Friendly Fire

Last week, the day before a crucial anti-surge amendment proposed by Senator Jim Webb came up for a vote, Senator George Voinovich-- a moderate Republican on the fence about whether to support the legislation-- was besieged by lobbyists. They were not the usual K Street denizens, though. Instead of silk-shirt-and-cigar chic and libertine conviviality, these people had a decidedly military aspect: Close-cropped hair. Great posture.


Chilling Effect

Scholars beware: A wave of libel lawsuits threatens to stifle open and honest discussion of issues related to the financing of terrorism. Instead of competing on the battlefield of ideas, where facts speak louder than rhetoric, several individuals and organizations have sued scholars researching the financing of terrorist groups.I know firsthand. I was sued, stood my ground, defended my research, and won.


Pet Fancy

It can't be easy to be a model at Pet Fashion Week, whether you strut the runway on two legs or on four. The highlight of the two-year-old festival of canine couture, held in August in Manhattan, provides a surreal blend of Zoolander and Westminster. Amazonian models sport their fiercest fashionista stares--but alongside them, tugging at jeweled leashes, are befuddled pups in tartan skirts and crushed-velvet trains.


Jonah Goldberg's beef with Pamela Anderson.  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

Frosty Reception

Conservatives claim to be in favor of stable families, small businesses, hard work, private schools, investment and homeownership. So why in the world are so many on the right attacking the family of Graeme Frost?Frost is the 12-year-old from Baltimore who delivered the Democrats' reply to a radio address by President Bush in September. The seventh-grader pled--in vain, it turned out--that the president not veto Congress's $35 billion expansion of the children's health care program known as S-CHIP.


Jeri Rigged

No one thought Jeri Kehn could do it. Back in 2000, the dishy young Republican operative, then 33, had Washington wags atwitter over her high-profile quest to capture the famously footloose Fred Thompson. Divorced from his high school sweetheart in 1985, the senator and erstwhile actor, then 57, had become one of the hottest tickets in town. A deep- drawling, broad-shouldered six-and-half footer, Thompson had a devastating Southern charm, with a gilding of movie-star glamour.


Daniel Goldhagen provoked a second storm -- the first one was his bookHitler's Willing Executioners -- when he published A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair.


A Supreme Court justice from the bench on Wednesday said that "You're saying we don't need the Congress: the president can write a domestic law by writing a memo to his attorney-general." Who was it: Mrs. Ginsburg? Steven Breyer?


Jimmy Carter, Back Again

Another book tour? Clearly Jimmy Carter writes more books than he reads. Yes, there is a new one, modestly titled, Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease and Building Hope. I suspect it's a record of failure disguised by PR as a rousing success. As for his last book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, he says, "many people just concentrated on the word apartheid." Well, wasn't that what they were supposed to do? Otherwise, would there be many buyers?


More On That Obama Op-ed

A rival campaign points me to a speech Obama made in November 2006, where he used language that's substantively similar to the amendment he criticized in today's op-ed (which I wrote about earlier). Here's the key graf from the Obama speech: In such a scenario, it is conceivable that a significantly reduced U.S. force might remain in Iraq for a more extended period of time. But only if U.S.