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American Income Inequality and its Discontents

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Brad DeLong excerpts extensively from a Paul Krugman article the NYT is making available only to economic ignoramuses subscribers noting the fact that, as the old adage goes, the rich keep getting richer. Krugman: What we’re seeing isn’t the rise of a fairly broad class of knowledge workers. Instead, we’re seeing the rise of a […]

Sometimes I Wonder About Michelle Malkin…

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Michelle is still posting away on the ports “scandal”. One item in particular caught my attention. This post that has a link to the Jerusalem Post which in part contains the following, In a section entitled “Frequently Asked Questions”, the site lists six documents that are required in order to clear an item through the […]

Pentagon’s New Personnel System Blocked

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The Defense Department’s overhaul of its civilian personnel system was tossed by a federal judge yesterday: A federal judge blocked the Defense Department from implementing much of its new personnel system yesterday, handing the Bush administration a major setback in its efforts to streamline work rules and install pay-for-performance systems in federal workplaces. In a […]

Do Opinion Magazines Still Matter in the Age of Blogs?

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Franklin Foer, age 31, has been named the top editor at the legendary The New Republic. Many are wondering whether it matters. The New Republic’s circulation has dropped by almost 40 percent in four years; it cut its circulation and staff salaries after aggressively spending on the Web in 2002. Meanwhile, its historical role as […]

John Thune: Lobbyist Turned Senator

Sheryl Gay Stolberg builds a piece in the NYT around the fact that South Dakota Senator John Thune was formerly a lobbyist. It might be said that Senator John Thune went through the revolving door — backward. As a lobbyist in 2003 and 2004, Mr. Thune earned $220,000 from the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad, […]

Give Civil War a Chance, Part II

Gregory Djerejian takes exception to my TCS Daily piece “Give Civil War a Chance,” which he argues is “an abdication of responsibility.” He cites Steven Weisman’s NYT piece “What a Civil War Could Look Like.” What if, as Abraham Lincoln famously said of America’s greatest ordeal: “All dreaded it, all sought to avert it … […]

Cheney to Resign after Midterm Elections?

Insight on the News reports that Vice President Dick Cheney will retire after the 2006 elections, clearing the way for President Bush to appoint a successor. Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to retire within a year. Senior GOP sources envision the retirement of Mr. Cheney in 2007, months after the congressional elections. The sources […]

Bush Ratings At All-Time Low in CBS Poll

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President Bush’s job approval is down to 34 percent in the CBS News poll. The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush’s approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high. Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Grrrr Friends Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Dennis Weaver, Gunsmoke and Gentle Ben Star, Dies at 81

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Dennis Weaver has died of cancer. He was 81. Dennis Weaver, the diffident deputy Chester Goode in the TV classic western “Gunsmoke” and the canny New Mexico deputy solving New York City crime in “McCloud,” has died. The actor was 81. Weaver died of complications from cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern […]

Taliban Ambassador Now Yale Student

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine profiled Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a former Taliban leader now enrolled at Yale. Sometimes walking up College Street, when the bells were ringing in Harkness Tower and the light on the gabled dorms and leafy quads made the whole campus seem part of some Platonic dream, he could almost forget that […]

The Implosion of the Canadian Health Care System?

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That is what it is looking like. Russell Roberts at Cafe Hayek points to this New York Times article that paints and interesting picture in Canada. Here are the key paragraphs, The country’s publicly financed health insurance system — frequently described as the third rail of its political system and a core value of its […]

TCS Daily – Give Civil War a Chance

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My latest for TCS, “Give Civil War a Chance,” is up. It began as a blog post replying to a thought-provoking piece by VodkaPundit’s Stephen Green and morphed into something a bit longer. The bottom line: We owe it to the Iraqi people to do everything we can to help avert a civil war and […]

Birmingham News Publishes Unseen Civil Rights Photos

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The Birmingham News has published some historic pictures from the civil rights era that had been hidden in the vaults by an editor who wanted to avoid adding to the racial turmoil. Dozens of never before released photos from the civil rights era came to light this weekend after an intern discovered them buried in […]

Is American Higher Education on the Verge of Collapse?

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William Stuntz argues that Harvard’s pushing Larry Summers out the door signals the decline of higher education. Noting that seemingly lofty institutions quickly fall from their own arrogance and inefficiency, Stuntz contends, Harvard is the General Motors of American universities: rich, bureaucratic, and confident–a deadly combination. Fifty years from now, Larry Summers’s resignation will be […]

Germany Gave U.S. Iraq Defense Plans Before War

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Michael Gordon reports that the German government gave the United States Iraq’s defense plans prior to the start of the war. Two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein’s plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which a German official passed on to American commanders a month before the invasion, according to […]

Dubai Ports Deal to Get Security Review

DP World, the Dubai-based company embroiled in a controversy over its purchase of a contract to administer six U.S. ports, has agreed to a more extensive security review of the deal. The Bush administration will conduct a highly unusual second review of potential security risks in a business deal it previously approved for a United […]

Iraqi Sunnis Will Return to Government Talks

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Iraq’s main Sunni parties will return to talks about forming a new government later in the week if certain minimal conditions are first met. Sunni Arabs are ready to end their boycott of talks to form a new government if rival Shiites return mosques seized in last week’s sectarian attacks and meet other unspecified demands, […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Bruno Domingos Winners will be announced Thursday PM

30 Million Blogs And Counting

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Frank Ahrens, who writes the Web Watch column for WaPo, notes that are now over thirty million blogs out there. Apparently, this is to be taken as a sign of the nadir of blogging. There’s been some recent chatter about whether we’re entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we’re only […]

Iraq War Progress Report: A Matter of Time

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Thomas Ricks is embedded with the 101st Airborne in “the forwardmost American position in the so-called Triangle of Death southwest of Baghdad.” He has a long page one piece in today’s WaPo arguing that the war has gone through three distinct phases and remarkably different that three years ago, substantially better in some ways and […]

Pooch Poo to Power San Francisco

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Jennifer Viegas reports that San Francisco is working to use dog excrement to power the city. San Francisco is hoping to convert its dog dung into energy that may be able to power everything from an electricity-generating turbine to a home stove, according to Norcal Waste Systems Inc., which oversees garbage collection, recycling and disposal […]

Iraq’s Radical Young Clerics Gaining Influence

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Robert Worth and Edward Wong report that older, moderate clerics in Iraq are losing power and influence to younger, more radicalized leaders. American officials have been repeatedly stunned and frequently thwarted in the past three years by the extraordinary power of Muslim clerics over Iraqi society. But in the sectarian violence of the past few […]

Baby Charlotte Wyatt Must Die: English Courts Rule Doctors, Not Parents, Get to Decide

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A British High Court judge has ruled that doctors who want to let Charlotte Wyatt die must be allowed to do so, despite the wishes of her parents. The parents of Charlotte Wyatt have been told that doctors are to be allowed to let their profoundly ill baby daughter die if they feel it is […]

Spongeback Mountain

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The Outwits present “Spongeback Mountain,” wherein the cast of “Spongebob Squarepants” presents their take on “Brokeback Mountain.” I have never seen a single episode of “Spongebob Squarepants” or watched “Brokeback Mountain” [I did finally hear “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” Willie Nelson’s gay cowboy song, on NPR yesterday) but this is still […]

Sunnis and Sadr’s Shiites Make Peace

The Australian reports an encouraging development: The movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, alleged to have played a role in the anti-Sunni violence over the last few days, publicly made peace with political and religious Sunni leaders overnight. Four sheikhs from the Sadr movement made a “pact of honour” with the conservative Sunni Muslim Scholars […]

Don Knotts Dies at 81

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From Stephen Taylor comes some sad news: Don Knotts, TV’s Lovable Nerd, Dies at 81 (AP) Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary […]

Sheryl Crow Has Breast Cancer Surgery

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Sheryl Crow had surgery for breast cancer last week but apparently caught the disease in time. Even as pop star Kylie Minogue recovers from breast cancer, pop and country singer Sheryl Crow, who recently broke her engagement with Tour de France winner cyclist Lance Armstrong, has been diagnosed with the malignant disease. A statement posted […]

Seven Paratroopers Charged in Gay Porn Case

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The Army has charged seven paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division with engaging in sex acts in videos shown on a gay pornography website. Three of the soldiers face courts-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex acts for money, according to a statement released by the military Friday. Four other soldiers received […]

OTB Caption JamTM

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Weekend Caption Jam Linkfest. . . and now also Saturday Traffic Jam for those who wish to link. Rodney has found how to keep his sang-froid. Wizbang is partying in Chocolate City. Willisms has a Boehner. The Right Place shows Teddy’s Ninja skills. The Man has Steve Ballmer at it again. Bullwinkle has more sports […]

Jyllands-Posten Wins Prize for Defense of Free Expression

The Danish newspaper which published controversial cartoons of Mohammad yesterdayreceived the Victor Prize for “its adamant defense for months of freedom of expression.” Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which angered the Muslim world by publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad last year, has won a Danish critical journalism award for its initiative, the jury said. Denmark’s largest daily […]

Al-Qaeda Claims Attack on Saudi Refinery

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As predicted, Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attempted bombing of a Saudi refinery. Suicide bombers carried out a bold attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility Friday but were stopped from breaking in by guards who fired on their cars, exploding both vehicles and killing the attackers. Al-Qaida purportedly claimed responsibility for the […]

D.C. Denmark Rally Photos

Better late than never, here are my photos from today’s D.C. rally supporting Denmark and free speech. A crowd shot. Cute girl in wool hat tries to get people to chant “We’re all Danes now.” Christopher Hitchens, event organizer. Christopher Hitchens, event organizer and a bald, goateed fellow who is not Andrew Sullivan. Bill Kristol […]

Spiderman 3: Men in Black

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Sony has released a new publicity photo for Spiderman 3: I’m guessing Venom will be the featured villain. Related posts below the fold.

Beltway Traffic Jam

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Iraq Curfew Works, Violence Ebbs

Robert Worth reports that

Vanity Fair Sexism

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Responding to a minor flap over Vanity Fair‘s decision to photograph Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson nude but Tom Ford (a last-minute fill-in for Rachel McAdams, who balked at being nude) fully clothed, US Weekly editor Janice Min observes, Men just aren’t viewed as sex objects in the same way that women are,” Min says. […]

Wal-Mart Health Plan: New York Times vs. New York Times

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After receiving an e-mail tip this morning, I started work on a post comparing two rather different accounts of the same story by Michael Barbaro, who covers the Wal-Mart beat for America’s Newspaper of Record, the New York Times. Yesterday afternoon, he produced a story on Wal-Mart’s announcement yesterday of a new health plan for […]

Reason Online on the Port “Scandal”

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Reason Online’s Kenton Kelly has an article about the port deal that pretty much sums up the hysteria by both the Left and Right on this issue. In the rush to judgment, few bloggers have bothered to discuss who actually “runs” ports. U.S. ports are run by either a state, local or multi-state government or […]

Meet Some of the Senior Management of DP World

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I was curious about this as I read that a number of non-Muslims held top management positions at DP World, the company that is going to be taking over part of the operations in several U.S. ports. So here they are, a bunch of race traitors and sell outs no doubt. Edward H. Bilkey Edward […]

D.C. Rally for Denmark at Noon (Updated)

Don’t forget, the D.C. Rally for Denmark that Christopher Hitchens organized is from noon-1. Update: I made it, although not without driving around for 15 minutes to find a parking spot, a mile walk to the embassy from said parking space, and managing to trip and tear my suit pants while trying to make up […]

Saudis Foil Terrorist Attack on Oil Facility

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The Saudis have thwarted a suicide car bomber’s attempt to destroy a major oil facility, BBC reports. Saudi security forces have foiled an apparent suicide car bomb attack on a major oil production facility in the eastern town of Abqaiq. Guards opened fire on at least two cars carrying explosives as they tried to ram […]

Site News: Rollyo Search

We’ve been making some tweaks to the site and have a couple bigger moves about ready for unveiling once the technical details are taken care of. Some of you may have noticed that the Blogroll, Major Topics, and monthly Archives have been consolidated on the right sidebar. I’m not quite happy with the look yet […]

Iraq’s Cycle of Violence

Sabrina Tavernise reports that the violence following Tuesday’s mosque attacks has stunned Iraqis and radically changed the public mood there. After a day of violence so raw and so personal, Iraqis woke on Thursday morning to a tense new world in which, it seemed, anything was possible. The violence on Wednesday was the closest Iraq […]

Caption Contest Winners

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The Kobe, I’m Open… Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Abortion and Puppies

Ezra Klein has a thoughtful post on the abortion debate entitled, “Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Puppies!?” While he agrees with Digby that, intellectually, it makes little sense to argue that life begins at exception but abortion is nonetheless okay in the cases of rape and incest, this does not make abortion foes hypocrites. […]

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Need United Arab Emirates Information?

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Dean Esmay has a post with some additional facts about the United Arab Emirates. In the comments his co-blogger Aziz Poonawalla uses the term “the Hong Kong of the Middle East”, and from what I’ve read in that post and elsewhere that seems to fit. It looks like the UAE realized that oil isn’t going […]

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