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Consumer Confidence Slips in October

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The Conference Board noted that the index of consumer confidence dipped unexpectedly on Monday due to concerns over the job market and the economy in general. The decline was small with the index dropping from 105.9 in September to 105.4. “October’s dip in confidence was prompted by consumers’ mixed assessment of present-day business conditions and […]

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Bush and Ahmadenijad

Matthew Yglesias notes that we should keep Islamist nuts in perspective, since our own president is pretty religious: [N]oting that millenarian Islam is an important strain in Iranian politics ought to be put in the context of a United States of America that features millenarian Christianity as an important political strain. I don’t see any […]

Katherine Harris’ Revenge

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That Katherine Harris is on the odd side is hardly news. Still, according to reporting by WaPo’s Libby Copeland, Harris appears to be coming unglued. Katherine Harris, who is trying to become a U.S. senator, says she is writing a tell-all about the many people who have wronged her. This includes, but is not necessarily […]

Drew Brees Threatens to Sue Mom Over Campaign Ads

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Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees has threatened to sue his mom if she doesn’t stop using his likeness in her campaign commercials. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has asked his mother to stop using his picture in TV commercials touting her candidacy for a Texas appeals court. In commercials running on Austin stations, Mina […]

John Kerry: Get An Education or Get Stuck in Iraq

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John Kerry, who came a few thousand Ohio voters short of being Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces: You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, […]

2006 Senate Polls: One Week Out

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The 2006 midterm elections are one week from today and the latest CNN/Opinion Research polls show the GOP closing the gap or pulling away in some key contests. MISSOURI Sen. Jim Talent (R) 49% Aud. Claire McCaskill (D) 49 NEW JERSEY Sen. Bob Menendez (D) 51% State Sen. Tom Kean (R) 44 OHIO Rep. Sherrod […]

Black Democrats Back Steele For U.S. Senate

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WaPo’s Metro section leads today with a story that key black Democrats in Maryland’s DC suburbs are endorsing Republican Michael Steele for the Senate. A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince George’s County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele’s bid for the U.S. Senate yesterday. The […]

BC Teachers Federation suing Google

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Via Dust My Broom; The B.C. Teachers Federation and its president, Jinny Sims, are suing Google Inc. over allegedly defamatory comments and images posted on a blog hosted by Google. A statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court says the defamation by two unnamed contributors or authors on the blog at “bcpolyblog.blogspot.com” occurred between […]

What a Corker!

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Radley Balko‘s allegiances in the competition for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bill Frist have shifted due to an unlikely event: the public revelation of a Facebook photo showing Julia Corker, daughter of Republican nominee Bob Corker, apparently making out with another young woman with some dopey looking frat guy kissing air in […]

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Personal and Disposable Income Rose in September

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Personal Income and disposable personal income rose 0.5% in September. Personal income increased $53.0 billion, or 0.5 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $49.3 billion, or 0.5 percent, in September, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $11.6 billion, or 0.1 percent. In August, personal income increased $47.2 billion, […]

Inflation Falls to 1.7% in September

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This inflation rate isn’t the CPI produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the Trimmed Mean Personal Consumption Expenditure inflation rate produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The term trimmed means that a portion of the series that make up the index are discarded. The series that make up the index are […]

More on the Duke-Lacrosse Rape Case

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I have to say that after reading this article, plus all the other stuff I’ve read on the case, the second dancer, Kim Roberts, strikes me as a completely unreliable wittness. Apparently Roberts has characterized the case differently to different people. On March 20, when police first contacted her a week after the alleged attack, […]

Duncan Hunter to Announce Presidential Bid

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Duncan Hunter is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2008 presidential race, with an announcement expected at 2 pm ET. Who, you might ask? One of the most powerful Members of Congress, at least for now: Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Hunter’s ambitions come as a surprise to other Republicans, none […]

Belgium’s Al Gore Tax

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You can’t make this stuff up: Belgium has named a tax after Al Gore. WSJ has the details behind their subscription wall. National Center for Policy Analysis provides a helpful summary: Gore was invoked in proposing a new "environmentally friendly" tax on packages that would penalize users of aluminum or plastic and provide incentives to […]

Katherine Harris 0-22 in Florida Newspaper Endorsements

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Palm Beach Post blogger Larry Lipman reports: “There are 22 daily newspapers in Florida. All 22 have endorsed Bill Nelson.” I demand a recount! (Alternate punch line: Damned liberal media!) Amusing: “The only newspaper that has endorsed Republican candidate Harris is ironically named the Polk County Democrat, published four days a week in Harris’ girlhood […]

The Decline Of Trust

Sebastian Mallaby explains that our political and business leaders would get more done if we trusted them more and spent less time scrutinizing their behavior. At the same time, he recognizes that accountability is good and that our political and business leaders sometimes abuse our trust. That seems incredibly obvious but apparently it’s quite insightful, […]

They are Starting to Get It

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EMI Music’s CEO told a group at the London Business School that the CD is dead. I’ve been wondering when this reality would sink it to music executives, and it has taken sometime. “The CD as it is right now is dead,” Levy said, adding that 60% of consumers put CDs into home computers in […]

Democrats Run to the Right in Key House Races

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The NYT gives prominent attention to news that Democrats run relatively conservative candidates in key House seats they are trying to keep or snatch from the Republicans. In their push to win back control of the House, Democrats have turned to conservative and moderate candidates who fit the profiles of their districts more closely than […]

Scott Adams Fixes Own Brain, Can Now Speak

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Scott Adams was diagnosed 18 months ago with a rare, incurable condition that left him unable to speak under most circumstances. Doctors couldn’t help him, so he fixed it himself. But have I mentioned I’m an optimist? Just because no one has ever gotten better from Spasmodic Dysphonia before doesn’t mean I can’t be the […]

MySpace Latest Teen Fad Site to Fade

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WaPo fronts news that MySpace is going the way of Friendster and Xanga. One key measure of a site’s popularity is the amount of time a user stays on the site. Tracked over time, such usage data for older networking sites frequented by young people show how popularity gradually rises then falls, like an inchworm’s […]

Red Auerbach Dead at 89

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Arnold “Red” Auerbach, the most storied coach in NBA history, died Saturday of a heart attack. Red Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships — first as a coach and later as general manager — died Saturday. He was 89. Auerbach died of a heart attack near his home in […]

Suspicious Substance Reported In Clinton’s NYC Office

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From the comments at SDA;

Canadian Military Valour Decorations Awarded For First Time

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For service in Afghanistan; OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announced today the awarding of the first four Military Valour Decorations to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat. The recipients will be invited to receive their decoration from the […]

Deterring Kim Jong Il

Graham Allison charges that the Bush administration’s issuance of vague threats has been precisely the wrong approach to North Korea. Effective deterrence required three components: clarity, capability and credibility. Clarity meant bright lines and unacceptable consequences. Credibility was understood to be in the eye of the beholder. How credible was the threat to trade Boston […]

Big Business Donations Shift to Democrats

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It would appear that corporate America is hedging its bets, suddenly giving massive amounts of money to the Democrats. Corporate America is already thinking beyond Election Day, increasing its share of last-minute donations to Democratic candidates and quietly devising strategies for how to work with Democrats if they win control of Congress. The shift in […]

Phil Zelikow, Realist in a Neocon World

The NYT has an interesting profile of Philip Zelikow, the State Department counsel who has been giving contrarian advice. Such ideas would have found a more natural home under President George H. W. Bush, for whom Mr. Zelikow and Ms. Rice worked on the staff of the National Security Council. They reflect a sense that […]

Nifong Hasn’t Interviewed the Accuser Yet

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I find it rather surprising that the DA for Durham, Mike Nifong, has yet to interview the woman who has accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. I’m not a lawyer, but I would have thought that prior to bringing charges the DA would interview person making the accusations.1 The district attorney prosecuting three […]

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Dixie Chicks Claim Anti-Bush Ad Rejected

The company behind the new Dixie Chicks documentary claims NBC has rejected their ads because it is anti-Bush. Variety (which has a rather unique writing style) has the story: The Weinstein Co. is claiming that NBC and the CW have refused to air national ads for the new Dixie Chicks docu “Shut Up & Sing.” […]

Oldest Fish Fossil Found in South Africa

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In South Africa a 360 million year old fossil of a lamprey has been discovered. This could be the ancestor to many of todays jawed and bony fish. The newly found fossil of a prehistoric lamprey has a shark-like cartilage backbone, made of collagen, much like humans. The fossil has just one long dorsal fin, […]

Prominent Iraq War Critics: Stay the Course

Via Andrew Cochran, I see that the Bush administration’s terrorism policy is getting endorsement from two incredibly unlikely sources. Former CIA bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer, whose Imperial Hubris made him the darling on leftist critics of the Bush and his Iraq War policy (granted, mostly those who hadn’t bothered to read the book) argued […]

Third Quarter Economic Growth: 1.6%

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And yet more evidence that the economy is slowing (not that I expect this to make much difference to the Troo Believers out there). For the third quarter of 2006, the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advance estimate of GDP growth is 1.6%. Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by […]

Saudi Arabia Oil Facilities Threated by Terrorists

Saudi Arabia and its Western allies are moving forces to counter a terrorist threat against its oil facilities. Top world oil exporter Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was taking measures to protect its oil and economic installations from a “terrorist threat”. Western naval forces in the Gulf have been deployed to counter a possible […]

Cowboys Coach Sues McDonald’s Over Salad Rat

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Between getting yelled at by Terrell Owens, watching his quarterbacks throw four interceptions in prime time, and now this, it’s been a bad week for Todd Haley. Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Todd Haley is suing a suburban [Dallas] McDonald’s after claiming his wife and their family’s au pair found a dead rat in their […]

South Park Mocks Steve Irwin

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone have managed to make the news again, this time by making fun of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin on South Park.” The creators of South Park have never been afraid to upset celebrities – and many of the show’s viewers. From jokes about religion and homosexuality to four-letter tirades, […]

Should Bush Have ‘Stayed the Course’ Past the Elections?

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Dan Drezner believes that the administration’s abandonment of the “stay the course” mantra, while good from a public policy standpoint, may be quite harmful politically: For the past five years, Democrats have been vulnerable on national security issues. Bush and the Republicans projected a clear image of taking the war to the enemy, and never […]

Air America Skirting Campaign Finance Laws?

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John Lott and Brad Smith argue in an op-ed in today’s Washington Times that Air America was never intended to be a successful radio network but was instead a rather clever circumvention of campaign finance laws. When is a campaign donation not a campaign donation? Apparently if you spend the money to run a radio […]

Jim Webb’s Dirty Books

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Senator George Allen has issued a press release detailing lurid, strange, and otherwise lame scenes from the novels of his Democratic opponent, former Navy Secretary James Webb. WEBB’S WEIRD WORLD The Author’s Disturbing Writings Show a Continued Pattern of Demeaning Women · Some of Webb’s writings are very disturbing for a candidate hoping to represent […]

OTB in the New York Times

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I was reading an article (via Drudge) in the New York Times about the Google Bombing campaign that James noted a few days ago and saw that OTB got mentioned. Still, some conservative blogs have condemned Mr. Bowers’s tactic. These include Outside the Beltway, which has called him “unscrupulous,” and Hot Air, which declared the […]

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South Korean Condom Sales Rise After North Korean Nuke Test

It would appear that the North Korean test of a nuclear device has prompted the South Koreans to get busy. As tends to be the case in disasters and crises, sales of condoms and reservations at motels surged in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test on Oct. 9. One online hotel reservations site reports […]

Democratic Sincerity on Gay Marriage

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In the wake of yesterday’s New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, the heat is likely to be turned up further on Democrats’ efforts to distance themselves from the same-sex marriage issue. An inadvertent case in point: David Greenberg’s attempt to show that Democrats aren’t really that pro-gay-marriage after all at Open University, complaining about a New […]

Gaming the System

Steven Den Beste: Apropos nothing in particular, a couple of days ago I discovered that neither Encarta dictionary as installed on my computer nor any of the online dictionaries listed here include any definition for the word “game” used as a transitive verb in the phrase “game the system”. It actually took me a couple […]

Little White Lies and Harold Ford

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Taegan Goddard points to a subscriber-only WSJ article saying there may be bad news for Democrats in Tennessee: The Wall Street Journal uses Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race to explore the “15% lie” — “when whites, bowing to societal pressure, tell pollsters they intend to vote for a black candidate but fail to do so in […]

Internet Explorer 7 vs. Firefox 2

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The folks at Microsoft totally redesigned their browser such that Internet Explorer 7 looks at whole lot like Firefox. Mozilla has countered with Firefox 2. CNET set its reviewers out to test the two browsers in a “prizefight” of five rounds: ease of installation, look and community, tabbed browsing, cool new features, and security and […]

Real Polls and the 2006 Election

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Karl Rove told NPR’s Robert Siegel Tuesday that Republicans will retain both Houses of Congress two weeks hence. When Siegel said this was extraordinarily optimistic, Rove retorted, “I’m allowed to see the polls on the individual races. And after all, this does come down to individual contests between individual candidates.” The ensuing discussion tangentially focused […]

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New Jersey Supremes Announce Right to Same-Sex Unions

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New Jersey has joined Massachusetts in having the state’s highest court rule that same-sex couples have the right to legally recognized unions. New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. But the court left it to the Legislature to determine whether the state will honor […]

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