are aware, the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia recently invalidated the District's basically absolute ban on the private possession of loaded guns.

Congressional Culpability & The U.s. Attorneys
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by Stanley I. Kutler Congress is on the verge of rare bi-partisanship: the administration's calculated decision to rid its ranks of "disloyal" U.S. attorneys, who did their duty to enforce the law without political fear or favor, has roiled the blood of Democrats and Republicans alike. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez's days appear numbered; at the very least, his authority is severely diminished. Karl Rove, the architect of many Democratic defeats and Harriet Miers (alas!

Department Of Tortured Metaphors
12:00 AM

From the Miami Herald, here's President Bush--he of the 30 percent approval rating--at a White House ceremony yesterday honoring the University of Florida's national championship football team: "Instead of, like, discouraging them that they got the bad deal when it came to the schedule, all that did was cause them to play harder,'' Bush said. "And it put them in pretty good stead going into the championship game [against Ohio State]. Like you might remember, all the pregame polls said you couldn't win.

12:00 AM

Great moments in cross-cultural confusion, from the Boston Herald: Cubans in Miami are steaming mad at former Gov.

The Head Doesn't Know What The Tail Is Doing
12:00 AM

First sentence of an article in The Politico today: "President Bush this morning telephoned Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, one of the few remaining Texans who came to Washington for Bush's first term, to try to buck up his friend after word leaked that GOP officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor." Last two sentences of the same piece: "Asked if Gonzales will stay, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said Monday: "We hope so.

March 19, 2007

Inherit the Wind
12:00 AM

To a New Orleans boy in the early '70s, the only acts of God that offered anything like the pleasure of a hurricane were the big rains that filled up the city like a bathtub and made it possible to paddle down the streets in a cone, waving at grown-ups trapped inside their floating cars and buses. Compared with the hurricanes, however, these rains were second-rate thrills—the Ferris wheel next to the giant roller coaster. They didn't close schools, knock down trees, rip roofs off houses, or even cut the lights.