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Senator Dodd, Constitutional Scholar

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From Fox News Sunday: The open-ended question for us clearly is what are his views about some of the basic values, the equal protection clause, the privacy clause of the Constitution. h/t: Patterico.

Bush “Most Fit” President in History

Bush Exercises 6X a Week; “Most-Fit” President in History (Drudge) President Bush turned 59 years old this month and his health is in the “superior” fitness category for men his age — greater than 99% percentile for 55-59 year-old men! The latest health results make Bush the “most-fit” president in modern history. He has not […]

Is it Just Me?

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Question: is it just me or is Lawrence O’Donnell one seriously arrogant SOB?

US Soldiers: “Over There” is Bogus

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These Soldiers Say “Over There” is “Bogus” (Seattle PI) “Bogus” was the preferred adjective among the eight soldiers — most of them Iraq vets — viewing the series pilot last week at Camp Murray, headquarters of the Washington State National Guard in Tacoma. “Thank God that’s over,” said a master sergeant as the credits rolled. […]

Howard Dean’s Right Turn

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From lawblogger Patterico comes this gem: “The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is ‘okay’ to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is,” Dean said, not mentioning that until he nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court this week, Bush had not appointed […]

More Potential Space Shuttle Problems

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NASA Scrambling to Determine Whether Drooping Material on Discovery’s Belly Poses Danger – Marica Dunn – Associated Press A couple of short strips of material dangling from Discovery’s belly had NASA scrambling Sunday to determine whether the protrusions might endanger the shuttle during next week’s descent and whether the astronauts might need to attempt a […]

Muslim Group in Britain Decries “Hate”

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Muslim Group in Britain Decries “Hate” (Washington Times) LONDON — Leaders of a key Muslim organization in Britain, angered by the deadly terror attacks in London, yesterday told tens of thousands of followers that “enough is enough” and urged all Muslims to turn away from “harbingers of hate.” “The word ‘Islam’ means peace,” said Rafiq […]

Income Gap Grows in U.S.

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Income Gap Grows in U.S. (Washington Times) Incomes are growing smartly for the first time in years, spurring unexpectedly robust spending by consumers. The revival, however, is mainly among top earners who receive stocks, bonuses and other income in addition to wages. The nearly 80 percent of Americans who rely mostly on hourly wages barely […]

Spamalot Review

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Kim and I just saw “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Sam S. Shubert Theater. It was easy to see why the play won the Tony as it was extremely clever and entertaining. Despite the absence of the show’s biggest star, Tim Curry, and a very obstructed view of the stage, we had a good time. […]

Open Thread on Free Trade

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The recent House passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) got me thinking: where is there any evidence that free trade agreements are good for America? Obviously a loaded question, its answer based on what you believe America needs. Clearly in the 25 or so years since Keynesian (state-led) development was replaced by […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest: Rodney is playing Iraq, Paper, Scissors with the big boys. Wizbang wants to know whose is larger. Gazernet is telling fishing stories Willisms is going to the dogs. It’s just not Cricket at a Limey in Bermuda sgtfluffy finally has one up on the Trunk Monkey concept Villainous Company beats Wizbang […]

U.S. Closing 11 Bases in Germany

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By the end of 2007, a mere 18 years after the end of the Cold War, the United States will withdraw from some of the smaller bases in Germany. US announces German base closures (BBC) US troops will pull out of 11 bases in southern Germany in 2007 as part of a shake-up of US […]

Another Scout Leader, Scout Killed by Lightning

A horrible week for Scouting got worse last night as a Scout leader and a 13-year-old Scout were killed from by lightning while on a hike. Lightning Strike Turns Scout Hike Tragic (AP) What was supposed to be a challenging 70-mile hike culminating in a midnight climb up Mt. Whitney to watch the sunrise turned […]

British Army Launches Base Cutbacks

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British Army Launches Base Cutbacks (AP) BELFAST, Northern Ireland – The British army began closing or demolishing military installations in the Irish Republican Army’s rural heartland Friday in a rapid response to the IRA’s declaration to renounce violence and disarm. Soldiers started to dismantle or withdraw from three positions in South Armagh, a rebellious borderland […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

As you read this, I’m boarding a train for Manhattan, where the fiance and I are headed to celebrate her birthday. Create your own linkfest below. To join in, choose a 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 […]

Is Anti-Immigration the New Mercantilism?

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I have to wonder if the anti-immigrant people are not some sort of new version of Mercantilism. Mercantilism was a view that a country could achieve economic prosperity via economic regulation, primarily of trade. Right there a red flag should go up. How can every country have a favorable balance of trade at the same […]

Underhandedness

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I agree with John Cole that delaying a report from the E.P.A. on fuel efficiency so it wont have any impact on the National Pork…err the National Energy Bill is going to be seen as underhanded. The executive summary of the copy of the report obtained by The Times acknowledges that “fuel economy is directly […]

More Daylight Savings Time

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Congress is extending Daylight Savings Time an extra month as part of a goliath energy bill. More Daylight Savings: Energy Boon or Scheduling Snafu? (National Geographic) This week the U.S. Congress is expected to pass a mammoth new energy bill that includes subsidies to oil and gas companies and encourages nuclear power. Yet the bill’s […]

State Dept: Bolton Gave Inaccurate Answers to Congress

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The woes of John Bolton, President Bush’s embattled UN Ambassador nominee, continue. State Dept admits Bolton gave inaccurate answers (Reuters) The State Department reversed itself on Thursday night and acknowledged that President Bush’s U.N. ambassador nominee gave Congress inaccurate information about an investigation he was involved in. The acknowledgment came after the State Department had […]

Bush Gets Legislative Victories

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Despite sagging poll numbers and not being eligible for re-election, President Bush has secured several legislative wins in recent days, surprising his critics. Or at least the Associated Press. Newsview: Bush Gets Wins Under His Belt (AP) After a rocky start, President Bush is scoring legislative wins that could be important tests of his ability […]

Bill Frist Changes Mind, Favors Stem Cell Funding

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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart surgeon by profession and widely considered to be running for president in 2008, has changed course and will now support expanded federal funding for stem cell research. Senate’s Leader Veers From Bush Over Stem Cells (NYT | RSS) In a break with President Bush, the Senate Republican leader, […]

The Real Threat

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By now you all know that the unemployed media poster-child Helen Thomas made the asinine statement that she’d kill herself if Vice President Dick Cheney runs for President in 2008 (yet there’s no anti-conservative bias in the media). However, blogger Steven Taylor suggests another tact, more likely to ensure the desired outcome: If Helen is […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Dahmer and Dahmerer Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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IRA Ends Military Campaign

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IRA STATEMENT RELEASED: ARMED CAMPAIGN OVER Here’s a portion of today’s statement: The leadership of îglaigh na hÆ’ireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign. This will take effect from 4pm this afternoon. All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely […]

Clinton Offered 40 Goats For Chelsea

A rather amusing story that has been buried in the e-mail inbox for a few days: Clinton Offered 40 Goats For Daughter (Sky News) Former US president Bill Clinton has been offered 40 goats and 20 cows for his daughter by a love-struck African government official. Mr Clinton was offered the deal on a recent […]

Military JAGs Opposed Harsh Interrogation Techniques

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Many senior JAG officers documented their oppositin to harsh interrogation techniques at Guantánamo Bay, according to the findings of a task force led by Senator Lindsey Graham. Military’s Opposition to Harsh Interrogation Is Outlined (NYT) Senior military lawyers lodged vigorous and detailed dissents in early 2003 as an administration legal task force concluded that President […]

Roberts Consultant for 2000 Recount Fight

Roberts had larger 2000 recount role (Miami Herald) U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts played a broader behind-the-scenes role for the Republican camp in the aftermath of the 2000 election than previously reported — as legal consultant, lawsuit editor and prep coach for arguments before the nation’s highest court, according to the man who drafted […]

Hundreds of Boy Scouts Jamboree Heat Casualties

A Jamboree that started off with four Scoutmasters getting killed setting up a tent continues to go badly, with 300 suffering heat casualties yesterday waiting for a presidential visit that was postponed due to inclement weather. Hundreds of Boy Scouts Fall Ill From Heat (AP) The Boy Scouts marched onto the field singing, plopping down […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM Another Rumsfeld Classic (AP Photo/ Joe Raedle, pool) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Remembering Mary Jo Kopechne

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Steve the Llamabutcher reminds us that yesterday would have been Mary Jo Kopechne’s 65th birthday, had Diamond Joe Quimby Senator Ted Kennedy not put his political ambitions over his duty as a human being. Am I the only one who takes offense at the fact that Senator Kennedy currently walks his dog “Splash” around the […]

NASA Grounds Shuttle Fleet – Again

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Once again, NASA has grounded its shuttle fleet because of its inability to ensure that an obsolete vehicle from the Reagan Administration can fly safely. NASA grounds shuttle fleet (CNN) There will be no more shuttle launches until NASA engineers determine the effect of debris that fell from the shuttle Discovery during blastoff Tuesday, said […]

Iraq Wants Quick Pullout of U.S. Troops

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Iraq’s prime minister stated today that he would like American troops to end their mission in his country soon. This is a sentiment shared by most of the troops themselves and, one presumes, the Bush administration. Iraq Wants Quick Pullout of U.S. Troops (AP) Iraq’s prime minister said Wednesday he wants U.S. troops “on their […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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More on Immigration

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Jeff at Caerdroia has an interesting post on immigration. OK, but we have these laws about immigration, and as a matter of curiosity, I’d like to think about how we could enforce them, to prevent the aforementioned terrorists from getting and staying here. And here’s where the bad thinking comes in. Most people I’ve been […]

Credit Card Companies Doubling Payments

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Several of the largest credit card companies will start requiring customers to pay 4% of their balance rather than the current 2%, at the urging of the federal government. New Credit Card Payment Requirements Bring Good, Bad News (YahooNews) If you have a high balance on your credit cards, you may be in for a […]

Hotels Not Changing Sheets Every Night

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Hotels taking fresh sheets off room-service menu (USAT) Barbara Huberman wants fresh sheets on her hotel bed every night. She’s annoyed that a growing number of lodgings are now changing them less often. “It’s ridiculous,” says the executive for a Washington-based charitable organization who stays up to 100 nights each year in a hotel. “I […]

Gonzales: High Court Not Bound by Roe v. Wade

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AG: High Court Not Bound by Roe v. Wade (AP) WASHINGTON – The legal right to abortion is settled for lower courts, but the Supreme Court “is not obliged to follow” the Roe v. Wade precedent, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday as the Senate prepared to consider John Roberts’ appointment that would put a […]

Which Countries Are on the Brink of Failure?

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Foreign Policy has partnered with the Fund for Peace to issue the first annual Failed States Index. Here’s the Top 20: Rank Country 1 Cote d’Ivoire 2 Congo 3 Sudan 4 Iraq 5 Somalia 6 Sierra Leone 7 Chad 8 Yemen 9 Liberia 10 Haiti 11 Afghanistan 12 Rwanda 13 North Korea 14 Colombia 15 […]

Rick Santorum: Not a Candidate for President in 2008

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Politics1 : You can cross the name of US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) off the list of potential 2008 Presidential hopefuls. Santorum told the Washington Post on Monday he will not be a candidate for President in 2008. “I have six children ages 4-14, and the idea of coming off a [2006 re-election] race of […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

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$41 Billion to Remove Most Illegal Aliens

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According to the Center for American Progress (pdf document) it would cost $41 billion per year (over 5 years) to remove illegal immigrants. I have no idea if this number is too high, too low, or about right. The study does have some numbers backing it up, but again I have little way judging the […]

Former Bush Aide Turns Tough Critic As Iraq Inspector

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Stuart Bowen, a former Bush campaign official and cabinet member, has surprised critics by being a ruthless auditor of the Iraq War’s financial management. Former Bush Aide Turns Tough Critic As Iraq Inspector (WSJ $) During a routine audit last summer of an American office in charge of doling out reconstruction funding in Hillah, Iraq, […]

Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off Successfully

After over two years and countless billions spent since the Columbia disaster, NASA has launched another mission of the space shuttle program. NASA astronauts return to spaceflight (CNN) Discovery roared into the blue skies over Florida this morning, marking the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The shuttle blasted off as scheduled at […]

Study: Exercise Can’t Halt Effects of Age

A new study finds that, contrary to previous belief, regular aerobic exercise does not stop the physical decline caused by aging. On the other hand, because people who exercise regularly tend to be more fit to begin with, they are still far healthier than their sedentary counterparts regardless of age. Study: Exercise Can’t Halt Effects […]

Military Reins In Training Abuses

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As Recruiting Suffers, Military Reins In Abuses at Boot Camp (NYT p. 1 | RSS) Staff Sgt. Michael G. Rhoades, until recently a driller of Army recruits at Fort Knox, says he was only doing his job, hammering civilians into soldiers who would not crack under the pressures of war. Sergeant Rhoades’s methods, investigators said, […]

Taliban on the Run but Not Vanquished

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USA Today features a front page assessment of the battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Taliban on the run but far from vanquished […] Four years after they ousted the radical Islamic regime, U.S. forces are still locked in a deadly contest with Taliban holdouts in the badlands of southern and eastern Afghanistan. The ongoing […]

50,000 Iraqi Insurgents Killed or Captured

A former Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army claims U.S. and Iraqi forces have killed or arrested more than 50,000 Iraqi insurgents in the past seven months. 50,000 Iraqi insurgents dead, caught (Washington Times, p. 1) U.S. and Iraqi forces have killed or arrested more than 50,000 Iraqi insurgents in the past seven months, […]

Examining London Bombing Links

Hello readers, I’ve been asked to contribute my opinions to OTB concerning terrorism. I’m excited to have been asked, and I hope you enjoy my commentary. Quick bio: Recently, I graduated from a University where I double-majored in International Studies and Conflict Studies, with concentrations in the Middle East and national security. I’ve studied in […]

Bombers on Benefits

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Adding insult to injury, it turns out that at least two of the Islamist terrorists who attempted to bomb a London bus were living on welfare. Bombers on benefits (The Sun) TWO fugitive London bombers have been living in Britain on state benefits, it emerged last night. Somalian Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, received £23,000 in […]

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