May 15, 2007

Meet The Czar

Meet your new White House Iraq war czar. Interestingly, he had this to say in August 2005: The US is expected to pull significant numbers of troops out of Iraq in the next 12 months in spite of the continuing violence, according to the general responsible for near-term planning in the country. Maj Gen Douglas Lute, director of operations at US Central Command, yesterday said the reductions were part of a push by Gen John Abizaid, commander of all US troops in the region, to put the burden of defending Iraq on Iraqi forces.... He said: "We believe at some point, in order to break this dependenc

Wolfowitz And Ahmadinejad: Separated At Birth?

White House spokesman Tony Snow on whether Wolfie will keep his World Bank job: "All options are on the table." --Adam B. Kushner

May 14, 2007

The History of Abortion: Field Guide
12:00 AM

In "Partial Law," Christine Stansell discusses the Supreme Court's recent partial-birth abortion ruling and its place in the history of abortion rights. She revisits the evolution of thought on a woman's ability to make her own decisions, the science and pseudoscience informing both pro- and anti-choice campaigns, and the tactics of the anti-choice movement to discredit not only abortion, but feminism as well. Here she suggests six books that explain feminism and the fight for abortion rights.David J. Garrow, Liberty and Sexuality: the Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v.

In Today's Web Magazine

Thomas B. Edsall argues that, because of structural changes in the GOP, Rudy Giuliani's candidacy won't be doomed by his cross dressing or his Planned Parenthood donations; Robert M. Solow says that Joseph Schumpter, who coined the term "creative destruction," was almost another Keynes; Cass R.

May 13, 2007

In Today's Web Magazine

Christine Stansell explains how the Supreme Court endorsed the pseudoscience of the anti-choicers (she also suggests some reading about abortion); Alan Dershowitz laments his accidental role in conveying respectability to the charlatan Norman Finkelstein; the Editors say adieu to the French cliché; and Benjamin Wittes judges Alberto Gonzales's performance before the House Judiciary Committee last week. On Saturday, we posted some of Lincoln Kirstein's criticism from The New Republic to complement Jed Perl's review of the new Kirstein biography. --Adam B. Kushner

May 11, 2007

Beyond Basketball: Race, Class, and Politics
12:00 AM

Charles Barkley's round face and massive body may be ubiquitous on television, but, in person, the former All-Star power forward is even more physically imposing. At the Atlanta studio that anchors TNT's NBA playoff coverage, Barkley greets me warmly with a strong handshake. Throughout the day, he greets guests in his green room--staffers, a reporter's father--by teasing them affectionately. When a young man, the son of a former TNT employee, enters and informs Barkley about his straight-A grades, Barkley tells him that he can have, as promised, $100 from his money clip.

"lash[ing] Out"

Via The Hill, the White House apparently wasn't too happy to read about Bush's meeting with those moderate Republicans in the papers yesterday: Sources said that Dan Meyer, Bush's liaison to the House, confronted LaHood while White House political strategist Karl Rove rebuked Kirk.

May 10, 2007

Blair To Blame?

The tow-headed, oafish Boris Johnson-- member of Parliament, erstwhile editor of the Spectator, and columnist for the Daily Telegraph--is of a type that we don't have in America but which is very common in Britain: the legislator-cum-journalist.

Plan B Follies

Belatedly: This morning's Washington Post indicated that Bush has a "Plan B" in mind for Iraq: Participants in Tuesday's White House meeting said frustration about the Iraqi government's efforts dominated the conversation, with one pleading with the president to stop the Iraqi parliament from going on vacation while "our sons and daughters spill their blood." The House members pressed Bush and Gates hard for a "Plan B" if the current troop increase fails to quell the violence and push along political reconciliation.

May 09, 2007

Spy Games
12:00 AM

In George Tenet's new book, At the Center of the Storm, the former CIA director claims that, when the Israeli government sought the release of jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in 1998, it was at Tenet's insistence that the former Navy intelligence analyst was kept behind bars. People who say Israel cannot be trusted by the United States have long pointed to Pollard as the case in point.