PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,
PMMJ
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Let me recommend Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing from yesterday, especially the sections on the drubbing Bush took in the Irish press, and the administration's response to it.

David Brooks takes on the political polarization in America.

Howard Kurtz on the shady way the press was notified about the Iraqi handover yesterday, including confiscating their cellphones.

Good read: Where was the big photo of this momentous event? (Bonus points for using the words "invitation only.")

IRAQI HANDOVER:
* David Ignatius has a good piece on the aftermath of the Iraq invasion.
* Paul Krugman wonders - who lost Iraq?
* Bremer leaves quickly and quietly.
* Oh, and US contractors get to retain immunity, and most of the contracts continue unaffected by the handover.
* Now, Iraq seeks self-rule - online.

"I don't know what they were thinking - they didn't tell anybody. It doesn't look promising. Like some people in a bunker doing something illegal."
-Abdul Kader Kharobi, al-Arabiya editor

OTHER NEWS:
* Supreme Court reaffirms Miranda, thank heavens.
* The Post editorial applauds the Supreme Court's move against the executive power grab.
* Sudanese refugees threatened, warned to stay silent.
* Interesting results in the yesterday's Canadian election.
* What about that other war over oil?
* Victim of machete attack offers a look into the violent world of gangs. [Note: graphic in parts.]* The BBC sets out its charter for the next century.

New discoveries mean the original Americans may have been here even farther back than we thought before.

"The Bush administration is testing something called the Registered Travelers Program. This allows travelers to bypass the security lines and checkpoints at airports by agreeing to a fee and a background check. Boy, that's a great idea. A separate line for rich people. I'm surprised the Republicans thought of that."
-Jay Leno
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