June 18, 2008
Kathleen Sebelius: The iPod Veep
The last few weeks have seen plenty of obsessing over who Barack Obama and John McCain ought to pick to be their running mates. But for all the endless discussion about which candidate might best bolster Obama's message or help McCain carry Ohio, the electoral implications of any given veep pick are, as my colleague Josh Patashnik has argued, greatly overrated.
Crime And Punishment
Two stories from Washington paint a distressing picture of today's body politic. Firstly, a Newsweek article by Evan Thomas makes a fool out of any reform-minded American planning to vote this fall. Filing a "report" of the "consensus" at a gathering of Washington tastemakers this weekend, he makes the reasonable points that Presidents Carter and Clinton were unable to accomplish their foreign occupation of Washington power culture. Will a president Obama meet the same brick wall?
The Senate intelligence committee released its two-part report this month exploring pre-war intelligence on Iraq and its use by the Bush administration. We asked James Martin, a Paul Mellon fellow at Cambridge University who writes on international security issues, to wade through the 172-page report for us.
He's a member of Obama's newly-announced "senior working group" on national security: Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightSenator David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on IntelligenceSecretary of State Warren ChristopherGreg Craig, former director of the State Department Office of Policy PlanningSecretary of the Navy Richard DanzigRepresentative Lee Hamilton, former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs CommitteeDeputy Attorney General Eric HolderDr. Tony Lake, former National Security AdvisorSenator Sam Nunn, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
June 17, 2008
We the European People
WASHINGTON--European governments are aghast at the decision by Irish voters to reject the Treaty of Lisbon, the new attempt--three years after the collapse of the European Union's Constitution--to move decisively toward political integration. The only country out of 27 in which ratification was put to a vote has left Eurocrats desperate to find a way to bypass their own rules and move ahead.There is nothing surprising in this.
The Performance Artist
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />LAS VEGAS--I ask Taylor Marsh whether she really keeps a gun to protect herself from her detractors, as she claims on her website, and she escorts me into her bedroom to show the proof: an HK 9 mm handgun. "I know how to use it," she says, pointing the weapon briefly in my direction (it's unloaded) before walking over to the other side of the bed. There, she holds up her husband’s firearm, a Ruger Mini 14 rifle.
The Senate intelligence committee released its two-part report this month exploring pre-war intelligence on Iraq and its use by the Bush administration. We asked James Martin, a Paul Mellon fellow at Cambridge University who writes on international security issues, to wade through the report for us. He'll be guest-posting his findings here over the next few days. In glancing through the 170 pages of the report "Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S.
Name That Mccain Critic
Who wrote the following? The day after the Supreme Court ruled that detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo are entitled to seek habeas corpus hearings, John McCain called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country." Well. Does it rank with Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), which concocted a constitutional right, unmentioned in the document, to own slaves and held that black people have no rights that white people are bound to respect? With Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed the constitutionality of legally enforced racial segregation? With Korematsu v.
June 16, 2008
Dodging the Junta
Over a month after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma's southern coast, the country’s ruling junta continues to restrict international efforts to assist the disaster's victims, so domestic ad-hoc groups are taking the lead in funneling aid through back channels.
The Hugh Hefner of Politics
LAS VEGAS--I ask Taylor Marsh whether she really keeps a gun to protect herself from her detractors, as she claims on her website. So, she escorts me into her bedroom to show the proof: an HK 9mm handgun. “I know how to use it,” she says, pointing the weapon briefly in my direction (it’s unloaded) before walking over to the other side of the bed. There, she holds up her husband’s firearm, a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. “I am just reviled everywhere,” she declares with more than a hint of pride.She’s proud because, in all honesty, being hated has been good for business.