Good gracious. The new voting machines aren't as reliable as they want you to believe. At *all*. (Courtesy Sekhmet.)
* Is Halliburton gouging the government on Iraqi fuel prices?
* Why Guantanamo should be treated as a prison camp.
* Bush's fundraising makes campaign finance reform a joke.
* More on Scalia removing himself from hearing the Pledge case.
* Thomas Friedman: "But I wish we had said to the V.P.: If you're going to give a major speech on Iraq to an audience limited to your own supporters and not allow any questions, that's not news - that's an advertisement, and you should buy an ad on the Op-Ed page."
* Maureen Dowd, on how the president's pre-war spin isn't having the same effect during the occupation, and the real filter between the president and the people.
* Howard Kurtz on different standards for Clinton and Schwarzenegger.
* China's plans in space. (Note: contains alien vegetables.)
* The future of text mining.
* TheStranger.com reviews Paul Krugman's new book. (Courtesy Operative X.)