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Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right

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In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don’t know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.  He was an elder statesman in […]

Bush on Nation Building

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In a sidebar on the Iraq War casualty predictions post, regular commenter Odograph observes, “I think ‘Bush was famously against nation-building’ is a retroactive political claim.” Not at all.  While it’s hard to imagine in hindsight, Candidate Bush ran against nation building and promised a “more humble foreign policy.” Remember, Realist Condi Rice was his […]

Abolish the Vice Presidency?

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Bruce Ackerman thinks the vice presidency is an anachronism from the political era of the Framers and ought be abolished. For two centuries, presidential nominees have used the office to balance the ticket by naming a running mate from a different region, or one who speaks with a different ideological accent to a specific constituency. […]

Newspaper Style Guides

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Clark Hoyt, the NYT public editor, has an interesting column explaining the paper’s inconsistent use of courtesy titles, middle names, and the like.   He insists, with strong credibility, that there is no political malice in referring to Sarah Palin as “Ms. Palin” vice “Mrs. Palin” or Condi Rice as “Ms. Rice” vice “Dr. Rice.”  Similarly, […]

North Korea Nukes Breakthrough: A Roadmap for Iran?

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The news over the past 48 hours or so about movement in solving the nuclear arms standoff with North Korean has been stunning. Not only is President Bush taking the DPRK off the “state sponsors of terrorism” list but the Kim government has taken major steps to dismantle their program and provide with stringent verification […]

Sam Nunn Joins Veepstakes

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In the long months between now and the conventions, one recurring theme we’ll see in the press and the punditocracy is speculation of who Barack Obama and John McCain will chose as running mates. None of us have any idea, of course, other than that Dick Cheney is not on anybody’s list. But it’s still […]

Condi Rice Enlists

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“Condi Rice enlists in Kiss Army” is a leading candidate for Headline of the Day honors. The ensuing story, about a chance meeting in a Stockholm hotel between the Secretary of State and the geezerly rock band, is less interesting.

Condi Rice School of International Studies?

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I’ve just gotten this PR announcement from Denver University, with which I’m not affiliated: DU’s Graduate School of International Studies will be renamed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28. Renaming the school will honor one of the most notable and successful individuals in DU history, as well as mark an exciting time for the school. Former U.S. […]

McCain’s Vice Presidential Candidates

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John McCain is vetting potential vice presidential candidates over the holiday weekend, Adam Nagourney reports for the NYT. Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a one-time rival for the Republican nomination, have all accepted invitations to visit with Mr. McCain at his […]

U.S. Kills Jihadists with Stroke of Pen, Creating Violent Extremists as Byproduct

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The war against Jihadists and Islamo-Fascists has been won; each and every last one of these vermin has been eradicated courtesy of the United States Government. Unfortunately, the victory is quite literally in name only. The Bush administration has launched a new front in the war on terrorism, this time targeting language. Federal agencies, including […]

Rice Rules Out VP Run

Rice Rules Out VP Run

Condi Rice will not be John McCain’s running mate. Condoleezza Rice’s name on the Republican ticket is a dream to some, but not a reality she can see happening. The secretary of State told reporters Friday she will not be a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming election. “I have always said that the one […]

American Hubris in the Middle East

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I was listening to a discussion on the Diane Rehm Show this morning on the Annapolis Mideast Peace Conference this morning, featuring Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV, Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, and Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and director of the Saban Center. It was, as […]

Hillary Clinton’s Neckline

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Robin Givhan is at it again. She has a story on C1 of today’s WaPo about Hillary Clinton’s cleavage. There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton. She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over […]

Iranian Minister Leaves Condi Dinner, Citing Sexy Violinist

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Iran’s foreign minister abruptly left a dinner with Condi Rice because he was afraid of a violinist’s cleavage. Iran’s foreign minister walked out of a dinner of diplomats where he was seated directly across from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the pretext that the female violinist entertaining the gathering was dressed too revealingly. “I […]

Iran Joining Regional Talks

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Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that Iranian representatives will take part in a regional conference to discuss Iraqi security issues at Sharm el-Sheikh this week. Condi Rice would not rule out talking to the Iranians on yesterday’s This Week and said that, if she talked to her counterpart, she would ask him to “stop […]

Nancy Pelosi’s Syria Head Scarf Controversy

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria has sparked controversy, not just because it is in defiance of White House foreign policy but because of her decision to wear a head scarf and abaya while visiting a mosque. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mingled with Syrians in a market and made the sign of the cross […]

Will Blood Clot Force Cheney to Step Down?

This is London asks, “Will a blood clot force Cheney to step down? “Almost certainly not” would seem the obvious answer. The facts: Dick Cheney has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his left leg, leading to speculation he will be forced to resign as U.S. Vice-President. The 66-year-old has a history of major […]

Condi Rice’s Legacy

Thomas Barnett points to an article in the print edition of The Economist that he terms, “A great examination of how disappointing Rice’s tenure has been, noting that her poor turn at SECSTATE is vastly outweighed by her disastrous turn leading the NSC.” Lexington nails her flaws on the head: she was a lifelong protégé […]

Libby Prosecution: Cathie Martin Testimony

At 11:22, after a lengthy dispute over documents, the prosecution called Cathie Martin, a 1993 Harvard Law graduate who became a senior public affairs official in the Office of the Vice President from 2001 to 2004. She’s now Deputy Communications Director in the White House. Live blog below the fold.

Webb, Rice, and the Limits of Presidential Power

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Matthew Yglesias awards Question of the Day honors to Senator Jim Webb’s inquiry of Secretary of State Condi Rice: “Is it the position of this administration that it possesses the authority to take unilateral action against Iran in the absence of a direct threat without congressional approval?” It’s an interesting question and one Rice dodges. […]

State Department a Mess?

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Robert Novak‘s column today pours more cold water on the prospects of turning around the mess in the Middle East. Republicans in Congress who do not want to be quoted tell me that the State Department under Condoleezza Rice is a mess. This comes at a time when the U.S. global position is precarious. While […]

Negroponte Moving to Deputy State Department Post

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John Negroponte, the National Intelligence Director, is going to move to the State Department as Condi Rice’s deputy. John D. Negroponte, whom President Bush installed less than two years ago as the first director of national intelligence, will soon leave his post to become the State Department’s second-ranking official, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Negroponte […]

Condi Rice Gearing Up for Presidential Run?

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Bill Jempty noticed something interesting in Dan Sweeney‘s guide to the 2008 presidential elections: The supposedly independent Americans for Dr. Rice and The National Black Republican Association share the same address. Down to same suite number. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900-S, Washington, DC 20004. The office building houses several clients, notably the National Gallery […]

‘Don’t Know’ Leads 2008 Presidential Hopefuls

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Barring intervening events, “Don’t Know” will be our next president, according to the latest Gallup poll. Many Americans cannot spontaneously think of the name of a person they would like to see elected president in 2008. While this lack of firm conviction about presidential candidates over a year before the first 2008 primaries is not […]

Reading Comprehension…

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Michelle Malkin, ever on the look out for Dhimmitude (well except when she’s on the lookout for people trying to sneak the entire southwest U.S. across the Mexican border), thinks she has spotted some in the following comments by President Bush, “Islam is a religion that brings hope and comfort to more than a billion […]

Realigning Foreign Service Assignments

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Rice Orders Difficult Posts Filled First New Rules Will Push Foreign Service Officers Toward More Dangerous Spots Glenn Kessler The State Department plans to implement sweeping changes in the way foreign service officers bid for new assignments in an effort to more quickly fill vacancies in Iraq and the growing number of dangerous hardship posts […]

Dump Condi?

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According to Insight Magazine, conservatives are “revolting” against Secretary of State Condi Rice because she has “hijacked” the Bush agenda: The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and […]

Oil Prices Fall as Rice Arrives in Mideast

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The YahooNews headline “Oil prices fall as Rice arrives in Mideast” put me in mind of the climactic scene at the end of the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie, where our hero flew around the globe several times at more than light speed, thereby reversing time. Clearly, Condi Rice has similar powers.

President Bush’s NAACP Speech

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Slate’s John Dickerson thinks President Bush hit a home run in his speech before the NAACP convention yesterday. White men generally behave in one of two ways when they are anxious to connect with African Americans: They’re excessively solicitous or self-consciously chummy. The first produces an unending smile. The second produces expressions like: How is […]

Hillary Clinton Gets 47 Percent “Definite No” in CNN Poll

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Nearly half of Americans would “definitely not vote for” Hillary Clinton , according to a new CNN poll. With the presidential election more than two years away, a CNN poll released Monday suggests that nearly half of Americans would “definitely not vote for” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Respondents were asked whether they would “definitely vote […]

Fired Leaker Caught in Sting Operation?

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Much more news has come out about yesterday’s firing of a CIA officer for leaking classified secrets to the press. The NYT reports her name, duty station, and the information leaked: The C.I.A. would not identify the officer, but several government officials said it was Mary O. McCarthy, a veteran intelligence analyst who until 2001 […]

Bush Taps Portman As New Budget Director

When I saw the headline, I thought it odd that Natalie Portman would have been given the nod for OMB. While it would have been a bold move, she is not really qualified for the job, Harvard degree or not. And she’s not exactly one of the president’s biggest fans. It turns out that it […]

Condi Rice to Pass on NFL Commissioner For Now

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Condoleezza Rice has repeatedly stated that being commissioner of the National Football League is her dream job. There will be a vacancy come July. Unfortunately, she’s a little busy at the moment. Condoleezza Rice, a bona fide football fan, is not applying for the newly opened post of NFL commissioner – not now, anyhow, her […]

Claude Allen, Former Bush Adviser, Arrested

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Claude Allen, who served for two years as a senior presidential advisor, has been arrested for “allegedly swindling Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scheme.” Quite bizarre and, presuming the allegations are true, inexcusable. I wonder about a couple aspects of the report which fronts this morning’s WaPo, however. […]

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 […]

The End of Neoconservatism and the Last Pundit

Francis Fukuyama, most famous for his wildly incorrect prediction that no ideology would ever again threaten Western democratic capitalism after the Cold War, argues in lengthy piece for the New York Times Sunday Magazine that neo-conservatism is dead. As we approach the third anniversary of the onset of the Iraq war, it seems very unlikely […]

Jesse Jackson and Condi Rice Most Important Black Leaders

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A new poll of black Americans name Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice as the “most important black leader.” Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice get the top support among blacks asked to name the nation’s “most important black leader,” according to an AP-AOL Black Voices poll. Next come Colin Powell and Barack Obama. Many blacks question […]

Ed Gillespie Joins George Allen’s Team

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Hotline reports thatformer GOP chair Ed Gillespie has signed on as George Allen’s money guy. Ed Gillespie, one of the most well-respected, most well-connected Republicans in Washington — he’s the RNC chair once removed — has signed on to be the treasurer of Sen. George Allen‘s political action committee, Good Government for America. “I am […]

Poll: Clinton Would Beat Rice in Presidential Race

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In what seems like an endless stream of interesting but meaningless polls on an election three years into the future, Hillary Clinton edges Condi Rice for president. Poll: Clinton Would Lead Rice in ’08 Race (AP) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a hypothetical presidential matchup, according to an independent […]

Condoleezza Rice’s Commanding Clothes

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Condoleezza Rice’s Commanding Clothes (WaPo, page C1) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Wednesday dressed all in black. She was wearing a black skirt that hit just above the knee, and it was topped with a black coat that fell to mid-calf. The coat, with its seven gold buttons […]