January 18, 2008
Jacob Zuma, the presumptive next leader of South Africa--the most powerful nation on the African continent--has such a blemished track record that he makes Congressman William Jefferson look like a paragon of virtue. South Africa’s top prosecutor announced recently that he has amassed enough evidence to launch corruption charges against Zuma, just elected as head of the ruling African National Congress, which puts Zuma in prime position to win the country’s next general election in 2009.
One of the most important cases, at least at a symbolic level, to be argued before the Supreme Court this term will be District of Columbia v. Heller, involving the constitutionality of DC's de facto prohibition of handguns. The Circuit Court for the District of Columbia invalidated the prohibition, and the District, against the pleas of many in the "gun control community" who correctly recognize that this is a very high-risk case from their perspective, chose to appeal to the Court.
More On Hillary's "experience"
If, like Jason, you're skeptical of Hillary's much-ballyhooed 35 years of experience, Slate's Timothy Noah has written just the piece for you: Let's be clear. If you're a Democrat, experience isn't on this year's menu. The most experienced among the major candidates seeking the Democratic nomination were Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. They have now dropped out. The remaining major candidates—Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.—all lack lengthy records in government. Edwards served a single term in the Senate.
For all of you folks worried that Henry Waxman's dogged campaign to make Major League Baseball shape up might distract him from his real mission in life--unearthing egregious instances of misconduct by the Bush administration--today's Washington Post story should set your minds at ease.
January 17, 2008
Since my article “Angry White Man” was posted on our website last Tuesday, many have asked who the author of Ron Paul’s newsletters could have been. Published since at least the late 1970s--and at their most incendiary from 1987 to 1996--these newsletters have at times been filled with conspiratorial warnings about the Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group, animus towards black and gay people, and sympathy for right-wing, anti-government militia movements. Many libertarian bloggers have intimated or concluded that the man chiefly responsible for this content was Llewellyn H.
WASHINGTON--This is a good time to put in a word for the white working class.For days, the Democratic campaign for president was mired in a discussion, started by Hillary Clinton, about Martin Luther King's role in winning civil rights laws. There was also much talk of the crucial part women played in the New Hampshire primary.Clinton and Barack Obama were both so concerned about the racial detour that during the debate in Las Vegas, they sounded like penitent schoolchildren apologizing for a playground brawl.
Barack Obama has taken a lot of grief for appropriating right-wing talking points. And rightly so. Consider health care. When he has argued against "forcing" people to buy insurance, as Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have proposed to do, he undermined the case for an individual mandate -- something virtually every expert agrees is necessary to achieve truly universal coverage. But look who's talking like a conservative now.
January 16, 2008
What's Your Problem?
What's the problem with the way identity politics has entered the Democratic race? 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
Out of Afghanistan
Out of Afghanistan: Peter Bergen, Franklin Foer, and Masood Aziz, the attaché to the Afghan ambassador to the U.S., discuss America's role in Afghanistan and what effect, if any, The Kite Runner film will have on that country and ours. Peter Bergen is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Osama bin Laden I Know. Franklin Foer is editor of The New Republic. Said Tayeb Jawad is Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States. By Peter Bergen, Franklin Foer, and Masood Aziz
Obama, The Mirror
WASHINGTON--Foreign leaders and journalists often joke that the whole world should get to vote in U.S. elections since the outcome affects the entire planet. His recent setback in New Hampshire notwithstanding, an intense scrutiny of Barack Obama is taking place from Buenos Aires to Paris. But what observers and politicians are saying about him is what they are really saying about their own societies.In Europe, one senses a quiet shame.