July 08, 2008
Fear of Strangers
WASHINGTON--The European Parliament's decision to pass a new law allowing member countries to imprison undocumented aliens for up to 18 months and deport children has reignited the debate over immigration, one of the most sensitive issues of our time. The European arguments against immigration are similar to the ones that have been voiced in the United States, Canada and Australia, or, for that matter, in poorer countries that attract citizens from even poorer nations, such as Argentina, where many Bolivians live, and the Dominican Republic, which has a sizable Haitian population.
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Another day, another internal Bush administration memo suggesting that regulatory agencies aren't doing their jobs: An official administration guidance document on wetlands policy is undermining enforcement of the Clean Water Act, said a March 4 memo written by the Environmental Protection Agency's chief enforcement officer. The memo by Granta Y. Nakayama, EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance, was obtained by the advocacy group Greenpeace and released yesterday by two House Democratic committee chairmen.
July 07, 2008
WASHINGTON--When a candidate calls a second news conference to say the same thing he thought he said in the first one, you know he knows he has a problem.Thus Barack Obama's twin news conferences last week in Fargo, N.D. At his first, Obama promised he would make a "thorough assessment" of his Iraq policy in his coming visit there and "continue to gather information" to "make sure that our troops are safe, and that Iraq is stable." You might ask: What's wrong with that? A commander in chief willing to adjust his view to facts and realities should be a refreshing idea.
Young voters played a crucial role in Barack Obama’s successful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. In state after state, exit polls showed that Obama received his strongest support from voters under the age of 30. Now that he has clinched the Democratic nomination, Obama is counting on strong support from under-thirties to offset John McCain’s expected advantage among older white voters, some of whom continue to be uneasy about the prospect of an African American president.
So how is the Chinese government trying to sweep all that dirt under the rug and spruce up Beijing for the 2008 Olympics? Let's tally up the ways: Power plants are switching from coal to natural gas. The dirtiest factories are relocating or shutting down. New rules will allow car-owners to drive only on alternating days. A shiny new subway line is opening up. Tarps are being placed over the dust on all construction sites. Extensive water-recycling efforts are underway. And, oh yes, there's a billion-dollar mountaintop park being built north of the city to shield against sandstorms.
July 06, 2008
What Is David Broder Talking About?
There are a couple of real head-scratchers in his column today about Justice Kennedy, even by Broder's usual standards. First is this: It was only then--after that implausible scenario--that third-choice Kennedy was called to the White House and introduced by Reagan as his man. It turned out to be successful beyond Reagan's wildest dreams. I have some sympathy for the revisionist "Reagan as moderate" school of thought, but...hello!? Are we talking about the same justice here?
July 04, 2008
What's Your Favorite Grievance?
It's always worth taking time on the Fourth of July to read through the Declaration of Independence, a document that never ceases to amaze. In particular, it's fun to go over the list of grievances against King George III, to remind oneself what the whole fuss was about.
July 03, 2008
The Flip-Flop Fallacy
My colleague Noam Scheiber argues in his piece yesterday ("Is This Man a Typical Pol?”) that John McCain’s new campaign strategy of painting Barack Obama as an unprincipled flip-flopper is bound to fail. Noam posits that painting Obama as a “typical politician” is not a damaging enough accusation in a year when the public overwhelmingly prefers a Democratic president. Maybe--but I think McCain’s strategy is a little more potent than Noam gives it credit for. First, bad press is bad press.
Last week, The New Republic sat down to discuss recent legal developments in the war on terror with Benjamin Wittes, a TNR.com columnist, fellow and research director in public law at the Brookings Institution and author of the new book Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror, and with Andrew McCarthy, director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of the recent book Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. TNR: I want to get your reactions to this week’s decision from the D.C.