March 15th, 2006

Scorpion

(updated 1453 ET)

TACTICAL NEWS HEADLINES:
* Federal Prosecutor Says 'No Point' in Continuing Moussaoui Trial
* US general says no proof Iran behind Iraq arms
* The Failed States Index (Courtesy Ocho.)
* Senate G.O.P. Blocks Tight Budget Rule
* Dana Milbank: The Feingold Resolution and the Sound of Silence
* E.J. Dionne Jr.: What Kind of Hater Are You?
* Parsing the Polls: Too Early to See the Wave?
* Washington diary: The other face of Bush
* Guantanamo Commander Prepares to Leave Post
* Aryan Brotherhood Racketeering Trials Begin
* Film Critics Are Mad As Hell, And They'll Just Have To Take It
* Benicio Is "The Wolf Man"
Scorpion

supplemental, in four parts

"This brings us to the Hillary Paradox. Almost all the doubts that I hear about her political prospects come from downcast Democrats, who are convinced that she will romp to the 2008 nomination and then prove unelectable in November. Republicans, in contrast, seem almost fatalistic in their conviction that she would be a formidable foe, which is why they are so eager to find a champion who could unite the GOP in holy war to smite the Clintonian infidels. Never in modern political history can I recall a time when both parties were equally petrified that the same person (Hillary Clinton) might win a presidential nomination."
-Walter Shapiro

"After six years on the beat, David Gregory is emerging as the Sam Donaldson of the Bush years, the outspoken, aggressive, smart-aleck correspondent serving as a symbol for conservatives who detest the press and liberals who want reporters to crusade against the White House."
-Howard Kurtz

"The most prescribed sleep medication in the United States may be linked to episodes of sleepwalking and related strange and dangerous behaviors, experts say - including incidents of nocturnal eating, phone conversations, shoplifting and even driving - of which the subject has no memory."

"...A central problem here for the Scientology spinners, is that Hayes's action makes Scientologists look like what many, many people assume they are: intolerant, humorless, and under the thrall of a demonic, soul-eating cult that brooks no dissent."