November 21, 2007

Tea Leaves, Ii
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Second Amendment cases in the Supreme Court have numbered only two in the last century. After weeks of speculation that the 1939 Miller v. California would keep this streak alive, the court agreed to hear DC v. Heller, a challenge to the challenge of DC's stringent gun ban (which Sen. Jim Webb discovered the hard way), and the best chance for advocates of gun ownership to make flat-out bans unconstitutional.If the lower-court decision is upheld, we may credit one man: Robert A.

Dc Gun Case Tea Leaves
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Scott Lemieux and Jack Balkin have two early takes on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the challenge to the District of Columbia's gun ban.

Obama Seeks Young Voters; Hillary Mocks Young Obama
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Illegal Advantage: [Michael Luo, The New York Times]: “Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has in particular sought to wield the issue [of illegal immigration] against his Republican rivals, focusing on Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas.”   Rock the Vote: [Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times]: “Of the Democratic candidates, the Illinois senator has the greatest support among young people and the least among senior citizens.

November 20, 2007

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From Blinded by the Right, in which he spoke of his experiences as a conservative “hit man,” to his work with Media Matters, David Brock has made us all aware of just how easy it is for those on the right to refract data through the prism of radical conservatism and watch it spread like wildfire from The Drudge Report and The American Spectator to the most cherished outlets of the “liberal media.” Every time the media (and even Democratic leaders, who often themselves become unwitting conduits for messages from the right) repeat the well-crafted, market-tested phrases constructed by a multi-bi

Democrats Battle In Iowa; 9/11 Not The Loyal Lover Giuliani Imagined
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Close Quarters: [Anne E. Kornblut and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post]: "The top three Democratic presidential contenders remain locked in a close battle in Iowa, with Sen.

November 19, 2007

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As the Writers Guild of America strike enters its third week, it's worth remembering that there was a time when strikes by the WGA were like Jerry Lee Lewis marriages. Don't like the current one? Just wait. There'll be another one along any minute, and it'll be even more destructive for all concerned. Which is not to say any of them could have been avoided. (WGA strikes, that is.

The Political Is Personal
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WASHINGTON -- The contours of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination are set, and it is not a battle about "issues." Advisers to the major contenders largely see things this way, and Democratic voters are in a quandary about what to do. The norms of high-minded commentary suggest that you are never to say the issues are not the issue. But among the top Democratic candidates, the confrontations they are staging around policy questions are designed to use their rather small differences to highlight larger contrasts in experience, temperament and character.

November 18, 2007

South Africa's Betrayal Of Its Past
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 The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued areport integrating its three previous ones and drawing deeper conclusions on what its scientists say will be, according to Elisabeth Rosenthal in Saturday's New York Times, inevitable meltdown of ice sheets and the elimination of many species.  This news from the U.N.

November 16, 2007

Tough Crossing
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A recent study by Democracy Corps, a left-leaning research and polling firm, asked independent voters to pick two reasons “why the country is going in the wrong direction.” The top answer, chosen by 40 percent of respondents, was the following: “Our borders have been left unprotected and illegal immigration is growing.” Commentators judged the survey to be bad news for Democrats, who might have difficulty addressing the concerns of these voters without alienating their traditional supporters.

What's Your Problem?
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Do liberals romanticize the sixties?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />  PETER BEINART is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight (HarperCollins). JONAH GOLDBERG is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a contributing editor to National Review. By Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg