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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. The war on terror is being lost
    Richard Norton-Taylor
    The Guardian (UK)
    The greatest obstacle to reducing the threat is the US administration
  2. Sen. Graham: Bush covered up Saudi involvement in 9/11
    Mary Jacoby
    Salon.com
    The former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee tells Salon that the White House has suppressed convincing evidence that the Saudi royal family supported at least two of the hijackers
  3. The Chechens' American friends
    John Laughland
    The Guardian (UK)
    The Washington neocons' commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own
  4. Hostage Takers in Russia Argued Before Explosion
    Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser
    The Washington Post
    The guerrillas who took over a school in southern Russia last week argued heatedly with each other over whether to abandon the siege in the moments leading up to the firestorm of explosions and shooting
  5. Rules with Teeth
    Javier Solana
    Foreign Policy
    The Iraq crisis reveals the need for a better approach than either militant unilateralism or feel-good multilateralism
  6. The unwinnable war
    James Carroll
    The Boston Globe
    Thinking of ourselves as only motivated by good intentions, we cannot fathom the possibility that we have demonized an innocent people, that what we are doing is murder on a vast scale
  7. Editorial: An Opening to Iran
    The Los Angeles Times
    Stopping the spread of nuclear weapons should top the administration's foreign policy agenda. Iran is the place to start
  8. The hunt for slave outposts in the Amazon
    Andrew Downie
    The Christian Science Monitor
    According to the Brazilian government, as many as 40,000 slaves - the majority of them poor, uneducated, and unskilled - are currently laboring under brutal conditions. Many are lured to the rain forest by ranchers
  9. Sudan's Ragtag Rebels
    Emily Wax
    The Washington Post
    A week spent traveling through rebel-held areas showed the SLA to be an ill-equipped, untrained and disorganized group, with child fighters among its ragtag ranks
  1. Bush has 7-point poll lead on Kerry
    Susan Page
    USA Today
    Bush at 52%, Kerry at 45% and independent candidate Ralph Nader at 1% among likely voters
  2. On Labor Day, Nominees Have Work to Do
    Adam Nagourney
    The New York Times
    President Bush is in a more commanding position than many in his own party forecast only a month ago, while Senator John Kerry is struggling to catch up
  3. GOP Convention's Looney Tunes
    Robert Scheer
    The Los Angeles Times
    The Republicans' strategy is to counter critique with caricature, and they do it with all the panache of an old Roadrunner cartoon, effectively smashing Kerry with rhetorical frying pans
  4. Cheney's years at Halliburton under scrutiny
    Richard Whittle and Jim Landers
    The Dallas Morning News
    Vice President Dick Cheney's five-year tenure as chief executive of Halliburton Co., which he left in an afterglow of success, has fallen under the shadow of investigations into the company's operations
  5. Mysterious Republican Money
    Robert Parry
    Consortium News
    Republican administrations have looked the other way when facing evidence that conservative benefactor  Sun Myung Moon has ties to overseas drug lords
  6. Democratic Elites Eye Profits, Not Wins
    Hank Sheinkopf
    The New York Observer
    The party that once represented working people—the Democrats—is now the party of the elites. As a result, absent some great event, the party is on its way to an almost permanent minority status
  7. Can Kerry Match the Comeback Kid?
    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    The Washington Post
    Complacency hurt the Kerry forces in August. Democrats cannot afford panic in September
  8. Kerry's Deathbed Conversion
    Chris Suellentrop
    Slate
    The revamped Kerry campaign looks more like the Democrat who beat a president named Bush than the Democrat who lost to one
  9. Deja vu Democrats
    Mark Shields
    CNN
    Party members working to elect the Massachusetts senator are as dismayed as they are perplexed by Kerry's continuing efforts to align himself so closely with Bush on national security
  10. Spin Cycle
    Lakshmi Chaudhry
    AlterNet
    In a market filled with books documenting President Bush's shaky relationship with the truth, there is a new entry: All the President's Spin
  11. Congress Gearing Up for a Legislative Sprint
    Richard Simon and Mary Curtius
    The Los Angeles Times
    Lawmakers fresh from a recess are expected to try salvaging the session by passing a flurry of bills ahead of the November election
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Bush Will Bury Kerry
    Brendan Miniter
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Democrat will be lucky to exceed Michael Dukakis's share of the popular vote
  2. Battleground Ohio
    Kevin Holtsberry
    National Review
    It is difficult to gauge how an event like this plays to the wider electorate, but Bush seems comfortable on the stump and has a coherent message
  3. GOP well positioned
    Tod Lindberg
    The Washington Times
    Democratic Party politics has lost the connection between form and content, and the result is the emptiness now on display
  1. A New Problem, or The Wrong Word?
    Dana Milbank
    The Washington Post
    "Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country"
  2. Osama fires publicist
    Andy Borowitz
    The Borowitz Report
    Al Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden, reportedly “furious” that his name was not mentioned once at last week’s Republican National Convention, fired his publicist
  3. Ben Sargent
    Ucomics.com
    Told you not to turn your back on Zell Miller…

Monday, September 6, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Capturing bin Laden won't end al Qaeda's threat, experts say
    James Sterngold
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Bin Laden's power to motivate would-be terrorists might only be increased by his capture or killing, which could make him a martyr, experts say
  2. Officer Politics
    Lawrence F. Kaplan
    The New Republic
    By inviting senior officers into the political arena, Kerry and Bush have sent a message that it is legitimate for the officer corps to take sides on politically charged issues
  3. These terrible tactics may actually be working
    Max Hastings
    The Guardian (UK)
    Once the world's surge of compassion for the victims has faded a little, the challenge for any responsible government is to assess terrorism, whether that of Chechnya or Palestine or al-Qaida, without sentiment
  4. Spy Case Renews Debate Over Pro-Israel Lobby's Ties to Pentagon
    James Risen and David Johnston
    The New York Times
    What was different about this case was that the surveillance subjects were lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and one of their contacts turned out to be a policy analyst at the Pentagon
  5. Afghan Strife Exposes Deep and Wide Ethnic Tensions
    Amy Waldman
    The New York Times
    At issue is not just how their dispute is resolved locally, but the central government's ability to establish itself as a fair arbiter when it is also sometimes polarized along ethnic lines
  6. Putin warns of security backlash
    Jonathan Steele
    The Guardian (UK)
    The US and Russia are struggling for influence in the southern Caucasus, and Mr Putin will not want any American interference in the northern Caucasus, including Chechnya, as well
  7. Editorial: Terror in the courtroom
    The Boston Globe
    US District Judge Gerald Rosen's conclusion that the prosecution had "materially misled the court, the jury, and the defense" should stand as a warning of what can happen when hysteria about terrorism warps the judgment of US officials
  8. Editorial: The nuclear club
    Financial Times (UK)
    It is essential for the IAEA to control the terrorists' likeliest source of supply: the world's nation states
  9. Seoul Tries Hard to Keep Its 'Sunshine Policy' Free of Clouds
    James Brooke
    The New York Times
    To promote an image of peace and harmony on the peninsula, South Korea goes to great length to avoid offending North Korea
  10. Editorial: Riyadh rights
    Financial Times (UK)
    Western governments concerned about Saudi Arabia's stability should be encouraging Crown Prince Abdullah to follow through his pledges of reform and to bring an end to the activists' trial
  11. China's false start
    Jonathan Watts
    The Guardian (UK)
    My arrest violated Beijing's much-vaunted new Olympic spirit; but there is reason to hope for better things
  12. China will send troops to Haiti
    Bill Gertz
    The Washington Times
    China's Public Security Ministry is set to dispatch a 130-man "special police" unit to Haiti this month in the first deployment of Chinese forces to the Western Hemisphere
  13. Witness to Genocide
    Fred Hiatt
    The Washington Post
    The victims of Darfur are poor, black and far away. The issues are hard to understand. U.S. and European security is not at stake
  14. In Kashmir, Abuses Bruise Hopes for Peace
    John Lancaster
    The Washington Post
    Eight months after India and Pakistan initiated formal negotiations to end more than half a century of hostility, there has been little discernible reduction in human rights abuses by Indian security forces
  15. Hong Kong awakens to politics
    Nicholas Kralev
    The Washington Times
    Dissatisfaction with Mr. Tung's policies had been simmering since the territory's 1997 turnover from Britain
  1. In an Old Coal Town, the Old Party Labels Are Faded
    Katharine Q. Seelye
    The New York Times
    Interviews here in the foothills of the Appalachians show that economic distress does not necessarily mean a vote for the Democrats
  2. Kerry Enlisting Clinton Aides in Effort to Refocus Campaign
    Adam Nagourney and David M. Halfbinger
    The New York Times
    The installation of former Clinton lieutenants is creating two distinct camps at Mr. Kerry's campaign headquarters
  3. A Trailing Kerry Has Been There, Won That
    Mark Z. Barabak
    The Los Angeles Times
    Democrats, nervous as some may be, are counting on another Kerry comeback
  4. Vietnam duality challenges Kerry
    Patrick Healy
    The Boston Globe
    Whether this counterassault will put Vietnam squarely back in the win column for the Kerry campaign will become clear in the next eight weeks
  5. With Ball in Bush's Court, Can He Keep the Bounce Going?
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    Nervous Democrats believe three key Kerry decisions helped Bush to recover
  6. Bushspeak
    Philip Gourevitch
    The New Yorker
    He is grossly underestimated as an orator by those who presume that good grammar, rigorous logic, and a solid command of the facts are the essential ingredients of political persuasion
  7. Contrasting Campaign Rhetoric With Facts
    Nick Anderson
    The Los Angeles Times
    Here is some context for charges made during the Republican and Democratic conventions and on the campaign trail
  8. End of the rainbow
    Gary Younge
    The Guardian (UK)
    Bush is closing the deal. His policies and platform will ensure all but the most negligible support from African-Americans, and transforming the Republicans into a monoracial party
  9. Soros Blasts Hastert Over 'Drug Money' Allegation
    Jonathan E. Kaplan
    The Hill
    Alternet
    Philanthropist George Soros demands a public apology after being the subject of a bizarre smear by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert
  10. The Wilderness Campaign
    David Remnick
    The New Yorker
    This has been the first election season in a generation in which Al Gore has not pursued national office
  11. Rewarding 'Unskilled' Workers
    Beth Shulman
    The Washington Post
    Greenspan's facile dismissal of low-wage jobs as "unskilled" is a way to avoid acknowledging these essential jobs and the men and women who perform them
  12. Post convention riffs . . . and drifts
    Bruce Bartlett
    The Washington Times
    I believe going first has become more handicap than advantage. To start, we no longer really use conventions to choose candidates
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. The Comeback Prez
    William Safire
    The New York Times
    The old "swing vote" still swings and the battle for voters is in the political center
  2. Dem de la Crème
    Karl Zinsmeister
    The Wall Street Journal
    Today, the GOP is the party of the little guy
  1. On the beach, waiting for Frances
    Carl Hiaasen
    The Miami Herald
    The Hurricane Broadcasters Code of Ethics strictly prohibits drinking on the air. However, only you and your camera crew need know what goes on in the privacy of the satellite truck
  2. The Boondocks
    Aaron McGruder
    Ucomics.com
    He's stupid enough to answer it

Sunday, September 5, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. One by One, Iraqi Cities Become No-Go Zones
    Dexter Filkins
    The New York Times
    In Iraq, the list of places from which American soldiers have either withdrawn or decided to visit only rarely is growing
  2. U.S. Troops in Iraq See Highest Injury Toll Yet
    Karl Vick
    The Washington Post
    About 1,100 U.S. soldiers and Marines were wounded in Iraq during August, by far the highest combat injury toll for any month since the war began and an indication of the intensity of battles flaring in urban areas
  3. The View From on the Ground
    The Los Angeles Times
    With American bloggers reporting on life in Iraq, the war is only a mouse click away
  4. Security Gains Priority on the U.S. Funding List
    Tyler Marshall
    The Los Angeles Times
    More than $3 billion for reconstruction may be diverted. 'If a place is not safe to build a sewer system, you can't spend the money,' Powell says
  5. Winning Hearts of Iraqis With a Sewage Pipeline
    Erik Eckholm
    The New York Times
    For the U.S. military in Iraq, civil affairs programs have become a near obsession. Whether good will can be won with money and bricks remains to be seen
  6. Welcome to Iraq, Mr. President
    David Rieff
    The New York Times
    Americans at summer's end were preoccupied with the Swift-boat controversy, not with the fighting in Najaf. And even the summer's steady toll of roughly two American combat deaths per day has neither seemed to resonate
  7. Five Big American Blunders in Terror War
    William M. Arkin
    The Los Angeles Times
    Part of the American character — and human nature generally — likes a call to heroism. But there's another part of our character that favors taking a deep breath, looking at things as they are and figuring out a practical solution
  8. Why there is no peace in Chechnya
    Emma Gilligan
    The Chicago Tribune
    We are left wondering: Will these altercations set the agenda for a new generation of Chechens?
  9. Russian School Takeover Stirs Self-Criticism Among Arabs
    Megan K. Stack
    The Los Angeles Times
    Expressions of shame and self-reproach swept the Arab world Saturday as Muslims mourned the deaths of Russian schoolchildren
  10. Women at heart of the terror cells
    Viv Groskop
    The Observer (UK)
    Almost all of the more than 12 attacks on Russia in the past year have involved women - 'black widows', avenging the deaths of family members in Russia's conflict in Chechnya
  11. Afghan Blast Has Alarming Implications
    Pamela Constable
    The Washington Post
    In recent months, the teachers at Mullah Khel had been involved in helping men and women register to vote, and some residents speculated that this could have made it a target for extremist violence
  12. Don't ask, Don't tell
    Kevin Whitelaw and David E. Kaplan
    US News and World Report
    Congress gives short shrift to its intelligence oversight duties
  13. N. Korea Is Immune to 'Star Wars'
    Frank Gibney
    The Los Angeles Times
    The antimissile plan may bedazzle U.S. hard-liners, but militarily and diplomatically it does little
  14. Dirty bomb called 'all but inevitable'
    Keay Davidson
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    A flood of radioactive sources, from discarded cancer treatment machines advertised on the Internet to misplaced industrial gadgets that turn up in junkyards, have yet to be corralled by U.S. authorities
  15. China's water supply in danger of drying up
    Jehangir Pocha
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    A perfect storm of economic and environmental factors is looming over China's growing prosperity, threatening to trap the country in a "dry age"
  16. Editorial: Standing up to Syria
    The Boston Globe
    For the past 15 years, Syria's de facto kidnapping of Lebanon has been passed over in silence by too many other countries
  17. U.S. Army must lead by example
    Joseph L. Galloway
    The Miami Herald
    They must train soldiers well for the job. And, Yes, they may have to teach them about ethics, morals and doing the right thing, because not all of them get that at home or school
  18. In Swaziland, a lasting farming crisis looms
    Laurie Goering
    The Chicago Tribune
    In this rural country in southern Africa, the age-old tradition of agriculture is rapidly being destroyed by drought, AIDS and growing joblessness
  19. Marked for death, the tattoo gang kids
    Peter Beaumont and Sandra Jordan
    The Observer (UK)
    Rebel youths pay a terrible price under zero tolerance, Honduras-style
  1. What If Bush Wins
    A panel of 16 writers
    The Washington Monthly
    Predictions on the likely consequences of a second term for President Bush
  2. What Matters Now
    Adam Nagourney
    The New York Times
    Setting aside Iraq and the economy, here's a guide to the political landscape ahead, from New York Times correspondents covering the presidential race
  3. In Bush's Shadow
    Richard Wolffe and Susannah Meadows
    Newsweek
    John Kerry wanted to hit back. It had been a miserable August as he took incoming fire about his military service from a gang of hostile Vietnam vets. But no, campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill and other staffers argued
  4. Democrats Urge Kerry to Turn Up Intensity of Campaign
    Adam Nagourney and Jodi Wilgoren
    The New York Times
    Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan said: "I think it is very critical that you don't answer a tuba with a piccolo. If he's hit, and he will be, he needs to stand up and fight."
  5. Why Bush's man is fighting dirty
    Paul Harris
    The Observer (UK)
    Bush's campaign mastermind has a simple rule: attack your opponent's strengths. As the polls show, it works
  6. Candidates Get Down To Specifics
    David S. Broder and Dan Balz
    The Washington Post
    Kerry strategist Tad Devine said the campaign is moving to shift the debate from terrorism to health care, jobs and other domestic issues under the theme that "a stronger America begins at home."
  7. Tearing Kerry Down
    Joe Klein
    Time
    I have never seen a presidential campaign in which the strategies of the two parties are so different, and so dreadful
  8. How Kerry Became a Girlie-Man
    Frank Rich
    The New York Times
    The elevation of Mr. Bush to Rambo, as The New York Daily News dubbed him last weekend, and the concurrent demotion of Mr. Kerry to Corporal Klinger, is a major production, requiring meticulous preparation. It did not begin with the Swift Boat ads
  9. It's Still Nixon's Party
    Harold Meyerson
    The Washington Post
    Miller referred to the bipartisan support for early Cold War policies, but the Cold War politico after whom he modeled himself was Sen. Joseph McCarthy
  10. And they're off: heading for another photo finish
    Cragg Hines
    The Houston Chronicle
    Kerry listens to three dozen people and wrings his hands. With Bush, he said, it's a very clean decision-making structure: Karl Rove
  11. A Presidential Campaign Tinged With Rust
    James Dao
    The New York Times
    What has the focus on the Rust Belt meant for the rest of the union? Has the national debate been distorted by one region?
  12. Whose Plan Is Better?
    Jyothi Thottam
    Time
    From jobs to taxes to health care, Bush and Kerry are making lots of promises. TIME crunches the numbers for you
  13. The sum of all fears
    Kenneth T. Walsh
    US News and World Report
    Terrorism is on every voter's mind, and Bush and Kerry aren't about to forget it
  14. Alan Keyes becomes GOP's burden
    Clarence Page
    The Chicago Tribune
    When the show's host asked if Mary Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, was a "selfish hedonist," Keyes replied: "Of course she is"
  15. The Day Before
    Patrick W. Gavin
    The Washington Post
    Sept. 10, 2001. Cloudless skies welcome the sun to the East Coast at 6:32 a.m. This Monday looks to be a beautiful late summer day
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Muscular GOP of Goldwater era is back
    George F. Will
    The Miami Herald
    The reemergence into Republican respectability of conservatism with a socially libertarian cast -- Goldwaterism -- comes with a large potential to discomfort the Democratic Party
  2. The Muscular Middle
    Jill Stewart
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mr. Schwarzenegger gets what's going on, perhaps better than other top Republican moderates, and certainly better than Democratic ones
  3. October terrorist surprise?
    Max Boot
    The Washington Times
    There is plenty of precedent for guerrillas trying to affect a U.S. Election
  1. A Convention for Carnivores
    Christopher Buckley
    The New York Times
    A lineup that includes John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tommy Franks and the peppery Senador Molinero de Zell - to say nothing of My Lord Vader of Wyoming - is not Mr. Rogers's Neighborhood
  2. Truth or dare
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    Like, if you had a toilet leak, and you called a columnist, instead of fixing the leak, he'd give you his strongly worded opinion, based on information hastily obtained from Google
  3. The Boondocks
    Aaron McGruder
    Ucomics
    No way, homie!

Saturday, September 4, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. There will be another Beslan
    Isabel Hilton
    The Guardian (UK)
    Despite the likelihood of a bloody end to most hostage situations, they are likely to grow more, rather than less, frequent
  2. Putin's Silence on Crisis Underscores Chilling Trend
    David E. Hoffman
    The Washington Post
    Twelve hours after commandos stormed the school, Putin had not said a word in public, reflecting a penchant for opacity that has characterized his response to controversy
  3. Botched operation was a disaster waiting to happen
    Richard Norton-Taylor, Ian Traynor and Vikram Dodd
    The Guardian (UK)
    What made a horrific situation worse was the lack of coordination between different elements of Russia's security and police
  4. Keep human rights on the table
    Roberta Cohen
    The Miami Herald
    Although Kim Jong Il's communist government is the world's worst human-rights violator, the United States, Japan and South Korea have excluded all reference to humanitarian and human-rights concerns from the discussions
  5. Editorial: Who Cares About Darfur?
    The Washington Post
    If the African Union is unwilling to play hardball, in theory the United Nations could do so
  6. Editorial: Deadly Stalemate in Chechnya
    The New York Times
    President Putin has never been strong on diplomatic nuance. But unless he now opens a serious negotiating channel with legitimate Chechen leaders outside the Moscow-backed puppet government, things can only get worse
  7. Polish President Appeals for a More 'Open and Gracious' U.S.
    Judy Dempsey
    International Herald Tribune
    The New York Times
    In a veiled criticism of United States foreign policy, President Alexander Kwasniewski said he did not want to see "America take the ideas of the neoconservatives of isolationism, to have full dominance in the world and to play a divide and rule policy. It is a mistake."
  1. Bush Opens Double-Digit Lead
    Time
    Among likely voters, 52% would vote for President George Bush, while 41% would vote for John Kerry and 3% would vote for Ralph Nader
  2. In the Home Stretch, It's Bush by a Neck
    Doyle McManus
    The Los Angeles Times
    The president takes a rare lead in a new poll, but neither side reads much into it. Kerry's move to aggression could change the race
  3. Speech Fails to Sway These Undecideds
    Peter Slevin and Jonathan Finer
    The Washington Post
    The reactions of undecided voters in three battleground states who agreed to watch Bush's convention speech with Washington Post reporters suggest that Bush still has work to do
  4. Repeat Offense
    John B. Judis
    The New Republic
    In 1980, Carter ran a very personal and harsh campaign against Reagan similar to the kind of campaign that Bush has begun to run against Kerry
  5. Convention Helps Bush Gain Undecided Voters
    Maria L. La Ganga
    The Los Angeles Times
    Interviews among a small group show the message on steady leadership and the attacks on Kerry have solidified his standing
  6. Editorial: George W. Bush's fuzzy vision
    Financial Times (UK)
    Mr Kerry needs to come up with a convincing argument that he can keep America safer, and a response to the attacks on his character, if he is to triumph on November 2
  7. John Kerry comes out swinging
    Tim Grieve
    Salon.com
    For weeks, Democrats have begged their presidential candidate to stand up to the Republican attacks against him. Thursday night, he finally did
  8. Fighting Words in New York
    Richard Cohen
    The Washington Post
    What animates the Democratic left, the anti-Bushies, is the war in Iraq and the infuriatingly closed mind of George Bush. To them, to us, to me, John Kerry offers little because, mostly, he gives little
  9. Two battleground states may tell election's tale
    Tom Curry
    MSNBC
    Pennsylvania and Colorado are curious mirror-images of each other
  10. Internationally, Taking Sides in the U.S. Presidential Race
    Patrick E. Tyler
    The New York Times
    It's as if the whole world were voting in the American election as pundits, politicians and average blokes on street corners took sides
  11. A Hidden Swing Vote: Evangelicals
    Michael Hout and Andrew M. Greeley
    The New York Times
    Most poorer Americans of every faith - including evangelical Christians - vote for Democrats. It's a shame that few pundits, pollsters or politicians seem to notice
  12. At the GOP, More Divide Than 'Drift'
    Colbert I. King
    The Washington Post
    Come January, if John Kerry wins (and that can happen only with a strong African American turnout in key states), what group do you think will still find itself on the outside having to suck up to patronizing white Democratic insiders to get in?
  13. Democrat Says He Helped Bush Into Guard to Score Points
    Michael Dobbs
    The Washington Post
    The reported comments by former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes add fuel to a long-running controversy over how Bush got a slot in an outfit known as the "Champagne Unit"
  14. Editorial: Martinez Win Took Its Toll
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    The disturbing message seems to be that dirt works. Martinez won this week's primary against McCollum and five other candidates who appealed to the conservative base
  15. Crashing the party was surprisingly easy, activists say
    Anna Badkhen
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Whether they snagged a delegate pass, borrowed a media credential or posed as GOP volunteers, activists easily slipped through multiple ID checks and a metal detector at Madison Square Garden
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Bush's Greatness
    David Gelernter
    The Weekly Standard
    We can't understand hatred like the German survivor's or Michael Moore's or a million self-righteous left-wingers' unless we understand that their Bush-hatred is racist hatred
  2. The Kerry Crackup
    Stephen F. Hayes
    The Weekly Standard
    Kerry has veered sharply back to the Howard Dean/Al Gore/Michael Moore wing of the Democratic party
  3. The Majority Party
    William Kristol
    The Weekly Standard
    To frame the choice in a big way--and then to win big--could make 2004 more than a transient electoral victory. It could establish the Republicans as a real majority party--as the Roosevelt-Reagan party, as the Truman-Bush party
  4. All the bias that fits
    Michelle Malkin
    The Washington Times
    Over the past two months, the New York Times has hammered Republicans for including conservative Christians in the American electoral process
  1. Parallel Earth
    Tom Tomorrow
    Salon.com
    He doesn't need a focus group to tell him what to pee on!
  2. Pat Oliphant
    Ucomics.com
    And where are _you_ sneaking off to, Airman Bush?

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. The Independent Panel to Review Department of Defense Detention Operations
    MSNBC
    The commission looking into the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq has released its report, concluding, "There was chaos at Abu Ghraib"
  2. A Trail of 'Major Failures' Leads to Defense Secretary's Office
    Douglas Jehl
    The New York Times
    The panel cited what it called major failures on the part of Mr. Rumsfeld and his aides in not anticipating and responding swiftly to the post-invasion insurgency in Iraq
  3. Rumsfeld's War Plan Shares the Blame
    Thomas E. Ricks
    The Washington Post
    Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's leadership of the Pentagon has been weighed by a jury of his peers and found somewhat wanting
  4. Editorial: Pentagon doesn't get it: Buck stops higher up
    USA Today
    Pentagon investigators have acted like the drunk in the joke who searches for his missing car keys under the street light — because it's the easiest place to look
  5. Editorial: Abu Ghraib alibis
    Financial Times (UK)
    Yesterday's report by the high-level panel headed by James Schlesinger, a former US defence secretary, is a largely missed opportunity to get at the real truth behind the US mistreatment of prisoners
  6. A degree in bullying and self-interest? No thanks
    Polly Toynbee
    The Guardian (UK)
    81% of the British say, "I like the Americans as people", according to Mori, but only 19% admire American society
  7. Made in Iraq: the new antiwar veteran
    Robert J. Lifton
    The Boston Globe
    These feelings arise from the war in Iraq. But the Vietnam experience hovers over everything; it is reactivated by what we hear about Iraq
  8. The Neglected Home Front
    Stephen E. Flynn
    Foreign Affairs
    The Bush administration has waged an aggressive war against terrorists abroad, but it has neglected to protect the homeland, even though Americans in the United States are the ones most vulnerable to future attacks
  9. A Police State of Mind: Don’t You Feel Safer?
    Nicholas von Hoffman
    The New York Observer
    Once upon a time, we were brought up to believe that the police officer was our friend. Now we’re brought up to understand that he is our boss
  10. Intelligence: No easy fix
    John Prados
    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    A struggle by entrenched parties is likely to torpedo genuine intelligence community reform; the next CIA will not differ much from the old one
  11. Into the Heart of Najaf
    Phillip Robertson
    Time
    Last week reporter Phillip Robertson was one of the first Western journalists to make it into Najaf during heavy fighting between the insurgent forces of Moqtada Sadr and the U.S.
  12. Pricey War for Grunts' Families
    Patt Morrison
    The Los Angeles Times
    Halliburton may have billed $186 million for troop meals that were never served. Or that it is paying $7,500 a month to rent a truck that you or I could rent for $2,000, and $7.50 each for monogrammed bath towels
  13. Assessing al Qaeda
    Jim Lacey
    National Review
    Al Qaeda is a deadly organization that needs to be eradicated. It is not, however, the ten-foot tall enemy it's often portrayed to be
  14. Think twice before targeting Iran
    Youssef M. Ibrahim
    USA Today
    This is the wrong time for the United States to take on Iran, the dominant demographic, military and cultural force of the Persian Gulf, as its new foe
  15. Editorial: Three-Star Bigotry
    The Los Angeles Times
    It is unfathomable why Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin has been allowed to keep his job
  16. The Legacy of the 68 Olympics
    Donald Nicholson-Smith
    openDemocracy.net
    Alternet
    This Olympics stirs up disturbing memories of the massacre at the Mexico Olympics of 1968
  17. Bottom of the Ninth
    Ruth Morris
    Frontline
    PBS
    I'd come to Venezuela to try to understand how this affable ex-paratrooper had grown into the most polemical leader in the Western Hemisphere
  18. Darfur tests Africa's ability to police itself
    Laurie Goering
    The Chicago Tribune
    Darfur is testing Africa's promise to begin policing its own conflicts, and leaders are showing early signs of stepping up to the challenge
  19. Editorial: Filling China's Wok
    The Christian Science Monitor
    A historic moment slipped quietly below the news radar this week. The world's most populous nation, one that used to pride itself on being self-sufficient in food, acknowledged its first agricultural trade deficit
  20. Debate reignites over US aid to Indonesia
    Eric Unmacht
    The Christian Science Monitor
    A court ruling earlier this month exonerated four officials charged in the 1999 massacre in East Timor
  21. A nation's fears reawakened
    The Economist (UK)
    Did Chechen terrorists bring down two Russian passenger aircraft that crashed minutes apart on Tuesday night after taking off from the same Moscow airport? Or was it just an appalling coincidence?
  1. Text of letter to President Bush
    Max Cleland
    CNN
    Former Sen. Max Cleland on Wednesday attempted to deliver a letter to President Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, asking him to publicly condemn recent attack ads on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry
  2. What Would Dukakis Do?
    David Michael Green
    CommonDreams.org
    How he allowed two Vietnam dodgers turn a war hero into a question mark with hardly a rebuttal suggests that he may be in way over his head in this campaign
  3. When Republicans attack
    Tim Grieve
    Salon.com
    Has Kerry figured out how to fight back against the lies and the lying liars who tell them?
  4. Daily Affirmation
    Tom Frank
    The New Republic
    John Kerry may never be a good campaigner. But his performance last night on "The Daily Show" revealed just how far he has come
  5. Bush Campaign's Top Outside Lawyer Resigns
    Jim Rutenberg and Kate Zernike
    The New York Times
    "I cannot begin to express my sadness that my legal representations have become a distraction from the critical issues at hand in this election," Mr. Ginsberg told the president in a letter distributed today by the Bush-Cheney campaign
  6. Political Goals
    Jason Zengerle
    The New Republic
    The problem isn't that Bush tried to capitalize politically on the Olympics. The problem is how he went about it
  7. G.O.P.'s Southern Strategy? Cranking Up Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Campbell Robertson
    The New York Times
    On the Sunday night before the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (or its latest incarnation) will be performing
  8. BuzzFlash interview: Thomas Frank
    BuzzFlash.com
    WorkingForChange.com
    Author of What's the Matter with Kansas? discusses the populist right and how they've been fooled by conservatives
  9. Studying the Undecideds
    Arianna Huffington
    Alternet
    According to a new poll by the National Annenberg Election Survey, 46 percent of undecided and persuadable voters say they find the vile Swift Boat Veterans for Truth TV ads "very or somewhat believable"
  10. Show Me in 'Merica
    Thomas E. Ricks
    The Washington Post
    To travel the two-lane blacktops of rural Missouri with this man is to plunge into the churning unease that Americans feel about Iraq
  11. Washington
    Chris Suellentrop
    Slate
    By this traditional swing-state standard, Washington state fails miserably. In every close election since 1960, the Evergreen State has backed the loser
  12. Hoodwinked
    Ann Louise Bardach
    Slate
    Unlike the recent elections in Venezuela, where the new touch-screen voting machine provided every voter with a receipt, Floridians will have to take the word of Hood and Bush
  13. Now, smearing the trial lawyers
    Robert Kuttner
    The Boston Globe
    IF YOU LIKE the Karl Rove-inspired attack on John Kerry's Swift Boat service, you're going to love the US Chamber of Commerce's coming assault on John Edwards
  14. Alaska Could Sway Control of U.S. Senate
    Dan Joling
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, appointed to the Senate in 2002 by the governor — who also happens to be her father — took a step closer to retaining her seat with a Republican primary win
  15. Four More Years?
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The Village Voice
    In the world of partisan political mags and opinion journals, it goes without saying that when the opposing party is in power, the underdog's publications generally benefit
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Bush in Black and White
    Shawn Macomber
    The American Spectator
    He needs to reconnect with the inner rock that we saw for about a year after September 11; the part of him that said simple things like "You're either with us or with the terrorists," and "Dead or alive, it doesn't matter to me." Black and white
  2. Bush record needs pickup
    Donald Devine
    The Washington Times
    What else can Mr. Bush do? He needs something different, unique. Not only is his present platform flat, the new proposals by themselves probably would diminish his re-election chances
  3. Big Media's big mistakes
    Tony Blankley
    The Washington Times
    It was only after a CBS poll showed that Kerry had lost a net 14 percent of the veterans' vote to Bush — without aid of major media coverage or substantial national advertising — that the major media outlets began to lumber, resentfully, in the vague direction of the story
  1. And Now, Another Olympic Moment
    John Kenney
    The New York Times
    He only met her once. Apparently she was insane. Claimed she was a porpoise
  2. Bin Laden No Longer Knows Where He Is
    Andy Borowitz
    Newsweek
    "Those Mapquest fools provided me with a map that is next to useless," a visibly angry bin Laden says on the tape. "All it tells me is where the nearest Applebee's is"
  3. Indoor cycling: It's a learning experience
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    This is taking place at yet another of the dozens of large, spanking-new facilities built expressly for the Olympics by the Greeks over the course of about two frenzied weeks in late July
  4. Hip-Hop Artist or Entry on U.S. Government Terrorist Watch List?
    Josh Michtom
    McSweeney's
  5. Doonesbury
    G.B. Trudeau
    Thank you for getting blown up
  6. The Political Attack!
    Mark Fiore
    Mother Jones
    Now, with more slime!
  7. Dolph Lundgren Wins Long, Courageous Battle Against Fame
    The Onion
    It is said that, in the hope of preventing the further spread of fame, Lundgren took massive doses of B-movies

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. No Welcome in Guantanamo as Rights Groups Land
    Scott Higham
    The Washington Post
    Romero and a representative of Amnesty International said they were surprised when they touched down here Saturday on a charter flight to find no one from the military to meet them. Or check their passports. Or dispatch bomb-sniffing dogs to screen their luggage
  2. An Angry Republican Roils Intelligence Waters
    Douglas Jehl
    The New York Times
    On the issue of Iraq in particular, but also Sept. 11 and other setbacks, repeated intelligence failures have transformed even Mr. Roberts, a Kansan long regarded as a dependable defender of the C.I.A and a loyal ally of President Bush, into a vociferous critic
  3. The Thief of Baghdad
    Pratap Chatterjee
    AlterNet
    A team of auditors was dispatched to Iraq in late January this year after a string of internal reports showed that the military was wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer money
  4. There's more to Sadr than meets the eye
    Sami Ramadani
    The Guardian (UK)
    The Iraqi cleric has an illustrious family background of resistance
  5. In Najaf, Iraqi Politics Dictate U.S. Tactics
    Karl Vick
    The Washington Post
    If there is any doubt that the new Iraqi government is calling the shots in this country, the supporting evidence is mounting daily in Najaf
  6. Iranian hand in Najaf game
    Claude Salhani
    The Washington Times
    Iran's ayatollahs are sending Washington a message. The message is "make sure that you, Washington, will convince Israel to stay away from our nuclear sites and desires."
  7. Pakistan Vows to Stop Taliban; Westerners Scoff
    David Rohde
    The New York Times
    At the center of the debate lies the question of General Musharraf's true intentions and his control over his intelligence and military leaders
  8. The Uzbek Challenge
    Andrew Apostolou
    National Review
    In the wake of the Tashkent attacks, President Bush should announce that what is good for the Middle East is equally good for Central Asia. In the war against terrorism, there must be no trade-off between human rights and counter-terrorism
  9. Once-prosperous Sudanese scavenge to survive
    Raymond Thibodeaux
    The Boston Globe
    Sudanese planes bombed the village in February in its campaign to crush the rebels, according to villagers. Nearly all 4,000 inhabitants scattered into the hills, paving the way for what they said was a two-week looting rampage by government troops and Arab janjaweed militias
  10. Editorial: Countdown on Darfur
    The Washington Post
    TWENTY-FOUR days have elapsed since the U.N. Security Council gave the government of Sudan a month to stop a campaign of ethnic cleansing by militias and its own troops in the region of Darfur -- and still the killing goes on
  11. Purple Haze
    Joshua Kurlantzick
    The New Republic
    Could China be headed for the world's worst environmental disaster?
  1. Observers see eerie parallels in attacks on Kerry, McCain
    Zachary Coile, Marc Sandalow
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Four years ago, as George Bush struggled in the polls, supporters of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination unleashed a ferocious attack on rival John McCain
  2. Editorial: These Charges Are False ...
    The Los Angeles Times
    Not limited by the conventions of our colleagues in the newsroom, we can say it outright: These charges against John Kerry are false
  3. Tests of a Smear Campaign
    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    The Washington Post
    This episode is a great test of how politics work in our country. It is, first, a test of George W. Bush
  4. You Can Report, but We Will Decide
    Ben Wasserstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    The conservative media's handling of the Swift boat dispute is a case study in bias
  5. On Cable, a Fog of Words About Kerry's War Record
    Alessandra Stanley
    The New York Times
    At best, cable news programs swing into action when a crisis or major news development occurs, marshaling their resources to give viewers instant, live access. At their worst, they amplify the loudest voices and blur complexities
  6. Iraqi Olympic Soccer Players Kick the Stuffing Out of Bush's Fantasy
    Robert Scheer
    The Los Angeles Times
    Members of the very successful Iraqi Olympic soccer team beg to differ, blasting Bush's attempt to use their participation in the Games as justification for the U.S. occupation of their country
  7. The Vietnam Passion
    David Brooks
    The New York Times
    Kerry's speeches in the 1990's read nothing like that 1971 testimony. The passion is gone. The pompous prevaricator is in
  8. Maine
    Julia Turner
    Slate
    The state that could go for Kerry and Bush
  9. In Battle for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Suburbs Probably Hold the Key
    Katharine Q. Seelye
    The New York Times
    Depending on the poll, Mr. Bush is losing the suburbs or is only slightly ahead, but not by enough to carry the state, at least now
  10. Hurricane doesn't move poll
    Richard Benedetto and Deborah Sharp
    USA Today
    With hurricane cleanup underway, Bush holds a thin 48%-47% lead over Kerry among likely voters
  11. Policy Met Politics in Cuba Rules
    Peter Slevin
    The Washington Post
    Cuba policy has historically been driven by domestic politics, but this episode -- in accounts given by participants and close observers in Miami and Washington -- offers an exceptional glimpse into how the two interact
  12. Get Real
    Michael Steinberger
    The American Prospect
    Critics should stop fretting about John Kerry’s foreign-policy instincts -- and stop pretending that George W. Bush is the idealist in this race
  13. An economic downshift could cause Bush trouble
    Charles Stein
    The Boston Globe
    Like a runner who slows down before the finish line, the US economy may be losing momentum as it approaches the November election
  14. Bush camp hopes for change in pump politics
    James Harding
    FT.com
    MSNBC
    As the price of oil neared $50 a barrel last week, an anxious Republican joked darkly that President Bush might want to return to the lucrative oilfields of Texas
  15. This just in: the factors behind newspapers' rush to contrition
    Randy Dotinga
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Even if newspapers do examine themselves, that's no guarantee of improvement
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. It really is World War IV and leadership really matters
    William F. Buckley
    The Houston Chronicle
    We are at war, nothing less — with radical Islamic individuals and aggregations
  2. A taste of their own medicine
    Debra J. Saunders
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    News flash (to the New York Times, which ran its story on the funding behind the anti-Kerry ad on page one): People who support Bush have paid for the anti-Kerry ads
  3. Kerry's Cambodia Whopper
    Joshua Muravchik
    The Washington Post
    Kerry's apparently fabricated claim that he fought in Cambodia
  1. The Boondocks
    Aaron McGruder
    Smart people and Tom Ridge
  2. Love Boat Veterans Attack Kerry's Love Record
    Humor Is Dead
    Several crew members, along with Charo, a special guest on an episode in question, claim that Kerry did not find love aboard the ship at all

Friday, July 30, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Audit Finds Fraud, Other Abuses in Iraq Contract Awards
    Ariana Eunjung Cha
    The Washington Post
    In its second report to Congress, the inspector general's office for the occupation authority that ruled Iraq until recently found significant cases of mismanagement, fraud, missing paperwork and manipulation in the awarding of contracts
  2. Iraqis Postpone Conference as Kidnappings Rise
    Ian Fisher and Somini Sengupta
    The New York Times
    Kidnapping has grown into a major tactic in the conflict here, with roughly 20 people taken hostage since the Philippine government withdrew its troops
  3. Must intervention be legal?
    The Economist (UK)
    Armed intervention in Darfur may—or may not—flout the law. So what?
  4. UN resolution on Sudan loses its teeth
    Paul Koring
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada)
    In place of "sanctions," the U.S. resolution to be voted on today now warns that "measures" may be taken but only after a 30-day period
  5. Kerry - as seen by Europe
    Mark Rice-Oxley
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The results may prove more complex and even disappointing to these Europeans, analysts warn
  6. Not enough police; but who wants the army back in charge again?
    The Economist (UK)
    How violent crime threatens to blow away a struggling new democracy
  1. Text of John Kerry's Speech
    The New York Times
    I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty
  2. Senator Gen. Wesley K. Clark Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the best defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people
  3. Two key Southern states may offer Kerry hope
    Tom Curry
    MSNBC
    Democratic leaders in Boston for the party’s national convention point to two states, Tennessee and Louisiana, as ones where investments by the Kerry campaign could pay off
  4. Rove's Blunder
    William Saletan
    Slate
    In his determination to unite the right, Bush hasn't just united the left. He has lost the center
  5. 4 days later, still on the fence
    Peronet Despeignes
    USA Today
    If he hasn't closed the deal with swing voters less than a 15-minute cab ride away, what are his prospects in Michigan, Ohio and other key states where voters know less about him?
  6. Redefining 'Mainstream'
    David Brock and Jamison Foser
    AlterNet
    There is nothing moderate about Republican efforts to recast John Kerry as an ultra-liberal
  7. Rushed speech, lost opportunity
    Thomas Oliphant
    The Boston Globe
    John Kerry last night raced through an acceptance speech that was way too long for a time slot he knew about for weeks
  8. Lack of Controversy May Come to Haunt Democrats
    Craig Crawford
    CQ
    The New York Times
    Democrats did little to protect themselves at their convention. Instead of formally adopting politically palatable views, they simply dodged debate
  9. Democrats Vowing to Bring Allies Into Iraqi Fight
    Roger Cohen
    The New York Times
    This approach may prove risky for several reasons. With more than 900 Americans dead in Iraq and disillusionment growing, a commitment to see Iraq through to an elusive stability amounts to a bold undertaking
  10. Which is party of 'strength'?
    Liz Marlantes and Linda Feldmann
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Although Kerry leads Bush on most domestic issues - from healthcare to the economy - Bush's strength on the war on terror is still propping up his numbers overall, essentially keeping the race tied
  11. Planting a Flag on Bush's Turf
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    It may have been the party's first gathering in modern times to feature more generals on stage than teachers
  12. Kerry continually links campaign to record in Vietnam for a reason
    Walter Shapiro
    USA Today
    Kerry displayed enough of his heart and enough of his head Thursday night to raise Democratic hopes that their nominee, aided by his Band of Brothers, will make it to the White House
  13. Money belt tightens on Kerry
    Glen Johnson
    The Boston Globe
    In exchange for accepting $75 million in federal money for the general election, he had to halt his private fund-raising at midnight
  14. Back at You
    Ryan Lizza
    The New Republic
    Shrum is gifted at inverting an opponent's rhetoric. Kerry did exactly that
  15. The Future of the Party
    Bill Wasik
    Mother Jones
    In Boston this week it is the well-employed, well-groomed liberals who predominate: the twenty-something Ivy League-educated politicos and lawyers and consultants and bankers
  16. No retreat, no surrender
    Tim Grieve and Geraldine Sealey
    Salon.com
    Shedding caution, John Kerry takes the fight to George W. Bush -- and gives the speech of his life
  17. Can the Dems Retake the House?
    Douglas Waller
    Time
    Says Matsui: "Now, I'm not going to predict that we're going to win. But I'm certainly not going to say we're going to lose." And that's enough to put the House in play for political watchers
  18. The Tragedy of Colin Powell
    William Jelani Cobb
    Africana.com
    AlterNet
    Colin Powell is simultaneously the most powerful black man in the world and the least influential Secretary of State in modern history – How did it come to this?
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. InstaDNC
    Kathryn Jean Lopez
    National Review
    Hundreds of thousands of Islamists are trying to kill you. George W. Bush isn't going to try and stop them on the cheap or pray that we get lucky. He's committed to preemption
  2. Kerry Does It
    Jonathan V. Last
    The Weekly Standard
    Just in case you're keeping score at home: Over the last 12 years, veterans seeking the White House are 0 for 3
  3. Kerry: Undecided to the end
    Jonah Goldberg
    USA Today
    For most, a yes/no vote is like a light switch -- only two possible positions. But for Kerry, everything has a dimmer knob
  1. Jon Stewart: Democratic 'product launch'
    CNN
    Last night it was let's throw the kid from 'The O.C.' on with Maya Angelou. They didn't even know what they were doing
  2. Bring back the hate -- and some cockroaches
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    This convention did uphold one sacred tradition: The Tradition of the Disgruntled Local Business people
  3. If Henny Youngman Had Played Hamlet
    Michael Fowler
    McSweeney's
    HAMLET: She's been married so many times she has rice marks on her face
  4. Tom the Dancing Bug
    Ruben Bolling
    Salon.com
    The insult that made a man out of a "girlie man"
  5. Tune In, Turn On and Decide
    Bill Maher
    The Los Angeles Times
    You can't call everyone in Washington morons if you don't know exactly what it is that makes them morons

Thursday, July 29, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. White House Debates Recommendation to Disclose Intelligence Budgets
    Douglas Jehl
    The New York Times
    The current level of secrecy, the commission wrote, "practically defies public comprehension'' in that "even the most basic information about how much money is actually allocated to or within the intelligence community and most of its key components is actually shrouded from public view"
  2. Major violence back in Iraq
    Dan Murphy
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Iraq's interim government, scheduled to select an advisory council this weekend, is having no more success in quelling insurgent cells than the US had prior to installing this government on June 28
  3. Koppel Defends Iraq Coverage
    Amy Goodman
    Democracy Now!
    AlterNet
    This eye-opening interview reveals just why the mainstream media is unlikely to learn from its mistakes
  4. Chalabi Reinvents Himself as a Populist
    Alissa J. Rubin
    The Los Angeles Times
    Snubbed by the Bush administration neoconservatives who once embraced him, and excluded from the interim government, he is building a grass-roots coalition of Shiite Muslim groups
  5. A very Arab view on very American politics
    Dante Chinni
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Since January, Al Jazeera has been broadcasting a weekly one-hour program called "Race for the American Presidency." After initial skepticism within the channel that people would tune in, it has become a success
  6. A US 'proconsul' in Afghanistan
    Ann Scott Tyson
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Gen. David Barno moved the military beyond simple Taliban hunts to reconstruction efforts
  7. Hope of saving Iranian nuclear deal is fading
    Ewen MacAskill
    The Guardian (UK)
    Pessimism is growing in the Foreign Office where there is now a belief that Iran is intent on creating the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb
  8. Egyptians Question Powell on Mideast Reform
    Neil MacFarquhar
    The New York Times
    There are widespread doubts in the region that the Bush administration is serious about pushing political change
  9. The Morality of Intervention
    Ian Williams
    AlterNet
    The people of Sudan are paying a high price for the Iraq War, which blurred the line between humanitarian intervention and moral crusade
  10. Editorial: Use less or save more
    Financial Times (UK)
    Yesterday saw New York oil futures hit an all-time high of more than $43 a barrel, and a report that US crude oil imports reached a record daily average of 11.3bn barrels last week
  11. At Colombia's Congress, Paramilitary Chiefs Talk Peace
    Juan Forero
    The New York Times
    Trading combat fatigues for business suits, three top commanders of Colombia's right-wing death squads emerged from their government-granted haven in the north to speak before the country's Congress
  1. Senator John Edwards's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    So in the weeks ahead, we know what's coming don't we? More negative attacks. Aren't you sick of it?
  2. Text of Al Sharpton's convention speech
    Associated Press
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school
  3. Graphic: The words they've used
    The New York Times
    A look at how often some words have been used
  4. In Conclusion
    Andrei Cherny, James Fallows, Ken Hechler, Harry McPherson, Jeff Shesol, and Theodore C. Sorensen
    The New York Times
    The Op-Ed page asked speechwriters from the last five Democratic administrations to propose a conclusion to Mr. Kerry’s address — one that sums up what they think the winning Democratic campaign themes for 2004 should be
  5. A Nostalgia for The Consensus Of the 1990s
    John F. Harris
    The Washington Post
    This anger at what they regard as Bush's radicalism, as well as faith in Kerry's ability to reverse it, has lured top Clinton administration officials to Kerry's side as the policy engines of this campaign, creating what amounts to a government-in-waiting
  6. Why a Conflicted Kerry Voted Yes -- and Later No -- on Iraq
    Janet Hook, Mary Curtius and Greg Miller
    The Los Angeles Times
    Less than two days before the Senate vote Oct. 11, Kerry said his gut told him to vote for the resolution. But his speech on the Senate floor was riddled with reservations and caveats
  7. Clueless Democrats Trot Out Hollywood
    Thomas Frank
    The Los Angeles Times
    Hollywood stars are as close as America comes to an aristocracy, and being instructed on how to be kinder and better people by pseudo-rebellious aristocrats can't help but rub people the wrong way
  8. An election with echoes of the '60s
    Sam Allis
    The Boston Globe
    The progressives have had sand kicked in their faces by the Democratic nomenklatura for ages, but the early-'60s analogy feels right on for deeper reasons
  9. Ditch the Distraction in Chief
    Naomi Klein
    The Nation
    The main difference will be that as Kerry pursues these brutal policies, he will come off as intelligent, sane and blissfully dull. That's why I've joined the Anybody But Bush camp
  10. Editorial: John Kerry and War
    The New York Times
    The nation deserves to be told whether Mr. Kerry would have voted to authorize the invasion if he had known that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction
  11. Edwards Flops
    Matthew Rothschild
    The Progressive
    Instead, what John Edwards delivered was a lukewarm version of his "Two Americas" speech, plus some macho rhetoric, a bunch of gimmicks, a cupboard full of cliches, and the clunky refrain that "hope is on the way"
  12. Kerry's missing compass
    Jeff Jacoby
    The Boston Globe
    It is a hallmark of Kerry's political career: Rarely does he take a stand and hold his ground -- not if there may be a price to pay for doing so. A John McCain he isn't
  13. The Right Stuff
    Daniel W. Drezner
    The New Republic
    On values, on faith, and especially on the military, Democrats with each passing day sound more and more like a certain GOP presidential nominee from 2000
  14. Kerry needn't wow audience tonight
    Adam C. Smith
    The St. Petersburg Times
    "All he needs to do is hit a single," said Delaware Sen. Joe Biden
  15. Democrats' Shaky Convergence
    David S. Broder
    The Washington Post
    Between now and November, the Democratic nominees will benefit from the muscle of ACT and the minds of the DLC. But if Kerry wins, you can expect to see a tug of war
  16. US veterans remain sharply divided
    Brad Knickerbocker
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Vietnam vets in particular are torn over Kerry's combat record, while support for Bush is far from solidified
  17. Cable networks taking flak for show schedules
    Mark Memmott
    USA Today
    ''The talking heads keep talking, and you can't hear anything''
  18. Get-Tough Policy on Cuba May Backfire Against Bush
    Christopher Marquis
    The New York Times
    Paradoxically, some of the critics say, several provisions - like a tightening of travel restrictions and a curb on relief packages - may backfire, harming Mr. Bush's chances in Florida, a crucial swing state
  19. In a Star's Shadow, Republicans Strain to Find Opponent
    Monica Davey
    The New York Times
    "Taking the Republican nomination in Illinois for the U.S. Senate under the current circumstances would be akin to accepting a cancer transplant," said Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald
  20. Class politics, JibJab-style
    Solon Simmons
    Salon.com
    The new style is populist precisely because it breaks the careful, aesthetic rules of the intellectual establishment in a direct attempt to avoid the liberal egghead critique
  21. Showdown at the DNC
    The Drudge Report
    Michael Moore and Bill O'Reilly square off on WMD, Saddam Hussein, and who would sacrifice what for peace
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. 4 partisan questions for Obama
    Terrence L. Barnich
    The Chicago Tribune
    I'd like to initiate a series of questions for candidate Obama to answer. Some day a live Republican candidate will enlist to join in the fun
  2. Down Deep, They Love the Guy
    Max Boot
    The Los Angeles Times
    That hoary old Stalinist organ, the Nation, has seen circulation soar more than 50% since Bush took office. It actually made a profit last year. Isn't that politically incorrect?
  3. Speaking for Kerry
    Peggy Noonan
    The Wall Street Journal
    Unlike most Americans I have been watching it all on TV. I am enjoying it because I love politics and speeches. Some observations
  4. Democrats are making me drowsy
    Jonah Goldberg
    USA Today
    It was Obama's speech that captured the imagination. But what was great about his speech would have been more appropriate at a Republican convention
  5. Oops . . .
    Jonathan V. Last
    The Weekly Standard
    For the first few minutes, Sharpton stayed with the text--you could see him following along with the prompter, but then he took off, and delivered one of the best political speeches I've ever seen
  6. Two-Faced “Progressive” Democrats
    Byron York
    National Review
    All the punch pulling has frustrated some "progressive" leaders. One called it "the Kerry Effect," meaning the process by which strong political statements are muted, ostensibly to broaden their appeal
  7. Confronting Iran
    Jacob Laksin
    The American Spectator
    Why is Tehran enjoying such free rein? Simple: the Bush doctrine is not working. More accurately, it is not being allowed to work
  1. Democratic Convention Game
    Mark Fiore
  2. No one lights up a room like Ted
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    John Edwards told the inspirational story of how he was born in a small South Carolina town (actual name: ''A Small Town, S.C.'') where his father was a millworker who went to the mill every day and, I don't know, milled things
  3. Believing in Hell Has Its Benefits
    Reuters
    Yahoo!
    Economists searching for reasons why some nations are richer than others have found that those with a wide belief in hell are less corrupt and more prosperous

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. October Surprises
    Christopher Dickey
    Newsweek
    The transition from outright American occupation to quasi-sovereign Iraqi control over the future of the country went well for a couple of weeks, but now the situation is deteriorating again, and quickly
  2. Radical Islam grows among Iraq's Sunnis
    Dan Murphy
    The Christian Science Monitor
    No longer constrained or exiled by a repressive regime, some preach jihad at key mosques
  3. Tehran breaks U.N. seals on nukes
    David R. Sands
    The Washington Times
    Iran has broken seals placed on nuclear centrifuges by U.N. inspectors and resumed work on the equipment
  4. The 800lb gorilla in American foreign policy
    Isabel Hilton
    The Guardian (UK)
    Nobody knows how many ghost prisoners there are. The US, as the Latin American dictatorships did, strains to ensure that we do not find out
  5. World Bank Challenged: Are the Poor Really Helped?
    Celia Dugger
    The New York Times
    Such trials, generally regarded as the gold standard in social policy research, involve randomly assigning people eligible for an antipoverty program to get the help or not, then comparing outcomes
  6. Editorial: Remember Kosovo
    Financial Times (UK)
    It is dangerously premature to see Kosovo as a multilateralist triumph. In March, the biggest bout of inter-ethnic violence since 1999 was a reminder that Kosovo is unfinished business
  7. Indonesia: Democracy, Islam do mix
    John Hughes
    The Christian Science Monitor
    By all measures, Indonesia should be an international basket case, difficult terrain for democracy. Yet with all its past turmoil, it is moving purposely through a complicated election process
  8. Africa's new model for spreading oil wealth
    Abraham McLaughlin
    The Christian Science Monitor
    With Africa emerging as a major oil player, a groundbreaking experiment in Chad aims to thwart corruption and use revenues to build schools
  9. The Jailed Spymaster Still Plots
    Héctor Tobar
    The Los Angeles Times
    Peru's disgraced former intelligence chief might be too powerful for the fragile nation's judicial system, despite volumes of evidence
  10. We're Losing the Arms Race With North Korea
    Fred Kaplan
    Slate
    What's the optimal number of anti-missile missiles? None
  1. Text of Obama's Address at Convention
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States
  2. Remarks by Senator Kennedy to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    The goals of the American people are every bit as high as they were more than 200 years ago. If America is failing to reach them today, it’s not because our ideals need replacing, it’s because our President needs replacing
  3. Remarks Made by Howard Dean to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    Never again will we ever be ashamed to call ourselves Democrats. Never, never, never
  4. Teresa Heinz Kerry's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called ”opinionated,” is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish
  5. TV Ratings Dip Sharply From 2000
    Jonathan Taylor and Elizabeth Jensen
    The Los Angeles Times
    Even with the star power of former President Clinton, who delivered a speech Monday, the convention coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC (airing from 7 to 8 p.m.) mustered fewer than 14 million viewers combined
  6. Negative Energy
    Jonathan Chait
    The New Republic
    The political press simply can't let go of the idea that puffing up your guy is somehow better for democracy than tearing down the other guy. I don't think that's correct in general. The relevant gauge is truth
  7. The Right Wing's Deep, Dark Secret
    John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
    The Los Angeles Times
    One of the secrets of conservative America is how often it has welcomed Republican defeats
  8. Populism Without Heavies
    Harold Meyerson
    The Washington Post
    That's not just universalistic populism. It's national security populism. It's a mantra for Democratic victory
  9. Among Delegates, Fear of Bush Becomes Powerful Uniting Force
    David Maraniss
    The Washington Post
    In Democratic circles not so long ago, "FOB" stood for "Friends of Bill." Now a new meaning has permeated the party: Fear of Bush
  10. Democrats hope a buzzword will leave Bush smarting
    Don Aucoin
    The Boston Globe
    Subtle and provocative, 'wisdom' is all the rage among DNC speakers
  11. The Politicized And the Apolitical
    Anne Applebaum
    The Washington Post
    This kind of show will never bring in the people who don't know one party from the next, and it might even turn them off. Why not spend the allotted hour of prime time presenting Kerry's health care policy -- everyone cares about health care -- or talking about Iraq?
  12. Searching for the undecided
    Ellen Goodman
    WorkingForChange.com
    Marie Wilson, who heads a project to get these women to vote, called them "How-am-I-going-to-make-it-today-moms"
  13. An awakening for US Muslims
    Derrick Z. Jackson
    The Boston Globe
    The Arab-American awakening could play a significant part in the Democrats' drive to put the Bush presidency to sleep
  14. Kerry's worldview: How big a change?
    Howard LaFranchi
    The Christian Science Monitor
    He touts a cooperative approach with other nations, but some see holes in the plan
  15. Next: Kerry's key Cabinet choices
    Peter Grier
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Undecided voters might find it easier to make up their minds if they consider what personalities a challenger would install in office for the next four years
  16. Bush Camp Welcomes Showdown on Security
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    "If you don't think we are going to have fun all fall long on this issue, you're kidding yourself," the senior GOP strategist said. "We are going to chop him up on this"
  17. In Edwards, GOP sees chance to raise reasonable doubts
    Wayne Slater
    The Dallas Morning News
    Mr. Edwards has become the most tangible target in years for Republicans hoping to undercut the Democratic ticket as beholden to "Learjet lawyers"
  18. Progressive Power
    Bill Wasik
    Mother Jones
    The New Democrat Network wants to harness an "efficient market for progressive politics" to launch a new kind of political venture. But could progressive politics prevail in such a market?
  19. Dumbing Him Down
    Todd Gitlin
    The American Prospect
    The networks condense John Kerry's foreign-policy speech to 45 words (or less), and the public doesn't know what he stands for. Imagine that
  20. Humphrey Redux?
    Jack Beatty
    The Atlantic
    Like Humphrey in '68, Kerry is out of step with voters on an upopular war
  21. Uninvited Guest
    Michael Moore
    Democracy Now!
    They keep saying that this is a 50/50 country. This is not a 50/50 country. In their wildest dreams, it's a 50/50 country
  22. 'Clean Suit' Pic Called Dirty Trick
    The Washington Post
    Rupert Murdoch's paper ran a shot of Woody Allen dressed as a sperm from the movie "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask"
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. An Echo, Not a Choice
    James S. Robbins
    National Review
    The Democrats have shown little in the way of imagination or new ideas when it comes to broader issues of national security
  2. Editorial: That '90s Show
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kerry Democrats want Americans to remember the 1990s as a Periclean-Clinton Age, while blaming the Bush Administration for the costs of cleaning up after the bubble and fighting the war on terror
  3. Conventional Wisdom
    Mike Murphy
    The Weekly Standard
    Both nights, the Democrats struck me as being at their most slippery and disingenuous best, which of course means their most effective
  4. The hate cure
    Tony Blankley
    The Washington Times
    What is one to make of a political party in which, according to the Boston Globe, more than 90 percent of the delegates oppose the Iraq war — the defining issue of this election — while the candidate and the platform support it
  1. Where The F*** Is Diane With My Fair-Trade Coffee?
    Ben Lesterman
    The Onion
    It's called Morning Edition. If I don't get some Carl f***ing Kasell right now, I'm going to choke someone
  2. What Do You Think? The 9/11 Panel Report
    The Onion
    "I read the whole report cover to cover. Turns out it was terrorists."
  3. Kickboxer, Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, To Continue In A Moment
    The Onion
    We've seen Bloodsport, Universal Soldier, and even Timecop interrupted. In every case, the network, whether it was AMC, TBS, or Spike, has always made good on its promise
  4. "Simpsons": A Gay Old Time
    Josh Grossberg
    E! Online
    Yahoo!
    The early favorite appears to be billionaire Monty Burns' ever-devoted sidekick, Waylon Smithers

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Democrats weigh leverage in Iraq pullout
    Thomas Oliphant
    The Boston Globe
    "Be careful what you wish for," Biden said, "because you are going to get it. Be prepared for multiple challenges for your involvement. It may make you nostalgic for the sidelines"
  2. Don't expect a foreign policy revolution
    Simon Tisdall
    The Guardian (UK)
    The truth is, those who hope a Kerry triumph in November will change the world may be sorely disappointed
  3. ‘The Bullying...Will Come to an End’
    Newsweek
    John Kerry's senior foreign policy adviser explains how the Democratic presidential candidate plans to improve the country's security--and its reputation
  4. Report omits key player -- foreign policy
    Ivan Eland
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Even al Qaeda does not hate America per se. The group's statements indicate that it hates U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, especially the U.S. government's propping up of corrupt Arab regimes
  5. 9/11 Report Says Plotter Saw Self as Superterrorist
    Dan Eggen
    The Washington Post
    The commission's report, which was released last week, reveals rafts of information gleaned from the classified interrogations of Mohammed for the first time
  6. Abductions surge in Iraq
    Dan Murphy
    The Christian Science Monitor
    In the past week, car bombings and other insurgent attacks against US and Iraqi forces have returned to pre-June 28 handover levels. But kidnapping, too, is emerging as one of the most effective weapons
  7. Iraq officials cast wary eye at Iran's `intrusion'
    Alex Rodriguez
    The Chicago Tribune
    Iraqi officials are growing increasingly concerned that Iran, chiefly through a strong intelligence presence in Iraq, is exerting greater influence
  8. Guarding liberties
    Paul M. Weyrich and David Keene
    The Washington Times
    Increasingly, conservatives outside Washington express real concern about giving federal law enforcement more power in the name of national security
  9. Rethinking Mercenaries
    Deborah Avant
    Foreign Policy
    Even as governments debate how to hold them accountable, these modern-day mercenaries are rapidly becoming indispensable to national militaries, private corporations, and nongovernmental groups across the globe
  10. Present Dangers
    Matthew Yglesias
    The American Prospect
    Apparently comfortable with the moral cesspool into which he wandered during the Abu Ghraib hearings, Senator Joe Lieberman announced in a July 20 Washington Post op-ed that he planned to join with the least reputable figures in national-security circles to relaunch the Committee on the Present Danger
  11. Tempers Rise in Afghanistan Before Vote
    Paul Watson and Wesal Zaman
    The Los Angeles Times
    With Washington's support, Karzai, the interim president, is trying to sideline old-guard militia leaders such as Fahim, who has resisted pressure to disarm his fighters, end their intimidation of voters and make way for a unified national army
  12. Editorial: The House of Saud must pursue reform
    Financial Times (UK)
    Long term, they need to earn rather than buy the loyalty of their subjects
  13. Despite His Troubles, Arafat Endures as Leader and Symbol
    Greg Myre
    The New York Times
    The recent turmoil put on display an easy-to-miss truth about Mr. Arafat's place among the Palestinians. His policies have become fair game for criticism and even expressions of despair, yet he remains the enduring symbol of Palestinian aspirations
  14. Europeans keep eye on US presidential election
    Charles M. Sennott
    The Boston Globe
    If Bush is reelected, Garton Ash said, his unilateral approach to the international community and his willingness to flout international law will cause Europe "to define ourselves against America"
  15. Threats and excuses
    The Economist (UK)
    While Sudan’s government continues to deny culpability for the crisis, the rebels are also showing signs of intransigence
  16. China, Taiwan and U.S. Display Military Might
    Edward Cody
    The Washington Post
    The activity provided a reminder that, although Iraq is the main focus of military conflict for the moment, the standoff over Taiwan remains one of the world's most dangerous flash points
  1. Text of Former President Clinton's Speech
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    Their opponents will tell you we should be afraid of John Kerry and John Edwards, because they won't stand up to the terrorists. Don't you believe it. Strength and wisdom are not opposing values
  2. President Jimmy Carter's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    At stake is nothing less than our nation's soul
  3. Remarks of Former Vice President Al Gore to the Democratic National Convention
    The New York Times
    Let’s make sure that the Supreme Court does not pick the next president, and that this president is not the one who picks the next Supreme Court
  4. Voters Want More Specifics From Kerry
    Richard Morin and Claudia Deane
    The Washington Post
    The poll suggests that negative ads by the Bush-Cheney campaign that have been airing since early March, as well as attacks by Republican officials, have been increasingly successful in planting the image of Kerry as an unreliable leader
  5. In swing states, narrow issues gain mighty strength
    Raja Mishra
    The Boston Globe
    Less ubiquitous than soccer moms, more diverse than NASCAR dads, these voters could be influenced by one or two issues, personifying Tip O'Neill's famous adage that all politics is local
  6. Winning the Populism PR War
    Howell Raines
    The Washington Post
    The Republicans are now the champion panderers in American politics and have been since they discovered the demagogic value of what Rupert Murdoch's Weekly Standard disingenuously calls "cultural populism"
  7. Networks down
    Eric Boehlert
    Salon.com
    TV coverage of Boston, day one, slanted skeptically against the Democrats -- except for Fox, which couldn't bear to show most of the event
  8. Making Their Talking Heads Spin
    Peter Wallsten
    The Los Angeles Times
    Democrats hit back with a surprise weapon: "Enron Ed," a volunteer dressed in a red cape and black tights, posing for news cameras on the sidewalk. He is expected to be joined today by "Hal E. Burton"
  9. Is Blair deceiving himself about America yet again?
    Martin Kettle
    The Guardian (UK)
    It is high time the political class woke up to the fact that the US polls are giving a pretty consistent message that cannot be dismissed merely because it doesn't fit the streetwise assumption that Bush will win
  10. Democrats to focus on low-income, single women
    Susan Milligan
    The Boston Globe
    Democrats are planning an aggressive campaign to attract female voters, particularly "Wal-Mart women"
  11. Obama's a star who doesn't stick to the script
    John Kass
    The Chicago Tribune
    "On Iraq, on paper, there's not as much difference, I think, between the Bush administration and a Kerry administration as there would have been a year ago," Obama said
  12. The Kennedy factor in the '04 race
    Gail Russell Chaddock
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Kennedy lent advice and staff to a Kerry campaign shakeup that refocused Kerry's message and helped him win a crucial first test for potential nominees: Iowa
  13. Now Starring, but Not Exactly on Center Stage or in Prime Time, the Primal Dean
    Jodi Wilgoren and Randal C. Archibold
    The New York Times
    The candidate who so prided himself on being unscripted has not only assembled a circle of speechwriters but has had to submit the text to Senator John Kerry's aides for approval
  14. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Wayne Barrett with  Christine Lagorio
    The Village Voice
    Senator Hillary becomes a 9-11 hero, centrist chameleon, and Iraq hawk
  15. SEIU Chief Says the Democrats Lack Fresh Ideas
    David S. Broder
    The Washington Post
    Stern argued that Kerry's election might stifle needed reform within the party and the labor movement
  16. Teresa opens fire, earlier than expected
    Rick Hampson
    USA Today
    She seems to be the one loose cannon on a deck where everything else is tied down
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Neocons Forced to Face Reality
    Christopher Preble and Justin Logan
    The Cato Institute
    There is a pervasive fear among neoconservatives in Washington of the resurgence of realism: a foreign policy that emphasizes the defense of vital national security interests and rejects values-based foreign interventions
  2. Critiquing foreign policy
    Doug Bandow
    The Washington Times
    The authors are critics — conservative critics. There is no nonsense here about going to war for oil or being bought by Halliburton. Rather, they worry about the damage done to the American republic by a vast social engineering project gone bad
  3. Democratic unity: Bush-hating
    Jonah Goldberg
    USA Today
    It is difficult to find a Democrat or a liberal journalist who truly likes Kerry -- and some of these people adored such human toothaches as Al Gore and Michael Dukakis. This is the unspoken secret of this convention and campaign
  4. Questions for Clinton
    Rich Lowry
    National Review
    Mr. President, you said Bush cut your taxes. Have you paused to think that maybe the tax cuts, like at least a few other things in life, aren't about you personally?
  5. An accurate definition of the enemy
    Daniel Pipes
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    The Islamist outlook represents not a hijacking of Islam, as is often but wrongly claimed; rather it emerges from a "long tradition of extreme intolerance" within Islam
  6. GOP to track Kerry's 'extreme makeover'
    Donald Lambro
    The Washington Times
    The Democrats will be giving Sen. John Kerry "an extreme makeover" at their party's national convention to cover up the candidate's 20-year liberal voting record, Republican leaders charged
  7. The return of the left
    Tod Lindberg
    The Washington Times
    Oh, if you looked for it, you could find it, in the pages of the Nation, in politico-literary circles, among the European cultural elite. But as far as American national politics has been concerned, this left has been simply irrelevant
  1. Delegates nominate Bill (or Gephardt)
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    The idea here is to convince doubtful voters that the Democrats can be trusted to be tough on terrorism and won't create some kind of feel-good liberal bleeding-heart program like enrolling terrorists in bowling leagues
  2. Homeland Security horoscope
    John Breneman
    Humor Gazette
    TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Good day to assess your surroundings for vulnerabilities and take protective measures to mitigate them
  3. Convention Protestors Will Protest Directly from Jail
    Real Stupid News
    "Once we get to the free speech area, we plan to lie down and, like, cease all cooperation with the authorities, forcing them to arrest us and take us to...wait a minute...man, this sucks."
  4. Phoenix Residents Urged to Turn Down AC
    Annabelle Garay
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    Residents are accustomed to working in offices so frigid they get goosebumps. When they go to the movies, eat at restaurants or stroll through the mall, they sometimes take along sweaters

Monday, July 26, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. The Terror Web
    Lawrence Wright
    The New Yorker
    Were the Madrid bombings part of a new, far-reaching jihad being plotted on the Internet?
  2. What Price Unanimity?
    Ray McGovern
    TomPaine.com
    Chartered to “prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” the commission might have been expected to devote considerable effort to discerning the “why” of the attacks
  3. Bush Set to Act on Advice of 9/11 Panel
    Mike Allen
    The Washington Post
    Bush is headed toward backing some variation of the Sept. 11 commission's call for a national intelligence director who would report directly to the president
  4. Afghan Minority Revels in Power to Vote
    Hamida Ghafour
    The Los Angeles Times
    The ethnic Hazaras, who were brutally suppressed by the Taliban regime, are seeking revenge by turning to democracy
  5. Officers Question Visibility of Army in Iraq
    Thomas E. Ricks
    The Washington Post
    Some top U.S. military officers are questioning whether the practice of keeping U.S. troops highly visible in Iraq is doing more harm than good
  6. Saddam's day: gardening, reading and eating muffins
    Michael Howard
    The Guardian (UK)
    Saddam Hussein is spending his time in solitary confinement writing poetry, gardening, reading the Qur'an and snacking on American muffins and cookies. One of his poems is about his arch-enemy George Bush
  7. Western Ways Force Iraq to Trim Water Projects
    James Glanz
    The New York Times
    Overhead costs of Western contractors are cutting into the money for water projects
  8. 2 million reasons for withdrawing 51 troops
    Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    For most Filipino opinion-makers -- and from the standpoint of the Philippines' national interest -- pulling out of Iraq was not a "wrong signal" to terrorists. The wrong signal was to send a troop contingent to begin with
  9. Pentagon memo reveals bugging
    Rowan Scarborough
    The Washington Times
    When the Bush administration took over the Pentagon's beleaguered inspector general office in 2002, officials found something startling: The director's office, at some point, had been electronically bugged
  10. US raising stakes over Darfur crisis
    Abraham McLaughlin
    The Christian Science Monitor
    This week Washington is expected to introduce a UN Security Council resolution that threatens sanctions against Sudan if it doesn't disarm Arab militias who have been attacking, raping, and killing black villagers in Darfur
  11. Who's a Pirate? Russia Points Back at the U.S.
    C.J. Chivers
    The New York Times
    Since the collapses of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein's army in Iraq, the United States has been purchasing or arranging the transfer of thousands of knockoffs of Kalashnikovs commonly referred to as AK-47's, to outfit new military and security forces
  1. Where Do They Stand?
    Sarah Binder, Thomas Mann, Alan Murphy and Paul Sahre
    The New York Times
    Any assertion that the Democratic candidates are out of the mainstream might easily be applied to the Republicans as well
  2. Editorial: Kerry's chance to shine
    The Guardian (UK)
    It is not just a narrow majority of American voters who, according to current polls, want Mr Bush to be defeated in November. It is an overwhelming majority of the citizens of other lands
  3. Polls foretell tight race for president
    Associated Press
    The St. Petersburg Times
    The presidential contest in Florida this year could be as tight a race as the 2000 election, according to the results of another survey that finds President Bush and Democrat John Kerry in a statistical dead heat
  4. As Dems gather, race is tight Kerry and Bush split key states
    Susan Page
    USA Today
    Surveys in a trio of swing states -- Florida, Ohio and Missouri -- show neither candidate with a safe lead in any of them. But Democrat John Kerry is ahead by 5 points among likely voters in Ohio
  5. Undecided Voters Still Uncertain of Kerry
    Stephanie Simon
    The Los Angeles Times
    From this informal focus group, a clear theme emerged: From Florida to Ohio to Colorado to Alaska, undecided voters may be dissatisfied with Bush, but they're not convinced that Kerry is worth their mark on the ballot
  6. How should John Kerry talk about values?
    Salon.com
    Rep. Barney Frank, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Alan Wolfe, Thomas Frank, Andrew Greeley and others weigh in on how Kerry should define America -- and defeat Bush's morality crusade
  7. The Copycat Convention
    Chris Suellentrop
    Slate
    I wonder if this convention will be as restrained as the one Republicans held four years ago. There's a big-name loose cannon on the bill on each of the first three nights
  8. Kerry Knocks Bush's Record
    Mark Z. Barabak and Matea Gold
    The Los Angeles Times
    "Four more years of jobs being lost?" Kerry asked rhetorically. "Four more years of the deficit growing bigger and bigger? Four more years of losing our allies around the world?"
  9. Modest Proposal
    David Kusnet
    The New Republic
    Kerry need not try to give a great speech; he should try to give a good one
  10. A Transformed Al Gore Returns to the Spotlight at a Risky Moment
    Katharine Q. Seelye
    The New York Times
    Mr. Gore, 56, would have to "walk a fine line between exciting the base of the Democratic Party and reaching out to people in the television audience who are unaffiliated and don't go in for a lot of rally and pep talk"
  11. A 'powerful reminder' to rally Dems tonight
    Bill Nichols
    USA Today
    What isn't in dispute, even among Gore's friends, is that he has taken an unorthodox, surprising and sometimes even bewildering approach to making the transition from titular head of the Democratic Party to citizen-activist
  12. Shining, Happy People: The Dems Hit Boston
    David Corn
    The Nation
    CommonDreams.org
    Despite all the warm-and-fuzzy feel-goodism of the convention, the structural disconnects of the Democratic Party remain evident
  13. ‘Rainbow’ votes are key to victory
    Jesse Jackson
    The Boston Globe
    Democratic presidential nominees have now outpolled GOP nominees for three elections in a row. Each time the Republican nominee won the most white votes while the Democratic nominee won the most "rainbow" votes
  14. Kerry seeks breakthrough in Ohio
    Suzanne Goldenberg
    The Guardian (UK)
    This sliver of north Columbus, where the neighbours spent the weekend mowing their lawns and planting small American flags next to the zinnias, is an electoral ground zero
  15. PBS anchor chides big 3 networks as shirking convention duty
    Mark Jurkowitz
    The Boston Globe
    PBS "NewsHour" anchor Jim Lehrer rebuked the big three anchors for their networks' decision to air only three hours of prime-time coverage at each national convention this summer
  16. Candidates, don't cut up the country
    Ross K. Baker
    USA Today
    It is never a good idea for a presidential candidate to publicly write off a section of the country as unwinnable or disdainfully brush it aside
  17. The Committee on the Present Confusion
    Patrick J. Buchanan
    The Miami Herald
    The declaration of principles and purposes of the new committee helps explain why support for President Bush's war is crumbling. It is pure mush
  18. Protesters Arrested for Aping Abu Ghraib as Bush Motorcade Approached
    The Progressive
    "They called us scumbags and faggots," he says. "One guy came up to us and said, 'I don't care how many people we have to kill as long as my gasoline prices are lower.' "
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Editorial: The ABB Democrats
    The Wall Street Journal
    For a party that believes it is the vanguard of history, Democrats seem awfully cautious about their ideas. To the extent that they're hawking any agenda at all this year, it is watered-down Clintonism
  2. The Fire this Time
    William J. Bennett
    National Review
    It is not heat you turned up in your campaign to end the Bush presidency, it is fiery hate
  3. Kerry’s Bad Company
    Byron York
    National Review
    Sure it's been tough, but you better get used to it. If you keep hanging around with the likes of Berger, Wilson, and Cleland, you'll have plenty more problems in the future
  4. When tax cuts lose to spending
    Bruce Bartlett
    The Washington Times
    Republicans now promote tax cuts simply for their own sake, with no concern for their structure, economic impact or fiscal consequences. As a result, I think they are creating a grave mess
  1. Do Not Remove from Visor
    Bruce McCall
    The New Yorker
    Reminder: A small car may snag on the S.U.V.’s undercarriage during such a maneuver. If scraping noises persist, stop, step out of the vehicle, and examine the undercarriage for damage
  2. The Boondocks
    Aaron McGruder
    Pull your pants up!!
  3. Prodigious hemming meets maximum hawing
    Will Durst
    WorkingForChange.com
    All too appropriately, the presumptive nominee threw a knuckleball. Literally and figuratively. Either this guy is a great fan, awfully brave, or is unfamiliar with the longstanding tradition of baseball fans booing politicians

Sunday, July 25, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Correcting the Record on Sept. 11, in Great Detail
    Philip Shenon
    The New York Times
    In meticulous detail, the 567-page report, including 116 pages of detailed footnotes in tiny, eye-straining type, rewrote the history of Sept. 11, 2001, correcting the historical record in ways large and small and shattering myths
  2. Honorable Commission, Toothless Report
    Richard A. Clarke
    The New York Times
    Among the obvious truths that were documented but unarticulated were the facts that the Bush administration did little on terrorism before 9/11, and that by invading Iraq the administration has left us less safe as a nation
  3. A Secret Deportation Of Terror Suspects
    Craig Whitlock
    The Washington Post
    The CIA refers to such cases as "extraordinary renditions," the fast and forcible transfer of foreign terrorism suspects to other countries, often their places of origin, where they can be detained or interrogated more freely, often without all the legal protections available
  4. Mission Impossible
    David E. Kaplan
    U.S. News and World Report
    The inside story of how a band of reformers tried--and failed--to change America's spy agencies
  5. Sept. 11 Commission Purposely Avoided Judgments on Iraq War
    Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
    The Washington Post
    Commissioners quickly concluded in their deliberations that any judgment on the wisdom of the Iraq war would scuttle their hope to present unanimous judgments
  6. Spinning Our Safety
    Maureen Dowd
    The New York Times
    President Bush was unsure of himself, relying too much on a vice president whose deep, calm voice belied a deeply cracked world view
  7. Congress' toughest task: change itself
    Edward Epstein
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    The commission and some congressional leaders warn that the need for Congress to revamp its old ways involves much more than moving boxes around an organizational chart
  8. Darfur's deep grievances defy all hopes for an easy solution
    Alex de Waal
    The Observer (UK)
    Darfur, the war-torn province in western Sudan where a terrible humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, has yet more awful secrets to divulge
  9. Editorial: Decades of Bad Iran Policy
    The Los Angeles Times
    The Iran-Al Qaeda link is thinner than Iran's nuclear ambitions, but it's further evidence that the Bush administration chose to see only what would bolster its obsession with toppling Saddam Hussein
  10. No Shortage of Fighters in Iraq's Wild West
    Patrick J. McDonnell
    The Los Angeles Times
    Marines in the key city of Ramadi dig in and wait anxiously for the battle to come to them. The goal isn't victory; it's to stave off chaos
  11. Art Imitates Iraqi Life in All Its Chaos and Misery
    Jeffrey Gettleman
    The New York Times
    The war in Iraq has been especially disillusioning for young Iraqi artists, many of whom believed the American promises of freedom
  12. New Iraqi Government Facing Its First Big Test
    Robin Wright
    The Washington Post
    Iraq's fragile new government faces its first big political test this week: holding a national conference that is a pivotal element of the country's postwar evolution
  13. Afghanistan: 'The good but forgotten war'
    David Tarrant
    The Dallas Morning News
    Many soldiers returning from Afghanistan are frustrated by the lack of news about Afghanistan
  14. As Tensions Subside Between Two Koreas, U.S. Strives to Adjust
    Anthony Faiola
    The Washington Post
    The U.S. military realignment combined with the rapprochement is raising new questions about the U.S. role in this part of Asia
  15. The Quest for the Nonkiller App.
    Stephen Mihm
    The New York Times
    The Pentagon is developing a new class of sci-fi-like "nonlethal" weapons. But will they make war any safer or easier?
  16. Editorial: Indefensible Defense Budgeting
    The New York Times
    There is no question that the escalating costs of this misconceived war in Iraq have become a continuing drain on America's ability to fight terrorism elsewhere. Until Washington finds a way to internationalize the responsibility for solving the problems it has unleashed, it needs to factor those costs honestly into the military budget
  1. Voters Are Very Settled, Intense and Partisan, and It's Only July
    Robin Toner
    The New York Times
    Rarely has a presidential campaign been this intense, this polarized, this partisan, this early
  2. The Solitary Soldier
    Evan Thomas
    Newsweek
    From childhood to combat to the Senate, exploring the roots of John Kerry's enigmatic character
  3. Kerry Sees Hope of Gaining Edge on Terror Issue
    Adam Nagourney
    The New York Times
    Mr. Kerry pointed to his military record and criticized Mr. Bush's terrorism policies in declaring that he would challenge the president on what polls suggest is Mr. Bush's greatest strength
  4. Kerry war letters show his conflicts
    Michael Kranish
    The Boston Globe
    The glimpses into Kerry's thinking provide at least a partial portrait of a young man wrestling with matters of war, duty, and sacrifice, and slowly changing his mind
  5. Kerry's Strategy Accents Positive
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    John F. Kerry's strategy for the Democratic National Convention rests on a bet that voters are ready to change direction and need more to be reassured about his virtues than persuaded that President Bush has failed
  6. They're All Clintonians Now
    Albert R. Hunt
    The Wall Street Journal
    The former president remains a controversial figure, his role in history unsettled and disputed, but his impact on the party is enormous. He moved the Democrats to the center while keeping the party's political base energized
  7. Loony Over Labels
    Michael Kinsley
    The Washington Post
    The opinion that the Democrats need to foreswear McGovernism and prove their commitment to moderation is one of the very safest in all of punditry
  8. Party Throws Its Weight Behind Kerry Ticket
    David Von Drehle
    The Washington Post
    While the party is emphatically and energetically anti-Bush, Democrats are a bit fuzzier on the subject of what they support
  9. The new democrats
    Terence Samuel
    U.S. News and World Report
    From one end of the party to the other--liberals, moderates, progressives, New Dems, "blue dogs," women, blacks, Hispanics, gays--a kind of fever has taken hold to drive President Bush from office
  10. Will Kerry's Caution Pay Off at the Polls?
    Ramesh Ponnuru
    The Los Angeles Times
    If he wins the White House, it would be because Democrats started the campaign with the loyalty of nearly half the voters, and Kerry made smart moves to court the remainder, not because people were excited about a Kerry presidency
  11. Dead heat...landslide ahead?
    Robert G. Kaiser
    The Houston Chronicle
    This year's race feels a lot like 1980. Then as now, a majority of the electorate disapproved of the incumbent's performance. Then as now, the party out of power was energized, and had raised a lot of money
  12. Rooting For Kerry
    Brian Braiker
    Newsweek
    Young voters still prefer the senator to the president. But the majority of under-30s feel the Dems are too liberal, according to the latest GENEXT poll
  13. Kerry vs. Bush
    Michael Duffy
    Time
    Campaign 2004 could turn out to be a fight for the margins of the margins. The number of undecided voters keeps dwindling—it's now 6%—and more than 80% of voters say they will not change their mind
  14. Rock Royalty to Join Voices Against Bush With Fall Concerts
    Geoff Boucher
    The Los Angeles Times
    Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and a deep roster of other rock stars will unite for politically minded concerts this fall that will give voice to dissatisfaction with the Bush administration
  15. What's the Presidential Tipping Point?
    Michael Oreskes
    The New York Times
    The question for Mr. Bush is how damaged is his bond with the voters? Has he tipped into a negative zone from which he cannot recover? Or can he win a second term?
  16. Leave It to Cleaver
    Rick Perlstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    In the Case of the Star-Studded Hate Fest, I'd like to congratulate Republicans on a nice play. The only thing that frustrates me is that Democrats never try the same thing
  17. What makes George run?
    David Gergen
    The Boston Globe
    To those who have observed presidential decision-making over the past decades, the Bush approach is disconcerting at best
  18. Wiring the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy
    Matt Bai
    The New York Times
    A new generation of entrepreneurs is ready to spend tens of mill ions of dollars to rejuvenate liberal politics and reinvent the Democratic Party. And forget about 2004. The elections that matter start in 2008
  19. What you won't hear
    Ralph Nader
    The Boston Globe
    Rather than ideas, this convention is about power and avoidance: the power of big business and special interests and the avoidance of any issues that might draw a clear distinction between our two leading political parties
  20. Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?
    Daniel Okrent
    The New York Times
    The fattest file on my hard drive is jammed with letters from the disappointed, the dismayed and the irate who find in this newspaper a liberal bias
  21. Corporate cash is conventions' mother's milk
    Zachary Coile
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Corporations, labor unions and other interest groups have long helped pick up the tab for the nominating events of both major parties, but this year donors are spending record amounts
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Kerry 'Will Have It Both Ways'
    William F. Weld
    Newsweek
    With this said, in my view, President Bush will prevail. While Senator Kerry is highly articulate, his appeal is intellectual, not emotional
  2. Four Questions for Kerry
    William Kristol
    The Weekly Standard
    John Kerry opposed President Reagan's policy of providing military aid to the anti-Communist resistance in Central America. He opposed the first Gulf War. He voted against the $87 billion necessary to continue prosecuting the current war in Iraq
  3. Freedom vs. Dependency
    Myron Magnet
    The Wall Street Journal
    At the heart of the War on Poverty was the utterly debilitating message that the worst-off were victims: that the larger society, "the system," rather than their own behavior, was to blame
  4. Few Sure Things in This Race
    George F. Will
    The Washington Post
    More U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq in July (48 as of Saturday afternoon, Eastern time) than in June (42). But since Iraq acquired sovereignty, of sorts, the war has faded somewhat
  5. How big a problem in Iraq?
    Karl Zinsmeister
    The Washington Times
    The U.S. faces a tough and serious guerrilla fight in Iraq. It is, however, not a popular revolt, a mass insurgency
  6. Editorial: Kerry, Edwards and values
    The Washington Times
    It is a safe bet that the tens of millions of Americans who hold traditional, conservative values very dear will have no problem telling the difference between shameless pretenders and the real McCoys
  1. Damn You And Your Bipartisan 9/11 Commission
    A Terrorist
    Confusion Road
    Soon, the Americans will have a national intelligence czar. A czar, do you hear me? He will have unimaginable power!
  2. The Boondocks
    Aaron McGruder
    Critical undecided voter, which candidate are you leaning toward?
  3. Getting back in tune with swinging '60s
    Dave Barry
    The Miami Herald
    It had been a long time, so for the first hour we just sat around, doing what guys do when they haven't seen each other for years and have experienced a lot of important life changes: We compared cellphones

Saturday, July 24, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Editorial: Abu Ghraib, Whitewashed
    The New York Times
    The report pins most of the blame on those depressingly familiar culprits, a few soldiers who behaved badly
  2. Editorial: An Army Whitewash
    The Washington Post
    The Pentagon cannot be counted on to reliably or thoroughly investigate the prisoner abuse affair. An independent probe by an outside authority is desperately needed
  3. Bin Laden's Inner Circle Eludes CIA
    Walter Pincus
    The Washington Post
    The CIA has intelligence agents inside Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network -- as it did before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- but they are not within the terrorist leader's inner circle
  4. Contrasting Approaches to Terrorism
    Glenn Kessler
    The Washington Post
    President Bill Clinton preferred reading detailed intelligence memos, which he marked up with notes and comments in order to receive written responses. President Bush sought early-morning, face-to-face briefings from CIA Director George J. Tenet
  5. 9/11 panel unable to resolve a mystery
    Cam Simpson
    The Chicago Tribune
    Did Al Qaeda have operatives or fellow travelers planted inside the U.S. to help the suicide hijackers when they arrived?
  6. War of Ideology
    David Brooks
    The New York Times
    We are facing, the report notes, a loose confederation of people who believe in a perverted stream of Islam that stretches from Ibn Taimaya to Sayyid Qutb. Terrorism is just the means they use
  7. The Sarajevo of Iraq: Worsening Kurdish-Arab Friction Threatens the Region
    Dilip Hiro
    TomDispatch.com
    CommonDreams.org
    Viewing Iraq as a whole, it is safe to say that if the country slides into a civil war, it would not be between Sunnis and Shias, but between Arabs and Kurds -- and it will start in Kirkuk
  8. Sunni leaders press insurgents to fight US forces, not Iraqis
    Thanassis Cambanis
    The Boston Globe
    Religious, tribal, and political leaders in the Sunni heartland say they are encouraging Iraqi insurgents to fight on, but to focus on attacking US troops and stop killing Iraqi civilians and security forces
  9. Engagement Announcement
    Lawrence F. Kaplan
    The New Republic
    Unlike Bush, Kerry has a coherent Iran policy. Too bad it's delusional
  10. What to do About Iran?
    Tony Karon
    Time
    The 9/11 Commission cites limited Qaeda-Iran ties. But has the Iraq invasion strengthened Tehran's hand?
  11. Islamist takeovers a real threat, 9/11 panelist says
    Guy Taylor
    The Washington Times
    The threat of Islamist extremists taking over Pakistan or Saudi Arabia is real and could "fundamentally change the balance of security in the world," September 11 commission member John F. Lehman said
  12. In Russia, No TV Time for Dissent
    Masha Lipman
    The Washington Post
    Putin's Kremlin has matured and is no longer kidding around. The purpose of national television, it has been made clear, is to ensure favorable coverage of the government
  13. Anti-Laundering Net Lets Big Fish Slip
    Marcela Sanchez
    The Washington Post
    Ironically, banks could learn something from those hundreds of non-bank licensed money transmitters that send billions around the world from small and inconspicuous offices in immigrant and ethnic communities
  14. Defense IG report slams Lockheed Martin's plane
    Associated Press
    The Washington Times
    The Air Force has spent $2.6 billion to buy 50 planes that do not meet the military's requirements and cannot be flown in combat zones, Pentagon investigators reported
  1. Take this advice, Democrats
    Dan Payne
    The Boston Globe
    Use this value-laden word: "Halliburton." All speakers should say Halliburton no less than six times
  2. Activists ponder DNC strategy
    Anne-Marie O'Connor
    The Los Angeles Times
    Left-wing Democrats are debating whether organized protests will split their ranks
  3. Kerry Trails Slightly in Electoral Votes
    Ron Fournier
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    Kerry has 14 states and the District of Columbia in his column for 193 electoral votes. Bush has 25 states for 217 votes, according to an Associated Press analysis
  4. In Pennsylvania, a Parallel Campaign, Neither Neutral Nor Partisan
    Elizabeth Rosenthal
    The New York Times
    Members of 527 committees that hope to defeat President Bush are campaigning door-to-door but they cannot specifically urge people to vote for John Kerry or against Mr. Bush
  5. Bush Service Records From '72, Thought Lost, Are Discovered
    Ralph Blumenthal
    The New York Times
    In releasing the data, the administration noted that it was not including the payroll records from the third quarter of 1972 - that is, July, August and September - because, according to the Defense Financial Accounting Service, they "were apparently lost when they were being transferred to microfiche"
  6. Strong Words by Democrats
    Janet Hook
    The Los Angeles Times
    With the nation still on edge about terrorism, Democrats in Boston will adopt a platform that places more emphasis on military and security issues than at any time since the height of the Cold War
  7. Redefining Democratic Fundraising
    Thomas B. Edsall, James V. Grimaldi and Alice R. Crites
    The Washington Post
    John F. Kerry has created the most effective fundraising machine in Democratic Party history by tapping disparate interests -- trial lawyers, financial services executives, social liberals, teachers, Hollywood figures and others -- united by their antipathy to President Bush
  8. Dean’s Permanent Campaign
    David Moberg
    In These Times
    After former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s protest-fueled primary campaign crashed, he reconstituted his effort as Democracy for America
  9. Sen. Shelby the subject of probe on 9/11 intelligence leak
    Pete Williams and Robert Windrem
    NBC News
    Information about a criminal investigation of possible intelligence leaks by Sen. Richard Shelby was referred to the Senate Ethics Committee
  10. Byrd vs. Bush
    Mary Jacoby
    Salon.com
    Of the 11 presidents he has served with, Byrd gives Bush the lowest grade -- lower, even, than for President Nixon, who resigned under the threat of impeachment
  11. McKinney and Bush: A winning combination?
    Cynthia Tucker
    WorkingForChange.com
    Thanks to the machinations of the Bush White House and Halliburton, McKinney's remarks about profiteering from the Iraq war don't sound nearly as wacko as they did two years ago
  12. 45% say Kerry should quit seat, poll indicates
    The Boston Globe
    59 percent said they ''are concerned" that Kerry ''missed 70 percent of the votes in the Senate over the last two years"
  13. An Open Letter to Progressives: Vote Kerry and Cobb
    Medea Benjamin/Peter Coyote/John Eder/Daniel Ellsberg et al
    CommonDreams.org
    David Cobb has earned our endorsement in safe states by deftly steering the Green Party toward a nuanced strategy dedicated to ousting Bush
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Addressing Urban League, President Bush Offers African-American Community a
    georgewbush.com
    Is it a good thing for the African American community to be represented mainly by one political party? That's a legitimate question
  1. Bush proposes commission to read 9/11 report
    Andy Borowitz
    The Borowitz Report
    “It should have been at least 400 pages longer,” Mr. Clinton said. “As it is, it’s more like a pamphlet"
  2. John Edwards Cites Experience
    Chortler
    Hi, I'm John Edwards, the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president. There has been a lot of talk from the other side recently about my lack of experience

Friday, July 23, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Complete 9/11 Commission Report
    Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format
  2. A country found wanting
    Steven Morris, Ewen MacAskill, Owen Bowcott, Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The Guardian (UK)
    Three years on, the inquest into the biggest loss of life from an attack on US reveals institutional ineptness that left it vulnerable to al-Qaida
  3. Swift Action on Advice From the 9/11 Commission Is Unlikely
    Todd S. Purdum
    The New York Times
    The partisan wrangling of a presidential election and the capital's entrenched resistance to change make swift action unlikely
  4. CIA-Like Counterterror Center Urged
    Dana Priest and Walter Pincus
    The Washington Post
    The national counterterrorism center, the most radical of the reform proposals set forth by the commission, would report to a new national intelligence director who would have budgetary and operational control over all 15 intelligence agencies and departments
  5. 'Operational Relationship' With Al Qaeda Discounted
    R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Washington Post
    Although recent polls have shown that more than 40 percent of the American public is still convinced that Iraq collaborated with al Qaeda and had a role in the terrorist attacks, the commission reported finding no evidence of a "collaborative operational relationship"
  6. Decay and complacency behind the facade
    Julian Borger
    The Guardian (UK)
    The September 11 commission has revealed not the mighty apparatus of popular imagination but a dysfunctional contraption incapable of protecting the country
  7. Panel strikes balance between blame for past, concern for future
    Marc Sandalow
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Kerry's surrogates took direct issue with the commission's finding that the nation is safer than it was in 2001
  8. Agencies missed opportunities
    USA Today
    The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks identified 10 ''missed opportunities'' by U.S. agencies to detect or stop them
  9. Who's in Charge Here?
    Gail Sheehy
    Mother Jones
    When Gorelick asked the Secretary of Defense what he had done to protect the nation—or even the Pentagon—during the “summer of threat” preceding the attacks, Rumsfeld replied simply that “it was a law-enforcement issue.”
  10. Show Me the Money
    Fred Kaplan
    Slate
    Everything that the panel wants to do has been tried, in one way or another, in the past. The government doesn't change in so dramatic a fashion unless the president pushes hard
  11. Army Calls Abuses of Detainees 'Aberrations'
    Mark Mazzetti
    The Los Angeles Times
    The study cites 94 cases of mistreatment, but incidents at Abu Ghraib are considered a single offense. Some senators doubt its thoroughness
  12. How John Kerry should handle Iraq
    Salon.com
    Thoughts on President Bush's foreign policy debacle -- and what the Democratic presidential nominee should say and do about it -- from John Judis, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Michael Lind and more
  13. Fallujah parallels in Ramadi
    Ann Scott Tyson
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The escalation of violence in this Sunni city about 70 miles west of Baghdad presents a difficult Catch-22 for US commanders
  14. Iraqis More Eager to Help Police
    Carol J. Williams
    The Los Angeles Times
    Authorities have no comparative statistics for the time when U.S. officials were in charge, but they say Iraqis are far more eager to cooperate with fellow Iraqis than they were with the occupiers
  15. Bush or Kerry? In Baghdad, political passions run high
    Annia Ciezadlo
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Two months ago, independent Iraqi pollster Sadoun Dulame asked 3,075 Iraqis from all over the country which US candidate they preferred. Most Iraqis scorned the question, but about 15 percent responded passionately - almost all Bush backers
  16. Accounting and Accountability
    Paul Krugman
    The New York Times
    When a foreign power takes control of an oil-rich nation's resources, it inevitably faces suspicion about its motives. Fairly or not, the locals are all too ready to believe that the invaders came to steal their oil
  17. Eroding trust among Arabs
    Derrick Z. Jackson
    The Boston Globe
    Since April 2002, already low favorable attitudes toward the United States have plummeted in Jordan from 34 percent to 15 percent, in Morocco from 38 percent to 11 percent, in Egypt from 15 percent to 2 percent, and in Saudi Arabia from 12 percent to 4 percent
  18. In Darfur, Appalling Atrocity, but Is That Genocide?
    Marc Lacey
    The New York Times
    If what is happening in Darfur is genocide, as many contend, the United States and other governments would be compelled to step in and put a stop to it
  19. Paying the Pumper
    J. Robinson West
    The Washington Post
    What the world is running short of is production capacity. There's plenty of oil -- we just can't get it out of the ground
  1. For the Bush Camp, a Well-Cushioned Blow
    Dana Milbank and Mike Allen
    The Washington Post
    In the effort to turn the recommendations into law -- or at least to make the fight an election issue -- Democrats may find the commission more helpful than it ultimately proved to be at finger-pointing
  2. Presidential race is tied before convention
    Susan Page and William Risser
    USA Today
    The race remains essentially tied. Kerry is at 47% among likely voters, Bush at 46% and independent candidate Ralph Nader at 4%. Among registered voters, Kerry is at 47%, Bush at 43% and Nader at 5%
  3. Bush, Kerry Neck and Neck in Survey
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    In the new survey, he leads Bush by 48% to 46% in a two-way matchup; last month he led by 7 percentage points. In a three-way contest, Kerry now draws 46%, Bush 44% and Nader 3%; last month, Kerry held a 6-percentage-point lead
  4. NBC poll: Bush, Kerry in a dead heat
    Mark Murray
    NBC News
    MSNBC
    According to the poll, the Bush-Cheney ticket gets the support from 47 percent of registered voters, Kerry-Edwards gets 45 percent, and independent candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate Peter Camejo get 2 percent
  5. Kerry Polls Better in 1 Key State, Closely in Another
    Ronald Brownstein
    The Los Angeles Times
    Sen. John F. Kerry has opened a substantial lead over President Bush in Pennsylvania, while the two remain closely matched in Florida
  6. Public Keeping Its Cool Over Election Effect of 'Fahrenheit'
    John Horn
    The Los Angeles Times
    Michael Moore's sharply satirical attack on President Bush and his administration appears to be wielding less influence among potential voters than the filmmaker and his supporters might have hoped
  7. On Iraq, 'the president broke his word'
    Jill Lawrence and Martin Kasindorf
    USA Today
    Giving Bush the authority he sought ''was appropriate and is authority I would have wanted as president,'' Kerry said Thursday in an interview with USA TODAY. ''He didn't use the authority correctly.'
  8. The peace president
    Molly Ivins
    WorkingForChange.com
    Total number of Americans killed so far is 901, but the new line is: What War? We turned it over to the Iraqis, see?
  9. A Small Victory for Progressives
    Steven Rosenfeld
    Alternet
    The way to get a progressive platform for the Democratic party is not through negotation or coalition building. It's about winning
  10. The Speech
    Kenneth S. Baer
    The American Prospect
    Six lessons for John Kerry and his speechwriters from someone who's been there and done that
  11. Editorial: The Berger Affair
    The Washington Post
    It's hard not to be repulsed by the reaction to the affair by President Bush's campaign spokesmen and Republicans in Congress
  12. This time, it's a cordial encounter
    Associated Press
    The Boston Globe
    A polite nod was all that passed between Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, when they met in the White House yesterday
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. “Mugged”
    Rich Lowry
    National Review
    "We were mugged by Viacom," Republican commissioner John Lehman says, referring to the owner of the publisher of Richard Clarke's book, Against All Enemies, and the owner of CBS
  2. Axis of Evil, Part Two
    Charles Krauthammer
    The Washington Post
    The Iraq critics would have done nothing about either country. There would today be two major Islamic countries sitting on an ocean of oil, supporting terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction -- instead of one
  3. Reading the 9/11 Report
    Andrew C. McCarthy
    National Review
    What they find after all this careful study should not be dismissed out of hand. But there's reason to be highly skeptical. Oh, and did I mention that the Democratic National Convention starts Monday?
  4. Out of Commission
    George Neumayr
    The American Spectator
    What the Commission calls a "failure of imagination" amounts to blinding liberalism, which is on display in its own report
  5. The next strike
    Walid Phares
    The Washington Times
    I believe that the jihadists have a sophisticated view of their enemies; hence, they do aim at the internal political processes of the systems they fight against. Political conventions are targets
  1. Phriday List Phabulousness: Semi-current Events Edition
    McSweeney's
    My vice president has withstood four heart attacks. What's Senator Edwards ever withstanded?
  2. Doonesbury
    G.B. Trudeau
    Ucomics.com
    But shouldn't your guys wink or something?

Thursday, July 22, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. Before Report's Release, It's a Question of Angles
    David E. Sanger
    The New York Times
    The early leaks seems to suggest that the commission was generous in passing out blame to all
  2. 9/11 Commission Offers Critiques On Many Fronts
    Dan Eggen and Dafna Linzer
    The Washington Post
    Today's report by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will roam far beyond the hijacking plot and the government's failure to detect it
  3. Better Spies Won't Add Up to Better Foreign Policy
    Robert B. Reich
    The Los Angeles Times
    A system that doesn't warn of real threats and does warn of unreal ones is a broken system
  4. Fortress America
    Timothy Garton Ash
    The Guardian (UK)
    Bush's election chances may depend on the ruthless ingenuity of al-Qaida, while Kerry's election chances may depend on the ability of Bush's department of homeland security to combat it
  5. Running Low on Ammo
    Renae Merle
    The Washington Post
    As billions of dollars have poured into the technology for futuristic warfare, the government has fallen behind on more mundane needs -- such as bullets
  6. Our Forgotten Panic
    Richard Cohen
    The Washington Post
    I mention anthrax for the simple reason that no one does anymore. It's a curious silence since, along with the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, it all but dominated the news
  7. What the Court Really Said
    Ronald Dworkin
    The New York Review of Books
    Though the Court did insist that even in war executive detention of suspected enemy combatants must be subject to some form of review by a neutral tribunal, it suggested rules of procedure for any such review that omit important traditional protections
  8. Disaster in Darfur
    John Ryle
    The New York Review of Books
    Over the last sixteen months a disaster has been unfolding in Darfur, one that is agonizingly familiar to observers of Sudan during the past two decades
  9. Editorial: The Stakes in Darfur
    The Washington Post
    It is as though, in the wake of the West's failure to prevent Rwanda's genocide, the gods of history are asking, okay, if we give you a second chance and months of warning, will you do better?
  10. State Dept. Criticizes Focus of Iraq Effort
    Mary Curtius and Paul Richter
    The Los Angeles Times
    The agency, which has taken the reins on the reconstruction program, says money needs to shift from big projects to job creation
  11. Fearing Big Battle, Residents Flee
    Doug Struck
    The Washington Post
    Tens of thousands of people have fled Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, in recent weeks, expecting a showdown between U.S. troops and heavily armed groups within the city
  12. Editorial: Unmuzzled press
    The Houston Chronicle
    By allowing Al-Hawza to print again, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi reversed the U.S. blunder. In the process, he proved his commitment to one of democracy's deepest ideals
  13. Anti-Iran sentiment hardening fast
    Howard LaFranchi
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Critics in Congress finger Iranian ties to Al Qaeda and influence in Iraq as cause for a tougher approach
  14. Iran Plan?
    Bradford Plumer
    Mother Jones
    In the end, the U.S. may very well have to live with a nuclear Iran , pace President Bush's assertion that he "would not tolerate" such a situation. This does not mean sitting back and doing nothing
  15. Lawless in Gaza
    The Economist (UK)
    Yasser Arafat is feeling the wrath of his own people, who have become increasingly frustrated at the corruption, nepotism and sheer uselessness of his crumbling regime
  16. N. Korea urged to disarm, follow example of Libya
    Andrew Salmon
    The Washington Times
    John Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said, however, that Pyongyang must make the first move before receiving any benefits
  17. Would China invade Taiwan?
    Robert Marquand
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Few analysts feel Beijing will attack the island of 23 million. However, dozens of arguments and schools of thought exist about why China might or might not take the fateful leap
  18. 'The Morning Quickie'
    Alma Guillermoprieto
    The New York Review of Books
    Four years into Mexico's newly minted electoral democracy, all is not as it should be with the body politic. One indication is that the host of the most influential news show in the capital is a clown
  19. Asphalt and the jungle
    The Economist (UK)
    A road project in the Amazon may be the world's boldest attempt to reconcile growth and conservation
  20. Bridge Over Still-Troubled Waters Rises Anew in Split Bosnian City
    Daniel Williams
    The Washington Post
    People in Mostar observe the reconstructed Old Bridge, which was originally built in the 16th century by the Ottoman Empire but fell in 1993
  1. Kerry Has Strong Advantage Among Latino Voters
    Richard Morin and Dan Balz
    The Washington Post
    Kerry enjoys a 2 to 1 advantage over Bush among Latino registered voters
  2. Bush zeroes in on Jewish vote
    Adam C. Smith
    The St. Petersburg Times
    The president is counting on his support of Israel to win over a voting bloc that has traditionally gone to Democrats
  3. The strange cases of the Berger memoranda and the Wilson mission
    Mary Jacoby
    Salon.com
    Smashmouth Republican tactics try to change the subject on the eve of the unveiling of the 9/11 commission's report
  4. Berger With a Side of Secret Documents
    Fred Kaplan
    Slate
    Is Samuel "Sandy" Berger a criminal, a pilferer, a sneak, or just clumsy?
  5. Armed and dangerous
    James K. Galbraith
    Salon.com
    Democrats had better assume that team Bush will do anything to win. For this White House, abuse of power isn't just a tactic, it's an identity
  6. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Making GOP Nervous
    Mike Glover
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream
  7. Clinton team helps Kerry set policy agenda
    Stephen J. Hedges
    The Chicago Tribune
    With the Democratic convention drawing near, Sen. John Kerry's team of well-known foreign policy advisers has played an increasingly important role
  8. More Jobs, Worse Work
    Stephen S. Roach
    The New York Times
    Employment in America is on the rise, but in general, the jobs that have been created are at the lower end of the economic spectrum
  9. Sales Clerk, Ph.D
    Jim Hightower
    Alternet
    The number one job-creator for America's future? Restaurant workers, including fast food. You don't need a high-tech degree, you need a hair net!
  10. The New Radicalism
    Rachel Neumann
    Alternet
    David Solnit's new book is a manual to help movements develop a strong clear analysis of what's wrong and why, a collection of visions of positive alternatives, and a resource and inspiration
  11. What Do We Stand For?
    Mark Green
    The Nation
    Just as conservatives regrouped, retooled and came back strong after their painful loss in 1964, there are multiplying signs of a progressive resurgence sparked by the extremism of the Bush Administration
  12. Can't Get Fooled Again
    Devin McKinney
    The American Prospect
    That Pete Townshend favored the Iraq War and denied use of his music in a film that was bound to inflict some salutary damage on the Bush-Blair axis -- while approving its use as theme music for both the CSI series and an allergy medication -- should disillusion precisely no one
  13. Tremor in Arnold's political brawn
    Mark Sappenfield
    The Christian Science Monitor
    In recent weeks, Mr. Schwarzenegger has been cast both as the despot and the weakling, at times denunciating Democrats as "girlie men" and at others appearing rudderless
  14. Blue Jays' Delgado Protests War in Iraq
    Ben Walker
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    Fervently anti-war, Carlos Delgado quietly carried out his personal protest this season, refusing to stand when "God Bless America" was played at ballparks across the majors
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Just Friends
    Stephen F. Hayes
    The Weekly Standard
    What tomorrow's 9/11 Commission final report will say about the Iraq-al Qaeda connection
  2. The Gap
    Hugh Hewitt
    The Weekly Standard
    Sandy Berger's pilfering of papers from the archive should be big trouble for the Democrats. Why is the press AWOL?
  3. The Indispensible Man
    Kate O'Beirne
    National Review
    Dick Cheney is the most consequential vice president in history
  4. New group to counter liberals
    Ralph Z. Hallow
    The Washington Times
    Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp and former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray are joining forces to counter MoveOn.Org and other liberal Democrat groups in the November elections
  5. Minding The Store In Congress
    Thomas M. Davis III
    The Washington Post
    I'm not new to politics. I understand why my committee's ranking Democrat and others feel the need to say "Halliburton" as often as humanly possible
  1. Alan Greenspan's Bedtime Stories: Jack and Jill
    Chortler
    Jack made an unexpected and instantaneous movement downward thereby relinquishing various perquisites, such as an ornamental jewelled headdress signifying sovereignty
  2. Tom the Dancing Bug
    Ruben Bolling
    Salon.com
    Super-Fun-Pak Comix: Ben Affleck's Hemorrhoids, Young Guy With an Old-Guy Face, and more
  3. Osama found in Sandy Berger's pants
    Andy Borowitz
    The Borowitz Report
    With the war on terror suddenly over, the White House was said to be casting about for another human emotion to declare war upon, with many speculating that the U.S. would soon announce a war on irritability or shyness

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

National Security / Foreign Affairs
U.S. Politics / Election 2004
  1. 9/11 Report to Cite 10 Missed Opportunities
    Dan Eggen and Mike Allen
    The Washington Post
    The final report by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks details as many as 10 missed opportunities by the Bush and Clinton administrations to detect or derail the deadly terrorist hijackings, but the panel stops short of saying the attacks should have been prevented
  2. Today, It's a Question of Whose Story Wins
    Joseph S. Nye Jr.
    The Los Angeles Times
    Internecine warfare between federal government departments, combined with weak oversight by the National Security Council, has hampered the fight against terrorism
  3. Alarm at US drift over Middle East
    Patrick Wintour
    The Guardian (UK)
    The analysis, written by the Department for International Development (DfID) in consultation with the Foreign Office, reveals the alarm within Whitehall at the disengagement of the Bush administration
  4. This malign spell has yet to be broken
    Duncan Campbell
    The Guardian (UK)
    Many Afghans, particularly in Kabul, clearly welcomed the removal of the Taliban. But the one thing that the Taliban did provide was security
  5. An Error of Supreme Dimensions
    William Greider
    The Nation
    His mistake is not a joking matter, of course. It may be the most egregious example of how Bush's pious self-assurance led the United States into an ill-fated war with colossal misrepresentation of the facts
  6. Intelligence Plan Draws Skepticism
    Douglas Jehl
    The New York Times
    The idea of installing a new, cabinet-level national intelligence director got a cool reception Tuesday in its first test in Congress
  7. Inside one day's fierce battle in Iraq
    Ann Scott Tyson
    The Christian Science Monitor
    In Baqubah, an attack of unexpected sophistication
  8. Tough-Guy Rumors Make Iraqis' Day
    Alissa J. Rubin
    The Los Angeles Times
    The image of the prime minister as judge and executioner is seen alternately as a vicious effort to destroy his reputation, a sign of his strength or simply a rumor that people want to believe
  9. Al Qaeda Relationship With Iran Is Debated
    Terry McDermott
    The Los Angeles Times
    Before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Al Qaeda operatives traveled through Iran to and from their training camps in Afghanistan because it was convenient and was considered free from Western surveillance
  10. Egypt's reformers take on old guard
    John Zaracostas
    The Washington Times
    Egypt's political and economic elites are in the midst of an intense policy tussle over the pace of change and the country's future
  11. Troops Could Stay Beyond Limit
    Mark Mazzetti
    The Los Angeles Times
    Pentagon is considering extending the tours of National Guard troops in Iraq who are nearing the 24-month active-duty maximum
  12. In Sudan crisis, a duty to intervene?
    G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Mixed responses even among like-minded groups provide a glimpse of a nation wrestling with a faraway crisis more easily deplored than fixed
  13. Saying No to Killers
    Nicholas D. Kristof
    The New York Times
    We, as individuals or as a nation, still can't muster the will to take minimal steps to save lives, like providing adequate food, water and medicine, and browbeating Sudan into halting the killing
  14. Mass Destruction in Small Packages
    Frida Berrigan
    World Policy Institute
    AlterNet
    The AK-47, the M-16 and other so-called "small arms" are responsible for the deaths of half a million people each year
  1. Politics aside, Berger's bungle is a jaw-dropper
    John Kass
    The Chicago Tribune
    You can almost see the clumsy, ham-handed fingerprints all over this leak, a pre-emptive strike at Thursday's release of the highly politicized 9/11 Commission's report
  2. Given W's poll problems, is Kerry's showing weak?
    Cragg Hines
    The Houston Chronicle
    The importance of Kerry's acceptance speech on July 29 can hardly be overstated. With the exception of the fall debates, it will his biggest moment of exposure to a national audience
  3. A Right-Wing Smear Is Gathering Steam
    Joseph C. Wilson IV
    The Los Angeles Times
    For the last two weeks, I have been subjected — along with my wife, Valerie Plame — to a partisan Republican smear campaign
  4. Democrats Outraising The GOP This Year
    Jim VandeHei and Thomas B. Edsall
    The Washington Post
    John F. Kerry and the major Democratic Party committees have collectively outraised their Republican counterparts this year, blunting one of the GOP's biggest and longest-standing political advantages
  5. Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near
    Adam Nagourney and Richard W. Stevenson
    The New York Times
    A monthlong offensive will blend criticism of the Democratic ticket with President Bush's first effort to set out a second-term agenda
  6. Halliburton's boss from hell
    Robert Bryce
    Salon.com
    Dick Cheney campaigned on a platform of business know-how. But his tenure as Halliburton CEO left the company mired in bad deals, investigations and lawsuits
  7. The Church of Bush
    Rick Perlstein
    The Village Voice
    Conservatives see something angelic in George Bush. That's why they excuse, repress, and rationalize away so much
  8. The hidden issue of class
    Robert Kuttner
    The Boston Globe
    So far the Democrats have been more mindful of the volatility of the class issue than its political potential
  9. Red-State America Against Itself
    Thomas Frank
    tomdispatch.com
    AlterNet
    Kansas , once part of the great progressive heart of America , is now a conservative "red" state. How liberalism lost Kansas – and a whole lot of working-class America with it
  10. Win Over Women
    Susan J. Douglas
    In These Times
    When you go to Kerry’s home page, women’s issues are not featured up front. You have to click on “more issues” to get there. This is not surprising for several reasons
  11. Maxed-out GOP
    David Gopoian
    Salon.com
    A look at party loyalties shows that Kerry has a much better chance than Bush of persuading undecided voters
  12. Outsourcing resonates in Virginia race
    Gail Russell Chaddock
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The issue of jobs moving overseas remains hot for 'NASCAR dads' and software engineers in many states
  13. 'A Democrat knows that the leaf turns'
    Garrison Keillor
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    There is a message here: if lower taxes are your priority over human life, then we know what sort of person you are. The response to a cry for help says a lot about us as human beings
  14. Black Americans discovered by Democratic party
    Greg Palast
    WorkingForChange.com
    Senator Kerry is no Corrine Brown. The man who would be President is first trying out the 'D' word in front of the friendly natives at the NAACP
  15. Net Effects
    Jeff Fleischer
    MotherJones.com
    Joe Trippi on the lessons of the Dean campaign, the virtues of Internet democracy, and the end of politics-as-usual
  16. Onward and Forward
    Tara McKelvey
    The American Prospect
    Since its founding in 1998, MoveOn has influenced everything from impeachment to war. Its secret: always giving members something to do
  17. Spreading Democracy
    Mary Lynn F. Jones
    The American Prospect
    It’s a sad state of affairs when a lawmaker has to introduce a bill prohibiting other lawmakers from hacking into one another’s computer files, bribing other members on the House floor, or calling the Capitol police to have another member removed from a room
  18. Omnibus tax bill indulges lobbyists
    William Neikirk
    The Chicago Tribune
    Congress is on the verge of turning a small tax bill, designed to undo a single corporate subsidy, into a sprawling package of special tax breaks that is leaving reformers and tax-fairness advocates appalled
  19. Texans defy convention
    Todd J. Gillman
    The Dallas Morning News
    All but one of the targeted incumbent Democrats will spend the week wooing voters in their new, Republican-dominated districts – even Dallas' Martin Frost
  20. Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat
    Shaila K. Dewan
    The New York Times
    Representative Johnny Isakson won the Republican nomination in the contest to fill the seat of Zell Miller, one of five Southern Democratic senators retiring this year
  21. Editorial: Chase the Guy With the Ball
    The New York Times
    Illinois voters deserve to see a capable opponent to Barack Obama who will force him to answer tough questions and defend his positions
  22. Libertarian Badnarik May Cost Bush Support, Poll Finds
    Peter Wallsten
    The Los Angeles Times
    A new survey suggests that President Bush faces a potential threat of his own from a more obscure spoiler: Michael Badnarik
The Right Wing
Funny stuff
  1. Editorial: Berger on the 'Wall'
    The Wall Street Journal
    The evidence suggests that the missing material cuts to the heart of the choice offered in this election: Whether America treats terrorism as a problem of law enforcement or an act of war
  2. The Jobs Gap
    Tony Fabrizio
    National Review
    There are only four more jobs reports left before the election; handing the Bush team a tight timetable in which to change perceptions on this issue
  3. Editorial: Joseph Wilson revisited
    The Chicago Tribune
    That doesn't sound like Wilson went to Niger to find the truth. That sounds like he and his wife had an agenda and she pushed to get him the Niger assignment so he could prove their preconception of the truth
  4. Inside a Republican Brain
    William Safire
    The New York Times
    What helps me work out that continual internal skirmishing is a mind-set. That brings us to those "values" that every candidate talks about
  5. Bush and the NAACP
    Newt Gingrich
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Try to imagine the outrage the liberal left would feel if President Bush turned down an invitation to speak at a MoveOn.org event. Not shocked?
  6. Group to fight 'present danger'
    Audrey Hudson
    The Washington Times
    The organization will wage a "war of ideas" against al Qaeda and Islamist terrorists, said its chairman, R. James Woolsey, a former CIA director
  1. Democrats at the Bat
    Karim Logue
    The Washington Post
    Karim Logue, a writer and intern with the Kerry campaign, is worried that the Republicans are playing hardball and the Democrats are not being tough enough in confronting them. So he penned this follow-on to the famed "Casey at the Bat" poem
  2. Secretary Of Defense Humiliated As U.S. Credit Card Rejected
    The Onion
    "That card's good," Rumsfeld said. "Run it again."
  3. What Do You Think? Chimps In Danger Of Extinction
    The Onion
    As a poacher, whenever I catch a chimp, I just throw it back. I'm after the tastier marmosets
  4. This Modern World
    Tom Tomorrow
    WorkingForChange.com
    The Sensible Liberal
  5. Burger Fan Wolfs Down 20,000th Big Mac
    Associated Press
    Yahoo!
    He has been eating the fast food sandwiches since 1972 at a rate of at least one a day, and said he has eaten a Big Mac from every state in the union