October 6th, 2008

News

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New world order: "The Army on Monday will unveil an unprecedented doctrine that declares nation-building missions will probably become more important than conventional warfare and defines 'fragile states' that breed crime, terrorism and religious and ethnic strife as the greatest threat to U.S. national security."

So, uh, how is al-Qaeda doing these days?

CAN'T TRUST THAT DAY:
* Even after Supreme Court ruling, government won't act on Guantanamo cases.
* Speaking of which, slow start for the Court's year.
* "Every so often, we journalists have a duty to remind readers just how dingy the McCain campaign, and its right-wing acolytes in the media (I'm looking at you, Sean Hannity) have become - especially in their efforts to divert public attention from the economic crisis we're facing."
* Oh, Canada.
* Brilliant! A history of squirrels in our nation's capital.
* Two words: goat condoms.
* The Soviet space shuttle finds a home.
* Ooh. A look back at anti-communist propaganda. (Courtesy asimplelife.)

Politics

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"The impression fits with the overall theme that Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain have been trying to advance: that expertise is overrated, homespun sincerity is better than sophistication, conviction is more important than analysis."

"The race is over. John McCain's candidacy is as much a casualty of Wall Street as Lehman or Merrill."

Alternately, it's time for Act III for McCain.

Bonus in-depth report: Palin's pipeline to nowhere? (Good read.)

"You know it's bad for Republicans when..."

"This is such a serious moment in American history that it's hard to believe that someone with Ms. Palin's limited skills could possibly be playing a leadership role."

"As it became clear that she wasn't going to implode, I started to see the debate instead as The Joe Biden Show. And, it was good."