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.
Tucked away on the westernmost edge of the Florida panhandle, Escambia County is a Republican stronghold whose beaches attract droves of tourists each year, earning it the cheery tagline: "The western gate to the Sunshine State, where thousands live like millions wish they could." But no paradise would be complete without a dirty little secret, and Escambia has that, too: For more than a decade, toxins from two of the county's now-defunct wood-preserving plants have gone largely untreated.
I received this second-hand or maybe even third. It originally came from a political newsletter. But I don't know which one. On the other hand, it is surely a Democratic one or maybe just a liberal one or even a leftist one. Is this a shaggy-dog story? I hope not. "May 11, 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney, under mounting political pressure for the declining fortunes of the Bush administration, has, according to our Washington sources, been claiming that Iraq was all "Bush's idea," a reference to President George W. Bush.
Ed Koch has written a commentary on the state of the war and the state of the Democrats. He says what he means. It's not exactly how I read the situation. But he may be right...about everything here. May 14, 2007 Sadly, the war in Iraq appears to be lost.
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
White House spokesman Tony Snow on whether Wolfie will keep his World Bank job: "All options are on the table." --Adam B. Kushner
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.