January 26th, 2008


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"George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues."
-Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

* Trickle-down effect? Rising costs to repair our infrastructure are choking local government budgets.
* Good read: Dan Froomkin on how the proposed stimulus package won't help, you know, the poor.
* The legacy of the Bush Doctrine: "In too much of the world, America's promotion of democracy is now linked with violence and instability, and pre-emptive strikes against terrorists are equated with the unilateral invasion of nation-states."
* Dick Meyer on the return of John McCain.
* "It's legitimate to ask, given the destructive developments of the last few weeks, whether the Clintons are capable of being anything but divisive." (More rebuttal from Colbert King here.)
* Morgan Spurlock on filming in Afghanistan and more. (Bonus: "a 9-foot-tall bionic ninja.")
* The Oscar nominees are pretty depressing.
* Your tax dollars at work: "We find that the programming at issue is within the scope of our indecency definition because it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs - specifically an adult woman's buttocks."



"A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret."