May 24th, 2005


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Dick Meyer is grateful for the Senate compromise. Post analysis remains guarded. E.J. Dionne Jr. knows which senators need watching. Times analysis sees more tests ahead. And two Senate elders who made compromise possible.

Polls show most Americans want parties to agree on judges; however, the numbers also show most people don't care.

Howard Kurtz on Newsweek as a new wedge issue.

Robert Scheer on church hypocrisy.

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Damnit. Wormholes might not be good for time travel after all.

three good reads

"Bill Moyers says that journalists have a responsibility to question those in power. Rush Limbaugh, speaking for the economic and political elites that currently occupy positions of authority, responds by charging that Moyers is 'insane.' A debate has opened regarding the role of reporting in George W. Bush's America. But this debate is about a great deal more than one president or one moment in history. At the most fundamental level, it is about whether the American experiment as imagined by the most visionary of its founders can long endure."
-John Nichols


"The Old Testament's Book of Judges is about cycles of apostasy, so it is entirely fitting that Congress' last-minute filibuster deal focused upon President Bush's most controversial judicial nominations. Like most things that Congress does, the deal only delays resolution of the toughest questions for another day. And it virtually guarantees the continuation of the current cycle of venomous anti-judicial rhetoric, itself an apostasy of the Constitution and its foundational principle of the separation of powers."
-legal rock star Andrew Cohen


"All presidents seek power, but President Bush is setting a new standard with his efforts to consolidate and expand presidential authority. He may be on the verge of his biggest victory yet as the Senate debates whether to change its rules for dealing with judicial nominations. A decision to bar Senate filibusters - unlimited debate - against judicial nominees effectively would give Bush a free hand in picking judges. It also would reduce the inherent power of every senator, and the Senate itself, to exert leverage against any president."
-Ron Hutcheson