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  • 79 Steps to Victory in Iraq?

    12/09/2006 9:27:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,092+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2006 | Various Op-Ed Contributors
    President Bush says the Iraq Study Group report “did a good job of showing what is possible.” Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain said, “It offers a strong way forward.” The New York Post called it the work of “surrender monkeys.” There is no shortage of opinions. Here are a dozen worth considering.
  • NY Times (via Drudge): Iraq Insurgency Self-Sustaining

    11/25/2006 10:13:46 AM PST · by Lunatic Fringe · 77 replies · 2,358+ views
    Secret U.S. government report: Insurgency in Iraq now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, fake charities and other crimes... NYTIMES reporting Sunday... Developing...
  • Incoming Democrats Put Populism Before Ideology

    11/12/2006 6:49:30 AM PST · by taylorstreet · 23 replies · 795+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | ROBIN TONER and KATE ZERNIKE
    The newly elected Democratic class of 2006, which is set to descend on the Capitol next week, will hardly be the first freshmen to arrive in Washington promising to make a difference. The last time Congress changed hands, the Republican freshman class of 1994 roared into town under the leadership of Newt Gingrich as speaker and quickly advanced a conservative agenda of exceptional ambition.Many in the class of 2006, especially those who delivered the new Democratic majorities by winning Republican seats, show little appetite for that kind of ideological crusade. But in interviews with nearly half of them this week,...
  • For Democrats, Even a Gain May Feel Like a Failure (Mucho backpedaling)

    11/06/2006 9:44:05 PM PST · by Ravi · 44 replies · 1,673+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 11/7/06 | Adam Nagourney
    In most midterm elections, an out-of-power party picking up, say, 14 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate could call it a pretty good night.
  • New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path

    11/06/2006 8:07:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,090+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER DREW
    An automated voice at the other end of the telephone line asks whether you believe that judges who “push homosexual marriage and create new rights like abortion and sodomy” should be controlled. If your reply is “yes,” the voice lets you know that the Democratic candidate in the Senate race in Montana, Jon Tester, is not your man. In Maryland, a similar question-and-answer sequence suggests that only the Republican Senate candidate would keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In Tennessee, another paints the Democrat as wanting to give foreign terrorists “the same legal rights and privileges”...
  • The Grey Lady's November Surprise (Dean Barnett on the NYT)

    11/03/2006 9:15:26 AM PST · by The Blitherer · 44 replies · 3,660+ views
    www.HughHewitt.com ^ | 11/03/2006 | Dean Barnett
    You see kids – this is what happens when your worldview gets hopelessly narrow. In its semi-annual November surprise, the New York Times “reveals” that the Bush administration put documents on the web that showed that Iraq was quite far along in its quest for nuclear weapons. Naturally, that’s not the focus of the story. The focus of the story is the cursed incompetence of the Bush administration, the Republican Party, and even right-wing media-types (like me!) who wanted the documents released. But the takeaway from the story for normal people won’t be that conservatives both inside and outside the...
  • U.S., Iraqi leaders try to smooth over friction

    10/28/2006 4:53:04 PM PDT · by Dubya · 6 replies · 294+ views
    New York Times ^ | Oct. 28, 2006, 1:37AM | JOHN F. BURNS
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ — With recent events in Iraq causing growing strains between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government, the two governments issued a tautly worded statement through the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Friday renewing their commitment to work together for peace and security. The statement, remarkable for the fact that the two governments found it necessary, followed a meeting between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador. The three-paragraph joint statement issued afterward appeared aimed at tamping down frictions between the two governments while countering a growing perception in Baghdad and Washington that the increasingly...
  • NY Times Public Editor Recants:Paper Wrong to Expose Terrorist Surveillance Program (YA THINK?)

    10/23/2006 9:00:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 1,070+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 10/23/2006 | Clay Waters
    The lead story for the June 23 New York Times exposed a U.S. terrorist surveillance program involving international bank transfers ("Bank Data Sifted In Secret By U.S. To Block Terror"): "Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials." The word "secret" has been highlighted for reasons that will become clear.
  • In the Land of the Taliban

    10/22/2006 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 16 replies · 805+ views
    NYT Magazine ^ | October 22, 2006 | Elizabeth Rubin
    One afternoon this past summer, I shared a picnic of fresh mangos and plums with Abdul Baqi, an Afghan Taliban fighter in his 20’s fresh from the front in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. We spent hours on a grassy slope under the tall pines of Murree, a former colonial hill station that is now a popular resort just outside Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. All around us was a Pakistani rendition of Georges Seurat’s “Sunday on La Grande Jatte” — middle-class families setting up grills for barbecue, a girl and two boys chasing their errant cow with a stick, two men...
  • A Columbia Expert on Free Speech [Bollinger] Is Accused of Speaking Too Softly

    10/22/2006 8:45:09 AM PDT · by aculeus · 6 replies · 548+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 22, 2006 | By KAREN W. ARENSON and TAMAR LEWIN
    Lee C. Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, is a natural in the classroom, guiding undergraduates through the intricacies of the First Amendment. [snip] There is probably no university chief in America more steeped in issues of free speech than Mr. Bollinger, 60, a First Amendment scholar. And yet, in just the last month, his campus has been embroiled in four separate free-speech controversies: over the language in an ice hockey recruiting flier; a rescinded speaking invitation to the president of Iran; a Teachers College policy on “social justice” that some see as an ideological litmus test; and a brawl...
  • Egypt, Under Stress, Sees U.S. as Pain and Remedy--Move straight to palestinian state

    10/22/2006 5:55:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 285+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10-22-06 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN
    CAIRO, Oct. 20 — Faced with twin political threats — a rising Islamic movement at home and diminished influence throughout the region — Egypt is pressing the United States for an aggressive promotion of Palestinian statehood as a means of strengthening itself and other Arab governments allied with Washington, senior officials say. Egyptian officials told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her recent visit here that the United States should move straight “to the endgame,” with a major policy initiative tackling the most contentious Palestinian issues: borders of a future state, the site of the capital, and the so-called right...
  • As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support (Hannity, Ingraham, Boortz and others)

    10/16/2006 8:56:21 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 169 replies · 4,326+ views
    NY Times ^ | Tuesday October 17th, 2006 | JIM RUTENBERG
    President Bush discussed his policies with conservative radio hosts last month at the White House, including, from left, Mike Gallagher, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Michael Medved. WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — On an overcast Friday morning last month, White House aides ushered an influential group of conservative radio hosts into the Oval Office for a private audience with the president. For an hour and a half, Mr. Bush discussed his case for the war in Iraq, his immigration proposals and even the personality of his Scottish terrier Barney, who scratched on the door during the session until the...
  • NY Times endorses Hillary for Senate; looks ahead to 2008 president race

    10/15/2006 10:53:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 866+ views
    NY Times endorses Hillary for Senate; looks ahead to 2008 president race 24 minutes ago The New York Times endorsed incumbent US Senator Hillary Clinton for re-election, but said the real question is what kind of Democratic presidential candidate she might make in 2008. "We enthusiastically endorse Mrs. Clinton for re-election, while watching with interest to see if she can convince the country that she has as much aptitude for the presidency as she does for her current job," the daily wrote in an editorial. "Can she conjure up a vision of the future for a nation desperately in need...
  • Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says [NYTimes May Survive, Some Say]

    10/11/2006 8:08:06 AM PDT · by aculeus · 41 replies · 1,033+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 11, 2006 | By SABRINA TAVERNISE and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 10 — A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest estimate ever for the toll of the war here. The figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month, a number that is quadruple the one for July given by Iraqi government hospitals and the morgue in Baghdad and published last month in a United Nations report in Iraq. That month was the highest for Iraqi civilian deaths since the American invasion. But it is an estimate and...
  • Judges Zero In on Treatment of a Detainee

    10/04/2006 11:08:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 556+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 5, 2006 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In sharp questioning, a three-judge panel yesterday challenged arguments by federal officials seeking dismissal of a Pakistani man’s suit charging that because of his religion, race or national origin, he, like others, was held for months after 9/11 in abusive solitary confinement before being cleared of links to terrorism and deported. In the mahogany and marble splendor of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Lower Manhattan, lawyers for former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government officials argued that the officials were entitled to immunity from the lawsuit filed by the man, Javaid Iqbal, who had been known as...
  • Software Being Developed to Monitor Opinions of U.S.

    10/03/2006 8:26:09 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 10 replies · 440+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 4 2006 | ERIC LIPTON
    A consortium of major universities, using Homeland Security Department money, is developing software that would let the government monitor negative opinions of the United States or its leaders in newspapers and other publications overseas. Researchers at institutions including Cornell, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah intend to test the system on hundreds of articles published in 2001 and 2002 on topics like President Bush’s use of the term “axis of evil,” the handling of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, the debate over global warming and the coup attempt against President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. A $2.4 million grant...
  • Papers Knew of Foley E-Mail but Did Not Publish Stories

    10/02/2006 9:57:22 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 35 replies · 1,829+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/3/06 | ANNE E. KORNBLUT and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    At least two news organizations were tipped off to e-mail messages sent by Representative Mark Foley long before the story of his sexually explicit remarks to teenage pages broke last week and forced him to resign. --Snip-- Brian Ross of ABC News said he learned about the e-mail messages in August but was too busy with Hurricane Katrina and the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to pursue them immediately. None of the organizations seemed to anticipate how big the story would become. ---Snip--- Then, in June, the reports resurfaced on Capitol Hill, where a neighborhood resident struck up a...
  • America’s Army on the Edge [nyt alert]

    09/30/2006 5:32:47 PM PDT · by mathprof · 75 replies · 1,393+ views
    Even if there were a case for staying the current course in Iraq, America’s badly overstretched Army cannot sustain present force levels much longer without long-term damage. And that could undermine the credibility of American foreign policy for years to come. The Army has been kept on short rations of troops and equipment for years by a Pentagon more intent on stockpiling futuristic weapons than fighting today’s wars. Now it is pushing up against the limits of hard arithmetic. Senior generals are warning that the Bush administration may have to break its word and again use National Guard units to...
  • Redrawing the College Map ( soaring tuition )

    07/31/2006 11:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies · 1,768+ views
    Los Angeles bureau chief of The New York Times. ^ | July 30, 2006 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    New Jersey is the perennial loser in the student migration wars: more of its residents leave the state to go to college than anywhere else in the country. On the other end of the spectrum, so many students have decided that sunshine, mosquitoes and the Marlins are the essential elements of the college experience that Florida is the state with the highest “net migration” (the number who enter minus the number who leave). Source: Interstate Commission for Higher Education; number of students in 2005 and 2015 are projections based on 2001-2 data... The swelling population of 18-year-olds — members of...
  • Unintelligent Reporting of Intelligence

    09/30/2006 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 432+ views
    WKKJ ^ | September 29, 2006 | Tedd Webb
    This latest controversy over the National Intelligence Estimate is the latest…and only the latest example of what's wrong with the news business these days. In short, no perspective, incomplete facts and intentionally or unintentionally biased. The New York Times, a newspaper with a reputation for being on the left, runs a story quoting an un-named U.S. intelligence official as saying the latest summary by the nation's intelligence agencies concludes that quote "the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse. Two days later, after a firestorm of I told you from all the war critics, President Bush decides to...
  • Detainee Bill Shifts Power to President

    09/30/2006 5:11:34 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 15 replies · 487+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/29/2006 | SCOTT SHANE and ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON With the final passage through Congress of the detainee treatment bill, President Bush on Friday achieved a signal victory, shoring up with legislation his determined conduct of the campaign against terrorism in the face of challenges from critics and the courts. Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them — albeit with a ban on the harshest treatment — beyond...
  • Beliefs:The Case for What ‘Comes as a Shock to Most Jews and Christians Alike’

    09/30/2006 4:39:07 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 578+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2006 | PETER STEINFELS
    In classical Judaism, resurrection of the dead was a central belief, essential to defining oneself as a Jew. “Today,” writes Jon D. Levenson, professor of Jewish studies at Harvard, that fact “comes as a shock to most Jews and Christians alike.” Apart from the Orthodox minority, most Jews, including those who acknowledge belief in the resurrection as a part of Judaism’s historical legacy, seem to rush by the idea as quickly as possible, rendering it perhaps as a metaphor for how one’s good works live on, but in any case ushering it to the margins of their tradition, a minor...
  • "To hell with the troops"

    09/29/2006 4:16:10 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 15 replies · 967+ views
    Stop the New York Times ^ | September 29, 2006 | editors
    The New York Times says Democrats in Congress are more concerned about winning elections than winning the War on Terror or the gallant service and sacrifices of our troops. They say that about all (minus one) those in close reelection races or who might run for the Presidency in 2008. That 'minus one' gets the usual treatment: The Democratic vote in the Senate on Thursday against legislation governing the treatment of terrorism suspects showed that party leaders believe that President Bush’s power to wield national security as a political issue is seriously diminished.The most vivid example of the Democratic assessment...
  • Do Unto Your Enemy...

    09/25/2006 1:30:04 PM PDT · by RDTF · 30 replies · 875+ views
    NYT ^ | September 25, 2006 | PAUL RIECKHOFF
    -snip- I remember a seasoned senior officer explaining the importance of the Geneva Conventions. He said, “When an enemy fighter knows he’ll be treated well by United States forces if he is captured, he is more likely to give up.” A year later on the streets of Baghdad, I saw countless insurgents surrender when faced with the prospect of a hot meal, a pack of cigarettes and air-conditioning. America’s moral integrity was the single most important weapon my platoon had on the streets of Iraq. It saved innumerable lives, encouraged cooperation with our allies and deterred Iraqis from joining the...
  • Jane, We Hardly Knew Ye Died (U.S. female military fatalities in Iraq, Afghanistan & Middle East)

    09/24/2006 3:28:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2,072+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    LT. EMILY J. T. PEREZ, 23, a West Point graduate who outran many men, directed a gospel choir and read the Bible every day, was at the head of a weekly convoy as it rolled down roads pocked with bombs and bullets near Najaf. As platoon leader, she insisted on leading her troops from the front. Two weeks ago, one of those bombs tripped her up, detonating near her Humvee in Kifl, south of Baghdad. She died Sept. 12, the 64th woman from the United States military to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Eight died in Vietnam. Despite longstanding...
  • Shock Therapy Loses Some of Its Shock Value

    09/22/2006 9:34:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 852+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    For an older woman I know who was suffering from “implacable depression” that refused to yield to any medications, electroconvulsive therapy — popularly called shock therapy — was a lifesaver. And Kitty Dukakis, wife of the former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, says ECT, as doctors call it, gave her back her life, which had been rendered nearly unlivable by unrelenting despair and the alcohol she used to assuage it. Neither woman has experienced the most common side effect of ECT: memory disruption, though Mrs. Dukakis recalls nothing of a five-day trip to Paris she took after...
  • Time to Move the Mississippi, Experts Say

    09/23/2006 8:22:42 AM PDT · by UpTurn · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | Cornelia Dean
    Scientists have long said the only way to restore Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands is to undo the elaborate levee system that controls the Mississippi River, not with the small projects that have been tried here and there, but with a massive diversion that would send the muddy river flooding wholesale into the state’s sediment-starved marshes. And most of them have long dismissed the idea as impractical, unaffordable and lethal to the region’s economy. Now, they are reconsidering. In fact, when a group of researchers convened last April to consider the fate of the Louisiana coast, their recommendation was unanimous: divert the...
  • MoDo: Maureen Dowd: Wash those hands before returning to work

    09/21/2006 8:06:26 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 50 replies · 3,133+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 09/17/06 | Maureen Dowd
    I called Tim Russert to ask if Dick Cheney had washed his hands after their interview on Sunday. "No-o-o," he replied, sounding confused. Any sort of scrubbing, I wondered? Antiseptic wipe, Purell, quick shower on the way out? No, Tim assured me, the vice president did not stop at the basement shower at NBC, or even drop by the men's room you pass on the right as you head out to the parking lot. According to The New York Times' health section on Tuesday, Lady Macbeth and Pontius Pilate were not alone in wanting that "damned spot" out. "People who...
  • Only 25% in Poll Voice Approval of the Congress (cBS/NYT Poll has Bush at 37%)

    09/20/2006 9:52:53 PM PDT · by Mongeaux · 29 replies · 665+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 21, 2006 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JANET ELDER
    With barely seven weeks until the midterm elections, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve re-election, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. (snip) Mr. Bush’s job approval rating was 37 percent in the poll, virtually unchanged from the last Times/CBS News poll, in August. On the issue that has been a bulwark for Mr. Bush, 54 percent said they approved of the way he was managing the effort to combat terrorists, again unchanged from...
  • White House Drops a Condition on Interrogation Bill

    09/19/2006 7:38:57 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 63 replies · 1,546+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | KATE ZERNIKE
    Seeking a deal with Senate Republicans on the rules governing the interrogation of terrorism suspects, the White House has dropped its insistence on redefining the obligations of the United States under the Geneva Conventions, members of Congress and aides said Tuesday. The new White House position, sent to Capitol Hill on Monday night, set off intensified negotiations between administration officials and a small group of Republican senators. The senators have blocked President Bush’s original proposal for legislation to clarify which interrogation techniques are permissible and to establish trial procedures for terrorism suspects now in United States military custody. The two...
  • Bush takes moderate stance on Iran at UN

    09/19/2006 7:03:41 PM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies · 436+ views
    But, Bush added, the United States was pursuing a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Iran. In a 21-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Bush directly addressed the people of a number of Middle Eastern countries, saying that the United States wanted to support democratic reforms, defeat extremism and convince them it was not acting against Islam.
  • How the Presidency Regained Its Balance (John Yoo Op-Ed)

    09/17/2006 1:32:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 662+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 17, 2006 | John Yoo
    FIVE years after 9/11, President Bush has taken his counterterrorism case to the American people. That’s because he has had to. This summer, a plurality of the Supreme Court found, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that Congress must explicitly approve military commissions to try suspected terrorists. So Mr. Bush has proposed legislation seeking to place the tribunals, and other aggressive antiterrorism measures, on a sounder footing. But the president has broader goals than even fighting terrorism — he has long intended to make reinvigorating the presidency a priority. Vice President Dick Cheney has rightly deplored the “erosion of the powers and...
  • The Right Troops in the Right Places

    09/16/2006 10:56:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 866+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 15, 2006 | SETH MOULTON
    Op-Ed Contributor APPROACHING the city of Karbala last year for a meeting with a local Iraqi Army commander, my convoy of four Army Humvees came across hundreds of bearded men in green camouflage uniforms lining the road. They were directing traffic and searching vehicles for bombs — good things — and they waved us through, just as Iraqi security forces should. But we don’t issue green uniforms to Iraqi troops. After the meeting, I sent an e-mail message to my headquarters in Baghdad, asking whether an entire Iraqi battalion, usually 700 to 1,000 soldiers, had been newly authorized for this...
  • LET 'EM EAT CAKE; TIMES BIGS THROW MISERLY $2M AT STAFF BONUS POOL (Pinch and cousin chip in)

    09/15/2006 8:06:23 AM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies · 605+ views
    NY POST ^ | September 15, 2006 | TIM ARANGO
    Charitable Times: Embattled Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Photo: Bloomberg News In a move aimed at boosting morale.....Chairman Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. and his cousin, Vice Chairman Michael Golden, will forgo about $2 million in stock and pump it into a bonus pool for employees......Sulzberger's leadership has come under increasing attack from employees and Wall Street, as the company fights to keep readers and advertisers from fleeing to the Internet. The Times disclosed in a filing with the SEC that Sulzberger and Golden "have requested that the board of directors significantly reduce their compensation for 2006 and 2007 by not...
  • Ohio Congressman Is Said to Agree to Plead Guilty

    09/14/2006 7:04:42 PM PDT · by freedrudge · 16 replies · 1,029+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 15, 2006 | PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 — Representative Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to his dealings with the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, lawyers and others with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday. A guilty plea would make Mr. Ney, a six-term congressman, the first member of Congress to admit to criminal charges in the Abramoff investigation, which has focused on the actions of several current and former Republican lawmakers who had been close to the former lobbyist. People with detailed knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Ney had entered an in-patient rehabilitation facility...
  • How to Win by Losing

    09/13/2006 7:29:47 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 274 replies · 2,919+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 13 2006 | RAMESH PONNURU
    CONSERVATIVES are dreading the November elections. The Republican capture of the House of Representatives in 1994 was one of modern conservatism’s signal political accomplishments. Now the Democrats are poised to take back the House. If that happens, however, conservatives will find several silver linings in the outcome. It would be worse for conservatives if Republicans actually gained seats. The Congressional wing of the party lost its reformist zeal years ago and has been trying to win elections based on pork and incumbency. An election victory would reward that strategy, leaving the congressmen even less interested in restraining spending, reforming government...
  • Dance of Diplomacy Is Grist for the Gossip Mill [Condi Canadian boy friend?]

    09/13/2006 5:31:52 AM PDT · by aculeus · 17 replies · 1,904+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 13, 2006 | By HELENE COOPER
    STELLARTON, Nova Scotia, Sept. 12 — There are perils to being unattached in the stodgy world of diplomacy. Sometimes it has seemed that all Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice needs to do is show up in public with a man, and people start talking. The single, sophisticated American secretary of state once drew notice for wearing black stiletto knee-high boots with an above-the-knee black skirt while reviewing American troops in Germany, so she is bound to attract gossip. That is particularly true on the dry, acronym-ridden diplomatic circuit of NATO meetings, APEC forums and Asean conclaves, where much imagination has...
  • (NY)Times Studies How to Shake Feds: Disposable Phones, Erasable Notes: "Act Like a Drug Dealer"

    09/13/2006 7:28:18 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 20 replies · 946+ views
    New York Observer ^ | September 13, 2006 | Michael Calderone
    Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has taken his place among the spirits permanently haunting West 43rd Street. “The basic goal,” New York Times reporter David Barstow said, “is to make it more difficult for a future Fitzgerald to follow the breadcrumbs of phone records and notes and expense slips from reporter to source.” Mr. Barstow, the Pulitzer- and Peabody-winning investigative reporter, was on the phone Sept. 12, shortly before The Times began this year’s round of legal seminars for the staff. The sessions, led by Times lawyers George Freeman and David McCraw, have traditionally offered a brush-up on privacy, sourcing and general...
  • The United States of America vs. Bill Keller

    09/12/2006 2:17:22 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 17 replies · 1,228+ views
    NY Magazine ^ | 19 September 2006 | Joe Hagan
    The United States of America vs. Bill Keller How hard is it to be executive editor of the New York Times today? The White House calls him a traitor. He gets roasted every day on talk shows and blogs. The newsroom is losing faith. The paper is shrinking. And the worst part is that fighting back means overcoming his own nature... ...For a meeting without historical precedent, the president of the United States had called the Times to the White House to personally try to prevent a state secret from appearing in print—an exposé of the National Security Agency’s efforts...
  • Bill Keller "Pissed Off" by "Disgraceful" White House

    09/12/2006 2:08:51 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 112 replies · 3,466+ views
    Times Watch ^ | 12 September 2006 | Clay Waters
    The Times' executive editor accuses the Bush White House of stirring up a "partisan hatefest" against the paper over its revelation of an anti-terrorist program that monitored international banking transactions. Deep inside New York magazine's front-page profile of Times Executive Editor Bill Keller (ludicrously called a "true centrist" by writer Joe Hagan) is this gem about his reaction to White House criticism of the paper's exposure of its tracking of international banking transactions for terror clues: "They pissed me off....I think the administration is genuinely distressed that we ran the story over their objections. I think they were embarrassed by...
  • (one of)Ten Ways to Avoid the Next 9/11(The President’s Plan)

    09/11/2006 8:46:00 AM PDT · by Phlap · 7 replies · 516+ views
    N Y Times ^ | 09/11/2006 | FRANCES FRAGOS TOWNSEND
    AS a result of the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush has transformed the way we fight terrorism and the tools we use. We successfully attack those very things our enemies need to operate and survive: leadership, communications, the ability to travel, weapons; foot soldiers and financing. The president has strengthened and transformed the intelligence community, integrated our military and intelligence assets, and broken down the barriers that kept domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies from sharing information.
  • Terrorism’s Grand Tour

    09/11/2006 5:11:24 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 2 replies · 184+ views
    NYT Op-ed ^ | 9/11/2006 | Various
    It has become grimly commonplace. While the horrific strikes in the United States are foremost in Americans’ minds, other parts of the world — as far away as Bali, but in large cities in particular — have also found themselves the targets of vicious attacks in recent years. The Op-Ed page asked writers who know some of these cities well to describe the events and consider their aftermath.
  • Times’ TV guy critiques Bush on 9/11 and WOT

    09/08/2006 3:29:40 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 31 replies · 1,118+ views
    Stop the New York Times ^ | September 8, 2006 | editors
    You read our headline correctly. Right there on the New York Times' online front page, under TV critic Alessandra Stanley's byline is this headline: Laying Blame and Passing the Buck, Dramatized. Here is the screen shot:Mr. Stanley is not the Times' foreign policy expert. He watches TV for a living. Yet with one click of your mouse (or on Mr. Stanley's remote control), you get his "expert" opinion: All mini-series Photoshop the facts. “The Path to 9/11” is not a documentary, or even a docu-drama; it is a fictionalized account of what took place. It relies on the report of...
  • With Millions in 9/11 Payments, Bereaved Can’t Buy Green Cards

    09/05/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by guitman · 56 replies · 1,274+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 3rd, 2006 | Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
    One widow has more than $2 million but walks or rides the bus everywhere, terrified of drawing attention. Another millionaire widow stopped going to 9/11 support groups because she feared that families of police officers and firefighters might betray her. A widower has enough money to start a business building houses, but cannot buy himself a home. One of the 9/11 widows in the office of her lawyer. “I can’t dream very high, because I have no papers,” one says. All three lost a husband or a wife when the World Trade Center collapsed. Like thousands of others, they were...
  • Reagan Wins Another Vote, to a Place in Congress

    09/05/2006 10:40:14 AM PDT · by PDR · 3 replies · 432+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 5, 2006 | JESSE McKINLEY
    SNIP.... Politicians, however, are nothing if not fickle in their affections. So it was that last week the California Legislature, at the behest of a Republican lawmaker, decided that a statue of King should be replaced in the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol by one of a more modern Republican with a similar gift for public speaking: Ronald Reagan.The measure, which passed nearly unanimously just before the end of the legislative session on Thursday night, was hailed by State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, its Republican author, as a fitting nod to the Great Communicator. “We have a lot...
  • Couples Cull Embryos to Halt Heritage of Cancer

    09/03/2006 1:55:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 459 replies · 6,475+ views
    NY Times ^ | 09.03.06 | AMY HARMON
    As Chad Kingsbury watches his daughter playing in the sandbox behind their suburban Chicago house, the thought that has flashed through his mind a million times in her two years of life comes again: Chloe will never be sick. Not, at least, with the inherited form of colon cancer that has devastated his family, killing his mother, her father and her two brothers, and that he too may face because of a genetic mutation that makes him unusually susceptible. By subjecting Chloe to a genetic test when she was an eight-cell embryo in a petri dish, Mr. Kingsbury and his...
  • Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan

    09/02/2006 5:46:19 PM PDT · by kellynla · 42 replies · 780+ views
    new york times ^ | September 3, 2006 | Carlotta Gall
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 — Afghanistan’s opium harvest this year has reached the highest levels ever recorded, showing an increase of almost 50 percent from last year, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said Saturday in Kabul. He said the increase in cultivation was significantly fueled by the resurgence of Taliban rebels in the south, the country’s prime opium growing region. As the insurgents have stepped up attacks, they have also encouraged and profited from the drug trade, promising protection to growers if they expanded their opium operations. “This year’s harvest...
  • New Questions About Inquiry in C.I.A. Leak

    09/01/2006 8:50:56 PM PDT · by rightgrafix · 193 replies · 4,200+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 2, 2006 | By DAVID JOHNSTON
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 — An enduring mystery of the C.I.A. leak case has been solved in recent days, but with a new twist: Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, knew the identity of the leaker from his very first day in the special counsel’s chair, but kept the inquiry open for nearly two more years before indicting I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, on obstruction charges. Now, the question of whether Mr. Fitzgerald properly exercised his prosecutorial discretion in continuing to pursue possible wrongdoing in the case has become the subject of rich debate on...
  • South Park Refugees Republicans can't count on the votes of "Team America"

    09/01/2006 6:57:07 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 5 replies · 731+ views
    Reason ^ | August 29, 2006 | John Tierney
    I have bad news for the G.O.P. regarding that promising new bloc of voters, the South Park Republicans. It turns out they're not Republicans, at least not anymore. According to Wikipedia, which would definitely be these voters' encyclopedia of choice, South Park Republicans are young Americans who "hold political beliefs that are, in general, aligned with those that seem to underpin gags and storylines in the popular television cartoon." The encyclopedia summarizes these beliefs with a quotation from one of the show's creators, Matt Stone, which includes a crucial expletive I must elide: "I hate conservatives, but I really ......
  • Krugman's Economic Kvetch: Certified 100% Solution-Free

    09/01/2006 4:20:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 600+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein September 1, 2006 - 07:01 I kept waiting. Dutifully wading through Paul Krugman's prolonged subscription-required kvetch over the economy, The Big Disconnect, I figured I'd eventually be rewarded for my perseverence with his proposed solutions - if only to be able to critique them. But the New York Times columnist's economic nostrums never came. Krugman's basic complaint is that workers haven't shared in the fruits of the extended economic expansion. This is Krugman being late to the MSM party noted here, here, and here. Even so, he chooses to ignore the reporting in his own paper that...