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Elder Bush Would Like Son Jeb to Run for President

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President George Bush the Elder told Larry King that he would like to see son Jeb run for president some day, too. Elder Bush would like son Jeb to run for president (Reuters) George Bush, the president’s father, would like to see another Bush in the White House someday, saying on Tuesday that he would […]

Moderate Democrats Back Various Republican Measures

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The Christian Science Monitor looks into “purple power,” in which House Democrats whose districts were carried by President Bush support “a significant number” of GOP bills: ‘Purple Power’ Pulls New Laws through House The recent votes with Democratic support include issues backed by pro-business lobbyists: $70 billion in tax-cut provisions in the fiscal 2006 budget […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

I’m in meetings all day, so it’s a do-it-yourselfer at the ol’ linkfest. To join in, choose ONE POST from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a TrackBack. If your blog doesn’t automatically generate one, use the Send TrackBack feature below. For more information, see […]

Mark Felt Claims to Be Deep Throat: Part II

As a supplement to the previous post, it’s worth highlighting various sources that had suggested Mark Felt’s identity. James Mann, “Deep Throat: An Institutional Analysis,” Atlantic Monthly, May 1992 Even though Mann focused on bureaucratic interests, he noted: As I said at the outset, I didn’t know who Deep Throat was. I know from conversation […]

Grewal Tape Transcripts: Paul Martin In The Loop

Available through NealeNews; 1, 2, 3, 4. All I can say is that this is damning stuff for Paul Martin’s government – confirming that explicit offers were made to Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal in exchange for his and his wife’s abstainsion in a critical confidence vote. Early coverage at CTV; SK – Minister (Ujjal Dosanjh) […]

Deep Throat Comes Out: Mark Felt

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Vanity Fair has an exclusive with the fellow who claims he is the Deep Throat of Woodward and Bernstein “Watergate” fame. I’m the Guy They Ised to Calld Deep Throat (Vanity Fair) PDF After decades of hiding the truth, even from his family, W. Mark Felt, number two at the F.B.I. in the early 70s, […]

Allawi Plans for a Secular Iraq

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Amid the daily violence making his job exceedingly difficult, Iraq’s former prime minister, Ayad Allawi, is working behind the scenes to ensure that the eventual permanent government remains secular. Allawi Plans for a Secular Iraq (WaPo, A14) Leading Iraq’s first democratic opposition in a half-century, former prime minister Ayad Allawi plans to spend the next […]

Pet Dogs Bring Troops Sense of Home

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Some American troops in Iraq are violating the rule against having pets in theater, with the full knowledge of their commanders. USATODAY.com – For troops, home is a wet nose (USAT, May 30, 7D) A pair of Navy corpsmen went on a scavenging mission in a trash dump outside Camp Gannon here at the edge […]

Laura Bush Versus Hillary Clinton in 2008

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Vice President Cheney’s dry sense of humor was on display in a Larry King Live appearance, in which he suggested Laura Bush would beat Hillary Clinton in a presidential match. Laura Bush/Hillary Clinton presidential matchup (Reuters) First lady Laura Bush would defeat U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if the two were to face each other […]

Paris Hilton Engaged to Shipping Heir Paris Latsis

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Paris Hilton Said Engaged to Shipping Heir (AP) Hotel heiress and “The Simple Life” reality TV star Paris Hilton is engaged to her boyfriend, Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, her spokesman said Monday. “They are happy and excited,” said Hilton spokesman Rob Shuter, confirming the story first reported on People magazine’s Web site. Latsis, 27, […]

Chirac Names Dominique de Villepin new Prime Minister

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Dominique de Villepin is France’s new Prime Minister. Chirac names Dominique de Villepin new Prime Minister (Forbes) President Jacques Chirac has named Dominique de Villepin as France’s new Prime Minister, officials said. De Villepin replaces Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who resigned earlier today after France’s massive rejection of the proposed EU constitution. De Villepin, a close ally […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Igneous is Bliss Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

U.S. Forces Mistakenly Arrest Sunni Chief

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As reported earlier, U.S. forces arrested the leader of Iraq’s main Sunni party earlier today. It turns out that it was a mistake. U.S. Forces Mistakenly Detain Sunni Chief (AP) The U.S. military nearly set off a sectarian crisis Monday by mistakenly arresting the leader of Iraq’s top Sunni Muslim political party, while two suicide […]

Two Americans Charged With Aiding Al Qaeda

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Two American Muslims have been charged with aiding al Qaeda terrorists. Two Americans Charged With Aiding Al Qaeda (Fox) Authorities said Sunday that Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 50, a Boca Raton physician, and Tarik Shah, 42, a self-described martial arts expert in New York, conspired to treat and train terrorists. Both are American citizens. Both men […]

Former American ‘Hostage’ Indicted for Plotting Romanian Hostage Taking

Mohamad Munaf, an American translator who was among those reported kidnapped with three Romanian March 28, has been indicted by Romanian authorities for having been a plotter in that kidnapping. International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform (SwissInfo – Reuters) Romania on Friday charged the translator for three Romanian journalists who were held in […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Even inside the Beltway, there are no traffic jams on Memorial Day. I’ve already posted a special Memorial Day linkfest but feel free to link your non-tribute posts here. To join in, choose ONE POST from your blog to highlight, edit it to add a link to this post, and then send a TrackBack. If […]

Iraq Sunni Party Leader Arrested

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Iraq Sunni party leader arrested (Forbes – AFX) The leader of Iraq’s main Sunni party Mohsen Abdel Hamid was arrested by US forces in Baghdad today along with his three sons, a party official said. No reason was given for the arrest and the US military in Baghdad was not immediately able to confirm the […]

Stealth Jets Sent to South Korea

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The United States redeployed fifteen Stealth fighters to South Korea last week, while also ending our last diplomatic mission in North Korea. Pressure on North Korea: U.S. Stealth Jets Sent to South (NYT | RSS) The deployment last week of 15 stealth fighters to South Korea, along with the severing of the American military’s only […]

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Walt Disney World, Mark Ashman) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Memorial Day 2005

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President Bush’s Memorial Day Radio Address This Memorial Day weekend, Americans pay tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our nation. As we honor the members of our Armed Forces who have died for our freedom, we also honor those who are defending our liberties today. On Friday, I met […]

There’s A Brand New Lake In California This Morning

Complete with carp as fat as birch trees. Though, I must admit to some confusion. Why would those sinister Americans go to all the trouble of invading Iraq to steal their oil, if they could have just sucked it away from underneath with no one but a few villagers the wiser? (More here) via NoSpeedBumps

French Voters Say ‘Non’ to EU Constitution

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As expected, French voters rejected the EU Constitution today, with nearly 60% in opposition. French Voters Deliver a Crushing Defeat to European Constitution (NYT) French voters dealt a crushing defeat to the European constitution today, demonstrating their determination to punish the leaders of France and of Europe after a bitter campaign that split the country […]

Indy 500 Winner

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The 2005 Indianapolis 500 is underway. Will the winner be the highly publicized rookie Danica Patrick or someone else? For those, like myself, uninterested in watching the race, ESPN is live blogging the race, providing the highlights.

West Point’s ‘Class of 9/11’ Graduates

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This year’s crop of Service Academy graduates are the first since the Vietnam era to serve essentially their entire cadetships during wartime. Even more so than the other academies, the West Point Class of 2005–dubbed thee “Class of 9/11”– has been living with the fact that, upon graduation, serving in a combat zone was a […]

Mom Indicted for Hiring Stripper for Teen

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A Nashville woman has been indicted for hiring a stripper for her 16-year-old son and his friends. Mom Indicted for Hiring Stripper for Teen (AP) A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son’s birthday party. Anette Pharris, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges […]

Looking Beyond Al Qaeda

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The Bush Administration is branching out in its efforts to defeat Islamist terror, moving beyond a military focus on al Qaeda into other areas. Review May Shift Terror Policies (WaPo, A1) The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that […]

Class Matters – Social Class in the United States of America

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The New York Times today launches a series called, “Class Matters – Social Class in the United States of America.” There are a several interesting pieces in today’s edition, as well as a nifty interactive Flash timeline. The latter ends with this rather annoying clip: The lead story, When the Joneses Wear Jeans examines the […]

House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sends Millions to District

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The front page of today’s Washington Post breaks the shocking news that Speaker of the House Dennis J. Hastert sends nearly $5 million a year back to the biggest city in his Illinois district. The story is so big, the revelation that there is pool in River City is pushed below the fold. Hastert Directs […]

Robby Gordon: Danica Patrick Has an Unfair Advantage

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Robby Gordon thinks Danica Patrick, in addition to snagging all the interviews because she’s the sexiest driver in this year’s Indy 500, has another advantage: She’s too small. Robby Gordon says Patrick has an unfair advantage (AP) Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he […]

Matthew Yglesias Takes the Boeing*

Or perhaps its an Airbus, since it’s not a big corporation. At any rate, Matthew Yglesias is no longer going to be blogging at his eponymous URL but rather joining the Josh Marshall Collective. I’m not a fan of Scoop or reader diaries but, as Matt points out, “If you’re a fan of this site […]

Willie Nelson to Release Reggae Album

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Willie Nelson to Release Reggae Album (AP) Country music icon Willie Nelson is trying something a little different. Nelson, 72, will release a long-awaited reggae album, “Countryman” in July. He shot video in Jamaica this month for a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s reggae classic “The Harder They Come” and Johnny and June Carter Cash’s country […]

Interest Only Mortgages ‘Risky’

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Interest only mortgages, which are becoming increasingly popular, are “risky,” economists warn. Many Buyers Opt for Risky Mortgages (WaPo, A1) More than a third of the mortgages written in the Washington area this year are a risky new kind of loan that lets borrowers pay back only the interest, delaying for years repayment of any […]

Trent Lott Could Rejoin GOP Leadership

Trent Lott, who was forced to resign as Senate Majority Leader two years ago after praising Strom Thurmond, may be about to rejoin the leadership team after his behind-the-scenes work in orchestrating last week’s deal on judicial filibusters. Work on nominees could return Lott to ranks of GOP leadership (Knight Ridder) For months, Sen. Trent […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest: Rodney meant ice, when he said ‘on the rocks.’ Wizbang is monkeying around again Gazernet has Sesame street moment. The bigger they are the harder they hit at Brandon Jaynes blog. Howard Dean has gone from Metro to retro at Willisms To join in, start a Caption Contest at your blog, […]

Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Given Awards

Two Army analysts considered chiefly responsible for the infamous “aluminum tubes” report have been given performance awards. Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded (WaPo, A1) Two Army analysts whose work has been cited as part of a key intelligence failure on Iraq — the claim that aluminum tubes sought by the Baghdad government were most […]

Microsoft Urges Windows Users to Dump Netscape 8

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In an ironic twist, Microsoft is urging users to uninstall Netscape 8 because of security flaws that make it incompatible with Internet Explorer. Microsoft urges Windows users to dump Netscape 8 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Microsoft Corp. is urging Windows users to uninstall the new Netscape 8 Web browser from their computers, saying it damages Microsoft’s […]

Filipino Mother of Dead American Soldier Denied Gold Star

The mother of a U.S. Army staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan has been denied membership in the Gold Star Mothers organization because she is Filipino, and thus not a U.S. citizen. Mother of slain soldier rejected by Gold Star organization (AP) Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long […]

Video: Terrorists Murder Hostage Akihiko Saito

Akihiko Saito, a Japanese man working as a U.S. Defense Department contractor in Iraq, has been murdered by the so-called Army of Ansar al-Sunnah. The group has posted a video on its website with what purports to be Saito’s body. Iraq militant group says Saito died after being injured in shooting (Japan Today) Akihiko Saito, […]

‘Green Acres’ Star Eddie Albert Dies at 99

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Eddie Albert, best known for his portral of Oliver Douglas in the situation comedy “Green Acres,” died yesterday at the age of 99. ‘Green Acres’ Star Eddie Albert Dies at 99 (AP) Eddie Albert, the actor best known as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television’s “Green Acres,” has died. He was 99. Albert died […]

Saudi King Fahd Hospitalized, Reported Dead

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Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd has been hospitalized, CNN reports. Saudi King Fahd hospitalized (CNN) Saudi Arabia’s special forces were put on alert after King Fahd was hospitalized in Riyadh for tests Friday, the Saudi government said. The move is routine whenever the king is hospitalized, Saudi government sources told CNN on condition of anonymity. Members […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest, a little early for the holiday weekend: Brett Marston offers a typology of blogging. Robert Prather is retiring from blogging again. Kevin Aylward foreshadows a new direction at WizBang! Henry Copeland of BlogAds explains why advertising will not ruin blogging. Mark Hasty explains the social significance of Scooby Doo. Michael Demmons tells […]

Northeast Has Dumbest Drivers

The Northeast has the nation’s dumbest drivers, according to a recent basic knowledge test conducted by GMAC insurance. Survey: Northeast has dumbest drivers (CNN/Money) When faced with a written test, similar to ones given to beginning drivers applying for licenses, one in ten drivers couldn’t get a passing score, according to a study commissioned by […]

Gallup Poll Majority Supports Hillary Clinton for President

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A new Gallup poll shows 53% are either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to vote for Hillary Clinton for president in 2008, numbers similar to what George W. Bush enjoyed at a similar point before the 2000 election. Poll majority say they’d be likely to vote for Clinton (USA Today) For the first time, a […]

Virginia Bans Viagra for Sex Offenders

Apparently, this is becoming a trend. Yesterday, we passed on word of New York’s governor George Pataki stopping state subsidies of Viagra to preclude accidentally giving it to sex offenders. Now, Virginia’s Mark Warner is doing the same thing, albeit in a more targeted manner. Warner bars Viagra payments for sex offenders (AP) Medicaid paid […]

Thune Opposing Bolton as BRAC Payback

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Senator John Thune, who promised during his campaign against then-Minority Leader Tom Daschle that electing him would save Ellsworth Air Force Base, is opposing John Bolton’s nomination as UN Ambassador in a bizarre protest against that base’s inclusion on the BRAC list. Thune now says he’ll oppose Bolton for U.N. (AP) Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., […]

Johnny Depp to Shoot Hunter Thompson’s Ashes

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Depp Arranges Shooting of Thompson’s Ashes (AP) Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure — courtesy of actor Johnny Depp — to shoot the gonzo journalist’s ashes onto his ranch near here. Friends and acquaintances gathered Thursday to discuss the Aug. 20 invitation-only service, which will be six […]

Army Using Video Game as Recruiting Tool

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The Army has been using an online multiplayer video game called “America’s Army” as a recruiting tool with some success. It’s a Video Game, and an Army Recruiter (WaPo, A26)

Hillary Clinton Clashes with Arkansas on C-130s

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A flap over the transfer of eight C-130 transport planes makes clear Hillary Clinton isn’t in Arkansas anymore. Former first lady opposed to moving planes to Arkansas base (AP)

Power Struggle Atop Al Qaeda in Iraq

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With Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reportedly seriously wounded in Operation Matador, there is speculation in the Middle Eastern press as to who might emerge as his successor. Newsday looks at several likely candidates. Militants’ Power Struggle (Long Island Newsday) Islamic militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been badly wounded and his lieutenants are engaged in a power […]

The Conservative Case for the Filibuster Deal

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Steve Bainbridge explains in a Tech Central Station column, “Why I Support the Filibuster Deal.” He makes several arguments, centered around this thesis: The filibuster is a profoundly conservative tool, which advances each of [Russell] Kirk’s goals. It slows change by allowing a resolute minority to delay — to stand athwart history shouting stop. It […]

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