October 16th, 2008

News

debate-free edition

Yeesh. Detroit closed their crime lab after an audit showed an error rate as high as 10%. That scares the heck out of me.

THURSDAY NEWS:
* 'Bush administration moves to limit product-safety lawsuits'
* The administration still has not released the Uighur detainees from Guantanamo, despite a court order to do so.
* Eek. British plans for a giant database of all mobile phone and internet traffic.
* Abu Aardvark on the problems with pushing pro-America propaganda overseas.
* "A US judge has thrown out a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served."
* "Experts noted that human relationships are more complex than animal bonds and involve culture, socialization and rational thought. Thus, there may be little to learn from the depressed voles."

Emily Dickinson's secret lover!

Politics

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"But at the end of the day, McCain has only himself to blame for this largely predictable predicament. He is the one who built his campaign on a fundamentally irreconcilable premise: The war hero thought he could win a character contest by lying, cheating and generally stealing from the political playbook of the most reviled president of the last century. And just as inexplicably, he thought he could somehow escape George Bush's black hole-ish shadow by hiring his advisers."

Excellent read: Joe Klein on journalist as lagging indicators of the campaigns and the public.

DEBATE ROUNDUP:
* As always, FactCheck.org and Fact Checker. But does anyone care about fact-checking?
* Initial reactions from Dan Froomkin and Howard Kurtz. Plus, Amy Sullivan on those beloved dials.
* Cillizza on a quick response from the Obama camp.
* The journalistic stylings of Dana Milbank and Tom Shales.