In response to the charge that Jack Murtha threatened to screw over Michigan Republican Mike Rogers for going after a project in his district, my first inclination is to note that this sort of (alleged) payback politics is practiced in virtually every legislative body anywhere. But the substance of the issue makes this something more than a politicized clash of egos--and at first blush it makes Murtha look pretty bad. The Pennsylvania Democrat is ticked that Rogers was trying to cut off funding for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), which is located in Murtha's district.
"An unguided missile" is what Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former Egyptian secretary-general of the United Nations, called Bernard Kouchner. Coming from Boutros-Ghali, this phrase, meant to be offending, is a great compliment. Boutros was corrupt, he sided with the dictators, he was very polished and he pushed his wife--Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, whatever her name was--out front in New York because she was Jewish. Oh, what a dream couple they were. An Egyptian Copt and a nice matronly Jewish girl, perfect for fancy Park Avenue dinner parties.
I always wondered why Hillary Rodham Clinton never boasted about her service on the Wal-Mart board. After all, she boasts--even exaggerates--about everything she's done and does. I have had this "story" in my head for maybe fourteen years. I tried to get New Republic staffers to go after it, anyway without the success. Let me be frank. I think that the argument about Wal-Mart does not come out one-sided, either in terms of the economy as a whole (not just in the U.S.) or of local economies.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the CIA made a major push last year to put agents into Pakistan and try to smoke out Osama bin Laden. They never found him, but they did find something even more disturbing: U.S.
Tom Goldstein takes a look at what the 2008 presidential election might mean for the Supreme Court.
Newt continues to hint, as only he can, that he's going to bless the presidential campaign with his presence.
Huh, I'd always assumed that evangelicals like Jerry Falwell got into politics back in the late 1970s because of Roe v. Wade, but in her Falwell obit today, Michelle Goldberg says that's just not true: The religious right's creation myth holds that Roe v Wade so outraged the faithful that they could no longer sit passively on their pews. As the Columbia University historian Randall Balmer has shown, this is nonsense.
The tale of how James Comey raced to the hospital to stop Andy Card and Alberto Gonzales from taking advantage of an ailing John Ashcroft back in 2004 is pretty wild. And Ashcroft comes out looking good.
Michelle Cottle examines how the 2008 presidential candidates have learned to run against a woman; Damon Linker speaks ill of Jerry Falwell for injecting religiously based illiberalism into American politics; Kenneth M.
The justices of the Supreme Court have historically included people who seemed, even during their service, to be genuine visionaries. But things are different today. Notwithstanding its unsurpassed level of competence, the Court lacks true visionaries--in a way that tells us a great deal about the nature of contemporary constitutional law. There is an important qualification to this claim.