June 03, 2008
Denied the Rite
WASHINGTON--Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied communion.His sin? Kmiec, a Catholic who can cite papal pronouncements with the facility of a theological scholar, shocked old friends and adversaries alike earlier this year by endorsing Barack Obama for president.
The Thin Green Line
Andrew Rice is an unlikely candidate to represent Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate. A 35-year-old Democrat elected to the state senate in 2006, he favors abortion rights and civil unions in one of the most socially conservative states in the country. He is up against two-and-a-third-term Republican incumbent James Inhofe, in a state with a 44-year history of voting for Republican presidents, and where no Democratic opponent has climbed above 41 percent since 1990. Inhofe’s campaign has already out-raised Rice by more than double.
Over at the American Prospect, Richard Kahlenberg has a fascinating look at what the Louisville school district has done in response to last year's Supreme Court decision in Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, which struck down a scheme that explicitly used race as a factor in assigning students to schools.
Reagan Is Not The Antidote To Bush
While Cass Sunstein is right to caution against groupthink in the President's inner circle, I'd warn against holding up the Reagan administration as an ideal alternative.
Hillary says she's open to it. I feel like that's what she has to say, or risk looking bitter and unwilling to "join the team" in a broader sense. Surely she realizes how completely unrealistic it is. Right? Does Obama want Bill within 1,000 yards of his campaign or his White House? No way. --Michael Crowley
(Cross-posted from Open University) By all accounts, one of the distinctive features of the Bush Administration has been its relative intolerance for internal dissent. High-level officials have tended to settle on a particular course of action, quite early on, and to squelch rather than to promote discussion and debate within the White House or the administration more generally. The point applies to the Iraq war, of course, but to many other issues as well, including climate change, tax cuts, energy policy, the mortgage crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and much more.
By all accounts, one of the distinctive features of the Bush Administration has been its relative intolerance for internal dissent. High-level officials have tended to settle on a particular course of action, quite early on, and to squelch rather than to promote discussion and debate within the White House or the administration more generally. The point applies to the Iraq war, of course, but to many other issues as well, including climate change, tax cuts, energy policy, the mortgage crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and much more.
June 02, 2008
He may have saved his most dramatic outburst for the very end: Tightly gripping this reporter's hand and refusing to let go, Clinton heatedly denounced [Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum], who is currently married to his former White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers. "[He's] sleazy," he said referring to Purdum. "He's a really dishonest reporter.... There's just five or six blatant lies in there.
Good news for fantasy baseball owners everywhere: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to step into a dispute between a fantasy sports business and professional baseball. Without comment, the justices declined to hear the case involving a segment of the $1.5 billion fantasy sports industry in the United States, in which participants manage imaginary teams based on the real-life performances of professional players. The lawsuit involves C.B.C.
June 01, 2008
Tood Purdum's Vanity Fair profile of Bill Clinton has all sorts of good stuff, but this anecdote is particularly enjoyable: Less amusingly, in the run-up to the 1996 re-election campaign, when Clinton took one of his many fund-raising trips to California, I teasingly asked his press secretary, Mike McCurry, whether the president intended to go jogging with Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of the former vice president—as he had on a previous trip—after he was spotted with her (and Barbra Streisand) in the wee hours of the morning.